Weekly Notes September 17, 2018

September 17, 2018

“and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.”

General Information:

  • Changes in transportation should only be in case of an emergency. Changes should be made no later than 12:30 p.m. A student should be picked up no later than 1:45 p.m. to avoid the general confusion at the end of the day.

  • Please do not drop off students by the administrative building in the morning if you are on time for car line. If you must go to the office before school, go through car line, drop your child off and go to the office.

  • World’s finest chocolate is being sent home today.

  • REMIND: everyone must sign up to receive our REMIND messages. Even if you signed up last year, you must do so again.

  • ACT Aspire testing will be conducted throughout this week for grades 3-8. Please be sure they are well rested and have a proper breakfast.

  • We welcome Ms. “D” as our After-Care Director. Please take a minute to introduce yourself and chat when you pick up your child.

 Have a great week!

Spirit Shirts- order forms were sent home last week. Orders are due October 3.

World’s Finest Chocolate- was sent home today if this is your fundraiser. Please read the letter sent home with candy for information about the sale and prizes for the top seller.

Cross Country Meet- Wednesday, September 19 at Vandebilt Catholic. Runners are asked to arrive for 4:30.

2nd Grade Parent Breakfast- Tuesday, September 18 at 7:00 am

Spirit Dress Down- Wednesday, September 19.  Students may wear a SES Spirit shirt with jeans or school bottoms.  School shoes must be worn.  Please see the SES Handbook for all dress down day guidelines.

Snack sale- Friday, September 21. All items are $1.

Scrip Orders- Monday, September 24

Individual Picture Retakes and Cross Country Pictures- Tuesday, September 25- If you would like your child to take retakes, you must send the picture package previously ordered back to school. Also, All cross country runners must bring their uniform to school for pictures.

Snack Sale- Friday, September 28

Home & School Meeting- Tuesday, October 2 at 6:30 pm

Cross Country Meet- Wednesday, October 3 at Houma Christian. Runners are asked to arrive for 4:30.

1st Nine Weeks Exams- Wednesday, October 3-Friday,October 5

Fall Break- Monday, October 8-Tuesday, October 9

4-H Dress Down- Wednesday, October 10

Weekly Notes September 10, 2018

“And receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.”

 

Please keep in your prayers and thoughts today all the people who perished from the act of terrorism on 9/11/2001. Remember the first responders and ordinary citizens who gave of themselves on that day. Our students stopped at 8:46 a.m. to pray.

There will not be bus service tomorrow (Wednesday) after school. After-Care is always there for parents who need it.

Students in grades 3-8 will be taking their ACT Aspire fall test next week. Please be sure they get plenty of rest and eat breakfast every morning. Teachers have been asked not to give other tests or to give a lot of homework.

The Vitality meeting is tonight, 6:00 p.m. at LA MEX. What is this committee? It is the group of people who plan events and activities to help energize SES. This group helps get the word out that SES is a fantastic place and has a lot to offer. We always welcome new members. Please join us.

Please put your child’s name on the Spirit Shirt order form before returning it to school.

The book fair continues throughout this week in the school library. Family day is Wednesday from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Letting your child pick a book that they want is such a great way to help instill a love of reading in your child. The profits of the fair go towards purchasing new books for the library. If you can’t make it with your child on Wednesday, have your child come to school with their money in an envelope and their teachers will take them.

Progress reports will be sent home this Wednesday, 11/12. Please check to see if you are being asked to make an appointment with your child’s teacher(s). As always, feel free to communicate with the teacher about your child’s progress.

Please join me on Wednesday evening 9/12 at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria for a conversation. There is no limit on the topics we will chat about. Your input helps the school grow. You are always welcome to bring dinner or a snack if you have not been home. Come and chat!!

Movie Night…

Saturday, 9/15 at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Center. Dinner, popcorn and snacks will be served. Bring your pillows, blankets and lawn chairs. The cost is one non-perishable food item to help stock our food pantry. Come out and enjoy the show!

This is the “maiden voyage” of our school-wide email system. If you speak to anyone who has not received this email, please ask them to call the school and be sure we have their email. You will be receiving more emails so please remember to check.

2017-18 Yearbooks- Extra copies are available to purchase until September 14.  The cost is $35.00. 

Scrip Orders- Monday, September 10 and Monday, September 24

Fall Book Fair- September 10-14.

