The Gator Gazette

February 2017

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Mrs. Stevenson's Message

Dear Parents,

We have had a busy January. The teachers have been working hard and focusing on their planning while analyzing current data on Wednesdays during Professional Learning Communities (PLC). I am so proud of their collaborative efforts as they plan for next steps after looking at ACUITY, NWEA, and MOY DIBELS data to make purposeful instructional decisions. As South Creek teachers are planning they make sure the students know the learning objective, use the gradual release of responsibility model, foster a positive classroom environment, are prepared, check for understanding, and ensure students are engaged.

The students have also been working hard and displaying their South Creek gator spirit through their academic work and positive behavior. The students have been focusing on their reading fluency and reading accuracy all year and the data shows it! At the beginning of the year our reading accuracy was 78% and has increased to 84% at the middle of the year. At the beginning of the year our reading fluency was 80% and has increased to 83% at the middle of the year. Way to go ! Thank you for practicing and encouraging reading at home!

Save the Date: Come chat with the principal ( no agenda ) on Friday, February 24th from 7:45- 8:30 a.m. in the LGI room. Coffee and danishes will be served.

South Creek is a school of hope, guided by knowledge, inspired by love.

Toni Stevenson, Principal

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February 1 - 5th grade attends IRT

February 3 - Gator Gear Day

Midterm Grades Posted

PTO Cookies and Canvas, 6:30 p.m.

February 6-10 - Student Council Smencil Sale

February 10 - Friendship Party, 3:00 p.m.

February 16 - PTO Chick Fil A Spirit Night

February 20 - President's Day, No School

February 24 - Pacer Game Night

February 27 - Jump Rope for Heart Week

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!


Ms. Craft: Brody Naessens

Mrs. Tinsley: Gabby McGee

Mrs. Monday: Natalie Curtis

Mrs. Mitchell: Breena Layton

Mrs. Sweetman: Abhinav Pattipaka

Mrs. Webb: Maggie Coleman

Mrs. Bryant: Owen Beckner

Mrs. Burns: Jordyn Tinsley

Miss Moody: Tyler Shelnutt

Mrs. Carder: Grant Long

Miss Trieb: Gemiyah Moore

Miss VanDeLaarschot: Aubrey Irwin

Mrs. Huber: Jacie Buttz

Mrs. McIntire: Garrett Eberhardt

Mrs. Sirilla: Jas Patel

Mrs. Hayes: Faith Smith

Mr. Roets: Lindsey Zeigler

Mrs. Hancock/Art: Sidney Haughs

Mrs. Curtis/PE: Isreal Ellis

Mrs. Mappes/Music: Darius Ward


Mrs. Cade: Christian Lane

Clinic News

The clinic needs the following gently used items:

Boys and girls underwear and leggings or sweatpants ALL sizes but especially size 6 and under, boys shirts size 10 and up. We do not need jeans. Please return any clinic clothes that may have been sent home with your child. All of our smaller size shorts have been loaned out. Also, if anyone is interested in volunteering to organize the clinic closet, their help would be greatly appreciated!

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Visitor Information

With Class Parties and Field Trips coming up, please be sure to use the following link through SafeVistitor for check-in before coming into the office. Visitors are able to check in before they arrive by going to:

When visitors do this, it makes the check-in process much easier!

Yearbook Sale

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Student Council News

Smencil Sale February 6 - February 10; all smencils are $1. Proceeds will go toward Riley Children's Hospital and Servant's Heart

Don't forget to send in your socks, stocking hats, gloves and scarves for our sock box!!

Cookies and Canvas by Reece Koomler

Hey kids! Guess what special event is going on, on February 3rd! Our school is having a fundraiser called cookies and canvas. It is where you paint canvases and eat lots of cookies with milk.

Last year I went and all my friends were there, and I had a blast. You get to paint a picture on a canvas! How much fun is that!

I hope you have fun!

Changes in the New Year by Faith Smith

Hey Gators! How has 2017 turned out for you? It's been really fun! [For me at least].If you have heard, the new KROGER is going to be built in 2017. There is going to be a lot of traffic and lights and traffic lights. If you like grocery shopping, then you will like going to Kroger. There is going to be a lot more building where we live and there is going to also be a lot more traffic.I bet you guys are excited about all the new building! By the way, if you like coffee they are building a new Starbucks in one of those fields. Have a happy 2017! See you all soon.

Recipe of the Month by Katy Walker

Hey Gators! I’m back with another recipe. But this time i’m going to be asking a teacher what her favorite recipe is! The teacher that I am interviewing is Mrs.Hayes! Her favorite recipe is Creamy Chicken Soup.

3 chicken breasts

1 ½ cups of rice or a small package of egg noodles

1 can of cream of chicken soup

1 can of cream of celery soup

Salt and pepper to taste

½ stick of butter

1 ½ cups of milk

Boil chicken until tender. Remove from broth and shred. Add rice (or noodles) to boiling broth and cook on low for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cream of chicken, cream of celery, salt, pepper, and butter. Then stir. Add shredded chicken and simmer on low for 30 minutes. Add milk and stir.

*Mrs.Hayes has lots of recipes that she really likes, but this is her favorite quick and easy soup for winter!

Mrs Webb's Wonderful Interview by Teegan Quick

Hey Gators! Guess what! It is already February! WOW time flies when you are having fun! And to prove that I decided to ask Mrs Webb, what fun she and her class is having! The first thing I wanted to know is if she has given out any positive office referrals? I also wanted to know what are some crafts they are doing? Then I wanted to know if her class has any fun plans for the rest of the school year? And the last thing I wanted to know is of course if time is flying in her classroom! Well, thank you Mrs Webb, for giving us some info about your class and how much you are having fun!

And thank YOU Gators of South Creek Elementary for letting us, the Gator Gazette, know how you are liking the school year! And do me one last favor…….. Work hard during the rest of the 2017 school year!

GROUNDHOGS DAY by Brody Gilliam

Groundhogs Day is a tradition in America.

If the sky is cloudy on Groundhog Day then spring comes early. If the groundhog sees its shadow then it is still winter. Some states adopted their own groundhog. Groundhogs Day is special. Lots of people are excited that winter is leaving and spring is coming. Some are kind of sad that winter is leaving. Anyway, Groundhogs day is really special.

Valentine’s Day by Dayla Craig

Hey Gators Valentine Day is coming! Valentine’s Day is where you find someone that you like and you ask them to be your Valentine. But for us Gators, we do parties and celebrate it with friends and I can’t forget about our Teachers. We love our friends and family here at South Creek.

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