ENEWS
for Tuesday, September 5, 2017

            

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Get ready for the Parents Association Fall Fundraiser! Middle and lower school families should watch for details in the coming week.

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GENERAL SGIS NEWS


ALUMNI EVENT THURSDAY: Know a St. George's alum who lives in the vicinity? Make sure they know about our alumni event on Thursday, September 7 at the Levitt Shell. Email Maggie Murff at mmurff@sgis.org for details or visit our alumni facebook or instagram pages.

THE PARENTS ASSOCIATION WOULD LOVE YOUR HELP! Every St. George's parent is automatically a member of the Parents Association and has an open invitation to participate as schedules allows. There are a wide range of volunteer opportunities available. Click on the appropriate link below to sign up:

SAVE THE DATE FOR PARENTS ASSOCIATION'S FALL BREAKFAST: On Tuesday, September 19 Head of School Ross Peters will address parents with the "State of the School: The Role and Significance of Parent Partnership" in the Parish Hall on the Germantown campus at 8:15 am. A continental breakfast will be provided. Join us for learning and fellowship! 

VIEWING STUDENT GRADES: Please visit this page to see the dates in which student grades are open for viewing within the Veracross portals. The dates are also listed in your Veracross calendars.

GAMES OF THE WEEK:
Join us for our games of the week, an opportunity for the community to come together to support various athletic teams throughout the year.

  • September 6: Girls Varsity Golf (4 pm) at Wyndyck CC
    • Theme: White Out
  • September 6: MS Cross Country (4 pm) at Shelby Farms
    • Theme: White Out
  • September 8: Varsity Football vs. ECS (7 pm) at home and Fine Arts Tailgate
    • Theme: American

DIRECTORY AND MOBILE VERACROSS ACCESS: Did you know that parent and student portals, including directory information, can be accessed from your mobile device? Visit the Veracross portal address on your mobile device:  https://portals.veracross.com/sgis. Bookmark this page OR add it as an icon to your homescreen for easy mobile access. Please note that families have the opportunity to hide or display directory information according to their own privacy desires. It's a good idea to check the directory and then update your family profile in Veracross to make sure that your directory information is displaying as you wish. Questions? Please email Amanda Asbell at aasbell@sgis.org for lower school or Julien Vincent at jvincent@sgis.org for middle/upper school. Note: the Veracross app in the Apple app store is only for staff members who need back-end access to the SGIS database.

PARENT BOOK CLUB: Parents are invited to read the middle-grade novel Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead. This coming-of-age novel about friendships, silly bets, and bad decisions using technology will open the door for rich discussions to have with your child on these timely topics. Faculty members will facilitate a discussion with parents and offer tips for being wise in a digital world. Limited copies will be available for parents to check out at each campus library. Please sign up by Friday, October 13 on our google form if you plan to participate. Save the date for our discussion: Wednesday, October 25, 9:15 am OR 6:00 pm at the Germantown campus Cooper Library. Download the flyer.

NEW STUDENT-RUN CONCESSION STAND: Support our students at the new student-run concession stand at home football games. Student clubs will take turns running the mini-concession stand each week and sell snacks and drinks. The proceeds from the concession stand will go to each club's non-profit of choice. This Friday the concession stand supports Make-A-Wish. Food trucks will also be on site during the games. 

HOME FOOTBALL GAMES: Please be mindful of the safety and well-being of your children during home football games, especially as they enjoy playing on the adjacent field. We ask that parents provide age-appropriate supervision, as needed, and work with their students to pick up trash and keep our facility clean. As a reminder, St. George’s fosters a commitment to sportsmanship and mutual respect. Thank you!

ATHLETIC PASSES / ATHLETIC PROGRAM: Get ready to cheer on the Gryphons! Home games are coming, and fall season and annual passes are now on sale. If you attend more than 20 home sporting events per year, purchase an annual pass to save money! Imagine the benefits of parking right next to Ferguson Field for pre-game tailgating or a shorter walk! Consider renewing or joining the Gryphon Club with a Gold or Cardinal level membership, complete with ticket passes and convenient parking. Proceeds of Gryphon Club transactions fund student spirit items, secure fan buses, support senior night activities, and much more. Want to purchase season passes or show your spirit by purchasing an ad in the fall sports program? Visit our Gryphon Club page for all the details. Learn more about the Gryphon Club from Tom Densford, Athletic Director. Please note that the deadline to purchase AND submit materials for an ad in the fall sports program was Friday, August 25. Questions about the printed program? Email Ben Todd at btodd@sgis.org.

