BSE Bear Bulletin

September 26, 2014

Brooks School Elementary Night at the Indiana Pacers!

In conjunction with a special offer with Brooks School Elementary, you are invited to come out and see the Indiana Pacers at a discounted price! A portion of every ticket purchased will go back to BSE. Ticket prices start at $12; information packets were sent home this week with your student!

Mark your calendars for Friday, November 14, at 7 p.m. to come out and watch the Indiana Pacers take on the Denver Nuggets while supporting BSE!

Southeastern Swim Club Try-Outs Continue


Don’t let your young athlete get bored this fall and winter! Southeastern Swim Club offers multiple practice groups for all age levels and there are lots of practices offered so that your child can stay fit…. Southeastern Swim Club is offering the opportunity for evaluations for any interested new swimmers.

Come join the fun with Southeastern Swim Club!! Interested swimmers should come prepared to swim a minimum of 25 yards freestyle with breathing to the side and backstroke. The evaluation and consultation should take approximately 15 minutes. It is not necessary to attend each night. Simply pick one and come anytime during the two hours. Please bring a swimsuit, goggles and towel.

Remaining Evaluations

September 24th: 6:30-8:00pm

September 27th: 10:00am-12:00pm

Hamilton Southeastern High School Instructional Pool

13910 E. 126th St. Please use entrance # 2.

If you would like more information regarding Southeastern Swim Club, please check our website (, e-mail us at or contact the SSC Swimmer Hotline at (317) 579-0164 and leave a message for the SSC Coaching Staff.

Author Reading to BSE Kindergarten!

We will welcome Dr. James Dworkin to Brooks School Elementary on Friday, October 10!

He will be reading his recent picture book, The Dog and the Dolphin, to our Kindergarten classrooms.

Dr. Dworkin is Chancellor at Purdue University North Central and grandfather to BSE kindergarten student, Jimmy Geis.

Following his presentation, Dr. Dworkin will autograph copies of his book. To order his book, please send $10 cash or check made payable to BSE for each paperback copy. A portion of each sale goes to support Early Childhood programs at Purdue North Central, and another portion of each sale goes to support the Brooks School Elementary Library.

Please find order form below.

Orders are due by Tuesday, September 30.

"Engage in Change" anti-bullying anthem written & performed by Chad Mills

Smart Steps Program Offered at BSE

Brooks School Elementary is partnering again this year with Chaucie’s Place, a child advocacy organization in Hamilton County, to bring Smart Steps: A Body Safety Program for Children to our Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grade students. Smart Steps is a child sexual abuse prevention and education program that empowers your child to say “NO!” to any unwanted touches that make them uncomfortable from anyone.

We invite you to attend a Chaucie’s Place Parent Night to learn more about the Smart Steps program. Brooks School Elementary will be hosting on Tuesday, September 30, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00.p.m. in the school library. This meeting is open to all parents and/or guardians of Kindergarten, 2nd- and 4th-grade students. Please be advised that Parent Night is not open to children. To learn more about Chaucie’s Place visit:

Special Ed Parent Meeting in Carmel

YIKES! Planning Early = Success!!


* Parent Panel Discussion - "Things I wish I'd known when my adult child was still in school" - "What I'd have done differently" - "Things that really helped us"

* Parent Panel Question/Answer Session

* HSE & Carmel Transition Coordinator Presentation - Preparing for Adult Life - Things That Increase Success - The Importance of Planning Early

* Community Resources - Information to Plan for Post-Graduation Life

WHEN: October 8th 6:30 to 8:30 pm

WHO : Parents of any student K-12 with an IEP
WHAT : Topics related to successful transition to adulthood
WHERE : Oak Hill Mansion (5801 E. 116th St., Carmel, IN 46033)

(Registration encouraged:

Presented By: Parents Organized for Special Education Excellence (POSEE)


Join POSEE's online discussion group for HSE parents who have a child with an IEP:

School Picture Retakes Scheduled

Picture retakes will be taken at BSE on Thursday, 11/13/14.

To order online, please visit and use the flyercode: 678841.

Announcements and order forms are available in the BSE front office.

Student Fees at BSE

Your student’s fees are available in Skyward Family Access. At this time, not all payments have been recorded. We will accept payments with no late fee until October 10, 2014.

You are able to pay on-line (directions below) or submit a check to the office. If you do send a check payment into the office, please make sure your student’s name is in the memo line. Please note that credit cards payments can only be made on-line. No credit cards can be processed in the school office.

Book Rental Payment Instructions:

To obtain your child’s book rental statement, go to

Click on Skyward Family Access (top of page)

Enter your User ID and Password

Click on “fee Management” under General Information

Click on the “fee Activity” tab

If you wish to pay thru eFunds:

click on “eFunds On-line Payments” under the

District Links to pay your child’s book fees.


Applications are:

-AVAILABLE ONLINE, (;) click on SCHOOL DOCUMENTS & FORMS, application located under DISTRICT DOCUMENTS. (Free and Reduced Lunch Application)


-or CONTACT STACY ASHBY at 317.915.4250 or and one can be sent home with your student.

Please contact Stacy Ashby, BSE treasurer, if you have any questions.

Help Light the Night by Bringing a Pumpkin to Life

Don’t miss the Family Pumpkin Festival hosted at Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve on September 28!

