Bear Bulletin

August 18, 2017

A Message from Our Administrators

A huge thank you to our teachers, staff, and PTO for making our outdoor Ice Cream Social fun and entertaining to kick off a wonderful school year ahead. Children are walking the halls excited about classrooms and teachers are getting to know the children at a deep level in order to help them thrive to the best of ability. We are fully under way with our Fountas and Pinnell reading assessments as well as NWEA MAP testing in both reading and math. All students will have completed these assessments by mid September and we anticipate tremendous growth from last year.

Thank you for your continued support at home and being an active member of your child's elementary journey. Our Back to School Nights are now complete and you probably already signed up for conferences come October. If you still need to sign up please communicate directly with your child's teacher as we are looking for 100% participation at BSE. By now you should be aware of a handful of the digital resources available to you as well as our shift in homework beliefs. We encourage you to read, engage in math games, and play daily.

To our Preschool families - we have completed our first full week and the drop off and pick up transitions are running smoothly. Thank you for your patience as we ensure safety and foster independence with all students. A reminder that preschool is now open five days a week which means Fridays are now included.

Below there is a plethora of important information regarding upcoming opportunities and events you don't want to miss such as the Back to School Bash and Picture Day. As always, thank you for your support and we look forward to working with all of our families as partners.

- Mrs. Rich and Dr. Kaminski

From the Office


Please report absences or late arrivals by calling the school attendance line 317-915-4250 by 9:30 am. For your convenience, our Voice Mail is available 24 hrs per day.

Remember to please leave:

  • your name
  • your child’s name
  • teacher’s name
  • the date & reason for the absence

If the child is ill, the following information would be helpful to the nurse: type of illness, fever, headache, sore throat, and any diagnosis made by a physician. If a student misses school due to illness, he/she is not allowed to participate in after-school activities, clubs, programs, or practices. REMEMBER, a child must be fever free and/or vomit free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication prior to coming back to school.Please do not depend on a phone call or email to the teacher to report an absence as there may be a substitute, and subs do not have access to the teacher’s voicemail or email.


If your child needs to be released early from school, do not enter this in School Dismissal Manager. Instead, please send a note to the school explaining the reason and time of dismissal. You may also call the office 317-915-4250 before 2:00 pm. Please do not depend on a phone call or email to the teacher to report an absence as there may be a substitute, and subs do not have access to the teacher’s voicemail or email. Your child must be picked up and signed out in the school office. When picking up your child, please have your Driver’s License or other form of photo ID with you. REMEMBER – a child who is taken out of school during regular hours will not be eligible for perfect attendance.

Important Dates

  • 8/21/17 - NO EARLY RELEASE due to the timing of the solar eclipse. Early Release Mondays resume on 8/28/17.
  • 8/22/17 - PTO Meeting 6:30-7:30 in the Cafeteria
  • 8/25/17 - Back to School Bash

Back to School Bash

Friday, Aug. 25th, 5-8pm

12451 Brooks School Road

Fishers, IN

Click here to volunteer. Remember, all volunteers must have a current SafeVisitor background check on file.

Don't forget to download the app to bid at our silent auction. Search for Handbid on your apple or android device. The auction will go live on Wednesday, August 23rd. So many exciting things to bid on including your local favorites, Disney Park Hopper tickets, an amazing trip to St. Thomas, a Bourbon tasting trip and so much more!! Contact with questions.

Have you pre-registered for the event? Deadline is Monday, August 21st to skip the check-in line! Find the registration form here.


The BSE Reading Adventure Read-A-Thon is Coming August 28-September 11! Watch for our craft table at the Back to School Bash! For more information, please read our Read-A-Thon Welcome Letter! (Click here)

BSE School Hours are 8:55 AM - 3:40 PM

  • Doors open at 8:45 AM
  • Students are considered tardy after 8:55 AM
  • Parents must escort students into the building and sign them in after 8:55 AM

Cafeteria Volunteers Needed

We are looking for cafeteria volunteers to help us through the end of September. If you have your SafeVisitor background check on file and have some time to spare, click here to sign up. THANK YOU!

UPDATE: School Dismissal Manager

THANK YOU to everyone for being on top of your child's default and exceptions in School Dismissal Manager. We've gotten off to a strong start. If you need help setting up recurring exceptions, our office staff will be happy to help. Click here to send an email with the changes you need made.

REMINDER: Exceptions must be entered no later thank 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.

