Bear Bulletin

March 2, 2018

Message from Dr. Kaminski

Happy Friday BSE Parents and Community,

Today marks the completion of part one of ISTEP testing (written format) for our 4th graders. I was really impressed with the positive spirit and enthusiasm that the kids showed during the week. Thanks to all of you who reminded your kiddos to do their personal best and assisted with positive sleep and eating schedules. Next week our 3rd grade class will take their ISTEP assessments (written format). Third grade parents and guardians, this is your chance to follow the lead of our 4th grade parents and guardians with the same message! Third grade students will also take the state IREAD assessment the following week, so keep that message coming for two solid weeks. The great news is that this is the last year for ISTEP! The new ILEARN assessment will only take one test session and will be completed on the iPad. This assessment will also not be timed, so students can test in a stress free manner. Let's all finish strong with this assessment year and remember all K-4 students will take the NWEA reading and math assessment prior to the end of the year.

Thanks to all of our car rider families who are being extra cautious and safe in transitions in the car rider line. We appreciate your desire to keep our BSE Bears safe! Have a wonderful weekend and go Boilers!

Thank you -

Dr. Kaminski

Safety in the Cafe!

Help us keep our pretend pirate swords and light sabers to a minimum. Spread your toppings at home and then send them in the lunch bag or sack. Reducing the use of knives, any kind, will keep all of us safe at BSE. We have had NO issues or injuries, however the imaginary swashbuckling and saber fighting has been present. Thanks!

Math Bowl Team

Sixteen BSE fourth graders recently participated as part of our Math Bowl team. Students met twice a week from November through February to learn and practice math concepts. They learned a lot about both math and teamwork. The team ended the season with the annual statewide competition. As a result of the contest, BSE placed nineteenth in the state of Indiana. Congratulations to team members Mariah, Emma, Diya, Gabby, Cameron, Natalie, Jack, Noa, Lee, Liam, Andrés, Gavin, Carlos, Julian, Imaad, and Nick.

Regional Science Fair Update

Congratulations to the thirteen BSE Bears who participated in the 2018 Central Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday, February 24. The regional fair was held at Marian University in Indianapolis. Our students did well and learned much. In addition to participation certificates, amazingly each one of BSE’s students earned an additional award. Way to go! Below is a list of the awards and the students who earned each one.

The Indiana Astronomical Society Award of Excellence

  • Caroline T., Edis T.

The American Society for Cell Biology Certificate of Presentation

  • Eve S., Lila M.

Sigma Kappa Inherit the Earth Award

  • Grace G., Defne K., Gabrielle J.

Purdue University Award of Excellence

  • Madelyn B., Sam B., Diya P., Caden R., Jaxon R., Sam R.

Preschool Book Donations Needed

The BSE Library is looking for any donations of gently used books to build our preschool lending library collection. Please send them in with your child or drop them off at the main office labeled for Mrs. Kussy. Thank you!

Kindness Postcard Program

Thanks so much for your awesome response to this fabulous project! Thanks to the generous donations of our BSE families, we have been able to stamp and send all of the post cards that have been completed so far! It's amazing to read the beautiful kindness stories, and as an added bonus we have now put approximately 350 books in the hands of kids in need!

Riley 5K - Stand Up For Those Who Can't

Click here for all of the details.

Testing Windows

ISTEP (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress) - 3rd & 4th Graders

  • TESTING WINDOW 1: February 26 - March 9
  • TESTING WINDOW 2: April 16 - May 4

IREAD (Indiana Reading Evaluation And Determination) - 3rd Graders only

  • March 12 - March 16

As a reminder, we will not be able to accommodate lunch guests during the ISTEP and IREAD testing windows. Please plan accordingly.

Community Bulletin Board

We’re ready to ‘march’ into spring and there’s a lot going on. Check out the CBB here!

Preschool & Kindergarten Open House / Enrollment Information



Yearbooks - Order Deadline March 16th

Click here for the order form and for additional information.

Snack Attack Program

Brooks School Elementary is pleased to announce the start of a program for those kids on the Free or Reduced Lunch Programs (or really any student in need!). The program is called Indy Snack Attack and is designed to help those kids who need a little extra nourishment to get them through the weekend until they can receive a hot meal at school on Monday.

Here's how the program works. Your student will pick up a small sack on Friday to be taken home over the weekend. The sack is filled with individually wrapped snacks such as granola bars, fruit cups, pop tarts, or crackers/peanut butter just to name a few. The type of snacks will vary each week. Please let us know if your child has a peanut allergy. They will receive a special bag of peanut-free snacks.

There is no cost to you or the school. If you are interested in having your student participate in Indy Snack Attack or have questions please contact Andrea Thorne, school counselor, at 317-915-4250 or

Save the Date! Pancake Breakfast

The 2018 BSE Pancake Breakfast is just around the corner - Saturday March 17th from 8:00 - 11:00 am! The class that has the most pre-registrations will win a pj/donut party. We hope you and your family will help us stack the house and enjoy a delicious breakfast. The BSE staff will be there to help serve and compete in some cool pancake games!! Click here for the pre-registration form.

Pancake Breakfast Volunteers Needed

Parent Volunteers Needed!
Looking to become more involved at BSE? Like flipping pancakes or getting to know other BSE parents and staff?
Use the link below to volunteer at the Pancake Breakfast:

Talent Show (3rd & 4th Graders)

The 2018 BSE Talent Show for our 3rd & 4th graders has been scheduled!

Auditions: March 28th (from 3:45 - 5:30 PM)

Rehearsals: April 9th & 11th (from 3:45 - 5:45 PM)

Performance: April 12th (6:30 PM)

Questions? Contact Heather Wafford at SKYLERREID@SBCGLOBAL.NET.

Hotbox Madness

Mention BROOKS SCHOOL ELEMENTARY March 13 - April 2, 2018* and Hotbox will donate 20% of your sale to BSE.

*Valid all day long during specified dates.

Click here for the flyer.

HSE Habitat for Humanity Easter Flower Sale

Hamilton Southeastern High School’s Habitat for Humanity club is selling a large variety of flowers in many colors. All proceeds of the sale will support the club’s goal of raising $8,000 by May 2018. This money will be used to purchase the materials needed to construct the panels of a habitat house for a family in need in Hamilton County. If you would like to order some beautiful flowers and support the club, click the link below and fill out the order form. All orders must be placed by midnight on March 9th. Contact HSE Habitat for Humanity at with any questions.

Click here for the flyer.

SafeVisitor Badges

Per HSE Policy, visitors must have their SafeVisitor Badge scanned to check-in to the building. Please download the SafeVisitor App (iPhone/Android) or have your badge available when you come into the school. Looking up names occasionally leads to signing in the wrong guest.

Upon leaving the school, please turn your printed badge in to the office staff for quick check-out.

School Dismissal Manager

REMINDER: Early Dismissals should be called into our office at (317) 915-4250.

All exceptions must be entered no later than 2:00 PM. If students are participating in after school activities but SDM does not reflect that, unfortunately they will not be able to stay.

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