Weekly Notes November 13, 2017

A letter was sent to all 3-4-5 grade parents yesterday in regards to the resignation of Miss Kay Eads. The resignation was submitted this past Friday, effective immediately. We are blessed to now have Ms. Allison Viator as the long-term substitute until the Christmas holidays. We have begun advertising for this position. If you know of anyone who may be interested please have them submit a Letter of Interest and Resume to me at kherpich@sescubs.com No phone class please.

I am looking forward to my first Grandparents day at SES! There is definitely an air of excitement this week. Students stop and tell me their grandma and grandpa are coming. Along with that is the anticipation of the Thanksgiving school lunch and holiday. It is a busy week!

Thank you to everyone who has donated to our food drive. There is still time if you wish to drop off a donation. Remember that tomorrow is a dress down day that will also go towards the food pantry. It is a $2.00 donation.

Cafeteria renovation update:

Four trees have been removed from the back of the building. There is a meeting scheduled to talk with a flashing subcontractor.

The windows were measured today. During the Thanksgiving break they will be replaced.

If you would able to help with the reinforcing of the roof structure please let me know. This will happen over Thanksgiving.

And as always, any donations to this and any other project here at school is gladly accepted.

On behalf of Fr. Matthew and the faculty and staff of St. Elizabeth, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a most blessed Thanksgiving. I know I have much to be thankful for this year. I am blessed with a new position and home. My sister and her family are traveling here to spend the week with me. I wish you and your family a most blessed Thanksgiving.

 

Christmas Nativity- As in the past, we are asking for names to be submitted for babies born after October 1, 2017 to be Jesus in the Christmas Nativity on December 22. Siblings of current SES students will have preference.  Please contact the school office if you would like to submit your child's name.  

Basketball Practice- 6th grade- Monday, November 13-4:15-6:00.  7th grade- Monday, November 13- 6:00-7:30.

Dress Down to Make a Difference- November 15-Students who make a $2 minimum donation may wear any shirts and shoes with jeans.  All dress down day guidelines in the SES handbook must be followed.  All proceeds will be donated to the St. Elizabeth Church Food Pantry to purchase turkeys for families in need this holiday season. 

Progress Reports- issued November 15.  Please sign and return the following day. 

Grandparents Day-  Friday, November 17.  Mass at 8:00 am followed by Grandparents Reception in the Community Center. 

No afternoon bus service- Friday, November 17.  Aftercare will be available. 

Thanksgiving Holidays- November 20-November 24

Breakfast with Santa Raffle- tickets are due Tuesday, November 28. 

Breakfast with Santa- Saturday, December 2

Science & Social Studies Fair- Wednesday, December 6.  

Spirit Dress Down- Wednesday, December 13.  Students may wear spirit shirts with jeans or uniform bottoms. School shoes must be worn.  Please see the SES Handbook for complete dress down day guidelines. 

2nd Nine weeks Exams- December 19-21

Last day to test AR for 2nd Nine Weeks- Thursday, December 21.  This is also the last day to qualify for the AR Field trip. 

Weekly Notes November 6, 2017

Listed below is the criteria for a Distinguished Graduate Nominee. If you know of someone you wish to nominate kindly complete the information below and return it to the school no later than this Friday, November 10.

1.  A Distinguished Graduate must have graduated from high school.

2. A Distinguished Graduate must be a role model for our students and the community.

3. A Distinguished Graduate must have made some significant contribution to the Church, school and/or community.

4. The Distinguished Graduate must be present at the dinner on January 29, 2018.

 Nominee’s Name: ___________________________________________

Year Graduated from SES: ____________

Why did you choose to nominate this person for SES Distinguished Graduate?

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Friday is our annual Veteran’s day mass and assembly. The students are working hard to prepare for this special day. My father was a proud WWII veteran. The service these men and women have given and many still continue to give to our country in ways that is beyond measure. I am looking forward to this event and seeing all of you.

Thank you to all of you who attended parent-teacher conferences last week. We were happy to see you! We will be evaluating how conferences went and see how we will proceed in the future.

Tonight is our meeting with the Director of Special Education for the Diocese. Ms. Bethany Robicheaux will be on hand to discuss this program which St. Elizabeth is happy to be able to house beginning next school year. We will start at 7:00 pm in the Community Center.

The last day to donate for the Primary School Community Service project is this Friday. Grades PreK-2 are accepting monetary donations in order to purchase school supplies for two schools they have adopted in Texas who were hard hit by the hurricane. Any amount would be appreciated.

