The Sterling Jaguar Journal

February 2021

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Principal's Message

Our Sterling families continue to be wonderful partners in our students' education. Thank you! I understand the difficulty for families given that it's uncertain for how long we will be in any given learning model. We will continue to follow the direction given by the School Board on this topic and work together to ensure our students are well cared for. Here are a few ideas that may support you at home as you continue to work alongside your children in their distance learning experience. These come from the CDC, and the full article is linked here.

  • Stay connected to your child's school: communicate challenges; talk to your child's teacher regularly; read the messages sent from the school and teacher
  • Ask about services to support your needs: meal pick-ups continue to be offered Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the front of the school building; further supports are available through any office staff member or the parent liaison--call us at 571-434-4580
  • Create a learning routine at home: if possible, designate a quiet space in your home for learning; talk to your child about school daily, allowing them to share openly about their experience; limit distractions during learning time; develop consistent routines and expectations; have your child go to bed and wake up at the same time on learning days.

As a school, we are here to support you. We look forward to completing our second round of virtual home visits with all of our Sterling families. We cherish the relationship we have with you and know your students benefit when we work together!


Jennifer Short


Winter/Spring Gifted Evaluations Delayed

Due to COVID-19, the gifted evaluation process for winter/spring, 2021 will be delayed. The Gifted Education Department is currently developing a plan to evaluate this year’s 3rd - 5th grade students when it is safe and equitable to do so.

Please check the LCPS Gifted and Talented webpage or the Sterling Elementary Gifted Webpage for the most up-to-date information. As soon as the 2021 gifted evaluation timeline and referral window is established, it will be posted at these locations.

Thank you for your patience and understanding,

Kristina Bohn

Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Kaia Weaver, our 2020-2021 Sterling Elementary Spelling Bee champion. She will represent our school on March 4th in the county-wide run-off bee to determine the final contestants for the March 18th Regional Bee. Way to go Kaia!

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Wednesday, February 3:

6 PM Rising 6th Grade RBMS Music Q&A Night (see previously sent email)

Thursday, February 4:

6 PM Rising 6th Grade RBMS Music Q&A Night (see previously sent email)

Friday, February 5:

School Spirit Day: Jersey/Sports Day

Monday, Feb 8:

National School Counseling Week

Live Contact Astronaut Event

Tuesday, Feb 9:

6-6:30 PM: PTA Board Meeting

6:30-7:30 PM: PTA Meeting

Wednesday, Feb 10:

6-7 PM: RBMS Orientation for rising 6th graders (see previous email)

Friday, Feb 12:

School Spirit Day: Wear Black & Yellow

8-9 AM: Family Coffee

Monday, Feb 15:

No School: President's Day

Tuesday, Feb 16:

Virtual Book Fair begins

6-7 PM: PEP Meeting

Friday, Feb 19:

School Spirit Day: Wear Black & Yellow

8-8:30 AM: 5th grade virtual assembly

Monday, Feb 22:

Reading Week Celebration

Wednesday, Feb 24:

Interims sent home

Middle School Course Requests due

Thursday, Feb 25:

6-7 PM: Reading Under the Stars ~ virtual

Friday, Feb 26:

School Spirit Day: Story Book Character Day

Monday, March 1:

Virtual Book Fair ends