Weekly Happenings at Southeastern Elementary
Welcome to the August 28, 2020, edition of Southeastern Scene.
Dear Southeastern Families:
We are so excited to venture into Phase II with you! We foresee exciting opportunities within this Inclusive Hybrid Model. Our teachers have been putting lots of love and creativity into their instructional plan for your children. This newsletter has A LOT of information for you to digest. We will be sending out a special edition of our Southeastern Scene next week with details to help you plan for the week of September 8th. We will be sharing:
- Arrival and dismissal procedures
- A Welcome video with a virtual tour of the school
- Updates to the virtual learning schedule
Thank you so much for your continued support!
Yours in education,
Mrs. Chastain and Mrs. Monkul
One of the lessons our SES teachers have shared with your student is about the Zones of Regulation. Our SEL enrichment activity was a review of the zones and an introduction to strategies that can be used to help us move through the zones.
The Zones of Regulation uses four colors to help children self-identify how they’re feeling and categorize it based on color. It also helps children better understand their emotions, sensory needs, and thinking patterns. They learn different strategies to help them cope and manage their emotions based on which color zone they’re in.
The Green Zone
The green zone is used to describe when you’re in a calm state of alertness.
Being in the green zone means you are calm, focused, happy, or ready to learn. This is predominantly the state you want your child to be in.
It’s also the state most needed in the classroom in order to learn.
The Yellow Zone
The yellow zone describes when you have a heightened sense of alertness. This isn’t always a bad thing, and you typically still have some control when you’re in the yellow zone.
Being in the yellow means you may feel frustrated, anxious or nervous. But, it could also mean you’re feeling excited, silly, or hyper – which is okay in the right situations.
The Red Zone
The red zone describes an extremely heightened state of intense emotions. When a person reaches the red zone, they’re no longer about to control their emotions or reactions.
This is the zone kids are in during meltdowns. Being in the red zone means you’re feeling anger, rage, terror, or complete devastation and feel out of control.
The Blue Zone
The blue zone, on the other hand, is used when a person is feeling low states of alertness or arousal. When you’re in the blue zone you may be feeling down – sad, sick, tired, or bored. You’re still in control, as you are in the yellow zone, but with low energy emotions.
Please click this link for a list of great children’s book recommendations to read with your child that can help reinforce concepts from The Zones of Regulation .
One-on-One Counselor meeting
If you would like for your student to meet with Mrs. Smith, please sign up for an individual appointment via the Calendly link here.
Snack Attack Program returns
SES 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 to be taken home 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 us 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 the school. If you are interested in having your student participate in FYAP's Snack Attack or have questions, please contact SES School Counselor Jen Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Snack Attack program will start as soon as we return for face to face instruction.
Important Upcoming Dates
- Tuesday, September 1st, Kindergarten and new family open house, 5:30 to 7:00.
- Wednesday, September 2nd, 6:30 p.m., virtual PTO meeting. Please see PTO link below for additional information.
- Monday, September 7th, Labor Day, No School.
- Tuesday, September 8th, first day of 50/50 in class instruction. Please see Phase 2 schedule below.
- Wednesday, September 9th, PTO Fall Flower Fundraiser order deadline.
- Friday, September 11th, deadline to pay for PTO kindergarten t-shirts (please see more information below in PTO Newsletter).
- Wednesday, September 23rd, PTO Fall Flower Fundraiser contact free pick up.
- Friday, October 2nd, deadline to pay school fees posted to family Skyward Accounts (please see additional information below).
First day in class instruction items needed
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.
Southeastern Elementary will again utilize Dismissal Manager for daily dismissal changes. Each family will receive specific login credentials from Dismissal Manager (please watch email for this information. It will not come from Southeastern Elementary, but from Dismissal Manager). 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. A list will be generated before the end of the school day with all of the dismissal changes for that day. Dismissal Manager will be available after bus information posts to Skyward accounts next week.
Student course fees have been posted and are available for viewing on Skyward Family Access under the Fee Management tab. Fees are due 10/02/2020.
