ENEWS
for Tuesday, January 9, 2018

            


PHOTO OF THE WEEK: On their first day back to school last week, the eighth grade got a special sneak peek into the plethora of upper school activities available. Take a look!

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GENERAL SGIS NEWS

ADMISSION SEASON IS HERE: January and February are key decision-making months for prospective families. Help us show our St. George's spirit throughout our community. Here are three things you can do today!

  • Put a new yard sign in your yard or a new decal on your car. These items will be distributed in carpool lines next week.
  • Join us (and bring a friend) for CMOM's Princess Fantasy Tea this Saturday. St. George's is a sponsor and tickets are still available on the CMOM website.
  • Watch our social media posts for #ShareSGIS and then share those posts with your network.

MAJOR DATES CALENDAR: The major dates calendar for the upcoming academic year is now available. Download it now.

INTERNET SAFETY SESSION THIS WEEK: Deb Ireland, Assistant United States Attorney and educator on internet safety, will address middle and upper school students during assemblies this Thursday. Topics will include the amplified effects of cyber-bullying, the lack of privacy online, and the potential consequences of careless sharing through social media. In addition, Ms. Ireland will offer parents a preview of her student sessions and share real-world tips on protecting your children as they navigate the tricky space where technology and social interactions intersect. Parents are invited to join us Wednesday, January 10 at 6:30 pm in the Collierville campus dining room as we connect to support our students and our community. St. George's highly recommends that parents from all three campuses attend this opportunity, although the content of the presentation will be geared toward middle/upper school issues. Friends and families from outside our community are welcome!

SHARE WITH ALUMNI IN YOUR HOUSEHOLDS: Alumni are invited to join us for our final Home for Hoops event on Friday, January 12. More details: http://www.sgis.org/page.cfm?p=28

NO SCHOOL, DAY OF SERVICE ON JANUARY 15: There will be no school on Monday, January 15, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

MLK DAY ON JANUARY 15: Rather than seeing this Monday as a day off, MLK Day On challenges citizens to transform the MLK holiday into a day of action and volunteer service in honor of Dr. King. Join St. George's in one of many opportunities on Monday, January 15 to serve the greater good this MLK Day! There is something for everyone, young and old, so don't miss it! Click here to see the choices and sign up via our online form.

RE-ENROLLMENT FOR RISING GRADES JK-12 BEGINS NEXT WEEK: Information about re-enrollment contracts will come out next week. Families with dual parents/guardians must have both people login and sign the contract. This week is a good time to gain technical assistance if you anticipate needing help with your login. Please email Julien Vincent at jvincent@sgis.org.

AUCTION ITEMS NEEDED / HELP THE "LIVE AND LET BID" AUCTION BE EXTRAORDINARY: The Parents Association's largest fundraiser is the Live and Let Bid Auction on April 14. We need your help in collecting enticing and engaging auction items. In 2017 our parents raised over $70,000 from the live and silent auctions. If you or your business want to donate an item or an experience please email auction co-chairs Rheagan Harris at rheagan.harris@gmail.com or Alicia Juckett at ajuckett79@yahoo.com. You can also go to sgis.org/PAauction. Thank you in advance for all of your help! P.S. Don't forget you can purchase your tables or tickets by going to sgis.org/PAauction too!!

WINTER BLOOD DRIVE: Parents, families, and friends are invited to join us for our winter blood drive on Friday, January 26, from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm in the senior dining room at the Collierville campus. Drop-ins are welcome, but if you would like to reserve a specific time, you can either email 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 emailed to students in the coming week. Please watch for permission slips coming home that require a parent or guardian’s 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!

GAMES OF THE WEEK: The games of the week are back for the winter season! Please visit our Games of the Week webpage for upcoming opportunities to join the school community in cheering for our Gryphons!

 

 

 

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

MEET THE MIDDLE SCHOOL: Families of fifth graders are invited to join us the evening of Thursday, January 11 at 6:00 pm on the Collierville campus for our "Meet the Middle School" event. On this night, we will provide parents with key information for an exciting and smooth transition into middle school.

LOWER SCHOOL TALENT SHOW: Save the date for the 2018 Lower School Talent Show, scheduled for Wednesday, January 17. Ticket information coming soon!

 

 

 

LOWER SCHOOL (grades PK-5) / Germantown Campus

SPRING ENRICHMENT CLASSES NOW OPEN: Extended Day Enrichment Classes are now open for registration on Veracross. We have some new classes and seasonal offerings along with our original favorites. Browse the options on our new webpage! Most classes will start the week following Martin Luther King Day, but please check your specific class as some dates vary. If you have any questions or concerns, please email mlawo@sgis.org.

BOYS LACROSSE PARENT-COACH NIGHT: On Tuesday January 23 the boys lacrosse program will host their annual pre-season interest meeting for parents who have sons in grades 5-8. Whether your son is new to lacrosse, a returning player, or interested in possibly playing, please feel welcome to join parents and coaches to learn more about the season ahead and the lacrosse program therein. We will meeting in upper school classrooms H163 and H164 at the Collierville campus from 6:00-7:00 pm.

 

 

 

LOWER SCHOOL (grades PK-5) / Memphis Campus

ENRICHMENT CLASS REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE: Optional extended day enrichment classes begin soon and registration is now available. This year, all enrichment class registrations will be done online through Veracross. Classes begin the week of January 16. Please visit our extended day page for the details and the registration link. Questions? Please contact Colleen Phillips at cphillips@sgis.org.

