The Gator Gazette

November 2017

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Mrs. Stevenson's Message

Dear Parents,

Thank you for the great attendance at parent teacher conferences. We had 99% of our families in attendance. We had a great Gator Gallop last Friday and I would like to thank Kate Coffman, PTO board members, parent volunteers, and staff members who helped make this a fun event for the students.

I am so proud to serve as the South Creek principal and I had the opportunity to share ‘a little’ about South Creek in the following article. Thank you to everyone that contributes to student learning and success.

I look forward to seeing you at the Veteran’s Day Program on Friday, November 10th at 9:30.

Toni S. Stevenson, Principal

Meet your South Creek Bus Drivers!

Here is a chance for you to learn a bit about your child's bus driver.

Vicci drives bus 115

What do you like about driving a school bus? I like watching the kids grow and mature each year.

I have driven a bus for 5 years.

My favorite subject in school was Science.

My hobbies are horses and gardening.

My favorite vacation place is Italy.

My favorite holiday is Christmas because my family gets together.

Faye is a monitor for bus 115

What do you like about being a monitor on a school bus? I like smiling faces and the laughter of the children.

I have been a monitor for 1 year.

My favorite subject in school was Reading.

My hobbies are reading and sewing.

My favorite holiday is Christmas because I love to buy and share with others.

I also want you to know that it is a pleasure to serve and care for your children.

Tonia drives bus 63

I have driven a bus for 4 years.

My favorite subject in school was math.

My hobbies are running and working out.

My favorite vacation place is Florida.

My favorite holiday is July 4th because I love the fireworks and colors.

I also want you to know that I am the mother of 4 kids.

Michelle drives bus 53

What do you like about driving a school bus? I like interacting with the kids.

I have driven a bus for 4 years.

My favorite subject in school was reading and history.

My favorite vacation place is Arizona.

My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving because of eating and visiting with family.

I also want you to know that I love dogs. My dog’s name is Sadie. I have 3 grown children, one lives in Arizona. I like doing fieldtrips, especially the band and sports. I love Mexican food and comfort food.

Shelley drives bus 89.

What do you like about driving a school bus? I love kids and driving the bus is fun.

I have driven a bus for 6 years.

My favorite subject in school was Math.

My hobbies are reading and cooking.

My favorite vacation place is the beach or mountains.

My favorite holiday is Christmas because it’s Jesus’ birthday! Jesus loves me!

Mrs. Jones drives bus 120.

I have driven a bus for 21 years.

My favorite subject in school was all of them.

My hobbies are sewing and watching TV.

My favorite vacation place is anywhere I haven’t been.

My favorite holiday is Christmas because it is the best time of the year. Family and friends get together.


November 3 - Gator Gallop, Gator Gear Day

November 7 - PTO Meeting, 6:00 pm

November 10 - Veterans Day Program, 9:30 am

November 22-24 - Thanksgiving Break, No School

Gators of the Month

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

Mrs. Conner - Amrit Riar

Mrs. Monday - Parker Patterson

Mrs. Tinsley - Benny Moore

Mrs. Sweetman - Anant Grewal

Mrs. Webb - Sydney Fessel

Mrs. Mitchell - Audrey Lloyd

Mrs. Bryant - Nicholas Mondi

Mrs Burns - Addyson Roeder

Mrs. Carder - Riley Huotari

Mrs. Lundberg - Olivia Weidner

Miss Trieb - Oscar Manning

Mrs. Huber - Jovanpreet Singh

Mrs. Sirilla - Leila Fowler

Mrs. McIntire - Eva Miranda

Mrs. Hayes - Charlie Wood

Mrs. Tinkle - Sydney Hayes

Mr. Roets - Olivia Gaskill

Mr. Arnold - Noah Walker

Mrs. Mappes - Aiden Walker

Mrs. Hancock - Jacob Shellnut

Mrs. Green/Mrs. Thurston - Grace Ray

Mrs. Cade - Christian Lane

Mrs. Alger - Yuvraj Singh

2017-2018 Yearbook Cover Design Contest

Entries must be on standard copy size paper (8½”x 11”) Name, Homeroom teacher name and grade written on back of artwork.

  • Designs should be colorful and include our school name:

South Creek Elementary 2017-2018

Entries due to Mrs. Hancock by November 13, 2017

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

Have fun while helping our school!

Coming Up: The Veteran's Day Program! - Addison

Greetings South Creek! Today I’m talking about the wonderful South Creek Veterans Day Program. Every year we have a program that celebrates all the veterans. This program is to show our thanks to all the people who have served, and are serving at the present time. The program will be hosted by our talented music teacher, Mrs. Mappes. The students will be performing songs and special dances to show that we care. The program will be held on November 10 at 9:30 am, in the South Creek cafeteria, so mark your calendar and be sure to come to to the annual South Creek Veterans Day Program.

What's New this Year at the Veteran's Day Program - Abby Mikus

The veteran's program is going to be spectacular! Mrs. Mappes has a couple of new songs for some grades to sing, like a Song of Hope. Don’t tear up because we are still going to sing Grand Old Flag and This Land is Your Land from past years. Mrs. Mappes said that we are going to sit in the bleachers! Mrs. Stevenson said that she loves the parents that come to the program, and she can’t wait to hear every kid's talent of singing. So if you see Mrs. Stevenson or Mrs. Mappes, say thank you for putting so much effort into the veterans program!

What Do You Like About Thanksgiving? - Ella

Thanksgiving is coming up! The pilgrims had a big feast on a Thursday. THIS year, Thanksgiving is on the 23! I am going to my grandma’s big feast at her house for Thanksgiving this year. Her food is really good! My favorites are chicken, turkey, macaroni, her famous noodles with chicken sauce, mashed potatoes, and corn. Think to yourself,’’What are you having for Thanksgiving and whose house are you going to?’’ Tell a friend what traditions you’re looking forward to and what foods you like to eat on Thanksgiving!

