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Hoosier Road Elementary School's Newsletter for 8-18-17

Solar Eclipse Permission Slips Due Monday, August 21st!

All HRE students will spend time learning about the solar eclipse on Monday. The majority of the lessons surrounding the eclipse will take place inside the classroom and those students that have turned in a signed permission slip will also have an opportunity to go outside to view the eclipse, using the school provided safety glasses. Mr. Hurst, Mrs. Morales, and the classroom teacher have reviewed student behavior and safety expectations for the eclipse with your children.

Classes will go outside to view the eclipse at various times throughout the afternoon. They will spend no more than 5 minutes at a time outside. Please note that your student's teacher must have a signed permission slip in order to participate in the outdoor activities. Click on the following link for the printable permission slip.

Solar Eclipse Permission Slip

Please continue to have discussions with your child on the importance of keeping their glasses on while looking directly at the sun.

Welcome to All of the New Staff at HRE!

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From left to right: Mo Crossman, Cafeteria Staff; Jennifer Carey, IT Specialist; Jaime Howard, Kindergarten; Erin Duros, TDS; Meghan Otto, 3rd Grade Teacher; Kassy Morales, Assistant Principal; Dawn Doyle, Secretary; Trish Lisa, STEM Teacher; Nicole Edmunds, Cafeteria Staff

What's Cooking?

The HRE cafe staff began serving breakfast on Monday, August 14th to all students who would like to buy breakfast at school. 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 August 21st

Monday: Taco Scoops with Refried Beans

Tuesday: Scrambled Eggs with French Toast

Wednesday: Pizza Calzone with Marinara Sauce

Thursday: Chicken & Noodles with Dinner Roll

Friday: Cheesy Breadsticks with Marinara

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.

Upcoming Events

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

PTO News

Welcome back HRE families! First, we would like say a special thank you to all of our volunteers and to Meijer for donating all of the treats for our Ice Cream Social! The PTO is excited to kick-off the school year! Last year your donations helped to buy reading kits for every grade, helped build the parkour course, fund many teacher grants & projects and more! Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to another great year!

Mark your calendars:

  • First PTO Meeting will be Wednesday, August 23rd from 7-8pm in the school cafeteria
  • The Annual HRE Carnival will be Friday, September 22 from 5-8pm. Wristband pre-orders will begin September 6
  • Movie Nights will be October 6th, December 1st, March 2nd, and May 4th

Please consider donating a few hours of your time to help at PTO events this year, or with one of our ongoing committees. A sign-up sheet came home with students last week. Please fill it out and return it with your student by August 25. We will have prizes to give away at the conclusion of each event this year for our volunteers!

Show Your School Spirit

Our PTO is currently accepting orders for Spirit Wear! Please click here to print your order fom. The order forms must be completed and returned to your child's teacher no later than September 5th, 2017!

You shop. HRE Earns!

Box Tops for Education
Save those Box Tops! Information will come home with students prior to the collection period. For a list of products please visit:

Kroger Community Rewards
Sign up at You’ll need to create an online account and link your Kroger Plus card to your account. Then choose HRE and shop with your card and HRE earns a percentage of your sales!

Shop at
Type in Hoosier Road’s personalized Amazon link, or click on the link on the Hoosier Road webpage. HRE earns at least 6% of purchases through the link. You must use the link each time you shop to earn the percentage back.

Note from the Office

Please remember to call our attendance mailbox at 317-915-4248 to report any absences or late arrivals. Be sure to leave your child’s name, their teacher’s name and a brief reason for their absence. If you prefer to speak with a person, you may call the front office at 317-915-4240. Even if you email the teacher, you MUST call the attendance line or speak with someone in the front office! Thank you!

If you would like to join your child for lunch, you will need to call the front office at 317-915-4240 between 8:15—9:00 AM the day of. Please know that space is limited and reservations are given on a first come first serve basis. Unfortunately, we can not take advance reservations. Lunch visits will begin after Labor Day.

Volunteers and Lunch Visitors

Hoosier Road Elementary always has many opportunities for parents to become involved. Whether it’s through volunteering in the classroom or a PTO event, attending classroom activities or even eating lunch with your child, you must have a valid background check on file and view the anti-bullying training on-line. Background checks are valid for three years. Please allow up to 6 business days for checks to be completed. Please follow this link for complete directions:

We want you to be able to interact with our students but we also need to adhere to strict safety guidelines set forth by our school district. Look for an email from Safe Visitor Solutions which will issue a bar code unique to you. Please bring that bar code (on your phone or on paper) on your first visit to HRE so we may take your photo! Thank you for your compliance and for helping to keep all of our students safe.

