The Weekly Griffin

December 1st - #BuildingABetterGriffin #LevelUP

Congrats to the 2020-2021 Sterling School Teacher of the Year: Mrs. Mollye Spitler!

Mrs. Spitler is one of our art teachers in her third year at Sterling, and her twelfth year of teaching art. She grew up in Rock Hill, SC then moved to Greenville to attend Furman University. She majored in Studio Art then went on to earn her MAT in art education at the University of South Carolina. While Mrs. Spitler was at Furman, she fell in love with the Greenville community and quickly returned after grad school. She began her teaching career at Greenbrier Elementary in Mauldin, then moved to Sterling, where she continues to grow and teach in a fantastic art department.

During this time, Mrs. Spitler has continued to learn and practice the importance of creativity in the art classroom and beyond. She has focused on inspiring students in creative exploration at every age! She has taken courses in reaching the artistically gifted and talented, and has worked with art teachers across the state to further this research. Mrs. Spitler is also very involved in the South Carolina Art Education Association, serving on their board as its elementary representative.

Through college and her years living and working in Greenville, Mrs. Spitler has been very invested and involved with the local art community. She is a practicing artist as well as art teacher. She has a home studio where she creates ceramic tableware and jewelry. Mrs. Spitler is very passionate about connecting her art students to the local art community. She encourages students to visit local studios and art events, and she participates in SmartARTS, which connects students with local artists in arts integrated units. Helping students gain valuable life long skills of creative thinking, problem solving, and personal expression is such a joy!

Mrs. Spitler loves teaching art to all ages. One of the best parts of the job is getting to teach students for so many years of their school experience. Watching them grow artistically, emotionally, as well as intellectually is a gift. She has loved being a part of the Sterling community and teaching staff. She is thankful to be able to inspire students artistically to impact the world to come!

What's Ahead...

This Week...
  • Dec. 3 thru Dec. 6 - 5K & 1st Grade Registration
  • December 3 - MAP Testing (Reading) for 2nd, 5th, & 8th Grade
  • December 4 - Last Day to Apply for School Choice Lottery (Sterling Program)
  • December 4 - Class/Club Pictures
  • December 5 - MAP Testing (Math) for 8th Grade
  • December 6 - Chick-Fil-A Biscuit Sale: Before school in both car lines; $3.00 each
  • December 6 - MAP Testing (Math) for 2nd and 5th Grade

Looking Ahead...
  • Dec. 9 thru Dec. 13 - Book Fair
  • Dec. 9 thru Dec. 13 - Spirit Week (See info below or CLICK HERE)
  • December 11 - Spirit Week Hot Chocolate Sale; 7:25-7:45am
  • December 12 - Activism Fair; 12:15-1:00pm
  • December 12 - 4th & 5th Grade Holiday Musical; 1:00pm
  • December 12 - Spirit Week Dodgeball Game; 3:00-4:00pm
  • December 13 - School Spirit Day (Wear a Sterling/CTC shirt or school colors)
  • December 13 - SIC; 8:30 (Open to all school families)
  • Dec. 16 thru Dec. 19 - Advanced Art Show
  • December 17 - Band & Strings Winter Concert; 6:30-8:00pm
  • December 20 - Winter Break Reading Challenge Begins (after dismissal)
  • Dec. 21 thru Jan. 5 - Winter Break
  • January 6 - Students Return From Winter Break

Dec-Feb Lunch Menu

CLICK HERE for the Dec, Jan, Feb Lunch Menu.

2020-2021 School Choice Lottery Window

Did you know... Sterling School is GCS's only total choice school? This means every single family who attends Sterling School is here by choice. While students of our Charles Townes Center Program are here by invitation, many people do not realize that students of our Sterling Program are also here by choice. So, if you've enjoyed your experience at our school, share the good news (and this digital newsletter) and invite them to join our family!

Why Attend Sterling School? (CLICK HERE for Flyer)

Greenville County Schools Change in Assignment School Choice (CIA) Lottery Window for the 2020-21 school year will close Wednesday, December 4, 2019. All parents wishing to submit a CIA choice request should submit at their first choice school during this window. This does not apply to magnet schools. Contact for CIA Requests: Planning and Demographics office, 355-7266 or 355-7263.

2020-2021 5K & First Grade Registration

Greenville County Schools encourages parents to register for kindergarten and first grade for the 2020-2021 school year beginning December 3-6, 2019. We are preparing for your child to enter school in August 2020 and are so excited to have your child with us. By completing registration early, you will save time!

It is important to register your child before school starts in August so we can ensure enough teachers and spaces are available at each school for incoming kindergarten and first grade students. Children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2020 must enroll in kindergarten. A child who will be six years old on or before September 1, 2020 must enroll in first grade. Students who are currently enrolled in a GCS 4K or 5K program do not need to register.

