Southeastern Scene

Weekly Happenings at Southeastern Elementary

Principal's Postings

Welcome to the September 17th, 2021, edition of Southeastern Scene.

Dear SES Families,

It is important to us that our families at home have a clear understanding of what learning and instruction looks like at SES. Therefore, we are putting strategies into place to help tell the learning story that takes place at school each day. It is our hope that you receive consistent communication from school that gives you a clear understanding of the skills and strategies that your child is learning in each subject area.

Your feedback is important to us in this process, and we would be so grateful if you could follow this link to answer some quick questions to help guide our planning. The survey will be open until Wednesday, September 22nd. Thank you so much for joining us in building our educational community.

Celebrating Learning Survery

Yours in education,

Danielle Chastain


Counselor's Corner

This week was the first week of our SEL scope and sequence. Our first lesson came from the Second Step curriculum, a researched-based social-emotional learning program designed to improve children’s social-emotional skills. Second Step skills and concepts are designed to help children both in and out of school. Four units will cover the following:

  • Growth Mindset & Goal Setting: Children learn how to pay attention and manage distractions, develop a growth mindset, and apply goal-setting strategies to their social and academic lives.
  • Emotion Management: Children learn how to identify and label emotions and use emotion-management strategies-including stress management for older students, to calm feelings down.
  • Empathy and Kindness: Children learn how to recognize kindness and act kindly, have empathy for others and take others’ perspectives, and recognize kind acts and empathy as important elements of building and maintaining relationships.
  • Problem-Solving: Children learn how to identify and state a problem, recognize if a problem is an accident, and use the STEP problem-solving process:

S: Say the problem

T: Think of Solutions

E: Explore the outcomes

P: Pick a solution

You will receive a Home Link for each lesson that gives you a summary of what was taught, as well as ways to reinforce the lesson at home. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Jen Smith

SES Counselor

No In-Person instruction September 24th

This is a reminder that there will be no in-person instruction for students on Friday, September 24th. Next Friday will be an eLearning Day/Staff PD. No students in building. Students will do elearning through Canvas from home. Please watch for communication from your student's teacher.

Arriving to School Late

Parents, if you are dropping your student(s) off at school after morning car rider, and there are no adult staff members present outside, you MUST park your car, walk your student into the building, and sign him/her in at the table inside door #1. It is a safety concern to let students out curbside without adult supervision, and we want to be certain that all students are safe while entering/exiting the building. Also, students dropped off late will be marked “tardy" in Skyward. A student is considered tardy when arriving after 7:40.

News From the Treasurer

Families should have received an email with an invoice detailing your student(s) school fees, which have been posted to your child's Skyward accounts. Payment is due by October 1st. Please access the attached document below for payment instructions. Questions? Email our Treasurer, Stephanie Jones, at

Fall Flower Fundraiser Update: PLEASE READ

A huge thank you to everyone who purchased items through the Fall Flower Sale! Sales this year were our largest yet and tripled over last year with over 1,700 plants purchased and over $9,000 profit raised for SES!

Unfortunately, due to the large increase in orders we have a few items the greenhouse needs to substitute. (A possibility mentioned on the order form.) If you ordered any asters or white kale, the greenhouse we have partnered with is not able to fulfill our aster or white kale orders. We know this is disappointing, so we have a few options available. You can choose to:

1. Receive a pink mum as a substitution for an aster or red kale as a substitution for white kale. You do not need to take any additional steps for this option.

2. Donate your funds to the angel fund and we will cancel the aster and/or white kale order on your behalf.

3. Cancel your aster and/or white kale order and receive refund from the PTO

For options 2 and 3, please send an email to by 5 p.m. this Sunday, September 19th.

Thank you and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Cafe Counter

Next week is week 3 on the menu (Please see menu below).

Breakfast menu:

Mon- Pancake and Turkey Sausage OR Cereal

Tues- Egg, Turkey Sausage, Cheese Tornado OR Cereal OR Poptart

Wed- Cheese Omelet and Donut holes OR Cereal

Thur- Pancake wrapped Turkey Sausage OR Bagel OR Cereal

Fri- Breeakfast Bagel Sandwich OR Cereal

-Must take a juice or fruit

-May add a yougurt or milk.

Due to national supply chain issues, product availability may be limited. If a change in the lunch menu is necessary, this information will be communicated to teachers, posted in the cafeteria, announced during lunch, and posted on Twitter @SES_Cafeteria.

