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
Dragon Tales Weekly Newsletter
August 22, 2019

Dear St. George Families, 
     Dream, Believe, Achieve! What are the dreams and hopes of our children? An issue of Time magazine offers insight.
     Some interesting results from the Time survey indicate that kids feel it is harder to be 13 year-old these days than it was for their parents. It is probably safe to assume that most generations feel this way, but every age has new anxieties and pressures.
     Many 13 year-olds believe that the US will be a worse place to live by the time they are their parents' age than it is now. However, the study indicates that today's 13-year olds are less likely to smoke, drink, do drugs, commit a crime or drop out of school than those of their parents' generation.
     Some of the biggest changes in the home revolve around discretionary spending. While household income hasn't expanded, the size of houses has, and so, 70% of mothers living with children ages 6-17 are in the workplace. Today instead of Slinkys and Silly Putty, 13 year-olds are spending money on iPods, X-Boxes - and poker! Music for our kids today is filled with anger and inappropriate language.
     All this makes the job of parenting even more challenging. Keeping kids focused on the real priorities in life and not focusing on all the material things can be a challenge. Making sure your kids are talking to you and coming to you with their concerns is very important. Being there to listen, to offer advice, and to be a good role model is even more important.
     Anne Frank wrote in her diary in 1944 that, "Ultimately, people shape their own character." Today's 13 year-olds, growing up in a world that is more competitive, more complex, and more connected than their parents faced, can rise to the challenge with support and guidance.
     We need to teach kids to dream about a positive future, instill the belief that it can be accomplished through hard work, and help them achieve those dreams through our support and role modeling.
     Our kids are great and their future is bright! As parents and teachers our role is even more important today. Be a role model of Jesus to your children and they will be Christ-like! Have a great week.
 
God Bless,
Jack Nelson
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Friday, August 23

School Liturgy, 8:00 am
Monday, August 26 
Athletic Assn. Meeting, 6:00 pm, Gym

Friday, August 30

School Liturgy, 8:00 am
Monday, September 2

Labor Day Holiday - No School
Tuesday, September 3 &
Wednesday, September 4


ACT Aspire Interim Testing, Grades 3-8
Friday, September 6 School Liturgy, 8:00 am
Pep Rally, 1:30 pm

* 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

DON'T MISS OUT ON YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO VOLUNTEER!!
In order to volunteer at St. George School, you must complete the Diocesan certification process. 
HERE   is the link to the to school web site with the information. 
The deadline to complete the paperwork is Friday, August 23.
School Mass Lector (Reader) Training
Who: Students in Grades 6-8 interested in becoming a reader for our school masses
When: Tuesday, August 27th beginning at 7:15 am
Where: Church
You must attend a training in order to serve as a reader.
Any 7th or 8th grader who has attended a training is not required to attend but may do so if they wish.
Please email Mrs. Blanchard at lynn.blanchard@sgschoolbr.org if you have any questions.
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES HIGHLIGHTS
GIRLS (PreK - 5th) Uniform Blouse Policy
 The white broadcloth blouse with a pointed collar. Blouses must be purchased from an approved uniform store. The broadcloth blouse with pointed collar can only be bought from Inka's or Young Fashions. Uniform jumpers may be worn with or without blouses. If an undershirt is worn under a blouse, it must be solid white and may not hang out of the uniform.
The white broadcloth blouse must be worn on picture days.
CAFETERIA NEWS

Parents are invited to join their student for lunch beginning Tuesday, September 3rd. Upon arrival to campus, report to front office to sign in.
* 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.

The St. George Book Fair ( Artic Adventure) is fast approaching!
Please take note of the dates below:
* September 9-13: Preview Week - Students will visit to preview     
  during their regular library time
* Sunday, September 15: Book Fair Open House 10:00-1:00
* September 16-20: Book Fair Sale Week
* Thursday, September 19: Book Fair Family Night Out, 4:30-7:30 pm
Come by with your family to purchase books and enjoy good food and music. Several food trucks will be here!
* Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball will be available for pre-sale.
* Dog Man: Fetch 22 will be available for pre-sale.
Volunteers are needed to make this year's Book Fair a big success! Thank you for your support!
* Volunteer opportunities include: set-up, open house, class visitations, family night and take down
* Please sign up HERE
Contact: Mrs. Taylor, Librarian, Jennifer.Taylor@sgschoolbr.org
Pamela Lerch, Library Chair, 832-541-5732

SGS Beginner Band NOW ENROLLING!
Beginner Band Parents Meeting
Thursday, August 22,  7:00 p.m.
St. George Band Room (In St. Cecilia Hall)
            "For the Parents of NEW Beginner Band Students"               
Join us for this informative meeting and learn about the exciting opportunities 
that await your child as a member of the St. George School Band.  
Students in grades 4 thru 8 are eligible to join the SGS Band.
For questions about the St. George Instrumental Music Department, 
please contact Mrs. Jan Dupre, (225) 293-1298 or email jan.dupre@sgschoolbr.org

National Anthem Auditions - Friday, August 23, 3:10 p.m.
To our SGS vocalists who would like to deliver a powerful rendition of the National Anthem: Your chance is here!The SGS Performing Arts Department in conjunction with the SGS Athletic Department will hold auditions for soloists to sing the National Anthem at St. George home game sporting events and other school events throughout the school year.
* Auditions are open to all SGS students in grades 5 thru 8 and will be held on Friday, August 23, from 3:10 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.   A specific number of audition slots will be offered and filled on a first come, first serve basis.  Students must sign up for an audition slot on-line in order to audition.
* For additional audition details and audition sign-up link,   click here

