Cougar Chronicle

Volume 17 Issue 24 - Friday, February 11, 2022

Important Dates Coming Up

  • Monday February 14 - Friendship & Kindness Day (valentines will be shared this day)
  • Thursday February 17 - PTO Meeting, in person from 5-6PM. Enter Door #1
  • Friday, February 18 - E-Learning Day - No in-person school. Log in to Canvas to attend.
  • Monday, February 21 - NO SCHOOL or E-learning for Presidents Day
  • Monday, Feb. 28 - Friday, March 4 - Riley Spirit Week! See the Flyer below for more information.
  • Wednesday, March 2 - Second Grade Field Trip to the IN State Museum
  • Friday, March 25 - Beach Bash from 5:30-730PM
  • Monday, March 28 - SCE Agriculture Day
Feb 11

ELearning - Professional Day for Teachers FEB 18

Just a reminder - the HSE School Calendar has an ELearning Day schedule for Friday February 18. Students will complete work on Canvas this day while teachers collaborate and participate in professional development.

There will be NO SCHOOL the following Monday due to President's Day February 21.

Big Shout Out to Mrs. Jennifer Jacks and Mrs. Stephanie Dobbins

We love our Community North therapist and School Counselor this week and every week. We hope you felt extra love and appreciation this week. Please send these two ladies a RAVE review or kind message to show your appreciation!

Global Play Day was a SUCCESS!

Please ask your child about the rescheduled Global Play Day, we had TONS of fun without using our devices! How can you do an evening of device free fun!?

Social-Emotional Learning Lessons from This Week:

Kindergarten: Getting Focused - Empathy and Kindness - Why Kindness?
  • Students will be able to give a reason why they think kind acts are important.
First Grade: Getting Focused - Mindful Awareness
  • Students will learn daily strategies that will help them calm down and focus.
Second Grade: Getting Focused - What’s Empathy?
  • Students will be able to describe how empathy leads to an act of kindness.
Third Grade: Digital Citizenship - This is Me
  • Students will consider how posting selfies or other images will lead others to make assumptions about them. Students will also learn to reflect on the most important parts of their unique identity and identify ways they can post online to best reflect who they are.
Fourth Grade: Getting Focused - Focused Awareness
  • Students will learn daily strategies that will help them calm down and focus.

Would you like more information on Social Emotional Learning?

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

Masks are Still Required

Please send your child to school in a mask every day.

If you have extra child-sized disposable masks to donate, please send them to the Main Office. Thank you for your assistance as we continue to do all we can to keep our kids healthy.

While under a mask mandate, our Operations Plan states that we will continue to notify our families when there is a positive case but are no longer required to quarantine during school hours.

This protocol would change if the mask mandate was lifted. Please see the Operations Plan linked below for more specifics.

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.


The PTO is looking for new members!

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

PTO is a great way to get involved in your kids' school.

Please email for more information.

Next Meeting: February 17 at 5 PM at Sand Creek Elementary.

Enter Door #1 (Main Doors).

Lunch Menu for February 14-17 (Week 2)

Monday: Chicken Nuggets

Tuesday: Sweet & Sour Chicken

Wednesday: Waffles with Turkey Sausage

Thursday: Cheeseburger

Friday: E-Learning Day - No School!

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

February 14-17 is Week 2. There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, February 18. There may be changes to the menu due to supply chain limitations. Thank you for your understanding.

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Global Studies' Golden Globe Awards

Congratulations to Mrs. Manion's 3rd grade class and Mrs. Brownell's 4th grade class on their excellent work in Global Studies this week! 🙂

We also had 2 classes who exemplified flexibility while also remaining engaged, curious, respectful, and participatory this week. In recognition, Miss Coffman is happy to present Mrs. Passon's and Miss Stockel's 1st grade classes with our first ever Global Citizenship Certificate Award! Congratulations to all!

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.

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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

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:

Mudsock Youth Athletics Updates

Spring Sports: Did you forget to register for spring programing? There are still spaces open in many of our baseball, softball, soccer, boys and girls lacrosse, rugby, and track leagues. Register now at and we’ll see you on the fields. Learn more here.

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

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.