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COFFEE & CONVERSATION WITH MR. GIBSON (JANUARY 16): The next Coffee and Conversation with Timothy Gibson is January 16 at the Collierville Campus from 10-10:45am in the Upper School Lounge, the Germantown Campus from 9-10:00am in the Parish Hall, and the Memphis Campus from 7:30-8:15am at The Columns. Mark your calendars for additional dates: February 20, March 20, and April 15.
CANDIDATE MEET AND GREETS: Below is the schedule for the upcoming meet and greets with leadership search candidates. In follow up to last week's communications regarding leadership searches for our Germantown campus and Middle School, below you will find times and locations for parents to meet with our second-round candidates. Your engagement in this process is invaluable and we invite you to attend a session at your convenience:
PARENTS ASSOCIATION AUCTION - DONATIONS & SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: The PA's bi-annual auction will be held March 28 at the FedEx Event Center at Shelby Farms Park. "Fire & Ice" will feature dining, dancing, a wine and whiskey pull, and, of course, a silent and live auction. The PA invites you and/or your business to donate an auction item. If you are interestested in being a sponsor, we would love to talk to you as well! There are many opportunities to promote your business while also supporting the students, faculty, and staff. For more information, visit sgis.org/auction or contact Michelle Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org and Kim Robbins at email@example.com.
NO SCHOOL ON MLK DAY (JANUARY 20): There will be no school on Monday, January 20, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
MLK DAY ON (JANUARY 20): School may be out but there are a number of service opportunities in which your family may participate this year, including joining the SGIS Fleece of Faith club in the Collierville Campus dining room. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to come and make fleece blankets, which will be donated to Room in the Inn. We hope you'll join us! Click HERE for details.
SGIS COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE (JANUARY 23): St. George's is hosting a community Blood Drive. St. George's goal for this drive is 13 Whole Blood donations and 2 Double Red Cells donations. Meeting this goal allows our students to be eligible to participate in Vitalant's scholarship program. Who: Any student or adult who is at least 16 years old and meets the height and weight requirements found HERE. When: Thursday, January 23 from 11:30 am - 3:30 pm Where: Senior Dining Room at Collierville Campus, 1880 Wolf River Blvd. Why: When you give blood you can save up to 3 lives! Every 2 seconds someone in the US needs blood. 44,000 units of blood are needed every year. Blood shortages are critical following the holidays and summer months. Donating blood also has several health benefits. Mrs. Callaway shares some blood facts in her Chapel Talk. How: Click on this LINK to access the SGIS community donation page to make an appointment to donate blood. You may also visit Mrs. Callaway (firstname.lastname@example.org) in H168 to make a donation appointment or pick up a parent consent form, if needed. If you are unable to join us on donation day, please visit any LifeBlood/Vitalant location and request for your donation to credit SGIS.
COUNSELOR'S CORNER: SOCIAL MEDIA APPS: It is nearly impossible to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to our students and social media. The online tide is constantly shifting and changing with new apps, live streaming, video chats, and gaming. Click HERE to read the article, Apps to Look Out For, from Common Sense Media, a leading resource for technology education and review.
REGISTRATION FOR SPRING ENRICHMENT CLASSES IS AVAILABLE NOW! Registration for spring enrichment classes is available now through your Veracross account. To see a list of available classes, please click HERE. Questions? Contact Anna Wheeler at email@example.com.
LOWER SCHOOL TALENT SHOW (MARCH 3): Save the date for the 2020 Lower School Talent Show scheduled for Tuesday, March 3. Registration will take place on Wednesday, January 29 from 7:30-8:30am in the lobby of the elementary building at the Germantown campus and 7:30-8:30am at the welcome desk at the Memphis campus. St. George's students in 1st-5th grades may submit to participate in ONE act in this annual variety show. Acts should be prepared to list the names and grade level of all members, the name of the act, song lyrics, and contact information for an adult coordinator. For more information and to download a registration form, click here. Please contact Tracy Forbes at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
SAVE YOUR PLASTIC TOPS! The art room is doing a large scale community art project and we need as many plastic tops as we can get. Please send the tops with your child to school. There are collection boxes throughout the campus. Examples of what we are looking for: plastic bottle tops, large plastic tub lids, play-dough lids, detergent bottle tops, jar lids (metal or plastic)--anything round and plastic.
PARENTS IN PRAYER AT THE FLAGPOLE (JANUARY 16): If you have 10 minutes, stop by the FLAGPOLE after dropping the kids, this Thursday, 8:00 am, to pray for 4th GRADE this week! We will pray for each 4th Grader by name. We'd love for anyone to join and there is never an obligation to pray out loud. We'd love to see you!
