HPE Patriot Post

Harrison Parkway Elementary

February 9, 2018 Edition

Year-to-Date HPE attendance average is 96.60%

HPE Expectation/Goal is 97%

Rotation Day 2

Upcoming Events at HPE


13th-16th - After School Explorers (PTO); 3:45 pm

16th - Jump Rope for Heart

19th - President's Day - NO SCHOOL

20th - NO FLEX DAY - School will be in session

26-28th - ISTEP testing - Part 1 (3rd and 4th grade only)


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

12th-16th – IREAD testing

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


9th - Students return to school after Spring Break

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

Make-Up School Days

Please be sure to make a note on your calendar that Tuesday, February 20 will be a school day. Because of the snow/cancellation day on January 12th, the previously planned Flex Day will be used to make up the missed day.

To see the Hamilton Southeastern Schools district calendar, please click on the link below:


Holidays and Observances


12th - Lincoln's Birthday

14th - Valentine's Day

16th - Chinese New Year

19th - President's Day; Washington's Birthday Observed


11th - Daylight Saving Time

17th - St. Patrick's Day

20th - Spring Equinox

25th - Palm Sunday

30th - Good Friday

30th - Passover begins at sunset

Lunch Menus - Week of February 12th

Mon. - Day 3 - Chicken Tenders

Tues. - Day 4 - Cheese Omelet with Bacon

Wed. - Day 5 - Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup *(Menu change)

Thurs. - Day 6 - Pizza Tortilla with Pepperoni (pork pepperoni) *(Menu change)

Fri. - Day 0 - Potato Crunch Fish Bites

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

Jump Rope for Heart

Thank you to those who have already contributed to Jump Rope for Heart. The last day to turn in envelopes and donations is Friday, February 23rd.

ISTEP Testing

Dear Parents,

HPE third and Fourth grade students will be taking ISTEP testing from February 26th - 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 Monday, 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 had the privilege of visiting each of the classrooms in our building this week and providing a read aloud on kindness. I reminded our students that we are continuing to work on choosing to be kind as a building this year. I read the book, The Kindness Quilt, in kindergarten and first grade classrooms. I read the book, The Smallest Girl In The Smallest Grade, to second grade classrooms. I read the book, Those Shoes, in third grade classrooms and I read the book, How Full Is Your Bucket? in fourth grade classrooms. We discussed different ways to show kindness after the read aloud. I enjoyed visiting your child's classroom and look forward to visiting their classroom again!


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HPE School Counselor

HPE Music News

Save these Dates!

First Grade Music Visits, Week of March 26th. Letters have been sent home. If you did not see it, one is attached for your reference.

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

Fourth Grade Program, Wednesday, May 16th at 6:30 pm

HPE Yearbooks

School yearbook order forms have been sent home with your child. 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. The order deadline is Friday, March 2, 2018.

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 available when you come into the school. 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

After School Explorers is next week from Tuesday, February 13 through Friday the 16th. We still need volunteers on Tuesday and are extremely short handed on Thursday. Please see if you are available from 3:00-5:15 pm to help pass out snacks, get the kids to the correct classroom, and other tasks as needed. There is free childcare for little ones of volunteers. Sign up to volunteer at http://signup.com/go/ftnqUEk

If your kids are signed up for ASE, payment is due on Friday the 9th. You must send a note giving permission to participate to school with your child each day. You can print payment slips and permission notes from your registration console at http://harrisonparkwaypto.org

Love is in the air and we want to share it with our HPE teachers and staff! Please consider dropping off some sweet treats, whether made with love or bought with thought, on Valentine’s Day, next Wednesday the 14th. Sign up at http://signup.com/go/gSwfoXL

Texas Roadhouse is hosting a Dine to Donate for the HPE PTO next Monday the 12th. Please stop in or carry out, let them know you’re there to support the PTO and a portion of your total will be donated back.

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, and Secretary. To learn more about the PTO board, please attend the brief informational meeting after our general PTO meeting next Tuesday, February 13th, in the HPE cafeteria.

Elections will be held at the general meeting on April 17th. Per HPE PTO bylaws, candidates’ names must be published in the school newsletter for 3 weeks prior to the election. If you would like to be placed on the ballot, please let us know by March 21st.

Our next general PTO meeting is Tuesday, February 13th at 6:30 pm 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

After School Explorers IS COMING NEXT WEEK!

