Cougar Chronicle

Volume 17 Issue 29 - Friday, March 18, 2022

Important Dates Coming Up

March 18 , 2022
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Wear BLUE & colorful socks on Monday to bring awareness to our Best Buddies Program and for World Down Syndrome Day!

March is Best Buddies Awareness Month!

In the announcements this week, students learned what Best Buddies is, why it is so important to its members here at Sand Creek Elementary, and how they can get involved next school year.

On April 24th, the Indiana Best Buddies Organization is hosting their annual Friendship Walk. We would love to help support our state organization as well as our personal Sand Creek Chapter by raising funds to support Best Buddies and their mission.

In order to promote this, we are inviting students on Monday, March 21st to participate in our Best Buddies Awareness Day at Sand Creek. We selected this date because it is also World Down Syndrome Day! Join us in celebrating Best Buddies and our students with Down Syndrome by wearing BLUE SHIRTS and CRAZY SOCKS.

Why? Blue and Yellow are the colors of Down Syndrome Awareness and Best Buddies, and the crazy socks help bring awareness of the extra chromosome of those with Down Syndrome.

We hope you join us in the fun on Monday!

Please contact Mallory Hackett or Clarice Nolan with any questions.

Donate to Best Buddies Friendship Walk: Team SCE here!

3rd Quarter Report Cards

Please login to Skyward in order to see updates with your child's 3rd Quarter academic and social review for the last nine weeks. 4th Quarter is now in session and will end May 20.

Click here to the login page for Skyward.

Click to Order Spring Pictures! ID EVT6N23C2

Spring Picture Day is Tuesday, March 22. Only students who order spring pictures will be photographed.

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🎵 🎶 Music Minute 🎶 🎵

First Grade is learning about pitch and rhythm. We are practicing reading both!

This week, we notated Star Light, Star Bright.

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Culture Club Learns about Holi

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Pet Jar Penny Wars are Back - Support the Chickens and the Garden!

Also, Pet Jar Penny Wars are back! Staff members' pets will be displayed on containers outside of the cafeteria each day from March 28th-March 31st.

All proceeds go to the SCE garden and Chickie Babies feed for the year.

One penny = 1 vote (students put pennies in their favorite pet's container)

One nickel = minus 5 votes

One dime = minus 10 votes

One quarter = minus 25 votes

One dollar = minus 100 votes

The classroom teacher with the most votes wins a Popsicle party! Thank you for your support! Miss Coffman is looking for Culture Club parent volunteers to help supervise the voting during student lunches. If interested, please contact her at or call the office. Volunteers must have a current background check on file. Thank you for your consideration!

Field Day - Donations Needed

Mr. Petroff needs some supplies to make Field Day amazing:
  • Face Paint
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Wet Wipes/Baby Wipes
If you would like to contribute, please send to the Office labeled for Mr. Petroff or Field Day.


Garden Spring Clean-Up is Saturday, March 26

The SCE garden and greenhouse will be planning on a Spring Garden Clean Up on Saturday, March 26th (weather permitting) beginning around 10am (come whenever!). We are looking for volunteers to help us prep the garden beds, assemble some things, prune, and tidy the spaces for the growing season. Tool knowledge and landscaping experience appreciated, but everyone is welcome.

Please contact Miss Coffman if you or your family are interested in helping out! 🙂


It's nearly spring, and that means playground mud. Students ware encouraged to be smart around puddles and mud, but life happens. Puddles are fun!

Please put a full change of clothes, underclothes, socks, and shoes, in your child's backpack for when the mud wins.

All SCE Families, do you want to run in the Geist 5K Fitness Challenge?

Now that SCE Striders is underway, registration is open JUST FOR THE GEIST EVENT.

