The Weekly Griffin

November 3rd - #BuildingABetterGriffin #LevelUP

2019 Veterans Day Program

On Friday, November 8th, the Sterling School will honor those who have fought for the many freedoms we, as American citizens, have today. We will have two programs; everyone from our school community is invited to attend. Our K-3rd grade program will begin at 8:30am and the 4th-8th grade program will begin at 9:30am. Everyone is encouraged to wear red, white, and blue!

As a reminder, our PTA is planning a reception after each program for our veterans and their guests. Students of our veterans are invited to attend as well.

We look forward to this exciting day, as we pay tribute to those who have served our country.

What's Ahead...

  • November 4 thru 8 - PTA Reflections Arts Program Drop-Off (see info below)
  • November 6 - Pre-Orders for Thanksgiving lunch Tickets Due
  • November 8 - Veterans Day Program (K-3rd @ 8:30am, 4th-8th @ 9:30am)
  • November 8 - Wear Red, White, and Blue
  • November 13 - Fall/Yearbook Make-Up Pictures
  • November 15 - School Improvement Council Meeting; 8:30 (open meeting)
  • November 15 - PTA Reflections Arts Deadline
  • November 15 - Last Day of Winter Glove, Hat, & Sock Drive
  • November 20 - Families for Lunch: 4K, 3rd, 5th, & Middle School (see below for times)
  • November 21 - Families for Lunch: 5K, 1st, 2nd, & 4th (see below for times)
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Daylight Savings: The Importance of Sleep

As part of our school's #WholeChild mission, our school's Health & Wellness Committee works to advocate and support the importance of a physically healthy child. This weekend, families across America will turn their clocks back one hour. This shift can make it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep for the recommended 8 or more hours each night, leading to fatigue, distraction and stress. Check out these science-backed tips for a good night's sleep as the season change.

Did you know The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following amount of sleep for children and adolescents:
  • Preschoolers (ages 3–5): 10–13 hours (including naps)
  • School age children (ages 6–12): 9–12 hours
  • Teenagers (ages 13–18): 8–10 hours

Insufficient sleep can impact students’ concentration and ability to retain information. Sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle and supports success in school. #BuildingABetterGriffin

Grateful for Reading Classroom Library Drive

November is a time to be thankful…and at Sterling School we are particularly thankful for our amazing teachers. (Event Flyer)

Our teachers have told us time and again that they would love to have more resources to purchase high interest, engaging, challenging books from a diversity of perspectives to meet the needs of our elementary students across all reading levels. Classroom libraries make it so easy for our kids to grab a book and go…one of the best ways to help teachers encourage reading!

To build classroom libraries, we are going to try something new: an Amazon gift card drive.

Amazon offers a wide variety of affordable titles so our teachers can curate classroom libraries just right for their students.

Over the month of November, please consider expressing your gratitude for our amazing teachers by picking up an Amazon Gift Card and sending it into the front office.

Alternately, you could purchase an online gift card HERE and either print it at home or direct it to the PTA’s inbox at

A gift card of ANY AMOUNT will help us reach our goal: $6,000 to be shared among our elementary classrooms.

Keep an eye out for weekly updates as we work towards our goal!

Thank you for supporting reading, and for showing your gratitude for everything that our teachers pour into our students.

Keyboarding: Typetastic

Did you know, Typetastic is now available to all K-8 grade students. Students can log into their Student Backpack account with their email address and password and go to Education Apps and click Typetastic. This process will automatically log them in.

Keyboarding is a tech skill that everyone has – more or less. What makes a real difference in knowing how to touch type is how good your typing speed and accuracy really are. If you touch type at an above-average word-per-minute rate you can save yourself hundreds of hours per year.

Touch typing skills allow you to save several hours each week. In a world where productivity is becoming an obsession, you can stay ahead of the rest with this seemingly simple tech skill by getting the most out of every minute.

By devoting some hours during elementary school to touch typing practice, every student can equip themselves with an essential skill that will pay off time and time again for the rest of their life.

If you have any questions, please email Sarah Petersen or Stephanie Nichols. Thank you!

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PTA Reflections Art Program

Reflections is National PTA's annual art program that has been going strong for over 50 years! This year's theme is 'Look Within.'

All K4-8th grade Sterling School students are encouraged to submit original works of art in one or more of the following categories: Dance Choreography, Music Composition, Film Production, Literature, Photography, and Visual Arts.

Outside judges will choose winners for our school in each art category for K4-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, and 6th-8th grade. Our school's winning entries will advance to the district, state, and national level.

PTA volunteers will collect Reflections entries during morning drop-off on November 4th-8th, as well as November 15th (our school's deadline).

Questions? Email

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It!

Introducing... Kristen Wellbaum, FANS Manager

Kristen Wellbaum is originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She and her husband relocated to the Upstate in April of 2005, and absolutely love it here. They have a 12 year old daughter and a brand new boxer puppy, named Lucy. This is the start of Mrs. Wellbaum's 5th school year with Greenville County Schools FANS and she truly loves her job. Mrs. Wellbaum states that she loves interacting with the children and feeding them the absolute best food everyday. Welcome, Mrs. Wellbaum, to the Sterling School family!

2nd Quarter Reminders...

As everyone settles into the school year, we want to take the opportunity to communicate a few reminders...

  • Our school's attendance rate is currently 97.76%. Our end-of-year goal is 98%. While this may appear to be satisfactory, we have not yet entered the "cold & flu season." 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 at school.
  • 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 policy, see the handbook.
  • Please do not utilize the Tanner's parking lot for morning drop-off or afternoon pick-up.
  • Upon entering the driveway for morning drop-off, make sure your child's book bag is closed, breakfast items are consumed, and he/she is fully ready to unload.
  • 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 unsafe for students to be unattended without an adult.
  • During afternoon pick-up, remember to have your dismissal tags with you, visible on the dashboard until your child has loaded.