The Weekly Griffin

Week of January 6, 2019 - #BuildingABetterGriffin

Building A Stronger Sterling Community

Last month, Yvonne Davis and Capt. Gerald Hunt of the Greenville City Police Department presented Dr. Patterson and the staff of Sterling School with a token of appreciation for our “dedicated support in building strong communities.”

Yvonne Davis, program coordinator, stated, “We are grateful for our partnership and support that extends beyond the classroom. Working together, in several ways, we are engaging students, parents, teachers, officers and organizations to impact our community.”

The various partnerships Sterling School has established with the Greenville City Police Department: Cops On the Court (host site), G.R.E.A.T (Gang Resistance Education And Training) in the classroom(s), Officer Allen Jacobs Memorial Tree Planting/Sign, Officer Allen Jacobs GREAT Summer Camp (host site), and Staff Training (GRAVITY Gang Reduction And Violence Intervention Targeting Youth).

Here’s just another example of how the Sterling School is working to support the #WholeChild. By partnering with organizations like the Greenville Police Department, we are truly #BuildingABetterGriffin!

Morning & Afternoon Carline... Please Take the Time to Read!

Tanner’s has contacted us and asked that we request parents not to park in their lot as it interferes with the ability of their paying customers to find parking. As good neighbors, we want to respect their property and their business, and we ask that our parents do the same.

Parents, we understand that you have places to be (work in the morning, extra-curricular activities in the afternoon, etc.). However, please do not let these and other obligations pressure you into making unsafe decisions for yourself and your children. Additionally, prior to Winter Break, several parents and community members have noted some potentially unsafe situations that place our students in harm's way.

The safest way to get your children to and from school is to load and unload in our carline. Please do not park at Tanner’s Big Orange and walk across McAlister Road. We will do our very best to move the carline along as quick as we possibly can. If everyone will read and follow the reminders posted below, together we can ensure a quick and safe carline. Thank you, in advance, for your understanding and support!

What's Ahead...

  • January 7 - Students Return from Winter Break

  • January 9 - Winter Break Reading Challenge forms due

  • January 15 - Best Practices in Gifted & Talented Series (Arts Integration), 9:00-10:30am

*Save the Date - 2nd Annual Black History Month Program: Thursday, February 28th @ 6:00pm

Return from Winter Break Reminders...

As everyone returns from winter break, we want to take the opportunity to communicate a few reminders...
  • Our attendance rate is currently at 97%. Our end-of-year goal is 98%. If at all possible, please ensure that your child is at school each and every day. As educators, we cannot adequately prepare your child if they are not with us.
  • Our daily tardy list is growing. The tardy bell rings at 8:00am. Our doors open at 7:25am. Often times, students who arrive early use this time to read or work on class assignments. Please ensure that your child is in class by 8:00, ready to learn. For more information on our school's attendance/tardy police, see the handbook.
  • Please utilize the full length of the sidewalk during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. In the morning, students should exit the car at any point along the sidewalk; in the afternoon, parents are asked to pull all the way up before students load.
  • Do not let your child unload before school doors open at 7:25am. It is extremely unsafe for students to be unsupervised without an adult.

    Additional Reminders...

    • While breakfast is free to all students, breakfast is not served after 7:50am.
    • Students are asked not to bring breakfast from local restaurants into the building.
    • No early dismissals after 2:00pm. To ensure a safe, efficient dismissal, we ask that parents sign their child out before 2:00pm.
    • For any student who is absent from school, all notes (parent or medical) must be provided within 2 days of the student's return to be excused.

    Winter Break Reading Challenge

    If your child participated in the Winter Break Reading Challenge, don't forget to send in their reading logs by Wednesday! The grade level class (K5-5th grade) with the highest percentage of participation will win a PANCAKE BREAKFAST WITH THE PRINCIPALS! The Middle School English Class with the highest percentage of participation will receive a CUPCAKE PARTY!

    Kindergartners are asked to complete the Penguin/Snowball page.

    Students in Grades 1-8 are asked to complete the Mitten page.

    NOTE: For the form to count, it needs to be completed between December 22 & January 6. Just follow the directions and get a parent’s signature. All forms are due to teachers by Wednesday, January 9th.

    2018-2019 PTA Reflection Winners

    Congratulations to the Schoolwide Winners of Sterling School’s PTA Reflections. Many thanks to our school's PTA for sponsoring this wonderful opportunity! #BuildingABetterGriffin

    1. Literature Elementary Intermediate

    1st- Lena Alioua

    2nd- Darby Burdette

    3rd- Sashwath Sivaraman

    2. Literature Middle School

    1st- Yashasvini Ranganathan

    2nd- Stephanie Hu

    3rd- Tarika Desai

    3. Visual Arts Elementary Intermediate

    1st- Lena Alioua

    2nd- Aditya Harikumar

    3rd - Sashwath Sivaraman

    4. Visual Arts Middle School

    1st & 2nd - Yashasvini Ranganathan

    5. Photography Elementary Intermediate

    1st- Mary Hazel Hinson

    2nd- Sashwath Sivaraman

    6. Photography Middle School

    1st- Elizabeth Barr

    2nd- Yashasvini Ranganathan

    7. Music Composition Elementary Intermediate

    Darby Burdette

    8. Film Production Elementary Intermediate

    Mary Hazel Hinson

    9. Film Production Middle School

    Yashasvini Ranganathan

    10. Dance Choreography Middle School

    Yashasvini Ranganathan

    Want to Get Involved? Our Students Need YOU!

    Did you know Greenville, SC ranked 3rd among cities in the United States of citizens who volunteer most? According to Barna's recent report, 27% of survey participants reported that they volunteer for a nonprofit organization on a weekly basis. On behalf of the faculty and staff at Sterling School, we appreciate our volunteers! THANK YOU for generously supporting our students and school community with your time, energy, and care! #BuildingABetterGriffin
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    Preventing the Spread of Colds & Flu

    Each school has a comprehensive health and safety plan, which includes daily disinfection of restrooms, health rooms, water coolers, desks and doorknobs. We work closely with the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and follow DHEC’s guidelines for all diseases. Each Greenville County public school has a school nurse who assesses students with flu-like symptoms. Any student with a fever of 100 degrees or higher is sent home. School nurses and teachers always emphasize the importance of good hygiene, including frequent hand washing and cough techniques to reduce the spread of viruses.

    To fight the spread of illness, your child should:

    • Stay home if sick.
    • Wash hands thoroughly and often.
    • Cover cough with sleeve.
    • Stay away from people who are sick.
    • Do not share eating utensils, food, or drinks.
    • Eat a healthy diet and get plenty of rest.

    If your child complains about not feeling well, please check their temperature before sending them to school. Do not send your child to school if they have a fever.

    Your child should not return to school until they have been fever-free without the help of Tylenol or another product for 24 hours, has not vomited for 24 hours, and has not had diarrhea for 24 hours. If your child starts to have symptoms of the flu, call your healthcare provider or your local health department for guidance.

    Make sure that your child’s school has your current telephone numbers.