The Weekly Griffin

January 5th - #BuildingABetterGriffin #LevelUP

Congratulations, Mrs. Nye! #DifferenceMaker

To anyone who knows her, it will come as no surprise to see Mrs. Ebony Nye as one of this year’s Upstate Parent Magazine “10 Educators Who Make A Difference!” Mrs. Nye, who teaches 2nd grade, inspires our school’s mission of supporting the #WholeChild by living it out each and every day! To read more about Mrs. Nye's selection, check out the online article! (CLICK HERE!)

Congratulations and well deserved, Mrs. Nye!

What's Ahead...

This Week...
  • January 6 - Students Return From Winter Break
  • January 8 - Winter Break Reading Challenge Logs are Due
  • January 10 - School Spirit Day (Wear a Sterling/CTC shirt or school colors)
  • January 11 - All State Orchestra Auditions & Region Band Auditions

Coming Up...

  • January 14 - End of Q2 Grading Period
  • January 15-17 - Members from the Sterling School Jr. Beta Club in grades 5-8 will be attending the Jr. Beta Club State Convention in Myrtle Beach. Students will be competing in many different events which include academic knowledge, artistic talent, and engineering skills. Be on the lookout for highlights!
  • January 20 - MLK Day (No school)
  • January 22 - Pancakes with the Principals
  • January 24 - Q2 Report Cards Go Home
  • January 29 - Parent Information Series Session: (Re: Math, See Info Below); 12:15-12:45
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2019 Winter Break Reading Challenge

Thanks to all who participated in this year's #SterlingReads2019 Winter Break Reading Challenge! If your child participated don't forget to send in their reading logs by Wednesday, January 8th! Every student who successfully completed the Winter Break Reading Challenge will receive a PANCAKE BREAKFAST WITH THE PRINCIPALS!

NOTE: For the form to count, it needs to be completed between December 21 & January 5. Just follow the directions including a parent’s signature. All forms are due to homeroom teachers by Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

And if you ever doubt the importance of reading, check out these statistics! (Reference)

  • Reading at least 6 minutes a day reduces stress by 68%. (An ultimate form of self-care!)
  • When children have a home library, as little as 20 books of their own, they achieve 3 more years of schooling than children who don't have any books at home. (If you are in need of books, let us know!)
  • Read 20 minutes a day and you'll read 1,800,000 words per year. (Encourage the practice at home too!)
  • Children who read 1,000,000 words a year are in the top 2% of reading achievement.
  • Children learn 4,000 to 12,000 words per year through reading. (Strong word knowledge is a big indicator of future academic success!)

#SterlingReads2019 Winter Break Reading Challenge

Return from Winter Break Reminders...

As we return from break, we want to take the opportunity to communicate a few reminders...
  • Our attendance rate is currently at 97.5%. Our end-of-year goal is 98%. 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 extremely unsafe for students to be unsupervised without an adult.

    Additional Reminders...
    • While breakfast is free to all students, breakfast is not served after 7:50am.
    • Students are asked not to bring breakfast from local restaurants into the building.
    • No early dismissals after 2:00pm. To ensure a safe, efficient dismissal, we ask that parents sign their child out before 2:00pm.
    • For any student who is absent from school, all notes (parent or medical) must be provided within 2 days of the student's return to be excused.
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    Save the Date: Black History Celebration 2020

    There are a few events that are true staples of our school's annual calendar. Among them include Veterans Day, April Arts, Griffin Walk, and more. The 3rd Annual Black History Celebration will occur Thursday, February 27th @ 6:30pm. If you've not attended this event in the past, you are encouraged to come. You will be inspired, encouraged, and entertained. To plan and prepare for the event, we are seeking students in grades 4-8 to help. All interested students may sign up in the cafeteria, starting tomorrow during lunch.
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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.

    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

    ACE Awards Nominations Now Open!

    The ACE Awards (Advocates for Character and Education) is an annual award given to 72 male and female students from each of the 35 Greenville County middle and high schools. This award is designed to honor true “unsung heroes” who all too often are not recognized for their accomplishments. The selection process, established by Greenville County school counselors, focuses on identifying and selecting students who often go unnoticed for one reason or another, but have accomplished great things in their community, church or school.

    If you would like to nominate a Greenville County 8th or 12th grader, please or go online to and click the nominate button at the top of the page. All nominations must be submitted by January 31, 2019. An ACE Awards Advisory Committee at each school will choose finalists from among those nominated to complete an application for the ACE Award. One male and one female will be chosen from each middle and high school in Greenville County. All ACE award recipients will be recognized at the ACE Awards ceremony in the spring.