The Gator Gazette

December 2016

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Mrs. Stevenson's Message

Dear South Creek Families,

We had a great Veteran’s Day Program honoring 41 Veterans that attended the program. I received several notes, emails, and phone calls from Veterans, families, and community members thanking our staff and students for planning the program.

I am so grateful everyday serving as the principal at South Creek Elementary. We truly have wonderful students, staff, and parents. As we enter into the Holiday season, I know my perspective changes every year as I get older. I believe it is important to model the “little gestures of kindness.”

“I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid's runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him, try to be larger than you are---- particularly when it’s difficult. People do notice, people appreciate. I appreciate it when it’s done to (for) me. Small gestures can be an effort, or actually go against our grain (I’m not a big one for paying compliments…”), but the irony is that almost every time you make them, you feel better about yourself. For a moment life suddenly feels lighter, a bit more Gene Kelly dancing in the rain.”- Jonathan Carroll

I encourage you to like South Creek’s Facebook page and join South Creek’s PTO. We try to post day to day events on the Facebook page. I look forward to seeing you at Breakfast with Santa, the 3rd- 4th grade Holiday program, Polar Express, Sounds of the Season, and the Winter party. Happy Holidays!

South Creek is a school of hope, guided by knowledge, inspired by love.

Toni Stevenson, Principal


December 2 - Gator Gear Day

December 3 - Breakfast with Santa, 9:00 a.m.

December 6 - PTO Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

December 9 - YMCA Parents Night Out, 6:00 p.m

December 9 - 4th Grade performs at Sounds of the Season at FCHS, 6:00 p.m.

December 13 - 3rd and 4th Grade Music Program at SC, 6:30 p.m.

December 16 - Winter Parties

December 16 - Last Day before Winter Intercession

December 16 - PTO Spirit Night at Flashbacks, 5:30 p.m.

December 19 - January 2 - Winter Intercession

January 3 - Students Return to School

Gators of the Month

Congratulations to these Gators of the Month for November! Way to show your Gator G.R.E.A.T.S. Traits!


Ms. Craft: Asher Miranda

Mrs. Tinsley: Sydney Culross

Mrs. Monday: Teagan Russell

Mrs. Mitchell: Isabella Tewell

Mrs. Sweetman: Ethan Still

Mrs. Webb: Ella Barker

Mrs. Bryant: Oscar Manning

Mrs. Burns: Hailey Good

Miss Moody: Rylin Banta

Mrs. Carder: Joey Lawrence

Miss Trieb: Eva Miranda

Miss VanDeLaarschot: Laniya Peterkin

Mrs. Huber: Jadyn Tinsley

Mrs. McIntire: Grayson Hamilton- Zych

Mrs. Sirilla: Griffin Holmes

Mrs. Hayes: Eme Wratten

Mr. Roets: Noeily Ramos

Mrs. Hancock/Art: Zander Scearce

Mrs. Curtis/PE: Quinn Sauers

Mrs. Mappes/Music: Tyler Starr

Thurston/Green/Library: Bruce Stone

Mrs. Cade: Malachi Ashman

Visitor Information

With Class Parties and Field Trips coming up, please be sure to use the following link through SafeVistitor for check-in before coming into the office. Visitors are able to check in before they arrive by going to:

When visitors do this, it makes the check-in process much easier!

Yearbook Sale

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday December 3rd from 9-11 please join our South Creek Community at Breakfast with Santa. Adults are $7, children $5. The event includes a breakfast from Wheatley’s and Long Donuts, a craft, and the opportunity to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. We also need LOTS of volunteers! Volunteers will get a "fast past" to go to the front of the Santa line with their kids. Check out the sign up genius and lend a hand!

Support SC PTO with Holiday Scrips Cards

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Major Saver Cards

The 2016 Major Saver Discount Card campaign launches in Franklin TWP on November 17th!

Elementary students will be selling $15 cards with 20 Buy-One-Get-One Free offers starting Thursday, November 17th thru Tuesday, December 7th. Major Saver cards can be purchased via cash, check or online at The online sale can be credited back to a particular student and school. All cards purchased online will be mailed directly to the customer.

The 2016 participating restaurants/establishments include: Sky Zone, Great Times, FCHS, Zaxby’s, Scotty’s Brewhouse, Hot Box Pizza, Li’s Garden, Jersey Mike’s, Flashbacks Family Bar & Grill, BK, Ella’s Frozen Yogurt & More, Mucky Duck’s, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Stacked Pickle, Dough Mamma’s, Domino’s, Mascari Cleaners, Monkey Joe’s, Wheatley’s, Dale’s Family Restaurant.

