Stonybrook Red Storm Forecast

Week of: January 27th

Dear Stonybrook Families,

Here is some great information on the benefits of hugging our children.

Hugging provides many benefits. It is particularly important in child development. Let’s dive into the science behind and explore the significance of a hug.

1. Hugs Create Smarter Kids.

A young child’s growth needs a lot of different sensory stimulation for normal development. Skin contact, or physical touch such as hugging, is one of the most important stimulation required to grow a healthy brain and a strong body. Studies also found that not all types of touch are beneficial. Only a nurturing touch like gentle hugging can provide positive stimulation a young brain needs to grow healthily.

2. Hugs Help Kids Grow.

When children are deprived of physical contact, their bodies stop growing despite normal intake of nutrients. These children suffer from failure-to-thrive. This growth deficiency can be improved when nurturing touches and hugs are provided​.

In Eastern European orphanages, infants are rarely handled or touched. They often spend 22 to 23 hours of the days in their cribs. Propped bottles are used to feed them and care is routinized with minimal human interaction. These children often face many issues including impaired cognitive cognitive development​​.

Studies show that hugging can instantly boost the level of oxytocin. When oxytocin is increased, several growth hormones, such as insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-1) and nerve growth factor (NGF), are increased as well​8​. The nurturing touch of a hug can enhance a child’s growth​​.

  • Hugs bolster optimism and boost self-esteem. The powerful oxytocin makes a child feel loved​.
  • Hugs increase trust, reduces fear and improve relationship.
  • Hugging promotes secure attachment and improves parent-child bonding.​
  • Hugs trigger the release of oxytocin to lower the level of stress hormone and prevent harmful effects. Hugging helps children learn to regulate their own emotions and develop resilience​​.

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Morning Drop-off

As the weather becomes increasingly colder, it is important to review our morning drop-off procedures.

  • Students are not able to enter the building until 8:35 a.m. This is the earliest we can guarantee appropriate adult supervision.
  • Students should NOT be dropped off prior to 8:35 a.m. each day; if they are, they will be standing in cold temperatures until staff supervision arrives and students are let in to the cafeteria.

Serendipity Trivia Night!

Please come out and support Serendipity our Special Needs color guard at our annual trivia night! February, 6th 5:30 pm @ Warren Central High School.

Scholastic Book Fair

February 10-18, 2020

Scholastic will be visiting Stonybrook's Mediaplex for it's Spring Book Fair. There will be lots of new books available! ELA classes will have opportunities to visit during the school day. The book fair is also available online, just visit:

Check out the website to find out more information about Scholastic's eWallet. It's a great alternative to sending cash to school.

Stonybrook IA & MS Yearbook

Pre-order a Yearbook now for only $25. This full color yearbook will include grades 5-8 for the 2019-20 school year. To order, you may pick up an order form from the Main Office or the Mediaplex. You may also order online at: ID Code: 12577920 All orders must be placed by March 20, 2020.

Stonybrook PTSA Meetings

PTSA Meetings are held in the Stonybrook Cafeteria each month.

Please join us!

Tuesday, February 11th

Tuesday, March 10th

Tuesday, April 14th

Tuesday, May 12th

High Ability Program

Warren's High Ability Program is designed to meet the unique academic needs of gifted and talented students. The curriculum in these classes is differentiated and faster paced and students will be working above grade level if they qualify. As a district, we look at all students in grades 1, 4, 6 and 8 to see if they qualify for the following school year based on eligibility criteria. Parent recommendations are considered along with achievement scores when determining placement in high ability. More detailed identification information can be found here. If you would like to complete a recommendation for the broad based planning committee to consider you can do so here 2020-2021 High Ability Parent Recommendation Form The parent recommendation form will be open until January 31, 2020.

2019 Pesticide Notification Registry

The Indiana Pesticide Review Board has regulations that impact how school corporations may use pesticides on school grounds. MSD Warren Township follows these guidelines and we are inviting parents and guardians to join our Pesticide Notification Registry. By signing up for this registry, you will be notified via email at least 48 hours prior to a pesticide application at your child’s school, subject to certain exceptions. You will be invited to sign up for this notification each school year.

You will need to sign up for this notification every school year.

If you would like to participate, please complete the required form found at

Clinic News!



The following tips are from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

1. I will clean up my toys, and keep my room in good order.

2. I will brush my teeth twice a day, and wash my hands before eating and after the bathroom.

3. I won’t tease dogs, even friendly ones – and keep my hands and face away from their mouths.

4. I will drink more milk and water, and limit soda and fruity drinks.

5. I will apply sunscreen before going outdoors.

6. I will find a sport or activity that I like, and do it at least three times a week.

7. I will always wear a helmet when bicycling or boarding.

8. I will wear my seat belt every time I get in the car.

9. I’ll be nice to others, and friendly to kids who need friends – like someone shy or new to school.

10. I’ll never give out personal information or pictures of myself to strangers or over the internet.

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YMCA Before and After School Care is at Stonybrook!!

The YMCA is currently hosting before and after day care at Stonybrook! Students can be dropped off as early as 6:30 AM and pick up at 6:00 PM.

If you are interested in the program, please contact Katy Yeoman, Program Director or go to the link below.

Now enrolling for YMCA Before and After School Care in your school! Register online today!

Katy Yeoman

Program Director

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis

Youth Development – East


Stonybrook Refrigerator Information

11300 Stonybrook Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46229

PH: 317-532-8800

FAX: 317-532-8899

ATTENDANCE LINE: 317-532-8800 EXT. 1

SCHOOL NURSE: 317-532-8806

SCHOOL HOURS: 8:55 AM - 3:55 PM

TRANSPORTATION: 317-532-2820

DISTRICT OFFICE: 317-869-4300

Principal: Mr. Jason Smith PH: 317-532-8804


Assistant Principal & 5th Gr. Dean: Mr. Chad Reedy PH: 317-532-8803


6th Gr.Dean: Mr. Josh Davis PH:317-532-8828


7th Gr. Dean: Mrs. Bianca Rivers PH: 317-532-8808


8th Gr. Dean: Ms. Becky True PH: 317-532-8805


5th Gr. Counselor: Ms. Kassie Roberts PH: 317-532-8880


6th Gr. Counselor: Ms. Toni Austin PH: 317-532-8845


7th Gr. Counselor: Mrs. Melissa Nicholson PH: 317-532-8800 X8811


8th Gr. Counselor: Mr. Michael James PH: 317-532-8800


Athletic Director: Mr. Jeff Cummings PH: 317-532-8826


Dates to Remember:

1/28: Basketball game [5:30PM]

1/28: Wrestling [5:30]

1/30: Wrestling [5:30]

2/17: Presidents’ Day - No School