DragonTales Weekly Newsletter
August 25, 2016

Dear St. George Families,
     Welcome back to school.....again! It certainly feels like we are starting over again. With that said: Pope Francis advises catechists, "BE catechists, don't work as catechists." He makes clear that it's not solely about what we do; it's about who we are. "Being a catechist is a vocation." As catechists, we deserve the support and formation to BE the person God is calling us to be.
     There are 4 points four points of emphasis that assist in defining our mission as catechists, as we form cultures of faith, hope, and love within our schools:
1. Every Principal, teacher, and staff member in every school will share leadership in building the school's learning culture, and "be on fire" to ensure students' success. 
2. A "new Pentecost" will occur daily in every school, as diverse languages, backgrounds, values, and abilities are understood, accepted, and integrated into the school's learning culture. 
3. St. George School strives to be a "home of light and joy" in the darkness of our world. 
4. Each one of us will be a "leader of light" grounded in faith, energized by hope, and consumed by our love for our school communities, and for the God who has called us to serve.
At this point in my letter to you, I was going to address the despair, suffering, and animosity in this world. I was going to focus on the negative cultural conditions all over God's great earth. Instead, I realized that the focus should be on the good. In my visits to the classrooms today I heard some things that brought tears to my eyes and some things that gave me goose bumps; not in bad ways, but in a good ways.
     In one class the teacher read from their Shine Your Light Devotional - "Jesus tried to make the world a better place wherever He went. He always acted in ways that were kind, gentle, loving, helpful, and forgiving. And when He saw people doing wrong, He taught them to do what is right."
     Another class was talking about moments in history that made lasting impressions on millions of people. She talked about remembering where she was on September 11, 2001. She went on to ask the students, "What do you think I did with my class when we heard the news?" The answer - "We prayed."
     Let us all BE the hands of Christ...let's "be on fire" when we teach and set that positive example...let us be that light of joy and hope...let's love our neighbors, lead our youth, and build a culture of goodness, steeped in Catholic values.
God bless,
Jack Nelson

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER  

Friday, August 26        
School Liturgy, 8:00am, Church

Saturday, August 27 
St. George School Cantor Auditions, 11:30am, Church

Monday, August 29
Gr. 1 - 3 Parent Orientation, 6:00pm, Classrooms 
DK/K - Gr. 5 Parent Meeting, 7:00pm, Church
 
Gr. 4 - 5 Parent Orientation, 7:45pm, Classrooms


Tuesday, August 30  
Gr. 6 - 8 Parent Meeting & Orientation, 6:00pm, Church

Thursday, September 1 
Beginner Band NEW Parents Meeting,
7:00pm, Band Room

Friday, September 2  
School Liturgy, 8:00am, Church

Monday, September 5 
Labor Day, No School
 
                              

Flood Make-Up Dates - St. George School will make up three (3) days of school for the flooding event of last week. The make-up days are: Monday, October 10th, Friday, May 26th and one other date to be announced.

CAFETERIA NOTES
Disaster Relief
     The USDA has granted special permission for all schools participating in the National School lunch program in the parishes of Louisiana declared as Master Disaster Areas to serve Free Lunch and Breakfast to all students from August 22 - September 30, 2016.
     Nothing will change in the cafeteria. Students will still go through the line and identify themselves but will not be charged for cafeteria meals.
     This does not include milk, juice, extras or second servings. Students will still be charged for those purchases.
    All adults will still be charged full price for meals.
 
CAFETERIA ANGELS ONLINE SIGN-UP - PLEASE CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING! 
Volunteers are greatly needed to help serve lunch in the cafeteria each school day. Please consider signing up for a shift each month and invite a friend to join you. Find the link to volunteer  HERE.

BEFORE AND AFTER CARE ANNOUNCEMENT
AFTER CARE FOR THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR IS FULL! There is still space available in the Before Care program. Please contact Susan Giles ( Susan.Giles@sgschoolbr.org) if you have any questions.

INKA'S UNIFORMS - 15% OFF FOR FLOOD VICTIMS
Inka's Uniforms
11626 Sherwood Forest Court, Baton Rouge  
is offering a 15% discount on uniforms for flood victims. 
St. George Catholic Church Bulletin

SGS families not on the email list to receive the St. George Church bulletin may access the bulletin HERE

SGS FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES
There are many fundraising opportunities for SGS families to help raise funds for our school. Please find the details by clicking here.

