HPE Patriot Post

Harrison Parkway Elementary

March 2, 2018 Edition

Year-to-Date HPE attendance average is 96.52%

HPE Expectation/Goal is 97%

Rotation Day 2

Upcoming Events at HPE


5th - 9th - ISTEP testing - Part 1 (3rd and 4th grade only)

12th - 16th – IREAD testing

22nd - HPE STEAM Night, 5:30-7:30 pm

30th - April 8th - NO SCHOOL - SPRING BREAK


9th - Students return to school after Spring Break

19th - Kindergarten Round-up, 5:00-7:00 pm

Holidays and Observances


11th - Daylight Saving Time

17th - St. Patrick's Day

20th - Spring Equinox

25th - Palm Sunday

30th - Good Friday

30th - Passover begins at sunset


1st - Easter

17th - Federal Income Tax Day

22nd - Earth Day

27th - Arbor Day

Lunch Menus - Week of March 5th

Mon. - Day 3 - Chicken Tenders

Tues. - Day 4 - Cheese Omelet with Bacon

Wed. - Day 5 - Breaded Chicken Sandwich

Thurs. - Day 6 - Ravioli with Meat Sauce

Fri. - Day 1 - Potato Crunch Fish Bites with Macaroni & Cheese

**Daily alternate entrees: PBJ, Chef Salad, Pizza Pack or Turkey Sandwich

ISTEP Testing

Dear Parents,

HPE fourth grade students will continue taking ISTEP testing from March 5th - March 9th. It is very important that your child be at school during their testing dates/times. Please try to avoid scheduling any appointments for your child during ISTEP testing. Please check with your child's classroom teacher for exact testing times for the dates above. Thank you for your help!

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STEAM Family Night

Harrison Parkway is hosting a STEAM night (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) on Thursday, March 22nd from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Come and see student led science, math and art activities, as well as Destination Imagination teams teach the engineering process with automatas.

Other activities include: Science Fair projects, service learning, exhibits from LEGO Brickworld, and much more!

Kindergarten Enrollment for the 2018-2019 School Year

Do you have a child that will be attending Kindergarten at Harrison Parkway Elementary next school year? If so, you may now enroll your child online. Please click on the links below for more information:



Your child must be 5 years of age on or before August 1, 2018 in accordance with the guidelines from the Indiana Department of Education to register for Kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year.

Mark your calendars for our Harrison Parkway Elementary Kindergarten Round-Up. It will be held on Thursday, April 19th from 5:00-7:00 pm. During the open-house style event, you will be able to met our Kindergarten teachers, tour the building, and take a short ride on a school bus!

Counselor's Corner

I visited the first and second grade classrooms this week and presented Second Steps lessons on problem solving. I reviewed that the steps to solving a problem include:

  1. Saying the problem
  2. Thinking of solutions
  3. Exploring consequences
  4. Picking the best solution

This week's Second Steps problem addressed how to include others and ask others to join in and play. I shared that the buddy bench we have outside at recess is one way that we can practice inviting others to join in that don't have someone to play with. I enjoyed visiting your child's classroom and look forward to visiting again soon.


Nancy Logue

HPE School Counselor

HPE Music News

Save these Dates!

First Grade Music Visits, Week of March 26th. A new letter with specific dates is attached for your reference.

Second Grade Program, Wednesday, May 9th at 2:00 pm

Fourth Grade Program, Wednesday, May 16th at 6:30 pm. A letter for fourth grade students and parents is attached for your reference.

HPE Yearbooks

The yearbook order deadline has been extended! The order deadline is now Friday, March 9, 2018. Forms were sent home with your child several weeks ago. The yearbooks may be ordered by returning your completed form and check to Harrison Parkway, or by ordering online with a credit card. You may order online at www.YBPAY.Lifetouch.com. The online yearbook ID codes is: 8560318. Yearbook prices start at $16.00. A limited supply of yearbooks will be available for purchase in May for $20 on a first come first serve basis until they are gone.

Safe Visitor Badges

Per HSE Policy, visitors must have their Safe Visitor Badge scanned to check-in to the building. Please download the Safe Visitor App (IPhone ) or have your badge ready and available to be scanned when you come into the school office. The app is in Google Play for other types of phones. To find the Safe Visitor app, search for “SafeVisitor” (there is no space in between the words).

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.

PTO News

Contact the PTO: HPEptoVolunteer@gmail.com

The PTO Executive Board has vacancies for the 2018-2019 school year. We are looking for people to fill the roles of President, Co-President, Vice President, Co-Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. To learn more about the PTO board, please email hpePTOboard@gmail.com

Elections will be held at the next general meeting on April 17th. Please let us know by March 21st if you would like to be on the ballot.

The next Movie Night is March 16th. Registration information will be sent home with your child soon.

Easy Ways to Help the PTO

If you shop on Amazon or at Kroger, check out these completely free and zero effort ways to raise money for the HPE PTO. The prices are the same, the service is the same, you shop the same way, but a portion of the purchase price will be donated to the PTO, that’s it!

