The Gator Gazette

February 2018

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Mrs. Stevenson's Message

Dear Parents:

Welcome to another month! It is already February and lots of exciting things are happening at South Creek! Our Cookies and Canvas event is coming up a week from this Friday night and it is a perfect time for students and their parents to spend a fun evening being creative together. This event sold out very quickly. We are looking forward to seeing everyones artwork.

Our student council is selling candy grams this month to raise funds for the organization called “Vets Helping Heroes”. The kids have already raised the money for the Riley Foundation and I am proud of their many accomplishments this year. The Robotics club has a couple competitions this month and we are excited about the progress they have made after just two years in existence.

We just completed our middle of the year DIBELS testing. Teachers will be sharing this data with you. Our staff and students are preparing for ISTEP+ Part I which begins on February 26, 2018. As we get closer to testing, grade level testing schedules will be shared.

My time as the principal at South Creek is winding down. I am so grateful for the support and kindness I have been shown these past 7 years from both my staff and parents. I am looking forward to my transition to Central Office and being the Chief Academic Officer, Elementary., but I will still miss my SC family.


February 2 - Gator Gear Day

February 3 - Robotics Competition at Stephen Decatur Elementary, 8:00 a.m.

February 6 - PTO Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

February 9 - Cookies & Canvas, 6:00 p.m.

February 10 - Robotics Competition at Clarks Creek Elementary School, 8:00 a.m.

February 16 - Friendship Party, 3:00 p.m.

February 19 - President's Day, No School

February 26-March 9th - ISTEP Testing Window

Gators of the Month

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

Mrs. Conner- Evan Clapper

Mrs. Monday- Mason Manning

Mrs. Tinsley- Riordan Pressly

Mrs. Sweetman- Alex Tinkle

Mrs. Webb- Teagan Russell

Mrs. Mitchell- Tenley Sharp

Mrs. Burns- Claire Mann

Mrs. Bryant- Gaganpreet Singh

Miss Moody- MacKenna Bailey

Mrs. Carder- Jacob Shelnutt

Mrs. Lundberg- Aubrey Good

Miss Trieb- Ravroop Mann

Mrs. Huber- Grant Long

Mrs. Sirilla- Addison Bailey

Mrs. McIntire- Caiden McGail

Mrs. Hayes- Eli Wasson

Mrs. Tinkle- Kulraj Dhillon

Mr. Roets- Ella Beckner

Mr. Arnold- Doran Lakes

Mrs. Mappes- Lily Larkin

Mrs. Hancock- Violet Harbert

Mrs. Green/Mrs. Thurston- Abram Horn

Mrs. Cade- Jacob Wagner

PTO News

Feb 2- Spirit Wear Day

Feb 6 - PTO Meeting in the LGI Room - Guest Speaker - Bailey Parks

Feb 9 - Cookies and Canvas 6p-8p

This event required preregistration and is full. Looking forward to a fun evening of painting! Nut free cookies will be available.

Feb 16 - Classroom Friendship Party 3:10 - 3:40

Feb 21-25 - Sprit Week at Uno Chicago Grill

Visit Uno's on Southport any time during this 5 day period and mention South Creek and 20% of your bill will go back to the school! Tell friends and family!

February News – Star Express

Here at Star Express we hope everyone is enjoying the winter season and staying warm!

We will be introducing our new Spring Menus later this month! Get ready for some new items in the lunch line.

February is Pears month!

This is a healthy fruit offered regularly as part of your school lunch.

If you haven’t already enjoyed this yummy fruit try it this month.

We look forward to serving you!

@Star Express Nutrition – Franklin Township Community School Corporation

#StarExpress #SchoolLunch #SchoolNutrition #KidsEatRight

Alison Powers, RD – Assistant Child Nutrition Supervisor

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Gator Gram Sale

South Creek Student Council is sponsoring a Gator Gram Sale to support

Vets Helping Heroes. This organization is dedicated to providing assistance dogs for active duty military and retired Veterans recovering from the physical and psychological challenges they suffer as a result of their service to our country. Donations help to raise and train a guide, therapy, or service dog. These dogs can help our heroes live again with dignity and self-reliance. Please support this organization by purchasing Gator Grams!

