for Tuesday, November 14, 2017


PHOTO OF THE WEEK: Middle and upper school students had a sneak peek of the middle school production of Anything Goes! at Friday's assembly. Make plans to attend and support our young performers. The show runs November 16-19. More info.

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

  • The middle school production of Anything Goes! opens Thursday. Invite friends and family! More info.
  • Friends make great classmates. Refer a family to the admission office via our refer-a-friend page.
  • Join us at an upcoming community event and bring a friend. Support SGIS and support great community organizations. Learn more at www.sgis.org/aroundtown.

ART SHOW THANK YOU: We want to extend a HUGE thank you to all the artists, volunteers, and arts supporters who made the 2017 St. George's Fine Art Show a great success. We'll see you next year!

MIDDLE SCHOOL PLAY NOVEMBER 16-18: The S. S. American is sailing between New York and England with a comically colorful assemblage of passengers: Reno Sweeney, a popular nightclub singer and former evangelist, her pal Billy Crocker, a lovelorn Wall Street broker who has come aboard to try to win the favor of his beloved Hope Harcourt (who is engaged to another passenger, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh), and a second-rate conman named Moonface Martin, aka “Public Enemy #13.” Song, dance, and farcical antics ensue as Reno and Moonface try to help Billy win the love of his life. More info.

STUDENT ART OPENING NOVEMBER 16 IN CONJUNCTION WITH PLAY'S OPENING NIGHT: A collection of St. George’s student artwork from Collierville, Germantown, and Memphis campuses will be on display at the Germantown campus Thursday, November 16 through Friday, December 1, 2017. Over forty-five works of art will be displayed in the Jones Commons. Come join us for the opening reception on Thursday, November 16, 5:30-6:30 pm, and enjoy a variety of artwork from lower, middle, and upper school student artists, then proceed to opening night of Anything Goes!. Bonus event: the Book Fair will also be open Thursday evening for your shopping pleasure!

THANKSGIVING PIES: Please watch for email correspondence regarding the traditional homemade pies that our parent volunteers provide each year for our faculty and staff. We need some pie bakers and day-of volunteers!

GRANDPARENTS DAY EVENT NOVEMBER 20-21: Invitations to our Grandparents Day events were mailed to all grandparents with updated addresses in our database. Families received the information via email. At St. George's, the middle/upper school will hold a reception for grandparents on Monday afternoon, November 20, while the two lower school campuses will hold chapel services and special activities on Tuesday morning, November 21. If you need more information, please pick up an invitation at your campus welcome desk or check the website at sgis.org/grandparents.

WINTER SPORTS YARD SIGNS: If your 5th-12th grade student plays a fall sport for St. George's, be on the look-out for sports-specific yard signs which will be distributed to families at upcoming parent meetings, after practice, etc. Our goal is to cover the community with consistent-looking signs, showcasing both our athletic logo and our talented athletes across all sports. Throughout this year, we hope that each household involved in a school sport will join us in showing our Gryphon spirit to the entire Memphis community! 

HOUSTON HIGH SCHOOL LATE START NOVEMBER 29: Please plan ahead for November 29. A late start at Houston High School may affect local traffic patterns and cause traffic delays.

FAMILY SLEEPOVER AT THE BUNKHOUSE FOR ST. JUDE MARATHON: All St. George's families (kids and parents) are invited to the SG Bunkhouse at 815 N. McLean beginning at 6:30 pm the night before the St. Jude Marathon for food, fun, and fellowship. The following morning we will cheer loudly in celebration of all SGIS families past and present affected by cancer, and in support of all the runners racing to end childhood cancer! Whether you are running, coming just to evening activities, joining in the morning to cheer, or staying with us all night, we want you to CLICK HERE and let us know your plans! Space is limited! Sign up soon!

CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCES SCHEDULE: 'Tis the season! Mark your calendars and join us for one or all of our December musical performances, including our all-school worship opportunity, a Service of Lessons and Carols, on December 10. View our calendar of events.

NEED WINTER BREAK CHILDCARE FOR YOUR PK-5th GRADE CHILD? Sign up for a whole week or just a day or two! We're offering winter camp during the two weeks of Winter Break. Winter Camp is for all children, regardless of whether they attend SGIS. Questions? Please email winter@sgis.org and we'll respond to you promptly. Space is limited, so sign up today at www.sgis.org/wintercamp

THE HISTORY CLUB TO SEND CARE PACKAGES TO ENLISTED: At the Homecoming football game in October, the upper school History Club raised money to send care packages to American troops. We hope to send these care packages to troops related to the St. George’s community. If you have a family member or friend who is active in the military, please email the History Club sponsor Dr. Marianne Leung  at mleung@sgis.org so the History Club can add to their list!

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

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.

