The Gator Gazette

October 2016

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Mrs. Stevenson's Message

Dear South Creek Families,

Over the past ten years that South Creek Elementary has been open the average percentage of parents attending parent teacher conferences has been 99%. The staff and I look forward to the opportunity to celebrate each student at South Creek during parent teacher conference on Wednesday, October 5th and Thursday, October 6th.

When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more.” That’s the conclusion of A New Wave of Evidence, a report from Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (2002).

The report, a synthesis of research on parent involvement over the past decade, also found that, regardless of family income or background, students with involved parents are more likely to:

  • Earn higher grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs

  • Be promoted, pass their classes, and earn credits

  • Attend school regularly

  • Have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school

  • Graduate and go on to postsecondary education

On Thursday, October 27th at 2:00 in the cafe/gymnasium the staff and students are going to celebrate South Creek’s 10 years of excellence. Please watch for more exciting details this month about the celebration on Facebook, the South Creek Website, and in teacher newsletters.

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

Toni Stevenson, Principal

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October 3rd - 5th Grade Miracle Mile Race, 5:00 p.m. at Middle School West

October 4th - PTO Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

October 5th - Parent Teacher Conferences

October 6th - Parent Teacher Conferences

October 7th - Gator Gear Day

October 7th - YMCA Parents Night Out, 6:00 p.m.

October 10th - 21st - Fall Break Intercession

October 11th - PTO Night at Chicago Pizza, 4:00 p.m.

October 24th - Students Return to School

October 28th - Fall Parties, 3:00 p.m.

Gators of the Month

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


Ms. CraftJeffrey Edelen

Mrs. TinsleyAlex Tinkle

Mrs. Monday:Branner Lykins

Mrs. Mitchell:Bryce Tierney

Mrs. Sweetman:Chace Calderone

Mrs. Webb:Doran Lakes

Mrs. Bryant:Ty Niemeier

Mrs. Burns:Riley Huotari

Miss Moody:Claire Heilers

Mrs. Carder:Riley Decker

Miss Trieb:Charlee Cooper

Miss VanDeLaarschot:Leila Fowler

Mrs. Huber:Blake Stevens

Mrs. McIntire:Mason Harvey

Mrs. Sirilla:Ella Beckner

Mrs. Hayes:Teegan Quick

Mr. Roets:Caleb Merry

Mrs. Hancock/Art:Joshua Lasley

Mrs. Curtis/Gym:Gary Cooper

Mrs. Mappes/Music:Jason Fruchey

Thurston/Green/Library: Jaxon Lucero

Mrs. Cade:Jacob Wagner

PTO News: Help needed with Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher conferences are coming up and the PTO will be preparing dinner for the teachers for those nights (10/5 & 10/6). Teachers have very little time to break for dinner, so having dinner at the school and prepared is very appreciated by them. Below is a link to a Sign-Up Genius that includes items we need donated. Please check it out and if you are able, please sign up.

· Items can be sent in on 10/5. If they are brought in before 4 pm, please droff off at the office with a note that states it's for the PTO. If you are dropping off at 4 pm, please bring directly to the teacher's lounge. All items must be at the school no later than 4pm.

· Monetary donations can be sent in anytime and you can send in with your child and label it: Teacher dinner/PTO mailbox.

Related Arts Newsletter

Click on the link below to see what great things are happening in our related arts classes:

The Fall Scholastic Book Fair is coming up - September 30 to October 6

Students will be able to shop during their regularly scheduled library time and families can shop on October 5th and 6th during the Parent/Teacher Conferences. We could really use volunteers to help students and families during the Book Fair. If you are available for an hour or more, please sign up in Sign UpGenius at Any help is greatly appreciated!! If you have any questions, please contact Janelle Tierney at

We REALLY need help on Wednesday, October 5th and Thursday, October 6th!

Attention Families of ENL students!

You are invited!

WHAT: ENL Parent Night

WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 2016

TIME: 6:00-7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Room 444 at Franklin Central High School

Every school-age child will get a free book!

Childcare will be provided!

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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!

Gator Greats Traits by Reece Koomler

At South Creek we have 6 top rules. You should use those awesome rules every day because then you will have fun. But if you don’t use the Gator Greats Traits then you will not have fun and you will have lots of consequences or get in trouble at home or even at school.

  • The first rule is Generosity

  • The second rule is Responsibility

  • The third rule is Effort

  • The fourth rule is Attitude

  • The fifth rule is Trustworthiness

  • Last but not least the sixth rule is Self Control

If you use all these rules you will have fun and get lots of rewards.

Have fun!

Halloween 2016 by Faith Smith

Hey Gators! Have you been deciding what to be for 2016 Halloween? Well, don't worry what to be because I have 10 great costumes:

1- A Vampire

2- An Angel

3- A Werewolf

4- A Crayon

5- A Fashion Model

6- A Blimp

7- A Zombie

8- A Spooky Spider

9- A Ghost

And last, but not least, number 10- Or one of your favorite Disney Characters!

Have a happy Halloween and remember to get lots of candy!!!

Mrs.McIntires Fabulous Fourth Grade Interview By Teegan Quick

Hey students, guess what?! It has already been about 9 whole weeks of school! There is no backing out now! Especially for the teachers, boy do they have a hard job! I decided that I’m going to ask Mrs.McIntire a few questions to see how she has been doing, so lets get started!!

The first thing I wanted to know was if she liked her class? Not only did she like them she LOVES them! I also wanted to know if she liked what she was teaching. She told me “Yes, ESPECIALLY Indiana History.” Then I asked her if she was excited for the new school year. She loves the new school year! I also asked her if she has a lot of work to do. “Always” she told me! Finally, last but definitely not least, I asked her if her kids are doing well, and she told me they were doing fine!

So South Creek, I hope you liked the little sneak peek into a teacher's school life! Even though school is hard there is some good parts of it, for EVERYBODY! Hope you guys have an AWESOME school year!

What Should You Do Over Fall Break by Reece Koomler

Fall break is really fun! You get to go on vacation, sports, and really cool activities. You can do lots of other fun stuff you can do. Here are some vacation recommends that I like.

  1. Florida

  2. Go hiking in Nashville

  3. Chicago

  4. Go skiing in Colorado

  5. Go skiing in Michigan

  6. California

Or you can do fun activities in Indianapolis, IN. Like…

  1. Sky Zone

  2. Monkey Joe's

  3. Dave & Buster's

  4. South Eastway Park

  5. Rascals

  6. Great Times

  7. Bowling

  8. Lazer Tag

Or maybe you play you play sports for the Franklin Township Flashes like...

  1. Basketball

  2. Football

  3. Soccer

  4. Volleyball

  5. Tennis

  6. Cheerleading

Those are some fun stuff to do over fall break.


October Homecoming Parade by Faith Smith

Have you heard that there was a Homecoming Parade on September 22nd? Well, it was awesome! There was candy and people and floats. We should have all went because we will had loads of fun! Many SC students came to the parade. And guess what! Even some of the high schoolers came to watch their high school friends on the floats. The best part of the homecoming parade was when the people on the floats threw candy at the street and at you, so if you came remember the next time you come to bring a bag for all the candy you catch, because the candy wouldnt all fit in your hand! Hope to see you there!I hoped you Enjoyed the parade!

Mrs. Parks, South Creek’s New School Counselor by Brody Gilliam

Mrs. Parks is new to South Creek, and I have to say, she is really nice. She likes to spend time with students. Mrs. Parks loves this school and this is her first year here, so be good for her. This is Mrs. Parks 3rd year of being a school counselor. She was a school counselor at Evansville School District for 2 years, and now she is the school counselor at South Creek Elementary. Mrs. Parks is really nice and I hope you get the chance to meet her.

Fall Break by Emily Rule

Hey Gators did you hear that halloween is finally here? I can not wait to pick out a costume!

There is also a Fall party right here at South Creek! All the teachers are doing something different thing in there class. There is also Fall Break! I am so excited!

I have interviewed a teacher from each grade level to see what they are doing for Fall Break!


Interview: Mrs.Monday

I will be relaxing and spending time with my family.

First Grade:


I am going to California

Second Grade:

Interview: Mrs.Moody

I am going to Tennessee.

Third Grade:


I am going to Australia.

Fourth Grade:

Interview: Mrs.Sirilla

I am excited to go on a cruise

Fifth Grade:


Me and my family are going to Florida

Recipe of the Month by Katy Walker

Can you guess my next recipe? I bet that you can. My next recipe is going to be a hot or cold ham and cheese sandwich. It is one of my favorite LUNCH recipes. This recipe is a good and simple recipe for a party, celebration ceremony, or even a sleepover with your friends!

Ham And Cheese Sandwich


2 - 12 ct. Pkgs. of sweet Hawaiian rolls (small Hawaiian roll ones)

1 ½ lbs Virginia baked ham

12 slices swiss cheese

¾ cup butter

1 ½ tsp. Dijon mustard

1 ½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 ½ tsp. Dried onion

Poppy seed


You will need two 9 x 13-inch pans. Place the bottoms of 12 rolls in each pan. Layer the ham and cheese slices over the rolls. Put the tops on. In a saucepan, mix butter, dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and dried onions and heat until butter is melted and all ingredients are combined. Then, pour the melted mixture over the top of the ham sandwiches. Sprinkle with poppy seeds and cover with foil. Refrigerate overnight (if not able to wait, that’s okay. They still taste great!) Preheat oven to 350*. Bake uncovered for about 15-20 minutes and serve. They are great hot and even room temperature.

