for Tuesday, October 17, 2017


PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Congratulations to our Homecoming Court and especially our Queen, Kate Seabrook '18. For more photos, visit our facebook page.

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We have a new Student Star. Congrats to Olivia Yukon '19 for her national ranking! Learn more!



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

  • Invite another family to the final home football game this Friday so they can see St. George's spirit in action!
  • Make plans to join us at the Botanic Garden's Flick or Treat on October 28, one of our sponsored events. More info. Bring a friend! Join us at other events around town.
  • Have a particularly poignant SGIS moment? Post a photo of it on your social media account and tag/mention the school!

SIGN UP FOR PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES IN VERACROSS: Conferences are a fantastic opportunity for deeper partnership and open communication regarding your child's growth and learning at St. George's so far this year. Parent-Teacher Conference Day is Tuesday, October 24, 2017. In order to schedule your conference, please access the link found in your Veracross parent portal. Download our one-page instruction sheet if you need help. If you find that your schedule cannot accommodate any of the conference openings, please contact your child's homeroom teacher (lower school) or advisor (middle/upper school) to inquire about alternate dates and times. Conference sign-up opportunities will close at noon on October 23, so please plan ahead. Please also note that Conference Day of October 24 involves special schedules for students. Please see the information below:

  • Collierville Campus: All middle and upper school students will be dismissed at 12:30 on October 24, and there will be no extended day care on this day.
  • Germantown Campus: There will be NO SCHOOL for students in Grades PK, JK, and SK on Oct. 24 due to parent conferences. There is a noon dismissal for Grades 1-5. The extended day program is closed on this day. However, parents may drop their child(ren) into "conference care" during the time of their scheduled conference at no charge.
  • Memphis Campus: There will be NO SCHOOL for students in grades PK-5 on October 24 due to parent-teacher conferences. The extended day program is also closed this day, however, parents may drop their child(ren) into "conference care" during the time of their scheduled conference at no charge.

HURRICANE RELIEF DRIVE: Families at all campuses are invited to join together to help victims of recent hurricanes. Collection boxes will be in the middle/upper school dining room and the front desk/lobby area at the lower schools. Middle and upper school students will be awarded 5 points per full box on the GryphNation app. Download a flyer detailing some of the needs.

LAST HOME FOOTBALL GAME: 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!

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

  • October 19: 5/6 Football vs. PDS (5:30 pm) at home
  • October 19: MS Football vs. Macon Road (7:00 pm) at home
    • Theme: Red and Gold
  • October 20: Varsity Football vs. FACS (7:00 pm) at home (Tough Enough, Lower School Night, Senior Night)
    • Theme: Pink Out
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. Sign ups were via our google form with a deadline of Friday, October 13. 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.

RACE FOR THE CURE: St. George's creates teams for selected Memphis area races that widely impact our community, and you're invited to join the St. George's Independent School Race for the Cure Team on October 28, 2017. Download details.

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE LOWER SCHOOL PLAY: 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. More info.

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

A NEW ADDITION TO ENEWS – VERACROSS  TIP OF THE MONTH: Instead of searching for updates on the portal, use the "recent updates" link to view the most recent updates from EVERY teacher. See a screenshot. The recent updates page will show you every change that has been made to every teacher's portal page chronologically. Never miss an assignment, photo gallery, or announcement again!

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.
October 30 – December 2
December 4- December 16



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

TOUGH ENOUGH AND LOWER SCHOOL NIGHT OCT. 20: We hope your plans for Friday, Oct. 20 include Tough Enough and Lower School Night at the varsity football game! Tough Enough, a long-standing SGIS tradition, will occur at the Collierville campus beginning at 5:00 pm. Please park in front of the academic building. Access the schedule of events and all other details including food information by clicking here. Following the grade level runs, all lower school students will perform the National Anthem for the crowd prior to kickoff. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the theme for the varsity football game is a PINK out! Students will receive a PINK Tough Enough t-shirt to wear to school and to the night events on Friday, October 20, 2017. All lower school students and families will be admitted to the football game free of charge. Go Gryphons!

