Weekly Happenings at Southeastern Elementary
Welcome to the October 30, 2020, edition of Southeastern Scene.
Dear Southeastern Families:
As we prepare our hearts and minds for the week ahead, I wanted to take a moment to share how our teachers at SES are reflecting on Dr. Bourff’s election message. At SES we will always ground our thinking and planning in our foundational beliefs. It is our hope that our students feel safe, valued and loved.
We believe children have a desire to interact with challenging questions and inquiries of real importance to themselves, to their community and to the world.
We believe children need time, both within a school day and across a school year, to deeply explore topics of importance and interest.
We believe that learning is based in relationships, and that interactions between teachers, families and students should be joyful, compassionate and authentic.
Our focus at the elementary level will be about humanity as we continue to build on the Social Emotional Lessons that we have been engaged in since the beginning of school. We will continue to work on building community and trust, facilitating reflective conversations and understanding empathy. I will be doing a whole school read aloud with, I Am Human by Susan Verde. As a learning community we will reflect on the following questions upon hearing the story.
What are some things that we are not okay with?... or we would never stand for in our classroom?
How do we become more empathetic to people we do not agree with?
How can I ask people about their lives and experiences in a respectful, kind, and understanding way?
How might we treat each other when we disagree or have different feelings about certain topics. How does this relate to our classroom norms?
How can I live, work, and play with others when we have differences?
We are grateful to build our learning community together with our families. Thank you for supporting your child’s educational experiences.
Yours in Education,
Mrs. Chastain and Mrs. Monkul
Local assistance programs to consider for winter holiday assistance. (These opportunities are time sensitive and applying sooner than later will increase your chances of having access to the supports.)
Good Samaritan Network
Central Indiana Salvation Army- Angel Tree program
Local Food Pantries
If you are interested in donating to families in need, please consider these options:
Fishers Youth Assistance Program
Contact FYAP Office Coordinator Shannon Vierling via email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Central Indiana Salvation Army- Angel Tree program
Home Links for this week's Second Step lessons
Kindergarten - Lesson 6 - Feelings
First Grade - Lesson 6 - Identifying Feelings
Second Grade - Lesson 6 - Learning More About Feelings - No Home Link this week
Third Grade - Lesson 6 - Understanding Perspectives - No Home Link this week
Fourth Grade - Lesson 6 - Understanding Different Perspectives
Jennifer A. Smith
Important Upcoming Dates
- Monday, November 2nd, school picture day (please see additional information below).
- Friday, November 6th, Explorer Day. Wear your SES spirit wear or school colors of navy and gold.
- Wednesday, November 25th, through Friday, November 27th, Thanksgiving break. No School.
- Thursday, December 3rd, 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., PTO's Schoolhouse 7 Dine to Donate.
- Friday, December 4th, Explorer Day. Wear your SES spirit wear or school colors of navy and gold.
- Thursday, December 10th, 6:30 p.m., PTO virtual meeting.
- Friday, December 18th, first semester ends. Last day before winter break.
- Tuesday, January 5th, return to school after winter break.
Bus Dismissal Time Change Beginning Monday, Nov. 2nd
Beginning Monday, November 2, 2020, HSE elementary schools will be moving back bus dismissal time to 3:30 p.m. Due to the increases in car rider traffic, it is necessary for us to allow for some additional time between car rider dismissal and bus dismissal. SES car riders will continue to be released beginning at 3:15 p.m., while our bus dismissal will begin no later than 3:30 p.m. Certainly, there will be some adjustments to drop-off times at home for our bus riders. Please access Skyward over the weekend for an approximate time for arrival at your drop-off location. Please know that the time could vary a bit either way due to unique circumstances.
School Picture Day
Breakfast includes- meat/meat alternative, fruit, milk
Lunch includes- meat/meat alternative, grain, fruit, vegetable, milk
K-4 portion size for meat/meat alternative, fruit, vegetable is 4 oz
- Due to the later start time for Elementary, we will not be serving breakfast at this time.
- A lunch “Meal Deal” includes: choice of an entrée, fruit, vegetable, milk
- Lunches (Meal Deal) will be free for ALL students until Dec. 31, 2020 or until funds run out.
- Extra fruit, vegetable may be purchased by everyone
Extra entrée may be purchased by 4th graders.
- Students will need lunch money in their accounts to purchase extras.
- Gluten-Free lunch options are available. Contact me if your student needs GF lunches.
This week is the week 2 lunch schedule (please see green section below).
Dismissal Manager Effective Immediately
Southeastern Elementary is utilizing Dismissal Manager again for daily dismissal changes. Each family received specific login credentials from Dismissal Manager (please look for email from Dismissal Manager). Please make sure that this information is current and up-to-date, because this is how we dismiss your students each day. If you do not have this information current, your child may not get home correctly. If you need to change your student's regular dismissal for that day, you will need to log in to your Dismissal Manager account and make the necessary changes by 2:00 p.m. A list will be generated before the end of the school day with all of the dismissal changes for that day. A link to Dismissal Manager can be found on the Southeastern Elementary website at the quick links section on the bottom right. You can also access Dismissal Manager by clicking below. Questions? Please contact the front office at 317-594-4340.
Students are asked to stay home from school if any symptoms of illness are present. Please see below for at-home screening steps:
Exploration with Mrs. Smith
Mrs. Busch's students are participating in the Great Pumpkin Move in Exploration and Discovery with Mrs. Smith, creating a pulley to try to move the pumpkin.
Mrs. Stahl's class
Miss Stahl's students enjoy workshops outdoors.
Mrs. Hiett's class
After finding rocks on an exploration walk, students decided they needed to be cleaned before comparing/contrasting them.
Exploration with Mrs. Smith
Lost and Found
Virtual students are being offered two enrichment sessions per day:
- The first enrichment session will begin at 1:45 and is divided by grade level groups. K-2 or 2-4. Please choose the one you feel best fits your learner.
- The second enrichment session will begin at 2:30 and is open to all grade levels.
Students can access these virtual sessions through the Library course on their Canvas dashboard. There they will find the button (see button image below) to take them to the Zoom links for each day.
Front Office Procedures
Parents, please notify the front OFFICE in regards to absences and late arrivals. You can leave a message on our attendance line by calling (317) 594-4340. Please leave detailed information, including student's first and last names with spelling, teacher's name, grade, and reason for the absence or late arrival. If late arrival, please include approximate time student will be arriving.
Leaving early for appointment
If student needs to leave early for any reason, only family and individuals listed on the student's approved Skyward list can pick up the student. In the student's Skyward account, under the "Family" and "Emergency Contact" tabs, you may list people approved by you to pick up your student. Those individuals MUST show a valid driver's licence when picking up the student. When arriving, please ring the silver button to the immediate left of the glass door closest to the front office. We must limit the number of non-staff inside the building. Please wait inside the vestibule while we get your student for you.
If a student forgets an item at home and a parent needs to drop off that item after school has begun, that item may be dropped off in the front office vestibule. There is a table right inside the first set of doors on which you can place the item. Please have student's first and last names, and teacher's name, on the item and we will deliver it to the student.