The Shoally Creek "Tweet"

January 2020

A Message from the Principal:

Greetings, Energy Bus Riders!

Happy New Year!

Each New Year brings new possibilities and opportunities. We return back to school and work with a renewed sense of purpose, embracing the exciting ventures as we set goals in hopes of obtaining them!

Creating a positive vision (Principle #2) and setting goals to support the outcome can be easy for many of us, but being consistent in taking the necessary steps to make our dreams a reality can be challenging. It can be difficult to break old thinking habits and replace those thoughts that create different behaviors. How can we ensure that we are moving forward in a positive direction as opposed to falling back to an old mindset of complacency and fear?

It begins with having a mindset of taking 100% responsibility for our thoughts, actions, and results - in other words, knowing that You are The Driver of Your Bus (Principle #1).

The Energy Bus principle we will focus on during the month of January is Principle #5: Transforming Negativity. Transform negativity is having the ability to look beyond our challenges and see amazing possibilities. This principle will help us as we become our best personal coach by turning challenges into opportunities, complaints into solutions, and negative energy into positive achievement!

Staying in the driver's seat and being aware that there may be a few bumps in the road, can help you assign meaning to those bumps and determine if they are "little bumps" or "big bumps". As the driver, you choose the kind of ride you're going to have!

Let's make 2020 the best year ever and continue to spread love and joy, as we transform negativity in our lives and in our school!

Buckle up and let's enjoy the ride together! Please be sure to read about all of the exciting events scheduled at SCES during the month of January!

Sending lots of positive energy your way for another amazing month!

Mrs. Meyer



What's Your #OneWord for 2020?

Each year, Energy Bus author Jon Gordon encourages us to come up with a #oneword that will guide our purpose for the New Year. Instead of creating endless goals and resolutions, we select one word that will be our driving force for the year. No goals. No wish lists. Just one word. Best of all… anyone, anytime can discover their word for the year. Simply think of a word that will help you remember your purpose and will fuel your ride when you are faced with challenges.

Once you have discovered your #oneword, feel free to use the license plate (attached below) to write your word as a reminder of your purpose this year. You can also have each family member come up with a #oneword for 2020!

SCES 2020 Science Fair Information & Preparation!

Please join us as we partner with Boiling Springs High School to share information about science fair projects. This information night will be a time for the BSHS Science Department to share how to create a successful science fair project, share ideas for science fair projects, and a time for questions and answers.

Shoally Creek Science Information Fair Night

Monday, January 13th

Shoally Creek Elementary Cafeteria

6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

Science fair projects are required of all 3rd and 4th grade students. Second grade students are encouraged to submit a science fair project. First grade and kindergarten students are welcome to submit a science fair project.

Science fair boards may be purchased for $5.00 at the Science Fair Information Night or purchased through your child’s teacher beginning, Tuesday, January 14th. The boards are first come-first serve. We will only accept cash/checks for the boards.

Spring Sign-up Information

D2 Youth Sports is having sign-ups for Softball and Baseball. Interested? You can register online at We offer girls softball and boys baseball from 5 years old up through 12 years old. Teams are limited so please don’t wait! For more information, please email Youth Sports at

December "Positive Drivers of the Month"

Congratulations to all of our December "Positive Drivers of the Month"! Each teacher selected one student who throughout the month of December demonstrated Energy Bus Principle #4: "Fuel Your Ride with Positive Energy"! We will recognize these students at our January 6th Energy Bus Pep Rally! All of our Shoally Creek Elementary students will receive a "Fuel Your Ride with Positive Energy" brag stick to add to their key chain!

January Energy Bus Principle #5 - "Transform Negativity"

Transform Negativity - This month, we will look at ways to turn challenges into great opportunities for learning and growth.

PTO Skate Night Event - Tuesday, January 28

Skate Palace

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Admission is $4.00 per person

Additional food & drinks available for purchase

2345 S Pine St, Spartanburg, SC 29302

Ingles & The Herald Journal Want to Celebrate Teachers!

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Nominate the teachers that have made a difference in your child’s life. From the 1st grade teacher with the heart of gold to that high school English teacher who infuses kids with a passion for reading – teachers all across our districts educate and empower kids of all ages.

We’d like to give these teachers the recognition they deserve and spotlight them in our monthly feature, ‘Amazing Teachers. Nominate as many teachers as you want.

Thank you for participating and please share the contest with your friends and family too!

Nominate Now!

Bus Transportation Regulations & Safety Information

Please visit this link for information on district bus transportation regulations and safety information:

Become a Mentor!

