ENEWS
for Tuesday, October 31, 2017

            

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Happy Halloween from some of our youngest Gryphons!

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We have a new Student Star. Congrats to Attison Womack for starting a Room in the Inn club at SGIS! Learn more!

 

GENERAL SGIS NEWS

ADMISSION SEASON IS HERE! Here are three simple things you can do TODAY!

  • Share our most recent video on facebook and twitter and invite people to our admission open houses this week and next!
  • Help us staff a table at India Fest this Saturday, November 4. If you can assist, email communications@sgis.org.
  • Invite friends to the upcoming Art Show. More info.

IMPORTANT SCHOOL SURVEY: You should have received notification about a survey link from the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS). This survey will take about eight minutes, closes at 5 pm on November 1, and is important in the school's accreditation process. The email would have come from surveys@sais.org via research.net. We have had reports that this email, in some instances, has gone to spam folders. Please take the time to look for this email and complete the survey as we value your input. If you did not receive the survey link directly, you may use the general link to share your thoughts: https://www.research.net/r/SGIS17

ART SHOW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: We are excited about the annual St. George's Art Show and Sale that is just around the corner, November 9-11! There are plenty of opportunities for you to help before and during the show. All volunteers have free admission to the Art Show and Sale so you can get a jump on your holiday shopping or just fill your empty walls! Please sign up today to volunteer at the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4cafa82aabf85-2017

2017 ST. GEORGE'S ART SHOW AND SALE: Tell your friends, mark your calendars, and buy your tickets! November 9-11 there will be over 50 regional and local artists at our Collierville campus – there's something for everyone! The money raised from this event goes toward the arts program at St. George's. For more information or to buy your ticket visit sgis.org/artshow

LOWER SCHOOL PLAY NOV 2-3: 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. Donations to Coins for Carson will be accepted. More info.

GRANDPARENTS DAY COMING SOON: Watch for information about Grandparents Day the Monday/Tuesday before Thanksgiving. All grandparents with valid mailing addresses in our database will receive a mailed invitation. At St. George's, the middle/upper school will hold a reception for grandparents on Monday afternoon, November 20, while the two lower school campuses will hold chapel services and special activities on Tuesday morning, November 21. Stay tuned for more information!

WINTER SPORTS PROGRAM ADS–DEADLINE EXTENDED: If you would like to submit an ad for the winter season printed program, please do so via the Gryphon Club page on the school's website. Please do this before the new deadline of November 8. Ad materials are also due on November 8. Please contact the athletic office with any questions.

WINTER SPORTS YARD SIGNS: If your 5th-12th grade student plays a fall sport for St. George's, be on the look-out for sports-specific yard signs which will be distributed to families at upcoming parent meetings, after practice, etc. Our goal is to cover the community with consistent-looking signs, showcasing both our athletic logo and our talented athletes across all sports. Throughout this year, we hope that each household involved in a school sport will join us in showing our Gryphon spirit to the entire Memphis community! 

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.
REMAINING FALL SESSION DATES:
October 30 – December 2
December 4- December 16

 

 

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

TIPS FROM DR. BURGESS: Early childhood families received an email last week with links to helpful articles on three parenting topics. Take a minute to skim these easy reads, then forward it to a friend. We hope you find these tips helpful.

RESOURCES FOR EARLY LANGUAGE SKILLS: Early development of language skills is so important to students' future success, yet one in six children experience some type of language-based delay. Thankfully, early intervention works and there are several resources available, including those connected to St. George's parents. Click here to download a list of resources. Please don't hesitate to be in touch with Dr. Stewart Burgess, Director of Early Learning, for further conversation.

PARENT BOOK CLUB FOLLOW-UP AND RESOURCES: Thanks to all who participated in our first Parent Book Club last week. We hope you agree that the conversations were engaging and enlightening. We look forward to partnering with you on future book club meetings during the school year. Download a resource list that was shared with parents with additional books, articles, and web resources about teens and technology. Look for an announcement soon about the next Parent Book Club selection.