RESERVE AD SPACE IN THE 2017 YEARBOOK: Support St. George’s Independent School by placing an ad in our yearbook! Ads are a great way to advertise for a business and/or honor a student, teacher, volunteer, club, or team. Click here to access the online ad agreement form. You can reserve your space now but ads will not be officially processed until payment is received. Space goes fast, so reserve soon!

JOIN SGIS TEAM FOR SEPTEMBER 23 ST. JUDE WALK/RUN TO END CHILDHOOD CANCER: We are walking in honor and memory of every Gryphon warrior who has known this disease, as well as all in the St. George's community that have supported them and believe that childhood cancer will end. All are welcome, and participation is what is most important for this event that takes place on the St. Jude campus. Questions? Please email Heidi Rubín de la Borbolla at hrubin@sgis.org. Please click on our team page for details about signing up: http://walkrun.stjude.org/SGIS2017

SWIM LESSONS AT COACH ROB'S POOL SCHOOL: Coach Rob’s Pool School is a partner entity with St. George's, offers swim instruction year-round, and is conveniently located in the Compton Aquatic Center on the Collierville campus. With Coach Rob’s highly successful play-based curriculum, students have fun while developing skills and confidence. From tots to triathletes, from basic water safety to swim team there’s something for everyone at the Pool School. Classes include group lessons in Levels 1-8 (ages 3-13), Parent/Tot (ages 18 months to 3 years), and Adult. Private lessons are available by appointment. Please call 901-386-1999 or visit www.swimpoolschool.com for class schedules and registration forms.
FALL SESSION DATES:
September 5 – September 30
October 2 – October 28
October 30 – December 2
December 4- December 1

 

 

LITTLE GEORGIES (infants and early learners) / Germantown Campus

VERACROSS PORTALS: Little Georgies families now have access to Veracross parent portals and should have received orientating instructions via email. Questions? Please contact our early childhood assistant Rebecca Smith at rsmith@sgis.org.

 

 

LOWER SCHOOL (grades PK-5) / Germantown AND Memphis Campuses

AND THEY'RE OFF! The 2017 Parents Association Fall Fundraiser will begin next week! Watch for information and a special crown in your child's book bag that contains information on how to participate in the St. George’s Fun Run! Family and friends anywhere can support the St. George's Parents Association by giving pledges toward the number of laps your students will run on the day of the Fun Run: September 21 for Memphis campus and September 22 for the Germantown campus. More information on this exciting event can be found here.

LOWER SCHOOL TAILGATE: Join other lower school families this Friday, September 8 at 6:00 pm for a football tailgate. Upper school students will sell pizza, chips, candy, and water at the mini-concession stand to raise money for Make-A-Wish. Look for more information from your room parents or contact Maggie Murff at mmurff@sgis.org with questions. 

FIELD TRIP SHIRTS: For those interested, new dri-fit field trip shirts are on order and will arrive to the school spirit stores in mid-September. Last year's field trip shirts are still acceptable for wear, and any remaining stock in the stores will be marked down to $15.

CARPOOL REMINDERS: In order to ensure the safety of our students and families, please refrain from using cell phones in the carpool line. Also, when exiting the parking lots, please use your blinker. Thank you for your partnership.


LOWER SCHOOL (grades PK-5) / Germantown Campus

ENRICHMENT CLASSES NOW AVAILABLE: After-school enrichment class options are now open for registration. Please visit the Germantown campus extended day webpage and click on the "enrichment classes" button to log in into the registration portal. Classes relevant to your child's grade will display, and you may register within the portal. All classes will start the week after Labor Day, September 4. If you have any questions, please contact Maddie Lawo, Director of Extended Day at mlawo@sgis.org.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE SEPTEMBER 21: Save the date of Thursday, September 21, 5-6:30pm and join us on the Germantown campus for our annual Back-to-School Open House. Your child will guide you on a tour of the school and his/her individual classroom. A reception will be provided by the Parents Association.

