The Weekly Griffin

Week of December 16, 2018 - #BuildingABetterGriffin

2018 Winter Break Reading Challenge

Join us for our Winter Break Reading Challenge! The grade level class (K5-5th grade) with the highest percentage of participation will win PANCAKES BREAKFAST WITH THE PRINCIPALS! The Middle School English Class with the highest percentage of participation will receive a CUPCAKE PARTY!

NOTE: For the form to count, it needs to be completed between December 22 & January 6. Just follow the directions including a parent’s signature. All forms are due to homeroom teachers by Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

We would also love for you to share pictures of your child as he or she participates in this year's Challenge. Use #SterlingReads2018 within your Facebook/Twitter posts and we'll share them on our school's page. You can also send a direct message or simply email Dr. Patterson. Happy Holidays & Happy Reading!

CLICK HERE for Winter Break Reading Challenge Flyer.

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What's Ahead...

  • December 18 - Treats for Teachers from PTA

  • December 21 - Half Day; Elementary Dismisses @ 12:00; Middle @ 12:15

  • December 21 - Band/Strings Winter Concert @ 8:00am (Rescheduled Date)

  • December 22 - Winter Break Reading Challenge Begins

  • January 7 - Students Return from Winter Break

  • January 8 - Best Practices in Gifted & Talented Series, 9:00-10:30am (in Vegas)

*There is no Families for Lunch in December. This will resume in January.

Extension of 5K & 1st Grade Registration

Greenville County Schools is extending 5K and 1st grade registrations for students new to the district through Friday December 21, 2018. We are preparing for your child to enter school in August 2019 and are so excited to have your child with us. By completing registration early, you will save time!

It is important to register your child before school starts in August so we can ensure enough teachers and spaces are available at each school for incoming kindergarten and first grade students. Children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2019 must enroll in kindergarten. A child who will be six years old on or before September 1, 2019 must enroll in first grade. Students who are currently enrolled in a GCS 4K or 5K program do not need to register.

Please bring the following items to register:

  • Photo ID from any state or country

  • State-issued Birth Certificate

  • Properly Completed Immunization Certificate or Religious Exemption Certificate

  • Two Forms of Proof of Residence (two documents required such as a current utility bill and copy of lease agreement)

For your child’s school assignment and other information, visit the Kindergarten/First Grade Registration website or call INFOLine at 355-3100.

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.

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

StoryCorps: The Great Thanksgiving Listen

In November, after a couple of weeks of planning and practice, Mrs. Baiden's 8th graders chose a person important to them to interview for a StoryCorps program called "The Great Thanksgiving Listen." It was an amazing project that StoryCorps put together, and it allowed students to connect to their chosen interviewee by taking the time to *listen* -- something not always done in today's world. All of the interviews that were submitted to the StoryCorps website will be archived in the Library of Congress for posterity. We are very proud of the excellent work our 8th graders did with this project! #GriffinPride #WholeChild

If you're interested to hear more, check out the following link!