for Tuesday, August 29, 2017


PHOTO OF THE WEEK: With the expansion of Little Georgies and 60+ infants and early learners in our program, it's now a common sight to see not one, but two buggies out for a stroll on a beautiful day!

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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! 

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

  • August 29: JV Soccer (5 pm) and Varsity Soccer (7 pm) at Houston
    • Theme: Career Day
  • August 31: 5/6 Football vs. St. Francis (5:30 pm) and MS Football vs. St. Francis (7 pm) at home
    • Theme: Jersey Night
  • September 1: Varsity Football vs. Northpoint (7 pm) at Northpoint
    • Theme: Neon

DINING SERVICES: Need details about meal plan options for your campus? Visit our Dining Services page.

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.

NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4: There will be no school on Monday, September 4, in observance of Labor Day.

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




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)

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.

MIDDLE SCHOOL MAP TESTING (MEASURES OF ACADEMIC PROGRESS): On August 28, 29, and 31, middle school students will sit for the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) standardized testing program. Download the letter from Ms. Traci Osterhagen, Middle School Director, with information about the test and some things you can do to ensure your children do their best and testing runs smoothly.

ULTIMATE FRISBEE SEPTEMBER 1: Join us after school, 3:30-5:00 pm, on the soccer practice field for some fun playing ultimate frisbee. Everyone is welcome. Pick-up will be from the Stokes Fieldhouse. No form is needed unless you plan on riding the bus to the Memphis campus after the event. Please contact Smith Ferguson at 901-581-8347 or sferguson@sgis.org if that is the case.

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. Optional workshops to learn the music for auditions are August 30 and September 1 in the choir room during x-block. 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)

BACK-TO-SCHOOL PARENT OPEN HOUSE: Please join us on Wednesday, August 30, for our Back-to-School Open House for the upper school, 5:30-7:30 pm. Please arrive at 5:15 pm to pick up your child's schedule in Beard Commons, then head to the dining room for a brief meeting beginning at 5:30 pm. From there you will be dismissed to follow your child's schedule throughout the academic building.

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.

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.

NINTH GRADE MAP TESTING (MEASURES OF ACADEMIC PROGRESS): On August 28-30, our ninth graders will be taking the MAP assessment. This is administered online, so students should arrive at school each morning with their fully charged laptop in hand. The assessment is approximately 90 minutes in length.

REGISTRATION FOR UPPER SCHOOL MODEL UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE OPEN: This year the conference will be November 17-19 in Murfreesboro, TN. Students who would like to participate should attend one of the upcoming interest meetings at school. Please contact Mrs. Philpott at ephilpott@sgis.org with any questions.

NEW VEHICLES ON CAMPUS: If your student will be a new driver on campus or has changed vehicles over the summer, please complete the vehicle registration form. A hang tag will be issued by Kalyn Underwood, Upper School Dean of Students, within the first week of school. Your student may park on campus prior to receiving the tag so long as the student is registered.

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.

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

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

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: Mark your calendars to join us on September 20 at 4:30 pm for our Back-to-School Open House! More details coming soon!

LITTLE GEORGIES (infants and early learners) / Germantown Campus

DOGWOOD GATES: As a friendly reminder, the gates on the Dogwood side of campus, will be closed from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm (except for Wednesdays when they open at 1:30 pm). Please use the Poplar entrance during these hours when visiting the 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.


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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