 

 

Christmas Nativity- As in the past, we are asking for names to be submitted for babies born after October 1, 2017 to be Jesus in the Christmas Nativity on December 22. Siblings of current SES students will have preference.  Please contact the school office if you would like to submit your child's name.  

Upcoming Events:

PK3 Breakfast-Tuesday, November 7 at 7:00 am.  Parents are invited to join us in the prayer garden following breakfast. 

5th Grade Basketball Practice- Wednesday, November 8- 2:00-4:30 

6th Grade Basketball Practice- Wednesday, November 8 -4:30-6:00

Spirit Dress Down Day- Wednesday, November 8.  Students may wear spirit shirts with jeans or uniform bottoms and school shoes.  Please see the SES Handbook for complete dress down day guidelines.

Home & School Meeting- Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 pm

World's Finest Chocolate- Money is due Friday, November 10

Veterans Day Mass- Friday, November 10 at 7:40 am 

6th Grade Basketball Practice- Monday, November 13-4:15-6:00

Dress Down to Make a Difference- November 15-Students who make a $2 minimum donation may wear any shirts and shoes with jeans.  All dress down day guidelines in the SES handbook must be followed.  All proceeds will be donated to the St. Elizabeth Church Food Pantry to purchase turkeys for families in need this holiday season. 

Progress Reports- issued November 15.  Please sign and return the following day. 

Grandparents Day-  Friday, November 17.  Mass at 8:00 am followed by Grandparents Reception in the Community Center. 

No afternoon bus service- Friday, November 17.  Aftercare will be available. 

Thanksgiving Holidays- November 20-November 24

Breakfast with Santa Raffle- tickets are due Tuesday, November 28. 

Breakfast with Santa- Saturday, December 2

Science & Social Studies Fair- Wednesday, December 6.  

 

 

Distinguished Graduate Nominations

We are asking for nominations for this year's Distinguished Graduate Award. Please submit your nomination no later than Friday, November 10.

Please use the following template when making your nomination. It may be sent electronically to Dr. Kathy, principal using the email address, kherpich@sescubs.com or via mail or with a student.

Criteria for Distinguished Graduate Nominee:

1. A Distinguished Graduate must have graduated from high school.

 2. A Distinguished Graduate must be a role model for our students and the community.

 3. A Distinguished Graduate must have made some significant contribution to the Church, school and/or community.

 4. The Distinguished Graduate must be able to be present at the dinner. January 29, 2018. 

 

Please complete the following and submit to the school no later than November 10.

Nominee’s Name:___________________________________________

Year Graduated from SES:____________

Why did you choose to nominate this person for SES Distinguished Graduate? Feel free to add more lines if needed.

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Weekly Notes October 30, 2017

We sprung a leak! Water was coming up through the cement by the entrance to the library yesterday. Workers came yesterday after school and proceeded to jack hammer and dig. They found and repaired the leak and will return today to fill in the hole. We owe a great deal of thanks to Ed Stock and Mr. David Rhodes for their help. Mr. David stayed last night until the leak was repaired. Thanks guys!

The renovations to the cafeteria continue. The measurements for the new windows have been taken and plans to do work during the Thanksgiving break are being made. The goal is to have everything completed by Christmas.

Parent-teacher conferences are today from 3:00-7:00 pm. There is still time to call the office to make an appointment to see your child teacher(s).

I feel this definitely bears repeating. Please try to attend and tell others you know, even if they do not attend the school…

I am happy to announce that we will be having an information night on November 7 at 7:00 pm in the Community Center for the Blessed Margaret of Castello REACH Program that will begin in the 2018-2019 school year. Founded in 1962, the Special Education Program serves the Diocese of Baton Rouge by providing special education centers. This program serves both Catholic and non-Catholic students from the ages of 6 to 21 who have been identified with an exceptionality according to the Louisiana Department of Education, Bulletin 1508. Students who range from being on the spectrum to students needing lab services to remediating dyslexia will utilize this program. In 2016, the program grew to 63 students and for the 2017 school year the program is expecting 81 students.  We are so happy to welcome the program’s director, Ms. Bethany Robicheaux for this information night. Spread the word!

I want to give advance notice that on Grandparents Day, November 17, busing will not be provided after school. As has been the practice in the past, you are free to take your child(ren) home after the activities of the day or have them remain in After-Care.