NORRIS JR. FAMILY CAMP-OUT: Families with 2nd-5th graders are invited to this fun family camp out in memory of Norris Jr., class of 2019. Learn more.

NEW FIELD TRIP SHIRTS ARE IN! You may come by your campus' spirit shop to pick up a new field trip shirt. The new shirts are dry-fit and the cost is 25.00, no tax. The navy shirt that we have used the last few years is also fine to wear on field trips. If you completed an order form at the beginning of the year, you still need to come to the shop to pick your shirt up! The Memphis campus shop is open on Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00 pm, and the Germantown shop is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:45-9:45 am and 2:00-4:00 pm.


LOWER SCHOOL (grades PK-5) / Germantown Campus

CONFERENCE DAY OCT. 24/SPECIAL SCHEDULES AND EXTENDED DAY CARE CLOSED: There will be NO SCHOOL for students in Grades PK, JK, and SK on Tuesday, October 24 due to conferences. There is a noon dismissal for Grades 1-5. The extended day program is closed on this day. However, parents may drop their child(ren) into "conference care" during the time of their scheduled conference at no charge.

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. Starting this week, 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, we will present all of the piggy banks to the St. Jude club in chapel. The money raised will support both Team Carson Elizabeth and Adam's Army.

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.

LOWER SCHOOL (grades PK-5) / Memphis Campus

PARENT CONFERENCES / NO SCHOOL ON OCTOBER 24: There will be NO SCHOOL for students in grades PK-5th on October 24 due to parent conferences. Parents, please use this time to meet with your child's teacher during your scheduled conference time.




CONFERENCE DAY TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24: Conferences will be held on Tuesday, October 24. Scheduling instructions are above. All middle and upper school students will be dismissed at 12:30 on Tuesday, October 24. There will be no extended day care on conference day.




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!

MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL TRY-OUTS: The dates and times are set for boys basketball try-outs. Please note the following dates. If you have any questions regarding try-outs, please email Varsity Head Coach, Jeff Ruffin at jruffin@sgis.org. Physical Packets must be turned in to Ms. Lathum in the athletic office before try-outs. Download the physical packet.

  • Wednesday, October 25 and Thursday, October 26:
  • 6th Grade - 5:30-6:45 pm in Slatery Gym - Coach Asa Toney
  • 7th Grade - 5:30-6:45 pm in McNeill Gym - Coach Trey Lasley/Coach Blake Deaton
  • 8th Grade - 6:45-8:00 pm in Slatery Gym - Coach Marcus Boone

NOV. 3-4 MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMPUS CAMPOUT IS FULL: This event filled up quickly and is now full. Please email Coach Ferguson at sferguson@sgis.org to be added to the waiting list. 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.

CHILDCARE DURING PARENT-CONFERENCES: Parent-Teacher Conference Day is a half-day of school. We will not serve lunch, the middle school extended day program will not be open, and teachers will be involved in conferences. As there is no student supervision available, it is expected that students will be picked up at dismissal time.


UPPER SCHOOL (grades 9-12)

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.

VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL: Tryouts for girls varsity basketball is scheduled for Monday, October 30, 4:00-5:30 in McNeill Gym. Physical Packets must be turned in to Ms. Lathum in the athletic office before try-outs. Download the physical packet.

VARSITY and JV BOYS BASKETBALL: JV and Varsity basketball will begin on October 30 after school in Slatery Gym. Coach Ruffin would like to meet with anyone new to the JV/Varsity program who is considering trying out. Please promptly email him at jruffin@sgis.org to set up a time to meet this week or early next week if you have not already done so. Physical Packets must be turned in to Ms. Lathum in the athletic office before try-outs. Download the physical packet.

UPPER SCHOOL DIVISION PARENT COFFEE: Tom Morris, Upper School Director, will be hosting an informal parent coffee on Tuesday, October 31, 8:30-9:30 am, in the upper school student lounge. There is no set agenda, rather this is simply a time to connect and to deepen communication within the upper school.

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

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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