The Gator Gazette

December 2015

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Talking With Mrs. Stevenson by Madi Kammer

Gators do you know the trait for this month? Well it is Generosity. Because Thanksgiving was last month. You are giving others food and that is Generosity. Well lets get on with the fun stuff. Here it goes...

  • The Veterans Day Program was amazing. My favorite was when Mrs. Stevenson said Level 1 everyone put up the level on sign! She was impressed how involved all the classrooms were and student behavior was spectacular. So lets honor our veterans.

  • Thanksgiving break was amazing. Mrs. Stevenson’s favorite part about Thanksgiving is the Drumstick Dash. It is a great example of generosity. Their slogan is : Move your Feet to Help them Eat.

  • Mark your calendars for Evening with Santa on December 4th . The evening raises money for the school, and it is a nice evening to spend time with your family (more info will come out close to the actual evening).

Many holidays have generosity even Easter. So Generosity is a big trait! Use it everyday here at South Creek. Bye Gators!


Tuesday, December 1st - PTO Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, December 4th - Evening with Santa, 6:00 p.m.

Friday, December 11th - 4th Grade performing in the Sounds of Season Program at the High School, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, December 11th - YMCA Parent's Night, 6:00 p.m.

Monday, December 14th - School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 15th - Grades 3-4 Holiday Program, 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 17th - Holiday Parties, 3:10 p.m.

Thursday, December 18th - January 4th - Winter Intercession

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From the Clinic...

As winter approaches, here are a few health related reminders:

Dress in layers- the morning bus ride may be a lot colder than the temperatures at recess. Remember hats and gloves! Don’t forget the feet! Be sure to wear warms socks and to wear shoes that have good traction to prevent falls. Pack an extra set of clothes (including socks) for those slushy days! Hydrate! Drinking plenty of fluids in the winter will help prevent illness. Sharing is NOT caring when it comes to germs- cover your cough and remind students not to share food or drinks! Medicate when necessary! Please remember that students are NOT ALLOWED to bring ANY medications to school. This includes over the counter medications (acetaminophen, ibuprophen, etc…) It also includes: cough medicine, cough drops, and vitamin C drops. The Clinic is happy to administer these treatments but an adult must transport the meds to school and sign a permission form! If your child has a medical condition such as asthma, don’t wait to send in prescription medications. Minutes matter during an asthma attack! As always, call the clinic for any questions or concerns! 317-860-4709

Denise Stanger, RN

Parents: Looking For Employment? Don’t want to work Full Time?

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Franklin Township Community School Corporation

And enjoy flexibility at work.


  • At least 21 years of age.
  • Completed a minimum of 30 college credit hours. HR will waive the 30 college credits for a parent. A Parent Sub will only be allowed to work at the school their child(ren) attend.
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Be a Star with School Breakfast!

Star Express is proud to offer Franklin Township students a nutritious breakfast daily. Star Express breakfast features nutritious whole grains, protein, fresh fruit, and milk. Research shows that students who eat breakfast do better in school, are more likely to participate in physical activities, and tend to eat healthier overall. Eating breakfast can help improve math, reading and standardized testing scores. So, fuel up and be a star by joining Star Express for a healthy breakfast.

*Nutritional information for breakfast and lunch items can be found online at*

For more information on student health, visit

**If you are interested in working for Star Express, please visit to apply **

Please contact the Star Express Registered Dietitians with any comments and/or questions.


We’d love to hear from you!

Betsey Willard, RD – Child Nutrition Supervisor

Alison Powers, RD – Assistant Child Nutrition Supervisor

Holiday Meal from Star Express

Star Express is excited to be celebrating the holiday season with Franklin Township Schools.

On Friday, December 11th a holiday meal will be served at each Franklin Township School in lieu of the standard hot entrée. The holiday menu served will be:

Jennie-O Turkey with Gravy and Noodles

Mashed Potatoes with Gravy

Seasoned Green Beans

Holiday Cookie


The holiday cookie is offered to students purchasing a school lunch on December 11th.

Please feel free to join your student for lunch and help us celebrate this holiday season!

Alternative entrées and side dishes will be available for students that do not wish to participate in the holiday meal.

Please contact the Star Express Registered Dietitians with any comments and/or questions.


Facebook: Star Express Nutrition

Twitter: @FTStarExpress

We’d love to hear from you!

Betsey Willard, RD – Child Nutrition Supervisor

Alison Powers, RD – Assistant Child Nutrition Supervisor

3rd and 4th Grade Holiday Program

Third and fourth grade will be performing their Holiday Program on Tuesday 15th.

Third grade will perform at 6:00 p.m. and need to report at 5:40 p.m. in the music room

Fourth grade at 7:30 p.m. and need to report to the music room at 7:10 p.m. in the music room.

All students need to dress up!

We hope that you can join us!

Favorite sport by Cooper Mills

Hi Gators it’s me...Cooper Mills, and I interviewed some people and asked what was their favorite sport. The most common favorite sport was Football. The most unique favorite sport was hockey. What’s your favorite sport? Mine is football. Are you going to play your favorite sport for a long time? Do you want to play in the NFL player, an NBA player, an MLB player, or be an NHL player? Maybe even be a runner, biker, or racer? Maybe even a golf player. I will let you think about that Gators. Well, that’s all for this month! Bye!

