Shark FIN Bulletin

September Edition, 2019

Good morning Sugar Creek Families,

We just completed the 5th week of school and we're off to a great start! Our students are learning and practicing classroom procedures and routines; as well as, our school wide expectations. Our students and staff work daily on showing SHARK STRONG behavior. Shark Strong means that our students are being kind, showing respect and having integrity. These are the three main character traits we continue to teach and reinforce at Sugar Creek Elementary.

We started something new this year. Some of you may have noticed your child coming home with a "shark strong spirit stick" linked to their backpack. We have implemented a new school wide character plan where students are recognized for displaying positive behavior and character. It's important to communicate positively to our families so they are aware of the good behaviors rather than only hearing from the school for negative feedback. Each Friday teachers recognize one to two students who have demonstrated "Shark Strong" character by giving them a spirit stick to hang on their book bags. This is in addition to the positive communication that teachers are sending home daily and our character kid recognition. Below is a picture of what our spirit sticks look like. Our goal is to recognize as many students we can throughout the year. Be on the look out for these Shark Strong spirit sticks!

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Parent Tip

When you ask your child how his/her day was, is it hard for them to answer? Below is a helpful article to encourage dialogue with your child.

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.

District Contest- Let's help SCES!

Our district is having a contest to see which school will have the most parents download the new Fort Mill School District App. The contest will begin on Monday, September 23rd. Let's win this! Please download the app and check out all this app has to offer to keep you updated on the latest news from our district. Below is what the app looks like- go to the app store and search Fort Mill School District.
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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 are encouraging all dads and father figures to join us on Tuesday, October 1st for our Watch D.O.G.S kick off meeting. Please click on the link below for more information and to R.S.V.P.

Watch D.O.G.S RSVP Link


Our school wide fundraiser is approaching- SHARKATHON!! Sharkathon involves all our students and is completely organized and run by our amazing PTO and volunteers. It's a way that our families help to raise money for our school so that we can buy what our students need! Sharkathon lasts for about a week and a half and is filled with fun spirit days, raffles and prizes! We will be sending our spirit days soon so your family can start preparing - each grade level competes for spirit day points so let's show our school spirit! At the end of our spirit week, we finish with a fun run! This is our Sharkathon! We will be sending home more information about this special week but wanted to send out the dates so you can mark your calendars.

- Sharkathon Pep Rally is October 23rd (fundraising begins)

- Sharkathon Fun Run is November 1st (fundraising ends)

Important Dates


  • Tuesday, September 24th- PTO Spirit Night at Hobo's 5:00-8:00
  • Thursday, September 26th- Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day- wear Yellow


  • Tuesday, October 1- Watch D.O.G Launch in cafeteria at 6:00 pm
  • Friday, October 18th- No School
  • Monday, October 21st- Teacher Workday- No School for students
  • Wednesday, October 23- Sharkathon Pep Rally
  • Thursday, October 31- Report Cards go home


  • 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
  • Saturday, November 30- FM Parade- 2nd and 3rd grade choir performs and Shark Beats


  • 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
  • Thursday, December 19- First Day of Winter Break- No school


  • Friday, January 3- Teacher Workday

**Below is the link to the district calendar

Check out pictures from our PTO Events this past month

Sharkbait Tailgate

Grits for Grandparents

Bingo Night

Student Handbook

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