Dragon Tales  Weekly Newsletter
December 15, 2016
 
Dear St. George Families:
     Traditions that we establish in our families shape who we become and form the foundations of our values and priorities. Our kids need these traditions to help shape their identity - to identify as a part of the family.
Christmas can be a great time to establish your family traditions. Advent wreaths, tree decorating, Advent "pals", and doing special things for others help keep the focus on Christmas.
     In one classroom, one of the students offered as a part of daily prayer intention the prayer that everyone would get what they wanted for Christmas. This is what kids will focus on and it is only natural. However, as we mature, shouldn't that prayer be that we all receive what we need, not want, for Christmas?
     As a society, we are very materialistic and have much more than we need. We need to teach our children that focusing on what we want will never be satisfying. It is human nature to want the newest and best of all things but we all know in our hearts that we can never be satisfied with these material things.
     This Christmas season give the gift of time. Take time to do family activities, visit friends or relatives you haven't seen for awhile or visit shut-ins at our local nursing homes. Take time to talk to your kids about family and what your family values and priorities are.
     Most importantly, make Christ a major focus and theme of Christmas. Take some quiet time each day to think about Advent and the blessings of Christmas.
God Bless all of you, merry Christmas!!
Jack Nelson

MORE FUN, LESS STUFF
In Hundred Dollar Holiday, (Harper San Francisco) author Bill McKibben shares his secret for successfully selling the idea of a simpler Christmas. "The most subversive thing to do is have more fun than other people. To the extent that your celebrations are more joyful, it may rub off a bit." Especially on kids: "If you make the holiday joyful enough," says McKibben, 'with enough points of real pleasure, parties, hikes, special activities, spending time together, then the focus won't be so single-mindedly on how big the pile under the tree is."
McKibben's favorite fun on Christmas Day? Bringing breadcrumbs and birdseed into the woods or a nearby park. "It's an old tradition of St. Francis, who said that animals deserve to celebrate this joyful thing," with "a day when they have access to food. It's a wonderful way to remind yourself that this day is about a lot more than you and your desires."
(Article courtesy of At Home with our Faith)
 

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
 
Thursday, December 15 
A Christmas Pageant ~ Anticipating the Birth of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, 6:30pm, Church 
Friday, December 16 
School Liturgy, 8:00am 
AR Deadline 
Christmas Parties 
End of 2nd Quarter 
Early Dismissal, 10:30am, No Bus Service for Dismissal  
No After Care Service 
Begin Christmas Holiday until Wednesday, January 4th

NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2016

JANUARY 2017 - HAPPY NEW YEAR! 
Wednesday, January 4     
School Resumes - Flood Make-Up Day
      NO EBR BUS SERVICE - FOLLOW NO BUS CARPOOL DIRECTIONS      
Friday, January 6 
     Epiphany Drama Liturgy, 8:00am, Church

YEARBOOKS FROM LAST SCHOOL YEAR will be delivered to the school between January 4th - January 6th. Yearbooks will be sent home with students as soon as possible.

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 

CAFETERIA NOTES
  • Please remember to add January lunch payment to your after-holiday to-do list.
  • 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.
The spring session of the empowering program, Girls on the Run, will begin at St. George after the holidays. 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.
We are in desperate need of coaches and a coordinator for St. George to be able to facilitate this wonderful and enriching program this season. If you are interested in coaching, please contact Linda Dutreix, 293-1298 or lindad@st-george.org. Our girls cannot register for the program until we find coaches and set days for practices. For additional information about the program, check out the Girls on the Run websites at http://www.girlsontherunsola.org/.
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(225) 293-1298