for Tuesday, September 12, 2017


PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Active learning? Yes! When the fourth grade enters their geography unit covering rivers, deposition, deltas, erosion, and run-off they experience lessons first-hand with a trip to the Wolf River.

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PARENTS ASSOCIATION FALL FUNDRAISER IS HERE! We have kicked off our fundraiser! Watch for information in your inbox tomorrow with all the details!

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.

FLU SHOTS ARE AVAILABLE AT ST. GEORGE'S: Flu season is here, and St. George’s and Wellness First are partnering to bring flu shots to our campuses. Students must be at least nine years of age, and elementary-aged students must be accompanied by a parent. Pregnant women may be vaccinated with a note from their doctor. Shots not covered by insurance will be $25. You and / or your student must present a completed consent form at the time of the shot. Adults must also bring their driver’s license, health insurance card, and completed assignment of benefits form if health insurance will be used. Please have a photocopy of the front of your driver’s license and both sides of your insurance card at the time of the shot. Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, and Medicare are accepted; please check with your health insurance carrier to verify your coverage if you do not have either of these. For your convenience, required forms for the shots will be emailed when they become available so that you can print them and bring them along.

Dates and locations are listed below.

  • Wednesday, September 20 at 3:00-4:00 at Collerville campus
  • Thursday, September 21 at 7:30-8:30 at Collierville campus
  • Monday, September 25 at 3:30-4:30 at Memphis campus
  • Tuesday, September 26 at 2:00-3:00 at Germantown campus
  • Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30-8:30 at Germantown campus
  • Thursday, September 28 at 7:30-8:30 at Memphis campus

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 15: Varsity Football vs. Harding (7 pm) at home
    • Theme: Jersey
  • September 19: MS Gold Soccer vs Briarcrest (4:30 pm) at Briarcrest
    • Theme: Neon

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.

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

SG FOR SJ T-SHIRT: We are thrilled to share that we have a great-looking t-shirt to show our support for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This is not only vibrant and fun for our team for the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer on September 23, but it is also a shirt that you'll want to wear year-round. To show our St. Jude spirit and support, middle and upper school students will be able to wear these or another St. Jude t-shirt (Team Carson Elizabeth, Adam's Army, etc.) with regular dress code bottoms, in lieu of Friday dress on September 22. If you are interested in purchasing one, please click on this link. T-shirt orders should be placed by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 14.

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.

SUPPORT MODEL UN/YOUTH IN GOVERNMENT CLUB'S SERVICE PROJECT: 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 selling snacks and drinks including Chick-fil-A sandwiches and Sweet LaLa's cookies. This Friday SGIS supports Model UN/Youth in Government Club's Binghampton School service project. 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? Visit our Gryphon Club page for all the details. Learn more about the Gryphon Club from Tom Densford, Athletic Director.

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!

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.
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 has begun! Watch for information in your inbox tomorrow with all the details! 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. 

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.

FALL BREAK: Fall Break begins on October 4 with a half day. Lower school students will be dismissed at noon on October 4. Students return to school on Tuesday, October 10. Have a safe break!


LOWER SCHOOL (grades PK-5) / Germantown Campus

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.

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.

LOWER SCHOOL (grades PK-5) / Memphis Campus

DO YOU NEED A FIELD TRIP SHIRT? Visit the Spirit Cart on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:00pm! If you cannot come in during that time, feel free to send in your cash or check payable to SGIS in an envelope ($15 for pique polo, $25 for new dri-fit) and email Mrs. Thomas at tthomas@sgis.org with your child's shirt size. Once your payment is received, we will send the shirt home with your child. Call 901-261-3950 with any questions! Note: Dri-fit shirts will be delivered as soon as they arrive!

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.




STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHS ON SEPTEMBER 29: Individual student photographs will be taken on Friday, September 29. Students should NOT wear Friday Dress, instead non-patterned clothing should be worn.

FALL BREAK: Fall Break begins on October 4 with a half day. Middle and upper school students will be dismissed at 12:30 pm on October 4. Students return to school on October 10.

FREEDOM FROM CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY: Please see the email sent on September 10 to parents of 6th-12th graders about these upcoming meetings.



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 tomorrow 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.

FRIDAY FILM SEPTEMBER 15 3:45-5:15: PM: Middle schoolers are invited to stick around after school this Friday for some free pizza and a movie that will be voted on this week! Please email: mssenate@sgis.org if you plan on attending and complete this permission slip. It will be a lot of fun!

MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL INTEREST: All middle school boys who are interested in trying out for basketball should email Coach Ruffin at jruffin@sgis.org with your name and grade as soon as possible. Try-outs will be scheduled at the conclusion of the middle school football season. Once those dates are set, you all will be notified.

MIDDLE SCHOOL SWIM TEAM INFORMATIONAL MEETING: Calling all lovers of swimming (and water)! Families are invited to attend an informational meeting for middle school swimming. Join us Wednesday, September 27 (not the 29th as stated in earlier information) at 5:30 pm in the Senior Dining Room on the Collierville campus to learn more about swimming. All levels of experience are welcome. The season begins after Fall Break. If you are unable to attend please contact Andrea Ballard at aballard@sgis.org or 261-3958. An information packet can be found here.

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.



UPPER SCHOOL (grades 9-12)

UPPER SCHOOL STUDENT LIFE OPPORTUNITIES: There are several ways for upper school students to engage outside of the classroom through service, academics, spirit, SGGO, art, enrichment, and recreation. Here you will find the interactive 2017-2018 Upper School Student Life Brochure. Students have already had the chance to sign up for clubs but it is not too late to change choices or to be added to a roster. Students are invited to get plugged in!

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.

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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Go to the SGIS Communications page.
Have a question or concern about Enews? Email communications@sgis.org

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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