DragonTales  Weekly Newsletter
Back-To-School Issue
July 27, 2017

Dear St. George Families,
     I hope this summer has been both restful, productive and given  you many opportunities to spend time with your children and  families.  As we "gear up" for the beginning of another school year  I want to share a few items of note as we prepare for an  outstanding school year.
     This summer there has been a great deal of activity around our  campus. There is a continued excitement for the momentum we  are experiencing as a school community.  Our new Church has  been completed and construction on our Pre-K building will start  any day now!
     Teachers have been on campus preparing for the upcoming school  year readying their classrooms for students. They have been eager  participants in a variety of professional development opportunities  including a two day Chrome Book class, Science, Social Studies  training and Catechetical classes.
     One thing that is very evident at St. George is that we have a  community of parents, students and teachers who expect the very  best of themselves and each other.  Our Catholic roots continue to  challenge us to see all situations and people through the eyes of  faith, to seek innovative solutions to current day realities, and to  love and appreciate the uniqueness of our students.
     As teachers and staff, we continue to follow in the footsteps of our  founders - the Sisters of St. Joseph.  A passion for education and a  vision of a community of love, unity and collaboration was the  heart of their mission.  Each and every faculty and staff member at  St. George Catholic School has that same ability. Our challenge,
one that we look upon with great anticipation, as educators, is to  be a difference maker in the lives of the children in our care. 
     Teachers and staff are busy preparing for the new school year with  the goal of making it the best ever! St. George Catholic School has  1,095 outstanding students that are truly gifts from God.  We are  going to have an outstanding school year.
     The "Back-To-School Bash" is next Monday, August 7th.  I look  forward to seeing everyone there. Enjoy the last days of summer  vacation.
     One team, One Heartbeat, Geaux Dragons!
God bless,
Jack Nelson
Principal
WE INTRODUCE AND WELCOME
OUR NEW FACULTY MEMBERS

Mrs. Kelsey Mead - 1st grade
Mrs. Mead and is so excited to be teaching first grade at St. George this year! She has taught second grade in St. Francisville and in Baton Rouge since earning her Elementary Education degree from Southeastern in 2013. Her favorite part about teaching is watching her students' love of reading and personal relationship with God grow throughout the year. During free time, she and her husband love taking their two dogs to the dog park, watching sports and movies, and going to the beach. She is definitely looking forward to being a part of the St. George family. 
 
Mrs. Ellen Bourgeois  - 1st grade Teacher Assistant
Mrs. Bourgeois is no stranger to St. George. She has been a faithful parent volunteer for many years and was a member of our Home and School Board until accepting this 1st grade position. Ellen is the mother of SGS students Elise (8th) and John Bradley (2nd) and is married to SGS alum John Bradley, Sr. Mrs. Bourgeois graduated from St. Thomas More High School in Lafayette and LSU in Baton Rouge. She looks forward to working with our first graders and also joining the SGS faculty and staff.

Ms
. Katie Adams - 2nd grade
Ms. Adams is so excited to be working with the second graders at St. George. She received her bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University (2012) and her master's degree from the University of Notre Dame (2014). Ms. Adams enjoys reading, running, practicing yoga and LSU baseball.  Ms. Adams has been teaching for five years and feels so blessed to be part of the St. George family. 

Miss Peyton Robb - 2nd grade
Miss Robb graduated from Louisiana State University in May 2017 and is a first year teacher. She student taught last year at the Baton Rouge Center for Visual and Performing Arts in a second grade classroom. Miss Robb attended St. George from 1998-2008 and also attended St. Joseph's Academy for high school. She is very excited to be back at St. George and cannot wait for this adventure! 

Mrs. Laurie Briggs- 3rd grade
Laurie Briggs has eight years of experience educating children in the Diocese of Baton Rouge, spending seven years specializing in math and science in fourth grade and one year in kindergarten at St. Jude the Apostle School.  She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Southeastern Louisiana University. Mrs. Briggs and her husband have three adult sons and one adorable granddaughter who attends St. George Nursery School.  Her interests are LSU and Saints football, boating, fishing, spending time with family, and travel.  She is extremely excited to be joining the St. George School family!

Miss Kacie Roberson-5th grade
Miss Kacie Roberson grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she attended Wedgewood Elementary, Parkview Baptist School, and Woodlawn Middle School. She then attended and graduated from Airline High School in 2011 in Bossier City, Louisiana. In May of 2015, Miss Roberson graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University. GEAUX TIGERS!  She previously taught in East Baton Rouge Parish for 2 years. She is very excited to have the opportunity to teach at St. George this coming school year, teaching 5th grade Math, Science, and Social Studies. She will also be the Dance Moderator for the Dragonettes Dance Team!  She looks forward to an amazing 2017-2018 school year!

