Explorer News

Indian Creek Elementary - January 15, 2016

Principal's Message

With the month of February quickly approaching I want to take some time to inform all our families on the upcoming state assessment, ISTEP+. The purpose of the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus (ISTEP+) program is to measure student achievement in the subject areas of Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science (Grades 4 and 6), and Social Studies (Grades 5 and 7). ISTEP+ reports student achievement levels according to the Indiana Academic Standards. There are two rounds of testing. An Applied Skills open-ended Assessment (Part 1) and a Multiple-Choice and Technology-Enhanced item Assessment (Part 2) are used to measure these standards. Round 1, Applied Skills, is completed using paper and pencil and will be taken between February 29th and March 11. Round 2, Multiple Choice, is done online from April 18th to May 6th.

Our third graders have an additional state assessment called IREAD. The purpose of the Indiana Reading Evaluation And Determination (IREAD-3) assessment is to measure basic reading skills through grade three. Based on the Indiana Academic Standards, IREAD-3 is an assessment developed because of Public Law 109, it "requires the evaluation of reading skills for students who are in grade three beginning in the Spring of 2012 to ensure that all students can read proficiently before moving on to grade four." Third graders take this online assessment between March 14th and March 18th. IREAD test samples are available HERE.

You can find additional information on both of these state assessments at www.doe.in.gov/assessment.

What can you do to prepare your child for these assessments:

1) Help to make sure they are completing their nightly homework

2) Encourage their nightly reading

3) Make sure your child is here at school, on time, each and every day

4) Try not to schedule appointments during these testing days, students often test best when they are with their own teacher and in a familiar place

5) Help children to get to bed on time so they are ready to work hard at school

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.

Indian Creek Elementary Robotics and Design Class

Upcoming Events


18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; no school

29: Movie Night, 6:00-9:00


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

12: Jump Rope for Heart

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: Valley Forge Day

29: ISTEP+ testing window begins

Indian Creek 2015-2016 Shared Calendar

Plan ahead by viewing the full Indian Creek calendar HERE

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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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.

Hour of Code

Month in Review - December

December was a short, but busy month for Indian Creek Explorers! Our 5th Grade turned back the hands of time by visiting the Indiana Historical Center AND manning NASA's Mission Control for our nation's first moon landing for their Earth/Moon/Sun study unit, while our 3rd Grade students were busy preparing for the future by participating in the nation-wide Hour of Code. The Indian Creek Choir gave a beautiful performance at the downtown Artsgarden, which gave many people from around the city a chance to hear what we've known all along - Indian Creek is full of talented students! Speaking of talent, we'd also like to recognize our very own Julisa Garcia. She was honored at the Indiana Partnership of Young Authors for her 4th grade writing piece, which will be included in their annual publication. Indian Creek shines because of the support and generosity from our families. Thanks to that spirit of caring and generosity, the Indian Creek 6th Grade Student Leadership Academy collected hundreds of canned and non-perishable food items to fill the shelves of Lawrence Township's Sharing Place. Thank you to all of our students and families for making Indian Creek a great place to be!
@IC_Explorers Choir

Pacers Night

Indian Creek will be hosting another Pacers night fundraiser this year. Our school’s Pacer night is March 17th but you also have the option to purchase tickets for other games through our fundraiser. Please complete the order form that came home with your student. All order forms need to be returned by Wednesday January 27th 2016. Be a part of Hoosier Hysteria by joining us for Indian Creek night on March 17th!

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.

New Staff Spotlight

Shameka Alford

Hello, my name is Shameka Alford. As of last May, I was warmly welcomed to work as an Administrative Assistant for Indian Creek. I have several years’ experience in education, including substitute teaching and directing a Before/After Care program. Over the past few months, I have really enjoyed working with the students and families of Indian Creek as well as its wonderful supportive staff. I hope to be able to grow and serve our community for many more years to come.

Carey Bardach

My name is Carey Bardach. I am currently in my ninth year of teaching. Previously I taught 5th and 6th grades in Fort Wayne, IN and Papillion, NE. I'm excited to be at Indian Creek teaching 5th and 6th grade reading groups. Reading has always been a love of mine and I hope to pass that along to the students here at IC. I also love to run and spend time with my family!


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. 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

Please continue to cut and save Box Tops. The top two classes that turn in the most box tops by Friday, Jan. 29th will earn a pizza party from Puccini's!

Each box top earns 10 cents and can be used as cash to purchase items for our school. Last year we earned over $2000. They add up quickly! More Box Tops means more money for the school programs that enrich our students' learning! Collection sheets can be found here.

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!

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.

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

Come to Wendy's to register for Girl Scouts! Girls that register will receive a coupon for a $1.99 Kid's Meal and Frosty! Please see the attached flyer.
Choose one of these dates: Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 5765 Sunnyside Road; or Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 8302 Pendleton Pike. Both events are 6:30-7:30pm.
Questions? Contact Ashlee Weaver - 317.924.6868 or aweaver@girlscoutsindiana.org

LN to Rename Gym in Honor of Coach Jack Keefer on January 29th.

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

MSD of Lawrence Township Schools Showcase on March 5th.

Synchronized Swimming Classes

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.