Fees can be paid through eFunds via this link or you can send check or cash in an envelope marked with the student's name to the SES Office. If using eFunds, you will need to enter in the correct amount as eFunds does not pre-populate school fees.
If you have any questions or need to set up payment arrangements, please contact Stephanie Jones at email@example.com
or call 317.594.4320.
Volunteers will not be permitted in the building during phase 2 of instruction. We will inform parents when visitors will be permitted back into the building. All visitors MUST have a Safevisitor background check on file with Hamilton Southeastern Schools to be allowed to volunteer or have lunch in the building. Please see Safevisitor information at the bottom of this newsletter with more information, and for a link to sign up.
Also, students are asked to stay home from school if any symptoms of illness are present. Please see below for at-home screening steps:
Phase 2 Virtual Schedule
Virtual Technical Assistance
Questions about virtual assignments should be directed to your child's teacher. Please visit our Southeastern Elementary website at this link for staff email addresses. Please click the tab at the top that says "Meet SES," and then scroll down to the link that says "staff directory."
If you and your student need further technology assistance, please email our technology specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions. Also, you can make a ten minute in-person appointment with our building tech by clicking this link. In-person bookings will integrate with the calendars of our Building Technicians to ensure the desired appointment time is available. Please utilize phone calls or emails as the first step for seeking Tech Support.
Virtual Lunchroom information
Cafeteria lunch will be available to all students, both in-person and virtual. Please watch next week for updated elementary school menu. Student Breakfast Meal Deal is $1.25 and Lunch Meal Deal is $2.80.
Please click this link for additional information about ordering lunch during virtual learning, putting money into student lunch accounts, and accessing lunch information via skyward.
Food Allergy Concerns: Contact Cafeteria Manager Beth Verhoestra at email@example.com for more info.
If you plan to send lunch to school with your children, please practice with them how to open food items by themselves. Please see below for helpful tips:
SES Library Virtual Check Out Information
Curbside library pick-up services for SES library books will continue. Follow the steps below to help your students take advantage of our curbside hours and enjoy some of our beautiful books during virtual instruction! This service will continue for student's whose families choose the virtual-only option when Phase 2 50/50 learning begins starting Tuesday, September 8th.
- Make sure a parent or adult will be able to come to curbside hours.
- Follow the steps in the video below to place holds for books.
- You may place holds on up to 2 books at a time.
- Only place holds for books that are “in.”
- Holds must be placed anytime before noon on Monday of each week for pick up on Tuesday.
- You can pull up to the curb outside of Door 1 to pick up books on Tuesdays either from 2:00-3:30 pm or 5:30-6:30 pm.
- Return books during Tuesday curbside hours when you are finished with them.
- If you have any questions at all please contact Mrs. Robinson.
Below is a link to a video that shows how to
- login to Destiny
- Place a hold for curbside pick up
Please access video link here.
PTO Fall Flower Fundraiser and kindergarten t-shirt orders
The Southeastern PTO is selling 9” mums, asters, and ornamental cabbages for $10 each, or a 12” Fall Combo planter for $30 each.
All items will be available for CONTACT FREE pick-up Wednesday, September 23.
ORDERS DUE September 9.
Please click this link to order.
PTO Kindergarten T-shirts
Please see flyer below regarding kindergarten t-shirts
Teachers In Action
Art Teacher Mrs. Getz
Virtual art has been all about photography! Students have looked for color, contrast, shape and subject to take great pictures.
SES Specials Teachers
Specials teachers Librarian Jen Robinson, Art Teacher Laura Getz, Gym Teacher Nikki Bleill, Music Teacher Jeff Martin, Exploration Teacher Tara Smith, and Global Studies Teacher Jessy Riekof collaborate in the outdoor classroom.
Global Studies teacher Jessy Riekof teaches about global issues and exploring individual interests when it comes to taking action to better our world.
Art Teacher Mrs. Getz
SES Specials Teachers
Anyone wanting to spend time in the school or chaperone a field trip must have a SafeVisitor ID badge. If you have not yet completed the background check, click Safe Visitor to get started.