From the HRE Clinic

URGENT! Please complete the on-line health card which you will find in Skyward. It is critical that we have every student’s health information on file. Thank you!!

As a reminder, there is not a nurse on duty outside of normal school hours and all medications are kept secured in the nurse’s office. If your child participates in a before or after school sponsored activity and you would like for your student’s emergency medication to be made available, please notify the nurse in advance in order to make these arrangements. You may contact either Shawn Fleenor in the morning or Kelly Mullen in the afternoon. Both may be reached by phone at 915-4240.

Transportation Changes

All students are considered bus riders unless we receive a permanent transportation change in the form of a written note from the parent. Permanent changes only require a one-time note per student.

Parents: We want to ensure that your child goes home each evening the way you prefer but we will not know what that is without a written note from you. Please send in a note each day that your child has a transportation change. If you need to call in a last minute change, please try to do so before 2 PM to avoid any confusion.

Thank you for helping us get every child home safely each and every day!

Book Rental and iPad Fees

You will be receiving a skylert as soon as your child's book and IPad rental fees have been posted. Fees may be paid anytime, after they are posted, via EFunds or sending in a check made out to Hoosier Road Elementary. Be sure to put checks in a sealed envelope and include your student’s name, teacher’s name, and student ID.

School Directory

We have had a number of parents wanting to find ways to schedule playdates, parties, etc. with their children’s classmates. HSE has made this possible with our Online School Directory. This service is only available for those families that choose to “OPT IN”.

You may select what information you would like other parents to see (such as address, phone numbers) for birthday invitations and the like. If you would like to “OPT IN” please follow the steps below:

  • Login to Skyward
  • Click on “MY ACCOUNT” tab in the upper right corner
  • Scroll down to the bottom of the page and find the School Directory section
  • Choose which information you would like to share
  • Click Save in the upper right corner

Please note that the only people that will have access to this, are the families at Hoosier Road Elementary. If you have older children at other schools, their information will only be shared with the families at their school. We hope this will help our students to be able to stay connected outside of school hours.

HRE Guidelines for Driver Drop-off and Pick-up Line

In an effort to ensure the safety of our student body and staff, we ask all drivers to follow these guidelines when dropping off and picking up students:

  • Absolutely NO CELL PHONE USAGE in the car line. Full attention must be given while unloading and loading children.
  • DO NOT PULL AROUND OTHER VEHICLES in the car line, unless directed to do so by staff members. SINGLE FILE TRAFFIC ONLY while unloading and loading children.
  • Children should exit and enter vehicles from the PASSENGER SIDE ONLY. This insures students a safe path to the sidewalk. PARENTS SHOULD REMAIN IN THE VEHICLE AT ALL TIMES. Staff members will assist those students who need help exiting or entering a vehicle. For student safety, we DO NOT allow parents to park vehicles and walk up to receive children unless previously approved through school administration.
  • Common driver courtesy is required at all times.

Thank you for your help in keeping our students safe!

Will Hurst Principal, Hoosier Road Elementary

Outdoor Recess

Even though fall is fast approaching, we will still experience many summer-like days! As a rule, if the temperature is less than 95 degrees Fahrenheit, students will go outside for their full recess. When the temperature is at or above 95 degrees Fahrenheit or the humidity is at or above 95%, recess time will be at the discretion of teachers or the principal who may choose to shorten the time outdoors or stay inside.

Teachers will use extreme caution while monitoring students at recess; students will be provided ample amounts of water before and during recess. All outdoor recess and activities will be canceled when temperatures soar to 100 degrees or higher. These temperatures are based on recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

If your child is prone to sunburn, please make sure to help them apply sunscreen at home each day before they come to school as it is not provided by teachers. Also, remember that kids love to run and play—so please make sure they are dressed appropriately for the weather including no flip flops which tend to fall off, break, cause stubbed toes or inhibit play!

Cub Scouts & Girl Scouts Registration

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Fishers Fusion Dance Team Clinic

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