HPE Patriot Post

Harrison Parkway Elementary

February 5, 2016 Edition

Year-to-Date HPE attendance average is 97.20%

HPE Expectation/Goal is 97%

Rotation Day 1

Weekly Rotation Schedule

Monday, February 8th - Day 2

Tuesday, February 9th - Day 3

Wednesday, February 10th - Day 4

Thursday, February 11th - Day 5

Friday, February 12th - Day 0

Upcoming Events at HPE


5th - End of 2nd Mid-term

9th - PTO Meeting - 6:00 p.m.

12th - Jump Rope for Heart

15th - No School - Observance of President's Day

16th - Flex Day - No school (if a make-up snow day is needed before then, there will be school)

19th - HPE Spirit Wear Day - Wear an HPE shirt to show your school spirit!

23rd - 26th - After School Explorers

29th - ISTEP testing starts (3rd and 4th grade only)

Holidays and Observances


8th - Chinese New Year

10th - Ash Wednesday

12th - Lincloln's Birthday

14th - Valentine's Day

15th - President's Day, NO SCHOOL

15th - Washington's Birthday Observed

Lunch Menu - Week of February 8th

Mon. - Day 2 - Beef Soft Taco

Tues. - Day 3 - Pancakes or Waffle with Sausage Patty

Wed. - Day 4 - Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Thurs. - Day 5 - Chicken Nuggets with Cornbread*

Fri. - Day 0 - Big Daddy Cheese Pizza*

*New Items

**In the event of a two-hour delay, breakfast will not be served.

ISTEP Testing

Dear Parents,

Third and Fourth grade students will be taking ISTEP February 29th-March 11th. It is very important that your child be at school on their testing days. Please try to avoid scheduling any appointments during their testing dates/times. As we get closer to the testing dates, your child’s teacher will be able to share the specific dates and times of your child’s classroom’s testing. Thank you for your help!


Nancy Logue

HPE School Counselor

Counselor's Corner

I had the privilege of visiting the second grade classrooms last week and presenting a lesson on responsibility. We discussed how the students can show responsibility as second graders. We also discussed that it is important to practice being responsible as second grade students because responsibility is a lifelong skill that is also used in careers as adults. We then played a game where students had to guess the name of a career based on the examples given of how responsibility is shown with the job. At the end of our time together, the students were then able to write about a career that they might like to have as an adult and how they will show responsibility with that job.

I also had the privilege of visiting the kindergarten classrooms last week and this week. We discussed how the students show responsibility as kindergarten students. We then read the story, Horton Hatches the Egg and discussed how Horton showed responsibility in the story. I enjoyed visiting your child’s classroom and look forward to visiting their classroom again soon!


Nancy Logue

School Counselor

Yearbooks on Sale

It's time to order your 2015-2016 Harrison Parkway Elementary yearbook. Reserve your yearbook today! You can order your yearbook by sending in the order form (attached to the newsletter) and pay with cash or check (made payable to Harrison Parkway Elementary), or you can order online by going to printmore.theyearbookshop.com/harrisonparkwayelementary. In order to ensure that you recive your copy, please preorder by Friday, February 29th, 2016.


This semester we will regularly highlight HSE21 practices in our weekly newsletter. Our goal is to share with HPE families the shift in instruction and learning and the ways in which technology amplifies the instruction we provide our students. We are excited to share these examples to keep you informed about instruction in the elementary setting today and the future as we move to 1:1 in the elementary setting.

In this short clip, technology is used as a creative presentation tool. Watch to see how these students use Skitch and Puppet Edu to share the character traits they've found in their favorite fiction books!


HPE Music News

First Grade Music Visits

During the week of March 28th, parents of first grade students are invited to attend their child's music class.

Letters of information have gone home with your student. A copy of the letter is attached to this week's newsletter for your reference.

Background checks and viewing the anti-bullying video is required of all parents who plan to attend.

HSE 21 Information

Beginning 2016 - 2017 School Year for Elementary Schools--

As HSE continues to expanded the 1:1 program, each student currently in grades 5 - 8 requires an iPad during the day at school. Each student in grades K-4 will use an iPad during their day at school beginning in the fall of 2016. Device requirements for the iPad are as follows:

Model Requirement: iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 (iPad Retina), iPad Air, iPad Air 2

(Note: an iPad Mini of any model does not meet NWEA or ISTEP testing hardware requirements)

Memory Size: 16 GB or greater

Internet: Firewalls and filters will enable secure use of Wi-Fi at school. Therefore, no additional purchase of data plans/cellular/3G/LTE connection is needed.

