Southeastern Scene

Weekly Happenings at Southeastern Elementary

Principal's Postings

Welcome to the October 1st, 2021, edition of Southeastern Scene.

Dear SES Families,

We are so thankful for our Explorer families. As we begin to notice seasonal changes outside, I want to share with you the statement below. Please read it together as a family. I hope you find some time to explore together outside this weekend.

Yours in education,

Danielle Chastain


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Counselor's Corner

World Mental Health Day 2021

The overall objective of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health. The day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

This year World Mental Health Day is on Sunday, October 10th, and the theme is "Mental Health Care For All - Let's Make It a Reality." Please take a few minutes to look through these links for statistics on how mental health challenges impact our kids, as well as some helpful resources. Please access the link here. Also, please access the mental health attachment below for additional information.

Jen Smith

SES Counselor

Second Steps

We just had week 2 and week 3 of our SEL scope and sequence. Second Step skills and concepts are designed to help children both in and out of school. Four units will cover the following:

  • Growth Mindset & Goal Setting: Children learn how to pay attention and manage distractions, develop a growth mindset, and apply goal-setting strategies to their social and academic lives.
  • Emotion Management: Children learn how to identify and label emotions and use emotion-management strategies-including stress management for older students, to calm feelings down.
  • Empathy and Kindness: Children learn how to recognize kindness and act kindly, have empathy for others and take others’ perspectives, and recognize kind acts and empathy as important elements of building and maintaining relationships.
  • Problem-Solving: Children learn how to identify and state a problem, recognize if a problem is an accident, and use the STEP problem-solving process:

S: Say the problem

T: Think of Solutions

E: Explore the outcomes

P: Pick a solution

You will receive a Home Link for each lesson that gives you a summary of what was taught, as well as ways to reinforce the lesson at home. Please click the attachments below for the week 2 and week 3 lessons.

Masks In School

Parents, we have had an increasing number of students arriving to school without masks or with broken masks. It would be helpful if students could please bring two masks to school with them each day. Please have your student wear a mask, and put an extra in his/her backpack. Thank you for your help!

SafeVisitor Required for Volunteers/Chaperones

Anyone volunteering in the building or chaperoning a field trip must have a SafeVisitor background check on file with the district prior to volunteering. If you have not yet completed the background check, please click below to get started. Questions? Call the front office at (317) 594-4340.

Safe Visitor

Please access the safe visitor approval process here.

Cafe Counter

Next week is week 1 on the menu (Please see menu below). We have a change to Thursday's lunch. Thursday of week 1 will be Pasta Bake.

Due to national supply chain issues, product availability may be limited. If a change in the lunch menu is necessary, this information will be communicated to teachers, posted in the cafeteria, announced during lunch, and posted on Twitter @SES_Cafeteria.

Breakfast menu:

Mon- Pancake and Turkey Sausage OR Cereal

Tues- Egg, Turkey Sausage, Cheese Tornado OR Cereal OR Poptart

Wed- Cheese Omelet and Donut holes OR Cereal

Thur- Pancake wrapped Turkey Sausage OR Bagel OR Cereal

Fri- Breakfast Bagel Sandwich OR Cereal

-Must take a juice or fruit

-May add a yogurt or milk.

If you have any questions please contact Cafeteria manager, Beth Verhoestra.

Thank you for your understanding!



Third and fourth grade students can purchase snacks on Fridays.

Chips $1.00

Fruit Snacks $1.05

Cookie $0.80

Students MUST have money in their lunch accounts to purchase snacks.

First Friday of the Month

Ice Cream is available for purchase on the first Friday of the month for all students: Vanilla, Chocolate, and Non-Dairy, $1.25

Must have money in account or bring money in to purchase ice cream.

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Verhoestra, SES Cafeteria Manager, at

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Important Upcoming Dates

  • Friday, October 1st, Explorer Day
  • Monday, October 4th, through Friday, October 29th, Sock-tober. PTO will be collecting new and gently used socks. Please see PTO newsletter below for more information.
  • Monday, October 11th, through Friday, October 15th, Follett Book Fair (additional information below).
  • Thursday, October 14th, 6:30 pm, PTO Meeting.
  • Monday, October 18th, through Friday, October 22nd, Fall Break.
  • Monday, November 1st through Friday, November 5th, Body Safety presentations.
  • Tuesday, November 2nd, Interstate picture retakes
  • Friday, November 5th, Explorer Day
  • Thursday, November 11, 6:30 pm, PTO Meeting.
  • Friday, November 12th, eLearning Day/staff PD, no students in the building
  • Wednesday, November 24th, through Friday, November 26th, Thanksgiving break.
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Library Book Fair

Southeastern Elementary will be hosting a Follett Book Fair October 11th-15th, in the SES library. Students can shop in-person or online.

Cashless Shopping for Students.

  • Follett Gift Cards are a secure form of contactless payment for your child to use at their book fair, eliminating the need to send cash to school.

  • Digital gift cards allow family and friends to support your child’s reading efforts. Best of all, 100% of the money your child receives can be used at their Follett Book Fair, or for online purchases! And they never expire

  • Leftover balance? No worries! You can shop online, save it for your next book fair, or donate to the library!

  • Gift cards also make a great teacher gift anytime!

Click HERE to purchase gift cards.


We need you to help make this book fair a success! We are in search of volunteers for the week of October 11th -15th to help run the SES book fair. If you have an up-to-date background check on file and would like to volunteer, please access the link below to sign up! All proceeds go to supporting building our SES library collection. Please click this link to sign up and volunteer.

Jen Robinson, Teacher Librarian

School Fees

Parents, school fees are due today! Families should have received an email with an invoice detailing your student(s) school fees, which have been posted to your child's Skyward account. Questions? Email our Treasurer, Stephanie Jones, at

Arriving to School Late

If you are dropping your student(s) off at school after morning car rider, and there are no adult staff members present outside, you MUST park your car, walk your student into the building, and sign him/her in at the table inside door #1. It is a safety concern to let students out curbside without adult supervision, and we want to be certain that all students are safe while entering/exiting the building. Also, students dropped off late will be marked “tardy" in Skyward. A student is considered tardy when arriving after 7:40.

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PTO News

Parents, please check the latest PTO newsletter by clicking this link.

Stay connected with Southeastern PTO


Instragram: @Southeastern PTO
Twitter: @Southeastern PTO

SES Handbook

The Southeastern Elementary handbook has answers to many of your questions regarding policies and procedures for our upcoming school year. The handbook can be found on our website at, or by clicking here.

Masks and Return to Instruction Plan

Just a reminder that face masks are required at this time for all staff, students, and visitors to the building, regardless of vaccination status. Please be sure to include an extra mask in your child's backpack.

HSE has updated our return to in-person instruction plan. Please access it by clicking this link.

Reviewing this will help you understand the guidelines that will be followed for school.

Community Insider

Looking for local events? Check out HSE’s Community Insider (CI). The CI is a resource for both HSE families and community partners. It not only provides a space to post information about events, camps, and other educational programs. It also offers the opportunity to find upcoming activities in and around Hamilton County. Please click on this link to view activities and upcoming events within the district.

HSE Report It!

HSE Report It! is a school safety mobile reporting app that allows students, staff and community members to provide anonymous information about concerns for their own safety or the safety of others. HSE Report it!, can be downloaded via Google Play or the Apple App Store. It’s anonymous and reports are made exclusively through the mobile app. HSE Report it! has no length limitations. Reporters can attach photos, screenshots, videos, documents and/or audio recordings to their concerns and they can engage in a two-way dialogue with a real person.
HSE Report It

Please access HSE Report It information here.