Mrs. Jenny Bruno - Technology Coordinator
To sum up Mrs. Bruno in a few words, she is a wife, mother, educator, mentor, believer, optimistic, and ambitious person. She has been an educator for seventeen years, sixteen of them in public schools in Ascension Parish teaching grades 3-7 mostly teaching science and math. She strongly values education and is a firm believer in STEM education and technology empowering the needs of our youth today to be successful in their future careers in the 21st century.  She is the mother of five beautiful children, including a LA Tech college student, a senior in high school, and triplets who will be entering 5th grade at St. George. She is thankful God chose her to further her education and pursue her dreams in obtaining a master's degree in leadership and educational technology. She bring to St. George a wealth of seasoned knowledge and plans to be a support person for the technology needs that arise which will surely fulfill a dream that she has envisioned for years.


IMPORTANT
DATES TO REMEMBER
AUGUST 2017

Wednesday, August 2
Medication Drop-Off, School Office
     12:00 noon - 2:00 pm      
Monday, August 7
6th Grade Orientation, 8:30 am - 11:00 am
New Student Orientation, 12:45 pm - 2:45 pm,
                                                       begin in cafeteria
Back-To-School Bash, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

Tuesday, August 8
School Supply Drop Off (Optional)
     9:00 am - 10:30 am  (see below) 
     School Supply Lists
DK/Kindergarten Parent Only Orientation 
     11:00 am - Noon      

Wednesday, August 9
First Day of School, Grades 1 - 8
School Liturgy, 1:30 pm

Thursday, August 10
½ DK/K Students Attend (full day) 

Friday, August 11
½ DK/K Students Attend (full day) 

Monday, August 14
All DK/K Students Attend

Wednesday, August 16
Parent Orientation Night (DK/K - 5th Grade)
    Gr. 1&2 Classroom Meeting, 6:00 - 6:50pm
    DK/K - 5th Parent Meeting, 7:00pm, Church
    Gr. 3-5 Classroom Meeting, 7:45 - 8:30pm

Thursday, August 17
Parent Orientation Night (6th - 8th Grade)
    6:00pm, Church followed by Classroom meeting

Wednesday, August 23
Individual School Pictures


* Morning carpool begins at 7:20 am and ends at 7:45 am
* School day: 7:45 am - 2:45 pm


POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
 
Parents of 5th grade students : Please note that 5th - 8th graders dress out for PE. Uniforms for PE class may be purchased at the local uniform stores.


UPDATED IMMUNIZATION RECORDS
NOTE TO PARENTS OF KINDERGARTNERS, 6th GRADERS, AND NEW STUDENTS: Please have your child's required vaccinations completed and return the updated immunization record to the school office by 
Monday, August 7, 2017.

EMERGENCY CONTACT & HEALTH INFORMATION 
Parents, once RenWeb is opened to all families on Monday, August 7 @ 5:00 pm, please be sure to review and update your student(s) emergency contact and health information in RenWeb. Find this information in RenWeb (School Information / Web Forms / Student Demographic Forms tabs).
Additionally, parents names and contact information must be included in the Emergency Contact section. 


School Supply Drop Off (Optional)
Tuesday, August 8th - 9:00am - 10:30am

Parents of students in grades 2-5 are welcome to bring school supplies to their child's classroom between 9:00pm and 10:30pm. If supplies are not dropped off during this time, students should bring their supplies with them on the first day of school.
* Students in Gr. 6-8 should bring their school supplies on the first day of school. *Supplies for students in Gr. DK, K and 1 were delivered to classrooms during July.


SGS Music Ministry
Cantor Auditions for the 2017-18 School Year

Students in grades 7 and 8 are eligible to audition for SGS Cantor. 
Student Cantors should be willing to accept the responsibilities of serving as a music minister for liturgical celebrations at St. George Catholic School.  Throughout the school year, they will work to develop their ministry with abundant faith while participating in the entire liturgical celebration, understanding that they are servants of the liturgy and members of the gathered assembly. Cantors should recognize their responsibility to be leading members of the singing assembly while in the congregation as well as when cantoring for liturgical celebrations.
 
  • Cantor Auditions (closed auditions) will be held on Tuesday, August 8, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the St. George Church.  
  • Audition Sign-Up will begin on Tuesday, August 1, by visiting the SGS Website, Cantor Audition Link.
  • Audition Music and Practice Track will also be available on the website.









