News From the Nest

White River Elementary August 20th, 2021

19000 Cumberland Road Noblesville, Indiana 46060

Phone: 317-770-2080 Fax: 317-770-2081

Follow us on Twitter @WHITERIVEREAGLE

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Upcoming Events

8/23-9/1 PTO White River Fun Run Fundraiser

8/25 Elearning Day

9/1 Late School Start (Buses are 40 mins later than normal and car drop off is from 8:15am to 8:30am)

9/6 Labor Day- No School

9/8 Late School Start (Buses are 40 mins later than normal and car drop off is from 8:15am to 8:30am)

9/15 Regular Start 7:50am

9/17 Homecoming- Early Release 2:00pm

Note From the Principal

Dear Families,

It is coming…the White River Fun Run begins this Monday with the Big Fun Run Event on 9/7. Your support will bring FUN days to the River and most importantly help improve our programming. Spread the word to your kiddos!

School-wide Incentives for the White River Fun Run

$5,000 Bike Race. One student and staff member have a bike race!

$10,000 Don’t Chicken Out. Ms. V and Mrs. Jimenez dress as chickens for the chicken dance.

$15,000 On three wheels. Ms. V, Mrs. Jimenez, and Officer Zach will use tricycles to get around the school for the day.

$20,000 Hanging around. Ms. V and Mrs. Jimenez get duct a wall!

$25,000 You’ve been slimed. Lucky Ms. V gets slimed at lunch.

Bonus! Over $20,000 Kona Ice for the highest earning grade level.


Students are participating in NWEA MAP Growth assessments this week through September 3rd. We have been using MAP Growth for many years. Students do not prepare for the MAP tests, nor are the results used for grading purposes. MAP Growth assessments are unique in that they adapt to your child’s level of learning. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This results in a detailed picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn! Parents will receive a report showing your child’s growth. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.

SOAR at the River.

WRE focuses on character education as part of our beloved Eagles of the Week initiative. Each month students will learn about caring about other people, honesty, responsibility, and other important traits that make for an upstanding citizen. September we will be focusing on PRIDE: the sense of feeling good about our surroundings and accomplishments.


Students did an excellent job wearing masks! They will be coming home to you this weekend for a big wash.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Soaring with you,

Ms. VanDermark

Notes From the Nurse

*If any household member is getting COVID tested, ALL household students/staff MUST stay home from school until the test results are back.

**Noblesville Schools cannot accept at-home COVID test results.


Noblesville Schools is hosting a vaccine clinic for standard state mandated vaccines August 25 at the Noblesville Schools Community Center (3-7pm) and September 14 at the Noblesville Schools Community Center (2-6pm)

Attached is further information on the August 25 Vaccine Clinic

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PTO News

The PTO thanks you for joining us on the playground with your kiddos this week...and is SUPER EXCITED to kick off our major fundraiser FUN RUN on Monday! If you haven't already registered your child for the Boosterthon Fun Run, you can go to and get started! Just signing up ensures your child is involved and participating--no monetary pressure, just teamwork! A simple share on social media can help us spread the word. We can't wait to support our school in this year's Fun Run!

To get involved with the PTO, or to get more information on our efforts, contact

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News From Our Student Services Team

Each school year, all students in grades K-12 must receive education on child abuse prevention prior to December 15th per Indiana Code 20-19-3-11. Students will receive this education through a curriculum created by the Monique Burr Foundation, which will be presented by the school social worker or school counselor. This curriculum focuses on how children can keep themselves safe. If you have questions or concerns please contact the school social worker, Megan Thomas.

Panorama Student Supports Survey

Grades 3-5

Panorama Student Supports Survey

Noblesville Schools is committed to providing a great school experience for all students. To help achieve this we will use a platform called Panorama to survey students in grades 3-5 during the dates of August 30 - September 10. The survey seeks to gather input on topics like school climate and culture, emotion regulation and belonging. When students feel connected to their school environment, they are more engaged and increasingly successful in both academic and social achievements.

