Bear Bulletin

Friday, September 3, 2021

In this issue

  • No School 9/6/2021
  • FFD Safety Lessons
  • HSEF Turnover Hunger Food Drive Next Week
  • ALICE Drill
  • Picture Day
  • Discovery Class Donations
  • PTO Fall Fundraisers and Box Tops

Labor Day- No School on Monday, September 6, 2021

We look forward to seeing your children return on Tuesday!

Fishers Fire Department Safety Lessons

We are fortunate to have an excellent fire department in Fishers and each year members from FFD visit schools to lead lessons about safety. Our FFD has been presenting this week and will continue into next week at BSE. We thank them for their support!

The safety topics include:

· Kindergarten (Thursday, September 9): Calling 911

· 1st grade (Wednesday, September 1): Wheels safety

· 2nd grade (Tuesday, September 7): Water/Ice safety

· 3rd grade (Wednesday, September 8): Smoke alarms and evacuation plans

· 4th grade (Friday, September 3): Helmet safety

Please check your child’s folder for more information about the safety lesson topic and objectives.

HSEF Turnover Hunger

What is Turnover Hunger?

The Hamilton Southeastern Education Foundation is asking all 22 HSE schools to help fill the shelves of FYAP and local food pantries with targeted food donations by students and staff. Between September 7-10, we are asking the following breakfast, snack and dinner items to be brought in by building


  • Elementary Schools - oatmeal or mac & cheese cups
  • Intermediate and Junior Highs - granola bars, peanut butter crackers, or cheese crackers
  • High Schools - pasta

Every food donation is much appreciated, but we understand some would prefer to make

monetary donations. For those interested in donating directly to the fund, they can visit:

Why is Turnover Hunger important?

It is estimated that 1 in 7 HSE students struggle with hunger. Turnover Hunger raises awareness for the 3,000 local children struggling with food insecurity. Donations will assist FYAP in meeting HSE student needs and assist local food banks.

Upcoming ALICE Drill at BSE

As we navigate the school year, we periodically practice safety drills at BSE. By State law we are required to complete fire, tornado, and man-made drills during the year. The safety of our students and staff is of utmost importance and we will use the drills as teaching opportunities for your children.

Considering the world in which we live, it is best practice for us to have safety discussions and drill at developmentally appropriate levels. That means the discussion we have with kindergarten students is a bit different than what we have in 4th grade and what the high schools may have with their students. Teachers are trained to adjust discussion, give basics but not scare, and respond accordingly in crisis. The best advice you can give your children when under the care of school officials is to be as quiet as possible and listen to adults in charge for directions. Unfortunately, we can’t completely prevent children from hearing the negatives that occur in our world, but we can prepare them to the degree that is developmentally appropriate.

HSE uses ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, or Evacuate) as our protocol for any lockdown and we use the book I'm Not Scared, I'm Prepared to support our discussion with our students. Students will have a discussion with their teachers during the week of October 13. On Thursday, September 16, we plan to conduct our first lockdown (ALICE) drill this school year. We will utilize the P.A. system in the building to initiate the drill and all staff and students are told it is a drill and not an emergency. We practice what to do in the classroom to stay safe. Our students have been trained to shelter in place when a fire alarm occurs, so they already know to stop and listen for further directions from adults. I will share that your children have been great with our first fire drill this year. I am very proud of our students and staff!

Some additional tips we have shared with your children are to not open doors for strangers and if they see something unusual then report it to an adult immediately.

We appreciate you partnering with us and having follow-up conversations at home about safety. We want to assure your children feel safe and secure within our schools. Being prepared to a developmentally appropriate level is important and please know that we do scale our discussion based on their questions and age.

Picture Day at BSE!

Save the Date for Picture Day!

K-4 will be on Tuesday, September 28

Preschool will be on Wednesday, September 29

Be on the lookout for an email with more specific details. Lifetouch will be communicating ordering information soon.

Discovery Class Donations

Mrs. Phillips, BSE's Discovery teacher, is accepting donations for upcoming STEM projects with kindergarten-fourth graders. She is requesting the following:
  • clean washed out bottle caps
  • cardboard rolls
  • cardboard boxes

Please send them in with your student(s) if you can help.

Thank you!

PTO Updates: Fall Festival and Box Tops


Please join us for the Fall Festival on September 30th from 5 - 7:30 PM outdoors at Brooks School Elementary. We will have a silent auction with some REALLY cool prizes in addition to a petting zoo, glitter tattoos, carnival games, a DJ, and more! Food will be available for purchase - Hot Box, Kona Ice, Samano's & Crave food trucks just to name a few!

The PTO is looking for donations to include in the silent auction. See attached donation flier. Please send your donation to the school by THURSDAY, September 23rd. Thank you so much for your support!

  • Preschool - All Things Animals
  • Kindergarten - Princesses and Super Heroes
  • First Grade - Fall/Autumn
  • Second Grade - Tailgating/Family Dinner
  • Third Grade - Family Game Night
  • Fourth Grade - Sports

You can register for this event online here or print the registration form & send it completed to school with payment. The cost is $10 per child (adults and children under 3 are free) with a family max of $30.

We’re looking forward to a fun, family friendly event! Hope you can join us!

Box Tops

PTO Fall Mum Fundraiser- We are doing so well and getting closer to our goal, please continue to share the link!

Our Fall Mum fundraiser continues and runs through Sept. 10th.

Place your order online with this link:

Or print this form & send it with your child to school (their teacher will make sure it gets to the front office).
Please include cash/check made out to BSE PTO with this form.

Pickup will be at Wasson’s from Sept 17-21st.
Thank you for supporting Wasson’s and BSE!