Southeastern Scene

Weekly Happenings at Southeastern Elementary

Principal's Postings

Welcome to the August 20th, 2021, edition of Southeastern Scene.


Hello Explorers:


There has been a lot of correspondence this week with many families about how to keep our students healthy and safe. Families have been so kind, helpful, and flexible, and we greatly appreciate your kindness and support. A few reminders as we do our best to continue to navigate the wellness of our students:


The district has updated its masking requirements and quarantine protocols for close contacts. Masks are required on the bus and inside the building. If you have a student that needs to quarantine due to being a close contact, you will be notified by the school, and we will provide you potential dates of return based off of quarantine times and negative PCR COVID testing. Additionally, HSE schools is reducing the length of quarantine for unvaccinated students and staff. A 10-day quarantine will begin with return to school on day 11. Students could potentially return on day 7 if the following guidelines are met:



  • Day 7 return with a negative PCR COVID test and confirmed by Nurse Brown, with no symptoms. Day 7-14 at school will require students to remain 3 feet apart in the classroom while receiving instruction. This means students will remain at their desks with desks three feet apart for a large portion of the day. With the extra precautions in place, early returning students may eat lunch outside or in the conference room with Mrs. Chastain or Mrs. Monkul.
  • Day 11-14 will require students to remain 3 feet apart while receiving instruction. This means students will remain at their desks the majority of the school day with desks separated 3 feet apart. This means students might remain at their desks with desks three feet apart for a large portion of the day. With the extra precautions in place, early returning students may eat lunch outside or in the conference room with Mrs. Chastain or Mrs. Monkul.


Your child should not attend school during quarantine. He/she can expect two zooms a day, with activities available on canvas.


Yours in education,


Mrs. Chastain & Mrs. Monkul

Counselor's Corner

Snack Attack

Southeastern Elementary is pleased to announce the return of the Snack Attack program for those students in need. This program, supported by the Fishers Youth Assistance Program, is designed to provide students a little extra nourishment for the weekend until they can receive a hot meal at school on Monday.


Here's how the program works. Your student will pick up a small sack of food on Fridays to be taken home and enjoyed over the weekend. The sack is filled with individually wrapped snacks such as granola bars, fruit cups, pop tarts, peanut butter/crackers, Goldfish crackers, etc. The type of snacks will vary each week. Please let me know if your child has a peanut allergy as he/she will receive a special bag of peanut-free snacks. There is no cost to you or our school. If you are interested in having your student participate in FYAP's Snack Attack please sign him/her up at this link. If you have questions, please contact me, Jennifer Smith, at jensmith@hse.k12.in.us, or 317-594-4340.


Body Safety Presentations

Each school year, all students in grades K-12 must receive education on child abuse prevention per Indiana Code 20-19-3-11. Students will receive this education through a curriculum created by Child Lures Prevention and presented by trained staff from the Indiana Center for Prevention of Youth Abuse and Suicide. This curriculum focuses on how children can keep themselves safe.


Join us for a Zoom Parent Night to help you better understand this important information your child will be receiving.

Save the Date: Thursday, August 26th at 7:00 PM

Please register at the link below. Parents who register will then receive a Zoom link for the meeting.

HSE BODY SAFETY PARENT REGISTRATION '21-'22

Nurse's Notes

Please remember to send your student to school healthy. If a student is ill and has any of the symptoms of Covid listed below, we encourage you to get your student tested using a PCR test, which is available via Fishers Health Department (COVID Vaccine | Fishers, IN - Official Website) or the Indiana Department of Health (ISDH - Novel Coronavirus: COVID-19 Testing Information). PCR tests are the most accurate and provide less risk of a false positive or negative result. A visit to your physician is also suggested if you feel this is not Covid-related, then a doctor's note would be needed for your student to return to school. Please do not send your child to school ill or while waiting for Covid test results.

Symptoms to monitor for:


  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore Throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea


Linda Brown, SES Nurse

Cafe Counter

Parents, below is the updated breakfast and lunch menu. Breakfast and lunch Meal Deals are free for all students this school year. Breakfast is available in the morning for students. Please communicate with your student in the morning before school if you would like for him/her to have breakfast.


If you have any questions, please contact Beth Verhoestra, SES Cafeteria Manager, at bverhoestra@hse.k12.in.us

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Important Upcoming Dates


  • Thursday, September 2nd, PTO Fall Flower Sale Forms Due.
  • Friday, September 3rd, Explorer Day.
  • Monday, September 6th, Labor Day, No School.
  • Thursday, September 9th, 6:30 p.m., PTO Meeting.
  • Tuesday, September 21st, school pictures.
  • Wednesday, September 22nd, Fall Flower Pickup/Popsicles on the Playground.
  • Friday, September 24th, eLearning Day/Staff PD, no students in building.

New school day start/end times, 7:40 am to 2:10 pm

Masks and Return to Instruction Plan

Just a reminder that masks are required for students to wear on the bus and in the building.


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.

Names on Items

Parents, please write your students first AND last names on any personal items sent into school with your student, including water bottles, masks, lunch boxes, jackets, back packs, etc. We are already collecting items in our lost and found, and names allow us to return lost items to students.

Dismissal Manager

Southeastern Elementary utilizes Dismissal Manager for daily dismissal changes. Each family received specific login credentials and instructions for Dismissal Manager. If you do not see it in your email, please check your spam folder.


All students are assigned to a bus. School Dismissal Manager allows you to indicate that your child will be a bus rider, car rider or go to the YMCA on any given day. The schedule can be set up for an entire semester/school year; but daily and weekly changes can be made. If you need to change your student's dismissal, you will need to log in to your Dismissal Manger account and make the necessary changes by 1:00 pm each day. A list will be generated before the end of the school day with all of the dismissal changes for that day.


Returning parents need to UNINSTALL last year’s App from their phone before installing the new App. The Apps are no longer available in the App Stores. New/Incoming parents will need to add the SDM App to a smartphone, tablet, or web browser via this link. The app is compatible with Android and Apple devices and is free.


You can find Dismissal Manager on our website by visiting ses.hseschools.org and scrolling down to the quick links on the bottom right side of our website, or by clicking this link.

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 ses.hseschools.org, or by clicking here.

Arrival/Dismissal

If your student will be a car rider this school year, please read our arrival and dismissal procedures below.


Car Rider Arrival
  • Pull into the SES parking lot and form two lanes.​

  • Once you get to the orange cones, merge into one lane.​

  • Watch for staff member to motion you to pull forward and then motion for you to stop and put your car in park. ​

  • Watch for staff member to wave students in.​

  • Students may only exit car onto the sidewalk. Students may NOT exit car on the driver’s side of the vehicle. ​

  • Parents will need to stay in the car. Staff will assist students out of their cars. ​

  • Students may enter the building at the 7:30 bell. ​

  • We ask that you please not park in the parking lot and walk your child up to the door. This creates a very unsafe situation for you, your child, and other children.


Car Rider Dismissal

  • Pull into the SES parking lot and form two lanes.​

  • Once you get to the orange cones, merge into one lane.​

  • Watch for staff member to motion you to pull forward and then motion for you to stop and put your car in park. ​

  • Please place a piece of paper with your child’s/children’s first and last name visible in the windshield. ​

  • Students will enter car from the sidewalk. Students may NOT enter car on the driver’s side of the vehicle. ​

  • Parents will need to stay in the car. Staff will assist students into their cars. ​

  • Students will be dismissed at 2:10 to the car rider area. ​

  • We ask that you please not park in the parking lot and walk up to the door to get your child. This creates a very unsafe situation for you, your child, and other children.

Car Rider Map

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PTO News

Parents, we have a wonderful PTO that coordinates many programs and fun activities with Southeastern Elementary. Please check the latest PTO newsletter by clicking this link.


Stay connected with Southeastern PTO


Email: SoutheasternElemPTO@gmail.com

Instragram: @Southeastern PTO
Twitter: @Southeastern PTO

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Community Insider

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HSE Report It!

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