The Weekly Griffin

Week of February 3, 2019 - #BuildingABetterGriffin

#BuildingABetterGriffin Requires ALL of US!

We often have a lot of visitors to the Sterling School; last week was no exception. The executive leadership team of the South Carolina Governor's School of Science and Math came on Monday, we hosted an Open House for this year's CTC prospective families on Tuesday, and 3rd-5th grade students heard from various professionals in our first Sterling School Career Day on Wednesday. Then, on Friday, we had several visitors of the feathered type :-). (Be sure to check out our Facebook page for this!). We are grateful for our many visitors!

Albert Pine, an English author who wrote in the early 19th century said, “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains unchanged and is immortal.” What you possibly didn't notice this week were the people who were "behind-the-scenes" to make these special events occur... our PTA executive board, PTA general board, SIC, parent volunteers, classroom teachers, school counselors, CTC program facilitator, media specialist, custodial crew, and others. We are extremely grateful for these willing souls.

As we find ourselves at the mid-way point of the current year, I encourage you to get involved. The "lifting" to provide our students the many opportunities we seek to provide cannot be achieved by a few select individuals; it requires each of us! Our amazing teachers and students can always use a few extra hands! There are many, many ways to get involved. Involvement can be achieved through mentoring, tutoring, serving with the PTA, the W.O.K.E. after school program, by contacting your child's teacher, completing the Community Partnership Directory, or reaching out to Mrs. Reynolds (Program Facilitator). Some of us can do more than others, but we can all do our part to ensure that Sterling School truly provides our students with all they need to be successful in tomorrow's world! #WholeChild #TakesAVillage #BetterTogether

What's Ahead...

  • February 7 - Digital Safety And Citizenship Workshop, 12:30pm in Vegas

  • February 7 - RSVP Deadline for Middle School Curriculum Night Dinner (RSVP HERE!)

  • February 7 & 8 - 2nd Quarter #GriffinPRIDE Punch Card Party

  • February 12 - Middle School Curriculum Night (5:00-7:30pm)

  • February 14 - Gifted Child Parent Information Session; 10:00-10:30am in Vegas

  • February 15 - Class Pictures

  • February 20 - Families for Lunch (February RSVP Form - CLICK HERE!)

  • February 20 - Middle School Fundraiser Celebration

  • February 28 - 2nd Annual Black History Month Program, 6:00pm

2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for 2018 were announced last week for the Southeast Region, and two of our 8th graders received recognition! Congratulations to these students for their strong performance! #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

  • Julia Pascoe was recognized for her poem, "Black Berry Day"

  • Rishita Tikkala was recognized for her critical essay, "Religious Conflict in Our World Today"

Digital Safety And Citizenship Workshop

Thursday, February 7th @ 12:30pm

  • Hosted by the our school's PTA
  • Free catered lunch for all attendees!
  • All parents and guardians are invited
  • Door Prizes!

Parenting in the digital age is complex! PTA strives to help children act safely, responsibly and thoughtfully online.

Digital Wellness is being aware of how you spend your time online. It includes being mindful of your online presence and footprint; how you interact with social networks, games and apps; the ways you protect your identity; and how you balance your time online within your daily life.

Our workshop will have two parts:

1. Rick Floyd will give a very informative and insightful presentation about digital safety. Mr. Floyd has decades of experience working for law enforcement and our school district in the fields of digital safety and internet crimes against children/teens.

2. Parents will receive practical instructions on how to use Smart Talk Conversations in their own home to encourage open and honest conversations about digital safety and citizenship. The Smart Talk empowers families to create a personalized contract of ground rules for internet usage.

Save the Date: 2nd Annual Black History Month Celebration Feb. 28th @ 6:00pm

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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.

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5th Grade Mural Project

This year, Mrs. Mollye Spitler, Sterling School art educator, partnered with Metropolitan Arts Council's SmartARTS program. SmartARTS helps connect local artists with Greenville schools to teach arts integrated units. Mrs. Spitler worked with Adam Schrimmer, a local mural artist, to plan the project based around Sterling P.R.I.D.E. and to bring our 5th grade classes together to encourage more teamwork, collaboration and unity. Sterling P.R.I.D.E. stands for Positivity, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and Empathy. Our school encourages students to embody these character traits and appreciate our school's diversity.

To help our students connect and understand what these words mean, we chose a quote we could use in our mural. The quote by Bono states, "To be one, to be united is a great thing...but to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater." Our hope is that this quote would help our students illustrate ideas and concepts that make our school great: Unity in Differences and Respecting our Differences. With Adam's help we created a "pollinator" garden, illustrating flowers, bugs, bats, etc that are all very different in nature and appearance, but work together for a larger purpose. Students' drawings were scanned into the computer and combined to make the image for our mural. Adam transferred the image onto the container, then 5th grade students painted all the color. Every 5th grade student participated in the painting process during their art class time. The collaborative painting process took about two months to complete.

We are so very proud of our students! They worked well together to accomplish this huge mural project. They showed respect and appreciation for their classmates/teammates who all contributed to the mural in different ways. For years to come, this piece will serve as a reminder of the importance of appreciating our differences and of respecting one another.

Last Friday, a ribbon cutting and school wide celebration culminated the event. Many thanks to all who attended and celebrated in the completion of this beautiful work of art! #GriffinPRIDE #WeAreBetterTogether #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

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National Junior Art Honor Society

Last Friday, several of our students were inducted into our school's chapter of the National Junior Art Honor Society! The Art Honor Society was founded over 40 years ago as a way to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. The program supports and unites 40,000 members nationwide in their efforts to attain the highest standards in art, scholarship, character, and art service to the school and community. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

Congratulations to our newly inducted members:

Maggie Aiesi

Lilla Bognar

Lucy Brewer

Jaylen Freeman

Leran Fu

Ellie Kate Grant

Hannah Hendrix (absent in the photo)

Tarini Karpe

Sierra Kremenliev

Sarah McClellan (absent in the photo)

Grace Peters

Siena Smallidge

Mia Williams

Clara Wilson

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2019 Greenville All-County Band & Region Follow-Up

Congratulations to these eleven students (pictured above) who made the 2019 Greenville All-County Band! Three out of these eleven students earned 1st chair in their instrument category, a record for our school! Come hear these students perform, along with other Greenville County students on Friday, March 1st at Riverside High School.

Also, congratulations to the following students for making state callbacks: Emma Bao, Lydia Edney, Stephanie Hu, and Danika Yang. These students gave a great performance at Region Band and received a call back to audition for All State. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

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The Brain & Stress Partnership

Sterling School 7th grade science students recently worked with Dr. Linnea Freeman and her neuroscience students from Furman University to understand brain anatomy and how stress affects the brain. Students did sheep brain dissections and located the anatomical structures that are involved in stress response. Many thanks to Ms. Cooper & Mrs. Gordon for spearheading this partnership and opportunity for our students! #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild