Hornet Blast Newsletter

October 7, 2021 - Fall Break Edition

Fall Break: Students Return October 18

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Check Your Family's Symptoms Daily

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Stay safe and well, Hornets!

Covid-19 Symptom Checkers (in English, Spanish, and Burmese) are attached to this issue of the Hornet Blast. Families should continue to monitor their family's health symptoms daily.

If you have any questions, contact Brandee Beikman, RN, MSN, our nurse coordinator: bbeikman@bgcs.k12.in.us or call her: 317-786-1447.

As a reminder, masks are REQUIRED for all students, staff, and parents/guardians picking up their child from the school office.

JROTC Service Learning Project

Beech Grove High School JROTC conducted their first service learning project on September 28. The service learning project was a blood drive with the American Red Cross. The JROTC Cadets were given the task of organizing, getting commitments from donors and running the blood drive. This effort was led by the Battalion Executive Officer Cadet Major Hannah Howard and Special Project Officer Cadet 1st Lieutenant Raven Shipley assisted by the rest of the cadet staff and several other cadets. The project was a great success with the collection of 60 pints of blood. These 60 pints of blood can save up to 180 lives. GREAT JOB, CADETS!! We're Hornet Proud!

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Good luck, Marching Hornets!

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Girls Soccer Senior Night

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Grant Awarded to BGCS!

Great news for BGCS!

Dr. Hammack wrote and submitted a grant proposal to fund several enhancements to support our educators and strengthen teaching and learning at Beech Grove City Schools. The news release with details of the grant is included below and is also attached to this issue of the Hornet Blast.

We're Hornet Proud!

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Swim Lessons

Registration is scheduled for Wednesday, October 13. If you cannot register at this time, email Betsy Reeder (email listed below).

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BGHS Girls Basketball Tryouts

A current physical is required to try out!

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No Smoking Reminder

Parents, Caregivers, Students, and Staff:

There is no smoking allowed on the grounds of any Beech Grove school. This includes our athletic facilities, buildings, car rider lines, and parking lots.

Thank you for your cooperation!

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Student Council Trunk or Treat

Parents: a flyer was sent home before Fall Break regarding a candy collection contest. If you are able, and would like to donate candy for the Trunk or Treat, please send the candy to school with your child beginning after Fall Break through Tuesday, October 26th. Student Council members will collect the candy at the end of the school day on Tuesday, October 26th to weigh the candy by grade level. The winning grade level will receive a celebration and a trophy.
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Grandparents Day at Central

A virtual Grandparents Day will take place on October 29th. We love our Central Grandparents!
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Looking for News from BGMS?

Take a look at their newsletter from October 1:

To open and read the BGMS "Buzzing Hornet" newsletter, click on the link below:


Hornet Highlights

If you have questions for Dr. Hammack to answer on an upcoming "Hornet Highlights with Dr. Hammack," please submit them IN ADVANCE using this link:


If you have student-specific questions or concerns, please contact your child's school.

Please note: there will no "Hornet Highlights with Dr. Hammack" included in the Hornet Blast during Fall Break. "Hornet Highlights" will return in its usual format in the Thursday, October 21st issue of the Hornet Blast.

Hornet Park Grandparents

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Did You Know?

The BG Softball Association is holding a "Purse Bingo" fundraiser (see information listed below in the "Community Events and Programs" section) on October 21. All of the money raised will be put back into the affiliation/school!! Misti Mack, our BGCS Transportation Director, and also a softball mom and part of the softball association, states "Our Middle School fields were horrible, any amount of rain we’d have to canceled games/practices due to un-level fields so we’d have large amounts of standing water! We currently are re-doing the Northwest field and the Southeast field as they were the worst, and hope in a year or two we can do the other two fields! After getting playable fields, our next goal is to re-do all the dugouts so all of our Hornets have a sense of pride while playing on them!!

A few photos are pictured below of the "before" condition of the fields and of the progress on correcting the field conditions.

Days 1 and 2 of the new fields....

More photos will be shared as additional progress is made!

2021-2022 Immunizations

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Beech Grove Lions Club is selling Discover Books!

The Beech Grove Lions Club is selling Discover Books this year as a fundraiser. The Lions Club supports the school system through school supplies, scholarships and additional assistance when called upon.

If you would like to purchase a 2021-2022 Discover Book you will get a mobile coupon free for your iPhone. The cost for both is the same as last year at $ 25.00 each.

If you shop at Kroger you get a $ 5.00 off coupon for each month.

You can contact Don by email or phone and he will get a Discover Book to you:

Don Stowers



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From the City of Beech Grove

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From Nicole Norton, Children's Librarian, The Indianapolis Library, Beech Grove Branch

Virtual Storytime - Tuesday Tales!

Tuesday’s at 10:30AM

Children ages 0-6 and their families are invited for an online storytime with Ms. Jess from the Wayne Branch. Register online at www.indypl.org/events or call your local branch to register.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Register at any IndyPL location or on the Beanstack app. You can record your reading on a paper tracking sheet you get from the library or online by logging you’re your account on Beanstack or by using the Beanstack app. Books can be from your home or the Public Library and can be read repeatedly. If you read The Very Hungry Caterpillar five times, that counts for 5 books! After completing the first 100 books, return to the Library to receive a progress sticker and a prize.
Prizes will be awarded for levels of 100, 500 and 1,000 books read.

Grab ‘N Go Kits at the Beech Grove Branch!

On your next visit, check out our table at the desk for different children’s kits (crafts and other activities) to take home! Limited supply available, no registration required. Ask about our kits if you would like to know what they are to pick up through our curbside service as well.

Online Book Discussion – Tween Book Club

Join us monthly for IndyPL's Online Tween Book Club for 11-13 year olds! This event is being held as an online meeting/webinar. You will be emailed login instructions approximately 24 hours before the event. Register at www.indypl.org/events or call your branch to register.

Teen: Cooking Made Easy - Skillet Cooking

Wednesday, October 13: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Do you cook for your family or want to learn to make healthy, delicious food? Learn how to make easy one dish meals in a skillet along with cooking techniques as you prepare to be your own personal chef! Stop in the library or call 317-275-4560 to register.

Teens: 100 Books before Graduation

100 Books before Graduation Reading Challenge is for students in grades 7-12. Students can register at indypl.beanstack.org or you can call the library or stop and visit and we can get you registered. There are prizes at 10, 25, 50, 75 and 100 books and we can do prize pick up through curbside. We do have bookmark if you do not wish to utilize the Beanstack website or app.


Adults: Lineage Research Workshop

Monday, October 18: 3:00pm - 8:00pm

Adults are invited for a free in-person session with representatives from the Samuel Bryan Chapter of the D.A.R. who will provide assistance with genealogy research using Ancestry.com and other online sources. Registration required. Stop in at the branch or call 317-275-4560 to register.

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This event was rescheduled from last weekend because of weather. . .it is now taking place THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10th!

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Purse Bingo to Benefit the BG Girls Softball Association

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Send Us Your Hornet Highlights!

We know there are many, many positive stories about Beech Grove City Schools involving our students, teachers, staff, and programs that we don't always hear. If you have a positive story to share, please send the details to Melody Stevens, Community Relations/Communications Director, at mstevens@bgcs.k12.in.us. We also encourage you to send stories that include personal achievements of your child such as: attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, performing in a community play, earning Girl Scout badges, serving as a volunteer in a non-profit organization, etc., etc. You might just see your story in a future edition of the "Hornet Blast" or in one of our local south side newspapers. We want to celebrate our Hornets!

"Only the Best. Only Beech Grove."
Small Schools. Big Opportunities.