HPE Patriot Post

Harrison Parkway Elementary

November 10, 2017 Edition

Year-to-Date HPE attendance average is 97.27%

HPE Expectation/Goal is 97%

Rotation Day 4

Upcoming Events at HPE


10th - Veteran's Day Tribute - 1:45-2:45 pm

14th - PTO Meeting, 6:30 pm

17th - PTO Movie Night, 6:15-9:00 pm

22nd-26th - Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL


14th - PTO Meeting, 6:30 pm

20th - Last day of school for students before Winter Break

21st - January 3rd - Winter Break - NO SCHOOL


4th - First day of school after Winter Break

Holidays and Observances


11th - Veterans Day

23rd - Thanksgiving Day


7th - Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

12th - Hanukkah begins at sunset

21st - Winter Solstice

24th - Christmas Eve

25th - Christmas

26th - Kwanzaa begins

31st - New Year's Eve

Lunch Menu - Week of November 13th

Mon. - Day 5 - Chicken Tenders

Tues. - Day 6 - Cheese Omelet with Bacon

Wed. - Day 1 - Thanksgiving Meal (see menu below)

Thurs. - Day 0 - Ravioli with Meat Sauce

Fri. - Day 2 - Potato Crunch Bites with Macaroni & Cheese

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

HPE Thanksgiving Lunch

We will be having our Thanksgiving meal next Wednesday, November 15th. For this day only, we will not be accepting parents or visitors during lunch. The menu will be:

Sliced Turkey with gravy

Mashed Potatoes

Green Beans

Dinner Roll


Fresh Fruit Salad

Carmel Apple Bars

Thanksgiving Break

This is a reminder that we will not have school from Wednesday, November 22nd - Friday, November 24th in celebration of Thanksgiving. School will resume on Monday, November 27th.

HPE Music News

Veterans Day Tribute

Friday, November 10th

1:45-2:45 PM, HPE Gym

Doors will open to the general public at 1:15 pm. Please enter through Door #3.

The purpose of the Tribute is to give our students and school community the opportunity to express gratitude and respect to Veterans and those in active duty.

Third Grade International Marketplace

December 14th, 6:30 PM

This involves the entire 3rd grade!

An evening of questions, discoveries, and music from around our world.

What will you experience?

What will you learn from your child and other third grade students?

Counselor's Corner

I had the privilege of visiting the first and second grade classrooms this week and presenting lessons on responsibility. In first grade we read the book, Just A Mess. We then talked about how the character could have shown responsibility. The students then played a game where they held up a picture of a responsible cat and an irresponsible cat based on the scenarios that were given. In second grade we discussed careers and the ways that adults show responsibility in their careers. We discussed how responsibility is a lifelong skill. Students then had the opportunity to think of a career they might like to have as adults and how they would show responsibility in their chosen career. I enjoyed visiting your child's classroom and look forward to visiting again soon.


Nancy Logue

HPE School Counselor

Vision Screening

Parents - The 1st grade will be having a State required vision screening next Friday, November 17th. If your child wears glasses, please make sure that they come to school with their glasses to help with the screening process.

Thank You!

Nurse Notes - Health Helps and Tips

Just a reminder of some important health tips in keeping your students happy and healthy.

Fever: If your child has a fever > 100.0, they must stay home for 24 hrs fever free without use of fever reducing medicine.

Strep Throat: Signs/symptoms are a red, painful throat; headache; stomach ache; fever (sometimes); swollen/tender enlargement of the tonsils and/or presence of a slightly raised rash. The child must see the Dr and be placed on antibiotics for 24 hrs before returning to school.

Vomiting: Any student who has vomited due to illness must stay home from school and must be vomit free for 24 hrs before returning to school.

Eyes: Symptoms of pink eye usually begins with tearing, irritation and redness of the eye and inner eyelids. Children may awaken with sticky “matter” in the eye and the eyelashes stick together. Pink Eye is very contagious. Students are excluded from school and may return after 24 hrs of prescribed eye antibiotic drops.

Environmental allergies: are often confused with pink eye because of the red itchy eyes. Sometimes one or both eyes will be red, but without any sticky drainage present. Allergy medicines and/or allergy eye drops help with this condition. If your student suffers from allergies, please remember to give any allergy medications to minimize discomfort.

Recess: All students are expected to participate in recess each day. Students not able to partipate may bring a note from home or from their physician. School policy only allows a student to use a note from home for three days, after which the parent note must be replaced by a Dr’s note. Parents need to communicate any recess excuse to the nurse and the teacher.

