Weekly Notes September 18, 2017

I hope you enjoyed the festival as much as I did! The food was delicious and there are containers in my refrigerator to last at least a few days or more. I successfully bid on a small table with two chairs to go on my back porch. And I got to meet more people and talk to those I already know.

Thank you for making the Book Fair a success. It was great to see so many of you take advantage of the family night. Reading has been and continues to be one of the things I like to do the most. Growing up, I was at the library at least once a week. During school, I loved that I could go to the school library in addition to the public library. I know you read to your children…bravo! Have them read to you as well. Keep doing it even if your schedule only allows a few pages a night. I am currently reading The Chronicles of Narnia. There are seven short books in this series. Yes, it is a children’s book but I have never read it. What are you reading?

The computer curriculum is in the making and when complete will be posted on the school website. Sr. Alphonse has begun combining application with theory. Classes have been creating folders, changing fonts and styles, making borders, etc. A short test will be given every two weeks with a cumulative test at the end of the month. The monthly test will only be comprised of the things covered that month. Sr. Alphonse is always happy to meet with and talk with you about her class.

The process for ELA in grades 1-5 is below:

·         Every week a packet will be sent home.

·         Students will be allowed to use textbook, underline, circle, etc. on tests. After January 1, 5th graders will begin to be weaned away from using the textbook/story when taking the tests to make the entrance to 6th grade a bit easier. Teachers will reinforce these practices in class.

·         Vocabulary and spelling words should be integrated throughout the week leading up to the test.

·         Students will receive a participation grade.

·         Cold Read = the selection that has never been read before, not discussed in class. Students may refer to the selection when tested.

·         Writing is approximately 10-15 minutes a day.

·         1st nine weeks (2017-2018) – the lowest grade will be dropped.

Fall officially starts on the 9/22. Hard to believe we are already to this point in the school year. I hope you all have a great week!

 

Option C- If anyone is having trouble logging into Option C please try to reset your password.  If this is unsuccessful please contact the office for additional assistance. 

Room Mothers Meeting-  Thursday, September 21 at 6:30 in the SES Cafeteria.  If you haven't signed up to be a room mother you may still attend the meeting to sign up.  

Upcoming Events

September 18- Fundraiser Committee Meeting- 6:30 pm in the SES Laptop Lab

September 19- 2nd Grade Parent breakfast at 7:00 am

September 20- Spirit Dress Down Day

September 21- Room Mothers meeting- 6:30 pm.  

September 22- Snack Sale.  All items are $1

September 25- Blood Drive- 2:00-7:00 in the SES Cafeteria

September 26- Individual Picture retakes (Students taking retakes must bring their original packets in)pit and Fall sports (Cheer & Cross Country) 

1st Nine Weeks Exams- October 3- Science & Reading, October 4- Religion & English, October 5- Math & Social Studies.   This schedule will be for the 1st nine weeks only.  

Fall Break- No School. October 6 & 9

Weekly Notes September 11, 2017

On September 11, 2001 I was principal of a high school in New Jersey; only a forty minute ride to New York City by car, twenty minutes by train. The day the Twin Towers were attacked is forever etched in my mind. We had teachers and student who had family members in the towers. No one could call in or out. The police made contact with us stating we were on lock down; no one left and no one entered. It was if we were cut off from the world. No traffic, no pedestrians. For a school that had air traffic over us on a consistent basis, it was eerily quiet as all flights were suspended except for the military jets that sped over us. It was a horrific day. Two days later I went to the state park in New Jersey that is right across the river from New York to attend a service. I had grown up with those towers and saw nothing but smoke rising where they once stood. Two years ago I went to visit the memorial and view the new tower. It is a magnificent structure. The names of everyone who perished that day are etched into stone along the memorial. I did know I had tears streaming down my face until the person I was with asked if I was alright. September 11, 2001 is a day I will never forget.

I am sure you all have remembrances of that day. Our students are either too young to remember or were not born yet. As the years go on, more and more people will have no first-hand experience with this event. It is up to all of us to teach them what happened that day and the sacrifices that were made and continue to be made in order to protect us. We observed a moment of silence in remembrance and prayed a special intention after recess in the Prayer Garden.

ELA - English Language Arts. Reading, Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary; what we used to call Reading class and English class.

Today after school the ELA teachers will be meeting in order to review and discuss the curriculum. We have found issues related to the complexity of the reading series the school is currently using. And to add to that, there seems to have been practices that were implementation by SES, not necessarily suggested by the series, that have complicated this even more; practices added for the good of our students. Some of these practices were things your child was accustomed to doing for the past two years but that Miss Kay and myself were unaware of. We will make decisions as to how to move forward in regards to the testing that has already been done in grades 3-5.  We will keep you abreast as we plan.

The computer curriculum is currently being addressed in order to make it more grade-level appropriate. There will be a test given every other week with ample opportunity for students to earn participation points. Once complete you will be informed as to where it can be found.  I am very happy to have Sr. Alphonse's expertise as we move forward. We are so accustomed to seeing a religious teaching religion. But religious are able to pick an area of concentration in college. Sr. Alphonse's concentration is computers in which she holds a master's degree. Once you get to know her, you will find Sr. Alphonse to be someone who is passionate about teaching, will work hard and has a fantastic sense of humor. Just as it has been with past religious who have been loved at SES, Sister Alphonse and the school will grow together as she learns the area, language and students.

