for Tuesday, November 28, 2017


PHOTO OF THE WEEK: There were quite a few characters parading about during the annual lower school Book Character Parade. Thanks to all who made our lower school book weeks a success! Photos from both lower school campuses can be found on our facebook page:

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

  • Invite a friend or prospective family to one of our outstanding Christmas musical programs! View our calendar of events.
  • 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.

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-SIGN UP BY WEDNESDAY: 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

GAMES OF THE WEEK: The games of the week are back for the winter season! Please visit our Games of the Week webpage for upcoming opportunities to join the school community in cheering for our Gryphons!

THE HISTORY CLUB TO SEND CARE PACKAGES TO ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY MEMBERS: 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 on active duty, please email the History Club sponsor Dr. Marianne Leung  at mleung@sgis.org so the History Club can add to its list!

KOREAN WAR VETERANS INVITED TO SHARE EXPERIENCES: A student-led oral history project documenting the experiences of men and women enlisted during the American involvement in the Korean conflict of 1950 to 1953 is inviting veterans to participate. If you are a Korean War veteran or know of a veteran that would like to share his or her story with the students, please contact faculty members Marianne Leung or Jamie James (teachers) at mleung@sgis.org. Interviews will take place after January 2018. We ask that you do not pressure anyone to participate if they seem unwilling. Download more info.

MISSION: SAVE THE DATE: We are planning our most exciting Parents Association Auction yet and we hope you can attend. Please be ready for action April 14, 2018. The Clarke Opera Memphis Center will be the site of AUCTION ROYALE…LIVE AND LET BID. Full briefing to follow.

NEW ADVANCEMENT TEAM MEMBER: We welcome Jordan Scarleski as our Assistant Director of Advancement. Jordan will lead our annual fund and alumni relations programs, and be a part of our donor stewardships efforts. Jordan comes to us from Christian Brothers University where she served as the Senior Director of Development. Previously, Jordan served as the Director of Development at the Bodine School in Germantown and had several roles in advancement at the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis. Jordan earned her B.A. in Communications and Information Sciences from the University of Alabama. She truly feels lucky to have always called Memphis home. In her free time, Jordan enjoys cooking, spending time outdoors, and traveling to the beach with her husband, Michael, and their son, Spencer. She looks forward to connecting with students, families, trustees, and alumni when she begins her work at St. George's on December 1. As she will interface with constituents at all campuses and in the community, please help us extend a big St. George's welcome to Jordan!

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

SGIS LOWER SCHOOL SCHOOL GOES TO THE MOVIES: Choose Kind! Join other students in grades 4-8 in attending a showing of the movie, Wonder, based on the modern classic by RJ Palacio, after school on Thursday, November 30 at the Malco-Forest Hill-Germantown. Please note that a parent must accompany any fourth or fifth grader who attends. More info: https://www.smore.com/dx36j

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.

FIFTH GRADE FAMILY CHRISTMAS COFFEE: Fifth grade families are invited to join Allison Betchick-Harber and Traci Osterhagen-Brock, St. George's Middle School Director, for an informal Christmas coffee on the Germantown campus in the Cooper Library on Thursday, December 7 at 8:00 am. Traci looks forward to spending time with our fifth grade families and will offer tips on building positive steps toward a strong start to the middle school years. We will share highlights from your fifth graders' visit to the middle school, and Santa's elves will supply parents with some Gryphon holiday "swag" fitting for any tween's stocking. We hope to see you there!

LOWER SCHOOL (grades PK-5) / Memphis Campus

VISION SCREENINGS: The Southern College of Optometry was on campus November 27-28 to perform vision screenings. Questions? Email Erin Payne at epayne@sgis.org.





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. 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.

EARLY DISMISSAL FOR EXAM DAYS: Middle and upper school students will be dismissed at 12:30 pm Monday-Friday, December 11-15, for exams days. There will be no extended day care on these days.

CHRISTMAS BREAK: Middle and upper school students will be dismissed at 12:30 on Friday, December 15, for Christmas Break. There will be no extended day care on this date. Classes will reconvene on Wednesday, January 3.



MIDDLE SCHOOL (grades 6-8)

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.

SGIS MIDDLE SCHOOL GOES TO THE MOVIES: Choose Kind! Join other students in grades 4-8 in attending a showing of the movie, Wonder, based on the modern classic by RJ Palacio, after school on Thursday, November 30 at the Malco-Forest Hill-Germantown. More info: https://www.smore.com/y0kem


UPPER SCHOOL (grades 9-12)

UPPER SCHOOL DIVISION DIRECTOR COFFEE - POSTPONED: The upper school coffee on November 30 will be rescheduled to another date. Please watch for more information.

UPPER SCHOOL EXAMS: Please see the email from Upper School Director Tom Morris regarding the exam schedule or download the information here.

SG-GO GOES MUSHING IN MAINE-SIGN UP TODAY: This is a unique opportunity for St. George’s students, and we are excited to offer the trip again this year. On this professionally guided trip, we will spend a night in Mahoosuc Lodge and then load up the dogs and head out on the trail. Students will captain a dogsled and cross-country ski on the frozen Lake Umbagog. We will spend two nights at the camp on the banks of the lake and then return to base camp. Please note that participants will miss school on Thursday, February 15 and will return late on Monday, February 19 in time for the start of classes on Tuesday The cost for the trip is $1700 which includes airfare. Financial aid is available. Contact Bill McClain at wmcclain@sgis.org for more details.

AUDITIONS FOR UPPER SCHOOL PLAY "YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN": Anything Goes! is up, and now its time to let the upper school in on the fun! Please note the following information:

Optional Vocal Workshops: Come learn the audition music for Charlie Brown
• Monday, November 20: 3:30-4:00 boys workshop / 4:00- 4:30 girls workshop
• Monday, November 27: 3:30-4:00 girls workshop / 4:00- 4:30 boys workshop
You may come to one, both, or neither. If you want to learn the songs on your own, come by the choir/theater room Monday and get copies of the music.
• Wednesday, November 29, 3:30-5:00
singing auditions
• Thursday, November 30 3:30-5:00 dance auditions (no dance experience necessary!)
• Friday, December 1 call backs/ reading auditions
You MUST come both Wednesday and Thursday in order to be considered for a part. It is possible to leave early both days if you need to.

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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