The Weekly Griffin

Week of November 18, 2018 - #BuildingABetterGriffin

A Word From Dr. Patterson...

Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on those things that are most important to us: our faith, our family, our friends, and the many blessings that surround us each and every one of us. I am particularly thankful for our Sterling School community. Whether you volunteer your time, provide tangible items and supplies, or reinforce at home what is taught at school, on behalf of the faculty, staff, and administration at the Sterling School, we thank you! Our families are not taken from granted. Each day, we are blessed through simple interactions in the car line, encouraging notes and emails, and your strong presence at school events. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to serve you and your family. I pray that every Sterling School family has an enjoyable and memorable Thanksgiving. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

What's Ahead...

  • Nov. 19 - PTA Reflections (Last day for submissions)

  • Nov. 19 - Last Day of Clemson/Carolina Relay for Life Challenge

  • Nov. 20 - Clemson/Carolina Day (Wear your colors!)

  • Nov. 21 thru Nov. 23 - Thanksgiving Break

  • November 27 - The Gifted Learner: Parent Information Series; 12:15-12:45

  • November 27 - 2nd 9-Weeks Progress Reports

  • November 29 - Club Pictures

  • December 1 - Elementary Yearbook for $20. (After 12/1, the cost becomes $25.00.)

  • Dec. 3 thru Dec. 7 - Spirit Week

  • Dec. 3 thru Dec. 7 - Book Fair

  • Dec. 4 thru Dec. 7 - Kindergarten & 1st Grade Registration

*Parents of Sterling Program students are reminded to return the green renewal forms. They were due last Friday, Nov. 16th.

Over $16,000 to Support Arts Integration @ Sterling School? YES, Please!

Our school's core values are #Explore, #Enrich, & #Excel. One way we address our core values and meet the needs of the #WholeChild is through a partnership with the Metropolitan Art Council's SmartARTS program at the TD Center for Arts Integration. SmartARTS is a partnership between Greenville County Schools and the Metropolitan Arts Council that connects students, artists, and teachers to deepen learning and self-awareness through integrating the arts with all areas of education. SmartARTS provides teachers and teaching artists with the necessary tools to bridge the gap between different learning styles and rigorous curriculum in the classroom. This training, paired with classroom implementation, enriches and expands educators' practice while engaging all students regardless of socioeconomic status or race.

For the 2018-2019 school year, our school was awarded $16,749.46 in art services, training, and supplies for the following teachers: Bohnenberger, Emmel, Guth, Hesel, Howard, Merritt, Reed, Spitler, Stelling, and Wallace. Congratulations!

G/T Best Practices Series 2018-19

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Time: 12:15pm - 12:45pm (Vegas)

Topic: G/T Education: Issues & Trends

Presented By: Jennifer Johnston & Sara Newell

Core Value Addressed: Explore

Would you like to know more about the world of Gifted Education? Are you curious about how leaders and research impact your child’s classroom experience? This session will include information about nationwide trends in gifted education and how those trends are impacting instruction. We will also include strategies to help you effectively advocate for your gifted child.

Interested in other topics related to the gifted child? Join teachers from the Charles Townes Center as they address topics related to Gifted Education. This year's series will run from November through March. (Times will vary.) All Sterling School families are invited to attend. CLICK HERE for more information.

Contact Linda Reynolds for more information

Sterling School Spirit Week

We are excited to work with Lucky Pup Rescue SC as our charity for Spirit Week 2018! All money raised this week will benefit Lucky Pup Rescue SC, a non-profit, foster-based dog rescue organization.

Dress Up Days:

December 3 - Monday: Enchanted Forest Book Fair Kickoff - Dress like a creature from an enchanted forest - a fairy, gnome, elf, princess, tree...)

December 4 - Tuesday: Decades Day - 60s, 70s, 80s - pick your decade and dress to impress

December 5 - Wednesday: Blackout/Whiteout Day - wear all black or all white

December 6 - Thursday: Squad Day - find your squad and dress up in the same outfit

December 7 - Friday: Frozen Friday - Dress as a Frozen character, or just in something holiday or snow-inspired

Some of the activities planned are:

Tuesday, December 4, 3:00-4:00: After School Movie Party! Come and watch Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Cost: $3.00 (Popcorn and water combo available for $1)

Thursday, December 6, 3:00-4:30: Dodgeball! Come to the dodge ball game on Thursday! You can join a team or cheer from the stands!

Cost $3.00

Other events will include: Middle School Lip Sync Battle, Bake Sale – treats & hot chocolate

Diwali Food Drive at Sterling

Hello! I’m Rishita Tikkala and I’m an 8th grade student at CTC. Last year I started the Greenville Diwali Food Drive with 3 other girls to help feed the hungry in our community during the holiday season. Statistics show that one in five children in SC don’t know where their next meal is coming from. With the intent of helping these families, we started the Greenville Diwali Food Drive. Help us ‘light up a life’ by donating today!

Sterling School friends and families can help by dropping off items such as: canned meats and veggies, peanut butter, dry goods, beans, rice, flour, toiletries and any non-perishable goods, but no glass items please. Bring any items that you would like to donate to the big brown donation box with the Diwali Food Drive Flyer above it, located in the main hallway until November 16. CLICK HERE to learn more!

Want to Get Involved? Our Students Need YOU!

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

2nd Quarter Reminders...

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

  • Our attendance rate is currently at 98%. 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 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 unsafe for students to unattended without an adult.


We are pleased to now offer school payments through MySchoolBucks. Parents, you can log onto to pay for field trips, club memberships, lunch, and more!

Go to and register for a free account. Never worry about sending cash or checks with your student to school again!

Enrollment is easy! If you are already using MySchoolBucks to pay for school meals, your account is already set-up and ready to go! Just login and click on the new link to Store.
  1. Go to and register for an account.
  2. Add your students using their school name and student ID.
  3. Make a payment to your students’ accounts with your credit/debit card or electronic check.

    A program fee may apply. You will have the opportunity to review any fees and cancel if you choose, before you are charged.

If you have any questions, please visit and click Help or call MySchoolBucks Customer Support at 1-855-832-5226. (CLICK HERE!) to see letter with detailed information.

If you have any questions, please contact our bookkeeper, Sherry Raushenberger, at 864-355-4480.