Bear Bulletin

February 16, 2018

Message from Dr. Kaminski

Happy Friday BSE Parents and Community,

We have had a tremendous and busy week at BSE.

Thanks to the parents, teachers, and community members for their support at the G.A.K council meeting. We continue to strive to frame up wonderful supports for our students through the process.

Thank you to the PTO Executive Committee for their time this week as well. We have so many wonderful parents involved in such supportive projects for all at BSE. Last night we had yet another amazing Math and Science Night provided by the PTO. A special thanks to Amy Pollak, who chairs this large event, for a job beyond well done. Thank you to all volunteers and staff who pitched into make this STEM event a superior one. I can say that if there was a competition for powerhouse events, this one would be a contender for the best! Watching our students, parents, and community engage in such authentic learning opportunities is such a joy. The fact that we had a real plane in the gymnasium says a great deal about the intensity of this event. We are appreciative of you all for helping and for coming to enjoy it. I had an absolute blast watching your children smile and participate fully in learning with you. I am blessed to work in a school community with amazing parents and families, so thank you!

Today we also celebrate the Chinese New Year. Thanks to our parents who helped us learn more about this celebration in China. We at BSE wish you the best in the year of the dog!

A well deserved three day weekend awaits you all, so please enjoy it with your children. Try to keep everyone healthy and rested for the final push to spring break the first week in April.

Thank you -

Dr. Kaminski

REMINDER: No School Monday, 2/19/18

Menu Change for 2/22

Our hot lunch option for February 22nd will be SPAGHETTI with MEATBALLS!

The BSE Library is looking for any donations of gently used books to build our preschool lending library collection. Please send them in with your child or drop them off at the main office labeled for Mrs. Kussy. Thank you!

BSE Weekly Broadcasts

The BSE Broadcasts continue strong and packed with stories highlighting learning at BSE. This week's Broadcast comes from Mrs. Skaggs's fourth grade class. They are intensely collaborating throughout the entire process from seeking out possible stories, to planning, writing, editing, and filming. Enjoy this week's news.

Kindness Postcards

Greetings, families! Has your child told you about the wonderful kindness postcard project that BSE is doing? Last year, I had the awesome opportunity to meet Kindness Diaries creator Leon Logothetis and hear more about his incredible experience spreading kindness. At the conclusion of his presentation, he gave us “homework” in the form of these kindness postcards. For each card returned with a kindness story, he would donate a book to a child in need! I knew I wanted to get BSE involved because we are a wonderfully kind crew with beautiful stories to tell, and we can help others by simply sharing them! Fast forward…the BSE Bears have been working hard, and we have hundreds of cards ready to send! So, how can you help?! We would REALLY appreciate your donations of postcard stamps so we can send these amazing kindness cards and help earn free books for children in need ASAP! Thanks SO MUCH for your support of this terrific project!!

- Mrs. Smith, BSE 3rd Grade Teacher

Blood Mobile

Thank you to everyone who donated blood this past Wednesday. We had over 40 people sign up!

Drop Off Reminders

Here are a few notes and reminders!

A.M. arrival begins at 8:45 am

  • Please use the south entrance (see map on the attached). Cars may pull into the circle driveway and stop at the designated marker (traffic cone).
  • Please make sure that you arrive at the appropriate time for drop-off. PLEASE DO NOT DROP YOUR CHILD OFF EARLY BECAUSE THERE IS NO SUPERVISION AVAILABLE FOR THEM. The final bell rings at 8:55 a.m. Students who arrive in the classroom after 8:55 a.m. will be counted tardy. Therefore, please arrive at school no later than 8:50 in order to give your child ample time to make it to his or her classroom. Students who arrive at school at 8:55 a.m. or after will need to be escorted to the office by a parent and signed in before proceeding to class.
  • Do not let your child out of the car until a staff member gives the okay.
  • We will allow 6-8 cars to unload at a time. Please stay in your car and let your child get out by him/herself next to the curb.
  • Wait until all of the children are safely unloaded before you pull away from the curb.
  • DO NOT pass around other vehicles. This is a safety hazard. We want to keep our children safe!

