Dragon Tales Weekly Newsletter
September 15, 2016
Dear St. George Families,
After arriving at school one day last week, a five year old boy approached me and said, "I like your tie." I was so pleased to hear this compliment from one of our kindergarteners that it made me reply, "Thank you! You are very nice! That makes me smile!" This week I visited a few of the classrooms and asked the students to tell me some of the things (and people) that cheer them up on a dark, dreary, rainy day. Answers included friends, pets, family, ice cream, Jesus and smiles, etc. If you think about it, it doesn't take much to cheer someone up and to make someone smile. It's simple at times to change the way someone feels. And the fact that it can be so easy to brighten someone's day, leads me to believe we should try to do this service more often. There are countless ways to put a smile on someone's face, but do we make a conscious effort to do it, or are we like the five year old boy, and just speak out of kindness naturally? My challenge is to see if you can make someone smile tomorrow...better yet, see how many people you can make smile tomorrow.
A friend of mine shared with me recently, information about a book titled, "You Did It To Me" by Fr. Michael Gaitley. Fr. Gaitley is the author of "33 Days to Morning Glory." The book is a practical guide to the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, fitting right in with the Year of Mercy. My friend stated that Fr. Gaitley tells how we should practice "The Apostolate of Smiling," welcoming people with the warmth of Christ, even if it's as simple as a smile. Fr. Gaitley got "The Apostolate of Smiling" from Fr. Bruno Hagspiel. There are nearly two pages of small tips on smiling, and how a simple smile can not only cheer others up, but it also has the power to change one's heart and win souls for Christ. Indeed, it is the simple things in life that lead us to God. Salvation truly does involve loving everyone.
The Apostolate of Smiling:
Just a little smile on your lips:
Cheers your heart
Keeps you in good humor
Preserves peace in your soul
Promotes your health
Beautifies your face
Induces kindly thoughts
Inspires kindly deeds...
God bless,
Jack Nelson
Note to Church Side (Morning ) Carpool Drivers
Morning church side carpool only: Please be mindful of teachers who need to access their parking spots in the mausoleum parking lot. Please allow space for them to maneuver through the carpool line. Thank you for your attention and cooperation.

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER  

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

Sunday, September 18
Book Fair Open House, 12:00pm - 2:00 pm, Library  
                              
Monday, September 19 - Friday, September 23 
Book Fair Sale Week (See details below)
International Talk and Dress like a Pirate Day
(To promote reading and the book fair, students may wear pirate accessories, eye patch, hat, bandana, etc., to school on this day !)

Wednesday, September 21 
Mandatory Parent/Student Liturgical Dance Ministry Meeting, 6:00pm, KAC  
(for 7th and 8th grade girls who are interested in participating in the Liturgical Dance Ministry) 

Thursday, September 22 
Book Fair Night Out, 4:30pm - 7:30pm, Library and Courtyard 

Friday, September 23 
Early Bird Box Tops Due
School Liturgy, 8:00am, Church

Saturday, September 24
FALL SPORTS PICTURES, 8:00am - Noon, Gym 
Football,  Girls Basketball, Cheer, Dance 
*Your coach will contact you with a specific time*

Friday, September 30
Last day to complete volunteer requirements to be assigned a field trip or class activity. Find requirements here.
School Liturgy, 8:00am, Church 

Volunteer Certification
  • Any adult (18 years and older) wanting to volunteer with children of St. George Catholic School must fulfill the requirements as mandated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Diocese of Baton Rouge.
  • In order to be assigned to a field trip or class activity, parents must successfully complete the volunteer certification process by Friday, September 30, 2016.
  • First Time Training: Recognizing Child Abuse is the updated online child protection training tutorial. Volunteers who have not yet completed the email will be notified of their need to fulfill this updated requirement by Friday, September 30th. 
  • Additionally, the updated Code of Ethics must be reviewed by all volunteers. The last page of the document must be printed, signed and returned to the school office, attn: Susan Giles, Child Protection Coordinator. The updated Code of Ethics document may be accessed on our website HERE.
  • Find Volunteer Certification requirements HERE
Ahoy Bookaneers!
The St. George Book Fair is fast approaching! The theme this year is Bookaneers.  Please take note of the dates below:
  • Sunday, September 18: Book Fair Open House -12:00pm - 2:00pm, Library
  • 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:
LIGHT TOWERS...FORKLIFT...FAIR ACTION! 
St. George Fair is looking for 7 diesel powered light towers and a forklift for this year's Fair.  We hope that you or your company would be willing to donate these light towers and forklift for our fair on Saturday, October 8th and Sunday, October 9th.  All donations are tax deductible!
Please contact Scott Johnson, SJohnson@hargrove-epc.com, if you are able to help. Thank you. 
A big shout out to our Home & School Association for coordinating the Pep Rally Treat Day and to the generous donors listed! Everyone enjoyed and appreciated the special treats!
PEP RALLY TREAT DAY
THANK YOUs
  
St. George Home & School Association would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to those who helped make last Friday's Pep Rally treat for the teachers & staff such a success. This special treat could not have been possible without the help and generous donations from Cafeciteaux Coffee Roasters, The Guillory & Peneguy families and the SGS Bakers Committee. Thank you all!

St. George Catholic Church Bulletin

SGS families not on the email list to receive the St. George Church bulletin may access the bulletin HERE
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
St. George Dragonettes 
3rd Annual Jr. Dragonette Dance Clinic
Our St. George Dragonettes are putting on the 3rd Annual Jr. Dragonette Dance Clinic for all SGS students DK-5th grade.
  • Jr. Dragonettes will perform with our very own Dragonettes at halftime of a SGS Football game on October 16th! Don't miss the excitement!! 
  • Permission Slips (here) and payments are due to Ms. Hartung by Friday, September 30th.
We appreciate our officers!
3rd grade piano lab class
K students meet their 6th grade buddies
DK Computer Class
Robotics Class
Middle School Computer Class
Fr. Mike on his birthday
Welcoming a new student to 3A
6th graders learning how to measure using the Metric System
Mr. Nelson visits students on the playground
St. George Catholic School
(225) 293-1298