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Hoosier Road Elementary School's Newsletter for 12-1-17

Upcoming Events

Please visit the HRE website to find all of our upcoming calendar events by clicking here.
  • Lego Batman Movie Night: December 1st 6 - 8pm (Regristration required. Sorry, no walk-ins)
  • HRE Choir B105 Contest: now through December 3rd
  • HRE Gives Back Holiday Food Drive: December 4th - 13th
  • 1st Grade Music Program: December 7th at 6pm
  • 2nd Grade Music Program: December 7th at 7pm
  • PTO Pancake Breakfast: December 9th 8am - 10am
  • PTO Holiday Bazaar: December 9th 8am - 2pm

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: Abby Poisel from Mrs. Fleenor's class was caught showing Respect.

1st Grade: Claire Gordon from Mrs. Brockman's class was caught showing Respect.

2nd Grade: Ari Castillo from Mrs. Wilderson's class was caught showing Gratitude.

3rd Grade: Colin Kuhl from Ms. Lisa's class was caught showing Respect.

4th Grade: Terry Walker from Miss Pall's class was caught showing Gratitude.

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 December 4th

Monday: Chicken Tenders with Dinner Roll and Green Beans

Tuesday: Cheese Omelet with Bacon and Bagel

Wednesday: Breaded Chicken Sandwich with Baked Beans and Salad

Thursday: Ravioli with Meat Sauce, Garlic Toast, and Broccoli

Friday: Potato Crunch Fish Bites with Mac&Cheese and Carrots

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.

Movie Night: Lego Batman

Tonight is our 2nd PTO Movie Night. It is tonight from 6pm - 8pm. Please enter through door 10 by the gym. This event is only for the HRE students that have already signed up. Unfortunately, space is limited and you will not be able to sign up at the door.

Please Vote for the HRE Choir!

We are excited to announce that our Hoosier Road Choir has made the top 5 for the elementary division 1 in the B105.7 Christmas Station Contest. Our choir students had the opportunity to experience a professional recording of their winter song and also have the chance to be on the radio.

We need help to get the votes! Everyone can vote everyday through December 3rd on Please click on the following link to be connected to the contest.

You will need to enter your name and an email address.

Voting Rules are:

  • Log on to and click on the above Christmas Choir Contest link to vote for your favorite school choir.
  • Voters are presented with options to vote for the competing schools.
  • The first time you enter email address a confirmation email will be sent to you before you can vote. This avoids multiple votes from the same email address.
  • Voter is limited to one vote per registration of e-mail address per day. Voters are not permitted to use or create multiple e-mail addresses or accounts to vote multiple times. If voter attempts to go through the process again, he/she is only able to change the existing vote. The server will only assign one token to an email address.

If you could add this to your social media it would also help our chances. Thank you!!!!

Each winning choir will receive $2,000 in prize money courtesy of Franciscan Health and will be featured in a special half hour showcase program to air on December 24th and December 25th on Indy's Christmas Station!

Yearbook Cover Contest

HRE Yearbook Cover Contest Rules

This year’s yearbook theme is “Super Heroes Learn Here”. Have your child be creative and use his/her imagination by using a cover that captures the essence of HRE with a Super Hero twist. Show through drawings what Hoosier Road is all about. Remember, this is your child's project and we are looking forward to seeing their artwork! Just remember it needs to be school appropriate.

  • Your child's work must be on the “official” cover page provided. Please click here to download the template. If you don't have access to a printer, students can stop by the office to get a cover page template.
  • Have your child use only colored pencils and crayons. No markers or digital artwork.
  • Every artist needs to sign their work! Be sure your child puts his/her name in the bottom right hand corner in the “star”.
  • School name, year, and theme are already included on the template and not needed. Any additional wording must be legible. Please have your child take their time and do their best work when they write.
  • All entries MUST be turned in NO LATER THAN Monday morning, December 4th. No exceptions.
  • Please be sure your child follows the rules (listed above). Those not following the directions will not be considered.
  • We will have one winner – for the front cover! The winner will be announced by the end of the week (no later than Friday, December 10th).

Warm Up the Holidays

This winter HRE is sponsoring Braeburn Elementary as well as multiple families within the HRE and Fishers communities who are in need of assistance during the upcoming winter months. If you are interested in giving a little extra this season, HRE is collecting Walmart, Meijer, and Amazon gift cards in any denomination to help ease the pressures of the holiday season. If you would like to participate you may purchase and send a gift card to school or stop in the front office and take a “Snowflake” from the display in the front office. Please be sure to turn in all purchased gift cards to the attention of the Warm Up the Holidays by Wednesday,December 13th. Thank you for your participation and helping to make the winter months a little brighter for our community.

Winter Music Programs

We are very excited to present our 1st grade and 2nd grade music programs on Thursday, December 7th. Our 1st grade will perform at 6 PM and the 2nd graders will take the stage at 7 PM. Both performances will take place in the gym and all are invited to attend. Please click here to print the DVD order form.

Reminder to all 1st grade parents. "Snow Show"

Please bring your child to their classroom at 5:45 pm. The program doors (gym - door 10) will be open by 5:40 for you to find your seat and to look around the Secret Holiday Shop. Students should wear their holiday best for the program.

