Cougar Chronicle

Volume 17 Issue 1 - Friday, November 5, 2021

Families, please help us with safety in the morning out at car riders. We want children monitored at all times. Please park and walk your child in if there is not an adult outside of door 1.

Dates Coming Up

  • Tuesday, November 9 and Wednesday, November 10 - Spell Bowl practice. Please put a transportation change in School Dismissal Manager.
  • Monday, October 25 to Friday, November 19 - Family Conference Window
  • Monday, October 25 - Monday, November 15 - Panorama Survey Window
  • Monday-Saturday, November 8-13 - 📚 Book Fair 📚
  • Friday, November 12 - 💻 E-learning day - NO IN-PERSON SCHOOL 💻
  • Saturday, November 13 - Pancake Breakfast! 📚Book Fair! 🎨Craft Fair!
  • Monday, November 15 - Spell Bowl Competition - Virtual
  • Wednesday - Friday, November 24-26 - Thanksgiving Break NO SCHOOL
Nov 5

Write your Name on Your Things

We will do everything we can to reunite your child with their lost belongings.

This is much easier if their belongings have their names on them.

Please label water bottles, lunch bags, coats, jackets, backpacks and every other item that may be left somewhere and you would like to have back.

We Need to Know About Absences and Late Arrivals

  • If your student will be absent, please call the Office at 317-915-4270 and leave a message.
  • If your student will be late, please call the Office at 317-915-4270 and leave a message.
  • If you have travel plans, doctor appointments, or other absences to schedule, please call the Office at 317-915-4270 and leave a message.
  • You can also email the attendance secretary - - to report the absence.
  • You can enter an exception in School Dismissal Manager as absent, and please add a reason for the absence.

We need to hear from every student who is not at school or will be late, every single time.

If I don't hear from you, I will be calling or emailing or texting you to find out why your student is not in school. It is my job to track every student, every day!

Thanks for helping to make my job easier.

Binny's Diwali | Thrity Umrigar | Story Time for Kids

Monday, November 8, 5:30 PM - PTO Virtual Meeting - Save the Date and Sign Up Below!

We would love to update you on what's PTO has been doing around SCE.

Please email the PTO at if you are interested in participating in our next virtual PTO meeting.

You will receive the Zoom link prior to the meeting.

The Clinic is Low on Clothes!

Mrs. Cline requests that every student have a change of clothes, including socks and underclothes, in their backpack or stored in their locker, every day! Mud, spills, and accidents can happen to any student. Please plan ahead.

Mrs. Cline in the clinic is in need of clothing donations. We are low on comfortable, neutral clothing that your child can borrow if they land in mud or have another type of accident.

If your child comes home in borrowed clothing, please wash and return it as soon as possible.

Book Fair Tips - See the Schedule for your Student's Day and Time to Shop

  • Send cash in an envelope with the child’s name.
  • Checks can be made out to Sand Creek Elementary.
  • If you have special requests (books only, no toys, get book for sister, etc.), write them on the envelope. Volunteers will be available to help and notes are appreciated!
  • Check the Library Canvas page for pictures of each display.
  • Book Fair stock is low this year, so prepare for some books to be out of stock.
  • All families are welcome to stop by on Saturday, November 13, from 8:00 – 12:00.
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Volunteering and Chaperoning

  • All volunteers are required to wear a mask during school hours, regardless of vaccination status.
  • All volunteers are required to have a current background check on file.

Call Sand Creek 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.

Saturday, Nov. 13 will be a busy day at SCE!

STEM Class - Building Skeletons


Link to HSE District Substitute Teacher Information Page

Holiday Assistance for SCE families

I hope that you had a wonderful fall break and were able to rest and recharge. As the holiday season approaches, I am looking for local businesses, churches, HOAs, or community members to help provide holiday assistance for SCE families who may need a little extra this season. If you are interested in collaborating with me on this project, please let me know!

You can either email me: or call me: (317) 915-4270.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Jennifer Jacks

School Counselor

Sand Creek Elementary

Hamilton Southeastern Schools

Panorama Surveys

HSE Schools will be participating in a Panorama survey again very soon between October 25-November 15. In the spring of 2019, HSE Schools began using the Panorama survey to better understand student’s experience in our schools. This survey helps HSE teachers, administrators and counselors gauge student growth and understanding around social and emotional competencies, which contribute to academic success and increase engagement in the classroom.