BOYS LACROSSE FRIDAY TOSS AROUND: Boys lacrosse players in grades 5-8 are invited on Friday afternoons from 3:30-4:30 pm for "Friday Toss Around" at the lacrosse wall behind Ferguson Field. We will spend some time catching, throwing, and shooting with Coach Slatery and the middle school coaches Oct. 27, and Nov. 3, 10, and 17. Bring your stick, gloves, and helmet. We will have extras if you need to borrow some equipment. This is an informal, optional opportunity, and all boys new to the sport or returning players are welcome to join!


 


LOWER SCHOOL (grades PK-5) / Germantown Campus

COINS FOR CARSON: "Coins for Carson," is a fundraiser to benefit St. Jude that honors the life of St. George's student, Carson Head '24. While a patient at St. Jude, Carson wanted to donate her piggy bank to the hospital and encouraged others to do the same. We ask that each student bring in a square Kleenex box to create their very own piggy bank. We will be making piggy banks during religion classes October 27 through November 6. After students complete their piggy banks in class, they will bring it home to start collecting money. Students are encouraged to fill their piggy banks with money earned from chores, allowance, or donations. Beginning on November 29, students are asked to return their filled piggy banks to school. On December 1, Paula Head, Carson's mom, will speak in chapel and we will present all of the piggy banks to the St. Jude club. The money raised will support Team Carson Elizabeth.

ADMISSION POSTCARDS: The Admission Office sent upcoming events postcards home in Tuesday folders recently. Please pass the postcards on to friends if you don't need the reminder for your own family! Remember, word of mouth is our best form of advertising, and we hope you'll help us in this effort!

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.

ERB/CTP4 ACHIEVEMENT TESTING: Students in grade 2-5 will take the ERB/CTP4 achievement test October 30 and November 6-9. Detailed information will be posted on teacher websites.

SCHOOL PHOTOS: School photos were delivered to homerooms today and will be distributed to students this week. Please contact your teacher if you have not yet received the package by this Friday. A make-up day for those absent will be held Thursday, November 9 at 8:30 am. Students who were absent will be added to the make-up list automatically; those who wish to request a make-up for a valid reason (eyes closed, etc.) should  email Tracy Forbes at tforbes@sgis.org. We do ask that the original package of photos be returned.

SGIS BOOK WEEK: Reading is Magic! Save the date for the Book Fair and all of our exciting Book Week activities. Click here for details.





LOWER SCHOOL (grades PK-5) / Memphis Campus

FAMILY NIGHT NOVEMBER 16: Howdy Partners! Lasso a good book and read! Reading Rodeo Family Literacy Night is Thursday, November 16, 5:00-6:30 pm. Please join us for an evening of fun! Games, snacks, crafts, books, and technology savvy will all be included in our Family Literacy Night. Come early and visit the book fair. Click here to download more information. 

DATE CHANGE! ERB/CTP4 ACHIEVEMENT TESTING: Students in grade 2-5 will take the ERB/CTP4 achievement test November 2-3 and 6-8. Detailed information will be posted on teacher websites.

SCHOOL PHOTOS: School photos were delivered to homerooms today and will be distributed to students this week. Please contact your teacher if you have not yet received the package by this Friday. A make-up day for those absent will be held Wednesday, November 8 at 8:30 am. Students who were absent will be added to the make-up list automatically; those who wish to request a make-up for a valid reason (eyes closed, etc.) should  email Erin Payne at epayne@sgis.org. We do ask that the original package of photos be returned.

SADDLE UP AND READ– WILD WEST BOOK WEEK IS NOVEMBER 13-17: The Memphis campus is ready to lasso some good books and celebrate reading! The Scholastic Book Fair will be open every day during snack and recess times, as well as 3:00-4:30 pm.

  • Tuesday, November 14, 9:00am – Battle of the Books between members of the 4th and 5th grades
  • Wednesday, November 15, 8:10 am – Book Character Parade (access the sign-up)
  • Thursday, November 16 – Wear your western gear to get ready for our Family Literacy Night/ Digital Citizenship Night at 5 pm (download more information)
  • Friday, November 17, 9 am – Wear your pajamas for Milk and Cookies Day!

