for Tuesday, December 12, 2017


PHOTO OF THE WEEK: The St. George's middle and upper school robotics teams continue to rock the local robotics competitions and have earned their way to higher level opportunities. More info. Go, Robogryphs!

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ADMISSION SEASON IS HERE! There's just one simple thing that all families can do in the next few weeks: share the reasons you chose SGIS with those friends and family members who have inquired or applied and remind them that our application deadline for priority consideration is January 1. More info.

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

UPCOMING ALUMNI EVENTS: Parents, please make sure alumni from your households are aware of the  annual Tacky Sweater Party and Home for Hoops events. Details below:

  • Tacky Sweater Party: Thursday, December 14, 6:30-7:45 pm, at Young Avenue Deli. Put on your best Christmas Sweater and come mix and mingle with your fellow SGIS classmates. RSVP to cleibovich@sgis.org.
  • All alumni, families, and friends are invited to come cheer on the Gryphons over the holidays at our Home for Hoops basketball games on December 21 at 1:00 and 2:30 pm, January 4 at 4:30, 6:00, and 7:30 pm, and January 12 at 5:00, 6:30, and 8:00 pm. 

MAJOR DATES CALENDAR: The major dates calendar for the upcoming academic year is now available. Download it now.

SAVE THE DATE: Deb Ireland, Assistant United States Attorney and educator on internet safety, will address middle and upper school students during assemblies on Thursday, January 11. Topics will include the amplified effects of cyber-bullying, the lack of privacy online, and the potential consequences of careless sharing through social media. In addition, Ms. Ireland will offer parents a preview of her student sessions and share real-world tips on protecting your children as they navigate the tricky space where technology and social interactions intersect. Please join us on Wednesday, January 10 at 6:30 pm in the Collierville campus dining room as we connect to support our students and our community. St. George's highly recommends that parents from all three campuses attend this opportunity, although the content of the presentation will be geared toward middle/upper school issues. Friends and families from outside our community are welcome!

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!

NO SCHOOL ON JANUARY 15: There will be no school on Monday, January 15, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

KOREAN WAR VETERANS INVITED TO SHARE EXPERIENCES: A student-led oral history project documenting the experiences of men and women who served 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 who 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.

AUCTION ROYALE...LIVE AND LET BID: Co-chairs Rheagan Harris and Alicia Juckett are planning our most exciting Parents Association Auction yet, and we hope you can attend. AUCTION ROYALE will be held on April 14, 201 at. The Clarke Opera Memphis Center. Buy your ticket or table, donate an auction item, or become a sponsor today! Go to www.sgis.org/PAauction



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

MEET THE MIDDLE SCHOOL: Families of fifth graders are invited to join us the evening of Thursday, January 11 at 6:00 pm on the Collierville campus for our "Meet the Middle School" event. On this night, we will provide parents with key information for an exciting and smooth transition into middle school.

LOWER SCHOOL TALENT SHOW: Save the date for the 2018 Lower School Talent Show, scheduled for Wednesday, January 17. Ticket information coming soon!


LOWER SCHOOL (grades PK-5) / Germantown Campus

SPRING ENRICHMENT CLASSES NOW OPEN: Extended Day Enrichment Classes are now open for registration on Veracross. We have some new classes and seasonal offerings along with our original favorites. Browse the options on our new webpage! Most classes will start the week following Martin Luther King Day, but please check your specific class as some dates vary. If you have any questions or concerns, please email mlawo@sgis.org.

LOWER SCHOOL (grades PK-5) / Memphis Campus

CAMPUS WATER MAIN: Please see the details about campus closure found in the email sent this afternoon to all families.





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.

OZARK WATER PROJECT SHOE DRIVE CONTEST: It is time to dig out all used and unwanted shoes from the closet! After the break, eighth graders and the Institute for Citizenship participants are hosting our annual Ozark Water Project Shoe Drive, complete with prizes! Winning middle school X-blocks will receive an ice cream sandwich party, and a pizza lunch will be provided for the winning upper school grade level. Shoe donations will be collected in the front of the school January 8-12. Please remember to tie shoelaces together, or bring pairs in separate plastic bags.

COLORADO SUMMER TRIP: Spaces for this popular trip filled up within the first week of opening, but you can email Smith Ferguson at sferguson@sgis.org to inquire about being on a waiting list. On this amazing trip we will white water raft, rock climb/rappel, navigate the aerial adventure course, relax in the river park and spend three days and two nights on an adventurous backpacking trip. The trip is open to rising 7th-9th grade students. Download the flyer and watch the video!



MIDDLE SCHOOL (grades 6-8)

UPPER SCHOOL (grades 9-12)

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

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:

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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