Cougar Chronicle

Volume 17 Issue 11 - Friday, October 15, 2021

Oct 15

Covid Reporting Over Fall Break

If you need to report a COVID situation to your school, please use the Online Reporting tool.

You can find this form on the HSE Schools Website or you may click on this link:

Once you complete the form and submit, someone will contact you to follow up.

Dates Coming Up

  • Tuesday, October 26 and Wednesday, October 27 - Spell Bowl practice. Please put a transportation change in School Dismissal Manager.
  • Monday-Friday, October 18-22 - Fall Break 🍂 NO SCHOOL
  • Monday, October 25 - Family Conference Window Opens
  • Monday, October 25 - Monday, November 15 - Panorama Survey Window
  • Wednesday, October 27 - Kindergarten to Russell Farms
  • Tuesday, November 2 and Wednesday, November 3 - Spell Bowl practice. Please put a transportation change in School Dismissal Manager.
  • Monday-Friday, November 8-12 - 📚 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
  • Wednesday - Friday, November 24-26 - Thanksgiving Break NO SCHOOL

School Dismissal Manager

A big thank you to all of you for your diligence in logging in to SDM and making exceptions for dismissal as needed. Remember if your child has a recurring exception like Spell Bowl practice, you may enter that one time so you do not need to go in each week. Thank you!

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/accidents can happen to any student. Please plan ahead.

Mrs. Cline is also in need of clothing donations.

There are no shorts to give your child if they have a need during the day.

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


Link to HSE District Substitute Teacher Information Page

First Grade Vision Checks -Wednesday, October 27

  • The state of Indiana requires that all first grade students have their vision/eye health evaluated using the MCT (modified clinical technique).
  • All 1st graders will be screened on Wednesday, October 27th by a local Optometrist/ Ophthalmologist.
  • You will ONLY be notified if your child fails this screening test.

If your child wears glasses or contacts, please make sure

they have them at school on this day for accurate testing results.

If you have any questions, please contact our school nurse Tricia Cline at

Family Conferences - October 25 - November 19

  • Family Conferences will occur between October 25 - November 19.
  • Teachers will be communicating how to sign up and important details very soon if you have not received anything yet.
  • Please make this a priority as we are expecting 100% participation.
  • You will have the opportunity to participate in person or virtually.

We can't wait to share your child's learning experiences with you!

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Safety Reminder: Car Rider Drop-off - Arrive before 7:45AM

Safety Reminder: If there is no adult staff outside after car line ends,

your child must be walked in to the Office and signed in.

A large white sign is left out to remind you that must walk your child in after car line ends.

  • Car Line drop-off begins at 7:30am (doors open).
  • Students who arrive after 7:45am are considered tardy.
  • Signing in at the Main Office is easy and takes just a minute.

Thank you for taking the time to keep our kids safe!

Please Let Us Know about Attendance

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, sickness, or another reason, we need to know!
  • You can call day or night at 317-915-4270. Please leave a message after hours.
  • You can email Alison Jones, attendance secretary, at, and your student's teacher.
  • You can log your absence with a reason in School Dismissal Manager.
  • 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.
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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,

Quick links-What's Going On at SCE

Book Fees

📕 Book fees can still be sent in even though the deadline is past.
📙 At this time, you can still pay without a late fee.

📗 Send book fees in as soon as you can!
📘 You can pay with cash or check, or through e-Funds.
📚 Thank you!

What We Learned This Week in SEL - Lesson 5

Kindergarten: Growth Mindset and Goal Setting - Let’s Practice and Learn!

  • Students will be able to demonstrate paying attention and using kind words to encourage themselves and others while learning something new together.

First Grade: Growth Mindset and Goal Setting - We Can Do It!

  • Students will be able to demonstrate practicing, paying attention despite mistakes, or distractions to learn something new.

Second Grade: Growth Mindset and Goal Setting - Learn and Get Better

  • Students will be able to apply what they’ve learned to give advice to someone having a hard time acquiring a new skill.

Third Grade: Growth Mindset and Goal Setting - Make a Practice Plan

  • Students will be able to use a handout to make a practice plan for a skill they want to get better at.

Fourth Grade: Growth Mindset and Goal Setting - Ready, Set, Goal!

  • Students will be able to apply the goal-setting process to a new group goal and reflect on how it went.

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 25-29 is Week 1

PBJ and Cafe Update

Sadly, we still have no PBJ Uncrustables in the cafeteria.

Mrs. Cimaglio has put together a peanut butter and naan dippers option.

We will keep you updated on our PBJ shortage as it develops!

Also, we will be returning to the Turkey and Cheese roll-up as an option, rather than a just cheese roll-up.

Return to In-Person Instruction Plan

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

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.

Mudsock Youth Athletics News

Recreational Basketball Registration Remains Open:

Ready to play? We still have room in a handful of divisions for boys and girls basketball (grades K-8th) but the spaces are filling quickly! Remember, if your division is full, you can sign up for the wait list at no cost and we’ll contact you if a spot becomes available. Register at now. Need to know more? Find information packets here.

*Team assignments for boys (1st – 6th) and girls (K-8th) will be communicated after fall break.

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

Knights Travel Football Tryouts:

Tryouts for the 2022 Knights season for CURRENT 4th and 5th graders will take place on October 25th - 27th at Mudsock Field. All sessions will run from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Athletes must register to attend tryouts at Learn more.

Announcing Free Play Boxes at Holland Park, Cumberland Park and the Nickel Plate Amphitheater:

When your family strives to be active together, your rate of success increases! Our free play boxes are filled with inspiration to help you get messy, take chances, make mistakes and be awesome. We’ll supply the equipment; you open it up and go. Learn more.

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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