CANDIDATE MEET AND GREETS: Below is the schedule for the upcoming meet and greets with leadership search candidates. In follow up to last week's communications regarding leadership searches for our Germantown Campus, below you will find times and locations for parents to meet with our second-round candidates. Your engagement in this process is invaluable and we invite you to attend a session at your convenience:
REGISTRATION FOR SPRING ENRICHMENT CLASSES IS AVAILABLE NOW! Registration for spring enrichment classes is available now through your Veracross account. To see a list of available classes, please click HERE. Questions? Contact Colleen Phillips at email@example.com.
SPIRIT STORE: The Memphis Spirit Store will be open on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Many thanks to our PA volunteers, Courtney Braddock & Brittny Hale, for their assistance. Remember you can also email Mrs. Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make an appointment.
CANDIDATE MEET AND GREETS: Below is the schedule for the upcoming meet and greets with leadership search candidates. In follow up to last week's communications regarding leadership searches for our Middle School, below you will find times and locations for parents to meet with our second-round candidates. Your engagement in this process is invaluable and we invite you to attend a session at your convenience:
HISTORY DAY PARENT RECEPTION (JANUARY 22): Families of 7th and 8th-grade students are invited to a showcase of History Day Projects on Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Collierville Campus. Students have explored this year's theme of Breaking Barriers in History through research and sharing their learning through exhibits, websites, documentaries, performances, and research papers. Come celebrate their work and enjoy some coffee and cookies! "The History Day project is an academic program focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression for middle and high school students. By participating in History Day, students become writers, filmmakers, web designers, playwrights, and artists as they create unique contemporary expressions of history." - National History Day
MIDDLE SCHOOL ACADEMIC RECOGNITION CHAPEL (JANUARY 23): On Thursday, January 23, students earning Honor Roll or Scholars List for semester one will be recognized and given a certificate. Parents are welcome to join in McNeill Gymnasium at 9:40 a.m. The Honor Roll is comprised of students who have a grade of 90-100 in most academic subjects, and no more than two grades in the 83-89 range. In addition, they must achieve effort marks of 3 or above. The St. George’s Scholar List is comprised of students who attain a grade of 90-100 in all academic subjects and receive effort marks of 3 or above. Honors courses are weighted appropriately for determining both designations.
ANNUAL CITIZENSHIP PHOTO CONTEST: The SGIS Institute for Citizenship invites all middle and upper school students to enter photos in our Annual Citizenship Photo Contest. This year's theme is "The Living World." Students may submit up to three examples of photos depicting anything that makes our planet live, such as. the sea, animals, vegetation, and even people. Each submission must include a title and synopsis of what the picture is telling us about the importance of the living world. Photos may be drawn from your existing photos from as far back as three year ago. The deadline to enter is February 10 and our panel of judges will announce the results by March. Selected winners will have their photos framed and displayed in our school. Good luck to all contestants! MORE INFO...
COLLEGE GUIDACE MEET & GREET WITH PARENTS (JANUARY 14): Team College Guidance is excited to engage with parents during an informal meet and greet event on Tuesday, January 14, 5-6 pm in the lobby of the Stokes Fieldhouse. We will be showcasing our new college search software, SCOIR, answering college questions and scheduling appointments in person. Please stop by for a snack and conversation before cheering on our students for Senior Night.
COUNSELOR CORNER - EMBRACING THE GROWTH MINDSET: Yesterday in advisory, upper school students were assessed on whether they had fixed or growth mindsets and taught strategies to embrace fully the growth mindset. According to author and Stanford psychology professor, Carol Dweck, students with a growth mindset are more likely to embrace challenging material, to have more motivation and less stress, and to persist when confronted with setback. It is important that parents realize and educate themselves regarding the significant impact they have on their children's mindsets. To learn more about fixed and growth mindsets, click to watch the Carol Dweck video.
PSAT/NMSQT SCORES: By now, students should have received a copy of their scores and test booklet. They either picked up their test results directly from the US office, or received this morning in advisory. Please email Marianne Simmons@email@example.com if you have any questions.
SENIOR / PARENT DINNER (JANUARY 21): The Senior / Parent Dinner is a semi-formal occasion exclusively for the parents of seniors and the Class of 2020 to enjoy dinner and a brief program presented by the seniors. The dinner will be held at Life Church, 650 Houston Hill Road, Eads. There will be an opportunity for pictures, so please arrive prior to the dinner which will be served at 6:30 PM.
GRYPHON ARTISTS SOAR HIGH IN NATIONAL ART COMPETITION: Please join me in congratulating the following Gryphon Artists for their placements in the Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. This is a steep competition with over 10,000 entries and only 500 winners total. Ella Keane: Gold Key & Junior Painting Award, Silver Key in Painting, Silver Key in Drawing & Illustration, and Honorable Mention in Painting. Ella's Gold Key piece will go on to compete nationally in New York. Anna Larizza: Honorable Mention in Photography, Elizabeth Crane: Honorable Mention in Painting, Sophia Manshack: Honorable Mention in Drawing & Illustration, Sierra Sellers: Honorable Mention in Drawing & Illustration