DragonTales  Weekly Newsletter
November 2, 2017

Dear St. George Families,
 
"Great hearts and minds to do great things" But what do we mean by the word "great"?
 
Remember that story from Luke's gospel? A young man, perhaps not much older than you, comes to Jesus and says "Good Rabbi, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Jesus answers him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: Keep the Sabbath holy, Honor your parents, don't lie, steal, murder." "I've done these things since I was young," he tells Jesus proudly. Jesus, eying him, says, "There is one thing further you must do: give all your possessions to the poor and come, follow me." And the gospel says the young man walked away sad, for he was a wealthy man. 
 
My take on that story is the young man is basically a good guy. He's following the commandments. But Jesus challenges him to go deeper than that-to be great. I think that may describe most of us: on the whole, we're pretty good people. We're not killing people, most of the time we're not stealing, we don't often take God's name in vain. But God calls us beyond even those things. He desires us to be great. 
 
I read an interesting book a few years back by Jim Collins, called "Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't". He studied many companies on Wall Street, trying to figure out if there were common characteristics in companies that had out-performed the market by three times the general averages-the "great companies" -vs. those who had only done well, "the good". One of his findings is very provocative: "Good," he says, " is the enemy of the great." Listen to that again: "Good is the enemy of the great."  What he means is that often the good companies were happy with their performance-"good" for them had become "good enough", so they weren't driven to seek more. Their vision in what they could be, what they could become, was limited, ordinary, and because of that-they remained ordinary. 
 
I think that can be true of all of us: students, teachers or school leaders. We often measure ourselves against others and say to ourselves, "Well, maybe I'm not studying as much as I should, but I'm doing a heck of a lot more that my friend in another school." "Maybe I could be a better teacher, but I'm sure better than _______". "Maybe I'm not the best principal, but I know I'm better than most". That kind of thinking will guarantee that we'll be at most, "better than average" students, teachers or principals, but we'll never be great. We'll never be the true difference makers in this world if being "good enough" is all we aspire to be. We'll always be less than God dreams for us. 
 
One of the things I am proudest about St. George is we have one, simple, ambitious goal for you: we want you to be great. Dare to be great. That's not just a slogan: we think that through God's grace, you really can be great.   It's why we want our students -to strive to be good in many things: scholars, athletes, musicians, people of faith. 
 
As we work through the second nine weeks, don't be like the young man who merely does the minimum. Challenge yourself to be more than that. God wants us to use all of our talents to the best of our abilities and he promises us that when we do so, we'll thrive and be happy. Ask him to help you. He will. 
 
God bless,
Jack Nelson
Pre-K Program
St. George School is proud to offer a Pre-K program which will begin educating 4 year old students in August, 2018.  Interested parents may apply online now.
The goal of the Pre-K program is to provide a strong foundation for our students that will help  to ensure success in kindergarten and beyond.  Religion, academic, and enrichment classes along with free play and rest time will be part of the day for our Pre-K students. Find more information HERE .
Grandparents Day ~ Friday, November 10  

We are looking forward to hosting our grandparents and special friends on 
Friday, November 10th!

Again this year, you will be given an opportunity to purchase a special photography session with your child(ren) and their grandparents from Barberito Photography. 

PHOTO ORDERS MAY BE RETURNED TO SCHOOL PRIOR TO GRANDPARENTS DAY or GIVEN TO THE PHOTOGRAPHERS AT THE PORTRAIT SESSION.
 
Volunteers are needed for our Grandparents Day event:
  • Volunteers needed:  8:00am - 11:15am  and  11:15am - 1:30pm
  • If you would like to assist on this special day, please email Jenny Allen (jennycooperallen@gmail.com), Home and School Association Special Events Coordinator. 
  • Thank you for your continued support. 

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Friday, November 3
Follow Wednesday Schedule
Tuesday, November 7
Progress Reports
Thursday, November 9
School Liturgy with Beta Induction, 8:00am
Follow Friday Schedule
Family Night - No Homework/No Activities

Friday, November 10
G randparents Day
Follow Thursday Schedule


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


Federal and State regulations prohibit our cafeteria employees from charging the child's account for a parent meal.  Additionally, we do not accept credit cards and we do not keep cash on hand so parents must pay the exact amount or write a check. Adult meal price is $5.00.

 

November cafeteria payments are due now .  All school meal payments are due in advance.  Please remember to send extra funds for seconds and extra items.  
  • November Lunch prices are: Full price $50.15;  Reduced price - $6.30
  • November Breakfast prices are: Full price - $30.60;  Reduced price - $5.10
  • www.myschoolbucks.com
    • Monitor your students' cafeteria purchases with an online account
    • Set up alerts and make payments by credit card or bank draft
    • It's not necessary to make payments in order to set up an account.  
    • You may send check or cash payments to school.   
*Please note that according to the LA. School Food Service Policy Guidance Manual, outside restaurant food, soft drinks, and candy are not allowed in the school cafeteria. Your compliance is appreciated.

ST. GEORGE STEAM CLUB
Who:   All 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are welcome to join STEAM Club! 
Moderators: Mrs. Bass, Mrs. Bridevaux, Mrs. Bruno, and Mrs. Parker.
What: STEAM Club is a club for anyone who wants to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math in a fun and creative way!  We will play games, have guest speakers, do art projects, and just have fun! 
Where: STEAM Club will meet in Mrs. Bridevaux's classroom #31 or the science lab. 
When: Kick Off will be after school Monday 11/6/17 and Monday 11/13/17 from 3:00-4:00.  During the Kick Off, two retired math professors who are also origami artists will show us how to make 3D structures with origami.  We will video the instruction for any students who can't make these after school meetings.
Regular meetings will be during lunch and recess on Thursdays, beginning on 11/9/17 in
classroom #31.
Find more details and the permission form HERE.
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.
St. George Catholic School
(225) 293-1298