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Hoosier Road Elementary School's Newsletter for 2-23-18

Upcoming Events

Please visit the HRE website to find all of our upcoming calendar events by clicking here.

  • ISTEP Testing starts next week!
  • Dine-to-donate: BoomBozz Pizza & Taphouse every Thursday in March from 3-10pm. Must present flyer.

Important Reminder for 3rd & 4th Grade Parents

This is an important reminder that ISTEP begins next week. It is important that your child be in attendance these days of school.

  • HRE third graders will test Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday (Feb 26-28).
  • HRE fourth graders will test Thursday & Friday and again Monday & Tuesday (Mar 1-2 & Mar 5-6).

How can you help your child?

  • Ensure that your child gets a good night’s sleep.
  • Ensure your child has a good breakfast.
  • Encourage your child to do their best and be proud of his/her effort.

We appreciate your continued support and dedication to your child's success. In the event of an absence on an actual testing day, makeups must occur prior to March 10th. If you have any questions regarding ISTEP please contact Kassy Morales, Assistant Principal.

What's Cooking?

Breakfast will be available Monday - Friday at 8:40am for students who wish to purchase it. Hot and cold selections will be available. Student “lunch” accounts will be charged. For complete breakfast and lunch menus, please click here.

The Launching Pad Café

Lunch Menu for the week of February 26th

Monday: Cheeseburger w/Potato Wedges & Baked Beans

Tuesday: Pancakes or Waffles w/Sausage & Sweet Potato

Wednesday: Orange Chicken w/Egg Roll

Thursday: Chicken Nuggets w/Cornbread & Green Beans

Friday: Pepperoni Pizza Bagel

Please remember to check your student’s lunch account and make sure to replenish it if necessary. All lunch accounts with a negative balance of $20 or more will be sent to collections per HSE District policy. The cost per student breakfast is $1.25 and per student lunch is $2.60. When sending in lunch money please be sure to include the child’s first and last name, teacher name and student ID on the payment envelope.

Fresh fruit , veggies and milk are always offered with lunch.

PBJ, Turkey Sandwich, Chef Salad or Pizza Pack (Gogurt brand yogurt, cheese, pita bread & marinara) will be offered daily as an alternative lunch choice.

*No pork is served; we use turkey-based products.

Weekly G.R.I.P. Winners

All HRE students know about G.R.I.P. - an acronym which stands for Gratitude Respect Integrity Purpose. Students may earn "GRIP SLIPS" by demonstrating any one of these character traits. Each week, teachers draw one name from their classroom Grip Slips and that student is the Grip Slip winner for the week from that classroom. Those names are then entered into a weekly drawing per grade level; one name is drawn per grade level and those students come to the office to choose a small prize. We are pleased to announce our Grip Slip winners for the week:

Kindergarten: Amariah Ngene from Mrs. Pfeifer's class was caught showing Respect.

1st Grade: Hailee Klimkowski from Mrs. Brockman's class was caught showing Integrity.

2nd Grade: Ingrid Schultz from Mrs. Edward's class was caught showing Purpose.

3rd Grade: Olivia Burchfield from Miss Parrish's class was caught showing Purpose.

4th Grade: Jalal Alyami from Mrs. Washburn's class was caught showing Respect.

Attention 3rd Graders

Ms. Chandler is happy to announce an opportunity to help Braeburn Elementary in Houston, Texas while having some fun in the process. All third graders are invited to play dodgeball before school, for a monetary donation. The fourth graders raised $410 with their kickball tournament in December. Let's see if 3rd grade can beat them! Just show up at door 10 (gym door) at 8:00 am. Since you don't play dodgeball in PE, this is a great opportunity. Students are not required to attend as this is an optional before school activity.

Wednesday, February 28th Miss Otto's Class

Friday, March 9th Mrs. Ceglio's Class

Monday, March 12th Mrs. Lee's Class

Friday, March 16th Mrs. Peterson's Class

Wednesday, March 21st Ms. Sitar's Class

Friday, March 23rd Miss Parrish's Class

Wednesday, March 28th Ms. Harling's Class

Please contact Ms. Chandler if you have any questions.

Order Your 2017-2018 Yearbooks Now

Hoosier Road Elementary is once again offering high quality yearbooks for sale to all of our families! The HRE Yearbook Club is in the process of designing our yearbook which will soon go to print. If you would like to reserve a copy for your student, you may order online by going to Be sure to enter our school yearbook ID Code: 10776818. The base price for a soft cover yearbook is only $15 but you may add upgrades such as choosing to have a hard cover or personalize the yearbook with your student's name.

All online yearbook orders are due no later than March 11, 2018. This deadline is firm and cannot be extended.

Calling all runners, walkers, and joggers!

Calling all runners, walkers, and joggers! Hoosier Road will be putting together its 11th annual Geist 5K team to participate in the 5K race on May 19, 2018 which starts at 7AM. Come out for an informational meeting to learn about joining our team and racing to the finish line. All HRE families (no matter the grade level) are invited to register with our school. More information will be given on joining and registering at the meeting on Wednesday, March 7th at 6:30PM in the gym. We would love to keep our title as most participants in the school program category! So come and see what all the fun is about!

