DragonTales  Weekly Newsletter
September 21, 2017

Dear St. George Families,
     Often community can be described as an extended family, or a circle of love.  Many years ago, I heard Parker Palmer speak at Seattle University and he challenged this notion of a circle.  Circle implies "closed - no beginning or ending."  If I want to join this circle, where can I gain access?  Instead, the noted spiritual author shared with us the image of the mobius strip.  If one places a finger anywhere on the mobius strip, and traces it around, one moves from facing the inside to gradually facing outside.  Then, as one moves, again, we work from an inside perspective to the outer view.
     I think of this image and am constantly challenged by this.  What do we do at St. George School that allows and encourages all necessary points of view while strengthening our community?
    Service - not just for the sake of helping ourselves feel better, but rather to help us be grateful, and possibly live more simply.  This includes all service projects and our environmental efforts.  We take care of God's sacred creation.
    Parent Involvement - we are not a school that closes its doors to parent energy.  In fact, we rely on it.  We simply cannot provide a St. George education without the support of our parents.  Yes, the financial energy is oh-so necessary, however the sweat equity keeps us mission focused.  As the teacher, it means trying to ferret out and affirm the talents and gifts that my unique group of parents can provide for the class this year.  As a parent, being willing to step up and share time and valued skills with the school community knowing that my involvement strengthens the foundation of what St. George can offer.
    Gospel Message - bottom line, this is who we are and what we are about.   We are a Catholic school and as the saying goes, "Be it known to all who enter here that JESUS is the reason for this school.  He is the unseen yet ever present teacher in its classes.  He is the model of its faculty and the inspiration of its students."
     We sit in the state capital, and we look out on a world that needs our love. This is our time to give, this is our time to serve.  As we carry the baton forward and ready ourselves to hand it off to our children for the next lap, we model for them what it means to train well, to pace ourselves, and to go the distance.  St. George School exists to help us all be the person God calls each of us to be.  It is a mighty tall order, but one that we accomplish each day with every act of forgiveness and loving kindness.  We stand as if in a mobius strip, hands clasped, nurtured by our faith, and then we are moved to stand with our arms outstretched.  In so doing, we discover and uncover the Kingdom of God in ourselves and in others.  I keep each of you in my prayers as we journey together this year. 

St. George, pray for us!
Jack Nelson

Thursday, September 21 Book Fair Night Out with Food Trucks
   4:30-7:30pm, Library and Courtyard

Friday, September 22 School Liturgy, 8:00am


Sunday, September 24 Men's Club's Jambalaya Dinner Sale 
   Following 9:30am and 11:30am Masses

Tuesday, September 26

3rd Grade Class Mass

Friday, September 29
School Liturgy, 8:00am

Early Bird Box Tops Due ~  Fundraising Form


Thursday, October 5

Friday, October 6

No After Care Service due to Fair set-up

Catholic Educators' Conference  
     No School for students                                                                      

For the first time, the fair will open on Friday night with rides, live music and delicious food from 6:00-10:00 PM. The weekend ride bracelet is good for unlimited rides from Friday through Sunday. Get more of what you love at a great value.

We have 522 volunteer time slots left to fill! The fair requires the time and talents of many. There are also opportunities to be involved on the steering committee, serve up something yummy in a food booth, or helping with setting up/taking down. Wherever your talent lies, we've got a place for you! Please sign up at www.stgeorgefair.com or contact Teri Cangelosi at teric@st-george.org or
(225) 293-2212.

Weekend ride bracelets (Friday-Sunday) are being sold online only for $49. Single day/limited hour bracelets will be available for $20 at the fair for Friday 6 PM-10 PM, Saturday 10 AM-2 PM, and Sunday 10 AM-2 PM. 

FUZZY FRIENDS BOOTH: The Fuzzy Friends booth is in search of new or gently used stuffed animals. Now is a great time to thin out your child's stuffed animals. Please bring your donations in a bag to the school office.

Please visit www.stgeorgefair.com to become a fair sponsor. We need you!

Please support our annual Fair and leave personal ice chests at home.
Thank you for your cooperation
St. George Catholic School  Open House With Guided Tours
Please join us for our Open House with Guided Tours 
Wednesday, October 25, 2017  ~ 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

First Tour begins at 8:30am 
Last Tour begins at 12:30am 
* Begin in the Gym Lobby 
* Guided tours of the school campus and classrooms 
* Meet our Administrators 
Contact:   Charlene Lauman ~  Charlene.Lauman@sgschoolbr.org
Location:  Gym

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 throughout the school year.
Auditions are open to all SGS students in grades 5 thru 8 and will be held on Friday, September 29, from 3 p.m. to 5 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

Questions regarding the SGS National Anthem Auditions? Please email Mrs. Jan Dupre, Director of Performing Arts, jan.dupre@sgschoolbr.org, or call (225) 293-1298.  

