DragonTales  Weekly Newsletter
Back-To-School Issue

Dear St. George Families,
     I hope this summer has been both restful, productive and given you many opportunities to spend time with your children and families.  As we "gear up" for the beginning of another school year I want to share a few items of note as we prepare for an outstanding school year.
     This summer there has been a great deal of activity around our campus. The gym has a new exterior coat of paint, upgrades to interior lights are in progress. Most importantly we have welcomed Father Yi to our St. George community.
     Teachers have been on campus preparing for the upcoming school year readying their classrooms for students. They have been eager participants in a variety of professional development and spiritual growth opportunities.
     One thing that is very evident at St. George is that we have a community of parents, students and teachers who expect the very best of themselves and each other.       Our Catholic roots continue to challenge us to see all situations and people through the eyes of faith, to seek innovative solutions to current day realities, and to love and appreciate the uniqueness of our students.
     As teachers and staff, we continue to follow in the footsteps of our founders - the Sisters of St. Joseph.  A passion for education and a vision of a community of love, unity and collaboration was the heart of their mission.  Each and every faculty and staff member at St. George Catholic School has that same ability. Our challenge, one that we look upon with great anticipation, as educators, is to be a difference maker in the lives of the children in our care.
     We are busy preparing for the new school year with the goal of making it the best ever! St. George Catholic School has 1,175 outstanding students that are truly gifts from God.  We are going to have an outstanding school year.
     The "Back-to-School Bash" is Monday, August 5th.  I look forward to seeing every one there. Enjoy the last days of summer vacation.
     Geaux Dragons!

God bless,
Jack Nelson
Principal

WE WELCOME OUR NEW FACULTY MEMBERS

Kelly Abadie- Guidance Counselor
Miss Kelly Abadie was born and raised in Baton Rouge. She began her career at St. George School in January and is excited to be back in the Catholic School system as she grew up attending St. Aloysius and St. Jospeph's Academy. Miss Abadie enjoys spending time with her loved ones, friends, her dogs, outdoors, and practicing yoga!

Debbie Castel- PreK Assistant
Mrs. Debbie Castel grew up in Baton Rouge and graduated from LSU. She and her husband have 3 wonderful sons: Christopher, Nicholas and Andrew, graduates of SGS. For the past 8 years she taught at St. George Nursery School. She loves spending time with her family, teaching, making sculpted cakes and crafting. Mrs. Castel feels super blessed to be rejoining the wonderful, dedicated St. George family.

Jilliann Dreher- PreK Teacher
Mrs. Jilliann Dreher is thrilled to be teaching PreK this year at SGS. She graduated from LSU with a Family, Child, and Consumer Sciences degree and is certified to teach grades PK through third. Mrs. Dreher enjoys time with family, being on the water and reading. She and her husband, Drew, have three children: Murphy (5th), Annie Wells (2nd), Townsend (K), and Hunter (SGS Nursery School). After a nearly 10-year break from teaching and staying home to raise her children, she is looking forward to seeing what God has planned for her in this next chapter of her life. As an SGS parent, former room mother, volunteer, substitute, and now a teacher she truly feels Dragon Proud!

Ally Gahn- 2nd Grade Teacher
Miss Gahn began her career at St. George School in January and is thrilled to be home in Baton Rouge and to the catholic school system. She graduated from St. Jean Vianney and St. Michael the Archangel catholic schools and received her degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Miss Gahn enjoys hanging out with her twin sister, running and playing with her dog.

Kaleigh Gravois- Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Kaleigh Gravois is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and has been teaching Kindergarten for five years. She is married to her husband, Wesley. In March, they welcomed their first child, Maggie Grace, to their family. She is beyond excited to begin teaching and serving at SGS and to be a part of such a wonderful community!

Lauren Gregoire- PreK Teacher
Miss Lauren Gregoire is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University with a degree in Child and Family Studies. She an alum of St. George and worked as an assistant teacher in PreK this past year. Miss Gregoire is looking forward to her role as a PreK teacher this coming school year in the same classroom. She is excited about meeting her new students and cannot wait to help them learn and grow!

Daina Kennedy- 7th grade Math and 2nd/3rd Math Resource
Mrs. Daina Kennedy is looking forward to teaching this year at St. George Catholic School. Over the course of her 23 years of teaching, she has taught all subjects in grades 3-5. In addition, she has served as a supervisor of student teachers. Mrs. Kennedy and her husband, Allen, have two sons; Taylor, who lives and works in Oklahoma City and Matthew, who is currently enrolled at SELU. She is thrilled to be a part of the Dragon family and looking forward to a successful year.

Erin Larroquette-PreK Assistant
Mrs. Erin Larroquette has been blessed to be a stay-at-home mom for nine years. As a recent substitute teacher, she is so excited to now become a full-time member of the St. George faculty! She loves children and has found teaching to be challenging and wonderfully rewarding! God, faith, and family are her greatest passions and she also loves animals, recycling, and the environment! Mrs, Larroquette adores traveling, learning other languages, and coffee!!

