Bear Bulletin

December 1, 2017

Message from Dr. Kaminski

Happy Friday BSE Parents and Community,

Today we mark the first day of December and, as always, it just feels like time is traveling far too fast. The next few weeks are busy ones, so here is what we have in store for our BSE Bears.

First, we will begin the winter NWEA testing session on Monday. Our students may not begin testing right away, but the window opens, so expect your child to take the reading and math NWEA assessment on their iPad with their teacher soon. This test is not timed, can be paused as many times as necessary, and our teachers are working hard to ensure a peaceful and focused testing environment for all students. HSE will send out reports for testing following the testing window.

Second, I am super excited to remind everyone that next week is the official Hour of Code (December 4-8 during Computer Science Education Week). Our students will have extra special coding opportunities, coding guides from the high school, and access to a variety of coding tools. Feel free to join in at home!

As you know, our students are involved in a S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) class during their specials rotation each four days. Recently a group of teachers and I researched needed tools for our S.T.E.M. classes. I am excited to announce that we will have some new and amazing resources for kids during the 2nd semester. They include 3D printers, a new set of Sphero robots, Hummingbird robotics kits, a handful of Rasberry Pi, and Apple TVs for our new flat screen TVs in the hallways. It is our goal to provide our students with the tools to be creative and innovative. We want each of our students to have a unified understanding of coding/robotics potential before they enter the intermediate grade levels. These tools will also allow students who show strong interest an opportunity to explore further and as far as they so desire.

Finally, we have plans to begin sharing information, in a variety of formats, with our Chinese partners (Guangji Central Primary, Ningbo China) who are THE premier S.T.E.M. school in their province. We have an exciting second semester around S.T.E.M. and hope you see this energy transfer to home. If you are a S.T.E.M. professional, in any capacity, and want to share or work with our students, please contact me!

Dr. Kaminski

Due to NWEA testing, we will not be having lunch visitors from 12/4 through 12/20

Thank you for understanding.

BSE Weekly Broadcasts

This fall the BSE Fourth Graders began writing, editing, and producing Newscasts highlighting important information and events occurring throughout BSE. For the last three weeks, Mrs. Porzuczek's students have led BSE in Broadcast Production. Enjoy!

11-17 Broadcast:

12-01 Broadcast:

Unclaimed Lost & Found to be Donated

At this time of year all unclaimed items in our Lost & Found are donated to Good Will. If your child is missing a coat, hat, lunch box, etc, they have until December 8th to claim it. ALL ITEMS LEFT UNCLAIMED AFTER DECEMBER 8TH WILL BE DONATED.

Yearbooks On Sale Now!

Click here for the order form and for additional information.

Author Jack Lugar to Visit BSE

On December 7, BSE welcomes Jack Lugar, a published author from right here in Fishers, Indiana. He is the author of Katz Pajamas: The Miss Kitty Mystery.

Copies of Mr. Lugar's book are available for purchase for $5.00. Send in money by December 7th and your child will receive a signed copy of this book.

Mr. Lugar will be talking with second, third, and fourth graders about his experiences as a writer and about his book.

Click here for the order form. Please make checks payable to Jack Lugar.


HSE Transportation Director Jim White is retiring at the end of the year, and we want to share with him what he has meant to you -- our students, staff and HSE families.

Please consider writing message or drawing a picture to Jim -- sharing your wishes, thoughts and memories.

You can drop off your letters and/or drawings at the front office of any school, the HSE Administration Building or mail to:

Emily Pace Abbotts

HSE Schools

13485 Cumberland Road

Fishers, IN 46038

All letters and drawings are due by Monday, December 11.

Movie Night - ELF - December 8th

Movie Night will take place from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM for Brooks School students only. Younger or older siblings may not attend.

This movie night is sponsored by the Class of 2019 at Hamilton Southeastern High school.

Movie ticket prices are a donation of $7 per child. Cash or checks will be accepted. Checks can be made out to HSE High School.

Students may also bring money for concessions/refreshments.

Guests should enter and exit through door 11. Parents will need to escort students in and also sign them out before leaving. Please have ID with you.

Thank you for your support of the class of 2019 at Hamilton Southeastern High school!

Click here for the sign-up form.

Holiday Luncheon in the Cafe on 12/13

Our special Holiday Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, December 13th and will consist of:

Turkey, Ham, Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes, Dinner Roll, Broccoli, Strawberries w/ Whipped Topping, and a Gingerbread Cookie

Lunch Menu Change - Thursday, December 14th

Please note: The day after our holiday luncheon, our cafe will be serving Pizza Calzone, not chicken & noodles.

BSE Socks for the Holidays?

Interested in BSE socks for your student? Click here for an order form!

PTO Updates

  • Remember, the PTO has a new Facebook page! We are transitioning the Facebook group to this new page so please be sure to "Like" it to stay up-to-date on the current news and activities. Just go to Facebook and search "Brooks School Elementary PTO" to check it out!

  • Thank you to everyone who came out for our Family Pottery Painting Night! The finished projects should arrive at the school within a week and then be distributed to your student.

Pacers Night - Take 2!

On Thursday, March 15th at 7:00 PM, we will have another BSE AT THE PACERS NIGHT! The Pacers will be playing the Toronto Raptors.

In addition to our school night, we will have 3 additional games available (a Friday night, a late Sunday afternoon, and the regular season finale on Fan Appreciation Night this year!).

Order forms will be sent home next week. Contact Stephanie Austgen at with questions.

Check out this fun video from Victor Oladipo!

Santa's Workshop with HSE's Habitat for Humanity Club

Saturday, Dec. 16th, 1-4pm

13910 East 126th Street

Fishers, IN

Join us in Cafe D for Photos with Santa, ornament building, cookie decorating, refreshments, and a gift auction.

Donation is $5/child with a family max of $15. Please enter through door 1.

Click here for the flyer.

Science Club Launches Second Weather Balloon

The BSE Science Club recently launched their second weather balloon of the year. The club worked with Dr. Howard Brooks of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. BSE students placed experiments into a payload container that was attached to each balloon. These items were sent up into the stratosphere. Once the payload was back on earth, students could see if there was any difference in their experiments and compare their items to others they had kept on earth.

The first balloon reached a height of 90,697 feet before popping. It landed in a corn field outside of Celina, Ohio. The second balloon was launched three weeks later. It reached an altitude of 100,570 feet and landed in some trees in Delaware, Ohio. Students had an enjoyable time and learned many new and interesting things from this project.

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. Unsure of your SafeVisitor status? Email us and we'll look into it for you.

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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