BSE Bear Bulletin

December 4, 2015

Please reference the BSE calendar for specific clubs and times

December 16 - Chicken nuggets will be served in place of Spaghetti.

December 17 - Cafeteria special meal - see below!

December 18 - 4th grade choir performance prior to winter community celebration. Last day for students.

Winter Break is December 21st - January 5th. Teachers return January 4th, students return on Tuesday, January 5th.

Lunch and Rotation Schedule for Upcoming Week(s)

December 7th, Week 3 on lunch menu

  • Monday, 12/7 - Day 4
  • Tuesday, 12/8 - Day 5
  • Wednesday, 12/9 - Day 6
  • Thursday, 12/10- Day 1
  • Friday, 12/11 - Day 2

December 14th, Week 1 on lunch menu

  • Monday, 12/14 - Day 3
  • Tuesday, 12/15 - Day 4
  • Wednesday, 12/16 - Day 5
  • Thursday, 12/17 - Day 6
  • Friday, 12/18 - Day 1

Cafeteria Holiday Meal

The cafeteria will be serving their holiday meal on December 17th. Below is the menu that will be offered.

Lasagna, Garlic Bread, Broccoli, Salad, Fruit and Iced Fudge Brownie!

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept guests for our holiday meal and the café will also be closed to guests on December 18th due to winter service projects with parents.

Something new coming to BSE for 3rd and 4th graders!

Learn about STEM Scouts & tour the Vortex (mobile lab) at the Brooks Elementary Open House on January 14, 2016 from 6:30p.m. - 8:00p.m. Look for brochures to come home after our Holiday break.

For more information visit

Car Rider Parents READ THIS!

Shortly after the winter break BSE will initiate the FASTLANE for all car riders. The FASTLANE is an electronic sign-in for all car riders and is brought to us via our School Dismissal Manager Program. This program will allow us to streamline our pick up process, increase the safety of our students, and reduce our students exposure to the cold and heat. Look for an email with directions in the near future and a start date a few weeks after we return in January.

Gently used hats and gloves are needed!

Clara L. one of the BSE students, was inspired by a guest speaker Nancy Chance, from Good Samaritan, to make a difference. She has been working to put together a hat and glove drive here at BSE. She is planning on taking the items she collects on the 3rd grade field trip to help prepare for the Hamilton County December give away/shopping event for Hamilton County families in need. Please help her by sending in gently used hats and gloves by Tuesday, December 8th. Please take the time to watch the two videos below! We are very proud of Clara!
Hat and glove drive part 1
Hat & glove drive part 2

Fall of 2016 iPad's are coming!

Beginning in the fall of 2016, each student in grades K-4 will use an iPad during their day at school. Families may provide their own iPad or rent an iPad from HSE Schools. More communication about the elementary 1:1 program will be forthcoming; in the meantime, please visit the HSE School Corporation website to find more information about HSE21 and HSE’s 1:1 program.

For families who choose to provide their own iPad, device requirements are as follows:

Model: (Full-sized) iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 (iPad Retina), iPad Air, or iPad Air 2

Memory Size: 16 GB or greater

Internet: Firewalls and filters will enable secure use of Wi-Fi at school. Therefore, no additional

purchase of data plans/cellular/3G/LTE connection is needed."

Library Volunteers are needed!

Volunteer in the center of the action in a beautiful space! Be a library volunteer!

Sign up online:

Any questions regarding volunteering in our library can be addressed to our Media Specialist, Kristin Patrick -

Thank you for considering volunteering!

Winter Community Celebration on December 18th

We are excited to share with you how your BSE Bear(s) will be celebrating this winter season!

Our fabulous room parents have designed an entertaining & creative Winter Community Celebration! Each grade level will participate in a community service project...there is no better time than now to give back to our community! On this day, students will also have fun celebrating winter with their class through games & activities!

The Winter Community Celebrations will take place Friday, December 18th. The times are as follows:

1st & 2nd 9:30-10:30am

Kindergarten 12:15-1:15pm

3rd & 4th 2:00-3:00pm

If you have not received a letter regarding the Winter Community Celebration & an envelope for donations from your classroom room parent, please contact Ally Kistler ( or Kim Carlson (

We invite you to participate in the celebration! Volunteers & chaperones are always welcome! Be sure you have a current background check on file in the office & you must watch & complete the anti bullying video. Both can be found on the link:

Makerspace taking shape at BSE - Can you HELP?

Help us build our Makerspace!

The BSE staff has been actively developing collaborative workspaces throughout the school. The main commons of our school is our dedicated Makerspace where our students are free to construct, build, collaborate, all while applying their learning. We have 9 re-purposed tables with wheels that our students can move throughout the building and now we are ready to fill our bins with materials to enhance our students capacity to construct!

Next week I'll send a separate Makerspace newsletter with a full list of items needed. We are simply asking for donations and would love for you to take those old garage items you need to get rid of and send them our way. Look for the list next week!

Earn Money for BSE While You Shop!

Did you know that you can earn money for BSE while doing your normal grocery and holiday shopping? The following programs all earn money for the school, without you purchasing anything outside of your normal spending.

Amazon Smile

  • Visit and search for Brooks School Elementary PTO in Fishers, IN as your charitable organization.
  • Then be sure to always go to to place your order!

Register Your Kroger Plus Card

  • Go to and create or sign in to your online account
  • Brooks School Elementary is organization #10435
  • Present your card for discounts and to earn money for the school every time you shop
  • This program earns cash for the school, and not only is it easier than the previous program, our earnings have increased!

Register Your Marsh Fresh Ideas Card

  • Go to and use code 28437
  • If you registered last year or earlier this year, you do not need to do it again
  • Present your card for discounts and to earn points for the school every time you shop
  • This program specifically funds gym and playground equipment, as well as other basic supplies


  • Target cards not only earn you 5% off all of your purchases, you can designate Brooks School Elementary and earn money for the school as part of their Take Charge of Education Program.
  • Enroll your Target Card, Target Visa or Target Check Card at or by calling 1-800-316-6142 and using BSE identification number #120043
  • We will continue to earn money through the school year, so it's not too late to sign up and use your card!
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Fishers, IN 46038

(317) 845-5582

Southeastern Rugby – CALL-OUT MEETING! Parents and players in grades 2-8 are invited to meet board members and coaches for the 2016 Southeastern Youth Rugby season on Tuesday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. The orientation will involve a brief overview of the sport, parents' Q&A, and a review of fees and game schedules. The meeting will be held at the the Billericay Community Room, 12690 Promise Rd. Questions or concerns? Contact your coach or email

HSE-Fishers Boys Lacrosse Call-out Meeting – If your son is interested in playing SELECT or TRAVEL lacrosse this spring, it is important that you attend one of the two call-out meetings. We will be announcing some important changes to the program. The first will be on December 9 and the second on January 13. Topics will include travel and select boys lacrosse. We will discuss team structure, tournaments and lacrosse in general. Parents are encouraged to attend one of these dates if their sons are interested in trying out for travel or select lacrosse. Select teams play rec lacrosse as well as limited travel tournaments. A third call out for rec lacrosse will be held in February. The meeting will be held in the Billericay Community Room from 6:30-8:00 p.m. You can reach boys lacrosse at or Daniel Coppersmith 501-1871.

HSE-Fishers Boys Lacrosse will be holding stick skills clinics on January 5, 12 and 26 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend, but stick skill sessions are geared towards players new to lacrosse or with 1-2 years of experience. We will focus on basic stick management, passing and techniques. These stick skill sessions will be held indoors and the cost will be approximately $45. To register or for more information, please email

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Have a great weekend!