Wednesday Weekly for August 30th, 2017

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Dear Shortridge Families,


Check out these highlights for the week ahead.


Coffee with the Principal


Join us in the Parent Center (Room 175) for coffee and pastries this Friday, Sept 1st  at 8:00.  Meet the new Assistant Principal and have Q&A time Mr. O’Day!  Park on the south side of the building on eastbound 34th street or in the parking lot just off of 34th street.  Enter Door 12 and turn to your left. 


Bookstore Hours


The SHS Athletic Boosters open the bookstore every Friday we have school at 8:30 am.  Stop in and buy your swag for fall sports season. 


Freshman Family Picnic


Freshmen Families! 


You are invited to a Family Picnic on Sept 9th from 6-8 pm here at Shortridge in the courtyard. Please email Kim Schmidtt at with the name of your 9th grader, your name and the number of people attending from your family by Sept. 1st.


Sophomore-Senior Families!


Please help us welcome our newest members of the Shortridge Community by donating some food or supplies for their picnic.  Sign up here:


We’re using (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.


Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:


1) Click this link to see our SignUp on


2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.


3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on


Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


Senior Parent Night/FAFSA Night


Please join the SHS Counseling Department on September 12 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. to learn about important senior details and deadlines as well as the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA)


Thinker Thursday


Our community partners at 1st Maker Space will be offering Thinker Thursdays we have school in September and October.  Please check out this information sheet and permission/release form.  If you scholar would like to participate, please send them to their first visit with the signed form.


Girls Scouts

Freshman and Sophomore girls are invited to learn more about the High School program. At Girl Scouts, girls are always counting down to the next adventure they’ll go on together. Maybe it’s artistic. Maybe it’s an experiment. Maybe it’s getting outside or helping the community. One thing’s for sure. Every adventure is another chance to take the lead and make an impact. 

As a Senior or Ambassador, it’s your time to shine as you—

  • Earn college scholarships
  • Show your leadership skills
  • Expand your world
  • Be more confident
  • Make a real difference in your community

With us, the possibilities are endless. Earn your Gold Award. Be a mentor to younger girls or try your hand as a camp counselor. Get together with friends to make the world a better place. Together, you’ll find out you’re capable of more than you ever imagined.

Complete the attached flyer and return to the Front Desk or email if you are interested in joining a troop with other Shortridge Scholars.




Homecoming season is here and The SHOPPE has Homecoming and Special Occasion Dress Rental for $5.  Stop by on Wednesdays from 4:00 – 5:00pm to check out the selection.


Adult volunteers needed to assist on Wednesdays.  Contact Marie Lowe at 317-750-5907 to help out.


Have any extra pant hangers (the ones with sticky cardboard or fabric) around the house?  Donate them to The SHOPPE.



International Travel & Language Opportunity


The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) is pleased to announce the 2018-19 application is now available on our website


We are very excited to introduce the addition of an 8th NSLI-Y language: Bahasa Indonesia! In addition to the existing NSLI-Y languages and program sites, a Bahasa Indonesia program will take place in Indonesia in summer 2018. Note that only a summer program in Bahasa Indonesia will be available for the 2018-19 cycle. For more information on the new NSLI-Y language, we encourage you to visit the Bahasa Indonesia page on our website.


Before starting or completing your NSLI-Y application, be sure to review our eligibility guidelines,FAQs, and download the application instructions document to guide you as you complete the application. 


The application is due online on November 2nd, 4:00 P.M. U.S. Eastern Time.Please be mindful of all application deadlines, as late applications and materials will not be accepted. Please review the application timeline below and mark your calendars:


  • Thursday, November 2nd, 4:00 P.M. U.S. Eastern Time:
    • Application deadline
    • Signature page of the Terms and Conditions deadline
    • Transcript postmark deadline


  • Thursday, November 9th, 4:00 P.M. U.S. Eastern Time:
    • Online Teacher Recommendation deadline
    • Online Parent Statement deadline


NSLI-Y strongly encourages that applicants ask any questions and submit their applications well in advance of the application deadline.Any technical problems with the application form should be reported by email to NSLI-Y and American Councils for International Education bears no responsibility for data transmission problems in submitting the application.


We encourage you to visit our Facebook page and join the Ask NSLI-Y Alumni Facebook group, where you can connect with NSLI-Y alumni directly, ask alumni your questions and learn from their NSLI-Y experiences.


Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact NSLI-Y staff by calling 1-866-790-2086, or by emailing



Engineering Program for Girls


Event:  Seniors Exploring Engineering at Purdue (SEE Purdue)!

This program is geared toward young women in their senior year of high school who have an interest in engineering.

Date:              Monday, October 16, 2017
Time:              8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Eastern Time
Place:             Purdue University Campus, West Lafayette, IN

Please visit: and look under the “Events” tab for further information or toregister online to attend!


Sign up for MySchoolBucks today-


We have upgraded our payment system this year to allow you to pay for school expenses online and establish payment plans.   Go to to create an account and start planning now.


Volunteers Needed!


We have many events and activities this first quarter and your help is needed to make them successful.  Volunteering is also a great way to meet new people and be involved as a parent.  The opportunities include event staffing, item donation and committee or task force participation.  All families are expected to participate in at least one event or group each semester.  To select your contributions, click this link:


 Are you looking for great opportunities for your scholar?


Greetings IPS Parents! Get the FREE McCoy Youth Activity Directory and the McCoy iPhone/Android APP by going to your App store or Google Play on your Smart Phone with information on all the summer activities and family fun in your community.


Has your scholar been trying to find the perfect job, internship or volunteer experience? We have created a blog just for you. Check out our SHS Opportunity Blog to find internships, volunteer opportunities, jobs, test prep, leadership camps, and much more. Is your scholar looking for a specific opportunity? Be sure to use the blog tags, displayed on the right of the page, help find posts that are just right for them.

Save this website to your favorites and check it regularly as it is constantly updated.


Lunch & Learn:  Remind your scholars to watch the Opportunity Blog, school calendar and listen for announcements during lunch.  Several activities and opportunities pop up throughout the year.    


Be in the know!


Download the myIPS App! Real-Time info from our district office including bus delay & meal menus.  Link to the Shortridge Calendar & more!  Find it in the App Store or Google Play. 


Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Like our page on Facebook. Check your ManageBac messages and make an appointment with yourself to check out the website calendar at


Questions? call 317-226-2810, or 317-441-2457 or email at


Have a great week!


Lori Armstrong 

Parent Involvement Educator