ENEWS
for Tuesday, October 10, 2017

            

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SGIS students had experiences of going beyond the school hallways to create public art at the recent Paint Memphis event. Read all about it.

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GENERAL SGIS NEWS

STUDENT CARE: In light of the recent tragedy in Las Vegas and other events and natural disasters, sometimes it is difficult to know how to process the stories and images with our children. Common Sense Media has guidelines and suggestions for parents of children of different ages to discuss news stories that are challenging to comprehend. We hope this is a helpful resource for you and your family.

ADMISSION SEASON IS HERE! We need our whole community to tell our story in preparation for admission season. Here are three simple things you can do TODAY!

  • Prospective students in grades 2-11 can experience St. George's at our October 13  "Gryphon for a Day" event. Share the information on this page with a friend!
  • Join us at the Botanic Garden's Flick or Treat on October 28, one of our sponsored events. More info. Bring a friend!
  • Refer a friend. Friends make great classmates; tell us about someone who should be a St. George's family. Complete our online form now.

SIGN UP FOR PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES IN VERACROSS: Conferences are a fantastic opportunity for deeper partnership and open communication regarding your child's growth and learning at St. George's so far this year. Parent-Teacher Conference Day is Tuesday, October 24, 2017. In order to schedule your conference, please access the link found in your Veracross parent portal. Download our one-page instruction sheet if you need help. If you find that your schedule cannot accommodate any of the conference openings, please contact your child's homeroom teacher (lower school) or advisor (middle/upper school) to inquire about alternate dates and times. Please also note that Conference Day of October 24 involves special schedules for students. Please see the information below:

  • Collierville Campus: All middle and upper school students will be dismissed at 12:30 on October 24, and there will be no extended day care on this day.
  • Germantown Campus: There will be NO SCHOOL for students in Grades PK, JK, and SK on Oct. 24 due to parent conferences. There is a noon dismissal for Grades 1-5. The extended day program is closed on this day. However, parents may drop their child(ren) into "conference care" during the time of their scheduled conference at no charge.
  • Memphis Campus: There will be NO SCHOOL for students in grades PK-5 on October 24 due to parent-teacher conferences. The extended day program is closed on this day. However, parents may drop their child(ren) into "conference care" during the time of their scheduled conference at no charge.

HURRICANE RELIEF DRIVE: Families at all campuses are invited to join together to help victims of recent hurricanes. Collection boxes will be in the middle/upper school dining room and the front desk/lobby area at the lower schools. Middle and upper school students will be awarded 5 points per full box on the GryphNation app. Download a flyer detailing some of the needs.

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.

  • October 13: Varsity Football vs. Collierville (7:00) at home
    • Theme: Homecoming / Dressy

SUPPORT THE HISTORY CLUB'S SERVICE PROJECT: Support our students at the student-run concession stand at home football games. Student clubs will take turns running the mini-concession stand each week selling snacks and drinks. This Friday SGIS supports the History Club as it raises money to send care packages to enlisted soldiers. Food trucks will also be on site during the games.

BOYS LACROSSE FALL YOUTH CLINICS: Please join the boys varsity lacrosse team this fall as they host a series of youth lacrosse clinics for elementary and middle school student-athletes in grades 5-8. This will be a non-contact clinic focusing on skill development and the basic fundamentals of lacrosse. Whether you are new to the sport or an experienced player, our varsity players and coaches are excited to teach and work with all players interested in learning more about the game of lacrosse. Download the flyer for more information about gear to bring, attire, and the gear drive.

  • Clinic Dates: Saturday, October 14 and Saturday, October 21
  • Time: 9:30 - 11:00 am
  • Location: St. George's Collierville campus, lower practice fields

FALL BLOOD DRIVE OCTOBER 12: Parents, families, and friends are invited to join us for our fall blood drive on Thursday, October 12 from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm in the Senior Dining Room at the Collierville campus. This blood drive will help benefit the victims of Hurricane Irma. The more donors we get, the more points we earn, which ultimately means that more money will be donate on our behalf to Goodwill Industries of Central Florida. Drop-ins are welcome, but if you would like to reserve a specific time, you can either e-mail sabrams@sgis.org, or you can visit the Club Lifeblood website to reserve a spot online. Lifeblood recently changed the weight requirements for giving blood for students, and those will be e-mailed to students in the coming week. Please watch for permission slips coming home that require your signature. Donors are strongly encouraged to eat a hearty breakfast and drink plenty of water prior to donating. Thank you for helping us save lives!

