for Tuesday, October 24, 2017


PHOTO OF THE WEEK: A St. George's tradition going back nearly 40 years, Tough Enough brings together students and families for an evening of races and athletic competitions - but more importantly, helps students set goals and build perseverance. Tough Enough was followed by the Lower School Night celebration at the last home football game of the season as well as Senior Night.

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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!

  • Share our most recent video on facebook and twitter and invite people to our admission open houses which begin this week!
  • 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!

IMPORTANT SCHOOL SURVEY: Last week you received notification from Ross Peters about the importance of a school's ability to evaluate its performance and improve. You play an important role in our efforts to look at ourselves honestly and take action for improvement. Yesterday, you should have received a survey link from the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS). The email would have come from surveys@sais.org via research.net. We have had reports that this email, in some instances, has gone to spam folders. Please take the time to look for this email and complete the survey as we value your input.

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 27: Varsity Football vs. Houston HS (7:00 pm) at Houston
    • Theme: Costume

ART SHOW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: We are excited about the annual St. George's Art Show and Sale that is just around the corner, November 9-11! There are plenty of opportunities for you to help before and during the show. All volunteers have free admission to the Art Show and Sale so you can get a jump on your holiday shopping or just fill your empty walls! Please sign up today to volunteer at the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4cafa82aabf85-2017

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

PARENT BOOK CLUB: Join us tomorrow 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.

LOWER SCHOOL PLAY NOV 2-3: 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.

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

NORRIS JR. FAMILY CAMP-OUT IS FRIDAY: 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.

TIPS FROM DR. BURGESS: Early childhood families received an email today with links to helpful articles on three parenting topics. Take a minute to skim these easy reads, then forward it to a friend. We hope you find these tips helpful.

RESOURCES FOR EARLY LANGUAGE SKILLS: Early development of language skills is so important to students' future success, yet one in six children experience some type of language-based delay. Thankfully, early intervention works and there are several resources available, including those connected to St. George's parents. Click here to download a list of resources. Please don't hesitate to be in touch with Dr. Stewart Burgess, Director of Early Learning, for further conversation.


LOWER SCHOOL (grades PK-5) / Germantown Campus

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. 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, Paula Head, Carson's mom, will speak in chapel and we will present all of the piggy banks to the St. Jude club. The money raised will support Team Carson Elizabeth.

ADMISSION POSTCARDS: The Admission Office has sent upcoming events postcards home in Tuesday folders both last Tuesday and today. Please pass the postcards on to friends if you don't need the reminder for your own family! Remember, word of mouth is our best form of advertising, and we hope you'll help us in this effort!

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.

ERB/CTP4 ACHIEVEMENT TESTING: Students in grade 2-5 will take the ERB/CTP4 achievement test October 30 and November 6-9. Detailed information will be posted on teacher websites.

LOWER SCHOOL (grades PK-5) / Memphis Campus

FAMILY NIGHT NOVEMBER 16: Howdy Partners! Lasso a good book and read! Reading Rodeo Family Literacy Night is Thursday, November 16, 5:00-6:30 pm. Please join us for an evening of fun! Games, snacks, crafts, books, and technology savvy will all be included in our Family Literacy Night. Come early and visit the book fair. Click here to download more information. 

ERB/CTP4 ACHIEVEMENT TESTING: Students in grade 2-5 will take the ERB/CTP4 achievement test November 6-10. Detailed information will be posted on teacher websites.





SCHOOL PHOTOS: School photos were delivered to advisors on Friday and will be distributed to students this week. Please contact your advisor if you have not yet received the package by this Friday. A make-up day for those absent will be held Wednesday, November 1 at 2:30 pm. Students who were absent will be added to the make-up list automatically; students who wish to request a make-up for a valid reason (eyes closed, etc.) should ask their parents to email Marianne Simmons in the upper school office at msimmons@sgis.org. We do ask that the original package of photos be returned.



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.


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.

CLASS RING ORDERS FOR JUNIORS: Juniors who would like to order a class ring may do so on Wednesday, November 1, from 12:30-1:20 pm in the dining room.

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.

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.

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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