Bear Bulletin

WELCOME TO 2017-2018: BACK TO SCHOOL EDITION

Message from Dr. Kaminski

Welcome Back BSE!


I am thrilled to welcome all of our BSE Bears and families back to the 2017-2018 school year. This year is set to be an outstanding one. This newsletter is filled with details for the year, so please take a minute to read and review.


This year all elementary schools in HSE are committing to our HSE21 promise and will implement Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing Units. Please explore this research based model out of Columbia University. The teachers have been working all summer and are ready to launch readers and writers workshops starting week 1!


We are just as eager to get our new math manipulative and materials into students' hands. In order to deliver standards based instruction with relevant student approaches we are implementing Everyday Math out of the University of Chicago.


Both curricular models will ensure that our system has the "tight" components provided to ensure all children are meeting the standard, all while being immersed in an inquiry based experience that our teachers have mastered over the last few years.


I know that you are all eager to find out what your student(s) teacher assignments are for the year. Don't worry; after a great deal of work classes have been designed and teacher assignments will be viewable in Skyward on Friday, August 4th, after 3:00 PM.


Our staff is eager to meet you at the Ice Cream Social on Monday August 7th. More information is available below. REMEMBER, WE WILL NOT PRINT CLASS LISTS, SO PLEASE MAKE SURE TO VIEW YOUR STUDENT'S TEACHER ASSIGNMENT IN SKYWARD PRIOR TO THE EVENT. ALL Kindergarten families will find teacher assignments posted on Media Center windows upon arrival for Kinder Open House on 8/3/2017 at 6:00 PM.


Please note that our Bear Bulletin will go out every two weeks (delivered on Friday) via Skylert. All community information is available via the district community link at the bottom of the page.


We look forward to a great start to the new school year.

- Dr. Kaminski

BSE Pilots Peanut/Tree Nut Allergy Friendly School Environment 2017-2018

Here at Brooks School Elementary, we make the safety and well-being of every student our top priority. That’s why we’re going to pilot a new program to reduce students’ exposure to peanuts and tree nuts.


During the 2017-18 school year, BSE is going to be a peanut and nut-friendly building. In order to do this, we need your help. We ask that you do not send your child to school with anything containing peanuts or other tree nuts, such as: almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, and pistachios. We will also not serve anything in our cafeteria made with peanuts or tree nuts.


Please remember if your child has a severe food allergy, it is imperative that you notify the school nurse. Also, if they require an Epi-pen, emergency medication orders must be signed by the child’s physician each school year.

Becoming a peanut and nut-friendly building is a collaborative effort. Students will not be punished if they bring in food containing nuts, so we cannot guarantee that children with allergies will not have accidental exposure.


This is a learning process for all of us, but we trust that you understand how important is to respect and adhere to these guidelines.

Important Dates

Kindergarten Parent Open House (parents/guardians): Aug. 3rd 6:00-7:00 PM

Ice Cream Social 2.0 (families): Aug. 7th 5:30-7:00 PM

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: Wednesday, August 9th

Meet the Teacher Grades 1&2 (parents/guardians): Aug. 10th 6:00-7:00 PM

Meet the Teacher Grades 3&4 (parents/guardians): Aug. 14th 6:00-7:00 PM

BSE School Hours are 8:55 AM - 3:40 PM

  • Doors open at 8:45 AM
  • Students are considered tardy after 8:55 AM
  • Parents must escort students into the building and sign them in after 8:55 AM

REMINDER: Early Release Mondays

Hamilton Southeastern Schools will implement a 20-minute, early-release day each Monday for students, K-12, beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. The first observance will be Monday, August 14, 2017. Click here for the 2017-2018 school calendar.

School Dismissal Manager

BSE will be using School Dismissal Manager (SDM) again this year. Additional information, including detailed instructions, will be sent soon via Skylert. It is important that your child's daily dismissal be up-to-date prior to the start of the school year because we will be using SDM as our guide for end-of-school dismissal each day, starting on August 9th. Alterations can not be accepted after 2:00 PM. Remember, this is to be used for end-of-day dismissal ONLY. Early dismissals should be communicated directly to our school office.