BOYS LACROSSE FRIDAY TOSS AROUND: Boys lacrosse players in grades 5-8 are invited on Friday afternoons from 3:30-4:30 pm for "Friday Toss Around" at the lacrosse wall behind Ferguson Field. We will spend some time catching, throwing, and shooting with Coach Slatery and the middle school coaches Oct. 27, and Nov. 3, 10, and 17. Bring your stick, gloves, and helmet. We will have extras if you need to borrow some equipment. This is an informal, optional opportunity, and all boys new to the sport or returning players are welcome to join!

EARLY DISMISSAL FOR THANKSGIVING BREAK: Lower school students will be dismissed at noon on Tuesday, November 21 for Thanksgiving Break. There will be no extended day care or lunch provided on this date. School will resume Monday, November 27. Happy Thanksgiving!

LOWER SCHOOL TALENT SHOW: Save the date for the 2018 Lower School Talent Show, scheduled for Wednesday, January 17. Registration will take place on Wednesday, December 6 from 7:30-8:30am in the lobby of the elementary building at the Germantown campus and 7:30-8:30am at the welcome desk at the Memphis campus. St. George's students in 1st-5th grades may submit to participate in ONE act in this annual variety show. Acts should be prepared to list the names and grade level of all members, the name of the act, song lyrics, and contact information for an adult coordinator. For more information and to download a registration form, click here. Please contact Tracy Forbes at tforbes@sgis.org with questions.


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.

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.

SGIS BOOK WEEK: Reading is Magic! Save the date for the Book Fair and all of our exciting Book Week activities. Click here for details. Visit this link to see photos from today's Book Character Parade. Plus... download new featured titles for the 2017 Book Fair via the links below: 

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.

SADDLE UP AND READ– WILD WEST BOOK WEEK IS NOVEMBER 13-17: The Memphis campus is ready to lasso some good books and celebrate reading! The Scholastic Book Fair will be open every day during snack and recess times, as well as 3:00-4:30 pm.

  • Tuesday, November 14, 9:00am – Battle of the Books between members of the 4th and 5th grades
  • Wednesday, November 15, 8:10 am – Book Character Parade (access the sign-up)
  • Thursday, November 16 – Wear your western gear to get ready for our Family Literacy Night/ Digital Citizenship Night at 5 pm (download more information)
  • Friday, November 17, 9 am – Wear your pajamas for Milk and Cookies Day!

VOLUNTEER AT THE WILD WEST BOOK FAIR: The Memphis campus library is looking for some parents to volunteer to help run the book fair November 9-21. Access the volunteer sign-up sheet here. Email Mrs. Denman cdenman@sgis.org with any questions.

VISION SCREENINGS: The Southern College of Optometry will be on campus November 27-28 to perform vision screenings. In order for your child to be screened, we must have a signed permission form. These screenings are free for all students. Questions? Email Erin Payne at epayne@sgis.org.





EARLY DISMISSAL FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY: Middle and upper school students will be dismissed at 12:30 on Tuesday, November 21, for the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no extended day care on Tuesday, November 21. Students will return to school on Monday, November 27.

INTEREST MEETING NOVEMBER 28 FOR TRIP TO BERLIN, PRAGUE, KRAKOW & BUDAPEST: It may be over a year away, but it's always good to plan early when it comes to international travel and you won't want to miss out on this excellent opportunity to visit some of central Europe's most beautiful cities. Ms. Erlandson will be leading a trip for next year's 9th-12th grade students to Berlin, Prague, Krakow, and Budapest over spring break in March 2019. Parents are invited to sign up for the trip as well. There will be an interest/informational meeting in the dining hall on Tuesday, November 28 at 6:00 pm. Enrollment is now open through the EF Tours website, and all it takes to reserve your spot and lock in the current and truly reasonable price is a $95 registration fee. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Erlandson at terlandson@sgis.org.



MIDDLE SCHOOL (grades 6-8)

BOYS LACROSSE FRIDAY TOSS AROUND: Boys lacrosse players in grades 5-8 are invited on Friday afternoons from 3:30-4:30 pm for "Friday Toss Around" at the lacrosse wall behind Ferguson Field. We will spend some time catching, throwing, and shooting with Coach Slatery and the middle school coaches Oct. 27, and Nov. 3, 10, and 17. Bring your stick, gloves, and helmet. We will have extras if you need to borrow some equipment. This is an informal, optional opportunity, and all boys new to the sport or returning players are welcome to join!

MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENT COFFEE: On Monday, December 4, middle school parents are invited to an informal parent coffee, 8:30-9:30 am, in Halle Lounge on the Collierville campus. Drop in for coffee and conversation with Traci Osterhagen, Middle School Director, and other middle school families. This is simply a time to connect and to deepen communication with the middle school.


UPPER SCHOOL (grades 9-12)

UPPER SCHOOL DIVISION DIRECTOR COFFEE: Tom Morris, Upper School Director, will be hosting an informal parent coffee on Wednesday, November 30, 8:30-9:30 am, in the Upper School Lounge. There are no set agenda topics; this is simply a time to connect and deepen communication with the upper school.

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.


COMMUNITY NEWS: opportunities for community involvement and support for student groups

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Calendar Quick Glance:

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