The sale will run from February 5th- 9th with delivery on February 14th.

Gator Grams may be sent to any South Creek student or staff member. Parents and students may purchase a Gator Gram by filling out an order form (being sent home this Friday, February 2nd.) Be sure to include first AND last name of recipient. Sender must also include who it is from. Please print clearly! Cost is $1 for each Gram order and may be returned to your classroom teacher or to the front office.

Additional order forms are available in the office or on the South Creek Website:

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School Spelling Bee - Abby

You may have heard that in January there was a spelling bee and it was 4th and 5th grade. I was with Morgan Case and she made it to the spelling bee she was sorta surprised that she made it in her class. She said she made second and she was looking on the positive side and said she was glad that she made the spelling bee that far. Morgan says that keep practicing because even though she didn’t take it you can.

2018 Winter Olympics - Addison

Greetings South Creek. Today I’m talking about the upcoming winter Olympics. Every four years the Winter Olympics are held in a different place. For example this years Winter Olympics is held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday, February 9. It ends on Sunday, February 25. Some of the Winter Olympic are luge, Ice Hockey, Figure skating, and snowboarding. The first Winter Olympics was in 1924. I hope you watch the Winter Olympics. It will be fun!

Gator Bucks - Lily

Hi Gators! Today I will be talking about the progress of the Gator Bucks Store. Many people would say that the Gator Bucks Program is AWESOME! But there are a few things that people don’t like about it. For example, I have heard quite a lot of people saying that the prices are too high! Mrs. Huber is solving a little of that problem, by not only giving out $1 Gator Bucks but $5 Gator Bucks. Many kids are hoping that more teachers will catch on and give out $5 Gator Bucks too! I hope that the Gator Bucks Program will continue to grow, and lower their prices.

Anyway, here is an interview with 9 year old John Steadham:

Q: What do you like about the Gator Bucks Store?

A: I like getting coupons.

Q: What do you dislike about it?

A: I don’t like how the prices are too high.

I also interviewed 6 (and a half) year old Novalee Cosby.

Q: What do you like about the Gator Bucks Store?

A: I like how there are lots of stuffed animals!

Q: What do you dislike about it?

A: The prices are too high up.

Mrs. Evans Will Miss the 5th Graders - Gianna

Hi Gators! It is that time year when the 5th graders start thinking about middle school! A lot of us are excited but are sad that we have to get up so early and leave our beloved elementary school. I have talked to Mrs.Evans, and asked her what did she thought about her 5th graders going to middle school. She said that she,” She has known the 5th graders for a long time and thinks that we will be amazing middle schoolers. She is excited for us to go to middle school. She thinks the 5th graders are more than ready to go to middle school.

History of Valentine's Day - Morgan

The history of Valentine's Day starts with it’s creator...St. Valentine! In Rome, Italy the ruler Claudius the second needed soldiers for his army so he forbade everyone to get married. Well St. Valentine thought that was wrong so he secretly married couples. One day Claudius found out and put St. Valentine in jail. On Feb. 14 St.Valentine was killed and so we have Valentines Day.

Valentine's Day Parties - Kelsey

As we all know Valentines Day for children is for exchanging card and candy, but for the children at South Creek, we have games, card mailboxes, crafts, and more. So for this sweet topic I interveiwed Mrs. Monday. Her parties are normally about half an hour and for her Kindergarteners they try to complete 2 crafts and 2-3 games.

Interview with Mrs. Conner - Kennedy

Hi, I interviewed Mrs. Conner and these are her Q and A

1. Why did you become a teacher

A: Because my oldest child has autism and I wants help kids like him.

2. What's your favorite thing to teach in Kindergarten?

A: Reading

3. What college did you go to?


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