ASE will run from Tuesday through Friday until 5 pm. I hope you are all excited!

As we gear up for the event next week, we wanted to pass along some information.

  1. Registration is now closed. Payments are due TODAY, February 9. If you have not paid, we will be reaching out to you so your children do not lose their spots. Payment slips can be printed from your Registration Console on the updated ASE registration site. Link: http://harrisonparkwaypto.org/
  2. Your child must bring in a permission slip EACH DAY they are participating – this helps us all make sure they get where they need to go. Permission slips can be printed from your Registration Console on the updated ASE registration site. Link: http://harrisonparkwaypto.org/
  3. This is a park and pick up program. Please park in the parking lot and enter through the main door, Door 1. You will then be directed to the correct class. Be mindful that parents picking up their children from the YMCA afterschool program may park in front of Door 2 and are the only parents allowed through Door 2.

We can’t wait to see your kiddos next week! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Kate Ziino at hpe.explorers@gmail.com.

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.

Winter Weather

As colder weather has arrived, please note that students go outside at recess when the temperature (and wind-chill) is 15 degrees or above. While teachers may reduce time outside on colder days, they will take students outside following these temperatures guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics. It is important that students arrive to school with appropriate dress for the colder weather such as long pants (no shorts), coats, hats, gloves, and/or scarfs. Thank you for double checking that your child is making appropriate clothes choices each day!

Weather Delays and Cancellations

As temperatures and conditions are prone to fluctuate, we encourage families to review their weather plans.

The leadership team at Hamilton Southeastern Schools is doing the same and will examine a combination of factors when considering a delay or closure on inclement weather days. It is not an easy decision. We not only weigh the effect of the temperature on students walking to and standing at bus stops, but we must also think about the predicted snowfall, ice, rain, wind and wind chill etc... Cold temperature and winds can also impact bus engine starts and cause possible delays that can leave students standing longer and in some cases without access to vital school resources. Therefore, we consider each weather situation separately, monitor reports and consult with our transportation department before making a decision.

Hamilton Southeastern Schools is committed to the safety and well-being of all students and endeavors to make decisions regarding delays and closures as early as possible. Please stay tuned to the following sources for the latest weather-related school news:

HSE Skylert

In the event of a delay or cancellation, all families will receive an automated message from the HSE Transportation Director via our Skylert system. The message will arrive by both a phone call and an e-mail. Parents also may opt to receive a text alert through Skyward/Family Access. To login, please click on the following link: https://sis.hse.k12.in.us/scripts/wsisa.dll/WService=wsEAplus/seplog01.w

HSE Social Media

Social media has become our fastest way of sharing school news. Weather-related school updates are available on the HSE Twitter feed and Facebook page. Students, families and residents are encouraged to join our more than 10,000+ “followers” at www.twitter.com/HSESchools and join our Facebook family at www.facebook.com/HSESchools. Not on Twitter or FB? Access both directly from the HSE website at www.hse.k12.in.us.

Local Media Outlets

Television and radio stations remain a traditional way to share school weather announcements. HSE posts school delays and closures to the following media outlets:

  • WQME – 98.7 FM
  • WHBU-WERK-MAX, WLBC – 104.1 FM
  • WEDJ – 107.1 FM Radio Latina
  • WIBC – 93.1 FM
  • WSYW – 810 AM
  • WISH-TV 8
  • WXIN (Fox 59 & CW 4)
  • WRTV (6)
  • WTHR (13)

Two-Hour Delay-- In the event that the school district deems a two hour delay is necessary, school will run from 10:55 am-3:40 pm. Breakfast will not be served, but lunch will be served. School doors will be unlocked at 10:40 am. Buses will run 2 hours behind, so if your student normally gets on the bus at 8:30 am, then a 2 hour delay means that he/she will get on the bus at 10:30 am.

Before and After School YMCA Program-- The YMCA before and after school program will be open during their regularly scheduled hours on days that Hamilton Southeastern Schools are experience a two-hour delay. When Hamilton Southeastern Schools are closed for weather related issues, the YMCA school care is closed as well.

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

See what's taking place in our schools and community during the month of February. 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:

February 13

February 20 (Flex Day; only meet if school is in session that day)

February 27

March 6

March 13 (if no school on Flex Day)

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.

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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.