Tiger Tales

Fishers Elementary Newsletter January 24, 2020

Note from our Principal

Dear FES Families,


It’s been an exciting 4 day week here at FES! The HSE Schools Foundation is offering a second grant opportunity this year. For this round of grant cycles, the grant proposals are supposed to be student driven. This means that with the help of a teacher or HSE Employee as a mentor, students submit their own grant proposal! Several of our classrooms either have submitted, or are working on completing their submission for a grant. We should find out in late February if any of our student proposals have been funded. I can’t wait to see if our students get to accomplish some of their own goals!


Last weekend, several of our fourth grade students were able to perform at the Indiana Music Education Association Professional Development Conference in Fort Wayne as part of the Elementary Honor Choir. Congratulations to Ellie (Mrs. Wheeler’s class), Meghan (Miss Larkin’s class), Alana, Lauryn, Nora, and Delaney (all from Mrs. Bock’s class). Thanks to Mrs. Stucker for providing our students with opportunities like this to perform with a wide variety of students from all over the state!


Finally, I wanted to share something that I am very much excited for! Tomorrow, I will be heading to New York City for a four day conference with the Reading & Writing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University. The reading, writing, and phonics Units of Study that we use here at Fishers Elementary School (and throughout HSE Schools) are written by the experts at Teachers College. I will spend my four days in a Reading Coaching Institute. The purpose of the institute is for attendees to learn ways to provide better professional development and improve coaching practices. These skills will help me to better support our teachers as they learn and grow in their craft of teaching reading and writing. While this conference focuses on reading, I am sure there will be skills that will also translate to writing instruction as well. I look forward to sharing some of my key takeaways with our teachers after I return.


I hope all our Tigers have had a wonderful week, and enjoy your weekend!

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A Note from the Nurse

The clinic is in need of any extra size 8 or larger girls leggings or pants! If you have any to donate, please send in to the office!! Thank you so much!


Please remember to send an extra set of clothing to keep in your child's backpack. With the wet weather many students are coming to the clinic for a change of clothing due to getting their pants wet on the playground. Thanks for your help!
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The mission of the Indiana Center for Prevention of Youth Abuse & Suicide is clear - to prevent youth abuse and save lives. Our team is dedicated to creating awareness that 95% of abuse is preventable and providing critical resources necessary to give hope to those who have lost their way. We will work with our communities to make sure that evidence-based curriculum is in place, so both youth and adults, can be empowered to protect, prevent, and create a personal mission to end abuse, once and for all.



Good afternoon Fishers Elementary Families,


Indiana Center for the Prevention of Youth Assistance and Suicide (formerly Chaucie’s Place) will be visiting FES again this school year the week of January 27th. Their body safety curriculum, Child Lures Prevention, Think First & Stay Safe, will be presented to students. The lesson will provide relevant, balanced and proven prevention strategies to help families and children increase awareness and knowledge of how to recognize, interrupt, stop and prevent these crimes. As a community, we must think of childhood sexual abuse as a preventable disease. Collaboration between educators, parents and guardians, the medical community, law enforcement and our communities-at-large can proactively protect our children before abuse ever happens.


Topics to be covered:

For K-6 (elementary) we will discuss:

· Using our brains to keep us safe

· Bullying

· Body safety and the idea “my body belongs to me.”

· Brainstorm trusted adults

· The difference between secrets and surprises

· Trusting our “guts” or innate feelings

· The idea that everyone is special


Trained professionals will provide a 45 minute lesson. Teachers will be present in each classroom during the lesson. Mrs. Lance, FES school counselor, will be available if students have further questions or concerns. A parent resource video can be viewed by visiting thier website at www.indianaprevention.org and selecting the “Our programs” tab at the top right hand of the page. If you would like your child to NOT participate in this program or have further questions or concerns, please contact Mrs.Lance.

Thank you!


Jenn Lance

School Counselor

317-594-4160

jlance@hse.k12.in.us

It's cold out There!

Please remember to have your student come prepared to be outside for recess! Per district regulations, we are allowed to be outside if the temperatures with windchill do not fall below 15 degrees. Please have your child wear a winter coat, hat and gloves. If you need assistance with these items, please contact our counselor, Mrs. Lance

Fishers Elementary PTO

Upcoming Calendar Events



  • Monday, January 27th, Spirit Night at Urban Air, 4pm – 8pm at 14450 Mundy Drive, Noblesville, IN 46060.
  • Friday, January 31st, Spirit Wear Day! Wear your favorite FES Gear!
  • Friday, February 14th, Valentines Movie Night Special – Arctic Dogs to be shown.


AMAZING things happening in January!

Spring Fest – Need your Leadership – Looking for a Leader to assist with obtaining a food donation. If you have that drive to support with reaching out to local locations, please email me at christinastenske@gmail.com.

Let’s celebrate OUR FES Spirit at Urban Air on Monday, January 27th from 4pm – 8pm. Packages have been discounted for us to enjoy which will allow your little one to be exhausted. Come on out and enjoy this awesome place. Hope to see you there!

If you know any families that will be joining us next year at Fishers Elementary School, make sure that you mention to join the Facebook PTO https://www.facebook.com/groups/186767741942/ Another way to keep communication open and help support OUR school.


Stay updated with communication. Feel free to email any questions to fisherspto@yahoo.com. FES PTO has an awesome website - https://fisherspto.com/ Keep current with FES Parents sharing ideas, information by joining our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/groups/186767741942/?ref=share

WE are Fishers Elementary – Fostering a Community of Parents / Teachers and Staff Support is one the greatest examples we can provide to our children.

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Community Song Book

Dear FES Families,


I am asking for your help to create a song book that is representative of all our students here at Fishers Elementary School. A lot of my time spent preparing for music classes and performances is spent researching to find music that would be appropriate to share, sing and/or perform with students.


Part of HSE21 is facilitating student voice and choice and providing our school community authentic learning experiences. When teachers and staff at FES learn something and then we know better, we want to do better. I always want to do better for our students, and one or my goals for this year is to focus on these HSE21 principles.


The most valuable resource I have to find music that represents our community is the community itself. I would like families from our community to share their own music from their own culture. This is why I am asking parents, family members and community members to be the culture bearers for our students.



PLEASE CONTACT ME, MRS. STUCKER,

1. If you or someone in your family would be willing to share one or more songs that would be appropriate to share, sing and/or perform with students at school.

2. If you feel that you would like more music from your family’s culture to be represented but are uncomfortable or unsure how to share it yourself. We can work together to find another culture bearer that can help us!

3. If you, any of your family members, or anyone from our community have concerns regarding equity in our music program here at school. Any and all concerns should and will be addressed by myself and our administrators when they are brought to our attention.

4. If you would like to volunteer to be part of the committee that will organize and create the actual Song Book.



To contact Mrs. Stucker you may

1. Call me at school: 317-594-4160

2. Email me at school: dstucker@hse.k12.in.us

3. Return this paper and I will reach out to you!





Parent Name_______________________________________


Parent Phone_______________________________________


Parent Email________________________________________


Student Name________________________________________


Student’s Classroom Teacher_____________________________

Car Rider Line Reminders

Parents, please remember to have your yellow sign with your child's first and last name available for FES Staff to see as you are coming through the car rider dismissal line. This will help our line run more smoothly. Thank you for your help!

AFFORDABLE INTERNET AT HOME FOR ELIGIBLE HOUSEHOLDS

You may qualify if you are eligible for public assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, and others. Click link below for more information.

lost and found

Our lost and found is overloaded! Please have your child look for any missing items and feel free to come in and look for anything your child might be missing. A background check is required to enter the building. We will be donating all unclaimed items by mid-February. Thanks!

Math Superstars

Math Superstars | Fishers Elementary PTO

Math Superstars is a program designed to reward students for completing math challenges in addition to their regular coursework. Every week your student completes a Math Superstars worksheet, they receive points which can be redeemed for prizes in the Math Superstars Reward Store at the end of the school year.

fisherspto.com


Don’t forget about Math Superstars! Worksheet 17 (included in the 2nd semester packet) is available on the school website at https://fisherspto.com/math-superstars/

Please make sure you print the worksheets assigned to your child’s grade. (To save paper, use the duplex setting on your printer to print on both sides.) Worksheet 17 should be turned into the classroom teacher by January 31st. Please remind your child to put first and last name on the worksheet!

If you are unable to access the worksheets electronically, please contact Mindi Kenney at mkenney39@yahoo.com or (317) 201-6949 to make arrangements to receive paper copies.

Indiana Center for Prevention of Youth Abuse & Suicide

The mission of the Indiana Center for Prevention of Youth Abuse & Suicide is clear - to prevent youth abuse and save lives. Our team is dedicated to creating awareness that 95% of abuse is preventable and providing critical resources necessary to give hope to those who have lost their way. We will work with our communities to make sure that evidence-based curriculum is in place, so both youth and adults, can be empowered to protect, prevent, and create a personal mission to end abuse, once and for all.


Good Afternoon Fishers Elementary Families,


Indiana Center for the Prevention of Youth Assistance and Suicide (formerly Chaucie’s Place) will be visiting FES again this school year the week of January 27th. Their body safety curriculum, Child Lures Prevention, Think First & Stay Safe, will be presented to students. The lesson will provide relevant, balanced and proven prevention strategies to help families and children increase awareness and knowledge of how to recognize, interrupt, stop and prevent these crimes. As a community, we must think of childhood sexual abuse as a preventable disease. Collaboration between educators, parents and guardians, the medical community, law enforcement and our communities-at-large can proactively protect our children before abuse ever happens.

Topics to be covered:

For K-6 (elementary) we will discuss:

· Using our brains to keep us safe

· Bullying

· Body safety and the idea “my body belongs to me.”

· Brainstorm trusted adults

· The difference between secrets and surprises

· Trusting our “guts” or innate feelings

· The idea that everyone is special

Trained professionals will provide a 45 minute lesson. Teachers will be present in each classroom during the lesson. Mrs. Lance, FES school counselor, will be available if students have further questions or concerns. A parent resource video can be viewed by visiting thier website at www.indianaprevention.org and selecting the “Our programs” tab at the top right hand of the page. If you would like your child to NOT participate in this program or have further questions or concerns, please contact Mrs.Lance.

Thank you!

Jenn Lance

School Counselor

317-594-4160

jlance@hse.k12.in.us

What's for Lunch?

For a complete breakfast and lunch menu please click here.

The Veggie Bar will be available every Wednesday and Thursday. Every student is allowed one free trip to the bar, regardless of whether or not they purchase a school lunch.

Cafeteria Reservations

Please click on the above Reservations Link to sign up when wanting to visit your child for lunch. You must have a background check on file to visit.

Community Insider

Please click on the following link to view activities and upcoming events within the district.

https://www.hseschools.org/happenings/community-insider

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