Help Student Council Raise Money for the New Church Statue
Don't miss your chance to support Student Council and the new St. George Church. Purchase photographs that spell words that are at the heart of St. George:  Dragon, Family, Faith. All photos were taken from our beautiful campus by St. George Student Council members! Find the order form HERE.
Please disregard the deadline date on the attached order form. There is NOT a deadline to submit orders. Thank you!
SGS Band Notes
 
Welcome Back SGS Band Students!  
First Day of Band Classes for Advanced Bands are:  
            Advanced Band I on Monday, August 29
            Advanced Band II on Tuesday, August 30
 
Advanced Band Class Schedules:
            Advanced Band I meets on Monday & Wednesday, after school, 2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
            Advanced Band II meets on Tuesday & Thursday, after school, 2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 
We look forward to welcoming back all of our talented students and to having the best year ever with the SGS Bands!
 
SGS Beginner Band Parents Meeting - RESCHEDULED
Thursday, September 1, 2016
7:00 p.m.
St. George Band Room (in St. Cecilia Hall)
"For the Parents of Beginner Band Students"  
Join us for this informative meeting and learn about the exciting opportunities that await your child as a member of the St. George School Band.  Students in grades 4 thru 8 are eligible to join the SGS Band.  If your child is interested in participating in the Beginner Band Program, please plan to attend this very important meeting.
 
For questions about the St. George Instrumental Music Department, please contact
Jan Dupre, Director, jan.dupre@sgschoolbr.org  / (225) 293-1298
St. George Instrumental Music Dept.
"Inspiring Enthusiasm and Excellence through Music Education"


SGS Piano Lab
The SGS Piano Lab will offer two after school group piano classes this school year as follows:
 
4th and 5th Grade Piano Class:                
Tuesday, after school, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Middle School Piano Class:                         
Wednesday, after school, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Registration Forms are available in St. Cecilia Hall and in the School Office.
 
Questions regarding the SGS Piano Lab Classes may be directed to Mrs. Michelle Nelson at mwn6861@aol.com, or to Mrs. Jan Dupre, jan.dupre@sgschoolbr.org
INTRAMURAL SPORTS  

INTRAMURAL SOCCER - DK-1st  
Intramural SOCCER registration is being held now! Teams are tentatively scheduled to play every Saturday MORNING at St. George from Sept 10th to Oct 15th (6 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, AUGUST 26, 2016. NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED!
Access the registration form HERE
 
INTRAMURAL FLAG FOOTBALL - 1st-2nd & 3rd-4th  
Intramural FLAG FOOTBALL registration is being held now! Teams are tentatively scheduled to play every SUNDAY AFTERNOON at St. George from October 16th-November 20th (6 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 September 30, 2016. NO LATE FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED!
Access the registration form HERE.
NEW AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITY - TENNIS 
WE ARE EXCITED TO BRING TENNIS TO ST. GEORGE CATHOLIC SCHOOL THIS YEAR! 
Want to join the fun and give your child the exposure to the "sport of a lifetime"? This is your opportunity!
  • Start Date: Tuesday, September 6th
  • End Date: Thursday, May 18th
  • Classes will be offered Tuesday or Thursday and be offered monthly throughout the school year 2016-2017.
  • Times: 3:00-3:45pm
  • Rate: $45/monthly, check will be made payable to Break Point Tennis or credit cards accepted also.
  • Ages: 5 and up
  • All equipment will be provided by Break Point Tennis for use during the class.
  • Classes will be on-site after school.
  • To sign up or have questions, please e-mail or call (225) 803.3361, Diana Vincent, dianatvincent@gmail.com, with your child or children's name, your name, address, contact number, allergies, and any other information that our staff might need to know, and method of payment. You can also send in the registration form HERE.

Young Rembrandts
Our elementary-age curriculum is designed to teach basic to advanced drawing skills, art techniques and vocabulary. We believe that drawing is the bedrock skill required for future artistic success. We give them skills to express their creativity, and believe that all children can - and should - learn to draw. You'll see increased art abilities, learning skills, self-confidence and self-esteem.
Session 1 Fall - 8 Weeks: September 12th - November 7th
Session 2 Winter - 8 Weeks: November 14th - February 6th
Session 3 Spring 1 - 8 Weeks: February 13th - April 3rd
Session 4 Spring 2 - 6 Weeks: April 10th - May 22nd

St. George Catholic School
(225) 293-1298