BOYS LACROSSE PARENT-COACH NIGHT: On Tuesday January 23 the boys lacrosse program will host their annual pre-season interest meeting for parents who have sons in grades 5-8. Whether your son is new to lacrosse, a returning player, or interested in possibly playing, please feel welcome to join parents and coaches to learn more about the season ahead and the lacrosse program therein. We will meeting in upper school classrooms H163 and H164 at the Collierville campus from 6:00-7:00 pm.

 

 

 

MIDDLE/UPPER SCHOOL – COLLIERVILLE CAMPUS

OZARK WATER PROJECT SHOE DRIVE CONTEST: It is time to dig out all used and unwanted shoes from the closet! After the break, eighth graders and the Institute for Citizenship participants are hosting our annual Ozark Water Project Shoe Drive, complete with prizes! Winning middle school X-blocks will receive an ice cream sandwich party, and a pizza lunch will be provided for the winning upper school grade level. Shoe donations will be collected in the front of the school January 8-12. Please remember to tie shoelaces together, or bring pairs in separate plastic bags.

MEET THE UPPER SCHOOL NIGHT JANUARY 16: Please join us for our "Meet the Upper School" night on Tuesday, January 16 at 5:30 pm in the Collierville campus dining room. Members of our team will welcome you and provide valuable information to guide your children into ninth grade and beyond.

TRIP TO BERLIN, PRAGUE, KRAKOW & BUDAPEST: It may be over a year away, but it's always good to plan early when it comes to international travel and you won't want to miss out on this excellent opportunity to visit some of central Europe's most beautiful cities. Ms. Erlandson will be leading a trip for next year's 9th-12th grade students to Berlin, Prague, Krakow, and Budapest over spring break in March 2019. Parents are invited to sign up for the trip as well. Enrollment is now open through the EF Tours website, and all it takes to reserve your spot and lock in the current and truly reasonable price is a $95 registration fee. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Erlandson at terlandson@sgis.org.

 

 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL (grades 6-8)

MEET THE UPPER SCHOOL NIGHT JANUARY 16: Please join us for our "Meet the Upper School" night on Tuesday, January 16 at 5:30 pm in the Collierville campus dining room. Members of our team will welcome you and provide valuable information to guide your children into ninth grade and beyond.

BOYS LACROSSE PARENT-COACH NIGHT: On Tuesday January 23 the boys lacrosse program will host their annual pre-season interest meeting for parents who have sons in grades 5-8. Whether your son is new to lacrosse, a returning player, or interested in possibly playing, please feel welcome to join parents and coaches to learn more about the season ahead and the lacrosse program therein. We will meeting in upper school classrooms H163 and H164 at the Collierville campus from 6:00-7:00 pm.




UPPER SCHOOL (grades 9-12)

LAST CALL FOR 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. The deadline to sign up for the trip has been extended to the end of this month (note: limited financial assistance is available through tripaid@sgis.org)! Our hope is that we have at least 10 students travel with us to Boston in June. If we do not have at least 10 participants, the college tour will be cancelled.

SENIOR / PARENT DINNER ON JANUARY 29: Parents of twelfth grade students who have not already done so should contact Paula Boruszewski at pboruszewski@sgis.org or 901-457-2091 to RSVP for the Senior/Parent Dinner on January 29, 2018. This gathering is a semi-formal occasion exclusively for the parents of seniors and the Class of 2018 to enjoy dinner and a brief program presented by the seniors. The dinner will be held in the Faith Building at Germantown Baptist Church, 9450 Poplar Avenue. Please enter from Johnson Road and proceed to the northwest side of the property. Those who enter from Johnson Road north of Poplar Avenue should use the first entrance after Johnson Road Park. The entrance to the Faith Building is at the back of the building. There will be an opportunity for pictures, so please arrive prior to the dinner which will be served at 6:30 pm.

TIME TO REGISTER FOR THE ANNUAL UPPER SCHOOL YOUTH IN GOVERNMENT CONFERENCE: The annual Upper School Youth in Government Conference will take place April 12-15 in Nashville. Students who would like to participating should attend an interest meeting during school or contact Mrs. Philpott.

UPPER SCHOOL PARENT COFFEE: Tom Morris, Upper School Director, will host an informal parent coffee on Tuesday, January 23, 8:30-9:30 am in the upper school lounge. There are no set agenda topics; this is simply a time to connect and deepen communication with the upper school.

ST. GEORGE'S GREAT OUTDOORS OZARK HIGHLANDS BACKPACKING TRIP FEBRUARY 15-18: SG-GO is headed to the Ozark Highlands Trail in Ozark National Forest. The trail highlights some amazing natural resources near Memphis. Students on the trip will visit remote areas of the National Forest accessible only to hikers, and they will be responsible for setting up camp and cooking meals along the trail. The trip is intended to promote independence and build confidence. There will be students with varying skill levels and all will work together to ensure a fun and safe experience! The trip dates are February 15-18. Cost for the trip is $300. Financial assistance if available. Please email Mr. Abrams at sabrams@sgis.org or Mr. McClain at wmcclain@sgis.org for more information about the trip.


 

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

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