Fall is coming soon and Fishers Parks & Recreation wants to ensure your family can make the most of the season! Join us at Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve on Sunday, September 28, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. for the Family Pumpkin Festival. Start brainstorming a few creative ideas, pack a few carving tools and come ready to bring a Jack-O-Lantern to life! After carving a pumpkin, families can enjoy activities including Pumpkin Putt Mini Golf, Pumpkin Bowling, Jack-O-Lantern Ring Toss and more. This program is free for residents to attend; however, registration is required by September 26 so that we secure enough pumpkins for everyone.

Once pumpkins are carved, they will stay with Fishers Parks & Recreation and line the trails during the Halloween Hikes. Once the Halloween Hikes have taken place, families have a few options if they would like to keep their pumpkins! If you carve a pumpkin and also attend the Saturday Halloween Hike, you may take your pumpkin home with you at the end of the event. Otherwise, carved pumpkins will be available on a first come, first served basis beginning on Sunday, October 5. Pumpkins not picked up by Wednesday, October 8, will be composted.

Visit our website today at to secure your spot in this event!

Halloween Hikes Return October 3 and 4

Make s'mores around the campfire, celebrate Halloween, and explore Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve!

Typically, Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve closes at dusk, but as tradition continues, families are invited for a night hike to celebrate the season in a non-scary way! Families are invited on Friday, October 3, or Saturday, October 4, for a family-friendly Halloween hike at the preserve. Hikes leave every 15 minutes, and registration is required for everyone ages three and up, little ones under three are free. This program costs residents $6 and nonresidents $9, and parents, participation is required for the duration of the program.

Hikes last 45 minutes and registration is first come, first served. Families will enjoy hanging out at the shelter, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Friday or from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday, where a campfire will be burning and roasting sticks with marshmallows, s’mores supplies and other snacks will be available. There will also be music playing and crafts to enjoy. This year, the theme of Halloween Hikes is Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. Students from the Lawrence Central players will be dressed as characters and will line the trails during the hike. Families are encouraged to stop by, learn about the characters and even enjoy a nursery rhyme.

Secure a spot for your family today as these hikes fill quickly. Registration can be completed online at

Instead of Carving, Create Your Own Pumpkin Pottery this Halloween

Fishers Parks & Recreation invites children to enjoy arts and crafts this holiday season.

Children are back to school and seasons are changing, which means Halloween will be here soon! Celebrate this spooky holiday but creating a piece of art to keep for years to come. On Saturday, October 4, children ages 6 to 10 are invited to Billericay Park from 1-2 p.m. to uncover their inner artists. The group will read The Runaway Pumpkin and paint a pumpkin pottery piece that will be fired after the program has completed. Pottery will be available for pick up seven days after the program has concluded, and can be picked up from the Fishers Parks & Recreation office located at 11565 Brooks School Road. Pumpkin Pottery costs $15 for residents and $23 for nonresidents.

Secure your spot today by registering for this program online at

S.P.O.R.T.S. Information

S.P.O.R.T.S. Basketball Registration – Registration for boys (2nd-8th grade) and girls basketball continues with a $10 late fee. Registration for 1st grade boys and coed high school basketball continues without a late fee. Registration forms are available on the S.P.O.R.T.S. website, at all HSE schools, the Fishers Library and the S.P.O.R.T.S office.

Fishers-HSE 3rd Grade Travel Girls Basketball Tryouts – Girls must attend the evaluation for the high school district where they reside.

Fishers Lady Tigers
3rd grade tryouts – September 30 – 7:00-8:30 p.m. – FHS main gym

HSE Lady Royals

3rd grade tryouts – September 29 and 30 – 6:30-7:45 p.m. – HSE Junior High

Football/Cheer Youth Night at HSE High School is Friday, October 10, as the Royals host Cathedral. All boys and girls, grades K-6 that are participating in rec football and cheerleading are invited to cheer on the Royals and will be admitted free if dressed in their jerseys or uniforms. Players will be recognized before the game and should meet at 6:45 p.m. at the south end of the stadium. Parents must stay with their child as coaches will not be responsible for them during the game.

HSE-Fishers Boys Basketball Evaluations – 2nd-6th grade

Sunday, October 12 – HSEHS Auxiliary Gym
2nd grade: 11:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

3rd grade: 12:45-2:15 p.m.

4th grade: 2:15-3:45 p.m.

5th grade: 3:45-4:20 p.m.

6th grade: 4:20-5:00 p.m.

There are no evaluations for 1st grade. Please arrive during your son’s grade slot. Evaluation should take less than 45 minutes.

Fishers-HSE Rec Girls Basketball Evaluations

Sunday, October 12 – FHS Auxiliary Gym

1st and 2nd grade: 12:30-1:15 p.m.
3rd and 4th grade: 1:15-2:00 p.m.
5th and 6th grade: 2:00-2:45 p.m.
7th and 8th grade: 2:45-3:00 p.m.

Please make every effort to attend. If you are unable to attend your scheduled time, you can come any time during evaluations.

SPORTS Board Elections – S.P.O.R.T.S. is now accepting nominations for open at-large board positions through October 10. If you are interested in running for one of these positions, please contact the S.P.O.R.T.S. office at 845-5582 or

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Want to support a city school's quest for academic excellence?

230 GB Gentlemen were adorned in ties and dressed for success in pursuit of academic and behavioral excellence. They were about 50 ties short this week. They are still accepting donations of belts, ties, and young men shirts. They will accept any size tie! Thank you, Greenbriar Elementary School.

Principal Kaminski spent 8 years as the head of Greenbriar and is proud of his time with the young Grizzlies. Please bring any donation of ties, shirts etc. to his BSE office if you want to help this wonderful group of boys find success!