Weekly Happenings at Southeastern Elementary
Welcome to the March 26th, 2021, edition of Southeastern Scene.
Dear Southeastern Families:
The Just Right Book
Each week your Explorers visit the library and have an opportunity to bring home fresh books. We have many conversations around book choice during this time. Sometimes they choose books for laughs or to learn something, other times it’s to stretch and grow their reading muscles, but at the heart of it, they are always on the hunt for those books that highlight the joy that finding a just right book can bring!
We encourage you to ask your Explorers about the books and authors they’ve discovered and enjoyed this year, and maybe even help them plan for their next trip to the library. You might be surprised by what you learn about your readers!
Use this link to access our SES library to help your readers find titles for their next visit!
Yours in education,
Mrs. Chastain, Mrs. Monkul and Mrs. Robinson
International SEL Day
Today, Friday, March 26th, is International SEL Day. We would love to hear why Social Emotional Learning is important to your family. Please take a moment to use the attachment (SEL Paper below) to make a statement about the importance of SEL. If you post on Twitter, please tag @SES_counselor.
SEL of the WEEK
This week our teachers continued with our social/emotional learning lessons with the Second Step curriculum.
KDG - Second Step - Lesson 18 - Handling Being Knocked Down
1st - Second Step - Lesson 20 - Inviting to Join In
2nd - Second Step - Lesson 19 - Taking Responsibility
3rd - Second Step - Lesson 19 - Solving Classroom Problems
4th - Second Step - Lesson 19 - Solving Playground Problems
Virtual Lunch Groups
There will be no Virtual Lunch Groups with Mrs. Smith, Monday, March 29-Thursday, April 1st
Mrs. Smith Unavailable
Mrs. Smith will be unavailable Monday, March 29th-Thursday, April 1st. I will be checking email periodically, however if you need immediate assistance, please contact our front office at 317-594-4340.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs. Smith, SES School Counselor
Important Upcoming Dates
- Wednesday, March 31st, deadline to turn in track forms (4th grade only).
- Wednesday, March 31st, deadline to order classroom composite pictures from Interstate (please see additional information below).
- Thursday, April 1st, Explorer Day. Please wear your new SES shirts.
- Friday, April 2nd, through Friday, April 9th, spring break, no school.
- Sunday, April 4th, deadline to order from the PTO Flower Fundraiser. Please see PTO newsletter link below for more information, or visit SES website here.
- 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
Enrollment for 2021/2022
Redisents of Blue Ridge Creek, Flagstone Woods, Summerland Park, Turnberry at the Park, and Waterman Crossing families
Order Classroom Composites
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
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.
For the week following spring break (April 12), we will be on lunch menu week #1
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.
Mrs. Hubble's Class
Third grade in-person students zoom with virtual friends during library.
Mrs. Hiett's Class
First grade students share why they value SEL learning.
Ms. Gibson's Class
Fourth graders went on a study trip to Conner Prairie to explore more about Indiana's perspective and involvement in the Civil War.
Mrs. Erickson's Class
Students shared their Donald Crews books from writer's workshop.
This week, students continued to work on art class masterpieces.
Fostering friendships at SES.