Weekly Happenings at Southeastern Elementary
Welcome to the March 12th, 2021, edition of Southeastern Scene.
Dear Southeastern Families:
If you ask any teacher, some of their fondest memories with their classes come from their read aloud time. There is a sense of peace and eagerness equally present as all are calmed by the melodic words, waiting to uncover the adventure, heart moment, or giggles today’s reading will have in store. Although, the real memory maker of their time reading together is the student's faces at that one part of a book, or the conversation that is sparked afterward. Those are the relationship building moments that we treasure and bring a smile to our face for years beyond our time with them.
Those same kinds of smiles are seen on your children’s faces when they tell us about the books they read at home with you. Their memories of those special times and books you have shared radiate joy. They proudly share these memories and family favorite books with their friends and teachers as they plan what you might read next.
Reading with your children will not only grow them as a learner, but also grow them as a person. Establishing reading routines gives them the time they need to continue to nourish their minds. Books can also be a powerful conduit for hard life lesson conversations and for understanding the events of the world around them. How many of us learned about not talking to strangers from the Berenstein Bears, or were reminded to never give up by The Little Engine That Could, and understood our brothers or sisters better after meeting Fudge and Peter or Ramona and Beezus? Reading together provides the time and space for these beautiful moments and memories to be created amidst the craziness of our days.
We can’t wait to hear from your Explorers about the reading memories they are making with you at home!
Yours in education,
Mrs. Chastain, Mrs. Monkul and Mrs. Robinson
COMING SOON TO SOUTHEASTERN ELEMENTARY
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Body Safety Presentations
Each school year, all students in grades K-12 must receive education on child abuse prevention per Indiana code 20-19-3-11. As a community, we must think of childhood sexual abuse as a preventable disease. Collaboration between educators, parents and guardians, child advocates, the medical community, law enforcement and our communities-at-large can proactively protect our children before abuse ever happens. The Indiana Center for the Prevention of Youth Abuse and Suicide (ICPYAS, formerly Chaucie’s Place) will be providing virtual presentations for our students, the week of March 15th. The ICPYAS body safety curriculum, Child Lures/Teen Lures Prevention, Think First & Stay Safe, will be presented to our students, providing relevant, balanced and proven prevention strategies to families and children, increases awareness and knowledge of how to recognize, interrupt, stop and prevent these crimes.
There are online resources for you to view. A parent video can be found at www.indianaprevention.org and then selecting the “Our Programs” tab at the top right hand of the page. Parent Guides will be distributed to students the week of the presentation. These will be a great resource for facilitating conversations at home. You can also call the ICPYAS office at 317-759-8008 with any specific programming questions not answered in the online parent resources. If you would like to opt your child out of this presentation, please stop by the SES office to fill out the opt out form.
Second Step Home Links
KDG - Second Step - Lesson 16 - Managing Anger
1st - Second Step - Lesson 18 - Solving Problems, Part 2
2nd - Second Step - Lesson 17 - Solving Problems, Part 1
3rd - Second Step - Lesson 17 - Solving Problems, Part 1
4th - Second Step - Lesson 17 - Solving Problems, Part 2
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
Emergency Rental Assistance Program Partnership
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. It is possible that funds will run out, so please apply early.
You may also click this video link for more information.
Mrs. Smith, SES Counselor
Important Upcoming Dates
- Saturday, March 13th, SES virtual book fair order deadline (see additional information below).
- Monday, March 15th, and Tuesday, March 16th, Body Safety presentations.
- Wednesday, March 17th, PTO Dine To Donate, Marco's Pizza (please see additional information below).
- Friday, March 19th, Flex Day, no school unless needed to make up cancellation days.
- Wednesday, March 31st, deadline to turn in track forms (4th grade only).
- Thursday, April 1st, Explorer Day. Wear your school colors.
- Friday, April 2nd, through Friday, April 9th, spring break, no school.
- Monday, April 12th, yearbook order deadline.
- Tuesday, April 13th, Kindergarten Open House, 6:00 to 8:00.
- Thursday, April 15, 6:30 p.m., PTO meeting.
- Friday, April 16th, eLearning Friday. No in-person instruction.
- Thursday, May 6th, Explorer Day. Wear your school colors.
