The Weekly Griffin

November 17th - #BuildingABetterGriffin #LevelUP

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A Thankful Word from Dr. P

Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on those things that are most important to us: our family, our friends, our faith, and the many blessings that surround 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 for 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...

  • November 20 - Families for Lunch: 4K, 3rd, 5th, & Middle School (see below for times)
  • November 20 - Elementary Drama Club Performance; 3:30-4:00pm in gym***
  • November 21 - Families for Lunch: 5K, 1st, 2nd, & 4th (see below for times)
  • November 25 - 2nd Quarter Progress Reports
  • November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Break

***Since the start of the year, our Elementary Drama Club has partnered with actors from the Greenville Theater to perfect their acting skills. The club will provide a performance on Wednesday, Nov. 20th from 3:30-4:00pm in the gym. Everyone is invited to attend.

20-21 School Choice Lottery Window

Did you know... Sterling School is GCS's only total choice school? This means every single family who attends Sterling School is here by choice. While students of our Charles Townes Center Program are here by invitation, many people do not realize that students of our Sterling Program are also here by choice. So, if you've enjoyed your experience at our school, share the good news (and this digital newsletter) and invite them to join our family!

Why Attend Sterling School?

Greenville County Schools Change in Assignment School Choice (CIA) Lottery Window for the 2020-21 school year begins tomorrow, Monday, November 18, 2019, and remains open until Wednesday, December 4, 2019. All parents wishing to submit a CIA choice request should submit at their first choice school during this window. This does not apply to magnet schools. Contact for CIA Requests: Planning and Demographics office, 355-7266 or 355-7263.

2020-21 5K & First Grade Registration

Greenville County Schools encourages parents to register for kindergarten and first grade for the 2020-2021 school year beginning December 3-6, 2019. We are preparing for your child to enter school in August 2020 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, 2020 must enroll in kindergarten. A child who will be six years old on or before September 1, 2020 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.

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.

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Veterans Day: Honoring Our Own

Mrs. Kylee Rucker is a first grade teacher at Sterling School. Mrs. Rucker served in the Marine Corps from 1999-2008. At 17-years-old she enlisted in the Marine Corps and attended boot camp at Parris Island, SC. During her time in service, she was awarded a scholarship, attended college, and graduated from Officer Candidate School. She served a tour in Iraq as a Convoy Commander, carrying out missions throughout Fallujah, Ramadi, and Al Asad. Mrs. Rucker also deployed with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit serving as a Landing Support Officer. She traveled by ship, helicopters, hovercraft, planes, trains, and automobiles to several countries including Kenya, Seychelles, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Jordan, Qater, Kuwait, Spain, and Portugal. We are very grateful for Mrs. Rucker's service to our country and to our school community! Mrs. Rucker's life and her commitment to duty and service is an excellent example of our school's #WholeChild commitment to #BuildingABetterGriffin!