Friday, December 14, 2012

Meeting Dec. 14: Social Butterfly!

Welcome to the meeting!  Thanks to Mrs. Grace Marie Rose for helping us earn our badge!

Roll Call:  Grace
Promise:  Tori
Law:  Sofia B.
Pledge:  Kaylor
Jumping Scout:  Sofi V., Isabella, Ellie
Hostesses:  Mae Mae, Kerri (snack), Savannah
Circle Starter:  Jaylin

Social Butterfly:  A Quick Guide to Ettiquette
How to talk to someone new
   Including them in your conversation
   Stop talking about private things so they feel included
   Ask them about themselves--open questions (not yes or no)
      Tell me about your family
      What kind of music do you like?
      What do you like to do?
   Invite them to play

Role Playing

Christmas Time!  Receiving Gifts
   Saying Thank you (even if you don't love it!)
   Don't tell them you already have it
   Don't roll your eyes! 
   Write a thank you note--tell them how you will use it
   Don't assume it's a joke!

Giving gifts
   Homemade gifts are so nice!
   What would THAT person really like? 

Thank you notes:  When to write them?
   If they are there, say thank you right away. 
     (You can still write a thank you note if you want!)
   If they are not there, write a thank you note.

Fancy Eating
   Silverware--outside in
   Everything moves from left to right
   Don't argue
   Be respectful
   Use your napkin (that should be in your lap!)
   Wear nice clothes (no stained clothes, modest clothes)
   Good posture
   Don't cut your meat all at once.  Cut it as you eat it.
   Use butter knife to put it on plate, your knife to spread it
   Wait until everyone is served before you eat
   Be polite
   When you're finished, put your silverware at 4:00 position
   No coffee?  Turn your cup over
   Practice conversation starters
   Set a good example for others

Making Homemade Thank you notes!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Coming Soon to a Girl Scout Troop Near YOU!

Meeting Minutes:

More aMusing Roles
The last couple of meetings have been lots of fun.  Dec. 1 the girls worked more on their aMuse badges, coming up with lots of roles for girls and observing the women in their lives and what their roles are.  Girl Scouts are all about helping girls to be all they can be, and the first step is knowing all the possibilities that are out there.

Who says Girls Can't Build?
On Dec. 7, the girls made adorable gingerbread houses with the help of Liz Karcher and materials from Lowe's.  They fit the pieces of wood together, hammered the nails in, put the stickers on, and hopefully brought them home to help decorate your homes!  The girls learned a lot about carpentry, following directions, and even coming up with solutions when faced with challenges.  Thank you Liz for leading this meeting!

Meeting Friday
This coming Friday, Dec. 14, we have a meeting.  We will be doing the Social Butterfly badge with Grace Marie Rose and Kerri is bringing snack.

Christmas Party
The following week we are going to have our Christmas Party on Thursday, Dec. 20.  The girls get out of school at 11:00 and the Grimms have graciously offered their house for the celebration.  We will walk over to their house right after school.  We'd love to have some parents there.  The girls decided to do a gently used gift exchange and a singalong like they did a couple of years ago.  We will party till 1:00 to usher in the holidays!

New Orleans Bowl
On the horizon, I sent an email asking if anyone is interested in heading up a trip to the New Orleans Bowl this year.  It is at 11 am, Dec. 22, and UL-Lafayette is playing East Carolina.

The New Orleans Bowl invites all Girl Scouts to come adorn the field for the National Anthem prior to kick off of this very special local event! You’ll also get to participate in pre-game activities. Girls will then be able to sit in a special Girl Scout section for the game. Friends and family are invited to attend and sit together, but only girls and leaders will be allowed through the special entrance and onto the field. This event is also being offered to Boy Scouts. 

Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Sugar Bowl Dr., New Orleans, LA 70112
Fee: Free to all registered Girl Scouts and Troop Leaders; $10 each for friends and family.
Registration Instructions:
 Tickets must be ordered prior to the game by completing the New Orleans Bowl registration form found in the forms section, and faxing or mailing with payment (for family or friends tickets) to: Girl Scouts Louisiana East, 841 S. Clearview Parkway, New Orleans, LA 70121 / Fax: 504-733-8219.
Order form: New Orleans Bowl registration form
Staff Contact: Kevin Shipp at 504-733-8220, ext. 2243 for more information.
Notes: Visit for game details and other information. Girl Scout uniforms or T-shirts are encouraged.

Cookie time is almost upon us.  I plan on having a parent meeting to go over some important procedures sometime in early January.  Our cookie rally will once again be at the SPX gym on Jan. 18, 2013.  That is the kick-off day for pre-orders.  Dates:

Jan. 18--Feb. 3   Pre-orders
Feb. 22--Mar. 1   Delivery
Mar. 1--Mar. 17   Booth Sales

Model for a Day and Tea Party at Longue Vue 
We need to get a head count for all who want to go to the Longue Vue House Tea on March 10 from 12-3 pm.  Our troop is signed up to Model for this event.  That part is free.  If anyone wants to come and watch, and then the girls take part in the tea party after, tickets are $22 each and we have to put a deposit down and reserve spots.  Please let me know how many will attend as soon as possible.  They sell out pretty quickly!

Model for a Day at Longue Vue House and Gardens
Fun, fashion and Girl Scouts! You can be a model for the Girl Scout Fashion Show and Tea at Longue Vue House and Gardens on March 2, 2013! Your audience will be sister Girl Scouts, troop leaders, and parents who will be attending. The clothes modeled will be from the Girl Scouts Louisiana East Council Shop. The time commitment is a fitting at the Council Shop a few weeks prior to the tea along with the actual day of the tea.
When: Saturday, March 2, 2013, 12-3 plus a fitting date to be announced 

Girl Scout Fashion Show and Tea at Longue Vue
Come in your favorite outfit and watch a fashion show of Girl Scout apparel modeled by your sister Girl Scouts, followed by an informative and engaging presentation by “Ms. Manners.” You will be sipping tea and lemonade and dining on tea sandwiches, cookies, and scones. A complimentary house tour is available for all who attend.
Fee: $22 per person
Capacity: Multiple troops allowed; Maximum seating 60 guests 
Contact: Lydia Vaughn at 504-293-4722 or to check space availability; register over the phone; or for more information.

Even farther out on the horizon, we are planning a service unit camping trip at Camp Covington on April 5-7.  Mark your calendars now!  

Friday, December 7, 2012

Meeting Dec. 7 2012

Hey Juniors!  Today Mrs. Karcher is going to lead us in a fun meeting with a cool craft!  

Thanks Mrs. Karcher!  See you all next week.  Kerri will have snack, and Mrs. Grace Marie will lead us in our Social Butterfly patch.  
More blasts from the past...

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Meeting November 30

Hello Juniors!  Check the kaper chart:


All girls with these jobs come to the front and be ready!
Roll Call       Promise         Law       Pledge

Opening Ceremony:  What are girls expected to be in life?  Everyone name one expectation.
Are ALL of these expectations right for you?  
Are there good expectations and harmful expectations?
Shake it off!  
Everyone name one thing that helps describe who you really are.  Then we can all say:  "That's who you're supposed to be!"

Snack and November Reflections

Christmas Ornaments!  Go see the SPX Girl Scout tree at City Park during Celebration of the Oaks!

Thanks to all the scouts who performed Color Guard duty during Nov. 12-16!

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  What are you all thankful for?

Upcoming Events:  Meetings every week until school lets out!  
Dec. 7:  Ellie has snack, Mrs. Karcher leads meeting!
Dec. 14:  Kerri has snack

Dec. 20:  Christmas party?  Kaylor has offered her house again.  What will we do this year?

Dec. 22:  New Orleans Bowl

New Orleans Bowl 2011 

aMuse Badgework:  
Time to Mingle
Everyone walk in a circle, and say "mingle mingle mingle..." until the leader shouts "Freeze!" and points to someone.  If she points to you, say one thing about yourself:  My name is ______ and I _____.  
Then the girl across the circle has to repeat what she said in the style the leader says (happily, whiny, boldly, curiously, giggly, formally like a president, like you have a cold, rushed, very tired, sweetly, angrily, sadly, secretly, excitedly, etc.)
Every girl should have a chance to be the leader and have a chance to speak.
What roles and voices did you like?  Which ones did you not like?  Why?
Get out your Workbooks!
Remember our last meeting in here, when we listed our favorite girl characters and started making up our own character?  
Keep a Casting Call Log  Pages 16-17--  Six Names and the Roles they Play.  Each of you needs to fill out this form as a step toward your "Reach Out" badge.

Winding Down
Clean up
Friendship Circle

See you next Friday!

And now, a blast from the past!

Who are these little girls???

Cookie Rally 2011

Friends Forever!

Did someone say cookie?

First time summer campers at Marydale, 2011

Frisbee friends!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

News and Notes

Good afternoon Troop 40766!
We had a great time at our joint meeting last Tuesday with all the other SPX troops making Christmas ornaments.  These ornaments will appear on the City Park SPX Girl Scout tree, so that is why they didn't come home with them.  I wish I had thought to take pictures of them while we were making them, but alas.  Jodi Lafranca and her troop are decorating our tree today after school, so I'm sure she will have a few she can share.  As soon as I know where our tree is, I will let you know.

Don't forget to take the poll!  What are your three favorite girl scout activities?  (It's in the margin on the right.)  

Upcoming events:

We will not have a troop meeting this Friday due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  I know a few people are trying to get out of town early, so have a great holiday, and we will see you at our next meeting, November 30.   

Updated Snack Schedule:

Nov. 30:  Jaylin
Dec. 7:  Ellie
Dec. 14:  Kerri
Jan. 4:  Kaylor
Jan. 11:  Sofia Venezia
Jan. 18:  No meeting, COOKIE RALLY at 7 pm
Jan. 25:  Savannah
Feb. 1:  Isabella
Feb. 8/15:  No meetings, Mardi Gras Holidays

Would we like our meeting on Dec. 14 to be a Christmas party?  If so, where, when, and what should we do?  Two years ago we were at Debby's house, and did a gently used gift exchange and a Christmas Carol sing-off.  That was fun.  Last year we didn't have one at all.  I'm happy to host it here, but we would need drivers.  It would be nice to be able to just walk over somewhere after school.

Activities/events for November & December
Check out the website calendar to see what November and December events have been planned.  Go to the appropriate month and day, and click on the link for details including registration deadlines, grade levels, times, fees, etc.
Nov. 17 - Tulane Green Wave Cheer Clinic & Halftime performance (grades K-12), New Orleans
Nov. 17 - Girl Scout Day at Longue Vue House & Gardens (grades K-12), New Orleans
Nov. 22-23 - Council offices closed for Thanksgiving
Nov. 30 - Ivanov's Gymnastics Friday Night Fun Night (all ages), Metairie
Dec. 22 - New Orleans Bowl (all ages), New Orleans
Dec. 28 - Ivanov's Gymnastics Friday Night Fun Night (all ages), Metairie
Jan. 12 - Smart Cookie U (Juniors-Amb), Hammond
Jan. 18 - Cookie Rally!  SPX

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  

New Old Pics:  One year ago...

Who remembers where these were taken?
Proud of their work!
Don't let anyone tell you they don't know how to sweep!

Remember the corn maze????

Uh-oh, What did Kerri do?
Buried Alive!
Corn Crib

A beautiful fall day with sisters and brothers!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Ch ch ch ch Changes and Service Opportunity

Just doing a little restructuring.  If you could hit the "Follow by Email" button on the right, you will get an email each time I update the site.  Please encourage your girls to get on and make comments if they want to contribute.  For instance, Sofi Venezia wanted me to put on here that MARYDALE ROCKS!  And the Sofias are awesome.

Also, I added a little poll they can take about their favorite girl scout activities.  I'd like to do a different one every couple of weeks.  It's actually a great way to find out what the girls like and want to do!

Our next meeting will be TUESDAY, November 6, right after early dismissal.  All the troops at SPX will be decorating their Christmas Tree ornaments for the City Park tree.  We will not have a meeting on Friday.

Here's a link Jodi shared with her troop about a very fun looking service opportunity on Saturday, Nov. 17.  I will not be able to go if it is Saturday afternoon, but if anyone is interested, maybe we could get a group together.  Let me know.  See you soon!


The Color Run™ is a one of a kind experience that is less about speed and more about enjoying a color crazy day with your friends and family. 
As the New Orleans race nonprofit partner the Arts Council of New Orleans is calling for volunteers interested in taking part in the Happiest 5k on Earth. Race registration is already full, so volunteering is the best way to take part in the color festivities.
What is the Color Run™? The original creator of the new paint race phenomena, The Color Run™ 5k race starts with runners in pristine coloring book white and ends with runners looking like they fell into a Willy Wonka tie dyed vat of colored goodness.  Participants get covered in color through individual color stations along the race course and end the event with a mega color throw during the color festival finish.
Volunteers assist with sign up, packet preparation, throwing color, post-race color festival and keeping the party going. The Arts Council and Color Run team need volunteer support from Thursday, Nov. 15th to Saturday, Nov. 17th.  Don't miss your opportunity to be part of The Happiest 5K On The Planet!

 CALL 504.304.2925 FOR MORE INFO 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Meeting Agenda 11-2-12

Good afternoon girls!  This is so much easier than powerpoint!  Here's our agenda for the day:



All girls with these jobs come
to the front and be ready!

Roll Call

On my honor, I will try
To help people at all times
To serve God and my country
And to live by the Girl Scout Law


I will do my best to be

Honest and Fair
Friendly and helpful,
Considerate and caring,
Courageous and strong,
And Responsible for what I say and do,
And to
Respect myself and others,
Respect authority
Use resources wisely
Make the World a Better Place
And be a sister to every Girl Scout
October Reflections

Oct. 12:  Fish Fry--very successful! Thank you for all your help!

Oct. 19-21:  Camping Trip at Marydale--see pictures on blog!
Get your Camping Badges!  

November upcoming events:

November 6:  Next meeting--making Christmas ornaments.  TUESDAY, not Friday, after early dismissal.  Sofia Venezia--Snack.

November 12--16th:  Color Guard Flag Duty.  Mornings and afternoons.  If we don't do it, flag doesn't go up!

November 16:  No meeting--get an early start on Thanksgiving holidays!

November 17:  Fun Run--see Cadette Troop's Blog

November 30:  Next meeting AFTER Thanksgiving holidays.  Jaylin--Snack

aMuse Badgework:  Get out your workbooks!

Pages 10-11--All About Roles
Pages 12-13--Five Favorite Girl Characters and a New Character!

Pages 16-17--Keep a Casting Call Log:  Six Names

Winding DoWN
Clean up
Friendship Circle

See you next Tuesday!