Band Instrument Selection/Try-Outs
Open to Students in 4th thru 8th Grade 
will be held on Saturday, August 24th
Sign up and additional information available now at this link

SGS Performing Arts Programs
The St. George Performing Arts Department is excited to offer various after-school music classes at school this year - Beginner and Advanced Bands, Performance Choir, Beginner and Intermediate Piano Classes, and Beginner/Intermediate Guitar Class.  Private lessons in piano, guitar, and violin are also available. Some classes will be limited in space, so don't delay and register today!
Please click the links below for Information and Registration Forms for SGS Performing Arts Classes.
Band          Choir          Guitar         Piano
For additional information regarding Cantor Auditions, National Anthem Auditions or SGS Performing Arts,  p lease email Mrs. Jan Dupre, Director of Performing Arts,  jan.dupre@sgschoolbr.org or call (225) 293-1298.
ATHLETIC DRAGON NEWS

Athletic Association Meeting 
First meeting of the year - Monday, August 26, 2019 at 6:00 pm - Gym 
New members are needed! Please consider joining us to learn about the how and why of SGS Athletics.  Please RSVP HERE
 
Important Dates
Fall Pep Rally - Friday, September 6, 1:30 pm, Gym
Fall Sports Pictures - Tuesday, September 17, Times TBD
 
Fall Sports Registration/Payment  
For those participating in Fall Sports (Football, Girls Basketball, Swim and Cross Country) please complete the online registration and payment (details emailed to parents). A late fee will be assessed if not completed by September 7th. If you did not receive this email please contact Michele Munson, Michele.Munson@sgschoolbr.org.
 
Spirit Shop  
Show your Dragon pride by purchasing SGS apparel -  you don't have to be a sports parent to order!
   - Store Open From: August 20 - August 26, 2019
ST. GEORGE FAIR
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20

  FAIR T-SHIRTS - Fair  T-Shirts are available in one color and are approved Out-Of-Uniform attire. 
FAIR SCHEDULE
Friday, October 18th, 6pm-10pm 
Saturday, October 19th, 10am-10pm
Sunday, October 20th, 10:30am-6pm
Sponsorship Opportunities
For More Information and to Volunteer, visit s tgeorgefair.com

Many volunteers are need to make this year's fair a success. Visit the fair website  https://stgeorgefair.com/classroom-volunteer/ to find your SGS student's class sponsored booth and sign-up! 
ART LESSONS with art teacher Mrs. JENN PROCHASKA
Lessons are being offered to students in grades 4-8 at St. George. Students will focus
on the basics of drawing and painting using materials favored by professional artists in a
small class setting. Lessons are flexible and students choose what they work on with 
guidance and instruction from the teacher.
Lessons are Monday and Thursday directly after school until 4:00. Students may be
picked up by the gate closest to the cafeteria at 4:00 or checked into aftercare (if they
CUB SCOUT NEWS

Cub Scout News (Grades K-5)
Pack 136 would like to invite all Girls and Boys in grades K-5 interested in joining Cub Scouts to our 2nd chance signup this Saturday, August 24th at 9:00 am in the Scout House (10022 Kinglet Drive with walkway leading from Church Office to the chain-link fence). New Cub Scouts are welcome to attend the Water Party.

Back to School Water Party for all new and returning Scouts will be Saturday, August 24th starting at 9:00 am at the Scout House. Come out and have fun with current and new Cub Scouts.

1st Pack Meeting - September 11 at 6:30 pm, St. George Cafeteria

Questions: email us at pack136.stgeorge@gmail.com


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.
Religious Education Assistant NeededSt. George Church seeks a part-time (up to 30 hours) Religious Education Assistant/Baptism Coordinator
Requirements:
High school education or equivalent, practicing Catholic, understanding of Catholic sacraments, computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office, ability to interact effectively with the public.
Duties:
Provides communications & clerical support to the Religious Education Department, including the Director of Religious Education, the Director of Adult Faith Formation, and the Director of Confirmation.
Serves as the secretary for the Parish School of Religion, including recording of all sacramental records, production and distribution of forms, letters and other paperwork required to operate the Parish School of Religion, Confirmation and Adult Faith Formation Programs.
Serves as Baptism Coordinator, including contact to parents of children, assigning priests and deacons for home visits, baptism scheduling, all baptismal record keeping.
Assists with special event functions on weekends and evenings such as First Reconciliation Reception and Retreat, First Eucharist Retreat and Reception, Confirmation and Reception, Easter Vigil Reception, Parish Mission Reception.
Interested applicants should submit resume and cover letter to Martin Hernandez at martinh@st-george.org by August 25th.
2019 Adult Faith Formation Sessions
" Seven Deadly Sins & Seven Lively Virtues "
Video Series by Bishop Robert Barron
Bishop Barron looks at what Catholic tradition calls the "Seven Deadly Sins"  and contrasts them with what we refer to as the "Seven Lively Virtues"
Sundays: September 8th & 22nd; October 13th & 27th
November 3rd & 17th,  9:30 - 11:00 a.m. in Parish Office
For more information contact Karen Fawley,  karenf@st-george.org / 225-456-5417
St. George Catholic School
(225) 293-1298