St. George Catholic School.  7880 St. George Drive.  Baton Rouge, LA 70809 
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January 23, 2020

Dear St. George Families,

Some time ago I was talking to a high school principal and he was telling me about his
school's tardy policy. If you were late, you had to come to his office and sign in, write
why you were late next to your name and explain it to him if he was in his office. The
excuses were pretty entertaining. Apparently, they don't make very good alarm clocks in
this country, because "my alarm clock didn't work" was a favorite excuse. "Traffic," of
course, was up there, and if I didn't know differently, the cars our students drove must
have been real clunkers because "my car wouldn't start" was frequently cited. Older
brothers often blamed their sisters: "Mr. Weber, my sister takes forever to get ready for
school; I have no idea what she's doing in the bathroom for so long."  And there's not
much loyalty to mom either: "My mother didn't wake me up in time," or even, "I'd have
been here on time if  Mom drove faster." I once had a kid swear he got three flat tires on
his way to school, each at different points along the way.

You'll notice a common theme in all of these excuses: "It's not my fault." It's pretty rare
for someone to come in late and say, "I just got started too late today," or " I woke up too
late," or "I'd knew I'd be late, but I was hungry and stopped off for some fast food on my
way in to school."

It's not just true of our younger generation - it's true for adults as well. Take for
example, a seemingly straightforward statement: "I didn't have time to do it." If we
were being more honest with ourselves, what we should REALLY say is "It wasn't a
priority." Proof of that is that if someone offered us ten thousand dollars to get whatever
it was done, we'd drop everything else and do it. But they didn't, and so we judged other
things in our lives as more important that getting this one thing done.

It's easy, too, to play the victim by passing blame up the ladder in an organizational
structure. A coach, or a teacher, or a lieutenant in the military, or a person in a middle
management position might be apt to blame their bosses, or the anonymous
"administration" or the "man upstairs" for their lack of success at whatever his or her
job is.

The problem is whenever we pass blame to someone else or something else, we
surrender a little piece of ourselves to them, giving up our own authority and power to
fix it ourselves, making us weaker.  We tell our bosses we are unable to tackle our own
problems and in effect, ask them to fix our problems for us. 

At different times during the school year I talk to students and parents about poor
performance in the classroom, outlining what has to happen this semester, attending
tutorials, doing homework, etc. At the beginning of those meetings, I usually ask the
student "What happened?" Again, it's very tempting for the student to blame the school,
the subject matter ("it's too hard"),  the teacher, or someone else. But in one of those meetings, the young man looked me right in the eye and said "Mr. Nelson, I just didn't work very hard. I didn't turn stuff in. It wasn't the teacher, or the school, and it wasn't
that the work was too hard. It was me. " I was very impressed by this student, and my
guess is, he's going to be OK. 

God didn't make us perfect - we're going to screw up from time to time. That's a given.
But what's not a given - what distinguishes the mature person from the immature -- is
how we handle our screw-ups. When we do something wrong or poorly, let's man up
and say "I am sorry; I made a mistake." That's our best chance for not making the same
mistake again. And the truth is, people will respect us more for the fact we're owning our
own problems and not expecting them to solve them for us. 

May we all have the courage to claim what is ours!

God bless,
Jack Nelson
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
  Friday, January 24
School Liturgy, 8:00 am, Church - Bring your bible!
Pep Rally, 1:30 pm, Gym
Re-enrollment for current students begins

  Monday, January 27 - Friday, January 31

 Tuesday, January 28
Catholic Schools Week

Deadline to donate items for the Catholic Charities Kitchen Supplies Collection (January Stewardship Project)

 Thursday, January 30
4th grade Religion Fair Set-up

 Friday, January 31  
School Liturgy, 8:00 am, Church
4th grade Religion Fair 
Box Tops Early Bird Due Date
 
 Saturday, February 1
St. George Auction (see details below)

  
* Morning carpool begins at 7:20 am and ends at 7:43 am
* School day: 7:45 am - 2:45 pm
* Before Care drop-off begins at 6:45 am and ends at 7:15 am
* After Care pick-up begins at 3:20 pm

ATHLETIC DRAGON NEWS

The Spring Sports Meeting has been postponed. Once a new date has been confirmed all parents will receive an email.

Track and Field:
If your student athlete in 5th-8th grade is interested in participating in track and field please fill out this form .

Girls Volleyball Tryout Dates:
6th grade:     Tuesday, 1/28 - 6:00-8:00
                       Thursday, 1/30 - 6:00-8:00
                       Friday, 1/31 - 6:00-8:00
 
7th grade:     Sunday, 1/26 - 7:00-9:00
                       Monday, 1/27 - 3:00-5:00
                       Tuesday, 1/28 -3:00-4:30
 
8th grade:     Tuesday, 1/28 - 4:30-6:00
                       Thursday, 1/30 - 4:30-6:00
                        Friday, 1/31 - 4:30-6:00

5th grade evaluations:  Thursday, 1/30 - 3:00-4:30

Girls will be dismissed directly to the gym for any tryout or evaluation beginning at 3:00.

Intramurals :
Our youngest dragon athletes start their soccer season Monday, January 27. You should have received a schedule from your coach. Please contact your child's coach if you have not received a schedule.

The pep rally for Boys Basketball and Intramurals is tomorrow, January 31 at 1:30.  All parents are invited to come cheer on these dragon athletes!
CONTACT: kelly.abadie@sgschoolbr.org
St. George Catholic School
(225) 293-1298