Families may provide their own iPad or rent an iPad for $125 per school year (rental includes iPad 2 or newer model, insurance, case, charging cord and brick). Visit http://www.hse.k12.in.us/ADM/academics/hse21/ to find more information about HSE’s 1:1 program.

HPE Cafeteria News

February Birthdays will be celebrated on February 23rd. Any student who purchases a complete Meal will receive a Rice Krispie Treat.

Parents please make sure you are signed up thru Skyward to receive low balance emails for your students lunch account. As per HSE policy for elementary students “If a student is at $0.00 they are allowed to charge one meal. Once the account is negative the student should be given a debit meal until the account is in positive standing or they have money in hand to cover the purchase.”

When sending cash in with your student please put it in an envelope with their name, student ID number, and teacher's name. When sending in money please write your child’s. full name, student ID number and teachers name on the envelope. For checks write your child’s ID number on the memo line. Please write your child’s student ID number on checks.

As a reminder if there is a two hour delay breakfast will not be served. On half days we do serve breakfast.

If you are packing a lunch for your child, we do not allow soda or foods that need to be reheated. When packing your child’s lunch please remember to include eating utensils for them.

Due to limited space, we will can only accept 10 parents (including siblings) each day. Please call the office by 9:30 AM. If you are ordering a lunch, please let the office staff know when you call in. Please do not bring in food from fast food restaurants. You must have a valid background check on file, have watched the anti-bullying video, and completed the video survey. Please do not use cell phones during your visit. Per HSE student private policy, taking pictures are prohibited.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

--- Mrs. Berling, Food Services Manager

Delays and Closings

This is a friendly reminder that with the Winter season, the chance of inclement weather is greater. We wanted to make sure that parents are aware of the schedules below:

TWO-HOUR DELAY-- In the event that the school district deems a two hour delay is necessary, school will run from 11am-3:40 am. Breakfast will not be served, but lunch will be served. School doors will be unlocked at 10:45 am. Buses will run 2 hours behind, so if your student normally gets on the bus at 8:30 am, then a 2 hour delay means that he/she will get on the bus at 10:30 am.

BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL YMCA PROGRAM-- The YMCA before and after school program will be open during their regularly scheduled hours on days that Hamilton Southeastern Schools are experience a two-hour delay. When Hamilton Southeastern Schools are closed for weather related issues, the YMCA school care is closed as well.

SKYLERT INSTANT ALERT SYSTEM-- With the weather changing, it is important to make sure you have updated the contact information for the Skylert Instant Alert System. This systems allows the school to notify parents of emergencies and /or changes to the school's regular schedule more quickly and conveniently. Skylert brings critical and/or changing news directly to the intended audience, as parents can select how and where they receive messages/ Parents should update the information in the system annually which can include work phone, cell phone, and email. Updates to Skylerts can be made at anytime by logging into Skyward Family Access at: https://sis.hse.k12.in.us/scripts/wsisa.dll/WService=wsEAplus/seplog01.w

Attendance Line Voicemail

If your child will be absent from school, please call the HPE Attendance Line by 9:00 a.m. at 915-4210. If you know in advance that your child will be absent, you may call the attendance line's voicemail anytime and leave a message. If you know your student will be absent for more than two school days for any reason other than illness, we ask that you complete a Prearranged Absence Form (available in the HPE office) at leas one week prior to the absence.

Student attendance at HPE is vitally important. Please make every attempt possible to plan appointments and vacations outside of school hours. Regular attendance improves student performance and is expected as an integral part of our state mandated School Improvement Plan.

Sign In Procedures

As a reminder, the sign in procedure at Harrison Parkway includes signing your child in or out using a computer. If you are signing your child out of school, please have your driver's license with you, as you will need it to complete the sign-out process.

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

Students are to be dropped off and picked up at the front of the drive by the school's front doors. Please have your child exit from the passenger side of all vehicles. Students should stay in their seatbelts/safety seats until your vehicle has come to a complete stop and your child is ready to get out of the car. Please only dismiss and receive your child at the front of the school. Do not release students from the back of the line so they mush walk past other cars releasing children. It is imperative that cars remain in a single line along the curb. Please do not attempt to pass cars releasing students as this creates an unsafe situation for our children. Please use extreme caution in our parking lot and drive in the morning and afternoon, as both are high-traffic times. Thank you for your part in keeping our children safe.

