Charger Connection

October 1, 2021

Note from the Principal

Greetings Charger families,


  • First, thank you for your continued support of our school. We are closing in on the first nine weeks, and some teachers will be giving assessments next week. Please check with your child to see if they have one. Our students are awesome! This past week was Spirit Week and many of our students and staff dressed up. The most impressionable day was Thursday, Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day, and students wore yellow to show support. If you know of someone needing help in this matter, please contact the National Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.


  • Second, thank you to our awesome PTO (with Mrs. Collier serving as the president) and families for stocking our pantry. We appreciate all that you do and the ways you show up in our school, from working the concession stands, to providing lunch, and to supporting our students! If you want to get active, please email fjhchargerspto@gmail.com.


  • Third, we want to support YOU. We have two amazing local support groups in Fishers - Fishers Youth Assistance and Youth Mentoring Initiative. If you would like more information, please contact our school counseling department. We also have a community health therapist in our school. Contact our school counselors for more information.



We are excited for the Book Fair next week!! Reading helps improve brain functioning, increase vocabulary, and develop imagination. Consider purchasing a new book to enjoy. Purchasing items at the book fair also helps FJH purchase new books for the library. See the message below for dates and purchasing options.


More great news to share! Mrs. Elsheikh (8th grade social studies teacher) has been selected to serve on the Teacher Advisory Group for the National Council of History Education. We are proud of her. Thank you to Mrs. Alexander for starting our FJH Writer's Club! They currently have 23 members and are still growing. Sign up here, FJH Writing Club. Also, look for more information about clubs coming soon. We are looking to start a photography club and a tutoring club.


Finally, we need your help. We have two instructional assistant positions that we have not been able to fill. If you, or someone you know, is interested, please fill out an application on the hseschools.org website and contact Mr. Butts, assistant principal, at 317-594-4150. Thank you for sending the best students to our school!


Proudly serving as your principal,


Dr. Thorpe

Spirit Week Pictures

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Upcoming Dates

Monday October 4


  • BOOK FAIR
  • Play Rehearsal 4-6
  • Rook 'n Roll Chess Club 4-5 (G110)


Tuesday October 5


  • BOOK FAIR
  • Writing Club 4-4:45
  • Play Rehearsal 4-6


Wednesday October 6


  • BOOK FAIR
  • 7th Football 5:30 vs. Carmel Clay (H)
  • 8th Football 5:30@ Carmel Clay (A)
  • Tennis 5:00 @ Riverside (A)
  • Gay Straight Alliance 4-4:45 (C108)
  • BOOK FAIR


Thursday October 7


  • BOOK FAIR
  • Play Rehearsal 4-6
  • BOOK FAIR
  • 7th grade boys basketball tryouts 6-8pm


Friday October 8


  • BOOK FAIR
  • 7th grade boys basketball tryouts 4-6pm
  • K-pop 4-4:45

Next Week is The Book Fair

Fishers Junior High is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair! The fair will be available online and during school hours, Oct. 4th-8th. Please see our Scholastic Book Fair homepage for more information. Enjoy the video below! https://www.scholastic.com/bf/fjh
Scholastic Book Fair

Please use this link to shop for books online.

Callout Meetings

Tuesday October 5th- Winter Cheerleading

  • Any student interested in trying out for winter basketball cheerleading at FJH should plan to attend a callout meeting during BEST on Tuesday, October 5, in the library. Details will be shared and questions answered at this meeting.

Tuesday October 5th- 8th grade Boy's Basketball

  • There will be an 8th grade boy's basketball call-out meeting in the Aux gym on Tuesday October 5th during BEST.

7th Grade Boys Basketball Tryouts start next week

REMINDER: All athletes must have an IHSAA physical on file before tryouts begin on October 7th. If you don't have a physical on file you will not be allowed to try-out.
Tryout Schedule

Use this link to see the boys basketball tryout schedule, and get a physical form.

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National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 through October 15. During this month we honor the contributions of Hispanic-Americans to the culture, history, and achievements of the United States. Originally the celebration started as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968. It was expanded to a full month in the late 1980’s. Some people wonder why the celebration starts in the middle of a month. The reason is that Mexico, Chile, and many Central American countries celebrate their independence from Spain during the week of September 15. For more information about Hispanic Heritage Month see below:

https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/


Hispanic-American Spotlight

Julia Alvarez, acclaimed poet and author, uses her writing to explore her Dominican American identity. Alvarez has won numerous accolades, including Pura Belpré and Américas Awards for her books for young readers, the Hispanic Heritage Award, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award. In 2013, she received the National Medal of Arts.

Indiana's 21st Century Scholars Program is the state’s premier college scholarship and preparation program for low-income Hoosier students. Students who fulfill the Scholar Pledge are provided up to four years of paid tuition at an eligible college or university. Scholars also receive a variety of support services designed to help them succeed in school and complete college.

Please click on the link below for more information, including income eligibility, and to apply:

https://learnmoreindiana.org/scholars/enroll/

Applications must be completed online on or before June 30th of the student’s 7th or 8th grade year.

If you have already applied, you do not need to reapply.

Please contact your school counselors if you have any questions.

