The Weekly Griffin

October 29th - #BuildingABetterGriffin #LevelUP

October 31st: "Boo"K Character Dress-Up

On Thursday, Oct. 31, we encourage your child to dress like a BOO-K Character (from a book s/he has read). We invite parents and caregivers to join us for our BOO-K Character Parade from 2:00-2:15 that day. We will exit the back door at the K4/K5 hallway, parade behind the school on the sidewalk, and continue to march up the sidewalk beside the school before entering the front door to go back to our classes. Please support our young readers by joining us after you sign in at the office. We can’t wait to present our best to you in our BOO-K Character Parade! (If it rains, you are invited to attend our hallway parade.)

Participating students are required to choose a character that is in a book. As a reminder, masks and accessories that encourage violence such as swords, knives, and guns are not permissible. #ReadersAreLeaders
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What's Ahead...

  • October 30 - 1st Quarter Report Cards
  • October 30 - 3rd Grade Career Day, 8:15-10:30am
  • October 31 - Book Character Dress-Up Day (See info below)
  • November 1 - Brenna Glasgow Author Visit, Grades 5K-3rd
  • November 1 - Due Date to RSVP for Veterans Day Program
  • November 4 thru 8 - PTA Reflections Arts Program Drop-Off (see info below)
  • November 6 - Pre-Orders for Thanksgiving lunch Tickets Due
  • November 8 - Veterans Day Program (K-3rd @ 8:30am, 4th-8th @ 9:30am)
  • November 8 - Wear Red, White, and Blue
  • November 13 - Fall/Yearbook Make-Up Pictures
  • November 15 - School Improvement Council Meeting; 8:30 (open meeting)
  • November 15 - PTA Reflections Arts Deadline
  • November 20 - Families for Lunch: 4K, 3rd, 5th, & Middle School (see below for times)
  • November 21 - Families for Lunch: 5K, 1st, 2nd, & 4th (see below for times)

Introducing... Kristen Wellbaum, FANS Manager

Kristen Wellbaum is originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She and her husband relocated to the Upstate in April of 2005, and absolutely love it here. They have a 12 year old daughter and a brand new boxer puppy, named Lucy. This is the start of Mrs. Wellbaum's 5th school year with Greenville County Schools FANS and she truly loves her job. Mrs. Wellbaum states that she loves interacting with the children and feeding them the absolute best food everyday. Welcome, Mrs. Wellbaum, to the Sterling School family!

2nd Quarter Reminders...

As everyone settles into the school year, we want to take the opportunity to communicate a few reminders...

  • Our school's attendance rate is currently 97.76%. 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 at school.
  • 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 policy, see the handbook.
  • Please do not utilize the Tanner's parking lot for morning drop-off or afternoon pick-up.
  • Upon entering the driveway for morning drop-off, make sure your child's book bag is closed, breakfast items are consumed, and he/she is fully ready to unload.
  • 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 be unattended without an adult.
  • During afternoon pick-up, remember to have your dismissal tags with you, visible on the dashboard until your child has loaded.

2019 Veterans Day Program

On Friday, November 8th, 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. We invite all veterans in our Sterling family to join us as honored guests.

  • If a special guest is planning to attend, we ask that you RSVP by Fri., Nov. 1st (CLICK HERE!). As a special treat, please send in or email a picture of your honored guest (preferably in uniform), the name and relationship to our Sterling/CTC student, and the name of the military branch in which he or she served. (You'll find this request within the Google Form as well.)
  • 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. If you would like to participate, please complete the same Google Form (CLICK HERE!).
  • We invite all students to wear red, white, and blue on the day of our program, Fri., Nov. 8th.

We look forward to this exciting day, as we pay tribute to those who have served our country. Thank you, in advance, for your willingness to participate!

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PTA Reflections Art Program

Reflections is National PTA's annual art program that has been going strong for over 50 years! This year's theme is 'Look Within.'

All K4-8th grade Sterling School students are encouraged to submit original works of art in one or more of the following categories: Dance Choreography, Music Composition, Film Production, Literature, Photography, and Visual Arts.

Outside judges will choose winners for our school in each art category for K4-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, and 6th-8th grade. Our school's winning entries will advance to the district, state, and national level.

PTA volunteers will collect Reflections entries during morning drop-off on November 4th-8th, as well as November 15th (our school's deadline).

Questions? Email

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It!

Sterling Receives Palmetto Gold & Silver

Recently, we've had a lot of good reasons to celebrate our school... an "excellent" report card rating for elementary and middle AND a state-wide award! See details below!

Congratulations to every faculty, staff, student, family, & community member who contributed to our school’s recognition as 2019 Palmetto Gold and Silver award winners! Our elementary program received SILVER and our middle school program received GOLD! Brenda Byrd, Assistant Superintendent of School Leadership and Traci Hogan, Assistant Superintendent of Special Education Services came to present the awards and join us in our celebration! We are blessed with a tremendous, supportive school community! Together, we are working to ensure the full potential of EVERY student! #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild #LevelUP

If interested, check out the full list of winners... CLICK HERE!

All County Orchestra

Congratulations to the following students who auditioned for and made the Greenville All County Orchestra! #LevelUP


Hannah Choi

Jaimie Park

Jalen Freeman


Lucy Livingston

Kai Tucker

Philip John Buck


Griffin Jones, principal

Alex Hestermann

Christopher Shaw

Introducing... Nurse Holly

Hello, my name is Holly Tyus and I am the new School Nurse. I am an Ohio native, married with 2 children, a 7-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter. I attended Fortis College in Ohio where I obtained my Associates Degree in Nursing. I came to South Carolina as a travel Nurse in 2017 and relocated my family to the state shortly after, making South Carolina our new home. After working in the Pediatric clinic setting for almost 2 years, I am excited to transition into school nursing. When I am not at work in the Health Room, I enjoy hiking, fishing and playing various sports with my family. I am very family oriented and love working with children. I strive to treat every child I encounter with the same compassion I give my own personal children. I am looking forward to many great years in the Health Room at Sterling.