EXTENDED DAY EARLY CLOSURE ON SEPTEMBER 21: Due to Back-to-School Open House, the extended day program will close at 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 21.



LOWER SCHOOL (grades PK-5) / Memphis Campus

RESCHEDULED NEW FAMILY GATHERING: Due to weather last Thursday, the new family gathering at Las Delicias on Park Avenue has been rescheduled to Thursday, September 7, 4:30-6:00 pm. Please RSVP to Erin Payne at epayne@sgis.org. Childcare is provided at school until 6:15 pm

LEARN TO SWIM: Splash Mid-South, a water safety initiative headquartered at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, is offering St. George's families a significant scholarship for swim lessons. Lessons will be Sept 4 at the Hickory Hill Community Center. Lessons will begin at 5 pm and run 5 days a week for two weeks. Download and complete the registration form and return it to the front desk or give it to your child's teacher. Please contact Mrs. Ballard at aballard@sgis.org with any questions.

ENRICHMENT CLASS REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE: Optional extended day enrichment classes begin next week and registration is now available. This year, all enrichment class registrations will be done online through Veracross. Please visit our extended day page for the details and the registration link. Need to register just for general extended day care? Download the form on this same page. Questions? Please contact Colleen Phillips at cphillips@sgis.org.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE SEPTEMBER 20: Join us on Wednesday, September 20 from 4:30-6:00 for our Back-to-School Open House! Visit your child's classroom and engage in fun filled activities, then join us on the lawn for a family picnic! Bring a blanket or chairs and enjoy hotdogs, chips and popsicles with your family!

FAMILY FISHING DAY AT WINCHESTER FARMS SEPTEMBER 23: Horses, cows, and chickens, oh, my! Join us for Family Fishing Day at Winchester Farms on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Students are invited to bring the family for a fun day of fishing, checking out the animals, and exploring nature. Sign up today; spaces fill up quickly. Please call Colleen Phillips at 261-2200 or Ginny Webb at 261-3940 to reserve your spot. Click here for more information.

 

 

MIDDLE/UPPER SCHOOL – COLLIERVILLE CAMPUS

GRYPHON WRITING CENTER OPEN: The Gryphon Writing Center opened Wednesday, August 23! The Gryphon Writing Center has trained middle/upper school student tutors who can help students before, during, or after any writing assignment in any discipline. We are located in the Library Classroom and are open Monday-Thursday during x-block (2:30-3:15 pm). Students may book an appointment in our appointment system (up to four students at a time may book for the same time slot) or drop in (dependent on availability). There are some days we will be closed for training, and those are reflected as "Not Available" on our appointment system. If you have any questions, please email the Writing Center Director, Ms. Tara Mae Mulroy, at tmulroy@sgis.org.

 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL (grades 6-8)

IT'S A COLOR RUN: The 2017 Parents Association Fall Fundraiser has begun! Be on the lookout for an email next week with information on how to participate in the St. George’s Color Run! Family and friends anywhere can support the St. George's Parents Association by giving pledges toward the number of laps your students will run on Thursday, September 21.

AFTER-SCHOOL GUIDELINES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS: The middle school instructional day ends at 3:15 pm. From 3:15-3:45 pm, students may visit classrooms for office hours. Office hours are optional times for students to complete homework, seek help from teachers, and wrap up their day. If students are on campus from 3:15-3:45 pm, they are expected to be in office hours or the library. After 3:45 pm, students may be picked up by parents, move to the lounge to wait for the shuttle, or walk to the Stokes Fieldhouse for practices as instructed by their families. If students will not be picked up shortly after 3:45 pm, they are expected to go to the library for extended day supervision. If practices begin later than 4:00 pm, those athletes should go to the library until it is time to report to the fieldhouse to change for practice. Our goal is to provide flexibility to families and our students who have a variety of changing needs from one day to the next. We want students to be in supervised spaces when needed, while trusting and expecting them to manage their schedule according to their family's needs.

EXTENDED DAY OPTIONS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS: General extended day care is available for middle school students. In addition, an program called "Overtime," run by Coach Ferguson, is offered as another way for students to get connected after school. We will be participating in a wide variety of fun activities such as ping-pong, kickball, air hockey, chess, and ultimate frisbee. Learn more and register at our middle school extended day page.

