Dragon Tales Weekly Newsletter
September 1, 2016

Dear St. George Families,
     Over the years, I have asked many of my family members, friends, and colleagues this question, "When you think of your favorite teacher, what makes them your favorite?" The number one answer is simply..."They cared about me." A couple of weeks ago I attended an Archdiocesan Principals' meeting. One of my colleagues commented on how hard it is to convince teachers to become principals. Even though we might think these teachers are cut out to make great principals, the challenge in convincing them comes from their witnessing what we actually do during a regular school day. My reply was, "We all agree this job is not for everyone, but what we can do (and what we should do) is to show our teachers how much we care for and support them, and to sincerely offer advice when we have the opportunity." I went on to say, "Many teachers chose their profession because of a caring teacher they once had who impacted their lives. Perhaps as principals we can not only impact teachers' lives, but the student's as well - and maybe, at the same time, persuading the children to become leaders when they pursue a career."
     We at St. George Catholic School teach and model caring for and about others while combining it with purpose - purpose in what God's plan is for us. Learning that, perhaps, what happens to me is not really about me at all. Whatever we do, more often than not, affects others in an action/reaction relationship. We teach our children that the choices they make not only affect them, but it also affects those around them. We like to focus on the positive influences one can make. It comes down to impacting those around us in a caring way, acting as a springboard, or a catalyst for someone else. It's about aiding, nudging, convincing, impacting, or forming someone else so they can make a difference. It is similar to Dominos - that action/reaction effect which can be the result of direct or indirect forces.
    Be sure to thank those who made an impact on your life; for guiding you or nudging you to where you are today - your parents, a teacher, a family member or a friend. Be sure to thank your child's teacher - because I witness what they do during a regular school day, making that positive difference in their lives. What's our purpose in life? It may just be to help someone else achieve theirs.
God's bless,
Jack Nelson

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POLICY REGARDING WATER BOTTLES 
It is St. George School policy to allow students to use water bottles only during lunchtime. Students have ample access to water for hydration during the regular school day using school drinking fountains at appropriate times.
 
If your student has a specific medical need, a doctor's note outlining the need accompanied by a specific diagnosis of the condition that requires deviation from this specific school policy for a medical reason must be submitted to the nurse.
 
Thank you for your cooperation.
TRANSPORTATION UPDATE

  • EBR Busses will run on Tuesday, September 6th. 
  • Please place your children on the bus, if assigned a route, so that the driver has an accurate route and head count. 
  • Tardies will not be counted for bus riders for this week. 
  • Carpool will continue to follow the same procedures in the morning. 
  • Tardy slips will be issued to carpoolers beginning Tuesday, September 6th.  
  • Dismissal carpool (2:48pm) will follow the path that morning carpool does. 
  • Carpool signs in the car window help speed up the dismissal process.
  • Please take a minute to make a sign with carpoolers names' listed.
  • Carpool Arrival and Dismissal Map and Instructions
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER  

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

Tuesday, September 6
School Pictures (see details below)

Thursday, September 8
Out-Of-Uniform No Pink Slips August
Altar Server Training, 2:45pm, Church
Girl Scouts Recruiting Night, 6:30pm, KAC (see details below)

Friday, September 9
School Liturgy, 8:00am
Pep Rally, 1:30pm, Gym

Monday, September 12 - Friday, September 16
Book Fair Preview Week

Tuesday, September 13 
Progress Reports

Friday, September 16
School Liturgy, 8:00am, Church


Sunday, September 18
Book Fair Open House, 12:00pm - 2:0-0 pm, Library  
                              
Monday, September 19 - Friday, September 23 
Book Fair Sale Week (See details below)

Thursday, September 22 
Book Fair Night Out, 4:30pm - 7:30pm
 
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.   
UPCOMING SCHOOL PICTURE NEWS 
Individual School Pictures  
By 
Barberito Photographers    
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th

  • PRE-PAID portrait program
  • Order online (see below) OR through brochures sent home in backpacks
  • Instructions for ordering school pictures online:
    1. http://www.barberitophotographers.com/
    2. Select "Ordering"
    3. Select "School Day"
    4. Enter Event Code - STGSD16 (also, use this code during the ordering process when prompted to enter school name)
    5. Enter e-mail address
    6. "SUBMIT"
    7. Choose Package - click on package
    8. Choose picture Style
    9. DRAG Style down to "DRAG A STYLE HERE"
    10. Select quantity, then ADD TO CART, then CHECKOUT
    11. Please contact Barberito Photographers at 504-455-6818 or at http://www.barberitophotographers.com/
    12. Note: Online ordering may not work when using a smartphone, tablet or Mac computer.
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.

