Dragon Tales Weekly Newsletter
September 22, 2016

Dear St. George Families,
     This week our 8th grade students attended Reconciliation services. We start with a common prayer service in church, then invite kids for individual confessions with any of the 3-5 priests who help us, each placed in a different part of church. Our students sit silently in the pews which gives them a chance to examine their conscience and think about what they want to confess. 
     That's a pretty common practice in Catholic schools. But you'd almost have to be non-Catholic to appreciate how weird this is: Teenagers, publicly admitting their own sinfulness, standing in line to confess their darkest secrets to a man they don't know, raised in a culture that isn't even sure there is such a thing as sin! But here's what's important: It never occurs to them it's weird.  It's simply normal. It's what we do.    
     Yes, Catholic schools have religion classes and public and secular private schools don't. But I believe the most important distinction is that the practice of faith becomes so interwoven into the daily life of a Catholic school student that it becomes natural and normal, and even, at times, unnoticed, like breathing. Prayer before school, prayer at assemblies, before ball games, and in locker rooms, become routine. Masses are frequent, service opportunities abound, and prayers for those in need are common. Slowly, inexorably, the Catholic faith becomes the lens through which a teenager understands his or her life- in an integrated, genuine way. 
God bless,
Jack Nelson
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER  


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*

Sunday, September 25th 
St. George Men's Club will be selling jambalaya plates after 9:30 am and 11:30 am Masses. Meals are $8 a plate. 

Tuesday, September 27
5th Grade Class Mass, 8:00am, Church - All 5th grade parents are invited 

Friday, September 30 
Final day to:
* Order Fair Ride Bracelets ( here)
* Complete volunteer requirements to be assigned a field trip or class activity 
  Find requirements (here). 
* Return donations for the fair baskets, details (here).
* Submit Intramural Football registration form (here). 
  School Liturgy, 8:00am, Church   
 

NO AFTER CARE SERVICE ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7
DUE TO FAIR SET UP!! 
PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY! 

Ahoy Bookaneers!
Join us for our Book Fair Family Night Out! 
  • 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 in the courtyard and the SGS Advanced Band will be performing on the deck.
2016-2017 STUDENT COUNCIL MEMBERS
Congratulations to our 2016-2017 Student Council Members.
Officers:
President: Camille Cronin    Vice President: Michael Long  
  Secretary: Emma Grace Shannon   Sargent at Arms: Vivian Dille    Publicist: Susie Lucas
Homeroom Representatives:
6A: James Mills   6B: Avery Bruce   6C: Linley LeBoeuf   6D: Neely Rispone
7A: Wil Shroeder  7B: Carolyn Herman   7C: Kendyll Monceaux  7D: Jossie Petite
8A: Annabella Pineda   8B: Nathan Messina   8C: Parker St. Romain   8D: Ethan Ourso
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
ST. GEORGE FAIR 2016 NEWS
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9
  
A $1 raffle ticket gets you the chance to WIN $1000, $500, or $250!! 
Drawing will be held on stage at the fair on October 9th at 6:00pm. 
Winner need not be present to win. 
Please return sold tickets to the school office by Thursday, October 6th.
Please tear stubs from ticket and turn in envelope with money or check.
Additional tickets may be picked up in the school office or by contacting Jen Parfait at 225.328.0535.
Return unsold tickets to the school office. 
Thank you for participating in the SGS Fair Annual $1 Raffle!

Shuttle Service available
Don't forget that Shuttle Service will be available to the fair from the Sam's parking lot. Forget the headache of parking and leave the driving to us!
 
Get Your Ride Bracelets!
Ride bracelets allow the bracelet wearer to ride all day Saturday and Sunday. (Hungry Hippo, Jacob's Ladder and Animal rides are excluded) .
Deadline to order is Friday, September 30th.
Bracelets will be distributed on Wednesday, October 5th. Visit the Fair website to order: www.stgeorgefair.com.

Sponsorships are available for the St. George Fair !   See the sponsorship form HERE
This is a great opportunity to advertise your business, acknowledge friends and family and/or show your support for St. George. 
If you have questions or would like to sponsor, please contact the St. George Sponsorship team at SGFairSponsorships@gmail.com or Jen Parfait (225.328.0535) and Sharon Vennen (225.202.0084). 
You can also purchase sponsorships online at the St. George Fair website. JUST CLICK HERE! We can't thank you enough for your support! 
 
SGS Fair Entertainment Highlights!
Come enjoy the Fair and amazing music artists David St. Romain and Chris Leblanc!!
David St. Romain will perform Saturday, October 8th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
Chris LeBlanc will perform Sunday, October 9th from 2:30pm to 5:30pm.
 
Sign up to Volunteer in a Class Booth
Now is the time to signup for a shift (or two) in your child's class booth. Sign up early to get your preferred time! Go to www.stgeorgefair.com or CLICK HERE. Thank you for volunteering!  
 
Food Booth Co-Chairs Needed
The Hamburger & Fries booth is in search of 2 co-chairs. If you'd like to join in the fun, contact Kyle Busekist at 985-969-6485 or kylebusekist@gmail.com
 
Fuzzy Friends
The Fuzzy Friends booth is in search of new or gently used stuffed animals. Now is a great time to thin out your child's stuffed animals. Please bring your donations in a bag to the school office. 
 
Urgent Need for Booth Chairs
A number of game booths are still in need of chairs. If you'd like to help out, contact Teri Barksdale at bigwt@eatel.net or 225-937-2944.  
* Arts & Crafts   * Operation Louisiana   * Football Throw   * Leap Frog  * Plinko  * Spin Art
*
St. George Downs   * Tic Tac Toe   * Wheel of Fortune   * Roller Bowler  * Jacob's Ladder
*
Hungry Hippo   * Dippin' Dots   * Virtual Dodgeball   * Muffin Toss
 
     
Fair Events Here - Updated 9/15/16
Calling All SGS Band Alumni:   The St. George Instrumental Music Department is excited to invite former Advanced Band II members to play with the St. George Advanced Band II at the St. George Fair.  Plan to bring your instrument and "sit-in" with the Band - have fun and bring back those great memories of your band days!  The SGS Advanced Band will perform on Sunday, October 9, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the main stage. If you would like to participate, please contact Mrs. Jan Dupre, Band Director at the school, (225) 293-1298 or by email jan.dupre@sgschoolbr.org. Hope To See You All At The Fair!

CUB SCOUTS ~ OPEN TO BOYS IN 1ST - 4TH GRADES
It's not too late to join Cub Scouts! Open to boys in 1st grade through 4th grade. Email our cubmaster Wendi Pounders for more information ~ pounders04@hotmail.com
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
Kindergarten Reading Center
Kindergarten Art Center
Many thanks to our students and parents for helping
SGS raise $1900 for JDRF!
2nd grade Math group with Mrs. Dupeire
5C visits the science lab to look at cells under a microscope
5C visits the science lab to look at cells under a microscope
5C visits the science lab to look at cells under a microscope
Happy 3rd grade Dragons enjoying recess!

St. George Catholic School
(225) 293-1298