DRAGON TALES 
November 15, 2018

Dear St. George Families,
     Are you looking forward to the Thanksgiving holiday? It's that time of year to gather with family and friends and to take a little break from work and school. Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate our blessings and remember what really matters in life, an occasion to give thanks, and a time to express an attitude of gratitude.
     Gratitude is about feeling and expressing appreciation for all that we have received from God. A German theologian once wrote, "If the only prayer you said your whole life was 'thank you' that would suffice." Gratitude can change our perspective - it can sweep away most of the petty day-to-day annoyances, it increases well-being and helps connects us to others.
     When we are grateful, thankful and appreciative of what we have, even for the things that don't necessarily warrant a special thank you prayer we tend to be more generous, loving, patient and kind toward others.
      We have a great deal to be grateful for at St. George School. I could write a book about the blessing that God gives us each day, but here are a few of mine.
     I am grateful for all of our school families who give so generously to our school and parish. Your sacrifice and love of our community makes a positive difference in the lives of many people.
     I am grateful for our teachers and staff who share their gifts and talents with their students each and everyday. They truly care for and love these children of God and their families.
     Our priests, Fr. Mike and Fr. Paul whose visibility and presence at SGS is a blessing. They are positive role models of what it means to be a man of God. They are our shepherds and spiritual leaders.
      Finally, I am grateful for all of our SGS students, they shine like the light of Christ. They have been given the gift of an excellent Catholic education and they make me proud everyday.
     As you celebrate, rest, and relax over the Thanksgiving break be open to the presence of God and the blessings of God's generous love.
God bless,
Jack Nelson


Blessed Margaret of Castello Reach Program
 
Blessed Margaret was a child with physical disabilities, who was taken in by her community and became a joyful catechist to the children she taught.
 
As a leading school within the Diocese of Baton Rouge, a cornerstone of our school has always been its welcoming spirit. In the spirit of serving children with special needs we are excited to announce that St. George School will be offering an educational program to serve a small number of students with Down Syndrome beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. These students that we will serve will be using the former DK classroom located in Blessed Child of Mary Hall. The setting will be small with no more than 8 students. Our teacher will have experience working with students with learning exceptionalities and a full-time teaching assistant will assist her. While this program will be mostly self-contained there will be opportunities for these students to participate in special classes when appropriate. I know that you will join me in welcoming these students into our community. They will be Dragons in every way possible!!

More information and applications for the Blessed Margaret of Castello Reach Program may be accessed through the Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Schools Office website HERE.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

 Friday, November 16   School Liturgy, 8:00am
   1st Grade Native American Festival

 Monday, November 19 -
    Friday, November 23

  Thanksgiving Holiday - No School

 Wednesday, November 28

 Science Fair 
  Food Truck Night Out with Science Fair Project 
       Viewing, Kleinpeter Activity Center 

  Friday, November 30
  School Liturgy, 8:00am
   Beta Club Induction Following School Liturgy

LOOKING AHEAD TO THE WEEK BEFORE 
CHRISTMAS BREAK

EXAM SCHEDULE
Tuesday, December 18: English and Social Studies
Wednesday, December 19: Science and Religion
Thursday, December 20: Math and Literature


STUDENT OF THE YEAR - 5th and 8th Grade

Congratulations to the below listed candidates for St. George Catholic School's Student of the Year. Each student participated in an interview conducted by our Administrators. 

St. George Student of the Year Candidates:
5th grade - Kate Trahan, Molly Kate Skupien, Chloe Clement, Britt Galloway, John Stafford and Ian Chapoton 
8th grade - Shobe Manuel, Nicole Benigno, Corrine Blanchard, Ryan Cedel, Andrew Castel and Rhett deBlieux.

During a lunch meeting today, the Students of the Year for St. George Catholic School were announced. 
Special congratulations to  Molly Kate Skupien (5th grade) and  Ryan Cedel (8th grade). Molly Kate and Ryan will represent St. George Catholic School as a competitor for the Diocese of Baton Rouge Student of the Year for 5th and 8th grade. 