As you know, our PreK-2 students are not mandated to complete an assigned number of community service hours but nonetheless have decided to embark on a community service project of their own. They have adopted two classrooms in two schools in Texas that were severely damaged in the hurricane. A letter has been sent home with the particulars as to how you can help. Good job little Cubs!

A special thank you goes out to Ms. Jami Lewis and the HSA for giving us a fantastic Cub Fest. It was a bright, sunny day and everyone looked to be having fun. Thank you!

 

Upcoming Events: 

Boys Basketball Registration Night-  Monday, October 30 at 6:30 pm in the Community Center

AHS/SES Cross Country Meet is November 1st at AHS at 4:30.  Cross Country team must wear their church uniforms to school on Wednesday, November 1st, but will be allowed to change into their CC shirts after mass. 

Mass Schedule Change- We will attend Mass on Wednesday, November 1 at 7:40am. There will be no Mass on Friday

PK3 Parent Breakfast- November 7- at 7:00 am.  Parents are invited to join us in the Prayer Garden following breakfast. 

Spirit Dress Down- November 8. Students may wear spirit shirts with jeans, school skirts or school shorts.  Students must wear school shoes and socks.  Please see the SES handbook for dress down day guidelines. 

Home & School Meeting- November 9

Veterans Day Mass- Friday, November 10 at 7:40

Progress Reports Issued- Wednesday, November 15. 

Dress Down to Make a Difference- November 15-Students who make a $2 minimum donation may wear any shirts and shoes with jeans.  All dress down day guidelines in the SES handbook must be followed.  All proceeds will be donated to the St. Elizabeth Church Food Pantry to purchase turkeys for families in need this holiday season. 

Grandparents Day Mass- Friday, November 17

Weekly Notes October 23, 2017

I hope you are all enjoying this amazing weather!

In order to follow-up after report cards, we will have parent-teacher conferences on Wednesday, November 1 from 3:00-7:00 pm. Each conference will be 15 minutes long. This will give you an opportunity to see your child’s teacher on a one-to-one basis. I will also be available if you wish to speak with me. Please call the office and speak to Ms. Melissa to schedule a conference. We look forward to seeing you!

I am happy to announce that we will be having an information night on November 7 at 7:00 pm in the Community Center for the Blessed Margaret of Castello REACH Program that will begin in the 2018-2019 school year. Founded in 1962, the Special Education Program serves the Diocese of Baton Rouge by providing special education centers. This program serves both Catholic and non-Catholic students from the ages of 6 to 21 who have been identified with an exceptionality according to the Louisiana Department of Education, Bulletin 1508. Students who range from being on the spectrum to students needing lab services to remediating dyslexia will utilize this program. In 2016, the program grew to 63 students and for the 2017 school year the program is expecting 81 students.  We are so happy to welcome the program’s director, Ms. Bethany Robicheaux for this information night. Spread the word!

Our new student Ambassadors are busy preparing a “walking tour” of St. Elizabeth campus. The Ambassadors are putting together the order of the buildings that perspective parents/students and alumni will take when they come to the school. The tour will include the history of the school and church. We are so excited to begin this new venture.

If you haven’t noticed, look at the windows on the front of the Administration building the next time you come in. No more chips or cracks. They were replaced last week. We also installed filters on all of the water fountains to ensure that the water our students are drinking is of a high caliber. Notice that the front of the school is now well lit at night as the light on the pole across the street has been repaired.

Have a blessed week.

 

Upcoming Events:

Red Ribbon Week Activities:  Tuesday- Students can wear crazy socks and crazy hairstyles.  Wednesday- Students can wear a team shirt or jersey with uniform bottoms. Thursday- Students can wear neon shirts with uniform bottoms. Friday- Students can wear a Halloween, orange, or black shirt with uniform bottoms.

Boys Basketball Registration Night- Rescheduled to Monday, October 30 at 6:00 pm in the Community Center

Cub Fest- Friday, October 27

PK3 Parent Breakfast- November 7- at 7:00 am.  Parents are invited to join us in the Prayer Garden following breakfast. 

Spirit Dress Down- November 8. Students may wear spirit shirts with jeans, school skirts or school shorts.  Students must wear school shoes and socks.  Please see the SES handbook for dress down day guidelines. 

Home & School Meeting- November 9

Veterans Day Mass- Friday, November 10 at 7:40

Progress Reports Issued- Wednesday, November 15. 

