Bear Bulletin

September 1, 2017

A Message from Dr. Kaminski

BSE Parents and Guardians,

I want to send a sincere thank you to all of you who have supported the BSE PTO Read-A-Thon this week. Our BSE Bears are reading like crazy and have been motivated by your support of the event. This morning the PTO launched a stretch goal that will provide the class with the highest percentage of reading on the end date of September 11th with a special outdoor project. The students were thrilled to hear that they could be the actual planners for this new project and have a huge impact on their fellow students outdoor play and learning.

Speaking of outdoor learning, last year Mrs. Arndt received a grant for a greenhouse. We have the greenhouse in our possession and we are looking for parents who might have an interest in helping build and install the greenhouse at BSE. If you are a bit of a handy person or have a passion for gardens, join Todd Hudson (BSE Parent) at BSE on September 12th at 5 pm. This meeting will take place in the library and will kick off a planning session. We appreciate any and all help with this project!

September is upon us and that means a long weekend for our BSE Bear students and staff. Enjoy your family time, keep the reading maxed out, and take a minute to breathe and relax.

Thank you all for the support you offer our BSE staff and students.

Dana Kaminski


Here at Brooks School Elementary, we make the safety and well-being of every student our top priority. That’s why we’re going to pilot a new program to reduce students’ exposure to peanuts and tree nuts.

During the 2017-18 school year, BSE is going to be a peanut and nut-friendly building. In order to do this, we need your help. We ask that you do not send your child to school with anything containing peanuts or other tree nuts, such as: almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, and pistachios. We will also not serve anything in our cafeteria made with peanuts or tree nuts.

Please remember if your child has a severe food allergy, it is imperative that you notify the school nurse. Also, if they require an Epi-pen, emergency medication orders must be signed by the child’s physician each school year.

Becoming a peanut and nut-friendly building is a collaborative effort. Students will not be punished if they bring in food containing nuts, so we cannot guarantee that children with allergies will not have accidental exposure.

This is a learning process for all of us, but we trust that you understand how important is to respect and adhere to these guidelines.

Student Fees

All BSE Student Fees have been applied. Statements have been EMAILED to families and are due by September 29th.

Payment options are:

  • e~Funds For Schools (click here): If you have not yet set up your account, you will need your child(ren)'s six-digit ID, which you can find on your Skyward account under Student Info as "Other ID"
  • Check: Make checks out to "BSE" and include student name(s) in the memo section.
  • Cash: Exact amount only as we do not have change in the office.

Checks or cash sent in with students should be in sealed envelopes with student & teacher names as well as "Attn: Mrs. Fletcher" written on the outside.

Lunch Visitors (K-4)

Starting Tuesday guests with a current SafeVisitor background check will be welcome to join students for lunch. In order to come in, please follow the procedure outlined here:

  1. Reservations are accepted SAME DAY only.
  2. Call the office at (317) 915-4250 by 9:30 AM.
  3. Due to space limitations, we can only allow three visitors per grade level (younger siblings are included in these numbers) with a total of 10 visitors per day.
  4. Guests will be asked if they would like to purchase our hot lunch of the day, bring lunch from home, or just sit and visit. Restaurant food is not permitted.
  5. Fridays are movie days in the cafe.

From the Office


Please report absences or late arrivals by calling the school attendance line 317-915-4250 by 9:30 am. For your convenience, our Voice Mail is available 24 hrs per day.

Remember to please leave:

  • your name
  • your child’s name
  • teacher’s name
  • the date & reason for the absence


If your child needs to be released early from school, do not enter this in School Dismissal Manager. Instead, please send a note to the school explaining the reason and time of dismissal. You may also call the office 317-915-4250 before 2:00 pm.

Art to Remember

Our school is participating in a creative fundraiser with Art to Remember that allows you to purchase keepsake products customized with your child’s art. Right now, children are busy creating colorful, fun artwork and soon you will receive a personalized order form. Click here for more info.

Science Club (grades 1-4)

Brooks School 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders are invited to participate in the BSE Science Club. The club’s focus will be on helping participants learn the scientific method through fun activities. We will spend part of our time creating science fair projects. These projects will be entered in the BSE Science Fair. More information will be given at the parent meeting on Thursday, September 7. For your convenience, parent sessions will be offered at both 5:00 and 6:00 PM in the BSE library. There is no need to come to both parent meetings, as we will go over the same information at each one. Our schedule is attached. We will normally meet at the school’s front entrance.

Thank you!

Child Find

What to do if you suspect a disability/Child Find:

If your child is age 2 ½ through 21, attends any school within the Hamilton Southeastern Schools boundaries or you live in our community, and you suspect your child may have a disability, you should contact us for more information.

· For children at least two and a half years of age, but not yet age-eligible for kindergarten, you should contact the Preschool Coordinator at Brooks School Elementary School, 317-915-4250.

