Shark FIN Bulletin

November Edition, 2019

Good morning Sugar Creek Families,

We are well into our 2nd nine weeks of school. It's hard to believe how quickly this year is passing! Our school year continues to be successful, as our students are working hard in the classrooms. Our students are well versed with the routines of the classroom and the school. This type of order and smoothness in our daily routines helps our students learn at an optimal level. Our administrative team visits classrooms daily and is able to be part of classroom discussions and visit with the students in their learning environment. This is a great way to see our students in action and to build positive relationships with students and teachers.

At Sugar Creek, we emphasize daily the importance of treating each other with kindness and respect. Our three Shark Strong character traits are integrity, respect and kindness which aligns with our No Place for Hate culture. Throughout the school day, we see our students practice and demonstrate these traits.

The area in which we are not seeing these traits displayed consistently is on the bus. One major area that continues to be a concern is student behavior while riding the bus. Some examples of inappropriate bus behavior include: moving around the bus while the bus is in motion, hitting and using profanity. Parents, we need your help! Please talk with your child about their bus behavior and emphasize the importance of good behavior on the bus. When a bus driver reports inappropriate behavior on the bus, our administrative team investigates and handles the discipline from the bus reports. We have noticed an increase in poor choices and behaviors from many of our students who ride the bus. We encourage you to talk with your child and discuss the importance of maintaining control on the bus for everyone's safety.

Thank you for your support!

Vision and Mission

The staff at Sugar Creek Elementary collaborated to revise our vision and mission statements. Our vision is what we consider as our telescope. The mission is like our microscope. The telescope helps you and your team keep your eyes on the vision and North Star to remind you of the big picture and your greater purpose. The microscope helps you zoom in to fous on the things you must do in the short term to realize the vision in your telescope (The Power of a Positive Team by Jon Gordon).

Vision: At SCES our vision is putting children first, striving for excellence, building positive relationships.

Mission: Collaboratively, our school community is committed to excellence, by putting children first, building caring relationships, and valuing diversity.

Important School Events and Information

Watch D.O.G.S

WATCH D.O.G.S.® (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center For Fathering. There are 2 primary goals of the WATCH D.O.G.S. ® program.

1) To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.

2) To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.

We have had a great turn out with our WATCH D.O.G.S! Our WATCH D.O.G.S calendar is full for this year!! We appreciate all the support and dedication!


WE DID IT!! Sharkathon was a huge success!!! Thank you to everyone for all the hard work!! Our school raised over $60,000 for Sharkathon. We were short of our goal of $70,000 but everyone's hard work will allow us to add onto our playground area! WOW!

Top pledging grade level: 2nd Grade

Top spirit point grade level: 5th Grade

Both grade levels will enjoy popcorn and a movie in December

Top 3 pledging students:

Madison Henriquez (Mrs. Reid's 1st grade class)

Jacob Kearns (Ms. Mellinger's 2nd grade class)

Jayden Pham (Ms.Berl's Kindergarten class)

All three students will get to be a Principal for the day on Tuesday, December 17th

One of our incentives for reaching $40,000 was to have a school wide pajama day- we will have our pajama day on Tuesday, November 26th.

Thank you to all our students and families for your support!

Check out pictures from our Sharkathon Spirit Week

Important Dates


  • Friday, November 1- Sharkathon Fun Run
  • Friday, November 22- 5th Grade Musical and Shark Beats 8:15 am
  • Wednesday, November 27- Friday, November 29- Thanksgiving Break


  • Thursday, December 5- Fort Mill Christmas Tree Lighting- Shark Beats will perform
  • Friday, December 6- Winter Dance PTO Event
  • Saturday, December 7- Fort Mill Christmas Parade- 2nd/3rd grade choir
  • Thursday, December 12- 1st grade Musical 6:00pm
  • Thursday, December 12- Holiday Lunch and Veteran's Day recognition
  • Thursday, December 19- First Day of Winter Break- No school


  • Friday, January 3- Teacher Workday

**Below is the link to the district calendar

Student Handbook

Please be sure to read over our student handbook so that you are aware of our school practices and district policies.