Welcome Back to 2017-2018

BSE Staff,

Happy end of summer to all of you! If you have been paying attention to emails of late, you will notice that we have had some movement in the BSE Staff. We certainly wish Trish, Kim, Jennifer, Kristen, and Kristin the best as they head for new adventures and challenges. I personally want to thank each of them for their endless effort, energy, and accomplishments while at BSE.

That being said, Megan, Fatima, Deb and I have been working hard to fill new positions and, in doing so, have hired three amazing and talented teachers. I have just posted the media specialist position, so it will be filled later this week, fingers crossed. Please take a look at our new staff welcome below to see who's new to the BSE crew.

This year we finally have the opportunity to work in a balanced system where curriculum (Lucy and EDM) provides us the "tight" and constrictive checks and balances to our instructional offerings. We have lived in the most open system I can imagine the past five years and, although our creativity and innovation is thriving via HSE21, our achievement has declined two years back-to-back. The next two years allow us the opportunity to balance our instructional practices while living and thriving in project/inquiry to ensure we start to raise the achievement for all of our BSE Bears.

Am I scared? Am I nervous? Am I worried? I am not; honestly I have the exact opposite feelings. I am optimistic, excited, motivated, and ready to watch our organization shine. You are absolutely important to our mission and I believe in each of you! Let's embrace our collaborative model, make every day count, and acknowledge our strengths to ensure we balance one another's weaknesses. I thank you all for all that you will do for the BSE Bears this school year.

This update is packed with information, however I feel like Fatima did a great job sharing all things "beginning of the year" with you. PLEASE READ THIS AND KEEP THIS AS IT WILL ANSWER MOST OF YOUR BEGINNING OF YEAR QUESTIONS!


Important Days - Meetings to go to! (ALL Staff Have Been Invited via Outlook)

8/3/2017 - Kindergarten Meet the Teacher Night - 6:00 - 7:00 PM

8/7/2017 - Staff Kick-Off Meeting - 10:00 AM - Noon CAFE

8/7/2017 - Staff PTO Sponsored Lunch CAFE

8/7/2017 - Ice Cream Social - 5:30 - 7:00 PM

8/8/2017 - District Kick-Off - 8:00 - 9:00 AM Fishers High (MANDATORY)

8/10/2017 - Meet the Teacher Night 1st and 2nd Grade - 6:00 - 7:00 PM

8/14/2017 - Meet the Teacher Night 3rd and 4th Grade - 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Our Actions Scream Our Beliefs

Brooks School Bears are thinkers and collaborators. We care for one another and celebrate each other.

We are looking forward to continuing the conversation of our beliefs about children and ourselves as we embark upon a new journey with a new year.

As we are busily setting up our environments...we should pause and ask ourselves..."What do we value and does our space welcome that for the children we will serve?"

Welcome NEW BSE Staff

Brooks School Chant!

How will you get your students' attention quickly and creatively? We are going to repeat using the BSE Chant in the Cafe starting on Day 1 and the words "CURIOUS, CREATIVE, CONNECTED, and COURAGEOUS. These words are all around our building and familiar to our students and staff. Feel free to practice the chant when you need your students' attention.

Master Schedule for 2017-2018

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NEW Discovery Rotation

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:

  • music and movement
  • technology
  • investigation
  • 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. Have ideas or questions? See Assistant Principal, Fatima Rich.

Monday "Team Time"

We are proud to work for a district that values collaboration and look forward to using Monday afternoons in order to get to know one another as colleagues, learn from one another, and analyze assessment data in order to shift instructional practices and raise achievement for all students.

What to expect?

"CLs" (Collaborative Leads) will facilitate deep discussion with a focus on Reading Units of Study by Lucy Calkins.

BSE Nut/Tree Nut Allergy Friendly School Pilot - 2017-2018

This is the note sent in the parent welcome back letter: 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.

SFS - Why are things finalized?

If you have been on staff the past few years you know we typically don't finalize end of year data in SFS until October. This year, district requested information for all teachers, in mid-July. Please understand that the only scores you are seeing are the data from your planning, instruction, professional standards, and SLO's from NWEA. The ISTEP data is not yet entered. That being said, we will finalize fully in October most likely.

If you were surprised by any information in your evaluation I apologize as we would typically schedule a meeting with all staff to review the final score etc. The process changed this year without any heads up, so it flipped the process and has caused some negative repercussions. Please understand that I am available for any one who would like to discuss their evaluations. Just call or text and we can schedule.

PTO info / Requests

  • Ice Cream Social - School Supplies: Please put supply bins outside of classrooms so that those kiddos who bring them to the Social will have a place to put them.
  • PTO is providing lunch on Monday , August 7th. Gluten free option will be available.
  • Save the Date for the much anticipated, always entertaining, super fun fundraiser…. Back to School Bash is Friday, August 25th. If you are interested in donating a teacher-led activity to the Silent Auction, for instance cupcake decorating or a basketball game, start thinking about what you’d like to do! Those activities are always popular with the kids!
  • The main fundraiser for the year is a Read-a-thon! It will kick off at the Back to School Bash, Friday, August 25th and run until Friday, September 8th. We’re using a website to host the program, track and collect pledges. Watch for additional details! We will be tracking minutes read, not pages.

Support Tonya Kneller

As many of you know, Tonya was diagnosed with a form of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in January, and secondary CNS Lymphoma in April. Tonya is raising money to go toward the Light the Night walk her team is participating in through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Find out more about how you can help by clicking here.