ANYTHING GOES! AUDITIONS COMING UP! Our middle school will present the musical Anything Goes! this November. Auditions are September 6, 7, and 8 from 2:30-4:00 pm. Students must attend both the dance and the singing auditions to be cast in the play. There will be call-backs on September 8 for a selected list of students. Auditions will be in the choir room. The play will run November 16-19 with four performances. Students will sing one of the chosen songs from the show for auditions. They may learn it on their own or come to one or both workshops. No preparation is needed for the dance audition. Come try out for this wacky shipboard farce! Let the fun begin! Questions? Please email Karen Dean at kdean@sgis.org. 

MIDDLE SCHOOL BACK-TO-SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE SEPTEMBER 6: Wednesday, September 6 is Middle School Back-to-School Open House. The evening will begin at 5:30 in the Dining Room. After a welcome from the middle school leadership team, families will progress through each of their child's seven classes, spending approximately 12 minutes in each class. While middle school students do not need to attend, any students who are on campus should escort their family members through their schedule. Understanding that childcare for younger siblings can be difficult during the week, we will have limited, supervised space for school-aged siblings to play, draw, read, or watch a brief video. If you need care for a younger sibling, please call or email Ann Taylor (ataylor@sgis.org) so we can ensure adequate space and supervision. Babies and toddlers may remain with their parents as needed. We look forward to seeing you!

MIDDLE SCHOOL PING PONG & PIZZA SEPT. 8: Stick around after school on Friday, September 8 (note the date change) for some fun! Activities will include ping-pong, air hockey, and pizza. Everyone is welcome! Please let Mr. Ferguson know that you will be coming (901-581-8347 or sferguson@sgis.org). The event will last until 5:15 pm. No permission form is needed. Please bring $4 by noon on September 8 to Mr. Ferguson if you would like pizza. 

 

 


UPPER SCHOOL (grades 9-12)

COLLEGE COFFEE FOR PARENTS: Upper school parents are invited to join Team College Guidance (Timothy Gibson and Jessica Hardy) for coffee on Thursday, September 7 at 8:30 am in Agape Chapel or 5:30 pm in Halle Lounge. We will not follow a set agenda but will share observations about the college search process, answer some of your questions, and schedule individual meetings with parents.

CLASS RING ORDERS FOR JUNIORS AND SENIORS: Juniors and Seniors who would like to order a class ring may do so when Balfour is on campus in early October. Balfour will be on campus at 9:40-10:10 am on Monday, September 25 to explain the ring order process and distribute materials. Balfour will return to campus on Monday, October 2, during lunch to collect deposits and assist students with their orders.

THE SENIOR ALMANAC: Attention Senior Parents! Did you know there is a webpage listing significant dates of senior events throughout the year? Bookmark the Senior Almanac page or just use the search field next to "Quicklinks" on the SGIS website and enter "Senior Almanac." This page is periodically updated as dates and/or locations of events are confirmed.

PITNER DRIVING SCHOOL FALL REGISTRATION: We welcome Pitner Driving School to the Collierville campus on November 6-17. Pitner will provide 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of driving instruction. Interested students (who are between 15-19 years of age) and their parents should visit the website at www.pitnerdriving,com or call 901-767-4704.

TRIP TO AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, & FIJI: If you've ever thought about taking a trip to the South Pacific, here is your chance to check this one off of your bucket list! Ms. Erlandson, middle school American history teacher, will be leading a 12-day tour to Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji in early June of 2018 (exact tour dates TBA) for students currently in 9th-12th grade. Fall enrollment is now open but will close on October 31. Enroll now to lock in the current price and reserve your spot on the tour. The price includes airfare and transportation, hotel accommodations, breakfasts and dinners, guided sightseeing tours led by expert local guides, museum entrance fees, and travel insurance. Parents are invited to sign up for the trip as well. Enrollment can be completed online through the EF tour website. If you have questions or for more information about this tour, please check out the tour website or contact Ms. Erlandson via email at terlandson@sgis.org.

 


COMMUNITY NEWS: opportunities for community involvement and support for student groups

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Calendar Quick Glance:

The safety and security of our students is paramount. For this reason, we do not list all events, particularly field trips, on our public webpages. Please reference your SGIS portal for more detailed calendar events relevant to your family.


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