Remember that our front entrance, the entire car rider line, is on camera, so do your personal best to keep our BSE Bears safe!

Click here for all of our Drop Off & Pick-Up Procedures.

Science Fair

On February 14 many BSE students participated in the annual Brooks School Elementary Science Fair. Students worked for months to perfect their projects, and much knowledge was gained during this time. Students won a variety of awards for their amazing projects. The place winners of the fair will now advance on to the Regional Science Fair on February 24. Thanks to Bill Anders for providing this club opportunity to the BSE bears. Click here for a complete list of winners.

Running Bears Sign Up (Grades 2-4)

Boys and girls will practice together in preparation for a 5K race at Durbin Elementary. This will be a fun way to get some great exercise and build endurance for a successful race.

Click here for our flyer with all of the details. Registrations due 2/21/18.


ISTEP (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress) - 3rd & 4th Graders

  • TESTING WINDOW 1: February 26 - March 9
  • TESTING WINDOW 2: April 16 - May 4

IREAD (Indiana Reading Evaluation And Determination) - 3rd Graders only

  • March 12 - March 16

As a reminder, we will not be able to accommodate lunch guests during the ISTEP and IREAD testing windows.

Please plan accordingly.

Yearbooks - ORDER BY MARCH 16th

Click here for the order form and for additional information.

Preschool & Kindergarten Open House / Enrollment Information




It's that time again...Please send in your Box Tops to the main office by February 23rd. THANK YOU!

Talent Show (3rd & 4th Graders)

The 2018 BSE Talent Show for our 3rd & 4th graders has been scheduled!

Auditions: March 28th

Rehearsals: April 9th & 11th

Performance: April 12th

Questions? Contact Heather Wafford at SKYLERREID@SBCGLOBAL.NET.

Save the Date! Pancake Breakfast

The 2018 BSE Pancake Breakfast is just around the corner - Saturday March 17th from 8:00 - 11:00 am! The class that has the most pre-registrations will win a pj/donut party. We hope you and your family will help us stack the house and enjoy a delicious breakfast. The BSE staff will be there to help serve and compete in some cool pancake games!!
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HSE Habitat for Humanity Easter Flower Sale

Hamilton Southeastern High School’s Habitat for Humanity club is selling a large variety of flowers in many colors. All proceeds of the sale will support the club’s goal of raising $8,000 by May 2018. This money will be used to purchase the materials needed to construct the panels of a habitat house for a family in need in Hamilton County. If you would like to order some beautiful flowers and support the club, click the link below and fill out the order form. All orders must be placed by midnight on March 9th. Contact HSE Habitat for Humanity at with any questions.

Click here for the flyer.

Community Bulletin Board

Give some love to the CBB and check out what’s taking place in our schools and community. Check out the CBB here!

Make-A-Wish Parents Night Out - February 23rd

Friday, February 23rd from 6:30-8:30 pm $5 entry per child - all proceeds support the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Location: Fall Creek Elementary (Door 1)

Activities: Movie (The Incredibles starting at 7), crafts, face paint,

What else? Popcorn, and water or lemonade

Click here for the flyer with all of the details.

SafeVisitor ID Badges

Per HSE Policy, visitors must have their SafeVisitor Badge scanned to check-in to the building. Please download the SafeVisitor App (iPhone/Android) or have your badge available when you come into the school. Looking up names occasionally leads to signing in the wrong guest.

Upon leaving the school, please turn your printed badge in to the office staff for quick check-out.

Screenagers - Admission is FREE

Join us on February 22nd at 6:00 PM in the Fishers High School auditorium for a viewing of the award-winning SCREENAGERS. This film probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world. Presented By YMI- Fishers Youth Assistance- Parents in Partnership and Peyton Riekhof Foundation, Fishers

Click here for the flyer and reserve your seat at

Governor's Council for People with Disabilities

Click here for information on DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH.

School Dismissal Manager

REMINDER: Early Dismissals should be called into our office at (317) 915-4250.

All exceptions must be entered no later than 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.

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