Reminder to all 2nd grade parents. "FaceTime, from Places Far Away"

Please bring your child to the 4th grade hallway at 6:45 pm. The program doors (gym - door 10) will be open by 6:40 pm. If you would like to come early, the Secret Holiday Shop (music room) will be open to do some shopping. Students should wear "dress" attire for the program

Be sure to visit our Snow Sweet Seasonal Art Display that will be up during the night of the Holiday Show, December 7th and the morning of the PTO pancake breakfast, December 9th. Our display will be in the hallway between the music room and cafeteria. HRE students hope that you will find inspiration and that you leave with a craving for your favorite dessert!

HRE Secret Holiday Shop is Next Week

The student favorite annual HRE Secret Holiday Shop is coming next week! Students will have the opportunity to shop during the school day with their class on either Thursday or Friday. The Shop will also be open during the evening programs on Thursday. Wish Lists will be coming home with students on Monday. If you would like for your child to shop, please send the list along with their money on the day indicted on the form that their class will be shopping.

We need your help! There are still many openings for shopping helpers on Thursday and Friday! Please use the link to sign up for a spot:

PTO Pancake Breakfast

Thank you to our sponsors at Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation!

When: December 9, 2017 8am-10am (or whenever we run out)

Where: HRE Cafeteria

This year we are changing things up a bit. This will be a FREE family event. We will have pancakes, syrup, milk and coffee.

Pancake batter will be provided by Another Broken Egg Café.

Come join us for some delicious pancakes and then shop at the Holiday Bazaar going on in the HRE gym. There will be 50 vendors to browse and buy local!

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4th Grade Kickball 4 Houston

During the month of December, Fourth Graders are invited to participate in "Kickball 4 Houston." This is an optional kickball tournament that will take place before school in the gym (drop off at door 10). Students are asked to make a monetary donation that will go to our continual efforts to support Braeburn Elementary in Houston, Texas. If you have any question please contact Ms. Kris Chandler at

First Round:

Lattal vs. May: Friday, December 1st, 8:00 AM

Washburn vs. McLean: Tuesday, December 5th, 8:00 AM

Pall vs. Striegel: Friday, December 8th, 8:00 AM

Mitchell's class gets a Bye (their first game will be Friday, December 15th at 8:00 AM)

Second Round:

Please see the bracket for your student's date to play. Bracket located in the gym.

Principal for the day!

One of our "Priceless Experiences" offered through our PTO's carnival allowed one lucky student to spend the day with Mr. Hurst as HRE's principal. Maddox S. from Mrs. Peterson's class enjoyed his role as principal. He filled his day with bus duty, morning announcements, 1st grade recess duty, lunch duty, and visiting various classrooms.
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HRE Gives Back Holiday Food Drive

We are proud to implement a program for HRE students that we hope will highlight the joy of giving. It may come as a surprise that there are many families in Fishers who are struggling to put food on the table. Winter break is especially hard when children are not in school where they are assured of having one meal each day. We would like to ease that stress by providing boxes with two weeks’ worth of easy meals and snacks for as many children as we can in Fishers. Each class will put together one box. We have an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of children; both those who give and those who will receive. We hope this will give you an opportunity to talk with your children about gratitude and the joy of giving to those in need. Donations are being accepted Monday, December 4th through Wednesday, December 13th.

Hoosier Road Elementary has set a goal to fill 150 boxes. One box per classroom will equal 32 boxes. Requests will be coming home with the hope that each student will contribute the item "assigned" so that the class as a whole is able to join together to make up an entire box.

Each box will contain:

20 microwave meals (Soup-at-Hand, Hormel Dinners, Easy Mac, etc.)

16 individual breakfast meals (Pop Tarts, individual cereals, instant oatmeal, breakfast bars)

Individual fruit cups (either a 6 or 8 pack or 2- 4 packs)

1 box of granola bars

1 box of fruit snacks

16-20 100% juice boxes

6-8 packages of cheese or peanut butter crackers

6-8 small bags of chips, pretzels or crackers

6 pack of pudding cups or other dessert

In order to meet our goal of 150 boxes we need your help. If your family or your workplace would like to make an impact and fill an entire box on your own, please stop by the HRE office to pick up a box and a shopping list. Please have individual boxes completed and returned to HRE by December 13th.

If you can’t fill a whole box but are interested in donating additional items, please choose from the list below. We will combine your donation with others who would like to offer their help to fill additional boxes. Thank you so much for your generosity and compassion.

If you know of a family who would benefit from this initiative or if your family is in need, please contact our school counselor at (317) 915-4240. Your request will be handled in a confidential manner.

Shop at Kroger, Earn $ for HRE

What's the easiest way to earn money for HRE?

Register your Kroger Plus card at:

HRE Families shopping with a registered Kroger Plus card made over $2,500 last year!

It's easy sign up! If you already have a Kroger online account, click SIGN IN. Sign in with your account information, go to Community Rewards and search for Hoosier Road by name or enter our number- 77193. Select HRE and register your Plus card.

If you have a Kroger Plus card but do not have an online Kroger account, you’ll have to create an account to register your card. Go to the above address and Click CREATE AN ACCOUNT. Fill in email, zip code and preferred store and create a password. Once you have created an account, follow the step above to register your Plus card to get rewards back to HRE. If you don’t have a Kroger Plus card, you can get one at any Kroger store.

Collect and Connect

Bring your donation of gently used clothing to the Goodwill Bin located in the entrance, just before the office. For every 13-gallon bag of clothing donated, HRE will receive a Goodwill clothing voucher to distribute to those in need.
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