DragonTales  Weekly Newsletter
August 10, 2017

Dear St. George Families,
 
This week marks the beginning of a new school year. Here's my take on some of the foundational principles of a Catholic school.
 
Students are "children of God" and "temples of the Holy Spirit," which should fill us with optimism in who they are and what they are capable of achieving. Our culture is extraordinarily pessimistic about youth, telling them they're incapable of virtue, incapable of scholarship (inflated grades) or handling the idea that some are more athletically talented (so everyone gets a trophy). And the worst part about this messaging is they begin to believe these things about themselves. We must be the opposite, challenging students to yearn for more. Our aim is to form great hearts and minds so that students will do great things for others! As such, we should ask our students to "stretch," while providing the practical and emotional support to do so. 
 
Our faith is the lens through which all else is focused. The "Catholic" emphasis of our school is much more than religion classes. Rather, faith is the unifying principle  giving us purpose, direction and meaning. We have weekly Mass on Fridays, a witness to our school's self-identity.  But if we build the culture here correctly, the Catholic ethos of the school will be so implicit, so natural, that in many ways it will often be un-noticed by our faculty and staff, almost like the oxygen we breath each day.
 
Parents are the primary educators. Our job, as teachers, is to assist parents in their primary role. To do so, we must communicate well with each other, both in formal and informal settings, and in both directions. We should work very hard to develop a sense of "we" with parents and learn their names-not simply "Johnny's father."  We should trust parents, and ask them to trust us. In an increasingly divided, distrustful society, this takes work on both sides!
 
We believe in a "Renaissance vision" of the human person and believe that students thrive when they are asked to develop all facets of their personality-spiritual, academic, athletic, and artistic.  Accordingly, we are a "both-and" school, committed to building a culture that discourages students from becoming "specialists": scholars, but not musicians, musicians, but not athletes, etc. School should be a time when many doors are opened for students and they are invited to walk through those doors and experience new things. The time for choosing a profession and shutting doors is later. We want scholar-athletes! Scholar-musicians! Dragon poets! Scholar saints! We must be flexible with each other as teachers, coaches and music directors to minimize their conflicting commitments so as to promote this vision! 
 
Order is essential for a school, and rules and lines of authority are essential. However, our normal day to day interactions with students and with each other should be human ones, governed by relationships and the "Golden Rule."
 
God bless,  
Jack Nelson

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

Monday, August 14 - Friday, August 18
S tar Testing

Tuesday, August 15
School Liturgy, 8:00am - Feast: Assumption
Follow Friday Schedule 
Wednesday, August 16
Parent Orientation Night (DK/K - 5th Grade)
    Gr. 1-3 Classroom Meeting, 6:00 - 6:50pm
    DK/K - 5th Parent Meeting, 7:00pm, Church
    Gr. 4-5 Classroom Meeting, 7:45 - 8:30pm
Thursday, August 17



Friday, August 18
 
Parent Orientation Night (6th - 8th Grade)
6:00pm, Church followed by Classroom Orientation

Follow Tuesday Schedule

Tuesday, August 22
Men's Club Kick-Off Meeting (see details below)

Wednesday, August 23
Individual School Pictures (girls in DK/K - 5th must wear white blouses under jumpers)

Friday, August 25
School Liturgy, 8:00am


TECHNOLOGY ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY 
  • St. George School's Acceptable Use Policy for Technology is being sent home with all students in grades 4-8. 
  • This policy must be read carefully by parents and students. 
  • The last page of the document must be signed by the parent and student and returned to the homeroom teacher by Tuesday, August 15. 
  • Google Chromebooks will not be issued to any student who does not return the signed form by the deadline of Tuesday, August 15.
Find the policy HERE.

LINKS TO IMPORTANT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
 

EMERGENCY CONTACT & HEALTH INFORMATION (RenWeb)
  • Emergency Contact & Health Information for each student must be kept current and accurate. In the event of a power failure, emergency, or event requiring evacuation, binders with every student's printed emergency contact and health information is utilized.
  • Please note that parent/guardian information must be listed in the Emergency Contact section, as well as, any other contact for emergencies.
  • Please log in to your RenWeb account to add / verify this vital information. 
  • FAMILY INFORMATION -- WEB FORMS -- FAMILY DEMOGRAPHIC FORMS
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE AND COOPERATION 
IN KEEPING THESE VITAL RECORDS CURRENT AND ACCURATE!


SGS Performing Arts 
The St. George Performing Arts Department is excited to offer various after-school music classes at school this year - Beginner and Advanced Bands, Performance Choir, Beginner and Intermediate Piano Classes. New this year is a BEGINNER GUITAR CLASS. Private lessons in piano, guitar, and violin are also available. Some classes will be limited in space, so don't delay and register today! 
Please click the links below for Information and Registration Forms for SGS Performing Arts Classes. 
For additional information regarding SGS Performing Arts, 
please email Mrs. Jan Dupre, jan.dupre@sgschoolbr.org

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FR. MIKE!

WE HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY AND A BLESSED YEAR!
WE LOVE YOU!
  Athletic Dragons
Welcome Back Dragons!!!!
Important Athletic Dates and Information:

Mandatory Fall Sports Parent Meeting -  Monday 8/21, 6:00pm, Gym
Mandatory Fall Coaches Safety Clinic - 8/17, 6:00-9:00pm, location TBD
Athletic Association Meeting - Wednesday 8/23 6:00 Gym
We need new members!  If you are interested in volunteering and hearing about what the Athletic Association please make a point to attend!
Fall Registration for Sports- 4-8th Football, 5-8th Cross Country, Cheer, Dance, 5th-8th Swim, and 3-8th Girls Basketball   Friday, August 25,  3:30- 7:00pm, Gym 
Physicals, Parent Code of Conduct, Permission slips, and registration fees will be turned in on this date. These forms will be available on our website after 8/18.
Girls Basketball Varsity Tryouts 6-8th
Monday 8/14 and Tuesday 8/15
6th 5:00-6:00pm
7th 6:00-7:00pm
8th 7:00-8:00pm
Teams will be announced via email.  Permission slips were sent home through student's homerooms.  Practice will begin after teams are announced.   Jamborees  9/6-9/8.
 Season 9/11-11/5.
Girls Basketball Developmental Evaluations - Grades 3-5 - Friday 8/18 5:00-6:30pm, Gym 
Permission slips were sent home.  Check student's backpacks.   If any parent is interested in coaching please contact Michele Munson at michele.munson@sgschoolbr.org.  
Teams will most likely start practicing the week of 8/28.  
Season 9/11-11/5
Football Practices
7th/8th - Tuesdays & Wednesdays 5:30-7:15pm, Fridays immediately after school until 4:30pm, Saturday mornings 8:00-9:30am   
Contact Coach Neal Zeber with questions-nzebernd@yahoo.com
Parents please remember to place your gear/clothing orders by 8/17 (info will be given at practice 8/11).
6th - Tuesdays & Wednesdays 4:00-5:30pm, Friday immediately after school until 4:30pm, Saturday mornings 8:00-9:30am
Contact Coach Neal Zeber with questions-nzebernd@yahoo.com
5th - Tuesdays 4:00-5:30pm, Thursdays 4:00-5:30pm, Saturdays 9:30-10:30am, Sundays 5:30-7:00pm
Please contact Coach Brad Smith with questions- brad1.smith@morganstanley.com
4th - Tuesdays & Wednesdays 4:00-5:30pm, Fridays immediately after school until 4:30pm. Weekend practices will be announced as needed. 
First day of practice is Tuesday 8/15.  
Please contact Coach Darren DeMoss at darrendemoss@wsacheer.com with questions.
 Coach Darren is in great need of additional coaches please contact him if you are able to help- 225-975-5081 we also need all players that are interested in joining the football team to email Coach Darren or Michele Munson- michele.munson@sgschoolbr.org prior to 8/14. 
Football Jamborees scheduled for 9/9 and 9/10
Football Season 9/11-11/5
Swim Practice- starting 8/21 at Crawfish Aquatics
Please contact Coach Helen Cavana- helencavana@gmail.com with questions
Study Hall - All SGS student athletes are automatically enrolled in Sports Study Hall at no additional fee.
At dismissal, an announcement will be made letting students know what room to report to for study hall. 
Study hall is available M-F for any team members that have practice starting at 4:00pm or earlier.  Please make sure athletes have all equipment/clothes needed for practice. 
Students may bring a snack but it must be nut-free. 
Intramurals DK-3rd - Fall Intramural Sport information will go home through students next week.  

Click on Flyer for Link to Information Registration Form
Fr. Paul Welcomes Students 
As They Return To School
Fr. Paul visited the school campus on our first day back at school. Everyone was excited to see him as he assisted in the carpool line and attended our first morning assembly of the year.
Welcome to St. George Fr. Paul!
ST. GEORGE FAIR T-SHIRTS
  • 2017 Fair T-shirts will be printed on a light heather grey t-shirt. 
  • The current year fair t-shirt CAN be worn on Out-Of-Uuniform days, even though it is not the class color. 
  • T-shirts are:
    DryBlend material made of 50% cotton / 50% polyester jersey knit blend
    Pre-shrunk & have moisture wicking properties 
  • The deadline to order is
    THURSDAY, AUGUST 17TH.
  • T-shirts will be distributed to the youngest child before the first Out-Of-Uniform day.
  • Don't forget to order one for Mom & Dad, too! 
VISIT WWW.STGEORGEFAIR.COM TO ORDER

St. George Catholic School
(225) 293-1298