8th grade – Kitti Gal (kgal@hse.k12.in.us)

7th grade – Basel Maarouf (bmaarouf@hse.k12.in.us)

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Snack Attack

Fishers Youth Assistance Program is pleased to offer Snack Attack again this school year and continue to support students in HSE Schools. For those unfamiliar, Snack Attack is a simple program designed to help students needing a little extra nourishment to get them through the weekend until they can receive a hot meal at school on Monday. There is no cost to the family or to the school, families just need to opt into the service. All students in need are welcome to participate.

Snack Attack bags are unmarked brown bags filled with ten snacks for junior high students that are picked up in the Guidance Office each Friday. Snacks are individually wrapped snacks such as granola bars, fruit cups, pop tarts, or peanut butter/crackers, Goldfish crackers, etc. The type of snacks will vary each week. If a child has a peanut allergy, he/she will receive a special white bag of peanut-free snacks.

If you would like to opt into this program, please email Mrs. Broughton (kbroughton@hse.k12.in.us) with your student(s) name and grade. Please also include if there is a peanut allergy.


If you would like to donate to the Fishers Youth Assistance Snack Attack program, donations may be dropped off at the front office or by sending in with your student. Monetary donations to Fishers Youth Assistance may be made by clicking on the link below:


http://youthassistance.org/fishersdonate

Note from the Cafeteria

Like everyone in the food service industry, we continue to work through supply chain issues. We served the last of our Uncrustable PBJs on Wednesday 9/29 and will be substituting “Peanut Butter Dippers” (naan bread and peanut butter) and turkey and cheese sandwiches.

Hot options may change occasionally too so I am tweeting the days menu each morning.


Follow the FJH Cafeteria @fjhcafe on Twitter.

Book Rental is due today

In compliance with Hamilton Southeastern School Corporation policy, book rental needs to be collected at the beginning of each school year.


Email statements were sent out September 3, 2021.


To view statements in Skyward Family Access:

Click on Skyward Family Access

(https://sis.hse.k12.in.us/scripts/wsisa.dll/WService=wsEAplus/seplog01.w)

Enter your User ID and Password

Click on “Fee Management” under General Information

Your student’s invoice amount will be listed under “Unpaid Balances”.


Ways to pay for your student's book rental this year:

Personal checks

Money Orders

Cash

eFunds


Personal checks should be made payable to FJH and can be mailed or sent with your student to school. Be sure to specify on your check /envelope that the payment is for book rental. Include student’s name, I.D. #, and grade in the memo line of check. Payment needs to be directed to the Bookstore/Treasurer.


Note: If you choose to pay by credit card you MUST utilize eFunds.

On-line payments with Mastercard, Visa, or Discover Payment may be made online via the Efunds tab on the FJH website. Be sure to select Student Course Fees.

(https://payments.efundsforschools.com/v3/districts/55481)


Payments will be posted in Skyward within 10 business days.

***PAYMENT DUE DATE*** October 1, 2021


Prompt payment is appreciated.

Should you have any questions or do not have internet access and need a copy of your fee statement, please contact me at 317-594-4150, extension 5715 or ctucker@hse.k12.in.us


Thank You,

Candis Tucker - Treasurer Fishers Junior High School

Request

As we move into Fall and Winter, we have an increased need for Kleenex/tissues in our classrooms. Any donations are greatly appreciated! Donations can be dropped off in the office. Thanks!

Message from the PTO

Staff Appreciation

In September we stocked the staff break room with goodies. We had a generous amount of chips, nuts and crackers donated as well as some sweets and sodas. We will continue to fill the pantry until the supply is gone. Next month we plan to stuff the staff mailboxes with two coupons for a free bundtlet from Nothing Bundt Cakes and a free cryo session at Fishers Cryotherapy thanks to generous donations from both companies.


Student Spirit

We are still looking for parents/guardians to head up the Student Spirit committee. Meantime, we’ve scheduled an after school UPaint Pottery event. Save-the-date for Thursday, November 4! UPaint Pottery will be bringing their mobile studio to the FJH cafeteria. There will be a number of items for students to choose from, along with the paint. UPaint Pottery staff will be on hand to assist, and then they will take the items back to the studio, fire the items, and deliver the items back to school for distribution back to the students. Registration details are coming soon.


Dine to Donate (D2D)

Unfortunately our first scheduled D2D was canceled, but we have several more on the books. Please consider spreading the word and joining us on:

  • Tuesday, October 5, 4:30-10:00 p.m. at Texas Roadhouse

  • November 11 & 12, time 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. at Jaggers

  • December 7, 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Five Guys

  • January 12, 10:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Bibibop

These businesses are part of our community and are happy to support our school by giving us a portion of the sales during the listed date/time.


Concessions

Both the indoor and outdoor concession stands have been open for business. Concessions serve as a way to provide a welcoming environment for both the Charger fans and those from the visiting teams. The proceeds from the concession stands are the PTO’s primary income. THANK YOU to the parent volunteers who have worked shift(s) over the last several weeks, along with those who have signed up for future shifts. Be on the lookout for a “Winter Sports” sign up soon!


Other Miscellaneous Income Opportunities

Please consider the big and small ways you can financially support the students and staff at FJH:

HSE Community Insider

Looking for local events? Check out HSE’s Community Insider (CI). The CI is a resource for both HSE families and community partners. It not only provides a space to post information about events, camps, and other educational programs. It also offers the opportunity to find upcoming activities in and around Hamilton County.
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