Cougar Chronicle

Volume 17 Issue 2 - Friday, August 6, 2021

Mark Your Calendar

We are excited to open our doors and have families be present in classrooms! Masks are encouraged, but not required. The evening will be informal and more about families being able to share experiences that students have during a typical day.

Monday, August 9

Session 1: 6:00-6:40PM

Sesson 2: 6:40-7:20PM

Both sessions are identical so you can visit more than one class if needed.

The sessions are designed for adults, please make arrangements for little ones.

If unable, we certainly do not want that to keep you from attending.

More Important Events at SCE

  • August 9-20 - Speech and Hearing Screenings for K-2
  • Monday, August 9 - Back To School 6-7:40PM
  • Monday, August 9 - PTO's Dine to Donate at City BBQ, all day
  • Wednesday, August 25 - Fall Picture Day
  • Monday, September 6 - Labor Day, NO SCHOOL
  • Friday, September 24 - Scheduled E-Learning Day
  • Tuesday, September 28 - Fall Picture Retakes

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Message from the Attendance Secretary

If your student will be late or absent, please call the Main Office at 317-915-4270.

Please tell us a reason for your students' absence.

You can speak to the Office staff between 7AM-3PM daily.

You can leave a voicemail on the Attendance line any time of day or night.

You can email with a reason for the absence.

Thank you!

Great News! School Dismissal Manager COMING SOON!

We know that communication is important regarding transportation. In order to be most efficient with communication and ensure our dismissal process has safety as a top priority we will transitioning to using School Dismissal Manager very soon and not rely on students transporting messages to staff.

  1. Be on the lookout for more information from Mrs. Rich regarding details for families.
  2. You will receive directions on how to set up your personal account soon.

We recommend practicing the default dismissal as soon as possible with your child so the transition to the new system will be smooth. We also understand life happens and you may need to make a change and getting used to going online will take time.

  • All dismissal changes will be done by families online.
  • Changes must be made before 1 PM to alert classroom teachers.
  • Teachers will be instructed to use Dismissal Manager for dismissal and not able to check email or accept notes regarding transportation changes.

Lunch Menu Below Aug 9-13 is Green Week 2

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For Bus Riders

Masks are required for all students on buses per federal guidelines.

  • Check Skyward for your bus number, the location of your bus stop, and times for pick-up and drop-off.
  • Please be at your bus stop five minutes early.
  • Kindergarten students must have a grown-up at the bus stop to get them on and off the bus.
  • Please contact the office before 1:00PM with any transportation changes.
  • We will begin using School Dismissal Manager to handle all transportation changes by Labor Day. Watch for details to come soon.

For Car Riders

  • Before 7:30AM, students must remain in their cars.
  • The car line forms in front of the school building as two rows of cars that narrows at the turn-around to one line at the curb.
  • Car line drop-off begins at 7:30AM when staff come outside to assist students.
  • Students must exit the car on the curb side only.
  • Car line drop-off will end when the car line has emptied.
  • If you are running late to join the car line and there is no adult staff outside to supervise your student, you must walk your student in to the Main Office and sign them in.

Please keep our kids safe! Be patient and stay alert.

Please see map below for traffic flow.


  • The car rider line forms in the same way as the morning.
  • Please wait in your car as our staff calls for your students to come to you.
  • Car line pick-up will begin by 2:05 PM.
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A Message From Your Related Arts Team

Related Arts Team 21-22

Meet Your 1st Semester Related Arts Line Up

Look what's "growing" on in the SCE Garden! Big news next week from Miss Coffman. Stay "Pruned"!

Speech and Hearing Screenings Update from Mrs. Nolan, M.A. CCC-SLP

Speech screenings will be completed for Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students and you will be contacted via phone and letter if your child would benefit from speech therapy services in the school setting.

If you are not contacted, you can assume your child passed speech screenings for their developmental age level (see chart below for district wide norms).

Hearing screenings will be completed for Kindergarten, 1st, 4th, and any new students who move to the HSE school district. Students will receive a slip of paper to send home to families if they passed. If they fail the screening, the student will be re-screened in 2-3 weeks and a referral will be sent home at that time if hearing continues to be a concern.

Feel free to contact me via email ( if you have any questions about your child’s speech or hearing abilities. Thanks for your support— let’s have a great year!

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Visitors in Building

Volunteers will soon be welcomed back inside the buildings.

  • All volunteers, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks in the building during school hours per district policy.
  • In order to volunteer or attend any future field trips - all adults are required to have a current background check on file.

Call the school at 317-915-4270 to find out if your background check is current.

Check the Visiting and Volunteering page on SCE's website to submit a background check.

  • At this time, lunch visitors are not permitted per district policy.

Kroger Community Rewards

Link your Kroger Card to Sand Creek Elementary and support your school each time you shop!

1. Create a digital Kroger account

2. Link your card to "Sand Creek Elementary" under Kroger Community Rewards.

3. SCE earns money to support students!

Breakfast and Lunch Served During School Hours

The USDA is providing breakfast and lunch all school year for all K-12 students at no cost.

Elementary breakfast is served from 7:30-7:50 AM.

Students are dismissed from the bus or car rider line to go directly to breakfast in the Cafe.

Elementary Lunch includes an entree and your student's choice of one or two sides.

Each day, two hot entrees are available, as well as the regular options of a turkey roll-up, turkey club wrap, breaded chicken, PB & J or veggie salad, or Protein Pack.