The Weekly Griffin

Week of December 11, 2018 - #BuildingABetterGriffin

NOTE: TWO HOUR DELAY FOR WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12th. Doors will open at 9:25am.

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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.

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!

What's Ahead...

  • December 11 - Band/Strings Winter Concert (Rescheduled to Dec. 21 @ 8:00am)

  • December 12 thru 14 - MAP Testing for 2nd Grade

  • December 13 - Chorus Winter Concert; 6:30pm

  • December 19 - Families for Lunch

  • 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

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

Congratulations, Miss Lunsford!

Selected by her peers, Miss Samantha Lunsford will represent Sterling School as the 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year. Miss Lunsford grew up in an Air Force family but calls the Atlanta area home. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2013 with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She recently obtained a Master's degree in Literacy from Furman University in 2017. Currently in her sixth year of teaching, Miss Lunsford has taught first grade at Sterling for three years.

Miss Lunsford enjoys discovering everything Greenville has to offer- restaurants, outdoor activities, coffee shops, and more! Her golden retriever, June, accompanies her on many of those adventures. Miss Lunsford also loves to travel, as well as participate and serve in ministries at Grace Church.

At the age of five, she declared her intention to become a teacher and hasn't looked back since! Miss Lunsford's favorite thing about teaching young children are the meaningful relationships that are established with students by the end of the year and beyond. She seeks to create a loving classroom community that celebrates and encourages each child as they are. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

Sterling School Christmas Tree

Sterling School is featured in this year's Festival of Trees, sponsored by Bon Secours. This year's "Candy & Sweet Treats" Christmas Tree is inspired by former Disney artist Wayne Theibaud, known for his dessert still lifes. This project is a collaborative effort by the 4th and 5th grade art club, the W.O.K.E. after school program students, and our school's 16 New Junior Art Honor Society members. This year's festival, located at the Hyatt Regency Greenville (on Main Street), features over 80 trees. All proceeds from the corporate sponsored trees help to fund various programs at St. Francis Hospital. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

Butterfly Garden Receives Grant

The PTA at Sterling School/CTC was recently awarded a 2018 Greenville Master Gardener's Association Community Program Grant for $2,000! Thank you, Heather Jiva, for the time you put into the grant application process! The grant money will be used to continue the revitalization of our Butterfly Garden. Under Heather's leadership and with the support of our Plant Engineer, Todd Cook, and others, the Butterfly Garden has undergone a remarkable transformation in the past year and a half! We now have a usable outdoor classroom! Our 2017 grant from the Greenville Master Gardener's Association allowed us to add a split rail fence, a second arbor and new butterfly host plants.

Our parent, student and faculty volunteers have been AMAZING throughout this project! PTA is looking for parents who would like to work alongside Heather and learn the ropes! If you enjoy gardening or working with your hands, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the Butterfly Garden to see if you'd like to step into a leadership role next year! Please email or for more details about getting involved!