The Weekly Griffin

Summer Edition - #BuildingABetterGriffin

Greetings, Sterling School Family!

I hope everyone is having a fun, enjoyable summer. My family and I have enjoyed some time at our usual place near the coast. It's hard to believe how quickly these summer days pass. While we'll share additional information closer to the start of school, I wanted to share a few things in preparation for the upcoming year. If you have any questions or if we can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to call or email! It's going to be a great year!

Learning Together,

Josh Patterson, PhD

What's Ahead...

August 1 - CTC 3rd Grade Summer Day Camp @ Roper Mnt. Science Center

August 14 - Sterling Program Meet the Teacher, 4:30-6:30pm

August 15 - CTC 3rd Grade Parent Orientation, 4:00-4:30pm

August 15 - CTC 6th Grade Boot Camp, 4:00-5:00pm

August 15 - CTC Program Meet the Teacher, 4:30-6:30pm

August 20 - First Day of School! Sip, Sob, & Shout, 7:40-8:30 in Vegas (for all parents!)

August 27 - Sweet Summer Reading Chances Forms Due

August 30 - National College Colors Day

September 2 - Labor Day (No School for Students)

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Sweet Summer Reading Chances #FightTheSummerSlide

Studies indicate that a typical elementary student's academic achievement declines approximately two months over the summer. Additionally, summer learning loss is cumulative and over time can contribute to a student's potential success. This year, we are encouraging our Griffins, 5K to rising 5th grade, to join us in our fight against the "Summer Slide." #GriffinPride #WholeChild

As a reminder, you will find The Sweet Summer Reading Chances information with your child's mailed report card or on our school's webpage (CLICK HERE!). All Sweet Summer Reading Chance forms are due Wednesday, August 27th. With this summer learning experience, students will have the opportunity to win exciting prizes and participate in a start-of-year celebration! There are several ways to participate: READO, Camp Wonderopolis, and the Greenville Library Summer Reading Program. To learn more information, see the following flyer (CLICK HERE!).

  • The READO Card (CLICK HERE!).
  • Camp Wonderopolis begins June 11th (CLICK HERE!).
  • Greenville Library Summer Reading Program begins May 31st (CLICK HERE!).
  • Need book suggestions? Check out our district's Leveled Book List (CLICK HERE!).

Summer Story Time: Every Tuesday in Summer!

Elementary Students are Invited to Sterling School to escape with books this Summer!

Join us on Tuesdays from 11:00-11:30am to participate in a read-aloud provided by special guest readers. Afterwards, families are invited to stay for lunch. Children (18 years old and under) eat for free. Adult meals cost $3.80. Summer Story Time will begin on Tuesday, June 11th and continue through Tuesday, August 6 with the exception of July 2. Door prizes will be provided! #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild

Rising CTC 3rd Grade Summer Day Camp @ Roper Mountain Science Center

Our second annual Summer Day Camp is set for Thursday, August 1st at the Roper Mountain Science Center.

  • Last names starting with A-K, attend from 8:30-10:00 AM.
  • Last names starting with L-Z, attend from 11:00-12:30 PM.
  • From 10:00-11:00 AM, we invite all families for a "mix and mingle" as we transition between the two sessions.

Since the goal of this event is for our 3rd grade students to build community with their grade level classmates, we encourage parents to use this time as an opportunity to run errands, enjoy a quite moment at a coffee shop, or do some back-to-school shopping! Parents and families are invited for the 10:00-11:00 hour.

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Morning & Afternoon Traffic Procedures

At Sterling School, safety is our first priority. As parents, your help is requested with morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. Beginning with the start of 2019-2020 school year, parents will no longer be able to utilize the Tanner’s parking lot for morning drop-off or afternoon pick-up. We recognize that a drop-off or pick-up of nearly nearly 800 students is a time consuming process. In our continued efforts to ensure student safety, we are trying a some **new ideas** (see items in bold below) and reminding you of a few items as well. In an effort to maximize safety while still maintaining a reasonably speedy car line, we ask that you please adhere to the following procedures for morning drop-off and afternoon dismissal:

AM Drop-off:

  • Model proper safety procedures for your children (wear your seatbelt, do not text while operating your motor vehicle, etc.).

  • Please move through the morning and afternoon car line with extreme caution.

  • Do not use your cell phones or other electronic devices while in the car line.

  • Do not let your child unload before school doors open at 7:25am.

  • In the morning, we ask all car riders to exit the full length of the awning. (Parents who wait to drop off at the front of the school cause the line to back up and result in unnecessary delays.)

  • Middle school students should be dropped off in the back bus loop (Watch out for buses. They are less maneuverable than cars.) Middle school students should report to the gym until dismissed to class.

  • Elementary students (K4-5th) must drop off in the front car loop. (This includes carpools with both elementary & middle students.) Elementary school students should report to the hallway of their respective grade.

  • Any middle school students being dropped off at or after 7:50 must be dropped off in the front car line.

  • Follow the directions of all Sterling School Staff and/or law enforcement officers while on campus.

PM Pick-up:

  • Model proper safety procedures for your children (wear your seatbelt, do not text while operating your motor vehicle, etc.)

  • Please move through the car line with extreme caution.

  • Elementary pick-up begins at 2:30; Middle school pick-up begins at 2:45.

  • Cars will be expected to load along the full length of the sidewalk/awning.

  • All cars must turn right as they exit the parking lot/car line.

  • Elementary pick-up should line up in the right-hand pickup lane upon entry. Middle school pick-up should line up in the left-hand lane lane upon entry beginning at 2:45.

  • Elementary students will be called from their classrooms, which means they could take 5-7 minutes to exit the building.

  • Middle school students will be dismissed at 2:45. Keep in mind they may need to visit their lockers or the restroom, so they may not exit the building for 5-7 minutes.

  • Middle school students who carpool (with middle or elementary students) should utilize the back bus loop. All other middle school students should use the front traffic loop.

  • Follow the directions of all Sterling School Staff and/or law enforcement officers while on campus.

**Administration reserves the right to revise these procedures in the event that they present unforeseen problems or concerns**

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Sarah Petersen: Computer Lab & Interventionist

Sarah Petersen is a Greenville native who graduated from Wade Hampton High School before attending Bob Jones University. She began teaching at Haynsworth Private School 2014 and is excited about her new position at Sterling School.

Outside of school, Sarah loves learning new things, long yoga classes and her sassy Yorkshire Terrier, Mini.

Calling All Experts! (Namely... YOU!)


The faculty at Sterling School & Charles Townes Center constantly work to provide our students with relevant, real-world experiences. Through the use of inquiry, namely PBL (project-based learning), we seek to innovate and transform our school’s approach of teaching and learning through student-centered, personalized instruction. Inquiry-based methods prepare students for academic, personal, and career success, readying them for the challenges they will inherit in our world.

While our teachers are super smart :-), they do not know everything! To further our students' learning, we need various experts with professional experiences to engage our students. As a district, our Graduation Plus emphasis strives to ensure that all students are career and college ready. Exposing our students to various careers and professions within the context of meaningful, hands-on learning will strengthen our school's instructional program.

As we look to next school year, if you are willing to partners with us, we are seeking parents with various expertise. We are looking for representation from all types of careers. As a school, we will utilize the database when seeking experts to support career days and various curriculum units. If you are willing to be added to our expert directory, please complete the following Google Form (CLICK HERE!). #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild