Bear Bulletin

February 24, 2017

Message from Dr. Kaminski

BSE Parents and Community,

I am thrilled to announce that BSE has the wonderful opportunity to become a formal sister school with a school in Ningbo, China! This opportunity is one of a kind, and one that I would love to take advantage of for our BSE Bears. In my last school assignment, I had a similar partner in a different city of China, and the partnership had a tremendous, positive impact on the students in both schools.

The initial partnership would invite the students of Ningbo to visit us in August of 2017. In this case, about 25-30 students and a few teachers would spend a full week of school with our students, side by side. HSE21's quest to form global citizens and open the world to our students allows us a great purpose in developing this potential partnership!

If we agree to the initial visit, we will need homes in which our visitors will stay. I am eager to get your thoughts around housing two students while they visit for a week in August next year. If this is something that sounds exciting and valuable to you and your family please email me at and let me know. Don't worry, the organization with whom we are working will provide a great deal of information for your success should you opt to open your home to our potential guests.

After the initial visit, the potential for the school-to-school partnership will open and the possibilities are endless! The partnership would open the lines of communication with our new friends. We would share artifacts, join in global learning projects, learn about one another's culture and cities, and travel to visit our sister school and city! Let's consider taking an opportunity to open the doors to a new and different world for our BSE Bears. Much more to come on this topic! For now, I am just eager to know how you feel about the idea. I will also send a three question survey Skylert next week to capture your thoughts.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Dr. Kaminski


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Help BSE win $1000 for our school! Check out our PTO's "Relax by the Fire" package in the Game Day silent auction, which is now LIVE. You do not need to be present to participate or win. Just look for package 100, along with all the other great ones, HERE.

Click here for the latest and greatest highlights regarding tonight's GAME DAY event.

Brooks School Elementary Blood Drive

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Bloodmobile (Located outside door 11)

Please consider donating. Click here to sign up!


The donation process takes less than an hour. It is recommended that donors
have a light snack before donating. Most people are eligible to donate. There
are very few causes for deferral and very few medications that are not

Not sure if you are eligible to donate? Click here for eligibility requirements.

Indiana Blood Center must see 550 individuals each and every day to ensure hospital patients near and far have more tomorrows and brighter futures.

More questions?

Feel free to contact: Kristine Pierce (

Pancake Breakfast is Coming March 4th

The 2017 BSE Pancake Breakfast is just around the corner - Saturday March 4th! 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!! Click here for our flyer.

Yearbook On Sale NOW

It is time to start ordering your 2016-2017 Brooks School Elementary yearbook! It will be filled with special moments for all of us, with class shots of our entire school family, as well as candid photos from special times throughout the year.

This year the yearbook is going to do more than just hold the memories of a great school year; it is going to help make good things happen for other people. A portion of all yearbook sales will be going back to help a local organization help make good things happen for other people.

Reserve your yearbook today! The number of extra books will be limited. You may pay with cash or check (made payable to Brooks School Elementary), or you can order online by going to (a small service charge will apply to all online orders). In order to ensure you receive your copy, please preorder by Thursday, March 30th, 2017.

(Bonus: Order by February 28th, 2017 & be entered to win a $25 iTunes® gift card!)

Cost: $15 per book

Click here for the order form.

Help Wanted for Our Pancake Breakfast

Do you love to flip pancakes? Then we need you to help at the 2017 PTO BSE Pancake Breakfast (Saturday, March 4th). This is a fun way to support the PTO! The following link will take you to the sign up - For questions contact Andrea Bur0w

Science Fair Recap

On February 9th, seventy-five 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 March 4th. Click here for a complete list of winners.

Math & Science Night

Thanks to the hard work of many, Math & Science Night was an impressive evening. We'd like to express our gratitude to Amy Pollak and her entire team (Eric Farny, Jill Ritter, Jason Pierce, Kyle Hultgren, Christy Schechter and Karishma Parikh).

A Night of Hope

Tuesday, March 14th, 6:30-8:30pm

13000 Promise Road

Fishers, IN

Guest speaker: Jordan Burnham, a nationally recognized mental health advocate

Click here to learn more about Jordan Burnham and click here for more details about the event itself.

Vendor tables (20+ organizations) will be open from 6:30 - 7:00 PM.

Program and Q&A with panel of experts will be from 7:00 - 8:30 PM.

Watch Me Sculpt - Time to Sign Up

The next session begins March 6th! Click here for the flyer and registration information.

Plastic Lids Needed

ATTENTION: Please save all your plastic lids. We need all sizes and colors. The art room will be creating a collaborative recycled art piece with the lids. We need 100s and 100s!! Thank you for the help☺ Mrs. Flynn

Cardboard Boxes Still Needed

Attention!!! Please bring in thin cardboard boxes for the art room!!

Example: cereal boxes, granola bar boxes, mac and cheese boxes, etc. We will be using these for a project in 1st and 2nd grade.

Thank you, Mrs. Flynn

Dine & Donate at DETOUR

When: Tuesday, February 28th

Time: 5:00-8:00 PM

Where: 10158 Brooks School Rd.

Click here for the flyer

School Calendar

For a complete list of upcoming BSE events, visit our school calendar by clicking here. For our HSE District Calendar click here. All scheduled half-days and school closings (including Flex Days) can be found on both calendars.

SafeVisitor Reminder

Just a reminder that anyone intending spend time in the school or chaperone a field trip must have a SafeVisitor ID Badge. If you have not yet completed the background check, click here to get started. If you do have your badge, and still have yet to have your photo taken, visit our office any time between the hours of 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM M-F.

Pesticide Application Letter

Please click here for our district's letter on pesticide application.
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Our New Community Bulletin Board is LIVE

Looking for S.P.O.R.T.S. or Hamilton East Public Library events? Information we used to include in each school's newsletter, but pertains to everyone in the HSE Schools Corporation, can now be found by visiting our Community Bulletin Board. You can find it by clicking here.

Do you have something you would like included on the Bulletin Board? Click on the RED BOX found on the CBB page to submit your request. It will be reviewed by our Central Office administration and you will be notified once that review is complete.