*      Sign-Up online now until Sunday, August 6th, to volunteer your time and talent for 2017-2018 school year. 
*      All volunteers must successfully complete the child protection requirements prior to volunteering at SGS.  Successful completion of child protection requirements MUST be completed by Friday, September 15, 2017 in order to be assigned to a class field trip or activity.

Class specific sign-up will take place at either Parent Orientation meetings or shortly after school starts by communication from class Room Parents.

Our faithful volunteers help to make many day-to-day classroom events and special events happen. Please consider sharing your time and talent. St. George School needs and wholeheartedly appreciates all volunteers!  


SGS Home & School Board 2017-18
Kelly Vaughan, President
Jen Parfait, Vice President
Karin Simmons, Treasurer
Amanda Noel, Secretary
Denea Riche, Volunteer Coordinator
Jenny Vargus, Asst. Volunteer Coordinator
Courtney Morel, Special Events Coordinator
Jenny Allen, Special Events Coordinator
Melissa Terrell, Asst. Special Events Coordinator
Jamie Goodson, Asst. Special Events Coordinator
We are happy to announce our 2017-2018 Home and School Board members and we gratefully thank them for the unselfish gift of their time and talents.



USED UNIFORM CLEARANCE SALE
SGS Home and School Association will host a Used Uniform Clearance Sale (cash only) during our Back-To-School Bash on Monday, August 7th from 5:00pm - 7:00pm

 Please consider signing up to help out for a shift or two.  Help is especially needed for set up!  Volunteers can shop early.  Students can sign up as well for service hours.

Athletic Dragons
Welcome Back Dragons!!!!
Important Athletic Dates:

Mandatory Fall Sports Parent Meeting- Monday 8/21, 6:00pm, gym

Mandatory Fall Coaches Safety Clinic - TBD (waiting on the date from the Diocese)

Fall Registration for Sports- Friday, August 25th 3:30- 7:00pm in the gym
3-8th Football, 5-8th Cross Country, Cheer, Dance, 5th-8th Swim, and 3-8th Girls Basketball
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 7:00-8:00pmTeams will be announced via email.  Permission slips will be sent home the first week of school 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 3-5th - Friday 8/18  5:00-6:30pm, gym
Permission slips will be sent home the first week of school with additional league information. 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 Practice
7th/8th grade - Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 5:30-7:15pm; Fridays immediately after school until 4:30pm; Saturday mornings, 8:00-9:30am .  
First day of practice is Monday 8/7  4:00 -5:00 in the gym for a team meeting. Practice will also take place on Tuesday 8/8 starting at 5:30 even though we are not yet in school.   
Contact Coach Neal Zeber with questions-nzebernd@yahoo.com
6th grade- Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30pm; Fridays immediately after school until 4:30pm; Saturday mornings 8:00-9:30am.
First day of practice is Tuesday 8/8 at 4:00pm.  Please report to the football field.  
Contact Coach Neal Zeber with questions-nzebernd@yahoo.com
5th Grade - Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30pm; Thursdays, 4:00-5:30pm; Saturdays,. 9:30-10:30am; Sundays 5:30-7:00pm.  
First day of practice is Tuesday 8/8.  
Please contact Coach Brad Smith with questions - brad1.smith@morganstanley.com
4th Grade - TBD- please look for an email and check  DT for practice information
Please contact Coach Darren DeMoss - darrendemoss@wsacheer.com with questions.
Football Jamborees scheduled for 9/9 and 9/10
Football Season 9/11-11/5

Swim Practice - starting 8/28 at Crawfish Aquatics
Please contact Coach Helen Cavana -helencavana@gmail.com with questions. 

Cross Country - team has been practicing since July. 
For additional information please contact Coach Travis Blanchard-tjblanchard@tritioncontrols.com

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 where to report 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.  Study hall will start 8/9. 

ST. GEORGE FAIR T-SHIRTS!

Be ready for the FAIR and the first Out-Of-Uniform Day by ordering your fair shirts beginning August 1st and by the deadline of Thursday, August 17th!

DETAILS:
Fair Website is expected to go LIVE August 1st where T-shirts can be ordered

 
The 2017 Fair T-shirts will be printed on a light heather grey t-shirt. 
The shirts are a DryBlend material made of 50% cotton / 50% polyester jersey knit blend, are pre-shrunk and have moisture wicking properties. 
The deadline to order is THURSDAY, AUGUST 17TH

Don't forget to order one for Mom & Dad, too!

Please note: The current year fair t-shirt CAN be worn on Out-Of -Uniform days, even though it is not the students' class color. 

St. George Catholic School
(225) 293-1298