Art, PE, Music AND...Discovery K-4

Specials will have an added 4th rotation joining art, music and PE called Discovery. It will have a STEM focus where Sara Baer will rotate through activities that engage students in:


  • balance and movement
  • technology and coding
  • investigation and exploration
  • building and constructing
  • math and science challenges


These activities may look different for primary and intermediate grades. This rotation will take place in the classroom with the possibility of outdoors, collaboratory and media center used as needed. We are very excited to extend our Discovery rotation to all K-4 students and bring music, art and PE classes to our Kindergarten!


Would you like to be a guest speaker and offer your expertise in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics? Email Assistant Principal, Fatima Rich to learn more.

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.

Lunch Price for 2017-2018

Please be advised that lunch prices for 2017-2017 are:

K-6: $2.60

7-12: $2.75


For our Free & Reduced Lunch application, click here.

PTO News

Welcome back! The PTO is off and running with many events planned in the coming days. Please see additional information below regarding:


  • Ice Cream Social
  • School Supplies
  • Save the Date for the Back to School Bash


Have any questions? Feel free to reach out to Co-Presidents Sara Weinberger (sara.e.weinberger@gmail.com) or Jen White (Jeffjenwhite@yahoo.com) for more information about the PTO or how you can get involved!

Ice Cream Social

Ice Cream Social

Monday, August 7th from 5:30 PM – 7 PM!


Come meet your teacher and get geared up for the school year! Instead of the classroom, you'll find the teachers behind the school along with DJ Mike and Hot Box Pizza for purchase. Be sure to stop by the PTO table for ways to get involved and upcoming dates to remember. Most importantly, don't forget to grab your frozen treat in the cafe! Can’t wait to meet you there!

School Supplies

If you plan to bring school supplies with you to the Ice Cream Social, there will be bins outside of each classroom to drop them off. If you ordered a supply kit, it will be delivered directly to your child’s classroom and will be passed out to your child on the first day of school! Click here for the 2017-2018 School Supply list.

Save the Date - Back to School Bash

This year the Back to School Bash will be held on Friday August 25th from 5 PM - 8 PM! Mark your calendars for this much anticipated, always entertaining, SUPER fun fundraising event! Tons of activities for the kiddos, food for purchase and back by popular demand, the BSE Silent Auction via Handbid. Watch for registration details at the Ice Cream Social and as we head back to school!


If you own or work for a business that would be interested in providing an item, gift certificate, or service to the auction let us know!! The auction is a great way to support the school and get exposure with all BSE families and staff. Your donation will be promoted to the entire school community via our online bidding system. Email hsebsepto@gmail.com for more details.

Collaboratory Supplies Needed

Help us stock the MakerSpace at BSE for 2017-2018. The BSE Bears LOVE their collaboratory, and having access to materials to construct makes our project based environment much more powerful.


We need the following materials: PLEASE DROP OFF AT THE OFFICE


  • Masking Tape
  • Glue Sticks
  • Paint - Any washable water based any color
  • Wood Shapes
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Wall Paper Samples
  • Wood Scraps (small)
  • Buttons
  • Yarn
  • String
  • Anything that catches your eye that looks fun for kids to build/construct with.
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Fishers Campaign to Change Direction

Hamilton Southeastern School district recently entered in to a partnership with Community Health Network to begin to provide behavioral health services to students during the school day. Our school was recently assigned a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who will be in our building approximately 2 ½ days a week to meet with students and their families. If you are interested in this service please reach out to your child’s guidance counselor to learn more.


The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health in America so that all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages all Americans to pay attention to their emotional well-being – and it reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as important as our physical well-being. In order to change our culture, we have to start with a common language, and learn the Five Signs.

- www.changedirecrtion.org


Please take a minute and click here to learn more about the five signs, and click here for a list of events that will occur the first week of school.

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