DRAGON TALES 
3/28/19

     Let me begin by saying this cartoon is funny. And there's some truth to it, too-school could be more interesting if teachers "taught" about more interesting things.  
     But it isn't too much of an extrapolation, in this culture of ours that is quick to cast blame, to argue it's the teacher's fault, then, for children's lack of motivation or poor grades.  
     School can be fun, and it often is. Nothing wrong with that! But it's also hard work, and despite what some may think, may also be boring and tedious, requiring real discipline and grit on the part of a student to plow their way through it.  
     Helping our kids develop "grit" to do the hard work now for longer term gain is among our greatest gifts we can give our children. Even as few as twenty years ago, kids had much more inclination to buckle down and grind through unpleasant tasks, whereas today it's more likely kids will give in to despair and give up.  
     Most educators of thirty or more years would agree, but it's harder to discern the cause. However, I've noticed this tendency even in myself. It used to be, if I had a practical problem to solve, like how to get my television to communicate with my old wi-fi router, I would spend the better part of a day reading through directions, seeking out solutions on the internet, or conducting "trial and error" tests to see what works. Today, I get frustrated pretty quickly, and will inevitably conclude, after about fifteen minutes, that I need a new wi-fi router.  
     Why is that?  
     It strikes me that an underlying theme to most modern marketing is some variation on this theme: If you use this product, your life will be simpler. Or require less work. Or will be less frustrating.  
     Think about the family meal, which is nearly non-existent, as fewer and fewer of us cook. Why?  Because cooking takes a lot of time and work. We must research which ingredients we need, then go to the grocery store, find these items there, and purchase. Then we must spend hours preparing and cooking, then serving, and then cleaning up the kitchen afterwards.  
     Or we can simply eat out. We do that much more often now, in comparison to the past, per stats from the Louisiana Restaurant Association (Restaurant.org). In 1970, $42.8 billions of current dollars were spent in restaurants, compared to $683.4 billions of current dollars spent in 2014.
     But even eating out isn't convenient enough. Who wants to sit at a table for 30-45 minutes and wait for the food to be prepared and cooked? And so was born the fast food industry, which has absolutely exploded in popularity.  The average American- man, woman, or child-spends $1200/year on fast food, and on average, 80 million Americans eat some form of fast food every day!
       But walking into a fast food restaurant is becoming too burdensome! So now virtually every fast food restaurant has a drive through window. Or even better, why not have fast food delivered directly to your home? Home delivery is not just for pizza anymore-web apps like "uber eats" will help coordinate someone to deliver your favorite fast food, right to your front door.
     Does this never-ending quest to sell us something by seducing us to make our life easier have an effect on how kids tackle school? Of course it does! Watch 12 year olds try and solve a math problem they've never seen before- they give up almost instantly. It's not because they are without the intellectual capacity to solve the problem! They're plenty smart enough to figure it out. But our culture has trained them to believe problem-solving should be easy, and they'll  crumble when it's not.   
     Instead, they'll ask the teacher: "How do we do it?" And if the teacher shows them, then gives them 5 more questions just like the first, they'll go about their work, happily. But if the 6th question introduces a twist, or requires a new insight, they'll give up again, waiting for the teacher to again show them how.  
     The lack of grit, or stick-to-it-ness, or whatever one calls it, robs kids of the chance for real success in school and further down the road. And it isn't their fault-it's the world that we've created, the world they live in, and what we have taught them.
     If we're going to develop grit in our kids, we have to go about it very intentionally, emphasizing three main themes:  
  • Emphasizing "mastery" and not merely "completion" or work. This means, of course, that we must reduce the breadth of content, so that kids have time to revise their work, over and over, until they reach mastery level.
  • Shifting our pedagogy away from teachers "telling" and "memorizing" to a pedagogy that insists that students discover, problem-solve and figure stuff out without becoming reliant on the teacher.
  • Focusing on "process" and not only "results." How well students work with each other, how much effort they put into their work, the habits they develop, the strategies they use--these are important. We should see our roles much more analogous to that of a "coach," who breaks down a play by position groups, practicing with each, then putting it all together and running the play over and over until they get it right. 
     And parents, how you handle your kids will have a large effect on their grit. Don't make things too easy for them, and challenge your children when they take the easy way out. Don't instantly rescue them when they're having troubles with a teacher or a class-mentor them instead how to approach the teacher, what to say,  so they can work through it by themselves. Make them save their money before they can purchase something. Don't be afraid of denying them what they want if it's not good for them.  
     Our kids are not lacking in wit--they're as quirky, honest and funny as ever. But they do lack grit, and we need to help them develop it. 
God bless,
Jack Nelson
HOMEROOM CLASS PICTURES
MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2019  
  • Girls in PreK-5th grade must wear white blouse under uniform jumper
  • Order envelopes were sent home with students this week
  • Send envelope with payment to school on Monday, April 1st
  • PreK pictures begin promptly at 7:45 am
  • Questions? Contact Barberito @ 504-455-6818 or BPI3206@cox.net
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