All students K-12 will take the Panorama survey between October 25 and November 15.

Click here to visit the District Survey Information Page to read more about Panorama surveys, view the questions asked at each grade level, or read some Frequently Asked Questions,

Welcome to LEARN MORE!

It's never too early for our families and students to be thinking of their future! It may seem like a long way off, but you can begin planning now for the future you want. Take a few minutes and visit the magazine for your child (K-2 or 3-4).There is also a link to the Learn More Indiana website which is full of valuable resources, tools and links.

Check it out!

Learn More Indiana Videos

Learn More Magazine for Grades K-2 in English

Learn More Magazine for Grades K-2 in Spanish

Learn More Magazine for Grades 3-5 in English

Learn More Magazine for Grades 3-5 in Spanish

What We Learned This Week in SEL - Lesson 7

Kindergarten: Emotion Management - Sometimes We Feel Sad

  • Students will be able to give at least one reason why they think someone is feeling sad.

First Grade: Emotion Management - Noticing Feelings

  • Students will be able to name one way they can guess how someone feels.

Second Grade: Emotion Management : Feeling Proud

  • Students will be able to identify reasons for feeling proud.

Third Grade: Emotion Management - How Angry?

  • Students will be able to differentiate feeling annoyed, angry, and furious through contextual and behavioral clues.

Fourth Grade: Digital Citizenship - Be a Super Digital Citizen

  • Students will be able to reflect on the characteristics that make someone an upstanding digital citizen. Students will be able to recognize what cyberbullying is and show ways to be an upstander by creating a digital citizenship superhero comic strip.

Would you like more information on Social Emotional Learning?

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

Breakfast and Lunch Menu

November 8-11 is Week 3. E-LEARNING is Friday, November 12. No in-person school.

Book Fees are Past Due

Book fees are now past due, but you can still pay them on e-funds or by check to school - at least until the first notice from Transworld is mailed to you. After that, you will need to pay Transworld directly.

Thanks for all the fees that have been paid. It makes my job lots easier.

😊 Colette Arnold, Treasurer,

Exciting News from the Cafeteria!

PBJ is back!

Supplies are good for now, but this may still change.

Thank you for understanding!

Students can now Purchase Snacks with Lunch.

  • One or more options will be provided daily.
  • Snacks will cost $0.80 - $1.25.
  • Students must have money in their accounts to purchase snacks.
  • If you would prefer that your student NOT purchase snacks, or you would like to limit purchases, please contact Mrs. Cimaglio at or call the Main Office.
Return to In-Person Instruction Plan

Details on school protocols, mitigation strategies, the HSE District COVID dashboard, and self-reporting forms are all here.

HSE Dance Team is Hosting a Clinic for K-6th Graders

Read the linked Bulletin for all the details.

Mudsock Youth Athletics News

Wear Your Youth Sport Jersey on November 13th: Help us celebrate National Youth Sports Day by dressing in your youth sport jersey next Saturday, November 13th. Thank you for spreading the word! We’re excited to show off the power of youth sports in the HSE School district community. Invite your teammates to participate and tag us on Facebook @Mudsock Youth Athletics or on Twitter @MudsockYouth with your photos!

Recreational Basketball News:

  • Boys Basketball - Our winter season is off and running for athletes in the 1st – 6th grade divisions. Junior high players will receive their team assignments the week of November 22nd and the first practice will be on December 4th. Please note the kindergarten division kicks off in January. More information here.
  • Girls Basketball - Athletes in kindergarten – 8th grade will take to the courts beginning Saturday, November 6th, for their first practices.

*Co-ed high school intramural basketball information will be released at the end of November.

Spring Program Registration:

Mark your calendars! Registration for spring baseball, softball, soccer, boys and girls lacrosse, rugby and track and field opens January 1st at Season information including divisions and program fees will be updated on our site at the end of December. Need a refresher over our registration periods? Find them here.

Calling All High Schoolers! MYA is looking for high school volunteers to be youth coaches in our leagues. Find the flyer here.

Community Insider

Looking for local events? Check out HSE’s Community Insider (CI). The CI is a resource for both HSE families and community partners. It not only provides a space to post information about events, camps, and other educational programs. It also offers the opportunity to find upcoming activities in and around Hamilton County.