Although this survey is not mandatory, results will be used to determine any general trend needs of our school as a whole. In addition, input will provide valuable insights for future planning and programming. If you wish for your student to opt-out, you can submit an opt-out form. The survey is voluntary and students are welcome to choose an alternate activity (read, homework, etc.) at the time the survey is given.

If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact our district counseling coordinator Dana Nelson at (317) 773- 3171 or

Thank you for your support of this important opportunity to best serve students and our school community.

Safe Schools


One aspect I’ve especially enjoyed as safety director of Noblesville Schools has been connecting with students, staff and parents. In the interest of extending that connection, we are continuing our Safe Schools feature where I’ll regularly highlight important safety news, updates and reminders.

In this feature, I’d like to highlight our Safety Levels that we have adopted here at Noblesville Schools.

Hamilton County school districts have collaborated to develop common language in order to help first responders, law enforcement, 911 dispatch, media and community members in the event of an emergency situation.

You can see from looking at the Alert Levels that we do not use code language and that the verbiage we communicate to staff and students is very clear.

Normal Daily Operations

Notifies our community that we are safe to operate with our daily routines.

Heightened Awareness

Informs individuals that we may have a safety concern in the area around our schools and will bring all students inside the building as a precautionary measure.

Shelter in Place

Signifies that there is a safety concern that is affecting our campus and we will ensure all students are inside a classroom area.


Lets everyone know that a threat has been reported on campus in one of our buildings and that all staff and students need to follow the ALICE protocols we practice during quarterly safety drills.

We hope that with our parents and community being aware of this language, it will assist in knowing that we are all speaking the same language if there is a threat around or in one of our schools.

Feel free to contact me should you have any safety questions or concerns and look for my next Safe Schools for more safety news!

Dr. Heather Hendrich

Safety Director, Noblesville Schools

Community News

NHS Cheer Clinic

Join your Noblesville High School Cheerleaders to learn cheers, chants, a dance and stunts!

All clinic attendees are invited to cheer the 1st quarter of the Home Football Game against Fishers on September 3rd at 7:00pm.

Click here for more information.

Miller Basketball Academy - Preseason training camp

August 18th, August 24th, & August 25th

Prepare your 2nd/3rd-6th grader for our MBA tryouts

Click here to register

**Registration for Miller Basketball Academy tryouts will open on Friday, August 13th**

Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville

Click here for after school care registration information.

Join the Cub Scouts.

Click here for more information:

Books Build Bridges is a community read program hosted by Hamilton East Public Library

Connecting Communities Through Reading:

Reyna Grande, author of bestselling memoir, The Distance Between Us

Duncan Tonatiuh, illustrator of several award winning children's books

Click here for more information

Noblesville Wellbeing Survey

The city of Noblesville is conducting a wellbeing survey.

Please click here to complete the survey.

Noblesville Learn to Swim

For more information on swim lessons click here.

Bus Safety

Noblesville Schools is approximately halfway through equipping each of our school buses with stop-arm cameras. This is in response to the numerous stop-arm violations that are reported daily in our area. In collaboration with the Noblesville Police Department and the local prosecutor’s office, the information we can retrieve from the cameras can then be used to prosecute citizens who run a school bus stop-arm. Please see the illustration below which shows drivers when they are required to stop. As a reminder, SLOW DOWN when the bus lights flash yellow, STOP when the lights flash red, and STAY PUT until the lights stop flashing.

(Left) On a two-lane road, vehicles traveling in both directions must stop when a

school bus extends its stop arm. (Middle) On a multi-lane road with no barrier separating traffic, vehicles traveling in both directions must stop when a school bus extends its stop arm. (Right) On a divided highway, vehicles behind the bus must stop when a school bus extends its stop arm. Vehicles traveling in the opposite direction should proceed with caution.

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