Weekly Happenings at Southeastern Elementary
Welcome to the April 16th, 2021, edition of Southeastern Scene.
Dear Southeastern Families:
Mother Nature is a great teacher and bringing students outside to explore and experience is good for their brains and their bodies. We have been fortunate to have nice weather this week, and our students and teachers took advantage of the warmer temperatures and brought much of their inquiry and learning outdoors. First grade classes traveled to Richey Woods, where they explored invertebrates in the wetlands, went birdwatching in the prairie, and investigated soil in the woods. Other classes went outside and traveled the Southeastern campus, exploring the natural world and observing seasonal weather and vegetation changes, wildlife tracks, plants in bloom, leaf growth on trees, and changing cloud formations. Students used these observations to inspire writing ideas in the classroom.
We feel very fortunate to have a building that was architecturally designed to bring the outdoors in and create an environment that inspires playful inquiry and wonder. When planning possibilities for our curriculum, we look for concepts that align to our state standards and HSE21, connecting students to the natural and real world.
We hope that you find moments this weekend to pause and enjoy all that the outdoors have to offer. Be sure to stop and listen, observe and allow yourself and your child to enjoy the peacefulness and beauty that spring has to offer."
Mrs. Chastain and Mrs. Monkul
SEL of the WEEK
KDG - Second Step - Lesson 20 - Inviting to Play - No Home Link this Week
1st - Second Step - Lessons Complete - Review of Skills
2nd - Second Step - Lesson 21 - Playing Fairly on the Playground
3rd - Second Step - Lesson 21 - Dealing with Negative Peer Pressure
4th - Second Step - Lesson 21 - Dealing with Peer Pressure
Virtual Lunch with Jen Smith
Our school counselor, Jen Smith, will be holding a virtual lunch time once a week for our virtual students. Please see the day and time that has been assigned to your student's grade level below. This is not enrichment or a lesson, just an opportunity for our virtual students to "socialize" with their grade level peers. They will be able to use the same Zoom link (below) each week.
Please access zoom link here.
4th Grade - Mondays - 11:00
3rd Grade - Tuesdays - 1:30
2nd Grade - Wednesdays - 1:00
1st Grade - Thursdays - 12:15
KDG - Fridays - 11:45
Hamilton County Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Are you currently renting your home? Have you lost income due to COVID 19? If you answered yes to both of these questions, please check out the Rental Assistance flyer (below) for a potential resource. Below you will find a video with information on the HC ERAP and how it assists residents struggling with a loss of income due to COVID-19. It is possible that funds will run out, so please apply early. Please let me know if you have questions!
Video Link: https://vimeo.com/519191310
Grief Support Group
Has your child or teen experienced the death of a significant person(s) in their lives? Brooke’s Place provides support groups, therapy services and community education to empower children, teens, young adults and their families to thrive in the midst of grief.
Brooke’s Place also offers the BP8 Program- an 8-week peer-based grief support group to be conducted at school during the school day. This group offers an opportunity for grieving young people to build supportive relationships and learn how to cope with the death of a significant person(s) in their lives.
SES school counselor, Mrs. Smith, will co-facilitate these groups with a Brooke's Place bereavement specialist. There will be a K-2 and a 3-4 group. As soon as there are at least 3-4 students signed up for a group, we will get things started. If you would like to sign your student up for one of these groups, please complete the attached permission slip and return to Mrs. Smith. If you would like more information you can visit the Brooke's Place website: www.brookesplace.org or email Mrs. Smith at email@example.com.
Mrs. Smith, SES School Counselor
Important Upcoming Dates
- Friday, April 16th, eLearning Friday. No in-person instruction.
- Tuesday, April 20th, 8:50 a.m., 4th grade track practice.
- Wednesday, April 21st, 8:50 a.m., 4th grade track practice.
- Thursday, April 22nd, 4.p.m. to 6pm, PTO flower fundraiser pick up.
- Friday, April 23rd, 10.a.m. to 12 p.m., PTO flower fundraiser pick up.
- Friday, April 23rd, eLearning Friday. No in-person instruction.
- Tuesday, April 27th, 8:50 a.m., 4th grade track practice.
- Wednesday, April 28th, 8:50 a.m., 4th grade track practice.
- Friday, April 30th, eLearning Friday. No in-person instruction.
- Tuesday, May 4th, 8:50 a.m., 4th grade track practice.
- Wednesday, May 5th, 8:50 a.m., 4th grade track practice.
- Thursday, May 6th, Explorer Day. Wear your school colors.
- Friday, May 7th, eLearning Friday. No in-person instruction.
- Tuesday, May 11th, 8:50 a.m., 4th grade track practice.
- Wednesday, May 12th, 8:50 a.m., 4th grade track practice.
- Friday, May 14th, eLearning Friday. No in-person instruction.
- Wednesday, May 19th, 4th grade track meet.
- Friday, May 21st, eLearning Friday. No in-person instruction.
- Wednesday, May 26th, second semester ends. Last day for students
Enrollment for 2021/2022
Redisents of Blue Ridge Creek, Flagstone Woods, Summerland Park, Turnberry at the Park, and Waterman Crossing families
Operations Plan Contact Tracing Update
CHANGES TO CONTACT TRACING
- HSE schools will immediately contact Fishers Health Department and/or Hamilton County Health Department upon learning of a positive COVID case among student body or staff. The Indiana State Department of Health will lead contact tracing and case investigation in consultation with FHD.
- As of Feb. 17, general notification of COVID-related cases in schools via Skylert will cease. Families will only be notified if their student(s) are a close contact. This change in practice is to reduce confusion.
- All COVID-related cases among students and staff can be found on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard and is updated on Monday mornings. The dashboard was created to provide transparency about what is happening in the school corporation.
All information about COVID protocols, mitigation, contact tracing and school closures can be found in the updated operations manual by clicking this link.
This next week is week 2 on the menu.
For the remainder of the year all breakfast and lunch Meal Deals will be Free.
Due to the later start time, elementary schools will not be serving breakfast.
For the lunch Meal Deal, students must pick a fruit and a vegetable, an entree, and 1 milk is included but optional.
Principal Danielle Chastain is hosting a virtual read aloud at 1:30 on Tuesdays for all of our virtual-only Explorers.
Topic: Read Aloud & Book Chat
Join Zoom Meeting by clicking this link.
Librarian Jen Robinson is hosting a read aloud at 1:45 on Wednesdays for virtual-only students.
Join Zoom meeting by clicking this link.
2021-2022 School Supply Lists and Kits
Parents, the PTO is selling school supply kits for the 2021-2022 academic year. 1st Day School Supplies will help parents and teachers get the exact supplies needed for next school year. Kits will be pre-packaged and sent to your home prior to the start of school. If you would like to order school supplies through the PTO, please click this link to place your order. More information is available below in the PTO newsletter link.
*INCOMING KINDERGARTEN FAMILIES will also receive a $20 gift card for spirit wear when they purchase a kit.*
If you would like to purchase school supplies on your own, please see the attached school supply list below.
Mrs. Thompson's Class
Kindergarten friends document plant growth changes with the Tower Garden.
Mrs. Bleill's Gym Class
Mrs. Cushman's third grade students enjoy the new 9 Square Air Game in gym with Mrs. Bleill.
First Grade Friends
Mrs. Carter's first grade class took a field trip to Ritchey Woods, where they explored the soil, wetlands and birdwatching.
Mrs. Bleill's Gym Class
Mrs. Jones' Class
Third-grade students inspect soil outdoors.
Ms. Shafer's Class
Second grade students work together to explore area and perimeter.
Principal Chastain explores outdoors with kindergarten students.