My family and I love these ham sandwiches. Hope you like them as much as we do. Enjoy!


Gators! Did you know that the homecoming parade was on the 22nd of September? Gators rode the South Creek float and threw candy.The South Creek cheering area was in front of Chase bank and all the Gators were cheering for our awesome float, that was judged at the end. They were able to see the other floats, too. You can also see the Gators of the Month either on the float or walking by the float. I hope you saw our great teachers there and, of course, we can't forget our big Gator AL! Later Gators !

October Book Sales by Dayla Craig

There is a book sale on October 5th-6th during conferences. I hope you all are as excited as I am! I can not wait to find a book to call my own. There are so many to choose from. What book would you choose? I heard there a few new Goosebumps books. Here are some questions I am going to ask Mrs.Thurston. What are the newest books in the library? Are there any new goosebumps or big nate books? When's the best time to come to the book fair with parents? What are the popular books in the library? How should kids act in library should they be acting like kindergarteners or should the be acting like they are loyal kids.

Mrs.Thurson said that the new books are Ghosts by Raina Teldemeir who wrote the Sisters, Simile and Drama. There is a new book from Captain Underpants called Dog Man he’s ”part dog, part man”

What are the newest books in the library?

One of our new books is Ghosts by Raina Telgemeir who wrote the VERY popular books Sisters, Smile, and Drama. There is a new book by Dave Pilkey (Captain Underpants) that was very popular at our Thompson Crossing book fair. It's called Dog Man. It's about a guy who's "part dog, part man, and ALL HERO!" I predict the most popular book at our book fair will be Took by Mary Downing Hahn. She writes books that are often pretty spooky and suspenseful and this one is no exception. Took is a creepy ghost story with an even creepier doll! The new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, Double Down, will be available for pre-purchase, but it doesn't come out until Nov. 1st. If you order it through book fair, it will be delivered to school that day or maybe the day after.

Are there any new Goosebumps or Big Nate books?

There will be Goosebumps books, but they're not technically new. I think the last Goosebumps book to come out was Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes a few years ago, so R.L. Stine needs to get cracking and write some new Goosebumps for us! There will be several Big Nate books available. The newest Big Nate book is called BIG NATE: Revenge of the Cream Puffs. I'm not sure if we'll have it at book fair. It just came on a couple of weeks ago, but I'm sure there'll be a ton of Big Nate books available.

When's the best time to come to the book fair with parents?

Book fair will be open during parent/teacher conferences. That's the best time for parents to shop, but parents are also welcome to come during their child's library time.

What are the popular books in the library?

I just checked Destiny Quest and the most popular books right now are:

10. Fun With Pokemon

9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney

8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney

7. Drama by Raina Telgemeir

6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney

5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney

4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney

3. Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-so-perfect Pet Sitter by Rachel Renee Russell

2. Sisters by Raina Telgemeir

1. Pokemon Deluxe Essential Handbook

How should kids act in library during the fair?

This year, we're going to have the book fair in the LGI room again, so half the class will be able to check out a book in the library while the other half shops, then we'll flip. As always, there should be no running and kids should be on their best behavior.

Will students get to visit the book fair during school or only after school?

Kids will be shopping during their regular library time. They'll have to wait until their first library visit to shop, so if your normal library day is Tuesday, you have to wait until Tuesday to shop. You can't come in early, no matter how excited you are! Don't worry, we'll make sure we have everything, no matter how popular it is. If you forget your money on your library day, you can always come back and shop later in the week. Book fair begins Friday, Oct. 7th and runs through Thursday, Oct. 13. We will be packing up the book fair first thing in the morning on Oct. 14th. Then, Scholastic will pick up everything and take it to their warehouse on the north side of Indianapolis.

What is a Gator of the Month by Garrett McElfresh

Hi Gators!!! We are here at South Creek today and I am Garrett from the Gator

Gazette. I have some questions for some of our Gators of the Month:

1. What does it mean to you to be Gator of the Month?

2. Have you ever gotten on purple this year and why?

3. What do you recommend to others so they can be a Gator or the month?

4. How many times have you been a Gator of the Month?

5. If you had to choose a person to be a Gator of the Month, who would you pick?

And thank you for letting me take your time to find out what Gator of the Month means by Garrett Mcelfresh!!!

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