Dragon Tales  Weekly Newsletter
January 19, 2017   

Dear St. George School Families,
 
Happy New Year! Although the Christmas Season has come to a close I wanted to share a short story with you. There is a Peanuts cartoon showing Lucy going to visit Charlie Brown. Upon arriving, she wishes him a cheery "Merry Christmas!" Then, explaining the purpose of her visit and her cheery greeting, she says, "At this time of year, we should be kind." "Why at this time of year only? Shouldn't we be kind all year long?" Lucy looks equally puzzled and snaps at him, "What are you? Some kind of religious nut?"

During this past Christmas season, many of us reached out to help and support others. This is outstanding - but how about the rest of the year?
People often talk about getting into the "Christmas spirit"; do you have to be "some kind of a nut" to do this year-round?

Kindness is the music of life. May kindness and caring be with you this New Year!

God bless,
 
Jack Nelson

ST. GEORGE CATHOLIC SCHOOL CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS 
FOR NEW STUDENTS FOR 2017-2018
St. George Catholic School, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence for 2016, is accepting applications for NEW students for the 2017-2018 school year.
Apply online at www.st-georgeschool.com. Please note that Kindergarten applicants must be 5 years old by September 30, 2017 to be eligible for Kindergarten.
Contact: Charlene Lauman ~ charlene.lauman@sgschoolbr.org or 225-293-1298 


IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
 
 
Friday, January 20
     School Liturgy, 8:00am
     Academic and Behavior Awards Following Mass
     Winter Follies Rehearsal, 6:00pm
Saturday, January 21 
     5th Gr. In His Image Talk, please arrive by 8:45am   
     Winter Follies Performances, 2:00pm and 6:00pm
Sunday, January 22
     Winter Follies Performance, 2:00pm
Tuesday, January 24 
     NET Retreat
     1st Eucharist Seminar, 6:30pm
Wednesday, January 25
     NET Retreat
Thursday, January 26 
     Religion Fair Set-Up
     Family Night - No Homework / No Activities

Thursday, January 26 - Friday, February 3
     Re-Enrollment of Current Students
 
Friday, January 27
     School Liturgy, 8:00am
     4th Gr. Religion Fair      
Monday, January 30 - Friday, March 3
     Catholic Schools Week

JANUARY STEWARDSHIP PROJECT 
  Now Through Friday, January 27
Every year for Catholic Schools Week, each school in the Diocese is asked to collaborate and bring items for Catholic Charities. Our items help Catholic Charities to continue their mission and help each family that is in need of a new start. 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.
SGS 2017 Distinguished Graduate 
Every year during Catholic Schools Week, each Catholic school recognizes one of its alumni as its distinguished graduate.
This year Jimmy Lamy, a 1982 graduate of  St. George will be honored at the Distinguished Graduate dinner on Monday, January 30th at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge.
Jimmy continues a family tradition of faith-filled service to his church parish community, one that began with his parents and siblings as long time parishioners of  St. George Catholic church. 
As a young child attending St. George School, Jimmy Lamy learned the value of a Catholic education. It is a lesson that has served him well in a 25-year career as a probation officer for the U.S. District Court in New Orleans.
"My Catholic education taught me that my faith was an integral part of everyday life and not just an obligation to attend church on Sunday," said Lamy, who was selected as the Mr. Lamy, a member of Holy Name  of  Jesus  Church  in New  Orleans,  has served
the  parish in a number of capacities, including men's club president, eucharistic
minister, lector, catechist and confirmation prep teacher.  He was the recipient of the Jesuits of New Orleans Homines Pro Aliis Award and the Archdiocese of New Orleans Order of St. Louis Medallion.  
Congratulations Jimmy! 
RE-ENROLLMENT 
FOR CURRENT STUDENTS
  • Re-enrollment for current students will take place from Friday, January 27 - Friday, February 3
  • Information regarding online re-enrollment will be emailed to all families on Thursday, January 26. 
  • If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to call the school office at 225-293-1298.