- Wednesday, May 26th, second semester ends. Last day for students
HSE Racial Justice Town Hall
Enrollment for 2021/2022
Library Virtual Book Fair
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.
International Travel Information
If you plan to travel outside the United States, the CDC offers recommendations for a safe return to the U.S. and school:
Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for 7 days after travel.
- Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
- If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected. (10 days isolation from start of symptoms or test date, whichever occurs first)
If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
Avoid being around people who are at increased risk for severe illness for 14 days, whether you get tested or not.
Here's the link to the travel restrictions and recommendations: Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Recovery from COVID-19 for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States | CDC
Kindergarten Open House
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.
WEEK 3 TUESDAY- Taco Triangles will be substituted with Chicken and Cheese taquitos
Beginning next Wednesday (3/17) we will be offering snacks for purchase by 3rd and 4th graders only. Snacks will be chips, cookies, and fruit snacks.
Students must have money in their accounts. If you do not want your student to purchase snacks, please contact the cafeteria manager.
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.
PTO Dine To Donate
Southeastern Elementary PTO and Marco's Pizza Olio have partnered together to help raise funds for Southeastern Elementary.
Supporters of Southeastern Elementary can call or go online at www.marcos.com and order on March 17, 2021, from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Let them know you want to support Southeastern Elementary, and Marco's Pizza Olio will donate 20% of that order to our school.
Order Online: Place your order as normal then click "Fundraisers" under the menu. Additional information here on steps.
Marco's Pizza, 11689 Olio Road, Fishers, (317) 578-7900. Please access PTO link below for additional information.
Students in Mrs. Howard's class simulated erosion by creating wave and river action.
Ms. Stein's class
Students read about Jane Goodall and were inspired to pick their own animals to research and explore.
Mrs. Powell's Class
Students searched in the outdoor classroom for moss growing on trees to determine which direction was north. They read about the underground railroad and learned that was one way that people searching for freedom knew which direction to head.
Ms. Stein's class
Students read about Jane Goodall and were inspired to pick their own animals to research and explore.
Mrs. Brandt's class
Second grade students exploring during reader's workshop.
Mrs. Monkul helps students from Mrs. Huffer's class as they work on building projects in global studies.
Mrs. Greinke's class
Second graders took math outside and created 3D shapes using connector straws.
Honor and Excellence Nominations
Honor and Excellence are two of the terms that appear on the Hamilton Southeastern Crest. One might attribute these qualities to our students, and rightly so, but the same terms can also describe our staff. We honor representatives of our outstanding teachers at the end of each year through the Teacher of the Year program. We would also like to recognize representatives from our SUPPORT STAFF who demonstrate excellence in their work, particularly in a school year like no other!
We are looking for support staff employees who go beyond the normal expectations of their job description resulting in outstanding support of Hamilton Southeastern students and the Hamilton Southeastern Community.
Nominees must be Hamilton Southeastern employees or contracted employees working in our buildings. They could be from any support staff category, including: custodial services, transportation, food service, technology, grounds, secretarial, instructional assistants, maintenance, accounting, treasurers, school resource officers, nurses, therapists, probation officers, etc. Qualifications to be nominated would include anything beyond the normal expectations of the person’s job. It could be a “one-time” act or a series of acts.
Nominations may be received from any person from the Hamilton Southeastern Community, including: professional staff, support staff, parents, students, community members, etc.
Feel free to nominate past recipients of the award. Past award winners are eligible to be chosen again.
If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please complete the form on or before March 23. If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Moore at email@example.com. Be sure to get your nomination in early - those received after March 23 will not be considered.
Thanks for your help in honoring the excellent work of our support staff!
Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/85CF3HB
Mudsock Youth Athletics
We are ready to welcome all our spring athletes to the fields and kick off the season!
Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask about availability for track & field, baseball, softball, boys and girls lacrosse, rugby, and soccer. We do have a few openings left and you can still register at myathletics.com for certain divisions.
What’s the best way to stay up to date over our programming? Along with your individual league pages, follow us on Facebook at Mudsock Youth Athletics and Twitter @MudsockYouth. Questions? Start with our FAQ’s here.
Help us celebrate our coaches! We want to hear from you. Email email@example.com with your Volunteer of the Month nomination and tell us who we should be recognizing. They’ll win goodies from Dick’s Sporting Goods. Thank you!