  1. On Amazon, just go to smile.amazon.com/ch/20-0114174 to link your account to the PTO and then check out using smile.amazon.com everytime--you cannot access this through an app so fill up your cart and then open a browser to check out or shop directly on smile.amazon.com

  2. For Kroger, login to your online account or create one using the Kroger Plus Card number you already have or get a new one. Then go to www.kroger.com/communityrewards and enroll in Community Rewards. Search for “89638” and select “HARRISON PARKWAY ELEMENTARY - PTO # 89638.” Then scan your Kroger Plus Card or enter your alternate ID every time you check out just like you always have.

Our next general PTO meeting is Tuesday, April 17th at 6:30 in the school cafeteria. Free childcare will be provided during the meeting.

Check the HPE PTO Sign Up Page for all current volunteer opportunities! http://signup.com/go/zytTyP

Harrison Parkway Information

Please click on this link to access the Harrison Parkway Elementary website. General HPE school procedures, reminders, and information is listed below.

HPE Activities Calendar

To find information on Harrison Parkway clubs or other activities, you can click on this link: http://www.hsecalendars.org/public/genie/752/school/6/. This link can also be found on the Harrison Parkway Elementary home page under the Calendar tab.

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 least one week prior to the absence. If you notify your child's teacher of an absence via email, you still need to contact the office (by phone or email) to ensure that attendance is marked appropriately.

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.

Transportation Change During the Day

Parents, please be aware of a policy regarding a transportation change that occurs during the school day. As stated in the Harrison Parkway Student Handbook (page 9):

Occasionally, parents must make unplanned transportation changes during the school day. All telephone calls must be received by 2:00 pm. This is to allow enough time to accurately deliver messages to teachers, as well as time to confirm the change if necessary. Please do not call the school after 2:00 pm to make a transportation change except in the case of extreme emergencies.

HPE Cafeteria News

As a reminder, please make sure your child's lunch account is current with funds. I send out email notices thru Skyward and you may sign up in Skyward to receive alerts as well.

When sending in money, please put the money/check in an envelope with your child's name, student ID number and teacher to assure funds are put in the correct account. No nicknames, please.

All lunches include an entree, milk, two vegetables if desired as well one fruit. This is a Meal Deal. Lunch entrees are the hot lunch, Chef Salad, turkey and cheese sandwich, pizza pack or PBJ sandwich. Lunch menus along with nutrition information can be found on the website for HPE under the Food Service tab.

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

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Thank you!

Esther Berling
Café Manager
Harrison Parkway Elementary
317-915-4210 X1788

A Note from the Nurse

Accidents happen during the day such as bloody noses, toileting issues, muddy puddles at recess, food/milk spilling at lunch, etc.... The clinic has a limited supply of clothes, so please pack an extra change of clothes (socks and underwear too!) in your child's backpack for the unexpected mishaps. If I do not have anything that fits your child, you will be receiving a call for a change of clothes to be brought to school, since your child cannot return to class or ride the bus home with soiled or wet clothes. Thank you for your support!

Lost & Found

Harrison Parkway Elementary has a Lost & Found located outside of the Music Room for any lost items. At the end of each month, we will be donating any leftover items to charities that serve people in need.

Volunteering and the Background Check Process

Parents/visitors to HPE must have a background check on file with the school (including watching the anti-bullying video and completing the video survey) in order to volunteer in the school or to have lunch with a student. The link for the background check information can be found on link below at: http://www.hse.k12.in.us/ADM/parents/volunteering.aspx

The background checks are conducted by a 3rd party company, and there is a $13.00 fee for processing (payable online at the time of the application). Once completed, approved background checks are valid for a period of 3 years. Applicants will be notified via email when their background check has been completed and they will also notify people 30 days before their background check expires.


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

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Employment Opportunities with Hamilton Southeastern Schools

If you are interested in learning more about employment opportunities with the Hamilton Souteastern School District, please click on the link below:


On the left side of the page under Job Opportunites, there is information regarding Substitute Teachers, Substitute Secretaries, Substitute Nurses and other substitute jobs. There are additional employment options in the district which can be found under the Postings/Online tab, or by clicking on this link: https://www.applitrack.com/hamiltonse/onlineapp/

Community Bulletin Board

We're ready to 'march' into Spring and there's a lot going on. Be sure to check out the Community Bulletin Board.
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On February 1, 2017, HSE Schools launched the HSE Schools Community Bulletin Board. The CBB is the new home for school-corporation approved flyers from community organizations. The CBB can be found on the HSE Schools district web site below the scrolling slide show. It is below the Need Help/Emergency Concerns section. As a result of the addition of CBB, community announcements will no longer be featured in our newsletter. Instead, those items will be posted on the Community Bulletin Board. Each week an updated link will be provided here in the newsletter to access the bulletin board so parents can view upcoming community events.

Please click on the link below to access the Community Bulletin Board:


Permitted use of school newsletters as required 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.

HSE Book Study - A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children

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Are you interested in learning strategies that best 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:

March 6

March 13

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 mstrnat@hse.k12.in.us. Please include contact information (your child’s name, teacher, and school) and whether you would like to borrow the book.

Hamilton East Public Library

Please click here to get more information about programs offered at the public library.

Fishers Parks & Recreation

Please click here to get more information about programs through the Parks & Rec Dept.

S.P.O.R.T.S. News

Please click here to learn more about athletic programs offered through SPORTS.