Bear Bulletin

January 13, 2017

Message from Dr. Kaminski

BSE Parents and Community,

The BSE staff arrived ready and highly motivated for the 2nd semester. We welcome back our Art teacher, Mrs. Flynn! I have been absolutely impressed with our mid-year data review and calibration of systems around students in real time. Each of our grade level teams has also scheduled or spent a full day working through a "depth of knowledge" process that is highly specific to our learner needs in mathematics and language arts. I assure you that if you could be a fly on the wall in any of these planning days you would be absolutely impressed and proud to have such dedicated teachers working with your school community. We are eager to find every opportunity to engage your children in meaningful learning opportunities the remainder of the year!

Yesterday, thanks to the BSE PTO, Miss Lothamer, Mrs. Rogowski, Mrs. Thompson, Mrs. Gaudreau, Miss Day, Mrs. Monkul, Mrs. Haltom, and I spent the day at Purdue University's S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Conference. The keynote speaker, Buzz Aldrin (Apollo11, first to walk the moon with Boilermaker Neil Armstrong) shared how failure is often misrepresented in our culture and that in the world of space science or engineering, failure is most definitely the catalyst for future success. It, failure, doesn't describe any form of "lacking" of intellect or self-worth, instead it defines the path we take to success and beyond. It is my desire to work with our staff and students to really analyze our concepts of failure to ensure that our "educational" viewpoint of failure does not minimize or decrease our students ability to project confidence and future success when they encounter it. I'll ask you to reflect, as parents, on your view of failure and how has it played out in your professional life? How do you as parents, project view points of failure on your students in the context of 21st Century learning? Feel free to tweet your thoughts to #BSEbears. If you have not followed us please do...@BSEhseIN, @KaminskiDana, and @HSESchools.

Please enjoy your three day weekend and take a minute to celebrate the story of MLK with your children!



Dr. Kaminski

Words with BEAR Friends

I've started Words with Friends EDU "online club" for students 3rd and 4th grades.

1. A grown-up needs to be a part of registration process

2. Class Code: 21NB7
3. Make sure it is EDU version of app

Please help me spread the word. Thank you!

Mrs. Patrick

Common Sense Media page:…/website/words-with-friends-edu

BSE Talent Show - Attention 3rd & 4th Graders

Auditions for our 2017 Talent Show will take place on January 17th after school.

Click here for our flyer with all of the details. Contact Kimberlee Murray with questions.

Art Room Request

Attention!!! Please bring in thin cardboard boxes for the art room!! Example, cereal boxes, granola bar boxes, mac and cheese boxes, etc. We will be using these for a project in 1st and 2nd grade.

Thank you,

Mrs. Flynn

Donations Needed for Our Collaboratory

  • Glue guns and sticks
  • Q tips
  • Tape, any kind
  • Zip Ties
  • Cotton Balls
  • Pipe Cleaners

Thank you so much!

It's Box Top Time!!

It's a quick, easy way to earn money for BSE. If you have been saving box tops, its time to turn them in. If you haven't - start clipping! Box tops can be found on hundreds of grocery and household products such as Green Giant veggies, Nature Valley granola products, Annie's Organic items and much much more.

Please clip box tops as close to the dotted line as possible, make sure your submitted box tops are not expired, and send in with your student either affixed to the collection sheet or in a Ziploc baggie in groups of 25. Either way, make sure to label your submission with your child's name, homeroom teacher, and grade level so they get credit.

Prizes will be awarded for the top individual students, as well as a for the top collecting classroom. Collection runs between now and spring break.

Questions? Email Heather Johnson at


  • Promote a good night’s sleep for your child.
  • Make time for child to eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.
  • Encourage frequent and good hand washing. Make sure hands are dried completely and use lotion as needed.
  • Pack lip balm in their backpack to use at school for their dry, chapped lips in the winter.
  • Discourage your student from putting their finger(s) into their nose, mouth, & eyes.
  • If your child has a cough, teach them to cough into the bend of their elbow.
  • Dress your student appropriately for the weather. Use layers if needed so they can be comfortable inside and warm & protected when they go outside. Don’t forget the hat, scarf, & gloves in the winter.

Head Lice is a very common problem and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 6-12 million children between the ages of 3 and 11 have head lice infestations each year. It is most common in elementary school children.

The signs and symptoms of head lice infestation are:

  • Tickling feeling of something moving in the hair. -Itching, caused by an allergic reaction to the bites.
  • Irritability.
  • Sores on the head caused by scratching.

Head lice are most commonly found on the scalp, behind the ears, and near the neckline at the back of the neck. The actual louse is very small and grayish white in color. They do not jump or fly, but they can crawl very quickly. The eggs (nits) are also very small and yellow-white in color. They are laid at the base of the hair shaft and are firmly attached to the hair.

Lice are most likely spread from head to head by direct contact. They can also spread indirectly from wearing hats, scarves, hair accessories, etc. that were recently worn by a person infested with head lice; using infested combs or brushes; or lying on a bed, sofa, carpet, or pillow that has recently been used by an infested person.

The staff at BSE shall maintain the privacy of students identified with having head lice. I will monitor the incidence and will consult with the Principal and HSE Nurse Coordinator as needed. Please contact me with any questions or for further information regarding head lice. Because no disease process is associated with head lice, students will not be excluded from school and the education process should not be disrupted. If your child should have head lice prompt treatment should prevent it from spreading.

For any questions, contact me at 915-4250 or dsweet

Debbie Sweet, RN

BSE School Clinic

Pesticide Application Information

Click here for the informational flyer.

SafeVisitor Reminder

Just a reminder that anyone intending spend time in the school or chaperone a field trip must have a SafeVisitor ID Badge. If you have not yet completed the background check, click here to get started. If you do have your badge, and still have yet to have your photo taken, visit our office any time between the hours of 9:30 - 3:00 M-F.


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Thank you from Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation

#GivingTuesday was a busy day of philanthropy and generosity worldwide. With more than 98 countries participating, a record $168 Million was raised for charities around the globe along with millions of acts of kindness.

Click here to see our THANK YOU flyer in its entirety.

Valentine's Day Workshop with Mrs. Flynn


(program partner with Fishers Parks Dept)

Saturday, Feb 4th 10:30-11:45 am

Grades 1st-7th

Cumberland Park Building

10580 Cumberland Rd
Fishers, IN 46038

Click here to sign up!