Weekly Happenings at Southeastern Elementary
Welcome to the Feb. 26, 2021, edition of Southeastern Scene.
Dear Southeastern Families:
What if your child asks you if they can get a Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram, etc… account? Don’t start with NO! You want to start this journey with them knowing you’re there for them. That doesn’t mean you have to say yes either but hear them out first. Start with questions like these:
1. "Why do you want a Facebook account?" They’ll probably answer with something like “Because ALL my friends have one."
2. "Which of your friends are on Facebook?" Hopefully they tell you. If not maybe they’re not ready to be on social media.
3. "Are these the only people you would be friends with on Facebook?" This might be a good time to talk about only interacting with people they know in real life.
4. "What do you know about Facebook?" They may say something like, “You talk to friends and share photos."
5. "What kind of photos would you be sharing?" My guess is they’ll say something like, “I don’t know. Me and my friends.” This is a great time to talk about what types of photos are appropriate to share online and why.
After you’ve had this conversation with your child you need to make a decision as to whether they’re ready for social media or not. If you’re on the fence about letting them you can always say “Yes, but under one condition. You have to share your password with me. If you’re being honest about why you want to be on Facebook then you have nothing to hide from me." You can also tell them you’ll only use the password if you feel like they’re hiding something from you or not using the network responsibly. A written agreement between you and your teen might serve as a reminder of rules that are not to be broken and consequences that will happen if they are. Refer back to it often and review the rules when appropriate.
Yours in education,
Mrs. Chastain, Mrs. Monkul and Mrs. Smith
COMING SOON TO SOUTHEASTERN ELEMENTARY
Has your child or teen experienced the death of a significant person(s) in their lives? Brooke’s Place provides support groups, therapy services and community education to empower children, teens, young adults and their families to thrive in the midst of grief.
Brooke’s Place also offers the BP8 Program, an 8-week peer-based grief support group to be conducted at school during the school day. This group offers an opportunity for grieving young people to build supportive relationships and learn how to cope with the death of a significant person(s) in their lives.
SES school counselor, Mrs. Smith, will co-facilitate these groups with a Brooke's Place bereavement specialist. There will be a K-2 and a 3-4 group. As soon as there are at least 3-4 students signed up for a group, we will get things started. If you would like to sign your student up for one of these groups, please complete the attached permission slip and return to Mrs. Smith. If you would like more information you can visit the Brooke's Place website: www.brookesplace.org or email Mrs. Smith at email@example.com.
This week our teachers continued with our social/emotional learning lessons with the Second Step curriculum.
KDG - Second Step - Lesson 14 - Calming Down Strong Feelings
1st - Second Step - Lesson 16 - Managing Worry
2nd - Second Step - Lesson 15 - Managing Anger
3rd - Second Step - Lesson 15 - Managing Anger
4th - Second Step - Lesson 15 - Handling Put-downs
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. As a community, we must think of childhood sexual abuse as a preventable disease. Collaboration between educators, parents and guardians, child advocates, the medical community, law enforcement and our communities-at-large can proactively protect our children before abuse ever happens. The Indiana Center for the Prevention of Youth Abuse and Suicide (ICPYAS, formerly Chaucie’s Place) will be providing virtual presentations for our students, the week of March 15th. The ICPYAS body safety curriculum, Child Lures/Teen Lures Prevention, Think First & Stay Safe, will be presented to our students, providing relevant, balanced and proven prevention strategies to families and children, increases awareness and knowledge of how to recognize, interrupt, stop and prevent these crimes.
There are online resources for you to view. A parent video can be found at www.indianaprevention.org and then selecting the “Our Programs” tab at the top right hand of the page. Parent Guides will be distributed to students the week of the presentation. These will be a great resource for facilitating conversations at home. You can also call the ICPYAS office at 317-759-8008 with any specific programming questions not answered in the online parent resources. If you would like to opt your child out of this presentation, please stop by the SES office to fill out the opt out form.
Virtual Lunch with Jen Smith
Our school counselor, Jen Smith, will be holding a virtual lunch time once a week for our virtual students. Please see the day and time that has been assigned to your student's grade level below. This is not enrichment or a lesson, just an opportunity for our virtual students to "socialize" with their grade level peers. They will be able to use the same Zoom link (below) each week. Some days and times have changed.
Please access zoom link here.
4th Grade - Mondays - 11:00
3rd Grade - Tuesdays - 1:30
2nd Grade - Wednesdays - 1:00
1st Grade - Thursdays - 12:15
KDG - Fridays - 11:45
Operations Plan Contact Tracing Update
CHANGES TO CONTACT TRACING
- HSE schools will immediately contact Fishers Health Department and/or Hamilton County Health Department upon learning of a positive COVID case among student body or staff. The Indiana State Department of Health will lead contact tracing and case investigation in consultation with FHD.
- As of Feb. 17, general notification of COVID-related cases in schools via Skylert will cease. Families will only be notified if their student(s) are a close contact. This change in practice is to reduce confusion.
- All COVID-related cases among students and staff can be found on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard and is updated on Monday mornings. The dashboard was created to provide transparency about what is happening in the school corporation.
All information about COVID protocols, mitigation, contact tracing and school closures can be found in the updated operations manual by clicking this link.
Important Upcoming Dates
- Friday, February 26th, eLearning Friday. No in-person instruction.
- Thursday, March 4th, Explorer Day. Wear your school colors.
- Thursday, March 4th, ice cream in the cafeteria for $1.00 (please see additional information below).
- Friday, March 5th, eLearning Friday. No in-person instruction.
- Thursday, March 11th, 6:30 p.m., PTO meeting.
- Friday, March 12th, eLearning Friday. No in-person instruction.
- Monday, March 15th, and Tuesday, March 16th, Body Safety presentations.
- Friday, March 19th, Flex Day, no school unless needed to make up cancellation days.
- Thursday, April 1st, Explorer Day. Wear your school colors.
- Friday, April 2nd, through Friday, April 9th, spring break, no school.
- Thursday, April 15, 6:30 p.m., PTO meeting.
- Friday, April 16th, eLearning Friday. No in-person instruction.
- Thursday, May 6th, Explorer Day. Wear your school colors.
- Wednesday, May 26th, second semester ends. Last day for students
Principal Danielle Chastain is hosting a virtual read aloud at 1:30 on Tuesdays for all of our virtual-only Explorers.
Topic: Read Aloud & Book Chat
Join Zoom Meeting by clicking this link.
Librarian Jen Robinson is hosting a read aloud at 1:45 on Wednesdays for virtual-only students.
Join Zoom meeting by clicking this link.
Ice Cream Thursday, March 4th
Vanilla, Chocolate, and Non-Dairy, $1.00
Must have money in account or bring money in to purchase. Money can be put into your student's lunch account by accessing efunds through this link.
For the remainder of the year all breakfast and lunch Meal Deals will be Free.
Due to the later start time, elementary schools will not be serving breakfast.
For the lunch Meal Deal, students must pick a fruit and a vegetable, an entree, and 1 milk is included but optional.
Next week will be week 1 on the menu.
Ms. Riekof works with third grade students during Global Studies learning and exploring animal habitats.
Mrs. Tappendorf's class
First grade students enjoy outdoor recess.
Mr. Jackson's class
Kindergarten students went on a scavenger hunt to look for sight words.
Mrs. Shafer's class
Second grade students enjoy the warmer temperatures during outdoor activities.
Librarian Jen Robinson shares stories with kindergarten students.
Mrs. Gore's class
Students presented Mrs. Gore with a special gift that her class participating in making.