BSE Bear Bulletin

January 16, 2015

Half-Day and Holiday for Students This Weekend

HSE Schools dismiss early today, January 16, and will be out of session all day on Monday, January 19th in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

BSE dismisses at 12:01 p.m. today so that teachers may participate in a half-day of Professional Development. Buses will transport students home at that time, and YMCA after-school care will be available for students who are signed up for that program.

There will be no school on January 19, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. Classes will resume on the regular schedule on Tuesday, January 20.

Grandfathering Forms Due in February

Students in 3rd, 5th and 7th grades who have been redistricted to a different school for the 2015-2016 school year and elect to voluntarily stay at their current elementary, intermediate or junior high school should return their completed grandfathering forms to their school by Friday, February 6.

Parents who elect this option agree to provide daily transportation to and from school. The HSE Redistricting Grandfathering Provision does not cover siblings.

Talent Show Auditions Deadline Coming Up!

Parents of 3rd- and 4th-Grade Students:

The deadline to register for PTO-Sponsored Talent Show auditions is Sunday, January 18. Auditions are January 21 and 22. For more information and to register your child, please visit

Extended Movie Night in January

BSE will host an Extended Move Night on Friday, January 23, from 5:45 - 9:00 p.m.! The movie is How To Train Your Dragon 2, and the evening will also include:

  • Dragon Training with Mrs. Schwoeppe
  • Games
  • Dragon Art

Flyers will be sent home in the nest few days, or you may access the flyer below. Please see the flyer for details. Space is limited, so register early!

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February Flex Day Cancelled

Because school was cancelled on January 8, HSE schools WILL be in session on the previously announced Flex Day, Tuesday, February 17.

There will be no school on Monday, February 16, in observance of Presidents' Day, but school will resume on February 17 now.

Book Rental Fees Can Still be Paid on Skyward

Book rental fees can still be paid on Skyward! If you prefer to write a check for payment, you may bring it in to the BSE office.

At this time, a $7.50 late fee is due in addition to the book fees; please be sure to add this to your payment.

Thank you!

FCI PTO Calling for Volunteers

Fourth-grade parents, many members of the Fall Creek Intermediate PTO are either being redistricted or moving on to the junior high next year. Please contact Becky Gerig at or 408-3779 to see how you can help!

Southeastern Swim School Offers Lessons

Southeastern Swim School is excited to announce that we will be offering swim lessons at the brand-new Hamilton Southeastern High School Natatorium for Spring 2015. Daytime and evening lessons will be offered in April and May. Hamilton Southeastern High School is located at 13910 East 126th Street. Group lessons will be offered for children ages 3 and older. Children must be toilet-trained to participate in swim lessons.

Openings are available for both daytime and evening classes in April and May. Registration for Spring 2015 classes will open on Tuesday, January 20. Summer 2015 class schedules will be released soon. In addition, daytime lessons from September 2015-May 2016 will open for registration on January 20. Spaces are limited and will fill up quickly- RESERVE YOUR CLASSES NOW!!

For additional information regarding our lesson program, please check out our website dedicated to the Southeastern Swim School. The website address is: You can also e-mail the Southeastern Swim School Director Heather Streett at or call (317) 579-0164.

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Public Safety Forum Offered

A public safety forum will be hosted by Sheriff Mark Bowen on Thursday, January 29, at 7:00 p.m. at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds. There will be two topics presented at the forum.

The first topic is Workplace Safety. This will include tips on how to make your workplace safer and what to do if there is an incident of workplace violence.

The second topic is School Safety. Many county schools have gone to the ALICE approach against school violence. One of our school resource officers will be presenting information to parents on the theories and practices of ALICE.

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

Spring 2015 Open Registration January 1-31 – Open registration for baseball, softball, soccer, boys and girls lacrosse, rugby and track and field will take place during the month of January (7v7 football will not be offered this spring). Parents may register online or with a paper registration form. The registration forms will be 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. Parents who register with a paper registration form will need to submit the form with check or cash payment. Credit cards are not taken in the office. Parents registering online can pay online with a credit card or can print the form and submit it to the S.P.O.R.T.S. office with check or cash payment.

HSE High School Girls Basketball Youth Night will take place on Tuesday, January 20 (previously announced as January 10) during their game against Lawrence North. All rec and travel players will get in free when wearing their team jersey and get to run out onto the floor between the JV and varsity games. Parents need to attend the game with their daughter. JV tip time is 6:00 p.m. and players should arrive by 6:30 p.m. and gather at the HSE Fan Stand between the 3rd and 4th quarters of the JV game. Come out and support the Lady Royals!!

HSE High School Boys Basketball Youth Night will take place on Saturday, January 24, as the Royals take on Mt. Vernon. The JV game will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the varsity game to follow around 7:30 p.m. All boys in the S.P.O.R.T.S. rec league will be admitted free when wearing their jersey. Parents need to attend the game with their son. Immediately after the conclusion of the JV game, teams and coaches from the rec league will be recognized and will welcome the Royals out on the floor for warm-ups. The players should arrive by 6:45 p.m. and meet in the west lobby (nearest the HSE bench) during the fourth quarter of the JV game.

Fishers-HSE Youth Baseball Evaluations - Rec league evaluation dates are listed below. It is very important that every player attend their designated evaluation session. Players should report 10 minutes prior to their scheduled time. Evaluations are held at both Fishers High School Auxiliary Gym and HSE Auxiliary Gym. Please see location for your specific grade.

1st and 2nd Grade - Saturday, February 7 - Fishers Auxiliary Gym
Last name A-H - 1:00 p.m.
Last name I-O - 3:00 p.m.
Last name P-Z - 5:00 p.m.

3rd and 4th Grade - Saturday, February 14 - HSE Auxiliary Gym
Last name A-H - 2:30 p.m.
Last name I-O – 4:00 p.m.
Last name P-Z - 5:30 p.m.
5th and 6th Grade - Saturday, February 28 - HSE Auxiliary Gym
Last name A-H - 2:30 p.m.
Last name I-O - 4:00 p.m.
Last name P-Z - 5:30 p.m.

7th and 8th Grade - Sunday, March 1 - Fishers Auxiliary Gym

Last name A-M - 12:00 p.m.

Last name N-Z - 1:00 p.m.

Fishers Fire Track and Field is looking for volunteer high jump, long jump, and hurdle coaches for the 2015 season. They are also in need of board members and parent coordinators. The track season begins on April 17. Please contact if you competed in high school/college or have experience coaching and are interested.

Programs Offered by the Fishers Public Library in January

These programs are being offered by the Fishers library in January!

Story Time

Saturdays (January 17 and 31), from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

This is a drop-in Story Time for all ages and their families. We will read stories at 10:00, followed by an open craft and play time until noon.

Puppies & Popcorn

Thursday, January 20, from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Teen Program, Ages 13 and Older

Relax with the "Love on a Leash" therapy dogs. Run through a mock obedience course. Play some fun games, and enjoy some warm and delicious popcorn.

Story Time

Tuesday, January 20, at 7:00 p.m.

All Ages

This is a drop-in story time for all ages and their families. The program room will be open from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00.p.m. You may make a craft and have playtime with the early literacy toys. Library staff will be on hand to share a story or two.

Writing & Other Unknown Variables

Thursday, January 22, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Teen Program, Ages 13 and Older

Featuring Shannon Lee Alexander (author of Love & Other Unknown Variables), this interactive workshop will focus on basic fiction writing, narrowing a topic and tips about the writing process. Expect to leave inspired!

Lego Fun

Monday, January 26, at 7:00 p.m.

Join the Youth Services for our Lego Challenge. If you would like to leave your creation in our display case, we will happy to show it off for you. Please bring your own Legos. For more information, call 579-0304.

Celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day!

Craft, play and hang out with your favorite, silly old bear at Cumberland Park.

If you stopped by Winnie the Pooh Day last year, we have no doubt you will be back again! Join us on Sunday, January 18, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. to celebrate everyone’s favorite silly old bear and have some fun right here in Fishers. Winnie the Pooh Day is a free event that has activities for families of all ages that take place both indoors and outdoors, so dress in your best Pooh costumes and come ready for some fun at Cumberland Park!

Hoping to stay warm? Some of our indoor activities might be ideal for families. Indoor activities include coloring pages, Pin the Tail on Eeyore, various craft opportunities, and Piglet’s Play Area for toddlers. For those families who don’t mind bundling up and facing the cool air, there are also outdoor opportunities for fun! Outdoor activities include a 100 Acre Wood story nook, Honey Pot Toss, jumping sack races, Pooh sticks in the creek and an Eeyore House Building challenge. The shelter will also house an artifact table and costumes for fun photo opportunities!

Fishers Parks & Recreation strives to host events that lace nature education with fun. Winnie the Pooh Day offers families the opportunity to learn about the animals that inspired the classic Winnie the Pooh characters. Pre-registration for this program is appreciated, but not required, and families are welcome to stop by anytime during the event. Parents, Winnie the Pooh will make an appearance so don’t forget that camera at home!

Pre-register everyone in your family today by visiting our website at

Spend a Night Getting Crafty

Celebrate National Hobby Month, and spend some time creating a unique Pinterest craft!

Pinterest offers so many awesome craft ideas, but there never seems to be enough time to actually start crafting some of their do-it-yourself projects. Instead of continuing to pin things that go unnoticed for months, make plans to hang out at Roy G. Holland Memorial Park to start and finish your very own string heart.

On Friday, January 23, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m., participants ages 10 and up will weave together a piece of art using string and nails. Don’t believe it’s possible? Register now and see how this piece of art is brought to life!

Participants will be able to create a heart, the outline of our state and much more. All supplies will be provided during the event which costs $15 for residents and $23 for nonresidents. If participants are uncomfortable using a hammer and nails, parents are encouraged to attend to help.

January is National Hobby Month and the perfect time to try something new! Check out the Fishers Parks & Recreation Fun Guide to keep any eye out for similar programs that everyone in the family will enjoy. Pinterest Craft Night is a brand new program that offers the perfect opportunity to get out of the house with a few friends and create a beautiful piece of art!

Space is limited, register online to secure a spot, today!

Celebrate Veteran's Day with a Pottery Piece

Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating love, and sometimes a little quality time together is the best way to do that! Join Fishers Parks & Recreation as we team up with Creative Escape to offer Valentine Pottery for children ages 2 through 10 on Saturday, February 7, from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at Roy G. Holland Memorial Park.

Parents are required to stay with their child during this program, offering the perfect opportunity to create a Valentine keepsake box together. After the box is created, everyone will enjoy a fun Valentine Story. Pottery pieces will be taken back to Creative Escape to be fired, and will be available for pick-up from the Fishers Parks & Recreation office at a later date. All paint and supplies will be provided!

This program costs $20 for residents and $30 for nonresidents. Register online to secure a spot in this program while there’s still space!

Fishers Parks & Recreation offers a variety of diverse programs that allows families to enjoy quality time together while trying something new. For programs similar to Valentine Pottery, visit our online Fun Guide.

Dads and Daughters Celebrate Valentine's Day

Dads, this Valentine’s Day, invite the littlest loves in your life for a celebration they will never forget! Daughters ages 5 through 12 and their fathers are invited to join Fishers Parks & Recreation for a special night of dancing, refreshments, and unforgettable memories.

The Father Daughter Sweetheart Dance is on Wednesday, February 11, at Oak Hill Mansion, at 5801 East 116th Street from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Web registration is unavailable for this event, so hurry into the Fishers Parks & Recreation Office, located at 11565 Brooks School Road, to pick up your tickets today! Please bring the tickets with you to the dance as they are required for entry into Oak Hill Mansion.

Hoping to capture memories from this special night? Goldberg Photography will be on site during the event to take pictures for an additional cost. Semi-formal dress is required, and duos are encouraged to wear comfortable dancing shoes, ProSound Entertainment will keep the music coming all evening long.

Fishers Parks & Recreation strives to host diverse programs that allow your family to create meaningful memories right here in Fishers. The Father Daughter Sweetheart Dance offers fathers and daughters a special night out to celebrate Valentine’s Day. For other programs that promote family friendly fun in Fishers, visit the Fun Guide.