We are blessed to have Miss Grace, Miss Heather, Sr. Anija and Miss Tiffney on our faculty for many reasons but especially since they are certified in CPR.  The school is working together with the HSA to have the rest of the staff certified. It is just one more way in which we are working to keep your children safe.

This the week in which you may find your child coming home stating he/she has had a substitute. The teachers will be attending in-services for the next three weeks that are sponsored by the diocese. We are fortunate to have qualified substitutes but are always looking for more. If you are interested or know anyone who is, please call the office and speak to Miss Melissa.

Remember that the Book Fair is this week. We have set aside time tomorrow, Tuesday, from 5:00-7:00 pm for you to come with your child. We hope to see you there!

Enjoy this beautiful weather. I like to step outside in the evening, watch the gorgeous sunsets that are on display across the road from me over the sugar cane field and just look at all the stars. This has not always been possible for me where I lived in the past. One can truly see the beauty that God created. 

Book Fair Schedule: Monday- 1st, 2nd & 6th, Tuesday- K, 3rd, 5th, Family Night- Tuesday, September 12-5:00-7:00pm, Wednesday- PK4, 4th & 7th, Thursday- PK3 & 8th, Friday- Makeup day for all classes.

Upcoming Events: 

September 11-15- Book Fair

September 15- Snack Sale. all items are $1

September 19- 2nd Grade Parent breakfast at 7:00 am

September 20- Spirit Dress Down Day

September 25- Blood Drive- 2:00-7:00

September 26- Individual Picture retakes and Fall sports (Cheer & Cross Country) 

Fall Break- No School. October 6 & 9

Weekly Notes September 5, 2017

I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend and the celebration of Labor Day. Labor Day is a federal holiday and honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country. Through the years it has evolved to a general celebration of all workers. I hope you were able to take at least a few minutes to relax and enjoy the day.

You will receive a letter today reminding you to complete the application for free lunch. If you remember, I referred to this at Open House. Even if you do not qualify, it is important that you complete the application as it allows more funds to come to the school. Please check your student's folder for this letter.

Fr. Matthew spoke to us this Sunday about the renewal of our mind. It is true that as we make our way through the week, we become focused on the ordinary things, the routines of our lives. We are busy with the business of life and it is easy to forget who we are called to become. I am currently reading a book by Matthew Kelly in which he asks us to give 10 minutes a day to God. I am attempting to make this part of my morning before coming to school. Most days I am successful but the resistance is still there; especially to grab 10 more minutes of sleep. When I do give God that 10 minutes I find I have a better start to the day. It helps me focus on what God is calling me to be. These 10 minutes can be in the morning, at lunch, at night. Give it a try. I think you'll like it.

Upcoming Events: 

September 5-11- Students in Grades 3-8 will be taking the ACT Aspire Test

September 5- Home & School Meeting at 6:30 pm

September 6- Progress Reports issued. 

September 8- Sodality Induction

September 8- Snack Sale

September 11-15- Book Fair

September 19- 2nd Grade Parent breakfast at 7:00 am

September 20- Spirit Dress Down Day

September 25- Blood Drive- 2:00-7:00

September 26- Individual Picture retakes and Fall sports (Cheer & Cross Country) 

Sodailty Uniforms- Boys must wear a white shirt with a blue Sodality tie. Ties can be purchased from the office for $15.00.  Girls must wear a blue Sodality skirt. Skirts can be purchased at Young's Fashions in Baton Rouge.  

Weekly Notes August 28, 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended last week's Open House. It was good to see so many of you attend! 

During the nest couple of weeks you may have your child come home and say they had a substitute for the day. The diocese has offered our teachers a wonderful opportunity to attend workshops, one being a writing "Boot Camp". This workshop is designed around the writing that will be assessed on the ACT Aspire test. It does mean however that teachers must miss being in their classroom to attend. The substitute will have lesson plans to utilize for the the day(s) the teacher is absent. 

I heard a cute story the other day. One of our younger children was heard at home singing Ave Maria over and over. Not the song Ave Maria but only those words. The parents could not understand why the child was singing those words and where she heard it. I figured out that it was the Ave Marie that we have been singing in church at our weekly mass. The child could not remember any other words except Ave Maria. I guess the singing in church is working! Now... to just get everyone to remember more words!!

Please remember that the car line does not begin until 6:45 am. For your child's safety do not leave him/her at the gate when there is no one there. Kindly do not blow your horn before 6:45 am to attempt to have someone come open the gate. If you drop your child off late on a Friday morning, remember that we are at mass. You may certainly drive to the church and have them come to mass or wait until mass is over and we return. Do not leave them by themselves waiting until we return.

I hope you have all registered for the Remind alerts that are sent to your cell phone. If you are unsure as to how to do this please call Mrs. Melissa Landry in the school office and she will be glad to help you.

Please remain safe in the weather brought to us courtesy of Harvey. And keep the people of Texas in your prayers as they battle the effects of the storm.