Dress Down to Make a Difference- Students who make a $2 minimum donation may wear any shirts and shoes with jeans.  All dress down day guidelines in the SES handbook must be followed.  All proceeds will be donated to the St. Elizabeth Church Food Pantry to purchase turkeys for families in need this holiday season. 

Grandparents Day Mass- Friday, November 17

Weekly Notes October 16, 2017

Happy Monday!

We had a small group of students and teachers attend the 100 celebration of Fatima this past Saturday. We joined others from the area churches and organizations to pray the mysteries of the rosary. I was proud of the students and teachers who took time from a busy Saturday to participate. I enjoyed being with them and joining in prayer.

Thank you for helping your child participate in the dress down day for Dreams Come True. A total of $348.00 was raised. Go Cubs!

We are happy to be able to provide an After-Care service for you. It is a service that many of you take advantage of. I do need to remind you that payments are due to Miss Vicky every Friday for the prior week.  She asks that payments are given to her in the same envelope that your statement was sent home in. Thank you!

On Wednesday report cards will be given out. I will be going to every class to distribute them. Please be sure they are signed and returned in a timely manner. Stay tuned for more information about a parent conference afternoon/evening for those who wish to speak to their child’s teacher(s). More to come.

Each student has in his/her possession a Conduct Card which is to be signed by you on a daily basis. The conduct card lets you know how your child’s conduct was on that given day. If a child does not have the card signed two days in a row, he/she receives a detention. It is ultimately the child’s responsibility to show you but please ask him/her to see it.

I hope you have a blessed week!

 

Upcoming Events: 

3rd Grade Parent Breakfast- Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00 am

1st Nine Weeks Report Cards- issued October 18

Spirit Dress Down-  Wednesday, October 18.  Students may wear a spirit shirt and jeans.  Please see the SES Handbook for complete dress down day guidelines. 

4-H Dues- $5.00 are due October 20.  All members can send dues to the office in a labeled envelope.

Snack Sale- Friday. October 20.  All items are $1

Boys Basketball Registration Night- Tuesday, October 24 at 6:00pm in the Community Center

Cub Fest- Friday, October 27

 

Weekly Notes October 10, 2017

Happy Monday-Tuesday! In spite of the concerns over Nate, I hope you had a nice fall break. It's good to just be able to catch your breath.

Check out our up-to-date faculty page on the website. It has a different look and lets everyone know who is really who! And you have to love the teddy bears.

In our efforts to be equal and consistent, there is a bit of news about Reading and ELA. As you know the 1-8 grade teachers met in early September to make sure we are all together in this process. I was looking at OptionC this weekend and realized that the marks in grades 3-5 prior to the meeting may not be a true reflection of a student’s ability. Therefore, if a student has a D or lower for the testing dates of 8/18 or 8/29, these grades will be removed. Any student who has a C or higher will keep their grade. The remaining grades will be averaged according to how many the student has. I know this is not a perfect solution but I do not think it wise to go back and retest at this late date.

The same will hold true for the AR program. While everyone would love to participate in the reward day, the goal is for students to read for at least 20 minutes a day and check their comprehension when they complete a book. Students will be graded according to what they have accomplished; some will have more “grades” than others. We are too far into the school year to try to change anything about this program but we will be taking a good look at it to see how we can help our students succeed. In the meantime, I have asked teachers to walk students through a test and be sure they understand. The students can review what they missed... but can't go back and re-answer what's been scored/submitted already. 

Students go to the library 2 days a week. Please note that your child’s homeroom teacher may not be the one who takes them to the library. This was done for scheduling purposes. For example, Miss Kim takes the 3rd and 4th grade on Monday’s and Wednesday’s. Those classes physically go to the library on Monday and on Wednesday stay in her classroom to read and test using the school’s iPads. Each teacher has their own way of trying to help students reach their AR goal. Remember though, that the book fair took time away from the library for two weeks and that the teachers were at diocesan in-services.

Tomorrow is the dress down day for Dreams Come True. This a wonderful organization that does so much good. Students may dress down by contributing $2.00.

There has been a bit more work done in the cafeteria. The two mini-split air conditioners have been replaced and the wiring for the cafeteria located above the ceiling has been secured. You will see work done in this area bit by bit. We will concentrate on one building/area before moving on to another. We will keep you apprised of the progress.

I hope you have a blessed week.