Talking to Teachers by Christian Castillo

Hello readers! It’s time for another installment of Talking to the Teachers. This month we interviewed a nice teacher with a high capability: MRS. SUTTON!!!

To start our interview, she told my crew and me about some things she did in October. She said that she spent time with her family and friends as well as doing some hiking with her family.

I asked her what she did in November. She replied, that she had traveled to Lake Michigan last month and that she headed to Brown County for Thanksgiving.

The last thing Mrs. Sutton wanted to add during our interview was, “I love this school and interacting with others.”

Teachers at South Creek - Miss Butz by Jaden Ashton

Q: What grade do you teach?

A: Kindergarten

Q: Where did you go to college?

A: Purdue University

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: Indianapolis

Q: What is your favorite subject to teach?

A: Reading and Writing

Q: What are some of your hobbies?

A: Reading and Zumba

Q: What is your favorite candy?

A: Plain M & M's

Q: What is your favorite soda?

A: Dr. Pepper

Q: What is your favorite sport?

A: Basketball

Q: What is your favorite color?

A: Orange

Q: What is your favorite food?

A: Green Bean Casserole

Q: How do you like South Creek so far?

A: I love the kids - teaching kids to read is the best!

Red Ribbon Week by Will Coffman

Hi Gators! Will here and I’m going to explain a little about what we did for Red Ribbon Week,

And I will talk about bullying and drugs. Lets start with the winning essay’s, Norah from Mrs Webb’s class, Alyssa from Miss Trieb's class, and Faith Wheatley from Mrs. Carder's class. Fantastic job winners! Remember Kiki, the officer who died trying to help stop bad drugs. I think the best part of Red Ribbon Week was the library talk with Mrs. Adams.Remember Gators, never do drugs or bullying. Drugs are bad for your health and bullying is being mean.

Guess the Teacher by Faith Wheatley

Hi gators!! Did you read last month’s issue of guess the teacher? If you guessed Mrs.Fortner you were correct! Now here’s this month’s teacher

Favorite color: purple

Favorite book : bridge to teribithia

Favorite fast food place : taco bell

Subject: math

Food: tacos

Sport: volleyball

Favorite thing to do : photography

B-day month: April

Drink : Dr.pepper

Can you guess who it is??

Guess the Movie by: Rachel Snow

Hi Gators! I’m doing guess the movie for this month. Here it goes!

Ironman and Hulk build a robot named Ultron.

He goes rough and turns bad.

He wants to kill the Avengers.

The Avengers along with Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and Vision have to kill Ultron.

What movie is it?


Popular Christmas Gifts by Cami Bland

Hi guys its Cameryn and this month I will do… Christmas gift all ages for both boy and girl!

1. Boogie Board

2. Jumbo Talking Minions

3. Nintendo Amiibo

4. Indominus Rex Figure

5. Zoomer dino

6. Interactive R2- D2

7. Orbees salon

8. Super bouncy ball

9. Karaoke

10. Wii u

Hope you found something you like. BYEEEEEEE!

What Gators did on Thanksgiving by Emerson Ashman

Hi Gators! What did Gators do over Thanksgiving? Well, here are some Gators that I asked. Let’s see what they said:

Daphny Kerr - What I did over Thanksgiving was go over to my grandparent's house.

Ava Fowler - What did over Thanksgiving was go over to my grandma's house

Olivia Daugherty - I went to my grandma's house

Gator of the Month

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


Miss Butz: Sean Green

Mr. Froning: Peyton Mills

Mrs. McNamee: Sydney Martens

Mrs. Miller:

Mrs. Monday: Andrew Beaty

Mrs. Emerine Jannah Gallardo

Mrs. Mitchell: Shelby Lambrecht

Miss Swanson: Jalen Phillips

Mrs. Sweetman: Riley Huotari

Mrs. Webb: Ben Long

Mrs. Bryant: Aidan Walker

Mrs. Burns: Marin Steffen

Mrs. Fortner: Claire Mitchell

Miss Moody: Mason Hammond

Mrs. Nurnberger: Connor White

Mrs. Golden: Jay Singh

Miss Reynolds: Derek Nichols

Miss Trieb: Kennedy Drake

Miss VanDeLaarschot: Blake Stevens

Mrs. Huber: Jacob Williams

Mrs. McIntire: Ava Scott

Mrs. Sirilla: Peyton Ray

Mrs. Watkins: Joshua Walker

Mrs. Carder Jaden Ashman

Mrs. Hayes: Lauren Schlemmer

Miss Moore: Mitchell Ryan

Mr. Roets: Emerson Ashman

Mrs. Conrad/Art: Nate Peasley

Mrs. Curtis/Gym: Jabin Coy, VanDerloschot

Mrs. Mappes/Music: Tyler Shelnutt

Thurston/Green Library:

Mrs. Cade: Jacob Wagner

Drawing Contest by Emerson Ashton

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