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Electronic Newsletter for December 7, 2020

SCES Family Literacy Night Highlights

Thanks to all of our families for supporting a love of reading!

Something to Consider...

  • With our District moving to 5-days face-to-face in our middle and high schools, and to avoid overcrowding on the buses, families may wish to consider providing transportation for their students to and from school.

i-Ready Winter Diagnostic

Our students will be taking the i-Ready winter diagnostic between Monday, November 30 and Thursday, December 17. Your child's teacher will share more specific information as far as the specific dates your child will take this mid-year assessment.

What is the i-Ready assessment?
The i-Ready ‘diagnostic’ assessment is administered three times a year (fall, winter, spring) to all students in grades 5K - 4th Grade. i-Ready assessment is a tool that screens students across domains in Math and Reading. i-Ready is not a “high-stakes” test and the results are not factored into student grades. The i-Ready scores are just one piece of a student’s math and reading profiles and are used in conjunction with many other mathematics and reading assessments and performances.

What are iReady assessments used for? The i-Ready assessment is used as a screening and benchmark tool which means all students take the test under the same conditions three times a year. The assessments are used to measure student growth and identify students who may need support or follow up diagnostics. i-Ready can also be used to monitor student growth throughout the year, and to estimate understanding of state standards. In addition, i-Ready can help teachers determine appropriate instructional areas and skills that a student is ready to learn. If a student is being progress monitored with i-Ready and receiving tiered intervention, it is important to notify parents as part of the Response to Intervention protocols.

Proposed Attendance Lines

Please see the attached letter below regarding proposed changes to our attendance lines for the 2021-2022 school year.

Books & Water Bottles

Parents, we are asking for your help concerning water bottles and library books in student book bags. We are experiencing a high loss of books due to damage caused by water bottles that are leaking in book bags. Once a book is wet, it is extremely challenging for us to dry it out so that it can be re-shelved for future use. We will begin assessing charges for damaged or loss books due to water-related issues. Thank you for your help!

Home-to-School Connection Resources Now Available!

Parents & Guardians, SCES is now subscribing to some awesome resources! Please click on the link below to check out a number of items that can support you and your child! The items are available in both English and Spanish!

The Week Ahead

Monday, December 7:
  • G/T - 3rd Grade
  • i-Ready Winter Diagnostic
  • Zaxby's Orders & Payment due by Friday, December 11, 2020

Tuesday, December 8:

  • i-Ready Winter Diagnostic
  • School Spelling Bee
  • Zaxby's Orders & Payment due by Friday, December 11, 2020
  • Proposed Attendance Line Community Input Meeting at 6:00 pm at BSMS

Wednesday, December 9:

  • i-Ready Winter Diagnostic
  • Suzuki Strings
  • Gifted Art
  • Zaxby's Orders & Payment due by Friday, December 11, 2020
  • SIC Meeting at 3:00 pm

Thursday, December 10:

  • i-Ready Winter Diagnostic
  • G/T - 4th Grade
  • Zaxby's Orders & Payment due by tomorrow, Friday, December 11, 2020

Friday, December 11:

  • SCES Spirit Day!
  • G/T - 4th Grade
  • Zaxby's Orders & Payment due by today, Friday, December 11, 2020

Energy Bus Principle #3: "Drive with a Purpose"

During the month of December, we will teach students to use their unique talents and gifts.

Safety is #1 Priority at SCES - Everyone Plays a Part!

As we enter this “new normal” for the 2020-2021 school year, there are a few things that will change in regards to policies and procedures found within this handbook. All changes are to ensure the health and safety of our students and faculty as well as our families. Since the pandemic is a fluid situation, our policies and procedures are subject to change based on the latest guidance from DHEC, CDC, SCDE, as well as District Two. We have added this addendum to inform you of policy changes to our normal routines and procedures. As always, thank you for your understanding and flexibility as we strive to best serve you and your children.

  • If someone in your home or someone you know exhibits symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, please contact your child’s teacher, the school nurse, or an administrator as quickly as possible. Do NOT send your child to school or visit the school office when sick.

  • Our front office will be closed to outside visitors. Someone will meet you at the door, if you have a need to visit the school.

  • No visitors will be allowed into the instructional side of the building. This means parents and guardians cannot walk students to their classrooms, visit a classroom, or eat lunch with their child. When necessary, visitors can come into the front office following our new policies and procedures, which includes answering COVID related questions, wearing a face covering, using hand sanitizer, and maintaining social distancing.