Looking for an advertising opportunity for your business? Need a tax exemption? Just have extra money laying around? How about donating to the Geist 5K team?
To offset our costs (water, healthy snacks, shirts) we are looking for some sponsors. Your company name will be featured on our newly designed shirts. $50 and $100 partnerships are welcome. If you or a wealthy friend/family member can help, you can contact Ms. Chandler at or Miss Pall at Thank you in advance for your consideration!

Library Volunteers Needed!

Mrs. Avery is looking for volunteers to come and help in the library. Please click on the following link to sign up!

Kindergarten Registration and Kindergarten Open House

No need to wait! Enroll now!

All HRE families are invited to enroll incoming Kindergarten students for the 2018-2019 school year. Students must be five years old on or before September 1, 2018.

To enroll your student, go to your current SKYWARD account and look for the tab labeled, "New Student Online Enrollment". If you don't have an account or will be new to HRE, please click the link below to begin the process:

Be prepared to scan and upload the following documents:

  • Child's birth certificate
  • Child's immunization records
  • Three proofs of residency. For a complete listing of acceptable proofs of residency documents, please click on this link found on the HSE Schools website:

HRE will still be hosting a traditional "Kindergarten Open House" evening on Thursday, April 19th from 5:00-7:00 PM. All families in the community may come to meet our Kindergarten teachers, tour the building and even take a ride on a school bus!

If you have any questions about enrolling your child in Kindergarten, please feel free to call Stacy Koch in the Hoosier Road Elementary School office at (317)915-4240.


The PTO is looking for people willing to give their time to enrich HRE for the students and the teachers. If you’re willing to do that and can attend a monthly daytime meeting, the Executive Board is for you!

For the 2018-19 school year, the PTO is looking to fill the following positions:



If you are interested in one of the positions or would like to learn more, please email the

Nominating Chair: Brittany Schmuck

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Are You Interested in Learning Strategies to Help Meet the Needs of your High Ability Child?

Hamilton Southeastern is pleased to offer a four-session book study on A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children by James T Webb, Janet L. Gore, Edward R. Amend, and Arlene R. DeVries. Meetings follow a discussion format. Walk away with strategies for addressing intensities, perfectionism, sibling issues, and underachievement.

Sessions will be on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:00 pm at the Administration Building on 13485 Cumberland Road in the West Conference Room. Meeting dates are:

February 13

February 20

February 27

March 6

The book club is limited to twelve participants (one member per family) and fills up quickly.

Participants are welcome to borrow HSE copies of the book for the duration of the book study.

If you would like to join the group, contact Meg Strnat, HSE High Ability Coordinator and book study facilitator, at Please include contact information (your child’s name, teacher, and school) and whether you would like to borrow the book.

Be Prepared for School Closings and Weather Delays This Winter

If weather dictates a 2 hour delay, parents will be notified via a Skylert message (parents set up how they wish to be notified in their Skyward account). In addition, the HSE district will use social media (Facebook, Twitter) and all local TV stations will broadcast delays as well as post them on their websites. If we have a delay, all morning activities will be cancelled unless a staff member personally notifies you otherwise. HSE bus transportation will operate but will occur 2 hours later for morning pickup. No breakfast will be served.

The doors to the school will be locked so please do not drop off your children and drive away!! Students will be admitted into the building at 10:45 AM. School will begin at 10:55 AM. No lunch visitors will be allowed on delay days due to an altered schedule.

In cases of extreme weather conditions, the Superintendent of HSE Schools will call a weather day and close all HSE schools. Again, parents will be notified via Skylert and closings will be announced on social media and by local TV stations.

Remember that HSE bus service will run on all school days. We encourage you to have your child ride the provided bus transportation to school so as not to be late -- tardiness due to weather is not excused. If your child attends the Y before/after care, the Y will be open as usual on delay days but will be closed on cancellation days.

Outdoor Recess Happens Year-Round! Remember - please dress your child for the weather

Recess will be held outdoors whenever possible. Precipitation, sunshine, cloud cover, wind chill, temperature, etc. are all considered when a decision is made for indoor recess. In general, recess will be held indoors when it is raining or the temperature/wind chill falls below 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Conversely, if the temperature is at or above 95 degrees Fahrenheit or the humidity is at or above 95%, teachers will use extreme caution while monitoring students at recess. In addition, students will be provided ample amounts of water before and during recess; Recesses will be kept to 10-20 minutes or may be moved indoors at the discretion of the principal or designee; Children will be watched/monitored carefully for necessary action. These temperatures are based on recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. ~From the HSE District Elementary School Handbook.

Volunteers & Lunch Visitors Reminder

Per HSE Policy, visitors must have their SafeVisitor Badge scanned to check-in to the building. Please download the SafeVisitor App (it is available in Google Play or via the app store on the iPhone) or have your badge available when you come into the school. Looking up names can lead to the wrong person being signed in.

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

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Vicki Foutty at 317-594-4100.

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Dine to Donate EVERY THURSDAY IN MARCH at BoomBozz!!!

You must present a copy of the flyer. Please click on the following link for a printable copy of the flyer.

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