Please bring the following items to register:

  • Photo ID from any state or country

  • State-issued Birth Certificate

  • Properly Completed Immunization Certificate or Religious Exemption Certificate

  • Two Forms of Proof of Residence (two documents required such as a current utility bill and copy of lease agreement)

For your child’s school assignment and other information, visit the Kindergarten/First Grade Registration website or call INFOLine at 355-3100.

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2019 Superhero's Book Fair: Dec. 9-13

The 2019 Sterling/CTC book fair is almost here. This year our book fair will occur from Monday, December 9th through Friday, December 13th. Pamphlets will go home this week. Online gift certificates are available for purchase to send in with your students in place of cash. Also, all teachers will have their wish lists available.

The schedule is as follows:

Monday - 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Tuesday - 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Wednesday - 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Thursday - 7:30 am - 6:30 pm

Friday - 7:30 am - 11:30 am (with take down immediately afterwards)

We need over 120 volunteers to help keep our book fair running smoothly. If you are able to help out by running a cash register, helping kids select books, or just keeping shelves and tables neat and orderly, please sign up below. Volunteering for book fair is easy and fun, and we appreciate our volunteers so much that they receive a discount on all book fair purchases!

Book Fair Volunteer Sign Up: CLICK HERE

We would also like to offer our teachers lunch relief on teacher preview day (Friday, December 6th) in order to give them a chance to check out the fair and fill in their wish lists. If you are available to help with this, please sign up below. You will receive a book fair discount for this as well!

Lunch Relief Sign Up: CLICK HERE

Sterling School Spirit Week: Dec. 9th-13th

Spirit Week will be from December 9-13. Join us as we celebrate our school and raise funds to benefit Lake Conestee Nature Park. (CLICK HERE for Flyer)

Dress up Days:

  • Monday 12/9: Heroes - dress up as your favorite hero and support the Book Fair!
  • Tuesday 12/10: Explorers - Exploring parks and new places is an adventure! Dress up like your favorite explorer!
  • Wednesday 12/11: Scrabble Tile Day - Select a letter to wear and spell out your favorite book title or character with a group of friends!
  • Thursday 12/12: 50s 60s Rock 'n Roll - Join the celebration of great music for the 4th & 5th grade holiday concert, "Jingle Bell Jukebox." and dress in your best 50s or 60s outfit!
  • Friday 12/13: Woodland Creatures - Our fundraising this week is helping the Lake Conestee Nature Park. Dress up like your favorite woodland creature - real or imaginary!

Activities will include:

  • Tuesday 12/10: (MIDDLE SCHOOL only) :Lip Sync Battle
  • Wednesday 12/11: Hot chocolate sale 7:25-7:45
  • Thursday 12/12: Dodgeball from 3:00-4:00
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7th grade Student Activism Fair - Dec. 12

The 7th grade students have been working hard on their Activism projects. Come and see how they are raising awareness through education or fundraising with baked goods, crafts, art, and more! (Cost for some items will be $1-$15.) The students will be presenting their projects in the main hallway on Thursday, Dec. 12th from 12:15-1:00pm. (Cost for some items will be $1-$15)

Grateful for Reading Classroom Library Drive

November is a time to be thankful…and at Sterling School we are particularly thankful for our amazing teachers. (Event Flyer)

Our teachers have told us time and again that they would love to have more resources to purchase high interest, engaging, challenging books from a diversity of perspectives to meet the needs of our elementary students across all reading levels. Classroom libraries make it so easy for our kids to grab a book and go…one of the best ways to help teachers encourage reading!

To build classroom libraries, we are going to try something new: an Amazon gift card drive.

Amazon offers a wide variety of affordable titles so our teachers can curate classroom libraries just right for their students.

Over the month of November, please consider expressing your gratitude for our amazing teachers by picking up an Amazon Gift Card and sending it into the front office.

Alternately, you could purchase an online gift card HERE and either print it at home or direct it to the PTA’s inbox at

A gift card of ANY AMOUNT will help us reach our goal: $6,000 to be shared among our elementary classrooms.

Keep an eye out for weekly updates as we work towards our goal!

Thank you for supporting reading, and for showing your gratitude for everything that our teachers pour into our students.

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Bon Secours Festival of Trees

Sterling School is featured in this year's Festival of Trees, sponsored by Bon Secours. This year's "Woodland" inspired Christmas Tree is a collaborative effort by the 4th and 5th grade art club, the W.O.K.E. after school program, and our school's Junior Art Honor Society. This year's festival, located at the Hyatt Regency Greenville (on Main Street), features over 80 trees. All proceeds from the corporate sponsored trees help to fund various programs at St. Francis Hospital. #BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild