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Electronic Newsletter for November 16, 2020

We Honor Our Veterans

Last Wednesday we honored and celebrated our military men and women on Veterans Day. Here is our video in case you missed seeing it:

DRL Practice Day - Friday, November 20

Dear Spartanburg Two Elementary Families,

Aligned to the AccelerateED Task Force: Guidance and Recommendations for the 2020–21 School Year from the South Carolina Department of Education, Spartanburg School District Two has scheduled three (3) practice Distance Remote Learning (DRL) days for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. These three (3) practice days are designed to prepare students to transition to a full Distance Remote Learning (DRL) Model should this change become necessary. The practice days are scheduled for:

  • Friday, November 20, 2020
  • Friday, January 15, 2021
  • Friday, March 19, 2021

The Distance Remote Learning Model is very different from DRL implemented during the emergency school closure last spring. Much of the summer was spent with D2 educators and instructional leaders studying and preparing flexible learning plans for all grade levels. D2 teachers and instructional coaches have continued to plan for instruction using the flexible learning plans to prepare for both face-to-face and DRL models. The plans are differentiated to meet the needs of various levels for proficiency, and are designed to engage students with learning. The plans are aligned to state standards and are challenging, yet grade-level appropriate.

During these practice days, students will be expected to complete the teacher’s assignments. The assignments for the practice DRL days will not require technology; thus, devices will not be taken home during the practice days. The assignments may be related to Flexible Learning Plans or can be teacher created.

The assignments during DRL are required and will be a portion of the nine weeks grade for students. Should your child have questions about the assignments, teachers will respond to Seesaw messages and emails throughout the day. Teachers will be involved in training during the DRL practice days; therefore, some responses may be delayed. Please see the excerpt below from the Spartanburg Two District Two DRL Handbook:

Distance Remote Learning is a model of instruction to be utilized when the students are not in-person. With the possibility of starting school in this model or navigating in and out of this model due to health concerns, Distance Remote Learning (DRL) will be viewed through a different lens, as we now have more time and knowledge to refine our instruction and communication. With a better understanding of DRL in place and increased accountability, district leaders, administrators, teachers, instructional coaches, and interventionists have collaborated to provide clarity as we prepare to reach all of our students when implementing the DRL Model.

Key Factors in the Spartanburg Two DRL Model :

  • Ease of use and accessibility for students, parents, and teachers
  • Clear and consistent use of tools and communication for students and parents
  • Accountability of student learning and participation
  • A variety of opportunities for student engagement and instruction
  • Differentiation for student and family needs

Thank you for your support as we work to better meet the needs of our learners. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s school.

Lost & Found Items

Since the spring, we have a number of items that have been placed in our lost and found. If your child is missing any items, please encourage him/her to check through our lost and found. The items will remain in the cafeteria until the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

American Education Week

American Education Week presents everyone with an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every student receives a quality education.

American Education Week happens the week prior to the week of Thanksgiving. Each day of the week has its own theme, during which we celebrate our public school community. Festivities honor the team of people who work in our nation’s public schools, everyone from the bus driver and classroom teacher to the cafeteria worker and administrative staff, plus countless others.

Save the Date: Family Literacy Night - December 3, 2020

Please mark your calendars for a special family event...Thursday, December 3, 2020! We will be having our annual literacy celebration day at school, followed by a drive-through family literacy night event! Please be on the look-out for information to come home this week as we prepare for this exciting new way to celebrate literacy and encourage family engagement around reading and writing!

Thanksgiving Food Drive

SCES is sponsoring a Thanksgiving Food Drive from Monday, November 9 - Friday, November 20. All non-perishable items can be brought to the front office. The food drive will benefit families in our community. Please see the picture as our stage is beginning to fill up with donations!! Thank you!!

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, November 16:
  • G/T - 3rd Grade
  • Thanksgiving Food Drive

Tuesday, November 17:

  • Thanksgiving Food Drive
  • SCES PTO Board Meeting at 5:00 pm (via ZOOM)

Wednesday, November 18:

  • Suzuki Strings
  • Thanksgiving Food Drive
  • Gifted Art

Thursday, November 19:

  • G/T - 4th Grade
  • Thanksgiving Food Drive

Friday, November 20:

  • DRL Practice Day (all grade levels - learning from home)

Energy Bus Principle #2: "Create a Positive Vision"

During the month of November, we will teach students to set positive personal and academic goals as they become active participants in the learning process.

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

Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Program

Thanks to a Federal Grant, all Shoally Creek Elementary School students are being provided a taste three times each week of a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables! Over the past couple of weeks, students have enjoyed orange slices, grapes, broccoli, bananas, and apple slices! Everyone seems to really be enjoying this free program!

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

Beginning, Monday, September 14, 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 for this Week

Monday, November 16:

Choice 1 Cheeseburger

Choice 2 Turkey and Cheese Wrap

Tuesday, November 17:

Choice 1 Burger Bites

Choice 2 BBQ Chicken Wrap

Wednesday (Thanksgiving Meal), November 18:

Choice 1 Turkey w/ Stuffing

Choice 2 Grilled Cheese

Thursday, November 19:

Choice 1 Pepperoni Pizza

Choice 2 Chicken Cheese Steak


  • 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.

Spartanburg D2 COVID-19 Student Exposure Protocol

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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