RACE FOR THE CURE: St. George's creates teams for selected Memphis area races that widely impact our community, and you're invited to join the St. George's Independent School Race for the Cure Team on October 28, 2017. Download details.

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE LOWER SCHOOL PLAY: In a tuneful retelling of the timeless fairytale, Jack and the Beanstalk, St. George's actors shine as they sing of suspense, humor, and adventures! Come climb up the beanstalk with Jack for a dramatic musical adventure to remember for a lifetime at the Germantown Chapel/Performing Arts Center at 6:00 pm on Thursday, November 2 and 6:00 pm on Friday, November 3.


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.

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

 

 

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

TOUGH ENOUGH AND LOWER SCHOOL NIGHT OCT. 20: We hope your plans for Friday, Oct. 20 include Tough Enough and Lower School Night at the varsity football game! Tough Enough, a long-standing SGIS tradition, will occur at the Collierville campus beginning at 5:00 pm. Please park in front of the academic building. Access the schedule of events and all other details including food information by clicking here. Following the grade level runs, all lower school students will perform the National Anthem for the crowd prior to kickoff. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the theme for the varsity football game is a PINK out! Students will receive a PINK Tough Enough t-shirt to wear to school and to the night events on Friday, October 20, 2017. All lower school students and families will be admitted to the football game free of charge. Go Gryphons!

NORRIS JR. FAMILY CAMP-OUT: Families with 2nd-5th graders should watch their mailboxes for a postcard about this fun, annual event. Learn more.

NEW FIELD TRIP SHIRTS ARE IN! You may come by your campus' spirit shop to pick up a new field trip shirt. The new shirts are dry-fit and the cost is 25.00, no tax. The navy shirt that we have used the last few years is also fine to wear on field trips. If you completed an order form at the beginning of the year, you still need to come to the shop to pick your shirt up! The Memphis campus shop is open on Tuesdays 3:30-5:00 and the Germantown shop is open Tuesday/Thursday, 7:45-9:45 and 2:00-4:00.

 


LOWER SCHOOL (grades PK-5) / Germantown Campus

GRYPHON FOR A DAY: Do you know someone who would make a great Gryphon? Prospective students in grades 2-11 are invited to spend the morning at St. George's on Friday, October 13 or Friday, November 10. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience St. George's active learning and agile teaching firsthand. Visiting students will shadow current students, attend classes, and enjoy lunch compliments of St. George's.

MOCK NEWBERY CLUB FOR GRADES 3-5: Check Mrs. Winstead's veracross page for all of the details about this year's Mock Newbery Book Club. Our first meeting will be Thursday, October 12 at 3:00 pm in the Cooper Library.

SCHOOL PHOTOS OCTOBER 12: Individual school photos will be taken on the morning of Thursday, October 12 in the Jones Commons. Homeroom teachers will bring their class to be photographed at a designated time that morning. Students should be dressed appropriately; non-patterned clothing photographs best. A make-up date is provided on November 9 should a student be absent.

CONFERENCE DAY OCT. 24/SPECIAL SCHEDULES AND EXTENDED DAY CARE CLOSED: There will be NO SCHOOL for students in Grades PK, JK, and SK on Tuesday, October 24 due to conferences. There is a noon dismissal for Grades 1-5. The extended day program is closed on this day. However, parents may drop their child(ren) into "conference care" during the time of their scheduled conference at no charge.

TINY TOTS TENNIS: The tennis program at our Collierville campus is a partner entity with the school and invites SGIS families to enjoy its programs. The Tiny Tots class is a great way to introduce ages 4-7 to tennis. Classes will be held at the Lightman Tennis Center on the Collierville campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00-4:45 pm beginning October 17. Additional information is available for download or on the tennis website at www.sgistennis.com.