· For students who are eligible for kindergarten through age 21, you should contact your child’s teacher, school counselor or building administrator to discuss your concerns and explore the steps to be taken. If your child is not enrolled in public school, you should contact the counselor or building administrator in the building your child would attend if enrolled.

Response-to-Instruction (RtI)

RtI is a general education initiative designed to provide high quality instruction and interventions matches to student needs, and using learning rate over time and level of performance to make important educational decisions. The RtI model is based on a three-tiered model of service delivery with a focus on early intervention and prevention of academic and behavioral concerns. Data collected during this process provides valuable information regarding students’ educational progress and response to interventions. Students who do not demonstrate a response to well-implemented, scientifically-based interventions at the Tier 3 level would be referred for an educational evaluation to determine eligibility for special education. RtI is a component of HSE’s Child Find Process.


We are at our half way point of the Read-A-Thon and our kids are doing great! Thank you for encouraging your kids to read and for supporting our school! We've got some exciting news! If we can raise $25,000 as a school we will build an Outdoor Discovery Area for our playground! The grade that earns the most donations will have the opportunity to design it! We can do this! Thanks so much for your support! Click here to see how the school is doing!

If you have any questions or lost your secret code for your child's page, please email Thanks!

Lost & Found - Remember to Label Lunch Boxes and Coats

As we enter into colder weather, we'd like to remind families to label all coats so they can be more easily returned to their owners. The same is true for lunch boxes. Thank you.


Thank you, Siddiqui family, for your generous microwave donation for our staff lounge! We appreciate it.

Cafeteria Volunteers Still Needed

We are looking for cafeteria volunteers to help us through the end of September. If you have your SafeVisitor background check on file and have some time to spare, click here to sign up. THANK YOU!

UPDATE: School Dismissal Manager

Just a reminder, if you need help setting up recurring exceptions (e.g. YMCA Monday, Wednesday, Friday and bus on Tuesday, Thursday), our office staff will be happy to help. Click here to send an email with the changes you need made. Early dismissals are not entered into SDM. For early dismissals either send a note in or call the school office.

All exceptions must be entered no later thank 2:00 PM. If students are participating in after school activities but SDM does not reflect that, unfortunately they will not be able to stay.

Picture Day

School Picture Day is September 20th. Hard copy order forms will be coming home in the next couple of weeks, but you can place an online order by clicking here.

Pasta Bowl Fundraiser

The annual Pasta Bowl Fundraiser starts next week!! Brooks School will have collection boxes in the lobby for any donations you care to send in. Start collecting and send them in starting on Tuesday. THANK YOU for your generosity!

SafeVisitor Reminder

Just a reminder that anyone intending to spend time in the school or chaperone a field trip must have a SafeVisitor ID Badge. If you have not yet completed the background check, click here to get started. If you do have your badge, and still have yet to have your photo taken, visit our office any time between the hours of 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM M-F.

PTO News

Back to School Bash

We hope you all enjoyed yourselves at the Back to School Bash! We would like to give a special thank you to Karin Cook and the following volunteers for your help:

Amber Garcia, Amy Emery, Mariam Khan, Loralie Adams, Sarah Kruer, Amy Stempkowski, Shea Rankin, Stephanie Austgen, Carley Oakley and our PTO Exec team

We truly appreciate your help!

Box Tops

Don't forget to save your Box Tops! We are collecting Box Tops to help earn money for our school! Our collection date is October 13.

PTO Meetings

We have added a PTO meeting to our calendar. The next meeting will be November 14 from 6:30pm-7:30pm.

Discovery Donations Needed

Specials will have an added 4th rotation joining art, music and PE called Discovery. We need your help with supplies for this rotation. Please feel free to drop off any of the items below to our office at your convenience.

  • Water bottles (empty)

  • Toothpicks

  • Pipe cleaners

  • Toilet paper/paper towel rolls (empty)

  • Play doh/modeling clay

  • Tape

  • Straws

  • Foil

  • Packing peanuts

  • Clothespins

  • Pom poems (craft)

  • Cotton balls

  • Index cards

  • Velcro

  • Washers (metal-hardware type)

  • Popsicle/craft sticks

  • Brads

  • Fishing line

  • Stir sticks

  • Hooks/fasteners

  • Blank cds

  • Glue sticks (for glue or regular)

  • Vinegar

  • Baking soda

  • Pool noodles

  • Legos

  • Newspapers

  • *odd leftover items to build/create with

Mudsock Game - VIP Event

The annual Fishers vs. HSE MUDSOCK GAME will take place on September 8th at Fishers High School. The Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation is once again sponsoring its VIP event. To participate in the VIP event (which includes premiere, end zone seating), click here.

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Engineering for Kids STARTS NEXT WEEK


Click here for our flyer with additional information about our K-4 programs.