The Weekly Griffin

Week of November 6, 2018 - #BuildingABetterGriffin

2018 Veterans Day Program

On Friday, November 9th, the Sterling School will honor those who have fought for the many freedoms we, as American citizens, have today. We will have two programs. Our K-3rd grade program will begin at 8:30am and the 4th-8th grade program will begin at 9:30am. Everyone is invited to wear red, white, and blue!

Our PTA is planning a reception after each program for our veterans and their guests. Students of our veterans are invited to attend as well. Our PTA is still in need of volunteers. Can you help? If yes, please contact Stacey Kitchens at

We look forward to this exciting day, as we pay tribute to those who have served our country.

What's Ahead...

  • November 7 - Pre-Orders for Thanksgiving Lunch Tickets Due

  • November 8 - PTA Spirit Night @ Jason's Deli

  • November 9 - Veterans Day Program (K-3rd @ 8:30am, 4th-8th @ 9:30am)

  • Nov. 12 thru Nov. 14th - Reflections Art Entries Due; 7:30-8:00am (front entryway)

  • November 14 - Families for Lunch: 5K, 1st, 2nd, & 4th

  • November 15 - Families for Lunch: 4K, 3rd, 5th, & middle school

  • November 15 - Club Pictures for the Yearbook

  • November 16 - School Improvement Council Meeting; 8:15-9:30 (open meeting)

  • Nov. 21 thru Nov. 23 - Thanksgiving Break

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.

The CTC Newspaper: 1st Edition

Extra, Extra, Read All About It! The first edition of the CTC Newspaper, our school's student newspaper, is out! (CLICK HERE!) A student newspaper teaches and reinforces a lot of skills that will benefit students today and tomorrow. Students who participate in a student newspaper learn a lot of workplace skills such as management, meeting deadlines, and communicating with others. School newspapers also enforce a need for teamwork. As our students continue to learn how to write, edit, and publish a regular newspaper, you will see further developments. Thank you, in advance, for supporting our students by taking a few minutes to read and support their work! #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

Student Spotlight

8th grader Emily Michenfelder represented Woodmont High School at last Saturday’s SC State High School League cross country meet. Emily was the #1 individual qualifier for the state meet with a personal best 5k time of 19:10. She was selected to the high school All Region and All County teams this season, is ranked nationally for her age group, and is ranked in the top 10 in her SC high school division. In the spring, Emily placed 7th in the State Track meet for 5A high schoolers in the 2 mile.

If you have anything to share, please email Linda Reynolds. We will excitedly share good news with our school community. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild #GriffinPride

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First Place in Core Values at First Lego League! Big congratulations to “The Soda Fountain” team members who won first place in Core Values at the First Lego League competition on Saturday! Teammates pictured are Rex, Jack, Parker, Brooke, Tarini and Liam. Thanks, Coaches McCay Fowler and Dev Vaz!

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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!

As part of the Sterling School community, we are working to conserve energy and protect our environment. Sterling School families can request a FREE Energy Kit to save energy in their homes. If we reach 100 kits, our school will receive a $250 check. Sterling School families and staff can request their FREE Energy Kit and credit your school by going online to or by calling our hotline at 1-855-386-9548.

Thank you, in advance, for requesting your kits and making a difference for our planet. When you request and use your kits, energy is saved. It’s as simple as that. And we’re hoping that by the end of the school year, we will have saved 10 million kWh of energy together. Can we make it?

Want to Get Involved? Our Students Need YOU!

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Perfect Score!

Last week, Food & Nutrition Services (FANS) at Sterling School received a routine visit from DHEC. We are proud to announce that the Sterling School team received a score of 100! Whether it’s academics, social-emotional learning, or ensuring a delicious, nutritious meal, everyone at Sterling is working to support the #WholeChild! Congratulations to Ms. Brittany and her dedicated crew! #BuildingABetterGriffin

SCMEA Honor Region Orchestra

Congratulations to the following students who auditioned for and were accepted into the South Carolina Music Educators Association's (SCMEA) Honor Region 2 Orchestra! Special word of recognition to Jaimie Park for being named assistant concert master. The concert is set for November 10th at 5:00pm at Furman University. Congratulations is also in order to Mrs. Martin, Orchestra teacher, for her selection as conductor of Region 1 Junior Region Orchestra. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild
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