Lost & Found

Harrison Parkway Elementary has a Lost & Found located by the Music Room for any lost items. If your child may have lost something at school, please check the Lost & Found. At the end of each month, we will be donating any leftover items to charities that serve people in need. Thank you!

What to do if You Suspect a Disability/Child Find:

If your child is age 2 ½ through 21, attends any school within the Hamilton Southeastern Schools boundaries or you live in our community, and you suspect your child may have a disability, you should contact us for more information.

· For children at least two and a half years of age, but not yet age-eligible for kindergarten, you should contact the Early Childhood Assessment Team at Brooks School Elementary School, 915-4250.

· For students who are eligible for kindergarten through age 21, you should contact your child’s teacher, school counselor or building administrator to discuss your concerns and explore the steps to be taken. If your child is not enrolled in public school, you should contact the counselor or building administrator in the building your child would attend if enrolled.


Response-to-Instruction (RtI)

RtI is a general education initiative designed to provide high quality instruction and interventions matched to student needs, and using learning rate over time and level of performance to make important educational decisions. The RtI model is based on a three-tiered model of service delivery with a focus on early intervention and prevention of academic and behavioral concerns. Data collected during this process provides valuable information regarding students’ educational progress and response to interventions. Students who do not demonstrate a response to well-implemented, scientifically-based interventions at the Tier 3 level would be referred for an educational evaluation to determine eligibility for special education. RtI is a component of HSE’s Child Find Process.


After School Explorers

After School Explorers (ASE) is a 4-day program that provides the Harrison Parkway students an opportunity to discover, create and develop interests. This year the program will be held Tuesday, February 23 through Friday, February 26 after school from 3:45 to 5:00 pm. Classes are $5 per child. Registration will be open at the beginning of February with information coming home at the end of January. In preparation for the event, we need your help! This program is entirely run through volunteers and we need instructors and assistants so we can make ASE another success this year.

Examples of classes that have been run in the past that we do not have instructors for this year include the following classes:

  • Flag Football

  • Tissue Paper Flower Making

  • Cake Decorating

  • T-shirt making

  • Lowes – You Can Build It (we will provide supplies)

  • Cheerleading

The descriptions for these classes and other classes held in the past are attached. Or you can teach your own class! Please contact Jen Benson at HPE.Explorers@gmail.com for more information. Can’t wait to hear from you! If you want to help but not teach a class, we are also looking for volunteers to assist. Volunteers can now sign up on Volunteer Spot: http://www.volunteerspot.com/group/516342288062#!/show

Thank you in advance. We can’t wait to host another amazing ASE event.


Jen Benson, ASE Chair

HSE Schools Listening Tour

Dr. Bourff, HSE Superintendent, is giving a follow up presentation on what the findings were from the listening tour. Please plan to attend the presentation on Tuesday, March 8 at 7:00 pm in the New Britton Elementary Media Center.

Next PTO Meeting

Tuesday, February 9th from 6:30-7:30 pm in the cafeteria. Free babysitting provided in the gym.


Please see the sections below for more information about activities in our school district and community.

Permitted use of school newsletters by the Equal Access Act is not an endorsement of this group or this group’s beliefs by Hamilton Southeastern Schools or the Board of School Trustees.

HSSF - Game Day 2016

Tickets on sale now for the best game in town: GAME DAY 16 - Friday, February 26th, 6:30-10:00 pm at Conner Prairie. Enjoy a casual, adult-only evening with friends, school and community leaders, and Indianapolis Colts Guard Joe Reitz! Proceeds from each $65 ticket are targeted toward innovative teacher grants and spreading STEM programs throughout our 21 school district. Grab your favorite sports jersey and visit www.hsefoundation.org while tickets last.