If you have any questions please contact Cafeteria manager, Beth Verhoestra.

Thank you for your understanding!



Third and fourth grade students can purchase snacks on Fridays.

Chips $1.00

Fruit Snacks $1.05

Cookie $0.80

Students MUST have money in their lunch accounts to purchase snacks.

First Friday of the Month

Ice Cream is available for purchase on the first Friday of the month for all students: Vanilla, Chocolate, and Non-Dairy, $1.25

Must have money in account or bring money in to purchase ice cream.

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Verhoestra, SES Cafeteria Manager, at

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Fall Pictures

Fall pictures for all Southeastern Elementary students will be Tuesday, Sept. 21. Order information is below. Please note: All orders are online only.
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Important Upcoming Dates

  • Tuesday, September 21st, school pictures.
  • Wednesday, September 22nd, 11:00 to 1:00 and 6:00 to 7:30, Fall Flower Pickup.
  • Wednesday, September 22nd, 6:00 to 7:30, Popsicles in the Park (SES playground) and Samano's Food Truck Dine-to-Donate.
  • Friday, September 24th, eLearning Day/Staff PD, no students in building.
  • Wednesday, September 29th, 2:30 to 3:30, third and fourth grade Student Council information meeting, fourth-grade neighborhood.
  • Thursday, September 30th, Classroom Coordinator Sign up deadline (please see PTO newsletter below).
  • Friday, October 1st, Explorer Day
  • Monday, October 11th, through Friday, October 15th, Follett Book Fair (additional information below).
  • Thursday, October 14th, 6:30 pm, PTO Meeting.
  • Monday, October 18th, through Friday, October 22nd, Fall Break.

Library Volunteers Welcome

Hello Explorer Families:

I am very excited to be able to welcome volunteers back in our SES library! I have blocked two-hour time increments for volunteering. If you can only stay part of the time block, no problem. If you want to sign up for multiple blocks, that is great too! I am grateful for any amount of time you can offer.

Library volunteering involves various activities, such as shelving books, assisting students during checkout, checking in books, reading with children, and general library organizational tasks. Reminder: All volunteers must have a SafeVisitor background check on file with the district prior to volunteering. Please click this link to access SafeVisitor.

Thank you for considering supporting our learners through volunteering. If you are interested, please email me and I will help you get scheduled.

Jen Robinson, Teacher Librarian

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Book Fair

Southeastern Elementary will be hosting a Follett Book Fair October 11th-15th, in the SES library. Students can shop in-person or online.

Cashless Shopping for Students!

  • Follett Gift Cards are a secure form of contactless payment for your child to use at their book fair, eliminating the need to send cash to school.

  • Digital gift cards allow family and friends to support your child’s reading efforts. Best of all, 100% of the money your child receives can be used at their Follett Book Fair, or for online purchases! And they never expire

  • Leftover balance? No worries! You can shop online, save it for your next book fair, or donate to the library!

  • Gift cards also make a great teacher gift anytime!

Click HERE to purchase gift cards.

Student Council

Third and fourth grade students, if you are interested in Student Council, please see information below.
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Hurricane Ida Fundraiser

Mrs. Erickson's kindergarten class made a video to explain hurricanes and to help victims of Hurricane Ida. They are doing a school wide fundraiser to help (please see video below).

SES students are welcome to participate.

  • September 23rd- Hat day $1.00
  • October 1st- Character Day $1.00 (No character masks, weapons, or inflatables)

All students are welcome to participate in hat day and character day, regardless if a donation is made or not.

Please access Mrs. Erickson's class video by clicking this link.

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PTO News

Parents, please check the latest PTO newsletter by clicking this link.

Stay connected with Southeastern PTO


Instragram: @Southeastern PTO
Twitter: @Southeastern PTO

SES Handbook

The Southeastern Elementary handbook has answers to many of your questions regarding policies and procedures for our upcoming school year. The handbook can be found on our website at, or by clicking here.

Masks and Return to Instruction Plan

Just a reminder that face masks are required at this time for all staff, students, and visitors to the building, regardless of vaccination status. Please be sure to include an extra mask in your child's backpack.

HSE has updated our return to in-person instruction plan. Please access it by clicking this link.

Reviewing this will help you understand the guidelines that will be followed for school.


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, please click below to get started.

Safe Visitor

Please access the safe visitor approval process 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. Please click on this link to view activities and upcoming events within the district.

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. 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.
HSE Report It

Please access HSE Report It information here.