According to Harvard University's Center on Developing Child, "Every child who ends up doing well has had at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive adult." This year, our school is partnering with Mentor Upstate, a nonprofit organization, that seeks to support children with one-on-one positive relationships. As we launch this exciting program, we are looking for committed adults who are willing to support and encourage ONE student for the year. If you or someone you know from our school community can give 30 minutes a week, we need you!!

If you have any questions, you are invited to email the director of Mentor Spartanburg, at

Envision Payment Solutions

Please see the parent letter below as it pertains to our check service provider.


*Important to have current phone numbers & email addresses:

Please make sure that our school office has your correct email and phone number on file. Otherwise, your family may not receive important information like school cancellation calls, registration information, or important event reminders.

*Weather-Related Closing Information: Click here for information related to inclement weather:

*From Bus Transportation Department Concerning School Delays:

  • When we have a 1-hour delay, the bus will arrive at the bus stop 1 hour from the normal pick-up time. So, if the bus normally arrives at 6;15 am, then on a one-hour delay, it will arrive at 7:15 am.
  • When we have a 2-hour delay, the bus will arrive at the bus stop 2 hours from the normal time. So, if the bus normally arrives at 6:15 am, then on a two-hour delay, it will arrive at 8:15 am.

*Transportation Changes:

All afternoon transportation changes must be communicated to the front office by 11:00 am. Please reference the Student Handbook for further information.


Please remember the South Carolina Compulsory Attendance Laws and Regulations in regards to the number of minutes students must attend school each day. Every minute that a student is not in class is counted and reported to the state. If a student misses even 15 minutes of class, this adds up to over an hour of class each week. Please make every minute count for learning!

Free & Reduced Lunch Benefit Application - English

Click here to go directly to the online application!

Free & Reduced Lunch Benefit Application - Spanish

Click here to go directly to the online application!

Chick-fil-A Spirit Night Events

Please join us on the following evenings at the Boiling Springs Chick-fil-A in support of our school. A portion of total sales comes back to SCES on each of the following spirit nights:

  • Thursday, January 9
  • Thursday, February 6
  • Thursday, March 5
  • Monday, April 6
  • Thursday, May 7

Important Upcoming Dates:

January Calendar of Events

*Wednesday, January 1 - Monday, January 6:

  • Happy New Year!
  • Holiday Break - No School

*Tuesday, January 7:

  • Students Return - Welcome Back!!
  • Energy Bus Positive Pep Rally

*Wednesday, January 8:

  • Suzuki Strings Meet
  • School Spelling Bee at 9:00 am
  • Gifted Art Meet

*Thursday, January 9:

  • Shoally Singers Meet
  • Chick-fil-A Spirit Night (4:30 pm - 8:00 pm)

*Friday, January 10:

  • SCES Spirit Day - Wear School T-shirt/Colors

*Monday, January 13:

  • SCES Science Fair Information Night at SCES at 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm in the Cafeteria

*Tuesday, January 14:

  • 90th Day (End of Quarter 2)
  • Spartanburg District 2 School Board Meeting at 7:00 PM

*Wednesday, January 15:

  • Suzuki Strings Meet
  • Gifted Art Meet

*Thursday, January 16:

  • Shoally Singers Meet

*Friday, January 17:

  • SCES Spirit Day - Wear School T-shirt/Colors
  • Quarter 2 Report Cards & Signed Papers

*Monday, January 20:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - No School

*Tuesday, January 21:

  • Happy Tuesday!

*Wednesday, January 22:

  • Quarter 2 Awards Day Celebrations (1st grade at 12:00; 2nd grade at 12:30, 3rd grade at 1:00 and 4th grade at 1:30)
  • SIC Meeting at 3:00 pm in Media Center
  • Suzuki Strings Meet
  • Gifted Art Meet

*Thursday, January 23:

  • Shoally Singers Meet

*Friday, January 24:

  • Quarter 2 Principals' Pals
  • SCES Spirit Day - Wear School T-shirt/Colors

*Monday, January 27:

  • Have a marvelous Monday!

*Tuesday, January 28:

  • SCES PTO Skate Night (6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

*Wednesday, January 29:

  • Q2 Terrific Kids Celebration at 8:00 am (SCES Cafeteria)
  • Suzuki Strings Meet
  • Gift Art Meet

*Thursday, January 30:

  • Shoally Singers Meet

*Friday, January 31:

  • SCES Spirit Day - Wear School T-shirt/Colors
  • Signed Papers
  • Club Day
  • Energy Bus Positive Pep Rally

Contact Information

Shoally Creek Elementary School

3777 Parris Bridge Road

Boiling Springs, South Carolina 29316