The Weekly Griffin

March 8th - #BuildingABetterGriffin #LevelUP

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Daylight Savings: The Importance of Sleep

Kids and adults perform best when they are happy, healthy and well rested! As part of our school's #WholeChild mission, our school's Health & Wellness Committee works to advocate and support the importance of a physically healthy child. This weekend, families across America will turn their clocks forward one hour. This shift can make it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep for the recommended 8 or more hours each night, leading to fatigue, distraction and stress. Check out these science-backed tips for a good night's sleep as the season change.

Did you know The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following amount of sleep for children and adolescents:
  • Preschoolers (ages 3–5): 10–13 hours (including naps)
  • School age children (ages 6–12): 9–12 hours
  • Teenagers (ages 13–18): 8–10 hours

Insufficient sleep can impact students’ concentration and ability to retain information. Sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle and supports success in school. #BuildingABetterGriffin

What's Ahead...

This Week...
  • March 9 - Elementary Reflections Awards (Parents Invited!); 9:00am
  • March 10 - 3rd Grade CTC Curiosity Showcase; 9:30-10:30am
  • March 11 - 4th Grade Elementary Beta Club Induction; 8:30-9:45am in gym
  • March 12 - 7th Grade Holocaust Presentation: Part I; 12:40-2:45 (see info below)
  • March 12 - 3rd Grade South Carolina Program / "Celebrate Our State" - 1:00pm
  • March 13 - SIC, 8:30am (Open to all)
  • March 13 - School Spirit Day (Wear a Sterling/CTC Shirt or School Colors)
  • March 13 - Middle School Griffin Day & Spring Dance ($3 admission); 2:45-4:30pm
  • March 18 - Special Parent Info Session w/"Gifted Guru" Lisa Van Gemert; 6:30-7:30pm
  • March 20 - Registration closes for 4K (see info below)
  • March 24 - End of Jr. Beta Club Book Drive

Attention 7th Grade Families: Upcoming Holocaust Unit

Beginning this week the 7th graders will begin studying the Holocaust with a unit goal of understanding and appreciating the resistance to hate and intolerance that occurred during that time period. Through resources such as children's literature, documentaries, the novel The Book Thief, and the play version of The Diary of Anne Frank, Ms. Baiden, Ms. Broder, and Ms. Newell will guide the students through this unit.

We feel extremely fortunate that we have been able to book two guest speakers who will add a special dimension to this unit of study; one is a rabbi from a synagogue here in Greenville and the other is a Holocaust survivor currently living in Aiken, SC. It is of huge value to our students that these individuals will be sharing their lives, stories, and experiences with us. On the dates of our guest speakers, which are Thursday, March 12th and on Tuesday, April 7th, it would be appreciated if absences and early dismissals could be avoided as much as possible to ensure our students do not miss these invaluable experiences. The specific times to avoid are 12:40-2:45pm each day.

We also want to express a huge thanks to our PTA for being hugely supportive of many components of this unit, enabling us to provide our students with special and educationally-rich experiences. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild #LeveUP

Coronavirus Monitoring & Response

This week, be on the lookout for a flyer regarding our district's current response to the Coronavirus. As our district closely monitors the situation, any updates will be provided on our district's website: CLICK HERE.
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Sterling School's 2019-2020 Reflections Awards

Tomorrow, Monday, March 9th, PTA will host a short awards program to honor all K4-5th grade students who submitted entries for this year's Reflections art program. The program will be at 9:00am in Vegas, and parents are invited to attend! Cake and punch will be served. Middle school students will be recognized during Griffin Day on March 13th.

The following students were selected by outside judges to receive special recognition as our school's winners:

Visual Arts
Peter Carter - Primary Division, 1st
Jinnie Kim - Intermediate, 1st
Caroline Yi - Visual Arts, Intermediate 2nd
Aedan Kalbach - Intermediate, 3rd
Sashwath Sivaraman - Middle School, 1st & 2nd

Aedan Kalbach - Intermediate, 1st
Karthik Arumugam - Intermediate, 2nd
Jerry Gan - Intermediate, 3rd
Skylar Craig - Middle School, 1st
Violet Ellis - Middle School, 2nd
Renee Wang - Middle School, 3rd

Mary Hazel Hinson - Intermediate, 1st
Maximilian Dannelly - Intermediate, 2nd
Aaron Ream - Intermediate, 3rd

Music Composition
Charlotte Metcalf - Middle School, 1st

Charlotte Metcalf was also honored with an Award of Merit at the District Level for her Music Composition titled "Planet B."

Congratulations to all the Griffins who submitted their work!

Questions? Email
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Apply To the ARMES Program @ the Fine Arts Center

ARMES is a tuition-free arts program designed to meet the needs of students in grades 3 through 8 who demonstrate outstanding talents and a deep interest in Dance, Strings, Theater, Creative Writing, or Visual Arts.

The purpose of the program is to allow students to explore their chosen art form in depth, while promoting individual creativity. Classes are taught at a pace and level of complexity appropriate for artistically gifted children with similar abilities and interests.

All current 2nd - 7th grade students are eligible to apply for the upcoming school year! Classes are held two days per week after regular school hours, for a total of 3 hours of instruction each week. Sterling School / CTC has many students who participate in the ARMES program every year! Students will be scheduled for an audition later this spring. The deadline to apply for ARMES for the 2020-21 school year is Wednesday, April 8th.

For more details, visit the ARMES website.

GSSM Summer Camp Returns to Sterling!

The South Carolina Governor's School for Math and Science will host two summer day camps at our school this year! Sterling School is the only host school in the entire upstate and space is limited! Siblings and friends from other schools can register, too.

Applications are now open. Be sure to register by April 15th to receive Early Bird prices!

iTeams Xtreme for current 5th-7th grade students

June 15-18, 8:30am - 4:00pm

(Micro)control Your World!

Dive into microcontrollers and their applications through one of two tracks:

Arduino & Robotics

Explore the world of computational thinking and microcontrollers using Arduino technology and robotics. Learn how to program your very own microcontrolled robot and pit it against other students' robots in camp-wide competitions such as Maze Runner and Robot Wars.

Arduino & the Internet of Things

Explore the world of programming with Arduino technology. Increase your programming skills while learning about digital communication, cybersecurity, and the Internet of Things.

Apply now for iTeams Xtreme at Sterling/CTC!

CREATEng for current 7th-8th grade students

June 22-25, 8:30am - 4:00pm

Innovate. Design. Create.

CREATEng is GSSM’s one-of-a-kind engineering and design thinking day camp for rising 8th and 9th graders. Students take on the role of NASA engineers charged with developing a sustainable colony on Mars. Working through project-based, hands-on team challenges, students learn what engineering is and what engineers do. With a focus on civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering students work through a series of mini challenges from building windproof structures and protecting transportation with impenetrable wheels for the Rover, to using Arduino technology for greenhouse automation.

CREATEng students will interact with guest speakers and go on a field trip to a local company to see engineering in action.

Apply now for CREATEng at Sterling/CTC!

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