The Fishers Optimist Club

The Fishers Optimist Club is sponsoring their annual Essay Contest and invites students to submit an essay for a chance to win a scholarship. The topic of this year’s Essay is:

“Lead By Example: Reality or Fiction”


  • Contest is open to students under the age of 19 who have not yet graduated from high school

  • Essays should be 700-800 words and must be typed and double spaced

  • Participants must submit their birth certificate with their essay and must have their parent’s permission in order to enter the contest

  • All Club level participants will receive a Certificate of Participation

  • Club level winner will be notified and your entry will automatically be submitted to the Optimist Indiana South District for consideration

  • District Level winner will win a $2,500 scholarship!

  • Deadline for submitting your entry to the Fishers Optimist Club is February 19, 2016

  • Official Rules and Entry Form can be found at: http://www.optimist.org/Forms/Essay_RULES_PAD-E_15-16.pdf

  • Entries should be submitted via email to fishersoptimistclub@gmail.com or mailed to Fishers Optimist Club 11807 Allisonville Road #302 Fishers, IN 46038


Relax and Unwind during Heart Hikes at Ritchey Woods

Fishers is a community buzzing with energy, and yet, sometimes it’s important to slow down and enjoy a moment of peace and quiet. Heart Hikes return Friday, Feb. 5 from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve and offer two convenient opportunities for residents of all ages to unwind and escape some of life’s everyday stresses.

Coordinated with Hamilton Southeastern School’s 2016 calendar, Heart Hikes fall on a half day allowing students, faculty and families in the community an opportunity to participate. Hikes are free to attend, and anyone is welcome to stop by during the program. Photographs of natural hearts line trails through the preserve offering a self-guided experience complete with a campfire and hot cocoa at the shelter. Heart Hikes welcome individuals embarking on a solo-serenity hike, couples enjoying time together, the business community during their lunch break, and families seeking quality time together.

Planning to stop by on Friday, Feb. 5? Consider bringing a book to donate to the Little Free Libraries that are in some of our parks. During the Heart Hike on Friday, HSE Destination Imagination students from Riverside Intermediate School will be collecting books to raise awareness about their Little Free Libraries and Trail Etiquette Program. The team will be presenting their project to a statewide audience in March. Learn more about Destination Imagination by visiting their website.

Fishers Parks & Recreation Helps Little Ones Spread Love this Valentine’s Day

Often the smallest give can be the most meaningful, and this Valentine’s Day, Fishers Parks & Recreation wants to help the littlest loves in your life create a meaningful gift for their special valentine. Children ages 2 through 10 are invited to Valentine Pottery, taking place at Roy G. Holland Memorial Park building on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 1 to 2 p.m. With help from a parent or guardian, your child will create their very own heart-shaped dish. Dishes are great for special jewelry, house keys or even set out as a decoration on their own.

Valentine Pottery is the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with your little one while creating the perfect gift. After painting the heart-shaped dish, everyone will enjoy reading Splat the Cat. All supplies are provided during this program, and finished products will be available for pickup at the Fishers Parks & Recreation office seven days after the program concludes.

Pottery programs fill quickly, secure a spot by registering online, today!

Travel with Ease after Tips from Fishers Parks & Recreation

Once again Fishers Parks & Recreation is offering tips that can help you plan a seamless vacation the entire family will enjoy. Join Mary Harmon with Cruise Planners to learn about cruise line options for your next tropical getaway. Stop by the Roy G. Holland Memorial Park Building on Thursday, Feb. 11 from 7 to 8 p.m. for free tips and tricks that will help you plan your next vacation.

This program will not only explore cruise line options, but it will identify 10 cruise specific items you can’t go without, explore what cruise best fits your vacation needs and much more. While this program is free to attend, registration is required.

Head online to secure your spot, today!

City of Fishers Creates New Opportunities for Resident Engagement

After outlining 2015 priorities in his State of the City address, Mayor Fadness emphasized the importance of resident engagement and the lasting impact that engagement has on our community. Within the last year, residents have risen to that challenge by volunteering to mentor, beautifying public spaces and even getting more engaged with City Council meetings and Mayor’s Night Out events to learn about community happenings. Once again, the City of Fishers is offering another opportunity for residents to improve their knowledge of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Teaming up with Robert Leming, National Director of We the People program, the City of Fishers is offering a 6 week course titled Constitution 101 for residents 18 and older. Classes will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 24, and will take place on Tuesdays, ending on Tuesday, Mar. 29. Classes are free to attend and take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the City Hall Auditorium or at the Fishers Fire Department as indicated.

Each participant will receive the We the People: The Citizen and The Constitution textbook and a pocket constitution. We the People is sponsored by the Fishers City Council, Hamilton Southeastern Schools and the Indiana Bar Foundation. While free to attend, registration is required.

Additional information about weekly meeting topics, and to secure a spot in We the People, please visit www.fishers.in.us/WTP. Questions about the program can be directed to Robert Leming at leming@civiced.org.

Fishers Parks & Recreation Releases 2016 Summer Camp Programs

Summer is quickly approaching, which means many Fishers families are exploring options for their children. Fishers Parks & Recreation is excited to announce that the 2016 summer camp brochure is now live. This summer over 30 diverse camps run from the first week in June through the first week in August, meaning your child can enjoy a summer of fun at local parks.

Summer camps offer a well-rounded experience that includes the opportunity to learn new ideas, socialize with new friends and enjoy time outdoors. Each camp is built around a specific theme ensuring your camper is able to explore a topic they’re interested in learning about. Summer camp registration opens on March 1, and families are encouraged to keep a few things in mind leading up to registration:

  • For ease when registering at the Fishers Parks & Recreation office (located at 11565 Brooks School Road), please complete your registration form before registration day. As a reminder, t-shirt sizes are listed in youth sizes.
  • Discuss your child’s second choice. Summer camps fill quickly, and it’s always helpful to have a back-up camp in mind in case your first choice is already sold out.
  • Registration can be completed online, but you’ll need your registration information. If you are having trouble logging into the website, please give our office a call today at (317) 595-3150.

Browse the summer camp brochure and visit our camp page to learn more about our summer camp program. Families are also encouraged to browse our Facebok page for parent testimonies and videos from previous summer camps. We look forward to helping your family get registered, soon!
S.P.O.R.T.S. News

Click this button to learn more about Winter 2015 sports.

Spring 2016 Registration Update - Registrations for baseball, softball, soccer, boys and girls lacrosse, rugby, track and field and boys volleyball are still being accepted with a $10 late fee. Many sports have limited openings so register as soon as possible. Contact the S.P.O.R.T.S. office for more information or visit our website, www.hsesports.org.

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.

3rd and 4th Grade - Saturday, February 13 – Fishers High School Auxiliary Gym #1
Last name A-H – 1:30 p.m.
Last name I-O – 3:30 p.m.
Last name P-Z – 5:00 p.m.
5th and 6th Grade - Saturday, February 27 - HSE Auxiliary Gym #1
Last name A-H - 1:30 p.m.
Last name I-O – 3:30 p.m.
Last name P-Z – 5:00 p.m.

7th and 8th Grade - Saturday, March 5 - HSE Auxiliary Gym #1

Last name A-M - 1:30 p.m.

Last name N-Z - 2:30 p.m.

Southeastern Rugby - Mom and Dad looking for a nice, quiet lunch on Valentine's Day? Drop your kids off at Southeastern Youth Rugby Camp. All boys and girls grades 5-8 are welcome. No playing experience necessary. Two-hour coaching session with a major Indiana college team. February 14 from noon-2:00 p.m. Email SEYouthRugby@gmail.com for details. Ongoing registration for Spring 2016 season at http://www.hsesports.org now through March 31 with a $10 late fee.

HSE-Fishers Boys Lacrosse Rec Callout Meeting - A callout informational session for parents interested in the rec league will be held on Sunday, February 21 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Billericay’s community room.


email: info@hsesports.org

12690 Promise Road

Fishers, IN 46038

(317) 845-5582

2016 7U & 8U Travel Baseball Tryouts

All boys enrolled in the Fishers-HSE rec baseball program, ages 7 and under and 8 and under are invited to participate in the 2016 Fishers Express Travel Baseball Tryouts.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Fishers High School Auxiliary Gym

8U – Sign in @ 1:00 pm / Tryouts 1:30-3:30pm

7U – Sign in @ 3:00 pm / Tryouts 3:30-5:00pm

With questions, please contact:

7U – Todd Bantz, toddbantz@gmail.com

8U – Josh Karwowski, josh.karwowski@wellsfargoadvisors.com

Players are encouraged to bring their bat and glove. They are encouraged to wear baseball pants, t-shirt, tennis shoes, and a hat.

All players wanting to participate in 7U & 8U travel baseball are required to participate in the Fishers-HSE Youth Baseball Rec Program.

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