Bulldog News

February 5, 2016

Mrs. Dettmer's Notes

This has been a great week of professional development for myself and several other administrators in our district. The PLC Summit ran 8-4 each day. My time was well spent learning about the next steps for Professional Learning Communities at our district and school level.

The weather in Phoenix was unusually cold, but we were able to get out a little on the last afternoon to enjoy some hiking.

Thank you to Mr. Darnell and everyone at Rockcreek for making sure things continued as normal. I am excited to return and see everyone. I am happy to be home!

Important Dates

February 11th - Little Hoosiers

February 25th - Math Bowl

February 29 - ISTEP window opens for grades 3-8

March 7 - Kindergarten registration begins

March 14 - 18 - SPRING BREAK

March 24 - IN SCHOOL - Snow Make-up Day #2

March 25 - IN SCHOOL - Snow Make-up Day #1

Mrs. Hill's Classroom Needs Your Help!

We are beginning a new project and need your help. Do you have empty gallon milk containers? Please send your clean empty containers to Mrs. Hill's class.


Grades 3-6 will be testing for ISTEP and/or IREAD (only 3rd grade) on the following dates. Please try and schedule doctor appointments around these dates. It is very important that your student is here!

Save the Dates: Tuesday, March 1st- Friday, March 11th

Bulldog Boosters

The annual Family Skate Night has been scheduled for March 24th 6-8 pm. We can't wait to see everyone for this fun family event!

Assistance for lunch can mean other other assistance as well!

If your family meets the income qualifications for free or reduced lunch, and even if your child brings his or her lunch to school, there are several benefits that may be available for your family. Textbook Assistance, High School - ACT/SAT Testing Fees & Dual Credit/AP Courses,Discounted Internet service, Discounted Computer,Discounts for Sports Program Fees, and iCare afterschool program discounts are some possibilities. See more information by clicking the links below.

Links to GREAT Information - More than Lunch 2016

Spanish version Spanish, More than Lunch

Questions? Please contact: Suzi Bruin, BCSC Nutrition Assistance Coordinator, at 812-314-3851 or bruins@bcsc.k12.in.us

Construction Updates

Coleen Davis interviewed our site supervisor, Spencer Rammel, about the progress of our construction project. Please see the link below. Many classrooms have found ways to integrate our construction project into their learning.

Interview Project


WHAT IF there was an EMERGENCY? WHAT IF we needed to GET INFORMATION TO YOU? This is a QUICK and EASY way to communicate needed information TO YOU!

What is REMIND?

Principals everywhere are forgetting their complex phone trees and are using Remind as a simple way to keep their colleagues in the loop and build community at their schools.

Please join the Rockcreek REMIND group to receive information quickly.

Yearbook Orders

It is that time of year again! Yearbook order forms have been sent home with students or you may order online. To order online visit www.inter-state.com/yearbook and enter code: 04567K. All orders are due by March 11th.

Student Spotlight - Fifth Grade

The fifth grade has been busy this week learning about scientific notation and exponents. In math each day we have a mixture of a whole group lesson and three work stations. These pictures show students at the three work stations that followed our whole group lesson. Students were playing a game called Exponent Toss with dice and white boards, using their Chromebooks to play an online game using exponents, and working at their seats in their math journals on skill pages that corresponded to our whole group lesson. Students complete all three stations each day.

Universal Design for Learning - Representation

Last week, we looked at different ways to represent text.This week we continue with the “what” by looking at options for representing language, mathematical expressions, and symbols.

What does all this mean?

Check out the back of a cake mix box in the picture on the right. ------>

  • Ingredients are represented with words AND pictures.
  • Oven temperature appears ON the dial.
  • 1-2-3 sequence is highlighted with numbers and text.
  • Bold, red font highlights the verbs.

Duncan Hines has it figured out. By representing directions in this way, the information becomes accessible to a larger audience. Try baking with a four-year-old. Kids LOVE to be able to “read” the directions themselves.

In BCSC, we strive to represent information in ways that help ALL students acquire language and math skills. We recognize no two students learn the same way so options are important. While one student may respond to picture prompts, another may respond to text. Either way, both students have an equal chance to learn the material.

It's like having cake...and eating it, too.

PreK and Kindergarten Enrollment

It is that time of year again. Do you have a student turning 4 by August 1st? Did you know BCSC offers PreK at most of our elementary schools? Please see the flyer below for more information on how to enroll your child.

Kindergarten Round Up is scheduled to begin the week of March 7th. We will have one evening opportunity to sign up students turning 5 before August 1st and then office hours from 8:00 - 3:30 for enrollment.

If you have a child you feel would benefit for early Kindergarten enrollment you can view the application materials online beginning Feb. 1st. The deadline to turn in applications for early Kindergarten enrollment is April 1st. This is only for students younger than 5 by August 1st.

Immunization Requirements

Immunization Requirements for Grades K-6

2016-2017 BCSC Busy Bees Academy PreK Brochure

Want to know more about the application process for PreK? Click the link above.

Parent / Teacher Conferences

Parent / Teacher Conferences will take place February 15th-26th. Teachers will be using the same schedule for siblings that was used first semester. Teachers will be notifying you soon of your conference date and time. This is an important time for teachers, students, and parents to discuss current growth and next steps to finish the school year successfully.

Middle School Open House Information

For 6th graders and their parents:

Northside Middle School

February 18th

Activity Fair (sports, clubs, etc. will have info booths in Gym 2) 6:00 p.m.

Presentation/Tours 6:30 p.m.

Information on Academic Challenge (AC) and Global Studies Pathway programs available.

Open House Flyer Enrollment Scheduling Timeline

Jennifer Dettmer


Rockcreek Elementary