Shark FIN Bulletin

October Edition

Vision and Mission

Mission: All students at SCES will learn at high levels in a safe and supportive community.


Vision: The vision of our school family is to teach the whole child by providing high levels of instruction so they become productive citizens in our community.


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.

Important School Information

Parent Conferences

It's that time of year where our teachers will be reaching out to set up parent/teacher conferences. We are offering face to face or virtual conferences to our parents. Please be sure to sign up for a time to meet with your child's teacher. This is a great way to hear the wonderful things your child is doing at SCES and areas we are supporting your student. This is a good time to ask questions or share the progress you are seeing in your child. Building positive relationships with our parents/guardians is the foundation to having a successful year!


Report Cards will be sent home on Tuesday, October 25th.

Nurse Schmaltz's News

As we are entering Cold, Flu and COVID season we are seeing an increase of sick students here in the Health Room.


As a friendly reminder…Please do NOT send your child to school if he/she has or has had:

· Fever more than 100 degrees within the last 24 hours (must be fever free without medication)

· Vomiting or Diarrhea within the last 24 hours

· Chills

· General malaise or feelings of fatigue, weakness or muscle aches

· Frequent congested ( wet) or croupy cough


To help prevent the spread of illnesses, re-enforce your child’s good hygiene habits:

· Wash hands frequently

· Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth

· Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing

· Avoid close contact with others who are sick


Students need to be Healthy and feeling well in order to learn at their full potential.

New Tardy Policy

Please be aware that we have added a new tardy policy starting August 2022. Our school doors open at 7:05 and class begins at 7:35. Students who arrive after 7:35 will need to be signed in at the front office. Students will be allowed 3 unexcused tardies per quarter. After 3 unexcused tardies in a quarter, students will serve a lunch detention for each additional tardy. Each quarter, the process will start over.


Please do your best to get your student to school on time. It is vital to the student's learning to start school on time so they are prepared and ready to learn.

Transportation Changes

As a reminder, please communicate any transportation changes by 1:30 to your child's teacher and Casey Wright wrightc@fortmillschools.org. Please try and keep transportation for your child as consistent as possible.

Hispanic Heritage Month

This week we will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at Sugar Creek! Each year from September 15th-October 15th, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated around the world, and this week in particular we will be celebrating in a few different ways with our students. Our 5th grade Student Ambassadors put together a short video with fun facts and information on what Hispanic Heritage Month is. 26% of our school population is Hispanic and we love celebrating where our Shark family is from! Other small events this week will include Hispanic Heritage Month read alouds, short videos, and coloring! On Friday, we will be encouraging all Hispanic students to dress in their favorite cultural clothes that represent the countries that they and their families are from! All other students will be encouraged to pick colors from a Hispanic Heritage Month flag to dress in to help celebrate! We love sharing in our diversity at Sugar Creek and can’t wait to see who all we celebrate this week!

Guatemala Guest Teachers

We are excited to have two teachers from Guatemala at SCES! Both teachers are bilingual and teach in Guatamala. They are here to learn how schools work in the United States and learn a variety of teaching strategies to be able to present to their colleagues. One of our teachers is working closely with Mrs. Koppenhofer's 1st grade class and the other is working with Mrs. Norman's 4th grade class.

Fall Festival

We hope you will join us on Friday, October 21st from 5:00-7:00 for our Fall Festival! We will have carnival games, face painting, food trucks, raffles and more! Wrist bands will be able to be purchased for $10. More information coming soon on how to purchase wrist bands. Be on the look out for a flyer from PTO.


We will also have a pumpkin book characer contest at our Fall Festival- this is optional for our students. If you are interested, please turn your pumpkin book character into Mrs. Rickmon by October 18th.

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Fort Mill Scarecrow Crawl

Every year, the town Fort Mill hosts a Scarecrow Crawl that takes place in the downtown Fort Mill area and Elisha Park. Sugar Creek has their very own scarecrow named Mr. Sharky! There are over 100 scarecrows that are on display. Here is the link to the event: https://www.fortmillsc.gov/348/Scarecrow-Crawl


Please click on this link to vote for our scarecrow to win people's choice by liking his picture on Facebook! https://m.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=473826628119441&id=100064763228511&set=a.473921924776578

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Book Character Day

We want to celebrate Book Character Day on Monday, October 31st. On this day we are encouraging all students and staff to dress up as a book character to celebrate literacy and our love of reading! We can't wait to see everyone and which book characters they are coming to school as!
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Important Dates

Friday, October 14th- Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Monday, October 17th- Teacher Workday- no school for students

Friday, October 21st- PTO Fall Festival 5:00-7:00

Friday, October 28th- Early Release Day 12:00 Dismissal

Monday, October 31st- Book Character Day

Friday, November 11th- Veteran's Day Breakfast- 4th grade choir

Friday, November 18th- 5th grade performance at 8:30am

November 23rd-25th- Thanksgiving Break

Friday, December 2nd- Early Release Day 12:00 Dismissal

Thursday, December 15th- 2nd grade music performance 6:00pm

Wednesday, December 21st- half day of school for students

December 22nd- January 2nd- Winter Break

Tuesday, January 3rd- Teacher Workday



**Below is the link to the district calendar

https://www.fortmillschools.org/cms/lib/SC50010862/Centricity/Domain/4/22-23%20District%20Calendar%20Combined%20-%207-2022.pdf

Student Handbook

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

School Improvement Council- Report to Parents

Birthday Rock- How do I sign up? (Virtual Students and Face to Face students)

The Rock is ready for you! The highly sought after rock sign up has been moved online. Wish your child a happy birthday for everyone to see & celebrate them on their special day!

Visit https://sugar-creek-elementary-pto-2.square.site/ to sign up online! If you have any questions, please contact the PTO at sugarcreekelementartypto@gmail.com

Re-Link your Harris Teeter Cards (Virtual Students and Face to Face students):

Parents! Remember to re-link your Harris Teeter VIC card! We have to do it EVERY year! You can do this online or at the store! https://www.harristeeter.com/together-in-education Each time you use your Harris Teeter VIC card, you are helping our school earn money! So, please take a moment to relink your VIC card by clicking on the link provided.

Helpful Resources- Click the Links Below