GRANDPARENT'S DAY THANK YOU
THANK YOU to those who made Grandparent's Day special for our grandparents and students.  This event is not possible without the help from our faculty, parent volunteers and donors.  From securing donations to helping get grandparents shuttled to school (and lots in between), this event was successful because of YOU! 
  • A sincere thanks to our food and beverage donors: Alexander's Highland Market, Cafeciteaux Coffee Roasters, The Heggelund Family, The Spears Family, and the St. George Baker's Committee.
  • A sincere thanks to our Men's Club for providing volunteers.
  • A sincere thanks to the Jones Family and St. George Church for providing golf carts.
  • A sincere thanks to Nicole Wax and Lonna Heggelund for managing the reception in the KAC.
  • A sincere thanks to all volunteers who helped plan and volunteered on Friday.
  • A sincere thanks to our Performing Arts Department and student performers for a wonderful program in the Church.
  • Special THANKS is extended to our Home and School Special Events Team: Melissa Terrell, Jamie Goodson, Jessica Cuba and Aubrie Jones for their dedication and guidance.
  • Grandparent's Day was successful because of YOU. And, we are thankful for your continuous support and service.
REMINDER REGARDING LATEST TIME
TO CHECK OUT STUDENTS
Please remember the  deadline for checking out a student in K-8 grade is 2:15pm. Latest time to check out PreK students is 2:00pm.
Thank you for your attention and cooperation in adhering to this policy.
The month of November is dedicated to the Virtue of Stewardship.  Stewardship is returning to God the first fruits of your time, talent, and treasure.
We at St. George are dedicated to stewardship. Each month we sponsor a stewardship project as a school.
The following activities are suggested family activities you can do together to practice the virtue of stewardship this month:
  1. Donate a meal to a needy family
  2. Donate your time to help at the Baton Rouge Food Bank
  3. Visit the elderly in a Nursing Home
  4. Help at the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall
    https://svdpbr.org/volunteer/
Help Make Our SGS Talent Shine!
Online Pay Link Here:  https://payit.nelnet.net/form/EjlizrNh
*Sweatpants ARE ALLOWED!   
THANKSGIVING STEWARDSHIP PROJECT "Thank You"
Many thanks to all St. George School families for a very successful Thanksgiving Stewardship Project which will benefit needy families in our 
St. George parish. We met our goal to donate a $25 gift card and a complete box of food items to 38 families! Due to our efforts, we were also able to help restock the St. Vincent dePaul food pantry!

CAFETERIA NOTES

November cafeteria payments are due now . All school meal payments are due in advance. Please remember to send extra funds for seconds and extra items.
 
November Lunch prices : Full - $51.00, Reduced - $6.80
November Breakfast prices: Full - $31.45, Reduced - $5.10  
  • Cash and Check payments are accepted at school.
  • Online credit card and bank draft payments are available at www.myschoolbucks.com.
  • All families are encouraged to set up alerts and monitor your students' cafeteria purchases at  www.myschoolbucks.comIt is not necessary to make payments in order to set up an account.
       Adult meal price - $5.50 - exact amount or check only.
GENTLY USED UNIFORM SWEATSHIRTS AND
NAVY JACKETS FOR SALE
Our Home and School Association has an abundance of uniform sweatshirts
and navy jackets for sale. These sweatshirts and navy jackets are in great condition
and will be perfect for the upcoming colder days.
Please contact Julie Walsh at julieellers@hotmail.com, if you are interested in
purchasing a sweatshirt or navy jacket.
(child sizes)                                    (adult sizes)
  Sweatshirt                                 $5                                                   $5 
  Navy Jacket                            $12                                                  $14

NUT ALLERGY STATEMENT 
REGARDING SNACKS BROUGHT TO SCHOOL
VERY IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ!
  • All food items brought to school for birthdays (PreK and K only), gold slip parties, holiday parties, retreats, etc. must be store bought and must contain a label. The items must be nut free, including but not limited to peanuts and tree nuts (almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, pinenuts and walnuts). 
  • If a product label says the food item contains, may contain, is produced in a facility that contains or is manufactured on equipment that processes peanuts and or tree nuts, this item is unacceptable.  
  • Home prepared food items are not allowed.
  • Please read labels and plan accordingly when choosing snacks to bring to school. 
KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON 
IN ST. GEORGE PARISH?
Keep up with the happenings around St. George by reading the St. George Catholic Church Bulletin HERE.                                 
St. George Catholic School
(225) 293-1298 School Office
(225) 293-9822 PreK Office
(225) 293-4886 Fax
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