Bear Bulletin

October 13, 2017

A Message from Dr. Kaminski

Happy Friday BSE Community,

As you may remember from last spring's Bear Bulletins, we have a new partner with Gaung Ji Central Elementary in Ningbo City China. Gaung Ji Central Elementary has around 2000 1st - 6th grade students and they are a premier STEM school in the Zhejiang Province. I'm traveling to China today and will spend a few days in Beijing (Great Wall, Palace, etc.) then will travel to Ningbo for four days of government meetings, school visits and on the final day in Ningbo I'll spend a day at our partner school. At the formal meeting I'll present everything about BSE and invite them to formally partner with us.

The Chinese partnership with Gaung Ji Central is only one small piece to our 21st Century and HSE21 goals to ensure our students are connected and engaged with the global population. It is my hope that this partnership will inspire new interest, new knowledge, and new experiences for those students who may not have looked to as far as China in their childhood. We do have many students who are blessed with international travel, so this may not inspire them as much as others, but we are fortunate to have the opportunity to help our students develop a friendship with students on the other side of the world. I am also blessed to get the opportunity to represent BSE on the first trip to kick off this partnership.

Dr. Kaminski

Red Ribbon Week October 23rd-27th

Red Ribbon Week is the week after Fall Break. We will have daily themes to encourage our students to be drug free. Additionally, our entire school will sign a pledge to remain drug free.

  • MONDAY - WEAR RED: Show you're ready to take a stand against drugs. Don't forget to sign our pledge banner.
  • TUESDAY - WEAR YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Show you plan to lead a healthy life.
  • WEDNESDAY - WEAR NEON AND/OR SUNGLASSES: You're too bright for drugs!
  • THURSDAY - WEAR CRAZY SOCKS: Sock it to drugs!
  • FRIDAY - BSE SPIRIT WEAR: Our school is drug free!

Vision Screening for 1st & 3rd Graders

Third Grade vision screenings will be completed on Monday, October 30th. Two nurses will be at BSE all day to check near & far vision. If your student wears glasses please help them remember to bring them to school that day. A referral will be sent home only if your student DOES NOT pass the screening. These will be sent home within the next week.

First Grade vision screenings will be completed on Wednesday, November 8th. Allisonville Eye Care Center has generously donated their time to complete a more comprehensive vision test. If your student wears glasses please help them remember to bring them to school that day. A paper copy of their results will be sent home with your student on Wednesday or Thursday.

Book Fair

Scholastic Book Fair presents The Wild West Book Fair!

The annual Scholastic Book Fair will be at Brooks School Elementary the week of November 13th. Mark your calendars for this special family event. It is a wonderful chance to add to home libraries and to support your child in his/her interest and growth in reading.

The dates and times are as follows*:

  • Tuesday, November 14th 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday, November 15th 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    • Visit the Brooks School Bear from 5:00 - 7:00 PM and enjoy read alouds from BSE teachers.
  • Thursday, November 16th 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
    • Visit Clifford the Big Red Dog from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM and enjoy read alouds from BSE teachers.
  • Friday, November 17th 10:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Also, please consider volunteering an hour of your time in helping at the Book Fair. Please visit this link to sign up. Your time is much appreciated.

* Please note that, while students will visit the Book Fair with their class during the day, parents are invited to attend after 4:00 PM.

Scientist visits Science Club

Forty-three Brooks School first through fourth graders interacted with a scientist on September 26. The special guest was Dr. Howard Brooks. He is a professor at DePauw University and a fellow and contractor with NASA. Dr. Brooks discussed the club’s upcoming weather balloon launch. The Science Club will launch two weather balloons with student-created experiments attached at an upcoming club meeting. The balloons should reach an altitude of approximately 90,000 feet. They will be able to track the flight of the balloons using their iPads. The payload of experiments should be retrieved and returned the same day. Thank you Dr. Brooks!

PTO Updates

Box Tops
Our fall collection date is TODAY, October 13. If you forgot to send them in, we can still collect them the Monday after break. Thank you to all who sent in your Box Tops!

Thank you

Thank you to all of the wonderful parents who donated items for the teacher dinners during conferences! Everyone appreciated and enjoyed the food immensely! Below are a few picture of the spread!

Mark your calendars

The following events are coming soon:
October 17 - Dine to Donate at BoomBozz*
October 24 - Dine to Donate Night at Texas Roadhouse AND BoomBozz*
October 27 - Movie Night sponsored by DI

* BoomBozz is multiple Tuesdays in October and November but you do need the flyer. Please click here.

Watch for additional details when we return to school on 10/23! Enjoy your Fall Break!

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Cafeteria Help & Lunch Visitors

HELP NEEDED: Students love seeing you during lunch time. Please sign up to help out our cafeteria staff. You can help by opening yogurt tubes, running napkins to spills, and opening milk cartons. Click here to sign up and THANK YOU!


  1. Guests must have a current SafeVisitor background check on file.
  2. Reservations are accepted SAME DAY only.
  3. Call the office at (317) 915-4250 by 9:30 AM.
  4. Due to space limitations, we can only allow three visitors per grade level (younger siblings are included in these numbers) with a total of 10 visitors per day.
  5. Guests can purchase our hot lunch of the day, bring lunch from home, or just sit and visit. Restaurant food is not permitted.
  6. Please note, Fridays are movie days in the cafe.


  • Call the attendance line at (317) 915-4250
  • Please leave your child's first and last names (include spelling), teacher name, time of pick-up, and reason for leaving early.

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

Girls on the Run 5K

The Girls on the Run 5K will take place on Saturday, November 11th at Witten Park. Click here for our flyer with registration information.

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.

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.

Movie Night Sponsored by Destination Imagination

On October 27th, Destination Imagination will sponsor a movie night for our K-4 students, featuring Captain Underpants. Space is limited so RSVP as soon as you can. Click here for our flyer.

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