DragonTales  Weekly Newsletter
January 25, 2018

Dear St. George Families,

I am happy to report that the school budget for the 2018-2019 year has been completed and approved. I would like to thank the St. George School Finance committee and Mrs. Valarie Miller for their input and support as well as Fr. Mike, for his care and support of St. George Parish School. Finally, I offer many thanks to our school families whose love and support of our school is so important. When developing this budget we are always mindful of our unwavering commitment to be good stewards of the resources we have been given.  Our budget is one component of the way we live out our school mission. 

Our mission states:
St. George Catholic School Mission
St. George Catholic School is a Christ-centered, family-oriented, community, with a history of tradition and excellence. Gospel values are integrated with academics within a progressive curriculum, promoting faith development through liturgy, prayer, and service.
     
The cost to educate a public school student in the State of Louisiana is approaching $13,000 per student. The cost to educate one student at St. George School exceeds $6,000.00. For the 2018-2019 school year, St. George School Identified Financial Steward (IFS) tuition for one student in grades K-8 will be $5,225, a 5% increase over last year. Tuition for a  non-IFS student and a non-Catholic student will be $6,100 and $6,510 respectively. Pre-K tuition for IFS families will be $5825, $6700 for non-IFS and $7110 for non-Catholic students. A $200 per family building fee will be implemented for all grade levels to assist with campus maintenance and debt repayment.

Tuition assistance funds are available for St. George Parish families on a need basis.  The tuition assistance forms are available at the Parish Office.  Please contact them at (225) 293-2212.

Here are some of the accomplishments of the current school year:
  • One to one Chromebook learning environment for students in grades 4-8
  • Updated Science Curriculum
  • After school group and private guitar lessons
Other budget highlights include:
  • Elimination of current tuition loan program which incurred interest fees for families
  • Employee salaries will increase 3%, while health insurance costs have risen 5%
  • Parish support of $25,000 for tuition assistance and $72,000 in additional support
Together, "And with Your Spirit", we continue to be a part of an unequaled school and parish community.  The future is very bright for our students and school. May God continue to bless you and your family. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at anytime.

Peace,
Jack Nelson

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Friday, January 26        Re-Enrollment of Current Students Begins
       School Liturgy, 8:00am
Monday, January 29 - 
   Friday, February 2
       Catholic Schools Week
Monday, January 29        7th Grade Retreat and Mass   
Tuesday, January 30        8th Grade Retreat and Mass      
Wednesday, January 31        Cathlic Schools Week Mass, 10:00am, SGS
Thursday, February 1        Out-Of-Uniform No Pink Slips January
       4th Grade Religion Fair Set-Up
Friday, February 2        School Liturgy, 8:00am
       Early Bird Box Tops Due - click for form
       4th Grade Religion Fair
       Pep Rally, 1:30pm
Saturday, February 3      St. George Auction "Game On" (details here)

All are invited to Park and Pray the Rosary each  Monday  and  Wednesday  afternoons beginning at  2:15 pm  in the Chapel

RE-ENROLLMENT
FOR 
CURRENT STUDENTS
  • Re-enrollment for current students will take place Friday, January 26 - Friday, February 2
  • Re-enrollment information will be emailed to all families Friday, January 26
  • If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to call the school office at 225-293-1298.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
STEWARDSHIP PROJECT
FRIDAY, JANUARY 26 - TUESDAY
, JANUARY 30
This year St. George School is being asked to bring in new kitchen supplies: pots, pans, cooking utensils, kitchen towels, bakeware, plates, cups, saucers, etc. 
Monetary donations to be used to purchase kitchen supplies are also welcomed. Our items help Catholic Charities to continue their mission and help each family that is in need of a new start. Thank you for your generosity. 

JANUARY LUNCH MENU
January cafeteria payments are due now .  All school meal payments are due in advance.  Please remember to send extra funds for seconds and extra items.
 
January Lunch prices: Full price - $53.10; Reduced price - $7.20
January Breakfast prices: Full price - $27.00; Reduced price - $4.50
 
2016-2017 YEARBOOKS
Yearbooks for last school year (2016-2017) have been sent home.  If you did not purchase a yearbook and would like one, we do have extras.  Yearbooks are $50.
Please send a check made out to St. George in an envelope marked Mrs. Cooper with your child's name and homeroom.  Yearbooks may also be purchased in the school office. 

GIRLS ON THE RUN
 Registration is now open for the Girls on the Run Spring season at St. George!  If your 3rd-5th grade girl is interested in signing up for this inspiring 10 week program please register her at:  https://www.girlsontherunsola.org/  
If you have any questions please contact Linda Dutreix,Linda.Dutreix@sgschoolbr.org,   GOTR is a wonderful program that empowers girls in 3rd through 5th grades while preparing them for a 5K run. 
VIRTUE OF JUSTICE FLYER
Flyers from the Diocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection are being sent home to all families today.  The Office endeavors to provide parents with safe environment information on a regular basis.  This flyer discusses the topic of Justice. 
Family Night is a great time to discuss this virtue with your children.
Athletic Dragon News

Volleyball -  Please click on this link for Girls 6-8th Volleyball Permission Slip and Information  https://goo.gl/forms/1EiLSzD7wOAfouf23
 
Please click on this link for Girls 5th Grade Volleyball Permission Slip and Information -
 
Mandatory Volleyball Parent Meeting- Sunday 1/28 @ 3:00pm 
Please meet in the gym lobby.
 
Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship to be hosted at St. George School on  Tuesday, 1/30/18, in the gym starting at 3:00pm.  All boys and girls ages 9-14 are invited to compete.  Parents must accompany child (we will not be able to check participants out of aftercare). 
Please fill out this form to register- 
https://goo.gl/forms/Po7K5S8prL7EY2PC3
 
Track and Field
SGS is looking for a qualified head coach and assistant coaches for our Track and Field program.  Stipends are available.  If you are interested please email michele.munson@sgschoolbr.org.
KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON 
IN ST. GEORGE PARISH?
Keep up with the happenings around St. George by reading the St. George Catholic Church Bulletin HERE.

ADULT FAITH FORMATION:  DAVID THE KING
Please join us as we discover DAVID the KING.  Bishop Robert Barron helps us to understand this pivotal figure in light of the first king and the King of Kings. 
We will meet Sundays, Feb. 11th & 25th ; March 11 & 25th ; April 8th and 22nd.  We meet in the Parish Office at 9:30 a.m.  For more information, contact Karen Fawley at  karenf@st-george.org  or call at 456-5417.
Catholic High School Cheer Clinic
The Catholic High School Cheerleaders will be hosting a cheerleader clinic on 
Sunday, March 4 from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm.  The clinic is open to all girls in 1st through 4th grades.  The cost to attend the clinic is $25 per girl and includes a t-shirt and snack. 
Please register at   http://tinyurl.com/2018chsbrcheerclinic or you may contact Jennifer Thibodeaux or Erin Hart at 383-0397.  The registration deadline is February 9, 2018.
St. George Catholic School
(225) 293-1298