Soaring Eagle News

Stephen Decatur Elementary September 6, 2019

The Principal's Message

September is upon us already!

We are working hard in all areas at Stephen Decatur. Throughout August, we focused on school expectations, spirit, safety, and academic goals. We even had our first big storm. Thank you all for your patience during that stressful time as we worked to keep scholars safe.

Expectations: At Stephen Decatur we are Responsible, Safe, and Respectful

Spirit: We started an Inspiration Hall where quotes are displayed that remind scholars of their importance and worth. Every day, a student in each grade level receives a Brag Tag when they are Caught Being Good. Check out our Twitter or Facebook page to see their daily pictures. We are designing a new logo and will have spiritwear available for purchase soon. Finally, we fancied up some lunch tables for you to enjoy lunch with your children when able.

Safety: Each month we have a fire drill and a Run, Hide, Fight drill. In August, we also practiced severe weather drills.

Academic Goals: Throughout August, scholars took reading and math assessments. The results are used to create growth goals for each student. Students will now work to grow in each area and will be recognized for progress.

What's happening in September?

-Lunch with School Resource Officers and Firefighters begin on Fridays

-Select Fifth Graders will train to become Peer Mediators

-Extended Day Tutoring Begins on September 10th (Every Tuesday and Thursday from the 10th forward)

-Clubs Begin on September 11th (Every Wednesday from the 11th forward)

-First Eagle Success Time on September 6th at 9:00

-School Skate party on September 12th (See the flyer below for more information)

-Popcorn sales on the 13th and 27th

-Smencil sales each Monday through Thursday

-School Smiles Dental visit on September 17th

-Parent Volunteer Orientation on September 19th from 9-9:45

-Vaccination Exclusion day is September 20th for any student with vaccines or appointments

-Book Fair begins September 23rd and ends on September 27th

-Grandparents Night 5:30-7:00 on September 26th

-September 27th is the last day of the quarter

I hope September is even better than August was. We will continue to focus on ensuring our scholars are #tomorrowready. As always, I am Decatur Proud to serve you.

Go Eagles!

Mrs. Jennifer Pearson

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School Smiles

  • School Smiles is a dental program that is coming to our school on SEPTEMBER 17th. Forms will be going home this week. Please return them asap. The form will allow follow up treatment throughout the year.

Flu Shots

Flu shots will be back again this year on October 3rd, beginning at 8:00 A.M. Health Heroes will be stopping at each school on this day.

There is no cost!

Parents fill out the appropriate insurance section and Health Heroes will bill the insurance for the vaccine. If it is not covered by insurance,they DO NOT ask for payment for any services. They accept non insured students as well. Health Heroes just asks that if you mark that you have insurance, provide the information.

The consent forms are linked below. They will also be coming home with students.

Consent Form English

Consent Form Spanish

Indianapolis Public Library Partnership

Decatur Township has entered into a partnership with the Indianapolis Public Library. Through this partnership, every year we provide the library with a list of our students, and they match the list with their database of patrons. If a student does not currently have a library card, they will be issued one. This program has been very successful in our schools and in other districts in Indianapolis.

The special card students receive will give them access to all of the library’s digital materials, such as databases of magazine and journal articles, downloadable ebooks, emagazines and audio books. In addition, it will give them very limited access to physical items, such as regular books. Of course, you can change this to a full access card by visiting your library. This is an outstanding opportunity for your student. If for any reason you do not wish for your child to participate, please contact our school office for paperwork to opt out.

Any questions or concerns about the program can be directed to Lynn Hodgkin, Elementary Media Coordinator, at 317-856-2221.

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School Skate Party

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Our next PTO meeting is on November 21, from 5:30-6:00. We hope to see everyone there! All students who have a parent in attendance will receive Eagle Bucks to spend!

Parent Resources

The Indiana Department of Education has published a parent resource that helps families help their children at home. Visit the link below for grade level information.
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Fall 2019 Lunch Menu

Family Events

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2019-2020 District Calendar

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To increase our volunteer base, a new incentive program has been established.

When a volunteer opportunity is posted on “”, approved volunteers will receive an email with a link to sign up for the event.

Once you have signed up to help and then attend the event your child(ren) will receive $ 25.00 in Eagle Bucks.

Any parent who wants to volunteer and has not submitted a volunteer form, here is the link to complete a form:

Thanks for all you do for Stephen Decatur Elementary!
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Inclement Weather Information

During the winter months, there are several chances that school may be closed or on delay due to weather circumstances. The following information has been shared on our website regarding how those decisions are made for our district. Please click on the link for more information.


We are student invested, community connected. We prioritize student learning, safety, and customer service.


We are a model campus characterized by an environment that is: Calm, Safe, Positive, Purposeful, AND FUN! Students, families, and staff will be invested through respectful relationships and a thirst for learning.

Stephen Decatur Elementary

Principal: Jennifer Pearson

Assistant Principal: Jay Lovell

Lead Teacher: Cyndi Kaiser

Nurse: Brea Middleton-Keen

CIS Coordinators: Matt Ernst and Laverna Tracy