Dragon Tales  Weekly Newsletter
December 1, 2016

Dear St. George Families,
     This past Sunday was the first Sunday of Advent. The word "advent" means "coming," and of course, it's a reference to the coming of Christ at Christmas. So over the next four weeks, we await the coming of Christ.
     We're not very good at waiting. We want everything immediately! Think about it: The fast food industry has grown exponentially in the last twenty years because people want their food quickly, and don't have the time or patience to cook it at home. We have fast food drive-thru lines because it's way too much work to park the car, walk several feet and stand in line to order. And even with drive-thru lines, if you're like me, you become impatient if the line is not moving quickly enough! The Internet now provides us with information instantaneously, which is fantastic on one level, but dangerous on another, as it's too easy to send off an email when we're angry at someone before we've given ourselves a chance to cool down and say things we regret later or post things on Facebook or Instagram that are hurtful to others. We have overnight printing, overnight mailing, instant food, microwave ovens-all things that allow us to get what we want now, without waiting. If we want something and can't afford it, no need to wait and save for it-we have credit cards! The average American household has $16,048 in credit card debt in 2016, and the average # of credit card accounts per card user is 3.7.  Financial experts agree it's the worst kind of debt, too, because the average interest rate is 12-18%, unlike owing money on a house, where one can get loans for as low as 4% right now. 
      So it's hard for us to wait for Christmas-we hardly wait for anything else. Retailers are already in the full court press mode, pushing us to get all our Christmas shopping done. I was in a local store in October, before Halloween, and they were already playing Christmas carols over their speakers! So in Church we're singing "O Come O Come Emmanuel" but everywhere we go we're hearing "Joy to the World, the Lord has Come. " 
     I want to suggest two simple things we can all do that may help us step back from the helter-skelter world of the instant, the "now" that we all live in-two things that might help us better focus on the event we will celebrate on December 25 and thus help us have a better Advent.
      The first is this: Nothing helps us tune into the true "reason for the season" better than helping other people. If you live near an elderly home, for example, the Christmas season is a very lonely time for many elderly, as they miss their spouses who have died, or perhaps their children who don't visit them enough. You can be there for them. Organizations who work with the poor need lots of volunteers to serve meals, deliver presents, and work soup lines. You can be there to help. You know, it's pretty common that we, too, can get depressed or start feeling blue at this time of year, and our tendency is to say to ourselves, "I need some time for myself", some "me time" but that's exactly backwards. The best way to get us out of our funk is to focus on the needs of others, to make others happy. This is a great time of year to do it. 
     My second suggestion to get us ready for Christmas, to help us more fully appreciate this Advent season, is to spend about 10-15 minutes/day in prayer, asking God to lead you, bringing your worries before him, seeking him for guidance on decisions you must make about college, friends, personal situations. To pray doesn't mean we must isolate ourselves and burn incense somewhere! Maybe it just means when we're driving to school or home from school, we turn off the radio and cell phone and have a conversation with God and bring our worries before him. We don't lean enough on God-but unless we lean, we cannot feel him pushing back, holding us up. And so we put all this pressure on ourselves to make good grades, go to the right schools, have the right relationships, instead of sharing those worries with God and asking him to help us.
     If we go outside of ourselves to help others, if we pray and lean on God during these next few weeks, I think we'll find this Advent season, this time of waiting, will help prepare us more fully for the most important event in human history. May we use this time well.
God bless,
Jack Nelson
UNIFORM NOTE  
Reminder: Please check uniforms now for skirt/jumper length and shirt sizes.  The holiday season is the perfect time to get uniforms altered and purchase new pieces in order to make it through the rest of the year. Uniforms will be checked when students return from the holidays.

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, December 2
School Liturgy, 8:00am
Thursday, December 8
School Liturgy, 8:00am, Feast: Immaculate Conception
Follow Friday Schedule
Friday, December 9
Follow Thursday Schedule
1st Grade Retreat
Band Concert, 7:00pm, Church
Saturday, December 10
2nd Grade First Reconciliation, 9:00am
Tuesday, December 13 - Thursday, December 15 
6 - 8 Grade Exams
Thursday, December 15
5th Grade Retreat
1st Grade Christmas Story, 6:00pm, Church
Friday, December 16 
School Liturgy, 8:00am
AR Deadline
Christmas Parties
End of 2nd Quarter
Early Dismissal, 10:30am (No After Care Service)
Begin Christmas Holiday until Wednesday, January 4, 2017

NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2016
 
 NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY,
DECEMBER 19, 2016
DECEMBER STEWARDSHIP PROJECT 
DECEMBER 1 - DECEMBER 7
BUCKS FOR BIKES
(ST. GEORGE ADVENT GIVING TREE)
Each class is trying to earn enough "bucks" to buy a bike for a child or adult in need.  Students are asked to perform an act of kindness at home to earn $3.00 to donate to this project. This stewardship project helps us to understand the needs of those less fortunate.
CAFETERIA NOTES
  • December cafeteria payments are due now. All school meal payments are due in advance. Please remember to send extra funds for seconds and extra items.
  • December Lunch prices: Full price $34.80, Reduced price - $4.80
  • December Breakfast prices: Full price - $21.60, Reduced price - $3.60
  • All families are encouraged to monitor your students' cafeteria purchases with an online 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
  • Sports Study Hall: Fall Sports Study Hall ended after the last Football Practice. Information about Winter Sports Study Hall will be announced once a practice schedule and game schedule has been finalized. Please look in future Dragon Tales for information about registration dates.
  • Fall Sports Uniforms: All Fall Uniforms should have been returned to school. Those missing will be assessed replacement fees.
  • Boys Basketball Schedules: Complete BBB Developmental, JV and Varsity schedules have not yet been released from the league. Parents will be notified by coaches of game dates and times via email.
  • Basketball Fees: All Developmental BBB Fees should have been paid -$75 to St. George Athletic Association.
  • Physicals need to be turned in prior to first league games. You will be notified if your athlete is not in compliance.
  • 6-8th BBB JV and Varsity Uniform Distribution and Registration will take place this Sunday 12/4. Please look for an email from your coaches concerning times.
  • No Spring Sports (Volleyball or Track) dates or information is available at this time. Tryout dates will be announced once the CSAA League Director announces league play dates.

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IN ST. GEORGE CHURCH 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