VOLUNTEER AT THE WILD WEST BOOK FAIR: The Memphis campus library is looking for some parents to volunteer to help run the book fair November 9-21. Access the volunteer sign-up sheet here. Email Mrs. Denman cdenman@sgis.org with any questions.

VISION SCREENINGS: The Southern College of Optometry will be on campus November 27-28 to perform vision screenings. In order for your child to be screened, we must have a signed permission form. These screenings are free for all students. Questions? Email Erin Payne at epayne@sgis.org.

 

 

 

MIDDLE/UPPER SCHOOL – COLLIERVILLE CAMPUS

SCHOOL PHOTOS: School photos were delivered to advisors on Friday and will be distributed to students this week. Please contact your advisor if you have not yet received the package by this Friday. A make-up day for those absent will be held Wednesday, November 1 at 2:30 pm. Students who were absent will be added to the make-up list automatically; students who wish to request a make-up for a valid reason (eyes closed, etc.) should ask their parents to email Marianne Simmons in the upper school office at msimmons@sgis.org. We do ask that the original package of photos be returned.

EARLY DISMISSAL FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY: Middle and upper school students will be dismissed at 12:30 on Tuesday, November 21, for the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no extended day care on Tuesday, November 21. Students will return to school on Monday, November 27.


 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL (grades 6-8)

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!

PARENT BOOK CLUB FOLLOW-UP AND RESOURCES: Thanks to all who participated in our first Parent Book Club last week. We hope you agree that the conversations were engaging and enlightening. We look forward to partnering with you on future book club meetings during the school year. Download a resource list that was shared with parents with additional books, articles, and web resources about teens and technology. Look for an announcement soon about the next Parent Book Club selection.

MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENT COLLEGE COFFEE: Team College Guidance is pleased to announce our first Middle School College Coffee on Monday, November 13 at 8:30 am in the Dining Room. This casual conversation typically does not have an agenda, but we will discuss the college search process, answer some of your questions, and listen to anything else on your mind. Coffee and casual conversation will be provided.

BOYS LACROSSE FRIDAY TOSS AROUND: Boys lacrosse players in grades 5-8 are invited on Friday afternoons from 3:30-4:30 pm for "Friday Toss Around" at the lacrosse wall behind Ferguson Field. We will spend some time catching, throwing, and shooting with Coach Slatery and the middle school coaches Oct. 27, and Nov. 3, 10, and 17. Bring your stick, gloves, and helmet. We will have extras if you need to borrow some equipment. This is an informal, optional opportunity, and all boys new to the sport or returning players are welcome to join!


 


UPPER SCHOOL (grades 9-12)

CLASS RING ORDERS FOR JUNIORS: Juniors who would like to order a class ring may do so on Wednesday, November 1, from 12:30-1:20 pm in the dining room.

12TH GRADE MEETING WITH BALFOUR REGARDING COMMENCEMENT SUPPLIES: On Monday, November 6, Balfour will meet with Seniors at 9:40 am in the dining room to discuss Commencement supplies

SENIOR PARENT COLLEGE COFFEE: Parents of seniors are invited to join Team College Guidance for a Parent Coffee on Thursday, November 9 at 8:30 am in the College Guidance Office. We will give you an update about where we are in the application process with the senior class, answer your questions, and have our planners to schedule individual meetings with you.

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.

COLLEGE TOUR TO BOSTON & NEW ENGLAND JUNE 11-15 FOR SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS: College Guidance is pleased to announce our first college tour to Boston and New England on June 11, 2018 with EF Tours. During this trip, we will see at least eight different types of colleges including Boston University, Boston College, Emerson College, Bates College, University of New Hampshire, Tufts University and Harvard University. We will also enjoy off-campus sightseeing where these schools are located in order for students to get a feel for the surrounding communities and what it would be like to be a student there. The price includes airfare and transportation, hotel accommodations, breakfasts and dinners, guided tours, fun activities and travel insurance. Enrollment can be completed online through the EF tour website. Space is limited! If you have questions or need more information about this tour, please check out the tour website or contact Ms. Jessica Hardy via email at jhardy@sgis.org. Download more info.

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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