Picture Day

School Picture Day is September 20th. Hard copy order forms will be coming home in the next couple of weeks, but you can place an online order by clicking here.

Discovery Donations Needed

Specials will have an added 4th rotation joining art, music and PE called Discovery. We need your help with supplies for this rotation. Please feel free to drop off any of the items below to our office at your convenience.

  • Toothpicks
  • Foil
  • Plastic cups (small/large)
  • Paper towel and/or toilet paper rolls (empty)
  • Cereal boxes
  • Craft sticks
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Duct tape
  • Masking tape
  • Craft/blue painter's tape
  • Rubber bands
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Stir sticks
  • Straws
  • Plastic/wooden spoons
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Yarn/cording
  • Cardboard/boxes
  • Packing peanuts
  • Packaging materials
  • Balloons (latex free)
  • Egg crates/cartons
  • Clothespins
  • Pom poms (craft)
  • Index cards
  • Velcro
  • Styrofoam trays
  • Nuts, bolts, washers
  • Nails, screws, gears
  • Hammers
  • Levels
  • Pool noodles
  • Play doh
  • Wooden blocks
  • Legos
  • *odd leftover items to build/create with

SafeVisitor Reminder

Just a reminder that anyone intending to spend time in the school or chaperone a field trip must have a SafeVisitor ID Badge. If you have not yet completed the background check, click here to get started. If you do have your badge, and still have yet to have your photo taken, visit our office any time between the hours of 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM M-F.

PTO News

Thank You from Ice Cream Social Chair, Sarah Kruer, to all of the volunteers who helped with this year's Ice Cream Social and to Meijer for their generous ice cream treat donation!

PTO Meetings

PTO meetings are a great way to get involved in school events and hear directly from Dr. Kaminski. Our first meeting is next week on Tuesday from 6:30-7:30! We will go over the PTO budget for the year, including events and fundraisers, and Dr. Kaminski will be there to say a few words and answer any general school questions. Babysitting is provided.

Mark your calendars now for this year's PTO meetings. All will be held from 6:30-7:30 PM in the BSE Cafeteria.

  • Tuesday, August 22
  • Tuesday, January 9
  • Tuesday, March 13
  • Tuesday, May 15

Calling on Kroger Shoppers! Earn Money for BSE While You Shop!
Are you new to BSE? Are you a new Kroger shopper or maybe never signed up for an online account? Do you use ClickList? Kroger donates a percentage of your normal grocery shopping to the school when you register your Kroger Rewards card with Brooks School Elementary. If you're a ClickList user, you already have an online account, and it's easy to add BSE to your account.

To sign up:

  1. Have your card number on hand if you do not already have an online account. If you use your phone number at the register you can call 1-866-221-4141 to get your card number.
  2. Go to
  3. Choose one of the “orange button” options for Sign In (if you have a Kroger online account, but haven’t chosen a school to support) or Create an Account (if you don’t have an online Kroger Account)
  4. Follow the steps to enroll using code 10435 for Brooks School Elementary PTO.

Box Tops: Don't forget to save your Box Tops! We are collecting Box Tops to help earn money for our school! Our collection date is in October, so make sure to save up in the meantime!

Have any questions? Feel free to reach out to Co-Presidents
Sara Weinberger ( or Jen White (
for more information about the PTO or how you can get involved!

Pasta Bowl Fundraiser

The annual Pasta Bowl Fundraiser is coming soon!! Brooks School will have collection boxes in the lobby for any donations you care to send in. Start collecting and we'll let you know when to send them in. THANK YOU for your generosity!

Engineering for Kids

Click here for our flyer with additional information about our K-4 programs.

Mudsock Game - VIP Event

The annual Fishers vs. HSE MUDSOCK GAME will take place on September 8th at Fishers High School. The Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation is once again sponsoring its VIP event. To participate in the VIP event (which includes premiere, end zone seating), click here. If you'd like to be entered into the Best Seat in the House lottery, click here.

Cub Scouts

Boys! Join Cub Scouts! Thursday, August 31st from 6:30-8:00 pm here at school boys in grades K-5 can join Cub Scouts. Cub Scouts is one of the largest programs in our school. Your son will experience fun and adventure, while providing to him a foundation he can stand on to embrace opportunity, overcome obstacles and make new discoveries. What makes Cub Scouting truly unique is the opportunity it gives your entire family to be involved in his development. Come join your son’s friends in Cub Scouts!

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