Cougar Chronicle

Volume 17 Issue 9 - Friday, October 1, 2021

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Urgent News from the Café - PBJ Shortage

Due to supply chain issues, our Café is out of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as of today.

We do not know when we will have them available again.

If your student wants to purchase a meat-free option, the Café is offering a cheese roll-up.

Dates Coming Up

  • Friday, October 1 - Book Fees are Due TODAY.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, October 5-6 - Spell Bowl Practice until 3PM. Please put an exception in School Dismissal Manager for your student to stay after school.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, October 5-6 - Fourth Grade to Conner Prairie - Meihofer/Sanders
  • Wednesday, October 6 - Fall Fundraiser Item Pick-up in the SCE Gym, Door 11, 5-7pm
  • Thursday and Friday, October 7-8 - Fourth Grade to Conner Prairie - Forbes/Wellman
  • Friday, October 8 - End of First Quarter
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, October 12-13 - Fourth Grade to Conner Prairie - Brownell
  • Thursday, October 14 - First Grade to Russell Farms
  • Thursday, October 14 - Liger Mile at HSE High School
  • 🍂 Monday-Friday, October 18-22 - Fall Break 🍂 NO SCHOOL

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.

Library Volunteers Needed

Would you like to help with in the library during the school day?

Attend a training session to learn all the fun ways you can help students and teachers through library volunteering!

  • To be an SCE volunteer, you must have your Safe Visitor Badge with your completed background check and required videos. This must be complete before attending a training session.

After training, you will be invited to sign up to help during your child's library time or any time you would like to help in the library.

Any questions? Email Tiffany Zaleski at

Sign Up Here!

Safety Training - Lockdown Drill

Earlier this week students and staff practiced what to do if there was ever danger outside that moved inside. Please check your email for more details and how to transfer this learning and support your child that may have additional questions. We were very proud of the quick reaction and practice by all staff and students. They did wonderful and were told there was no danger and that this drill was only practice. Officer Alicia helped and the students have seen her presence in the building frequently.

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Mrs. Gropp and Mrs. Labellarte Visit Fishers AgriPark

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Liger Mile - Promoting Health and Fitness for all of the HSE District

  • The 2021 Liger XC Mile will take place on Thursday, October 14th at HSEHS!!
  • This race/run/walk is for ALL Kdg-6th grade students in the Hamilton Southeastern School District.
  • School team scores will be kept for intermediate and elementary schools.

Register Online at Search Liger.

  • $20 Entry includes a t-shirt with all competitors’ schools on the back, and the always awesome LIGER Logo!!
  • Medals for top 5 finishers in each grade, both male and female. Ribbons for all Finishers.
  • Register online by Monday Oct 11th, 11:59PM.
  • Same day registration available at race site: $25 –limited number of shirts on race day!

Book Fees and Payment Options

Book Fees are due TODAY, October 1.

  • Payment can be made by check, through E-Funds, or exact cash (we do not have change).
  • Please check Skyward a day or two after sending in payment to be sure it was received.
  • If you would like to set up a payment plan, call Colette Arnold, Treasurer, 317-915-4270 x2181.
Thank you! Colette Arnold, Treasurer

What We Learned This Week in SEL - Lesson 3

Kindergarten: Growth Mindset and Goal Setting - Mistakes are Okay!

  • Students will be able to recognize that mistakes are a part of learning.

First Grade: Growth Mindset and Goal Setting - You Did It!

  • Students will be able to describe how they have gotten better at one skill they’ve learned.

Second Grade: Growth Mindset and Goal Setting - Helpful and Unhelpful Thoughts

  • Students will be able to identify the likely outcomes of a character’s helpful or unhelpful thoughts.

Third Grade: Growth Mindset and Goal Setting - More Than Practice

  • Students will be able to name two additional actions they can take to improve a skill.

Fourth Grade: Growth Mindset and Goal Setting - Checking Our Progress

  • Students will be able to evaluate progress toward a class goal so they can make adjustments if needed.

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

October 4-8 is Week 1

Attendance Updates

If your student will be late (after 7:40AM) or absent, please contact us as soon as you know.
  • If your student will be out for travel or another reason, please contact us!
  • You can call day or night at 317-915-4270. Please leave a message after hours.
  • You can email the attendance secretary at, and your student's teacher.
  • We may also use an app called Talking Points to send text messages when texting is the best way to reach families.
  • We need a reason for each student's absence every day. Our nurse will follow up if needed.
Return to In-Person Instruction Plan

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

Mudsock Youth Athletics News

Recreational Basketball Registration Remains Open: Play with us this winter!

Registration for boys and girls interested in skill development and building a love for the game is open at Offered to kindergarteners through 8th grade. Information and registration can be found here.

Already registered for boys recreational basketball? Learn dates for the free Mudsock Boys Basketball Rec Clinic (registered athletes in grades 2nd-5th), rec evaluations (grades 2nd-8th), and drafts here. This page will continue to be updated as specific times are finalized.

Please note, team assignments for athletes registered for girls recreational basketball will be announced at the end of October.

*High school intramural basketball information will be released at the end of November.

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.
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Running a Bit Late in the Car Drop-off Line?

If there is no adult staff outside after car line ends, and the standing sign says your student is now tardy, you must walk your student in to the Main Office and sign them in.
  • Car Line drop-off begins at 7:30am
  • Students who arrive after 7:45am are considered tardy.
  • We look forward to seeing you in the Main Office!