Please consider purchasing a Major Saver card from a Franklin Township student. The proceeds from these sales will benefit the participating schools and the Franklin Township Education Foundation.

Winter Break by Reece Koomler

It’s almost Winter break! Over Winter Break you get to do lots of fun stuff, like Christmas, and spending time with your family. Also when it snows you can go get all your friends and have a snowball fight, or even build a snow fort so you won’t get demolished. With your family, you can build the best snowman in the world. Or you can just sit back and relax and enjoy the fire, and eat Santa’s cookies.

Last year Garrett Mcelfresh went all the way to New York. In New York, Garrett McElfresh went to 9/11 memorial, Niketown, Sparks Steak house, and the Freedom Tower. This year, Brody Gilliam is just sleeping in, relaxing, and playing video games. I am going to play video games and play outside. Have Fun!

Top 10 Christmas Gifts by Faith Smith and Brody Gilliam

Hey Gators! Since it’s almost Christmas time so I thought I would start thinking about Christmas gifts. Here is K-2 and what they want for Christmas!

Kindergarten gifts: The kindergartners said they wanted a new barbie doll or a PS4!

First-grade gifts: The first graders said they wanted a monster truck toy car or a hoverboard!

Second-grade gifts: The Second graders said that they wanted a dog and they also said they wanted some new legos!

Grades 3-5 said they wanted: Fourth grader, Reece, wants an iPod, remote control car, NBA 2k17, Rubix cube, and Chromebook.

Garrett Mcelfresh, a fifth-grader, wants NBA 2k17, Madden 17, PS4, and a hoverboard.

Dayla Craig wants LPS.

Recipe of the Month by Katy Walker

Hi again! I’m back with another recipe, but this time it’s for dessert. But, don’t worry about a dinner recipe because I’m going to be doing it next month. My dessert is a MOLASSES COOKIE! One of my dad's favorite holiday cookies.


1 ½ cups of shortening (melt and cool)

2 cups of sugar

½ cup of molasses

2 eggs

4 cups of flour

4 t. of baking soda

1 t. of ground cloves

1 t. of ginger

2 t. of cinnamon

½ t. of salt

Mix well. Chill 1 hour. Roll into small balls and roll in sugar. Bake at 375*.

Christmas by Emily Rule

Hey Gators! Christmas is just around the corner and I hope you are excited I am! I have decided to ask a fellow Gator friend to see what they are doing for Christmas. I interviewed a kid in Kindergarten in Mrs.Monday’s class.

Kindergarten: Mrs.Monday

Interviewed: Mason Holmes

Doing: I am going to my grandmas house for christmas.

I hope that you guys have a fun Christmas Break with what you may be doing or celebrating Christmas.

Saturday With Santa by Sienna Garcia

On December 3rd, Saturday with Santa is coming to town! And South Creek hopes you're coming to see him with a copy of your Christmas list. It's a holiday celebration for the students and families at South Creek . A chance to bring your family to school, it’s from 9:00 - 11:00. Only $7.00 for Adults and $5.00 for 12 and under, and you must RSVP to attend this wonderful breakfast . Have some refreshments because Wheatley’s and Long’s Bakery is providing sausage gravy, biscuits, hashbrowns, eggs, donuts, and if you're thirsty there's juice, milk, and coffee. Santa and Mrs.Claus will be located at the stage and food will be at the cafeteria. There will be a Christmas craft surprise to show to your family . Your friends will be there so you can spend some time with them. We can't wait to see you on Saturday with Santa! Hope we see you there!

New Years! by Teegan Quick

Hey Gators, guess what it is almost 2017! WOW time flies! There has been so many amazing moments in 2016, like we celebrated South Creeks 10 years of excellence, or the new Gator Guild crew (they are awesome at making kids smile)! We also got Miss Parks here at South Creek! Who is excited for more to come in 2017?

Voting in Mrs. Mitchell's Class by Reece Koomler

Last week before the election Mrs. Mitchell’s class read Duck For President, and after they read the story they set up a ballot box to vote for either Duck, or Farmer Brown. She told her kids to get in al line and don’t tell anyone your vote. They wrote on a post it note if they either wanted Duck or Farmer Brown to be President. They got in a line and put their vote in the ballot box.

It's not too late to join the South Creek PTO!

Have fun while helping our school!

South Creek Elementary School

Toni Stevenson, Principal

Nancy Rowland, School Treasurer

Marilyn Kellum, Receptionist

School Hours:

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri - 8:50-3:50

Wednesday (Early Release Day) 8:50 - 3:20