1. Go to and click on ‘Register Now.’

2. Click on ‘Register HERE for Geist 5k Fitness Challenge.’

3. On the next page, click ‘I have an access code’ located on the right hand side of the page.

4. ACCESS CODE REQUIRED page. Please use the access code: STUDENT

5. Click ‘Validate’ to be taken to the next page.

6. Enter name, address, phone number, emergency contact, t-shirt size, etc.

7. Be sure to enter your team name at the drop down menu!

8. Agree to waiver.

9. Feel free to make a donation to your school!

10. Add billing address and payment.

11. Click ‘Submit.’ You are all set!


Have Questions about Enrollment? CLICK HERE

Ready to Enroll? - Follow the 3 Step Process Online: CLICK HERE

To read more about Kindergarten Readiness: CLICK HERE.

Contact our school registrar, Cher McCord at 317-915-4270 or with any registration/enrollment questions.

Current HSE/SCE students do not need to enroll for the next school year.

Please check your Skyward account and update your family's information as needed.

Honor and Excellence Awards for our Support Staff

Honor and Excellence are two of the terms that appear on the Hamilton Southeastern Crest. One might attribute these qualities to our students, and rightly so, but the same terms can also describe our staff. We honor representatives of our outstanding teachers at the end of each year through the Teacher of the Year program. We would also like to recognize representatives from our SUPPORT STAFF who demonstrate excellence in their work, particularly in a school year like no other!

We are looking for support staff employees who go beyond the normal expectations of their job description resulting in outstanding support of Hamilton Southeastern students and the Hamilton Southeastern Community.

Nominees must be Hamilton Southeastern employees or contracted employees working in our buildings. They could be from any support staff category, including: custodial services, transportation, food service, technology, grounds, secretarial, instructional assistants, maintenance, accounting, treasurers, school resource officers, nurses, therapists, probation officers, substitutes, etc. Qualifications to be nominated would include anything beyond the normal expectations of the person’s job. It could be a “one-time” act or a series of acts.

Nominations may be received from any person from the Hamilton Southeastern Community, including: professional staff, support staff, parents, students, community members, etc.

Feel free to nominate past recipients of the award. Past award winners are eligible to be chosen again.

If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please complete the form on or before March 20. If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Moore at Be sure to get your nomination in early - those received after March 20 will not be considered.

Thanks for your help in honoring the excellent work of our support staff!

Survey Link:

Honors and Excellence Award Details

RAVE Reviews

Keep the RAVE Reviews coming in!

Have you observed an employee who goes above and beyond their job responsibilities/duties to make a difference? Leave them a RAVE Review. It takes 2 mins to complete but makes a long lasting impact for an educator.

Social-Emotional Learning - Week of March 14

Kindergarten: Problem Solving - We Can Say the Problem

  • Students will be able to repeat a clearly stated problem.

First Grade: Empathy and Kindness - Practicing Kind Acts

  • Students will be able to demonstrate two kind acts: offering to help and inviting to join.

Second Grade: Empathy and Kindness - Empathy and Kindness

  • Students will be able to Use empathy to identify a kind act that they could do for a person of their choosing.

Third Grade: Empathy and Kindness - Asking Questions

  • Students will be able to ask questions to determine how someone else feels and identify a kind act they might want.

Fourth Grade: Empathy and Kindness - Practicing Kind Acts

  • Students will be able to with adult support, demonstrate at least one kind act they could do for others.

Would you like more information on Social Emotional Learning?

Visit the HSE District Sites to read more, or follow the links below:


Click the button to visit the HSE District Online Application for Food Service Positions.

Lunch for March 21-25

Monday: Arroz con pollo with black beans

Tuesday: Breaded chicken sandwich and pinto beans

Wednesday: Chicken and noodles with mashed potatoes

Thursday: BBQ beef short ribs with cornbread and carrots

Friday: Calzone and corn

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

March 7-11 is Week 2. There may be changes to the menu due to supply chain limitations. Thank you for your understanding.

Mudsock Youth Athletics Updates

Spring Sports: Did you forget to register for spring programing? There are limited spaces open for certain divisions in our baseball, softball, soccer, boys lacrosse, rugby, and track leagues. Register now at and we’ll see you on the fields. Learn more here. Questions? Email

Visit the Community Insider page linked below for all the details.