BEFORE/AFTER CARE ENROLLMENT FOR THE 2017-2018 school year will open on Monday, February 13 for families currently enrolled in the program, including new students who have a sibling in the program. Enrollment for new students and other interested families will open on Monday, February 20. Enrollment information will be available on RenWeb and the school web site beginning Friday, February 10. All forms/fees must be returned by Friday, February 24. No forms will be accepted after this date. Questions? Please contact Susan Giles, Director (Susan.Giles@sgschoolbr.org).
 
The SGS Winter Follies performers invite
everyone to their performance.
SGS Winter Follies  
"Goes to the Movies!"

St. George Performing Arts Education Series presents the  
3rd Annual Musical Theatre Production
 
Saturday, January 21, Matinee, 2 pm and Evening Performance, 6 pm    
Sunday, January 22, Matinee, 2 pm      

This outstanding musical theatre production showcases the talents of SGS 5th thru 8th grade students.   

Don't miss the opportunity to see this entertaining show and to support the arts at St. George Catholic School.

CAFETERIA NOTES
  • All school meal payments are due in advance. Please remember to send extra funds for seconds and extra items.
     
  • January Lunch prices: Full price $52.20, Reduced price - $7.20
  • January Breakfast prices: Full price - $32.40, Reduced price - $4.40
     
  •  All families are encouraged to monitor your students' cafeteria purchases with anonline account at www.myschoolbucks.com. There you can set up alerts and make payments by credit card or bank draft. It is not necessary to make payments in order to set up an account. We will always accept check or cash payments at school.
FROM THE DRAGON'S LAIR

Basketball - Come and cheer on our Dragons in our 6-8th JV tournament this weekend! Tournament starts Thursday and ends with the finals Sunday evening.

Volleyball - 6th-8th Grade Permissions slips went home through homeroom teachers. Emails were sent with important information to all parents of 6th-8th grade girls. Volleyball Permission Slip
Varsity Tryouts and JV evaluations are scheduled for 1/27-1/29. Exact times will be emailed to the parents Monday (1/23/17) evening.
5th Grade Volleyball Evaluations will take place after 2/6/17. Look for information in upcoming Dragon Tales.

Track - Track practice will start 2/15/17. Permission slips will be sent home next week.

Winter Sports Pictures - Winter Sports Pictures will take place in February. Please look for date in future Dragon Tales. You will also be notified via email by coaches.

INTRAMURAL TEEBALL / COACHES PITCH   DK-1st
Intramural TEEBALL / COACHES PITCH registration is being held now! Teams are tentatively scheduled to play every Saturday morning at St. George from March 11th thru April 8th (5 games). Practice days and times are at the coach's discretion. Forms will be accepted in the office until the end of the school day on FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3, 2017. NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED! Fee is $25.00 per player made payable to the St. George Athletic Association and must accompany registration form for processing.
Find form and more information HERE.

INTRAMURAL KICKBALL  1st-2nd & 3rd-4th
  Intramural KICKBALL registration is being held now! Teams are tentatively scheduled to play every Sunday afternoon at St. George from March 12th thru April 9th (5 games) . Practice days/ times are at the coach's discretion. Forms will be accepted in the office until the end of the school day on FRIDAY February 3, 2017. NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED! Fee is $30.00 per player made payable to the St. George Athletic Association and must accompany registration form for processing.
Find form and more information  HERE.
 
Parent Work Duty - We need your help! Parents are asked to sign up for three work shifts through the course of each of their child's regular sports season- tournament participation requires extra work shifts (specific requirements will be emailed directly to parents via coaches). Link to sign up HERE.

GIRLS ON THE RUN REGISTRATION
NOW OPEN FOR ST. GEORGE TEAM

UPDATE:
We have coaches for our GOTR so the lottery system will not be used for the St. George teams

REGISTER TODAY! Girls on the Run is a 10-week after-school program that uses the power of running to inspire joy, health and confidence in girls. The curriculum creatively incorporates training for a 5k with lessons that encourage third through fifth grade girls to develop essential life skills. The program has been a big success since coming to St. George four years ago.
For additional information about the program, and to register, check out the Girls on the Run websites at http://www.girlsontherunsola.org/.
KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON  
IN ST. GEORGE CHURCH PARISH?
 
Keep up with the happenings around St. George by reading the St. George Catholic Church Bulletin HERE . 
WHAT TO WEAR TO THE AUCTION!
St. George Catholic School
(225) 293-1298