  • *The Addendum to The Student Handbook (This is a living document and the School will continue to update our policies and procedures based on DHEC guidance.)

Updated DHEC Guidance Documents

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has updated a number of their school based guidance documents within the last few weeks with the latest public health guidance related to COVID-19. Please take a moment to review this important information.

Water Bottles

Please provide your child with bringing a refillable water bottle with him to school each day. Our water fountains are high touch points, therefore we have turned them off for safety purposes. We have water resources so that students can refill their bottle through-out the day.

Considerate Blue Jays R.O.C.K.!

During our first week together, our students learned to be Considerate Blue Jays by practicing R.O.C.K.

  • "R" - Regularly Washing and Sanitizing their Hands
  • "O" - Obey Arrows and Signs in the Hallways and School
  • "C" - Choose to Wear a Mask
  • "K" - Keep their Space as Needed from Others.

We are proud of our Blue Jays...they ROCK!

Mask Wearing Policy

  • SCDE Comprehensive Guidance on Face Coverings

    • State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman announced that the wearing of face coverings would be required for students and staff on school buses and in K-12 public school facilities.

    • We are working with our students to build their endurance to wearing their mask at all times while at school, including inside the family model classroom. Thank you, parents for helping with this practice as it can help assist as another prevention tool for the spread of COVID-19.

    • To assist students, parents, and educators with these requirements, the SCDE has compiled comprehensive guidance on who should wear face coverings and when.

    • South Carolina Department of Education Face Covering Guidelines for K-12 Public Schools

Spartanburg School District 2 Food Service Information

Free Meal Program Extends through June 30, 2021!

The current free breakfast and lunch meal program has been extended for all students through June 30, 2021!

Daily Breakfast Information

Breakfast in our cafeteria will be available for students between the 7:00 am and 7:30 am each morning. If you wish for your child to get a "grab and go" breakfast, please be sure they arrive at school in time to walk to the cafeteria before 7:30 am.

Lunch Menu

Monday 12/7

Choice 1 Hamburger

Choice 2 Turkey Chef Salad

Tuesday 12/8

Choice 1 Burger Bites

Choice 2 BBQ Chicken Wrap

Wednesday 12/9

Choice 1 Turkey and Gravy

Choice 2 Toasted Cheese Sandwich

Thursday 12/10

Choice 1 Pepperoni Pizza

Choice 2 Chicken Cheese Steak

Friday 12/11

Choice 1 Corn Dog

Choice 2 Chicken and Cheese Quesadilla


  • Parents, please remember the state requirement that masks must be worn on the bus at all times.

  • Parents are reminded to call the bus delay number for updated information about late buses. The school office does not always have this information. The best place to start is the Transportation - BUS INFORMATION LINE (864) 342-2046.

2020 - 2021 School Improvement Council

The SCES 2020-2021 SIC Members

Ashley Ballenger (Parent)

Andrea Beech (Teacher)

Sandy Delgado (Parent)

Kelly Holden (Teacher)

Ansley Lane (Parent)

Jason McLean (Parent)

Tim Reece (Community Member)

Scott Davie (Community Member)

Kelly McLean (Community Member)

Carol Callan (SCES PTO)

Ashtyn Gardner (Title I Parent Liaison)

Marlee Pettit (Title I Parent Liaison)

Ashley Lawter (SCES Teacher of the Year)

Laura Szynalski (Assistant Principal)

Laura Meyer (Principal)

2020-2021 SIC Meeting Dates:

October 28, 2020

November 23, 2020

December 9, 2020

January 27, 2021

February 24, 2021

March 17, 2021

April 14, 2021

May 19, 2021

PowerSchool SIS: Parent Portal is Open!

Parents can now access student attendance and grade information by logging into the PowerSchool SIS Parent Portal. Please visit:

For log in information or assistance, please contact Mrs. Reece at 864-594-3200.

School Supply Lists

Click here for the link to the SCES 2020-2021 School Supply List. We realize that there are some items on this year's supply lists that may be challenging to find, so please do not worry about those items. As always, we will work with our families!


*Important to have current phone numbers & email addresses:

  • Please make sure that you are stressing to your school families that they need to have the correct email and phone number in school messenger. Otherwise, they may not receive important information like school-cancellation calls or registration information.

Contact Information

Shoally Creek Elementary School

3777 Parris Bridge Road

Boiling Springs, South Carolina 29316