 

Congratulations to the SES 2017-2018 Student Council Officers: 

President- Emily Pilley

Vice President- Annamarie Mabile

Secretary- Saniyah Prean

Treasurer- Reid Baye

Class Representatives:

8th grade- Abby Landry & Logan Falsetta

7th grade- Breana Sanchez & Braden Pujol

6th grade- Hannah Deshotel & Luke Viator

5th grade- Cloie Neil & Lincoln Naquin. 

 

2016-17 Yearbooks- Extra yearbooks are available for purchase for $35.00 until September 15.

Upcoming Events:

September 1- Mission collection and 1st Friday

September 1- SES will have a full day of school.  Bus transportation will be provided in the morning only.  There will be no bus transportation in the afternoon. Aftercare will be available.

September 4- No school

September 5- Home & School Meeting at 6:30pm

September 6- Progress Reports issued

September 11-15- Book Fair

September 19- 2nd Grade Parent breakfast at 7:00 am

September 20- Spirit Dress Down Day

Weekly Notes August 21, 2017

Happy Solar Eclipse Day!! Students in grades 5-8, who returned a signed permission slip will be viewing the eclipse at approximately 1:15 pm. The peak of the eclipse should be around 1:30 pm in our area. The students remaining indoors will be watching via internet in their classrooms. We are excited!!

Open House is this Thursday, 8/24. We will begin promptly at 7:00 pm. I hope to see all of you there. It will be my first time seeing you together as a group. It will also give you a chance to meet your child's teacher(s). Parents in grades 3-8 will follow their child's schedule for changing classes. Each "period" will be 5 minutes. I am looking forward to seeing you.

This past Friday we took a few minutes to celebrate Fr. Matthew's birthday. The children made cards which they proudly presented to him. He blew the candles out on his cake and we sang Happy Birthday. He surprised everyone by giving every student a free snack at lunchtime as his birthday gift to them! What a cheer was heard! Happy Birthday Fr. Matthew.

I encourage you to email me if you have any questions or concerns about anything. My email is kherpich@sescubs.com. I will answer as quickly as I can but usually no later than 48 hours. I will be happy to chat you with anytime. If I don't have an answer at that time, I will certainly find out. I am never too busy for you.

I ask your patience as I continue to learn the art of posting pictures and video's on Facebook. It is indeed a labor of love as I maneuver through it all. This dog will learn new tricks!

People ask me if I have adjusted to the deep south. It is to my favor that I spent last year living in Georgia. But I will admit, it is not the same weather as Louisiana. The sudden cloudbursts, the picking up of wind and then the almost immediate return of the sun is something I am still getting used to. But it won't take long. I am already used to how friendly people are; they smile and say hello whether they know you or not. They blow the horn if they see me walking Collin. I am very used to the five minute ride it takes me to get to school everyday. It has not taken me long to get used to the quiet at night nor all the stars I can see. This is indeed a beautiful place. I thank God for having led me here.

Upcoming Events: 

August 22- 5th Grade Parent Breakfast

August 23- Spirit Dress Down- Students may wear a spirit shirt with Jeans or school shorts/skirts.  Please see SES Handbook section 4.4.7 for complete dress down day guidelines. 

August 24- Open House 7:00pm

August 25- Snack Sale. All items are $1.

September 1- SES will have a full day of school.  Bus transportation will be provided in the morning only.  There will be no bus transportation in the afternoon. Aftercare will be available.

September 4- No school

September 5- Home & School Meeting at 6:30. 

September 6- Progress Reports issued. 

 

Weekly Notes

                                                                                                                                                    WELCOME BACK!!!!!!

We had a fantastic first day. Everyone was smiling and ready to go.

Some reminders…

Just like cell phones are not allowed, smart watches are not allowed. If a student must have one, he/she must give it to their teacher until the end of the day.

This was my first ever experience with a car line. It is a thing of beauty! I thought it went well. Everyone was organized. Your children are pros. We had a short assembly this morning and I told the students I would probably need to ask them as to what the “routine” is. I will learn along with them.

Each classroom door has been painted a new, bright color! The colors were chosen by the teachers and the doors painted by volunteers. The hallway is bright and cheery. The classes on the outside of the main building are easy to identify. Ask your child what color their door is.

*****Buses – Please send a note tomorrow with the address to where your child will need to be dropped off in the afternoon. We are going to make a master roster and then be sure the note remains in your child’s possession.

 If you are not sure as to the morning route for your child, please call the Assumption Board of Transportation. St. Elizabeth has not been informed as to where/when your child will be picked up in the morning.

In the afternoon, the young children will be given them a buddy or be sure they are with their sibling if they have one.  We have not been informed as to which bus your child will transfer to once they are at the high school in the afternoon.

 

 

SES Physicals

Any St. Elizabeth School student who plans to play sports for the 2017-18 school year can receive a physical free of charge at the Assumption Parish Community Center through Friday, July 21.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.  Physical flyer.  Also, please bring a copy of the LHSAA Physical form (attached here) to be filled out by the physician.  This form can be returned to school and will be effective for 1 year.