  • September cafeteria payments are due now.  All school meal payments are due in advance.  Please remember to send extra funds for seconds and extra items. 
  • September Lunch prices are: Full price $59.00, Reduced price - $8.00
  • September Breakfast prices are: Full price - $36.00, Reduced price - $6.00
  • www.myschoolbucks.com
*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.
Dragon Hearts Service Club!
Dragon Hearts Club is a service oriented group that fosters community and fellowship among girls while reinforcing our Catholic faith.  Manners of the Heart curriculum, which builds character, respect & kindness, while adding elements of our Catholic faith will be used. Our motto is a quote from Mother Teresa, "Doing small things with great love." 
  • For GIRLS in grades DK/Kindergarten and up
  • Meet once a month after school & once a month activities
  •  2-3 service projects a year
  •  Fun with friends while serving God and others
     We currently have grade level leaders for DK/K & 2nd grade. Depending on interest, we may need more leaders for DK/K and 2nd grade.  DK/K & 2nd grade will usually meet on the 3rd  Thursday of each month right after school on campus until  4pm.  Other grade levels meeting day & time TBD.
     We are looking for volunteers for to start groups in additional grade levels.  Grade level volunteer & planning meeting will be scheduled.
     Dues will be $32 covering: meeting supplies, snacks & charm bracelet w/ charms.  Additional activities priced accordingly.  T-shirt will be $10-12   Pay via paypal or send a check to Jenny Culotta via backpack mail to "Lizzie Culotta 2-D".
     Below is the link to the online sign up and a tentative calendar of events.  Please contact Jenny Culotta with any questions at  jenculotta@cox.net.   Please register online & pay dues by Friday, September 29th.

Athletic Dragon Notes

●     Jamborees 12/13-12/15
●     Regular season starts 1/4
●     Practice start date and times TBD
●     Permission slip will be sent home next week through homeroom

  BOYS DEVELOPMENTAL BASKETBALL (3-5) Evaluations - 10/11/17
●     6:30-7:30 3rd Grade
●     7:30-8:30 4th and 5th Grade
●     Permission slip will be send home next week through homeroom
●     Practice starts 11/5
●     Regular season starts 12/1
●     If interested in coaching please email Michele at michele.munson@sgschoolbr.org

  Fall Sports Picture Day Saturday 10/21/17
●     Schedule of times to be announced next week. Please look for an email from your coach.

 Spirit Shop is now open! Today is last day to shop!
●        Shop Now:  https://www.bsnteamsports.com/v3/shop/team_shop/DRAGONS01#/
●         Last Day to shop September 21, 2017
●         Shop will re-open the first week of October
●         Items will be delivered to school and an email will be sent out with pick up                      directions
The Elizabeth Ministry ~ St. George Parish
  •  Following the example of Mary and Elizabeth, we visit and share the sacredness of life.
  • The Elizabeth Ministry reaches out to families in our parish who have recently had a new baby, bringing them a gift from the church. St. George is a very young parish and our community continues to grow. Many volunteers are needed to reach out to all our new parents! 
  • If you are interested in getting involved, please contact our new ministry leader, Rachael Blake.
  • Rachael can be reached at 225-205-8440 or email: emstgeorge@gmail.comhttp://www.elizabethministry.com
ST. GEORGE CHURCH ADULT FAITH FORMATION PRESENTS : The Pivotal Players Volume 1 has been created as a tribute to those men and women whose friendship with Christ transformed not only their lives, but also the world. www.PivotalPlayers.com / www.WordOnFire.org Please join us on Sunday morning, September 24th from 9:30 - 11:15 am in the Parish Office. The focus this week will be Catherine of Siena. For more information, contact Karen Fawley at 456-5417 or karenf@st-george.org
2017 Catholic High School Band Night
Catholic   High   School  will host a  Band   Night  for 6th- 8th graders on  Friday, September 29, 2017  at the CHS vs. Teurlings Catholic football game.   This experience gives your students the unique opportunity to perform with the CHS/SJA  Band  and get a sense of what it means to be a part of a  high   school   band .  It also allows the student to experience the spirit of these two well-established  high   school s and their traditions.  
  Online Registration can be completed for this event through the following link:
Catholic High School Information Night and Open House
     Young men in the 8 th  grade and their parents are invited to attend an Information Night at Catholic High School on October 15 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Catholic High School Gym.
     Young men in grades 6-8 and their parents are invited to the Open House at Catholic High School on November 9.  Tours begin at 4:30 p.m.    
     For additional information, regarding these events or the admissions process, please visit the Catholic High School website at  www.catholichigh.org .
St. Joseph's Academy invites 6 th , 7 th  and 8 th  grade girls and their parents to join us for Open House 2017. Mark your calendars for  Thursday, October 19 , from  4:30 to 7 p.m.  Meet our students, faculty, staff, alumnae and parents, and enjoy tours of our beautiful campus throughout the evening. Application information will be available for 8 th  grade girls. For more information, contact Admissions Director Mandy Hoffman at  hoffmanm@sjabr.org  or 388-2243. To learn more about SJA, visit our website at  www.sjabr.org .
St. Michael High School Open House - October 26th
St. Michael High School will be hosting their Open House on Thursday, October 26, 2017, for 6th, 7th & 8th grade students and parents.  We invite students at St. George to visit at6:30pm.  If this time is not convenient for your family, feel free to join us anytime between 4:30pm-7:00pm.  For additional information, please call 225-753-9782 or visit the school's website at www.smhsbr.org.  We hope to see you at St. Michael on October 26th!   

St. George Catholic School
(225) 293-1298