Molly LeSage- PreK Assistant
Miss Molly LeSage will be assisting in the Pre-K5 class this school year. She previously worked at Parkview Baptist School for five years and has worked in several different roles within their early childhood division, elementary school, and high school. Miss LeSage graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in May of 2018. She is so excited to be joining the St. George family and cannot wait to meet everyone!

Rachel Prange- 2nd grade teacher
Miss Rachel Prange has been teaching 1st grade for the past 3 years at a Catholic school in Port Allen, La. She received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from LSU in 2016. She was born and raised in New Orleans but has loved calling Baton Rouge home over the past 8 years. Outside of the classroom she enjoys spending time with her loved ones, walking her 2 dogs, reading books, and doing yoga. Miss Prange is so excited and beyond blessed to be a part of the SGS family.

Margaret Upton- 2nd Grade Teacher
Miss Upton is a 2018 graduate from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She also received her Master of Arts in Teaching through the LSU Elementary Holmes Program in May 2019. Miss Upton is from Alexandria, LA where she attended Our Lady of Prompt Succor School and Holy Savior Menard Central High School. She is glad to begin her teaching career at St. George and looking forward to her role in the students' Catholic education.

Misty Whipple- Computer Teacher
Ms. Misty Whipple is from Baton Rouge and has been teaching for about 15 years. She has two children, a son who will be a senior and a daughter who will be in ninth grade. Miss Whipple has had the opportunity to teach many students over the years in public and private schools and feels grateful to have the opportunity to teach your child in the computer lab, and to be a part of the wonderful St. George community.

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

Monday, August 5

Back-To-School Bash, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Tuesday, August 6
6th Grade Orientation, 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Medication Drop-Off, School Office
     9:00 am - 10:30 am      

School Supply Drop Off (Optional) Grades 2 - 5
     9:00 pm - 10:00 am 
     School Supply Lists

New Student Orientation, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, 
      Grades 1 - 8, begin in cafeteria

Thursday, August 8
First Day of School, Grades 1 - 8 
     EBR Bus Service Begins
     Before and After Care Services Begin
PreK and K Mandatory Orientation Meeting   
    (Parents only), 11:00 am - 12 Noon

Friday, August 9
School Liturgy, 8:00 am

Monday, August 12
1/2 of  PreK & Kindergarten Students Attend 
     (full day) 

Tuesday, August 13
1/2 of  PreK & Kindergarten Students Attend 
     (full day) 

Wednesday, August 14
All K and PreK Students Attend

Thursday, August 15
School Liturgy, 8:00 am, Feast: Assumption
Follow Friday Schedule 

Friday, August 16
Follow Thursday Schedule

Monday, August 19
Parent Orientation Night (K - 5th Grade)
    Gr. 1-3 Classroom Meeting, 6:00 - 7:00pm
    Gr. PreK-5 Parent Meeting, 7:00pm, Church
    Gr. 4&5 Classroom Meeting, 7:45 - 8:30pm

Tuesday, August 20
Parent Orientation Night (6th - 8th Grade)
    6:00pm, Church followed by Classroom meeting

Wednesday, August 21
School Pictures

Friday, August 23
School Liturgy, 8:00 am


* 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

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS 
First Half of School Year

9/2/19 - Labor Day - No School
10/10/19 - End of First Quarter
10/11/19 - Catholic Educators Conference - No School
10/14/19 & 10/15/19 - No Bus Service with Staggered Dismissal
10/18/19 - Fair Day - No School
10/18/19 - 10/20/19 - SGS FAIR
10/25/19 - Parent Teacher Conferences (PreK - 5th)
10/28/19 - Parent Teacher Conferences (6th - 8th)
10/30/19 - School Open House
11/8/19 - Grandparents Day
11/25/19 - 11/29/19 - Thanksgiving Holiday
12/7/19 - First Reconciliation
12/17/19 - 12/19/19 - EXAMS (6th - 8th)
12/20/19 - End of Second Quarter / Early Dismissal / No Bus Service
12/23/19 - 1/6/20 - Christmas Holiday

Please remember to read the weekly Dragon Tales newsletter emailed to all families on Thursdays.
Dates are subject to change. Please rely on Dragon Tales newsletter (posted on website) and website calendar for most accurate information.
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Parents of 5th grade students : Please note that 5th - 8th graders dress out for PE. Uniforms for PE class may be purchased at the local uniform stores.


UPDATED IMMUNIZATION RECORDS
NOTE TO PARENTS OF KINDERGARTNERS, 6th GRADERS, AND NEW STUDENTS: Please have your child's required vaccinations completed and return the updated immunization record to the school office by Monday, August 5, 2019.

EMERGENCY CONTACT & HEALTH INFORMATION 
Parent, please be sure to review and update your student(s) emergency contact and health information in RenWeb by logging on to your ParentsWeb account.
(School Information / Web Forms / Student Demographic Forms tabs).