LOWER SCHOOL (grades PK-5) / Memphis Campus

SCHOOL PHOTOS OCTOBER 11: Individual school photos will be taken on the morning of October 11. Homeroom teachers will bring their classes to be photographed at a designated time in the morning. Students should be dressed appropriately; non-patterned clothing photographs best. A make-up date is provided on Nov. 8 should a student be absent.

PARENT CONFERENCES / NO SCHOOL ON OCTOBER 24: There will be NO SCHOOL for students in grades PK-5th on October 24 due to parent conferences. Parents, please use this time to meet with your child's teacher during your scheduled conference time.

 

 

MIDDLE/UPPER SCHOOL – COLLIERVILLE CAMPUS

SGIS HOMECOMING OCTOBER 13: Come join us for a (short) week's worth of homecoming festivities! Download all the details.

GATES CLOSED OCTOBER 13: The third annual Upper School Field Day takes place Friday, October 13. In order to protect the participants who will be utilizing the bridge, the Houston Levee gates will be closed mid-morning until about 3:45 pm.

CONFERENCE DAY TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24: Conferences will be held on Tuesday, October 24. Scheduling instructions will be forthcoming. All middle and upper school students will be dismissed at 12:30 on Tuesday, October 24. There will be no extended day care on conference day.

 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL (grades 6-8)

GRYPHON FOR A DAY: Do you know someone who would make a great Gryphon? Prospective students in grades 2-11 are invited to spend the morning at St. George's on Friday, October 13 or Friday, November 10. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience St. George's active learning and agile teaching firsthand. Visiting students will shadow current students, attend classes, and enjoy lunch compliments of St. George's.

ULTIMATE FRISBEE EVENT OCTOBER 13: Join us after school, 3:15-5:15 pm, on Friday, October 13 on the practice fields for some ultimate frisbee fun! As always, everyone is welcome A permission form is required. Snacks will be provided.

WEEKEND KAYAK CAMPOUT NOV. 10-12: Up to eight middle school students will head to the Ozark Mountains for a weekend kayaking on the Little Red River and exploring the beautiful area on multiple hikes. We will camp on the river bank, skip rocks, and cook. It truly is an unforgettable weekend. Spots are limited and will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis in the order in which they are turned in to the middle school office. Financial aid is available for this trip. Download more info. Come join the fun!

NOV. 3-4 MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMPUS CAMPOUT IS FULL: This event filled up quickly and is now full. Please email Coach Ferguson at sferguson@sgis.org to be added to the waiting list. We will be camping on the lower practice field next to the Stokes Fieldhouse. However, a majority of time will be spent in the woods and on the beach alongside the Wolf River. We will be cooking out, going on a night hike, playing games, roasting marshmallows, and just enjoying the outdoors. There is no cost for the trip. Download more info.

CHILDCARE DURING PARENT-CONFERENCES: Parent-Teacher Conference Day is a half-day of school. We will not serve lunch, the middle school extended day program will not be open, and teachers will be involved in conferences. As there is no student supervision available, it is expected for students to be picked up at dismissal time.

 


UPPER SCHOOL (grades 9-12)

PSAT/NMSQT Administration- October 25: On October 25, 2017, we will be administering the PSAT/NMSQT to grades 10 and 11. The start time is 8:00 am, and there is no makeup date for this assessment. The ninth grade will follow their schedule as normal, and twelfth grade will be involved in activities off site. It is very important for tenth and eleventh graders to arrive early because testing will begin promptly at 8:00 am.

COLLEGE COFFEE: Upper School Parents, please join Team College Guidance (Timothy Gibson and Jessica Hardy) for a Parent Coffee on Thursday, October 12 at 8:30 am in the Upper School Lounge or 5:30 pm in the Dining Room. Senior Parents, we would love to give you an update about where we are in the application process with the senior class. Freshman, Sophomore and Junior Parents, we will chat with you about summer opportunities for students. As always, we will answer your questions and have our planners to schedule individual meetings with you.

UPPER SCHOOL DIVISION PARENT COFFEE: Tom Morris, Upper School Director, will be hosting an informal parent coffee on Tuesday, October 31, 8:30-9:30 am, in the upper school student lounge. There is no set agenda, rather this is simply a time to connect and to deepen communication within the upper school.

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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