 Thursday, March 28

 Friday, March 29

 





 Saturday, March 30

 Sunday, March 31

 Monday, April 1


Thursday, April 4


 Friday, April 5


 Saturday, April 6

 Monday, April 8 - 
    Friday, April 12
  Family Night - No Homework/No Activities

 School Liturgy, 8:00am
 Academic and Behavior Awards
 Lenten Food Drive Stewardship Project 
 Pre- K Canned Vegetables
 Grade 3- Canned Vegetables or canned fruits
 Grade 4 - * flour (place in ziploc bag)
 Grade 5 * rice 
(place in ziploc bag)

 First Eucharist Retreat

  "Mass on the Grass", Parish Picnic, Easter Egg Hunt 

  Homeroom/Class Pictures  - Girls in PreK-5th must wear
  white blouse under uniform jumper

 School Liturgy, 8:00am 
 Follow Friday Schedule

 Spirit Day
 Follow Thursday Schedule

 7th/8th Grade Social
  
 ASPIRE Testing (important message below)
Spirit Day ~ April 5, 2019
Please co nsider volunteering for St. George Spirit Day on Friday, April 5, 2019. This is a wonder ful fun-filled day for  all!
To make this day a huge success for our students, we will nee
d lots of parent volunteers. 
We ask you to please consider signing up for at least 2 fifty-minute  shifts. Thank you for sharing your time and talents for this special day, and we look forward to seeing you on April 5th! 
Sign Up HERE
Upcoming ACT Aspire Testing
April 8 - 12, 2019
8:00 am - 11:00 am 

* Testing begins at 8 am sharp, please ensure students arrive at school on time
* Students who are tardy will not be able to join their class once testing has begun
* Please avoid scheduling appointments during the week of ASPIRE testing
* Students will not be assigned homework the week of Aspire, however, spelling test, vocabulary test and math quizzes may be administered on Friday, April 12th.
* Students are encouraged to eat a nutritious breakfast each  morning of testing
* Pencils will be provided, however, students should bring extra #2 pencils and a sturdy eraser to school daily.
* Aspire make-up testing (Reading and Math content areas only)  is Friday, April 12th
LOOKING AHEAD ~ 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

August 8 
First Day of School
February 24 - 28 
Mardi Gras Break
October 18 - 20  
St. George Fair
April 10 - 17  
Easter Break
November 25 - 29 Thanksgiving Break
May 22  
Last Day of School
 
December 23 - January 6 Christmas Break
 
CAFETERIA NOTES
March cafeteria payments are due now. All school meal payments are due in advance.
Please remember to send extra funds for seconds and extras.
March Lunch prices: Full - $48.00, Reduced - $6.40
March Breakfast prices Full - $29.60, Reduced - $4.80

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.com. It is not necessary to make payments in order to set up an account.
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.

 

       Adult meal price - $5.50 - exact amount or check only
ONLINE SCHOOL SUPPLY ORDERS
2ND - 8TH GRADES

School supply kits for upcoming 2nd - 8th grade students are available for purchase HERE.
Kits will be shipped to student's home.
Please remember to order supply kit for student's next year grade.
*Students in grades PreK - 1st will be charged a supply fee in lieu of ordering supply kits. Supplies will be in PreK-1st grade students' class on their first day.
YEARBOOK (2018-2019) ONLINE ORDERING
Price Increase - April 1st
  • $43 + $2.25 processing fee
  • Price increase on April 1st, and May 1st
  • www.yearbookforever.com 
  • Questions?, email Mrs.Cooper -ashley.cooper@sgschoolbr.org 
REQUIRED SUMMER READING BOOKS FOR SALE
As a service to our school community, the library is offering the required summer reading books for sale. A percentage of the cost of each book sold will be donated to our library. The order form for each grade level was sent home this week. Please contact Jennifer Taylor, Jennifer.Taylor@sgschoolbr.org , with any questions.
ST. GEORGE SCHOOL SUMMER CAMPS 
JUNE 3 - JUNE 7
SGS SUMMER CAMPS
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SUMMER CAMPS IN THE BATON ROUGE AREA
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IN ST. GEORGE PARISH?
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