Parents names and contact information, must be included in the Emergency Contact section along with other listed contacts. 


School Supply Drop Off (Optional) - Grades 2 - 5
Tuesday, August 6th - 9:00 am - 10:00 am

  • Parents of students in grades 2-5 are welcome to bring school supplies to their child's classroom between 9:00 am - 10:00 am.
  • If supplies are not dropped off during this time, students should bring their supplies with them on the first day of school.

    * Students in Gr. 7-8, and 6th graders who do not attend the 6th grade Orientation, should bring their school supplies on the first day of school. Students are welcome to bring 1/2 the supplies on the first two days of school.

  *Supplies for students in Gr. PreK, K and 1 were delivered to classrooms.


AFTER CARE IS FULL IN ALL GRADE LEVELS
There is still space available in Before Care. Please contact Susan Giles (susan.giles@sgschoolbr.org) if you have any questions.

SGS Cantor Auditions 
Tuesday, August 13, after-school at 3:10 p.m.
All students in grades 7 and 8 are eligible to audition for SGS Cantor. 
Additional information including audition material and the online link to register for auditions
will be available in Dragontales and on the school website 
on the first day of school.  
Questions?  Please email Mrs. Dupre jan.dupre@sgschoolbr.org 
or Mrs. Sneed angela.sneed@sgschoolbr.org.

WANT TO VOLUNTEER THIS SCHOOL YEAR?  Don't delay! 
  • All volunteers must successfully complete the certification requirements. 
  • HERE is the link to the school web site with the requirements. 
  • Background check packets can be picked up in the school office. 
  • Please contact Susan Giles if you have any questions. 
  • Successful completion of child protection requirements MUST be completed by Friday, August 23, 2019.  
Sign-Up online now until Tuesday, August 6th, to volunteer your time and talent for 2019-2020 school year. 
  • Class specific sign-up will take place at either Parent Orientation meetings or shortly after school starts by communication from class Room Parents.
  • Our faithful volunteers help to make many day-to-day classroom events and special events happen. Please consider sharing your time and talent. 
St. George School needs and wholeheartedly appreciates all volunteers!  

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.
St. George Catholic School Home and School Association
This association strengthens ties in the community among family, school, and parish  members. All families become members of the association with their school registration.  The Home and School Association Board members are nominated and elected by the  parents. The Home and School Association provides homeroom parents for each class
and sponsors a variety of activities. A major project of the association is the annual St.
George Catholic School Tuition Raffle Fundraiser.
HOME AND SCHOOL BOARD 2019-2020
Jen Parfait - President 
Jenny Vargas - Vice President 
Denise Young - Treasurer 
Amanda Noel - Secretary 
Jenny Allen - Volunteer Coordinator 
LeighAnn Jordan - Asst. Volunteer Coordinator 
Jessica Cuba - Special Events Coordinator  
Aubrie Jones - Special Events Coordinator  
Jesse Lambert - Asst. Special Events Coordinator  
Jessica Valenti - Asst. Special Events Coordinator  
Connie Lieux - School Advisory Committee
Kelly Vaughan - Past President 


USED UNIFORM CLEARANCE SALE
SGS Home and School Association will host a Used Uniform Clearance Sale (cash only) during our Back-To-School Bash  on Monday, August 5, 2019 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm.

Please consider signing up to help out for a shift or two.

Help is especially needed for set up!
Volunteers can shop early. Students can sign up for service
 hours. 
The Used Uniform Sale held in June was a huge success! Many thanks to the following volunteers who helped to make the the sale another Home and School Association fundraising success: 
Julie Walsh and Wendi Pounders - chairperson of the event
The many parents and student volunteers for the great gift of their time
The many families who donated their uniforms to the HSA for this fundraiser
DRAGON HEARTS CLUB MEETING
Dragon Hearts Club is a service club for girls, from kindergarten - 5th grade and Middle School, at St. George School. Dragon Heart members focus on our Catholic faith, service, and fun! Our motto is "Do small things with great love" from St. Teresa of Calcutta. The club hosts monthly meetings starting in September, service project opportunities, and a few group wide events throughout the year.  

Dragon Hearts Club will have a Sign Up Meeting for all Dragon Hearts Club girls (previous and new members), grades kindergarten - 5th grade, on Tuesday, August 20th, 6:00 pm-7:30 pm in the Kleinpeter Activity Center.  (Middle school Dragon Hearts Club will have a separate meeting, to be announced).
 
Meeting highlights: event dates will be provided and there will be an opportunity to ask questions, register your daughter and volunteer for a committee for all of our fun events for the year, such as: Mother/Daughter, Father/Daughter, Breakfast With Santa Toy Drive, St. George Dance & the Campout Retreat (grades 3-5).   Please email Jenny Culotta with any questions at Jenculotta@cox.net.
St. George Catholic School
(225) 293-1298