Bear Bulletin

September 23, 2016

Message from Dr. Kaminski

The past few weeks have been very busy for the BSE Bears. We have completed NWEA testing for all K-4 students and reports should have arrived to you via email this week. If you have questions about the data, please feel free to contact your child's teacher. The BSE staff will also talk, in depth, about your student's data at the parent teacher conferences in October. Our staff takes multiple measures of students in multiple content areas, so don't put all of your worry or celebration into just NWEA.

The iPads have finally arrived! Thank you all for your patience around the order delay and we are thrilled to have 100% of our students with a device. The kindergarten team has plans to send iPads home this weekend for app uploads so they can begin utilizing their devices during instruction next week. The kids are super excited to have the opportunity, and so are we!

This newsletter is packed with mini-announcements, so start scrolling and enjoy your weekend!

Dr. Kaminski

Internet Filters and Safe Searching

Safe Browsers are apps that filter website content. There are many apps on the market today – some are free and some require a subscription. One such resource, Mobicip, is new to the market and has been popular with our families. There are free accounts and a yearly membership account for more control.

Note: In order for Mobicip or another safe search browser to be effective, it's important to go into Settings- Restrictions on the iPad and disable Safari, the Apple-installed browser, after the new browser is installed.

More information and resources on internet filtering and safe searching can be found at HSE Digital Safety & Literacy FAQ Page and on this Common Sense Media page.


Anyone intending spend time in the school 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 - 3:00 M-F.


Please check School Dismissal Manager to ensure your child(ren)'s default dismissal procedure is correct. If it is not, please make the change.

SDM is only for end-of-day dismissal information. If your child is either absent from school, arriving late, or being picked up early, we still need you to call in to the office to let us know.

Flip Flops are NOT Appropriate Footwear for School

Please do NOT send your children to school wearing flip flops. They are unsafe and can lead to injuries at recess, during emergency situations like bus evacuation, fire drills, etc.


BSE Picture Day was on Wednesday. Photos should arrive in approximately three to four weeks and we have scheduled retakes for October 26th. Instructions for ordering retakes will be shared prior to October 26th.

Pictures taken on 9/21/16 can still be ordered online by going to (Order Code 08722XA).

Liger XC Mile Run

The 2016 Liger XC Mile will take place on Thursday, October 13th at Hamilton Southeastern HS!! This race/run/walk is for ALL K- 6th grade students in the Hamilton Southeastern School District. Click here for more information.

Volleyball Club for 4th Grade

Volleyball Club will be starting in November. Any 4th grader interested should download the attached flyer, which is due back by October 7th.

Click here for the flyer

Science Club Service Project and Sign-Up

The BSE Science Club recently completed a service project. After a brief lesson on erosion and the need to control it, twenty-four students and two parent helpers helped do just that. They spread a truckload full of mulch onto areas near the bus lot sidewalk that have become eroded. Students enjoyed being outdoors and doing something to curtail a problem right here at BSE. Second grader Mady B. summed it up for all Science Club members when she said, “It was fun! I like helping the environment.” Click here to read more about it and see some photos. Still want to join Science Club? It's not too late...Click here for our flyer.

Basketball Club for 1st and 2nd Graders AND Staff vs. Student Game!

Thank you for the overwhelming interest in our basketball club. We are filled to capacity!

Everyone is invited to come watch our Basketball Club take on Brooks School Elementary's teachers on November 30th at 5:00 PM. More details will be shared in future editions of the Bear Bulletin!

Kung Fu Panda 3

Don't forget to send in your RSVP to see Kung Fu Panda 3 after school next Friday, September 30th. Click here for the permission form.


We will be collecting clean coats, mittens, gloves, hats and boots for kids from October 17-20, 2016.

Click here for the details.

Art to Remember

Brooks School is participating in a creative fundraiser with Art to Remember that allows you to purchase keepsake products customized with your child’s art. Right now, the entire school (grades K-4) are busy creating colorful, fun artwork! Keep an eye out for your child's personalized order form, which will come home around October 3rd.

Click here for more details.

SAVE THE DATE - Brooks School Elementary at the Pacers!

Monday, December 19th at 7:00 PM vs. the Washington Wizards.

Click here for more information.

BSE Reading Mentor Program Volunteers Needed!

The BSE Reading Mentor Program places volunteers in every classroom from K-3 to work once a week with students who need additional help improving literacy skills. There is no professional experience needed. Work with a small group of students each week for as little as 30 minutes helping to improve reading skills. Please email Christine Ferrara at to add your name to our volunteer list.


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Hamilton Southeastern High School Homecoming Invitations

HSE would like to invite all alumni and past Homecoming Kings & Queens to attend our Homecoming event on Friday, October 7th as we celebrate 50 YEARS OF ROYALTY.

Click here for the Homecoming flyer and click here if you are a former King/Queen who would like to be announced during the game.

Fishers Parks & Recreation - Kids Zumba!

Grab your friends and move like no one’s watching! Zumba® Kids is the dance-fitness party where we play it loud and rock with friends to our own rules. Click here for all of the details.

FHS Show Choir

The FHS Show Choir clinic is October 1st. 9:00-3:00. $30. Kids in grades K-8 will be taught songs and dances from current Show Choir students. Additional details and registration form in this link.

JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes

We'll be walking on October 2nd at Victory Field! Click here for the flyer with all of the details.

HSE School Nurses for a Cure - Marco's Pizza

The HSE District JDRF OneWalk Team and Marco's Pizza are working together for a cure. Order from Marco's on September 28th or September 29th to help our cause. Just remember to say you'd like your order to benefit HSE Nurses for a Cure.

Click here for the flyer

Girl Scouts

Looking for a fun activity for your daughter?

It's never too late to join Girl Scouts!

BSE just formed new Kindergarten and 1st Grade troops, and they're looking to add more girls! We also have 2nd and 4th grade troops. We'd love to start a new 3rd grade troop if your daughter and her friends are interested! Girl Scouts even offers Free Leader Training!

For more information, please contact

Kendra Butt, Community Troop Organizer for Brooks School Elementary,


Fishers Junior High Youth Cheerleading Clinic

Click here for information on the 10/6/2016 clinic

Click here for the consent and release form

Fishers Oktoberfest - September 24th

Click here for details.

S.P.O.R.T.S. Update

Click here for the latest update from

Southeastern Program Of Recreational Team Sports

Hamilton East Public Library

Click here to see our upcoming events!