 

World's Finest Chocolate will be going home tomorrow, 10/11 with families who have been assigned this as their fundraiser.  Each family, who is assigned to sell chocolate, will receive the Variety bars and Continental almonds to sell.  

Upcoming Events: 

Home & School Meeting- Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30. 

Dreams Come True Dress Down- Wednesday, October 11. Students may wear any shirt with jeans for a $2.00 donation. (see SES handbook for complete dress down day guidelines)  All proceeds will go to the Dreams Come True. 

1st Nine Weeks ends- Thursday, October 12

Last Day to test for AR- Thursday, October 12. 

Snack sale- October 13.  All items are $1.00.

3rd Grade Parent Breakfast- Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00 am

1st Nine Weeks Report Cards- issued October 18

Spirit Dress Down-  Wednesday, October 18.  Students may wear a spirit shirt and jeans.  Please see the SES Handbook for complete dress down day guidelines. 

4-H Dues- $5.00 are due October 20.  All members can send dues to the office in a labeled envelope.

Cub Fest- October 27

Weekly Notes October 2, 2017

Happy Monday!

This week we celebrate 4 -H! 4‑H empowers young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime that includes a mentor, a hands-on project, and a meaningful leadership opportunity. 4‑H reaches almost six million young people through our community of 100 public universities. Programs are delivered by 3,500 4‑H professionals and 500,000 volunteers. They may participate in STEM and Agriculture, Healthy Living or Citizenship programs. Its motto is to “make the best better. Each member takes this pledge:

I pledge my head to clearer thinking,
my heart to greater loyalty,                                                           
my hands to larger service,
and my health to better living,                                                    
for my club, my community,
my country, and my world.”

SES gives a huge thank you to Miss Nadine for volunteering to moderate this Club.

I hope you are enjoying the pictures on the St. Elizabeth Facebook page as much as I like showing them to you. The teachers send me these random, wonderful shots of your children doing great things in class. They are excited to share.

Tomorrow is the first day of exams for grades 5-8. You have helped them study and prepare. Here are a few other tips for you to think about and share with your child:

·         Get a good night’s sleep. Turn all electronic devices off at least an hour before bed time. This will give the brain a change to calm down before lights out.

·         Eat a good breakfast.

·         Drink plenty of water.

·         Avoid caffeine. No power drinks.

·         Remember that teachers want you to do well.

·         Focus on what you know, rather than on what you do not know.

·         Take a few breaths if you get stuck.

·         Have confidence in yourself.

Even though we have it down pat, dismissal in the afternoon can still be hectic. We ask that you wait for your child in the car line. If you need to pick them up before car line starts, please go into the office and sign them out. They will meet you at the office.

You may have seen on the October calendar a dress down day on 1/11 to benefit the Dreams Come True program. This is a non-profit organization granting dreams to children in Louisiana with life-threatening illnesses. It is impressive that 90% of the money raised goes directly to granting these dreams. The cost of the dress down day is $2.00 but feel free to give more if you so wish. This is a wonderful organization.

Assumption Parish Schools have a ½ day this Thursday. Therefore, there we will not have bus service that afternoon. No bus service Thursday, 10/5 in the afternoon.

Thank you to the many parents who have emailed, called the school and have had conferences with teachers and myself when you have had a concern. Having carried through with this communication has helped solve issues and concerns and dispelled any misinformation that you may have heard. Once again I encourage all of you to communicate with the school if you have a concern, no matter how big or small.

 I hope you have a fantastic week!

 

Upcoming Events: 

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.  

4-H Dress Down- Thursday, October 5. Students may wear a green shirt with jeans. 

Spirit Shirt Orders- due October 5. No late orders can be accepted. 

Fall Break- No School. October 6 & 9

Home & School Meeting- Tuesday, October 10 at 6:30. 

Dreams Come True Dress Down- Wednesday, October 11. Students may wear any shirt with jeans for a $2.00 donation. (see SES handbook for complete dress down day guidelines)  All proceeds will go to the Dreams Come True. 

1st Nine Weeks ends- Thursday, October 12

Last Day to test for AR- Thursday, October 12. 

Snack sale- October 13.  All items are $1.00.

3rd Grade Parent Breakfast- Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00 am

1st Nine Weeks Report Cards- issued October 18

Spirit Dress Down-  Wednesday, October 18.  Students may wear a spirit shirt and jeans.  Please see the SES Handbook for complete dress down day guidelines. 

4-H Dues- $5.00 are due October 20.  all members can send dues to the office in a labeled envelope.