Ahoy Bookaneers!
The St. George Book Fair is fast approaching! The theme this year is Bookaneers.  Please take note of the dates below:
  • September 12-16:  Preview Week - Students will visit to preview during their regular library time.
  • Sunday, September 18: Book Fair Open House
    12:00pm - 2:00pm
  • September 19 - 22:  Book Fair Sale Week
  • Thursday, September 22: Book Fair Family Night Out 4:30pm - 7:30pm
    Come by with your family to purchase books and enjoy good food and music. Several food trucks will be here and the SGS Advanced Band will be performing.
  • Diary of a Wimpy kid: Double Down will be on pre-order.
Coincidentally, Monday, September 19 is International Talk and Dress like a Pirate Day, which fits right in with the Book Fair theme! To promote reading and the book fair, students may wear pirate accessories (eye patch, hat, bandana, etc.) to school on this day!

SGS BOOK FAIR 2016  
The SGS Book Fair is quickly approaching! The children always enjoy this event. Volunteers are needed to make this year's
Book Fair a big success!  Thank you for your support!
 
  • Volunteer opportunities include: set-up, Open House, class visitations, Family Night and take down.
  • Please sign-up HERE.
  • Food truck/vendors needed for Family Night Out on September 22nd
  • Contact Mrs. Taylor, SGS Librarian, at jennifer.taylor@sgschoolbr.org or Pamela Lerch, Library Chair, at 832-541-5732.
ST. GEORGE FAIR 2016 
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 &
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9

Visit the fair website here to:
  • Purchase Fair T-shirts ($22) until 
    Monday, September 19
  • Purchase Fair Ride Bracelets ($45)
  • Volunteer!
  • Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Fair Events and Information
     
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.
SGS Band Notes
 
SGS Beginner Band Parents Meeting - RESCHEDULED
Thursday, September 1, 2016
7:00 pm
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

UPDATED INFORMATION:  
  • The start dates for after school Piano Lab classes will be Tuesday, Sept. 20, and Wednesday, Sept. 21.
  • Registration for the SGS Piano Lab Classes is still open.
  • Registration Forms are available in the School Office and in St. Cecilia Hall.
  • Piano Class Schedule:
    4 th/5th Grade Piano Class:  Tuesday After School from 3pm to 4pm        
    Middle School Piano Class:  Wednesday After School from 3pm to 4pm
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.

GIRL SCOUT RECRUITING NIGHT 
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 6:30pm, KAC
 
Girl Scouts welcomes St. George School girls in grades K-8

During this meeting we will:
  • Establish new troops in Kindergarten
  • Work to place older girls in existing troops where spots are available.
  • Register the girls, adult helpers and leaders.
  • Girls are welcome to attend but it is not mandatory.
  • Contact Betty Tanory, bet3m@yahoo.com, with questions.
INTRAMURAL SPORTS  

 
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.
SCHOOL TIME UNIFORMS - 20% OFF FOR FLOOD VICTIMS
School Time Uniforms
7745 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge 
is offering a a 20% in-store discount to those who have suffered losses from the recent flooding until Saturday, September 10th. 
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 families who suffered losses during the recent flooding. 

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES

Break Point Tennis
  • Ages: 5 and up
  • Classes held on Tuesday or Thursday from September 6th - May 18th
  • Times: 3:00-3:45pm
  • Rate: $45/monthly, check will be made payable to Break Point Tennis or credit cards accepted online.
  • 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 or complete the registration form HERE.
Young Rembrandts Art 
  • Elementary-age curriculum designed to teach basic to advanced drawing skills, art techniques and vocabulary.   
  • Students will learn skills to express their creativity, and learn to draw.
  • Promotes 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

 

Drama Kids 
Drama Kids is back with new drama exercises and games, dramatic scenes and stories to act out, and especially, lots of fun throughout the year. By the end, students will perform a play that will show the fun things we've learned in Drama Kids all year long, and give the parents a chance to see how Drama Kids helps children grow in confidence, speaking and performance skills.
Over 8 months, for only $55.00 a month, we provide a weekly lesson geared towards speaking with confidence and learning cooperatively.  Drama Kids is not about creating the next Broadway star, but is about learning to love the arts and feeling comfortable in groups and in front of people.
We bring our fun program to you! Once a week, students stay after school until 4:15 for pickup by parents, or we will bring kids to after care for you. Please call us at 225-210-7044 at out studio, LA Arts if you have questions, or go online to the site below.
We provide programming for K-8, so please take advantage of this program for your children at St. George this year!
Enrollment is easy: Go to www.dramakids.com/la1 to register today!
 
St. George Catholic School
(225) 293-1298