Bear Bulletin

October 27, 2017

A Message from Dr. Kaminski

Happy Friday BSE Community,

I am thrilled to announce that our new school partnership with Guang Ji Central Elementary in Ningbo, China is officially underway. Over fall break I traveled to Ningbo China with five other HSE principals to formally sign a memorandum of understanding with Principal Haung. Principal Haung is a powerhouse S.T.E.M. principal in his city with over 1.6 billion students. He actually supervises two schools with over 2,000 students each, grades 1-6.

During my visit I represented HSE and BSE by engaging in wonderful conversation with Mr. Haung and his staff. The common practices and challenges we shared were surprising. I'll also note there are vast differences in practices, but can see a grand shift in teaching philosophy occurring. I traveled to China ten years ago and my school partner/visit was much different. Things are evolving and it is clear the Chinese Education Officials desire to learn more about our instructional practices.

Next Monday I'll meet with all BSE Bears to share photos, the beautiful gifts that Mr. Haung presented, and fun facts about my visit. I'll also be presenting China on the BSE broadcast for the remainder of the year. Additionally, I'll be sharing my experience at the November 14th PTO meeting. I hope you can join us.

We will soon kick-off student to student communication and look for a visit from students and teachers in August. Much to plan!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Dr. Kaminski

Parent Awareness Night: The Opioid Epidemic in Indiana

Monday, Oct. 30th, 7-9pm

13000 Promise Road

Fishers, IN

Enter through FH7 - Doors open at 6:30 PM.

Please join us for a conversation with Ben Gonzales, a young man in recovery and a treatment professional and recovery advocate. Ben will lead us in a discussion on recovery & substance abuse disorders. A panel discussion with addiction experts will follow.

Click here for additional information.

BSE now has a bike rack! Thanks PTO!

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Goodwill Donations Still Being Accepted

Thank you, BSE families, for your generous donations! Goodwill picked up NINE BAGS of clothing yesterday. The bin is still in our lobby if you'd like to send in additional donations.

Red Ribbon Week

Many thanks to you all for supporting RED RIBBON WEEK and for signing our pledge to remain drug free.

Box Tops Results

Thank you Bears for collecting those Box Top labels for the fall submission. As a school we collected 5,635! The top 3 classes were:

1st place Anders with 707
2nd place Koors with 419
3rd place Murch 315

Keep collecting as we will have another collection date in the spring!

Thank you
Danae Brower

Vision Screening for 1st & 3rd Graders

Third Grade vision screenings will be completed on Monday, October 30th. Two nurses will be at BSE all day to check near & far vision. If your student wears glasses please help them remember to bring them to school that day. A referral will be sent home only if your student DOES NOT pass the screening. These will be sent home within the next week.

First Grade vision screenings will be completed on Wednesday, November 8th. Allisonville Eye Care Center has generously donated their time to complete a more comprehensive vision test. If your student wears glasses please help them remember to bring them to school that day. A paper copy of their results will be sent home with your student on Wednesday or Thursday.


  • Call the attendance line at (317) 915-4250
  • Please leave your child's first and last names (include spelling), teacher name, time of pick-up, and reason for leaving early.

PTO Updates

Dates to Remember:

October 27 (Tonight!):
We hope to see you at the BSE Movie Night sponsored by HSE DI! We will be showing Hotel Transylvania from 6pm-8:15pm.

October 29:

Our BSE Night with the Indian Pacers is this Sunday, October 29th vs. San Antonio Spurs at 4:30 PM.

November 13-17

The scholastic book fair will be held at BSE all week!

November 14:

The next PTO General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 14 from 6:30pm-7:30pm in the BSE Cafeteria. Babysitting will be provided! Dr. Kaminski will update us on his recent trip to China and provide insight into our new partnership with our sister school in Ningbo, China. See you there!

* Don't forget!! BoomBozz Dine & Donate is every Tuesday in October and November but you do need the flyer. Please click here.

From the Office


Please report absences or late arrivals by calling the school attendance line 317-915-4250 by 9:30 am. For your convenience, our Voice Mail is available 24 hrs per day.

Remember to please leave:

  • your name
  • your child’s name
  • teacher’s name
  • the date & reason for the absence

Book Fair

Scholastic Book Fair presents The Wild West Book Fair!

The annual Scholastic Book Fair will be at Brooks School Elementary the week of November 13th. Mark your calendars for this special family event. It is a wonderful chance to add to home libraries and to support your child in his/her interest and growth in reading.

The dates and times are as follows*:

  • Tuesday, November 14th 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday, November 15th 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    • Visit the Brooks School Bear from 5:00 - 7:00 PM and enjoy read alouds from BSE teachers.
  • Thursday, November 16th 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Visit Clifford the Big Red Dog from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM and enjoy read alouds from BSE teachers.
  • Friday, November 17th 10:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Also, please consider volunteering an hour of your time in helping at the Book Fair. Please visit this link to sign up. Your time is much appreciated.

* Please note that, while students will visit the Book Fair with their class during the day, parents are invited to attend after 4:00 PM.

Cafeteria Help & Lunch Visitors

HELP NEEDED: Students love seeing you during lunch time. Please sign up to help out our cafeteria staff. You can help by opening yogurt tubes, running napkins to spills, and opening milk cartons. Click here to sign up and THANK YOU!


  1. Guests must have a current SafeVisitor background check on file.
  2. Reservations are accepted SAME DAY only.
  3. Call the office at (317) 915-4250 by 9:30 AM.
  4. Due to space limitations, we can only allow three visitors per grade level (younger siblings are included in these numbers) with a total of 10 visitors per day.
  5. Guests may opt to purchase our hot lunch of the day or to just sit and visit. Out of respect for our students with food allergies, and BSE's commitment to doing our best to be a peanut/nut-free school, our policy has been revised and no outside food is allowed.
  6. Please note, Fridays are movie days in the cafe.

School Dismissal Manager

REMINDER: Early Dismissals should be called into our office at (317) 915-4250.

All exceptions must be entered no later than 2:00 PM. If students are participating in after school activities but SDM does not reflect that, unfortunately they will not be able to stay.

SafeVisitor Reminder

Just a reminder that anyone intending to 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. Unsure of your SafeVisitor status? Email us and we'll look into it for you.

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