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Hoosier Road Elementary School's Newsletter for 1-19-18

Upcoming Events

Please visit the HRE website to find all of our upcoming calendar events by clicking here.

What's Cooking?

Breakfast will be available Monday - Friday at 8:40am for students who wish to purchase it. Hot and cold selections will be available. Student “lunch” accounts will be charged. For complete breakfast and lunch menus, please click here.

The Launching Pad Café

Lunch Menu for the week of January 22nd

Monday: Chicken Tenders with Dinner Roll and Green Beans

Tuesday: Cheese Omelet with Bagel and Tator Tots

Wednesday: Breaded Chicken Sandwich with Baked Beans and Side Salad

Thursday: Ravioli with Meat Sauce, Garlic Toast, and Broccoli

Friday: Potato Crunch Fish Bites with Mac&Cheese and Carrots

Please remember to check your student’s lunch account and make sure to replenish it if necessary. All lunch accounts with a negative balance of $20 or more will be sent to collections per HSE District policy. The cost per student breakfast is $1.25 and per student lunch is $2.60. When sending in lunch money please be sure to include the child’s first and last name, teacher name and student ID on the payment envelope.

Fresh fruit , veggies and milk are always offered with lunch.

PBJ, Turkey Sandwich, Chef Salad or Pizza Pack (Gogurt brand yogurt, cheese, pita bread & marinara) will be offered daily as an alternative lunch choice.

*No pork is served; we use turkey-based products.

Weekly G.R.I.P. Winners

All HRE students know about G.R.I.P. - an acronym which stands for Gratitude Respect Integrity Purpose. Students may earn "GRIP SLIPS" by demonstrating any one of these character traits. Each week, teachers draw one name from their classroom Grip Slips and that student is the Grip Slip winner for the week from that classroom. Those names are then entered into a weekly drawing per grade level; one name is drawn per grade level and those students come to the office to choose a small prize. We are pleased to announce our Grip Slip winners for the week:

Kindergarten: Beckett Kutch from Mrs. Howard's class was caught showing Respect.

1st Grade: Kendall Robertson from Mrs. Wellington's class was caught showing Purpose.

2nd Grade: Elizabeth Haider from Mrs. Edwards' class was caught showing Respect.

3rd Grade: Steele Chastain from Miss Parrish's class was caught showing Purpose.

4th Grade: Lauren Terry from Mrs. McLean's class was caught showing Purpose.

2nd Grade CogAT Testing

2nd grade students who have not already qualified for high ability services in both high ability math and reading will take CogAT, an online norm-referenced cognitive test for high ability identification, during the January 16 - January 31 testing window. The HMH Data Manager app needs to be downloaded before January 16th (if your child has a rented iPad, we have installed this app already).

Additional information about CogAT is available at

Additional information about HSE’s High Ability Programing is available at

Students do not have to prepare for CogAT; they should come relaxed and ready for a puzzle-like test.

Volunteers & Lunch Visitors Reminder

Per HSE Policy, visitors must have their SafeVisitor Badge scanned to check-in to the building. Please download the SafeVisitor App (it is available in Google Play or via the app store on the iPhone) or have your badge available when you come into the school. Looking up names can lead to the wrong person being signed in.

Upon leaving, please give your printed badge to the office staff for quick check-out.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Vicki Foutty at 317-594-4100.

Be Prepared for School Closings and Weather Delays This Winter

If weather dictates a 2 hour delay, parents will be notified via a Skylert message (parents set up how they wish to be notified in their Skyward account). In addition, the HSE district will use social media (Facebook, Twitter) and all local TV stations will broadcast delays as well as post them on their websites. If we have a delay, all morning activities will be cancelled unless a staff member personally notifies you otherwise. HSE bus transportation will operate but will occur 2 hours later for morning pickup. No breakfast will be served.

The doors to the school will be locked so please do not drop off your children and drive away!! Students will be admitted into the building at 10:45 AM. School will begin at 10:55 AM. No lunch visitors will be allowed on delay days due to an altered schedule.

In cases of extreme weather conditions, the Superintendent of HSE Schools will call a weather day and close all HSE schools. Again, parents will be notified via Skylert and closings will be announced on social media and by local TV stations.

Remember that HSE bus service will run on all school days. We encourage you to have your child ride the provided bus transportation to school so as not to be late -- tardiness due to weather is not excused. If your child attends the Y before/after care, the Y will be open as usual on delay days but will be closed on cancellation days.

Outdoor Recess Happens Year-Round! Remember - please dress your child for the weather

Recess will be held outdoors whenever possible. Precipitation, sunshine, cloud cover, wind chill, temperature, etc. are all considered when a decision is made for indoor recess. In general, recess will be held indoors when it is raining or the temperature/wind chill falls below 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Conversely, if the temperature is at or above 95 degrees Fahrenheit or the humidity is at or above 95%, teachers will use extreme caution while monitoring students at recess. In addition, students will be provided ample amounts of water before and during recess; Recesses will be kept to 10-20 minutes or may be moved indoors at the discretion of the principal or designee; Children will be watched/monitored carefully for necessary action. These temperatures are based on recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. ~From the HSE District Elementary School Handbook.

PTO's Dance-a-Thon

This year we are doing something a little different: instead of a Walk-a-Thon, we are hosting a Dance-a-Thon on Friday, January 26 to fundraise for our STEM Program. We are hoping to purchase new robotics equipment and furniture to have in the STEM Lab this school year. Please assist us by helping your child raise donations.

Goal: Raise $12,500

When: Friday, January 26, 2018

Where: HRE Gym

Why: Raise Funds for STEM Program

Follow these simple steps for success:

1. Register your child by visiting and go to “Get Registered Parent Login”. Register by Wednesday, January 17 and your child will receive an emoji backpack clip.

2. Fundraising will take place January 5-February 2

3. Friends and Family want to help your child be successful. Use the student fundraising page to promote online donations.

4. Reach Pledge Superstar status by getting $50 or more in donations.

The easiest way to donate is online, but donations in the form of cash or check can be turned into the school also. Please make checks payable to Hoosier Road PTO.

Please see the papers that came home with students for more information and for our fun, school-wide incentives to reach fundraising bench marks.

Thank you for your support!


HRE Pacer Night March 15th

Your child should have brought home a packet outlining how you may take advantage of a special offer by the Indiana Pacers and enjoy a basketball game with other HRE families. If you do not have this, we have additional packets in the office. This is NOT a fundraiser - merely an opportunity for our families to get together and do something fun! Please note that the packets are due back to school no later than February 7th. You can purchase your tickets using the form or by visiting If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Brittany Schmuck at

Are You Interested in Learning Strategies to Help Meet the Needs of your High Ability Child?

Hamilton Southeastern is pleased to offer a four-session book study on A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children by James T Webb, Janet L. Gore, Edward R. Amend, and Arlene R. DeVries. Meetings follow a discussion format. Walk away with strategies for addressing intensities, perfectionism, sibling issues, and underachievement.

Sessions will be on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:00 pm at the Administration Building on 13485 Cumberland Road in the West Conference Room. Meeting dates are:

February 13

February 20

February 27

March 6

The book club is limited to twelve participants (one member per family) and fills up quickly.

Participants are welcome to borrow HSE copies of the book for the duration of the book study.

If you would like to join the group, contact Meg Strnat, HSE High Ability Coordinator and book study facilitator, at Please include contact information (your child’s name, teacher, and school) and whether you would like to borrow the book.

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