St. George Catholic School 
7880 St. George Drive 
Baton Rouge, LA 70809 
School Office: 225-293-1298   School Fax: 225-293-4886 
Pre-K Office: 225-293-9822    Pre-K Fax: 225-293-7432 
                            Student Absence Reporting - sgsabsent@sgschoolbr.org
                             Cafeteria - 225-293-1719   
                                    Find Lunch Menus and Information   HERE (menu subject to change)
December 5, 2019

Dear St. George Families,

     I recently read an article entitled, "How parishes can turn 'Christmas Catholics' into regular Mass goers." Of course, this immediately caught my attention, as I am always looking for ways to invite people back and to encourage people to practice in their faith. The article began this way: "No one wants to be the innkeeper in a Christmas pageant. You know the one, the door-slamming landlord who turned away Joseph and Mary before they became the Holy Family. Any role is better than that one!"
     Yet, this is sometimes what happens. Those folks who have been away or have never ventured into a Catholic church get turned away by our lack of hospitality and our seeking to accommodate ourselves before them. "Studies show that people return to churches because they are welcomed and invited, not because the Church got everything else right."
     Christmas is our chance to welcome the stranger and the one who does not often come; to be a good innkeeper. The smile, the welcome, the moving into the center of the pew might just be what makes an infrequent Mass goer into a regular member of the parish. But hospitality does not just happen. If we want to welcome the stranger, we need to imagine what it is like to be a stranger, and I think we all know what that's like.
     A smile, a warm hello and an exchange of names can become an invitation for someone to encounter the Church in a new way. Ask about their family. Share a little bit about yours. Tell them which Mass you attend and why and, if it seems right, ask them which Mass they attend.
      This Sunday and the next few let us keep an eye out for strangers looking for a seat or the restroom, or someone to share a cup of coffee with. Be the family who makes room for strangers. Let's invite our family members who've been away, or co-worker or neighbor who have no church home. Be the good innkeeper, the one who chose the stranger, the one who did what one could to bring the Savior of our world into their world.

God bless
Jack Nelson
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
  Friday, December 6
School Liturgy, 8:00am, Church
Beta Induction following Liturgy
Box Tops Due

 Thursday, December 12
Box Tops Out-Of-Uniform 
St. George Night @ Raising Canes (Siegen Lane)
Kendra Gives Back to St. George Church and School (see below)

  Friday, December 13
School Liturgy, 8:00am, Church

  Tuesday, December 17 - Thursday, December 19 
Exams (6th - 8th Grade) with early dismissal

  Thursday, December 19
Christmas Pageant, 7:00pm, Church

  Friday, December 20
School Liturgy, 8:00am, Church
AR Deadline
Early Dismissal (No Bus Service / No After Care)
End of 2nd Quarter
Mother Son Dance (see 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


AFTER CARE will not be available
on Friday, December 20, as this is an early dismissal day.
Before Care will run as scheduled on this day. 
MIDDLE SCHOOL EXAM SCHEDULE

Tuesday, December 17
Wednesday, December 18
Thursday, December 19
English
Social Studies
Math
Religion
Science
Literature
Dismissal for Middle School Students: 10:45 am - 11:00 am 
Parents will sign out and pick up Middle School students from their homeroom
STUDENT OF THE YEAR 
Congratulations to Talyn Horzelski (5th grade) and Maddie Wilson (8th grade) who were chosen as St. George Catholic School's Students of the Year. 
We wish Talyn and Maddie the best as they prepare to compete at the Diocesan level. 

2019 Science Fair 
Eight grade students participated in the annual science fair on Wednesday. 
Congratulations to the science fair winners listed below. 
1st Overall - Juliette Buffone
2nd Overall - Thomas Bennett
3rd Overall - Ashley Hanaki

Chemistry
1st - Maddie Wilson
2nd - Lillie Weber 
3rd - Lillian Schaffer
Life Science
1st - Lee Balart
2nd - Piper Hull
3rd - Jack Dirks
Earth & Environmental
1st - Matthew Beall
2nd - Jacob Esnault
3rd - Grant Breaux
Physical Science
1st - Audrey Lieux
2nd - William Stafford
3rd - Ally Macha
The Dragon Bytes Robotics Team won the Core Values competition today. They are headed to the State competition!
Congratulations!
We are Dragon Proud!
CAFETERIA NEWS

December Lunch Menu (subject to change) 

* Federal and State regulations prohibit our cafeteria employees from charging the child's account for a parent meal. 
* The cafeteria does not accept credit cards nor do they keep cash on hand, therefore, parents must pay the exact amount or write a check for a lunch. Adult meal price is $5.50.
* Please note that according to the LA. School Food Service Policy Guidance Manual, outside restaurant food, soft drinks, and candy are not allowed in the school cafeteria. Your compliance is appreciated and necessary.

ATHLETIC DRAGON NEWS
Boys Basketball RegistrationIf you have not completed the online registration yet the link is now active again and will stay open until this Sunday 12/8.  If the entire online registration is not completed-emergency contact form, parent code of conduct and registration fee, before Sunday your son will not be eligible to play in a game until it is completed and a $25 late fee will be added to the registration fee.  

Good luck to all the 3rd-5th Grade Developmental Boys Basketball teams as they begin playing league games this weekend!
Scouts Pack 136 News
Pack 136 will have their December Pack Meeting and Christmas party on December 11, 2019 at 6:30pm in the Cafeteria.
Student Council is sponsoring St. George Night at Cane's on Siegen Lane
Thursday, December 12

Password: Dragons

The St. George Catholic School Mother/Son Dance is sure to be a great night for our boys and their mothers/special friends.  The committee is excited about this special night that will be remembered long after it's over.  If you would like to help the committee, there are a few volunteer positions needed below.  Please know that your time, talents, and gifts are much appreciated and will add to the success of this very special night. 
Kindest Regards,
SGS Mother/Son Dance Committee
 
 
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KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON IN 
ST. GEORGE CHURCH PARISH?
Keep up with the happenings around St. George by reading the St. George Catholic Church Bulletin HERE.
CATHOLICISM: THE PIVOTAL PLAYERS : The Adult Faith Formation ministry will offer Bishop Robert Barron's last two Pivotal Players: Flannery O'Connor and Bishop Fulton Sheen. We will begin learning about Flannery O'Connor, whose influence on contemporary culture, particularly literature and film is profound. Her startling prose awakens us to sin and, consequently, to the need for salvation. Please come and join us as we delve deeper into O'Connor and how she radically changes our idea of what religious fiction can be. We meet in the Parish Office on Sunday, December 8th at 9:30 a.m. For more information contact Karen Fawley at (225) 293-2212 or karenf@st-george.org.
St. George Catholic School
(225) 293-1298