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Hoosier Road Elementary School's Newsletter for 10-27-17

Upcoming Events

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

No Costumes on Halloween Please!

Tuesday, October 31st is indeed Halloween, but HRE does not promote the holiday by wearing costumes to school. Thank you for sending your children to school in their normal, school-appropriate attire this coming Tuesday and save their costumes for trick-or-treating on Tuesday evening!

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: Anna Nguyen from Mrs. Sergi's class demonstrated Respect.

1st Grade: Yumi Shimonaka from Mrs. Wellington's class demonstrated Purpose.

2nd Grade: Kimmy Erath from Mrs. Edwards' class demonstrated Integrity.

3rd Grade: Hudson Welu from Mrs. Lee's class demonstrated Integrity.

4th Grade: Erik Rasmussen from Mrs. Mitchell's class demonstrated Purpose.

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 October 30th

Monday: Taco Scoops with Refried Beans and Salad

Tuesday: Scrambled Eggs with French Toast and Carrots

Wednesday: Pizza Calzone with Marinara Sauce and Corn

Thursday: Chicken & Noodles with Dinner Roll, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans

Friday: Cheesy Breadsticks with Marinara and Broccoli

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.

Operation Gratitude

Once again, Hoosier Road Elementary School students are invited to donate their extra Halloween candy to our troops overseas. Mrs. Washburn's 4th grade class will be heading up the drive which has become an annual HRE tradition.

With Veterans Day right around the corner, this is a perfect way for HRE students to recognize those who have sacrificed so much for our country's freedom by "sacrificing" some of their Halloween candy. All candy donations will be shipped overseas by a local dentist who has partnered with Operation Gratitude on behalf of our school. All types of wrapped, store-bought candy (except Pixie Sticks) will be accepted.

To learn more about Operation Gratitude as well as how the candy is donated, visit:

Please have students bring in their candy starting on Wednesday, November 1st. Candy will be accepted through Tuesday, November 7th.

Thank you for helping us to help others and demonstrate "Gratitude" to our brave service men and women.

Veterans Day Program

Hoosier Road's much anticipated annual Veterans Day Program will be held in the gym on Friday, November 10th at 9:30 AM. Doors will open at 9:15 AM. Please enter through Door 10 (near the gym). Our first through fourth graders will all be performing.

Due to space limitations, we are asking that only one parent per participating student attend; sorry, no siblings. However, if a parent would like to bring a veteran or someone currently serving in our armed forces as a special guest, they are welcome and encouraged to do so.

To speed up the entrance process and help with seating, there will be two lines located at the gym door (exit 10) -- one for parents with veterans and one for parents only. This is considered a public event so no background checks will be required.

Prizm Video Productions will be professionally filming our program and will offer DVDs for sale at $20 per copy. Ordering details will be forthcoming.

Our first through fourth graders are very excited to celebrate Veterans Day through singing, reading and honoring those who have served our country so that we may enjoy all of our freedoms.

Box Top Contest

It’s that time of the year to clip and turn in your Box Tops! Clipping Box Tops is an easy way for you to help HRE earn cash. Find a full list of hundreds of participating products at Prizes will be given to individuals and the top class per grade level. Please send in neatly clipped box tops with your student no later than November 3rd. Details were sent home with your student this week.

HRE PTO Needs Your Help!

The HRE PTO has started preparations for the annual Pancake Breakfast, Our Pancake Breakfast has been scheduled for Saturday, December 9th. For more than 5 years, our PTO has been very fortunate to receive the pre-made pancake batter from Bob Evans. Unfortunately, due to a change in management, they will not be able to help us this year. If you or someone you know, has a business that might be interested in donating the batter, please contact Brittany Schmuck at

Wild West Book Fair

Howdy Cowboys and Cowgirls! The Fall 2017 Book Fair is coming November 13th - 17th. All students will have a chance to visit the book fair during book fair week with their classes. Additionally, the book fair will be open to our families on these special dates:

November 14th & 15th - Donuts with Dads - 8:00-8:45 AM

November 16th – Family Reading Night - 6:00-8:00 PM Greek's Pizza and Kona ice will be present along with local and state community leaders reading a book to our HRE children. There will be more information about each event as the time is closer.

We need to wrangle up some volunteers to help all our buckaroos make their way through the stampede to find lots of great new books! If you would like to join our ranch, please sign up to volunteer at:

Keep watching for more details!

Donuts with Dads

The HRE PTO's "Donuts with Dad" is Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, November 14th and 15th from 8:00 AM - 8:45 AM. Tuesday will be for those students with last names beginning with A-K. Wednesday will be for those students with last names beginning with L-Z. Donuts, coffee, milk and juice will be served in the cafeteria and dads are invited to join their students in the media center to visit the book fair.

This event requires registration. Forms were sent home this week and must be completed and returned no later than Friday, November 3rd.

Body Safety with Chaucie's Place

Hoosier Road Elementary is partnering again this year with Chaucie’s Place, a child advocacy organization in Hamilton County, to bring Smart Steps™: A Body Safety Program for Children to our Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grade students. Smart Steps™ is a child sexual abuse prevention and education program that empowers your child to say “NO!” to unwanted touches from anyone who makes them feel uncomfortable.

Hoosier Road's Body Safety student program will be held on November 6th, 2017. If you have questions or concerns about this program, please contact the school's counselor.

To learn more about Chaucie’s Place visit:

HRE Art Studio and Library Volunteers Needed

Mrs. Jennings and Mrs. Avery are looking for volunteers to come and help in the art studio and library. Please click on the following links to sign up!


Mondays or Tuesdays Art Studio Helpers

Wednesdays Art Studio Helpers

Thursdays or Fridays Art Studio Helpers


2017-18 Library Helpers

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