The Weekly Griffin

September 8th - #BuildingABetterGriffin #LevelUP

#ReadersAreLeaders: Summer Reading Celebration

We had 100 elementary students to successfully participate in our school's summer reading program. Thank you, parents, for helping us#FightTheSummerSlide. Last Friday, qualifying students were recognized and received a "sweet treat" and extra recess. Additionally, students were entered into a drawing for an opportunity to receive a prize.#BuildingABetterGriffin #WholeChild #LevelUP

What's Ahead...

  • September 9 - Wear Red (DOT Day Week)
  • September 9 - Melinda Long Book Orders Due: CLICK HERE!
  • September 9 - Last Day to RSVP for CTC Program Night Dinner: CLICK HERE!
  • September 10 - Wear Blue (DOT Day Week)
  • September 10 - SIC Nominations Due (by 4:00pm)
  • September 11 - Wear Yellow (DOT Day Week)

  • September 12 - Wear Orange, Green, or Purple (DOT Day Week)

  • September 12 - Middle School Fundraiser Kick-Off

  • September 12 - CTC Program Night; Dinner 5:00-6:00pm, Program 6:00-7:30pm

  • September 12 - 6th Grade Atlanta Trip Parent Meeting, 5:30pm

  • September 13 - Dot Day/Spirit Day (wear a Sterling Shirt or school colors of blue & gold)

  • September 13 - SIC, 8:30am

  • September 13 - Last Day to Pick-Up Talent Show Audition Form (from Mrs. Reynolds)

  • September 16 - Voting for SIC Begins

  • September 18 - Talent Show Forms Due (to Mrs. Reynolds)

  • September 20 - Readers Arrrgh Leaders Community Readers Day

Sterling School - A Personal Message From Peter H. Reynolds

International DOT Day

Imagine the power and potential of millions of people around the world connecting, collaborating, creating and celebrating all that creativity inspires and invites. This Friday, September 13th, the Sterling School will creatively champion our use of talents, gifts and energy to move the world to a better place as we celebrate International Dot Day! (Our 4K students are also learning about primary and secondary colors!)

The Dot, a book by Peter H. Reynolds, is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.

In celebration of Dot Day, we ask you to wear:

Monday - Red

Tuesday - Blue

Wednesday - Yellow

Thursday - Your Favorite Secondary Color (Orange, Green, or Purple)

Friday - Wear Your School Spirit! (A Sterling Shirt or School Colors!)

If you are available to volunteer at any point during DOT Day, please contact Mollye Spitler or Judy Harrington.

Charles Townes Center Program Night

Parents of all CTC students are invited to CTC Program Night this Thursday, (9/12) from 6:00-7:30pm! CTC Teachers will discuss curriculum, classroom expectations, and upcoming events for the year. Note: We will follow a schedule; this is not a drop-in. Additionally, students are not required to attend. If fact, due to seating in middle school classrooms, if possible, middle school students should make other arrangements.

Note: A parent meeting for the 6th grade Atlanta trip will occur at 5:30pm in Vegas.

If you are interested in dinner beforehand, our PTA has arranged for Tropical Grille to cater so it will be easier for families to attend! All meals must be ordered and paid for in advance.

Dinner will be served 5:00-6:00pm in the cafeteria. The cost is $5 for kids and $9 for adults. Your choice of a chicken or vegetarian meal. See menu details and order your dinner HERE by the end of the day this Monday (9/9)!

If you have any questions about dinner, please email our PTA at If there are other questions, email our program coordinator, Linda Reynolds.

From the Sterling School SIC: Intro to Coding

The SIC (School Improvement Council) in conjunction with the PTA is considering bringing an "Intro to Coding" class to Sterling School as an after school program for 3rd-5th graders. The class will be taught by the Roper Mountain Science Center, and will be a four week class. Each class is 90 minutes and the cost is $60. Maximum class size is 14 students. Assuming we have enough interest, we'll consider beginning with this class and expanding to other classes and possibly grades as well. Please take a moment to share your thoughts: CLICK HERE!

Please keep in mind that volunteers will be needed to organize and coordinate these classes. Without the help of interested parents, these classes cannot be offered. Anyone interested in helping to kick-off this new SIC/PTA initiative is encouraged to contact Julie Cain Cwynar at 412-215-9429 or via email at The dedicated help of several parent volunteers is necessary to bring after school classes to Sterling School.

Course Description:

Journey into the world of coding! We’ll start with basic coding concepts, then use a variety of unplugged and online coding activities to refine your skills. Students will work on individual and collaborative group tasks. Combine creativity with problem solving as you blaze a trail into the knowledge of computer coding!

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Sterling School Club Spotlight

There are several new clubs this year – and more will be added! Keep an eye on the Club Page on our website for updates and information. Some clubs require fees for membership. If you need assistance with the payments, please contact the club sponsor.

This week, we are featuring two new clubs:

The Elementary School Drama Club

We are excited to announce this new drama club for students in grades 3-5. Teaching artists from the Greenville Little Theatre will guide students for through stage and drama and culminate with a performance on the Sterling School stage! No previous dramatic experience is necessary!

This 9-week program is limited to twenty students, and there is an application which includes teacher recommendations. The fee for this program is $60.00.

Applications are available from Ms. Helsel or Ms. Wallace and must be returned by September 5th. Members will be notified of acceptance into the program by September 11th. The first club meeting will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 18th.

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is a non-profit program that works to encourage girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games, culminating in a celebratory 5k run. Over a period of 10 weeks, girls in the 3rd through 5th grade can participate in an after-school program designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength. The Girls on the Run lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. Participants explore and discuss their own beliefs around experiences and challenges girls face at this age. They also develop important strategies and skills to help them navigate life experiences. We start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them. Then, we look at the importance of team work and healthy relationships. And, finally, the girls explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world.

Physical activity is woven into our program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health. At the end of the three-month session, the girls participate in a Girls on the Run 5K event (Nov. 23rd). This celebratory, non-competitive event is the culminating experience of the curriculum. Completing the 5K gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.

Our school sponsor is Ms. Rucker. Membership is open to girls in grades 3-5. Students will be required to fill out an application form online at this site: CLICK HERE!