Explorer News

Indian Creek Elementary - February 2016

Principal's Message

In December we shared some educational websites that we often use at school and that can be utilized at home. This month I want to make you aware of some apps for your smartphone or tablets. These apps provide interactive experiences that challenge students to think and reason.






ISTEP is approaching quickly. The testing window starts on February 29th. Please refer to the January Newsletter for more detailed information regarding ISTEP. See the link below to access January Newsletter.

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@IC_Explorers January Skating Party
Sunday Messages

Click here to read all Sunday messages. If you are not receiving weekly Sunday messages via email please contact the office at 964-4400.

Cafeteria News

Student nutrition is an important part of learning. View the School Lunch Menu.

Click here to pay for your child's lunch online.

Upcoming Events


9: PFO Meeting in Media Center; 6:30 p.m.

15: Presidents Day; no school

18: Indian Creek Magnet Open House; 8:30-10:30 a.m.

18: IREAD Family Night; 6:00-7:30 p.m.

24: Indian Creek Magnet Open House; 6:00-7:30

26: Jump Rope for Heart

26: Valley Forge Day

29: ISTEP+ testing window begins (Applied Skills)


1-11: ISTEP+ testing window (Applied Skills)

3: Skating Party at Roller Cave; 6:30-8:30 p.m.

5: LT Schools Showcase at LECC; 1:30-4:00 p.m.

14-18: IREAD3 testing window

14: Pi Day

17: Indian Creek Pacers Night

18: Movie Night; 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Indian Creek 2015-2016 Shared Calendar

Plan ahead by viewing the full Indian Creek calendar HERE

MSDLT Showcase

Date: 03/05/2016

Time: 1:30-4:00 p.m.

Location: MSD Lawrence Township Education and Community Center
6501 Sunnyside Road Door #3

Questions: 423-8209 or visit us at www.ltschools.org/magnet

Why: To learn more about the Lawrence Township Early Learning Centers, Magnet Schools, Middle Schools and High Schools and Learn about School Choice!

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.
We look forward to seeing you and your family on March 05, 2016!

Boys Basketball Week 1

Month in Review - January

Our Explorers jumped right back into action as the 2nd semester began! The word of the month was "TEAM" as our students continued to sharpen their STEM skills by working together to design and construct marshmallow towers in our 2015-16 Marshmallow Challenge. Both our boys and girls basketball teams successfully started their seasons and our VEX IQ team, The Minions, continued their season with another strong showing. Finally, thank you to all of the Indian Creek skaters for coming out to the Roller Cave this month.

Together Everyone Achieves More! Go TEAM IC!

Explorer News TV

It's important for kids to be in-the-know! That's why Indian Creek has its very own newscast - ENTV! Each morning, announcements are written, produced, and performed by Indian Creek students. Thank you to Mrs. Katowitz for overseeing this very talented group of students. Tune in daily to ENTV to find out what's happening!
Explorer News Broadcasts

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Valley Forge Day

Attention! General Washington Needs You!

General Washington's Continental Army of 5th grade Explorers will arrive at Valley Forge on February 26th. Students will experience this unique living history event as they attempt to establish winter encampment in the Indian Creek Outdoor Lab. But this is not a one-man army! General Washington needs many, many parent volunteers to help the troops survive the long, harsh winter. Parents, please enlist by visiting the Valley Forge Day website.

@IC_Explorers 5th Grade Glass Blowing

New Staff Spotlight - Barb Hall

Hi! My name is Barbara Hall and I am an Instructional Assistant (IA) for Title I students. Prior to becoming an IA, I was a building substitute in Lawrence Township for 8 years. I taught at Brook Park Elementary for 4 years prior to coming to Indian Creek. Spending time with children is one of my many passions. Teaching children has always been one of my life’s desires. I always enjoy seeing my students, past and present, when I am out and about and they introduce me to their parents and give me a hug. These children are our future!

New Staff Spotlight - Maria Jake

My name is Maria Jake and I am an Instructional Assistant in Ms. Gray's Functional Academics class. I am pleased to be a part of IC! I have worked in Lawrence Township schools for 8 years, starting as a building sub at Winding Ridge. I enjoy working with the students and watching them grow. I have BS degree in Business and worked in banking. I plan to continue studies and stay in the education field.


If you have changes to your student's dismissal procedures, they must be called into the office prior to 1:30. This will ensure an ample amount of time for the communication to be properly delivered. Also don’t forget that all parent visits with the classroom teacher must be scheduled in advance to avoid interrupting the learning environment. If you would like to schedule a parent teacher conference please contact your classroom teacher directly or call the main office at 964-4400.

Also, please make sure the office is informed if you have any changes to your family's emergency contact information. Thank you!

Indian Creek families continue to raise money for our school simply by using their Kroger Plus Card for their every day purchases! It's so easy! Get started by visiting Kroger Community Rewards to create an account, then sync your Kroger Plus Card to Indian Creek Elementary. Once your account is created, Indian Creek earns money every time you shop at Kroger and you have the added benefit of loading hundreds of digital shopping coupons right to your card!

Box Tops

Thank you for participating in our Box Tops collection last Friday. Together we collected over 6,000 Box Tops and raised over $600 for our school. We will do another Box Tops collection on Friday, February 26. Collection sheets can be found here.

Order your 2015-2016 Yearbook!

Help your student remember friends, traditions, teachers, and unforgettable moments by ordering an Indian Creek yearbook. Simply go to ybpay.lifetouch.com and enter school code 12655316. Yearbooks will be distributed later in the school year.

Student of the Week Program

Indian Creek would like to thank BW3's on Pendleton Pike for partnering with us to honor our Students of the Week. Each student of the week earns a certificate for a free BW3's kid's meal. You can be a champion too by becoming a BW3's Teammate!

Class of the Week program

We're honored to partner with Puccini's Smiling Teeth to recognize and reward our Classes of the Week with free pizza! Work like a champion, eat like a champion!

Support those who support Indian Creek

Indian Creek has many wonderful partners in the community! Please be sure to support the businesseses that support our Indian Creek Explorers. Look for these signs in Culver's, BW3's, Puccini's, and Incrediplex.

LT Schools Showcase and Magnet Application

The Lawrence Township Schools Showcase will be held on March, 5, 1:30-4:00 pm, at the Lawrence Education and Community Center on Sunnyside Road.

Online Magnet Application Opens on February 6, 2016

The elementary magnet online application will remain open until 4:30pm, March 11th.

The application process is open to students living within the Lawrence Township boundaries and current MSDLT students.

Lawrence Township School Foundation News

It’s “BIG 21” tournament time, and we invite you to be courtside as we show our spirit at the Lawrence Township School Foundation’s “Light Their Future” Celebration. Join 600 fans of the 21 Lawrence Township teams representing over 15,000 players as we storm the floor in celebration of our winning season!

Game time is 6:30 pm at Crane Bay Center on Friday, March 11, 2016. You won't want to miss the pre-game warmup including a spectacular silent auction and other games. Dinner will be served during halftime followed by a brief show at center court. The lively pep band, Greta Speaks, will keep fanatic fans dancing until midnight! The coaches have designed the winning strategy, so come support your favorite players and teams.

Don’t foul out! Score your tickets to the Big 21 Celebration before the buzzer sounds! For more information or to register, visit www.msdltf.org.

Parent Information and Resource Center

Did you know that there is a Parent Information and Resource Center in our area? The Indiana Partnerships Center located at 911 E. 86th Street, Suite 110 works to empower parents about their rights and responsibilities pertaining to their children’s education in the following ways:

Providing parent-focused workshops that are scheduled by schools, community groups, or parent groups.

Providing education-related information and resource materials, including information about school choice, attendance, tips for parents and teachers talking together, and how to have a family friendly school.

Helping schools develop parent engagement strategies that provide opportunities for parents to become decision-makers in their children's school, resources for school improvement, and mentors to others.

Contact them at 317-205-2595 or on the web at www.fscp.org for more information on how you can become involved!

Watch Us Grow!

In Spring of 2016, our Girl Scout Troop 1605 is going to make a community garden with help of Dads Club and a "Youth as Resources" grant from United Way. Why are we doing this, you wonder? Well, to bring healthy food to people who don't have enough money to buy the good foods they need.

We are going to build 6 beds with vegetables in each one. In the summer the community and Girl Scouts will take good care of the garden by watering the plants, pulling the weeds, and harvesting the ones that are ready. Want to know more? Send a kidmail note to Julia Rabe in Mr. Hardwick’s class, or ask any Indian Creek 4th or 5th grade Girl Scout! Be ready to watch us grow!

Community Activities & Events

*Join STEM Scouts at McKenzie Center for Innovation & Technology, 7250 East 75th Street, Door 6, Lab 4N! Meetings are every Wednesday from 4:00 to 5:30pm, for elementary (3-6) and middle school (7-8). Sign up today at stemscouts.org/indianapolis! For more information, contact Bethany Thomas at betthom@crossroadsbsa.org

*Early registration is now open for Fall Creek Little League. The season runs from April to early June. Costs range from $80-$135, depending on the division. Payment plans are available. To register or learn more about FCLL visit www.fall-creek.org. We hope to see you and your child at the park this season!

*PREP—Parent Engagement Series – on February 17th with Travis Brown

*MSD of Lawrence Township Schools Showcase on March 5th.

*Crown Community Basketball League sponsored by New Revelation Christian Church

Contact Us

Indian Creek Elementary

School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

10833 East 56th Street

Indianapolis, IN 46235

Twitter: @IC_Explorers

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/indiancreekelementary

Phone: 317-964-4400

Fax: 317-823-3400

Attendance: 317-964-4405

The attendance line is available 24 hours a day, 317-964-4405. If absence is not confirmed by parent/guardian, it will be UNEXCUSED! Please call the attendance line by 8:00 am if your student will be absent.