Favorite Thanksgiving Foods - Erin

Hi, my fabulous Gators! Thanksgiving is coming up and I wanted to know some of our student’s favorite Thanksgiving foods using a pie chart with real pie! I polled 20 people, and this is the result! And guess what? None of the people I polled chose pie as their favorite Thanksgiving food! Have a great Thanksgiving, Gators!
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What to Do on Thanksgiving - Kelsey

Over Thanksgiving break, there are many different things to do. One thing that you can do is going to the pumpkin patch and you can carve one or you can decorate the outside of the pumpkin to go on your front porch. Another thing you can do is to cook or bake with your family and help with preparing dinner. You can also invite lots of people to come and eat dinner with you and your family. Finally, just have fun and enjoy time with your family, it’s not everyday you get to have Thanksgiving.

What is a Nurse? An Interview with Ms. Stanger by Lily

Q: How many years have you been a nurse?

A: 30 years.

Q: Why did you become a nurse?

A: Because I love to help.

Q: What’s your favorite part?

A: I love kids!

Q: Why don’t you work at a Hospital?

A: Actually, I worked in an Emergency Room. It was fun and exciting but I like this better.

Q: What kind of nurse are you?

A: I am a registered nurse.

Q: What, or who, encouraged you to become a nurse?

A: My mother worked in the Emergency Room, too.

Ms. Stanger and I had a great time talking. It was fun and I got to learn all about her!

Thanksgiving Recipes - Morgan

Don’t you want to learn some Thanksgiving recipes to put on your table? Well I have some for you!

First I will tell you how to make some delectable bread stuffing.

¾ cup butter or margarine

2 large celery stalks, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)

9 cups soft bread cubes (15 slices)

1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground sage

¼ teaspoon pepper

Melt butter in 4-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook celery and onion in butter 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Remove Dutch oven from the heat. Gently toss celery mixture and remaining ingredients, using spoon, until bread cubes are evenly coated. Use to stuff one 10- to 12-pound turkey. Or to bake stuffing separately, grease 3-quart casserole or rectangular baking dish, 13x9x2 inches. Place stuffing in casserole or baking dish. Cover with lid or aluminum foil and bake at 325°F for 30 minutes; uncover and bake 15 minutes longer.

Next I will tell you how to make a delicious oven-roasted turkey breast.

1 bone-in whole turkey breast (4 1/2 to 5 pounds), thawed if frozen

1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted

1/4 cup dry white wine or apple juice

2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon paprika

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 teaspoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons cold water

Heat oven to 325ºF. Place turkey, skin side up, on rack in large shallow roasting pan. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is in thickest part of breast and does not touch bone. Roast uncovered 1 hour. Mix butter, wine, thyme, salt, paprika and garlic. Brush turkey with half of the butter mixture. Roast 30 minutes; brush with remaining butter mixture. Roast about 1 hour longer or until thermometer reads 165ºF. Remove turkey from oven and let stand 15 minutes for easier carving. Meanwhile, pour pan drippings into measuring cup; skim fat from drippings. Add enough water to drippings to measure 2 cups. Heat drippings to boiling in 1-quart saucepan. Mix cornstarch and 2 tablespoons cold water; stir into drippings. Boil and stir 1 minute. Serve with turkey.

Finally I would like to tell you about one last recipe. Drumroll please.... Pumpkin Pie!

1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

1/2 cup Original Bisquick™ mix

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup evaporated milk

1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened

1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

Whipped topping, if desired

Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease 9-inch pie plate. Stir all ingredients except whipped topping until blended. Pour into pie plate. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 30 minutes. Refrigerate about 3 hours or until chilled. Serve with whipped topping. Store covered in refrigerator.

Those are three easy Thanksgiving recipes for your dinner table!

Mrs. Cade's Disability Awareness Club - Gianna

In November, Mrs. Cade is having a Disability Awareness Club. She said that the disability they are highlighting in November is Autism. What inspired her to do this club was a group of teachers that wanted to teach students about Autism. She is planning to do fun activities, gator buddies, morning announcements, and a guest speaker. She also said that she has been planning to do this club for the last 2-3 years.

Get to Know Mrs. Carder - Kennedy

I interviewed Ms.Carder and the first question was “Why did you become a teacher?” She said” To help kids and she likes kids”. The next question was “What college did you go to?” She said ”I went to Indiana University and I.U.P.U.I.” The next question was “How long have you taught 3rd grade?” she said “7 or 8 years” The final question was “What did you do this summer?” she said “I babysat and I went to the beach.”

South Creek Athletes - Lily

In November there are a lot of cool sports, like football. I thought I would interview some kids on what sports they play! I interviewed two kids. First, I interviewed Jackson Grayson who is a 3rd grader in Mrs.Trieb’s class.

Q: What sport do you play?

A: Baseball.

Q: How did the session go?

A: Good, but the coaches yelled at different teammates, but rarely yelled at me.

Q: What does it take to do good in baseball?

A: Well you should learn to shuffle, and swing a bat and catch a ball. Plus, you should practice.

Then, I interviewed Kaylie Grason who is in Mrs. Hayes 5th grade class.

Q: What sport do you play?

A: I play Softball.

Q: How did the session go?

A: Very well!

Q: What does it take to do well in Softball?

A: Hard work, and lots of practice.

Both kids told me to practice, so I believe that if you want to do good in a sport you should practice! Well see you Gators in the next issue of the South Creek’s GATOR GAZETTE!

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