Cougar Chronicle

Volume 17 Issue 23 - Friday, February 4, 2022

Important Dates Coming Up

  • Wednesday, February 9 - Global School Play Day - Rescheduled due to eLearning days.
  • Friday February 11 - Bring home made or store bought Valentine cards to school early
  • Monday February 14 - Friendship & Kindness Day (valentines will be shared this day)
  • Thursday February 17 - PTO Meeting in person 5-6 PM Enter Door #1
  • Friday, February 18 - E-Learning Day - No in-person school. Log in to Canvas to attend.
  • Monday, Feb. 28 - Friday, March 4 - Riley Spirit Week! See the Flyer below and watch for more information on how to participate to support Riley Hospital!
Feb 4


The PTO is looking for new members!

Are you interested in learning more about how to impact staff and students at Sand Creek?

Please email for more information.

Next Meeting: February 17 at 5 PM at Sand Creek Elementary Enter Door #1

Lost & Found OverFlowing!

Our lost and found table is located at Door #12. Please encourage your child to check for missing items such as hats, gloves, water bottles and sweatshirts. These items will be collected and held until the end of the month before being donated.

A great time to check is during arrival and dismissal as well as during drop off and pick up from the Y.

NEW COVID Classroom Notifications

With recent changes to COVID quarantine and notification policies, we will be sending a general notification to the entire classroom when a positive case has been confirmed.

  • Students will no longer will be asked to quarantine if the exposure was during the school day (7:30 AM-2:00 PM).
  • Close contacts will not be individually notified with exposure during the school day.
  • Close contacts outside of the school day will still be required to complete a 5 day quarantine with enhanced precautions upon return for an additional 5 days.
  • Positive cases are required to complete a 5 day quarantine with enhanced precautions upon return for an additional 5 days.

We have added an additional page to each school’s website. This page will be updated daily with any new COVID notifications that happen anywhere at SCE.

  • Check any time to see the latest COVID update for SCE.
  • The new webpage will also replace the Skylert system of notification of close contacts.
  • Please continue to contact SCE and complete the COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form to report COVID-19 cases and exposures.

Thank you for helping to keep the SCE Community informed and healthy.

Note From the Nurse - Test Pending? Symptoms? Seeing the Doctor?

If your child is sick and you decide to test for Flu, Strep, COVID, or another infection, please keep your child home until you receive the test results, even if symptoms resolve.

If your student is put on an antibiotic for an infection, they need to be 24 hours into treatment before they return to school. Please send a doctor's note when the student returns.

If your child has a fever, is vomiting, has a significant cough, runny nose, or congestion, or has other symptoms, they need to be 24 hours symptom free without medication before returning to school.

Masks are still required at school. If your child has symptoms significant enough to interfere with wearing a mask, please keep them home. Please also send spare masks for when they get wet, dropped, lost, or sneezed on.

Thank you for understanding and keeping our community healthy.

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Lunch Menu for February 7-11 (Week 1)

Monday - Chicken Nuggets

Tuesday - Breaded Chicken Sandwich

Wednesday - Chicken and Noodles

Thursday - Mozzarella sticks/Pizza crunchers/cheesy breadsticks

Friday - Calzone

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

February 7-11 is Week 1.There may be changes to the menu due to supply chain limitations. Thank you for your understanding.

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Inclement Weather Information

If a Two Hour Delay is Called -
  • School will begin at 9:40 (2 hours later than usual)
  • AM Buses will pick students up 2 hours later than usual.
  • YMCA will be open at the normal time (6:30AM) for registered students.
  • Breakfast will not be served.
  • Lunch will be served at normal time.
  • Specials will be shortened.
  • Dismissal will be at the normal time and students will arrive home at the normal time.
If School is Closed -
  • Students will participate in E-Learning by logging into Canvas.
  • Attendance is based on logging in to Canvas.
  • Learning activities will be available on Canvas pages by 9 AM.
  • Classroom teachers will communicate with families about communication and coordination specific to that day.
  • YMCA will not be provided at SCE site location.

This information is also posted on the SCE Website.

RAVE Reviews

Thank you to the families that have completed RAVE Reviews for SCE staff. Our staff and teachers THRIVE on compliments and positive praise just like our students. Have you observed an employee who goes above and beyond their job responsibilities/duties to make a difference? Leave them a RAVE Review by clicking below! It takes 2 mins to complete but makes a long lasting impact for an educator.

Link to HSE District Substitute Teacher Information Page

Social-Emotional Learning Lessons from This Week:

Kindergarten: Getting Focused - Empathy and Kindness - We Can Be Kind
  • Students will be able to give an example of a kind act.
First Grade: Getting Focused - Mindful Awareness
  • Students will learn about the three parts of their brains that help them think and respond to stress.
Second Grade: Getting Focused - Focused Awareness
  • Students will learn daily strategies that will help them calm down and focus.
Third Grade: Getting Focused - Focused Awareness
  • Students will learn daily strategies that will help them calm down and focus.
Fourth Grade: Getting Focused - Mindful Awareness
  • Students will compare mindful behavior and unmindful behavior and identify the parts of the brain responsible for controlling each type.

Would you like more information on Social Emotional Learning?

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

Indiana Radon Poster Contest

We need your student’s help explaining science through art!

The 2022 Indiana Radon Poster Contest is here! This is a fun, educational, and potential prize-winning opportunity for our students.

Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is produced by naturally decaying uranium in the soil and can be drawn into homes through cracks in the foundation.

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Approximately 1 in 3 homes tested have radon levels at or above the EPA action level of 4.0 pCi/L in Indiana.

In order to spread the message about radon’s health hazards, the American Lung Association is calling on Indiana students age 9-14 to create a radon poster that will increase public awareness of radon gas and encourage people to test their homes.

If you choose to participate, please send your posters to central office Attn: Bob Rice by March 4. I will collect all submissions and send them to the American Lung Association by the March 18 deadline.

Full Contest details and additional radon information is available on the contest website at:

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 or the need to remember a short code. 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.

Mudsock Youth Athletics Updates: Sports Registration Deadline is Jan 31

What will you play? Open registration for spring baseball, softball, soccer, boys and girls lacrosse, rugby and track and field runs through January 31st at After the 31st, waitlists may form for certain sports in various divisions. Season information and program fees can be found here.

Program Scholarships
We want everyone to play. Mudsock Youth Athletics offers full and partial program scholarships to children who qualify for free or reduced lunch within the Hamilton Southeastern School District. Families must apply and be accepted during our open registration period. For spring sports this is January 1st – 31st. For more information, please call 317-845-5582 or email

Take Our Pledge

Help us create a safe and positive environment for participants, parents, guardians, coaches and referees. When you register with us in 2022, you will sign the following agreement. We’ve pulled together resources so you can get started here.

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