for Tuesday, September 26, 2017


PHOTO OF THE WEEK: As part of their study on community, JK students from the Memphis campus enjoyed a special field trip to several important places in the community: the fire station where SGIS parent Lee Thomas is a firefighter, Sprouts Market, and the all-important Gibson's Donuts. The field trip was a great way to complement their in-class discussions and projects.

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

  • Spread the word about our sponsorships/partnerships around the community. St. George's is sponsoring Pig Power Day at The Children's Museum of Memphis this Saturday, 10 am until 3 pm. More details.
  • Refer a friend. Friends make great classmates; tell us about someone who should be a St. George's family. Complete our online form now.
  • Connect with us on social media, like, and share! We are post regularly on facebook, twitter, linkedin, and instagram. You're always welcome to comment on or share a post, but we hope you'll do it especially when you see a post with hashtag #ShareSGIS.

SGIS COLLABORATING WITH PAINT MEMPHIS: Paint Memphis 2017, a one-day paint festival held Saturday, September 30, will bring over 150 artists together to paint an entire city block: Willett between Central and Lamar, two buildings east of the underpass, and the Altown Skatepark. SGIS student-artists will transform the Altown Skatepark wall into a mural that defines Memphis as a city of hope. The SGIS Modern Music Ensemble will be a part of the live music to make this event fun for art lovers of all ages. So come out this Saturday, any time between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm to support St. George's talented student artists and performers, and to see the painting of the largest collaborative mural in Tennessee. Food and drink trucks available. Learn more.

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, you may download and print the forms and bring them with you. Download the Assignment of Benefits form. Download the Consent form.

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 28: MS Red Volleyball vs. Lausanne (4:30) at home
  • September 28: MS Gold Volleyball vs Lausanne (5:30) at home
    • Theme: Pajamas
  • September 29: Varsity Football vs. USJ (7 pm) at USJ
  • September 30: Boys/Girls Varsity Cross-Country at Shelby Farms
    Theme: Running Attire
  • October 2: JV Volleyball vs. Lausanne (5 pm) at home
  • October 2: Varsity Volleyball vs Lausanne (6 pm) at home (Senior Night)
    • Theme: 901 Theme
  • October 3: 5/6 Football vs. St. Louis (5:30) at home
  • October 3: MS Football vs. St. Louis (7 pm) at home
    • Theme: Hawaiian

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

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.

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! 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



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.

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!

TOUGH ENOUGH AND LOWER SCHOOL NIGHT OCT. 20: Save the date for this fun-filled St. George's tradition. Held at the Collierville campus and beginning at 5:00 pm, Tough Enough allows lower school students to participate in grade-level races as well as a family fun run, followed by Lower School Night at the home football game. Watch for more details!


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. For second grade and up, please check your child's backpack for an invitation to share with a friend who is interested in becoming a Gryphon!

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.

EMAIL FROM DR. BURGESS FOR PARENTS OF EARLY LEARNERS: Watch your inboxes this week for the first in a new email series from Dr. Stewart Burgess, Early Learning Director, full of parenting tips and tricks.

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!




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.




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. Please check your middle schooler's backpack for an invitation to share with a friend who is interested in becoming a Gryphon!

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!

MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMPUS CAMPOUT NOV. 3-4: This is an awesome event that fills quickly every year. There are 20 spots available. 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.

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT LIFE OPPORTUNITIES: Recently, middle school students learned about the many ways to engage outside of the classroom through service, academics, spirit, SGGO, art, enrichment, and recreation. Download the presentation to see the choices. Questions? Contact Smith Ferguson at sferguson@sgis.org

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.


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!

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.

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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