The Weekly Griffin

Week of September 9th, 2018 - #BuildingABetterGriffin

Charles Townes Center & Sterling Program Nights

This year, we've worked to create uniquely tailored program nights that will provide more information on the coming year. Not only will you hear from your child's teacher(s), you will also have an opportunity to hear about the many things we are doing to #BuildABetterGriffin!

CTC Program Night (Thursday, September 13th):

  • 4:45-6:00: Dinner (RSVP by Tuesday @ 4:00pm)
  • 5:30-6:00: 4th Grade Barrier Island Chaperone Informational Meeting in Vegas

Grades 3-5:

  • Go to the gym at 6:00 for a welcome session from Dr. Patterson to learn more about our personalized learning initiative and our mission to educate the whole child and "Build a Better Griffin."
  • Then, at 6:25, move to your child's classroom to meet with the teacher and hear about what your child is learning and how they are striving to help your children explore, enrich, and excel through best practices in gifted education.

Middle School:

  • Go to Vegas at 6:00 to hear from Mr. Murphy and Ms. Noble about life in the middle. We will invite you to learn some of the latest information regarding the iGen generation and how we are working to meet their academic needs in class and their social and emotional needs through advisory, positive interventions, behaviors, and supports, and how they relate to your children.
  • From 6:25-7:45: Circulate to your child's teachers to hear more about the content and learning that is happening this year. Learn about the various field trips, activities, and opportunities that your children will experience this year.
  • At 7:40, head to the gym for closing remarks from Dr. Patterson and then have a safe drive home!

Sterling Program Night (Tuesday, September 18th):

Grades 4K-5:

  • Pick up dinner from Wholy Smoke's food truck, check-in at main hallway, and eat dinner in the cafeteria from 5:00-6:00. There will be a welcome greeting from Dr. Patterson and schedules will be given to parents for sessions to attend.
  • Then, at 6:00, parents will move to session 1 according to a specified schedule. There are 3 sessions to attend: classroom, guidance, and technology. (Session 1:6:05-6:20; Session 2: 6:25 - 6:40; Session 3: 6:45 - 7:00; Optional Make-Up Session 4: 7:05 - 7:20
  • Raffled prizes will be given throughout the evening as parents attend each session.
  • We will conclude at 7:20.

What's Ahead...

  • September 10 - Wear Red (DOT Day Week)
  • September 10 - Last Day to Pick-Up Talent Show Audition Form (from Mrs. Reynolds)
  • September 11 - Wear Blue (DOT Day Week)
  • September 11 - PTA Mix & Mingle; 7:45-8:30am in Vegas
  • September 12 - Wear Yellow (DOT Day Week)
  • September 12 - Talent Show Forms Due (to Mrs. Reynolds)
  • September 13 - Wear Orange, Green, or Purple (DOT Day Week)
  • September 13 - Middle School Fundraiser Kick-Off (Palmetto Fundraising)
  • September 13 - CTC Program Night; 6:00-8:00pm
  • September 14 - DOT Day (& School Spirit Day)
  • September 14 - School Spirit Day (wear a Sterling shirt or school colors of blue & gold)
  • September 14 - SIC Nomination Forms Due by 4:00pm
  • September 18 - Sterling Program Night; 6:00-8:00pm
  • September 19 - Readers Arrrgh Leaders Community Readers Day
  • September 24 - PTA Spirit Night @ Chicken Salad Chick on Augusta Rd; 5:00-8:00pm

International DOT Day - THIS FRIDAY!

Imagine the power and potential of millions of people around the world connecting, collaborating, creating and celebrating all that creativity inspires and invites. This Friday, September 14th, the Sterling School will creatively champion our use of talents, gifts and energy to move the world to a better place as we celebrate International Dot Day! (Our 4K students are also learning about primary and secondary colors!)

The Dot, a book by Peter H. Reynolds, is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.

In celebration of Dot Day, we ask you to wear:

Monday - Red

Tuesday - Blue

Wednesday - Yellow

Thursday - Your Favorite Secondary Color (Orange, Green, or Purple)

Friday - Wear Your School Spirit! (A Sterling Shirt or School Colors!)

If you are available to volunteer at any point during DOT Day, please contact Mollye Spitler or Judy Harrington.

Talk Like A Pirate Community Readers Day

Did you know that September 19th is National Talk Like A Pirate Day? (And who wouldn't want an excuse to talk like a pirate?!?) So...on September 19th at Sterling School we will celebrate "Readers Arrrgh Leaders" Talk Like A Pirate Community Readers Day. As part of the festivities, we welcome anyone (teachers, students, and special guest) to dress in their best "seafaring" attire! We look forward to making some great memories as we set sail on the SS Sterling!

Fourth Week Reminders

  • Starting next week (week 5), students who are picked up late from school will incur a fee to be collected by our after school program.
  • It is imperative that parents pick their students up from school in a timely fashion. Our teachers and administrators have trainings, parent conferences, and other meetings/responsibilities that take their time after school. We will provide supervision for all children while on our premises, but we recognize that to do so requires certain resources (time, people, etc.). Parents will be charged $5.00 per half hour that they are late picking up their child after 3:00 for elementary or 3:15 for middle school. All money collected will be distributed to our after school program.

  • Our doors will open at 7:25am. The tardy bell rings at 8:00am.
  • 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.
  • To be counted "present"... Elementary students must attend at least 3 hours of the instructional day; in middle school, students must attend at least 30 minutes of each class period.

Attendance Awareness Month #BuildingABetterGriffin

Did you know September was Attendance Awareness Month? Each week in September, we'll share facts and tips to ensure that all students fully benefit from their education by attending school regularly. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Your student can start building this habit now so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Consistent attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work. #WholeChild


  • By 6th grade, absenteeism is generally a strong indication that a student may drop out of high school.

  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.

  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.


  • Avoid appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

  • Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent.

  • Keep track of your child's attendance. Missing school could put your student at risk of falling behind.

2018 Talent Show Auditions

Do you have an amazing talent that you'd like to share? Audition forms for the Talent Show are available until Monday, September 10th. Forms are due back to Ms. Reynolds by Wednesday, September 12th.

Auditions will be held Sep. 25, 26, and 27 after school. You MUST complete a form to audition.

The Talent Show will be held on Thursday, October 18th at 6:30pm. This event is sponsored by the Jr. Beta Club and is a fundraiser for Jr. Beta activities. Admission is a suggested $3.oo donation. If you have any questions please contact Ms. Reynolds at

Want to Get Involved? Our Students Need YOU!