Head Lice: Symptoms are itching of the scalp. White nits/eggs of the louse insect attach to the hair shaft most frequently at the nape of the neck and behind the ears. A shampoo treatment specifically for lice will generally kill most head lice. Manual nit removal and environmental clean up of the home by the parent is the key to successful head lice treatment. Please do not treat your child with the insecticide shampoo unless you are definite they have a case of lice. The shampoo is a chemical that can harm the skin if not needed. You may visit the CDC website for further information and guildlines regarding treatment of head lice. The website is: www/cdc.gov/lice/head/treatment.html

Head lice is not a reportable disease. Therefore, the school will not notify families of cases in the classroom nor will a student with lice be exempt from school attendance. HSE schools support protocols by the National Pediculosis Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call the school nurse. 915-4210

Goodwill Donation Program

Harrison Parkway now has a Goodwill collection bin near the Lost and Found Table. If you have gently used clothing items that you would like to donate to the Goodwill, you may bring your bagged items to the front office of the school. For every 13 gallon bag of clothing donated, HSE Schools will receive a Goodwill clothing voucher to distribute to those in need. Thank you for your support!
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Smart Steps: A Body Safety Program for Children

Smart Steps: A Body Safety Program for Children is a child sexual abuse prevention and education program that teaches elementary school-aged children their bodies belong to them, they have the right to say “NO!” to touches to their private parts for “no good reason or just to play a game”, and to tell an adult about any touches that make them uncomfortable.

The program will be presented to Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grade students at Harrison Parkway on 11/20/17. Each presentation is given in individual classrooms and will last approximately 30 minutes. Although not required, each child's attendance in the program is strongly recommended. To learn more about Chaucie’s Place visit: www.chauciesplace.org.

If you have any questions, please call Nancy Logue at 915-4210. Thank you for your support of our efforts to keep the children of our community safe.

If you YOU DO NOT WISH your child to participate in the Smart Steps program, please contact Nancy Logue, School Counselor at 915-4210.

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 2:00PM. 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 2:00PM to make a transportation change except in the case of extreme emergencies.

Textbook & iPad Rental Fee Information - 2017-2018 School Year

School textbook and iPad rental fees are now PAST DUE. You may pay online via the EFunds option through Skyward Family Access, or by a check payable to HPE. Please allow 10 working days to see the payment posted to your account.

If you have not made payment arrangements yet with our treasurer, please contact

Dori Morgan, HPE Treasurer at 317-915-4210, if you are interested in a payment plan or want information about our Free and Reduced Cafeteria / Book Fee Assistance Program.

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.

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.

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. Also, I do not have any extra shoes in the clinic, so if your child wears flip flops that are falling apart, please consider having your child wear shoes in better shape so I don't need to duct tape the broken shoe to your student's foot. Thank you for your support!

HPE Cafeteria News

Please see the attached flyer for our menu and each day students who purchase a Meal Deal will receive a free treat! Students not getting a lunch may purchase the treat for $1.00.

Any treats that contain allergens for students who have food allergies that are flagged will receive a fruit sidekick as an alternative.

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

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.

PTO News

Contact the PTO: HPEptoVolunteer@gmail.com

Cookie Dough and Popcorn Pick Up

Please stop by the HPE gym next Wednesday, November 15th for your items. All orders must be picked up from 5:00-7:30pm.

We need help during the afternoon and evening getting orders together and to each family. Please go to http://signup.com/go/vsdzRKW to find a time that works for you.

Kids’ Night

Drop your kids off at HPE Movie Night on Friday, November 17th for some fun with friends, pizza, and The Secret Life of Pets! The cost is $8 and all participants must register by Tuesday, November 14th at https://goo.gl/forms/u7EYqQEQwojwokYy2. Go to http://signup.com/go/ZmLHURL and volunteer for Movie Night and your kids get all the fun for free!

No Frills Extended

Did the fundraiser deadline sneak up on you? We’re extending our No Frills Fundraiser deadline through the holiday season. Please send your tax deductible donation to the "HPE PTO" before the end of 2017. If you would like a receipt, please include a note with your name and your child's name and teacher.

Our next PTO meeting is Tuesday, November 14th at 6:30 in the school cafeteria.

Check the HPE PTO Sign Up Page for all current volunteer opportunities! http://signup.com/go/zytTyP


Please see the sections below for more information about activities in our school district and community.

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#GivingTuesday - #HSSFunselfie

An HSE Schools holiday tradition is right around the corner. Every year, the largest charitable holiday known as #GivingTuesday kicks off the giving season. This special day – designed to restore the spirit of the season – is in direct response to the commercialism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

You can help HSE Schools earn up to $26,000 in matching funds from local philanthropists. On 11.28.17, David Becker Family, Allen and Melissa Bourff, Kevin and Shelly Clasen Family, Bud and Karen Colglazier, John and Amy DeLucia, Joe and Florie Eaton, Kevin and Diana Ephlin Family, Bill French, Fritz in Fishers, Michelle and Greg Fullhart, The Henderson Family, Todd and Denise Huston, Walt and Sheila Kelly, John and Kyle Kroehler, Tom Long of Long and Associates CPA, John McDonald, Kurt and Cathy Meyer Family, John and Dorothy Mills, Tracy and Jessica Mills Family, Jodi and Greg Osmun, Mike and Paula Peterson, Terry and Lisa Tolle, Corby Thompson, and anonymous donors are launching an around the clock match every hour of GivingTuesday!

Double your impact on local schools by visiting https://hsefoundation.org/double-your-donation to make a donation and proclaim your #HSSFunselfie!

Hamilton East Public Library

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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.