Book Fair Schedule: Monday, September 10- K, 1st grade, 3rd grade, 8th grade; Tuesday, September 11- PK3, 5th grade, 7th grade.  Wednesday, September 12- PK4, 2nd grade, 4th grade, 6th grade. Family night- Wednesday, September 12.  Thursday, September 13- All classes (Make-up Day)

Room Mother Meeting- Tuesday, September 11 at 6:30 pm in the SES Cafeteria

Progress Reports issued- Wednesday, September 12.

No Afternoon Buses- There will be no afternoon bus transportation on Wednesday, September 12.  Buses will run in the morning and aftercare will be available for those who need it.  this will be a full day of school for SES. 

Cross Country Meet- Thursday, September 13 at Peltier Park

Snack Sale- Friday, September 14.  All items are $1

2nd Grade Parent Breakfast- Tuesday, September 18 at 7:00 am

Spirit Dress Down- Wednesday, September 19.  Students may wear a SES Spirit shirt with jeans or school bottoms.  School shoes must be worn.  Please see the SES Handbook for all dress down day guidelines.

Snack sale- Friday, September 21

Weekly Notes September 5, 2018

“Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

 In case you are not aware… All Catholic schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge follow Diocesan guidelines. And according to the Diocesan guidelines, SES follows the directive of the Civil Parish when making decisions as to whether or not school is closed. I wait for notification from Assumption Schools and follow their lead.

***What is the STOPit app? This app can be downloaded from the App Store or Goggle Play. STOPit is an online reporting tool designed to deter and mitigate bullying, cyber abuse, and other inappropriate behaviors, consisting of an app and a back-end incident management system for school administrators. It is completely anonymous. It is a great way for your child to report incidents without having to worry that a peer will find out. It also enables the principal to message with that student, without ever knowing who he/she is. This service is being provided free of charge by the diocese for our students. Check your child’s folder tomorrow for a letter with more information. Call or email if you have any questions. Please consider using this wonderful tool.

The Book Fair is next week!! The students are always so excited to go and find a book. Please be sure that your child’s money is in an envelope as we cannot be responsible if something might happen to it. Family night is Wednesday evening.

I will hold a “chat with the principal” on Wednesday, 9/12 at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Last year we had approximately 10 parents/guardians come. It would be great to see more. If you need to being dinner than do so. It is a time for us to talk about anything you wish. I hope to see you there!

Have a fantastic week!

 

2017-18 Yearbooks- were sent home last week.  Extra copies are available to purchase.  The cost is $35.00

Sodality Induction- Friday, September 7

Mission Collection- Friday, September 7 

Scrip Orders- Monday, September 10 and Monday, September 24

Fall Book Fair- September 10-14

Room Mother Meeting- Tuesday, September 11 at 6:30 pm in the SES Cafeteria

Progress Reports issued- Wednesday, September 12

No Afternoon Buses- There will be no afternoon bus transportation on Wednesday, September 12.  Buses will run in the morning and aftercare will be available for those who need it.  this will be a full day of school for SES. 

Snack Sale- Friday, September 14.  All items are $1

2nd Grade Parent Breakfast- Tuesday, September 18 at 7:00 am

Spirit Dress Down- Wednesday, September 19.  Students may wear a SES Spirit shirt with jeans or school bottoms.  School shoes must be worn.  Please see the SES Handbook for all dress down day guidelines.

Weekly Notes August 27, 2018

“One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.”

Please be sure to check out the SES Facebook page to see all the great things that are happening! Pass it around to as many people as you wish. It is a great way to let people know what a great school we have.

Did you know SES is on the Diocesan Catholic Schools website? The Advocate did a fantastic article on our Soldarity group last year. You can find the article at csobr.org

***On September 12 we will not have afternoon bus service. Assumption Parish is having a half day in-service for their teachers. We are sorry for whatever inconvenience this may cause.

It is stated in the parent-student handbook that if your child is sent home from school with a fever you must wait a full twenty-four (24) hours before he/she may return to school. For your child’s health and those around them in school, please follow this request.

If you have not yet signed up for Remind it is important to do so. The school sends short but important message to parents via this app.

Option C should be up and running. If you are having any difficulties please call the office and speak with Ms. Melissa.

We will begin utilizing email as a form of communication for longer messages. Thanks to Ms. Melissa, we now have the means to send an email to everyone in a certain class. Therefore, it is important for you to check your email on a regular basis.

Have a fantastic week!

 

2017-18 Yearbooks- were sent home last week.  Extra copies are available to purchase.  The cost is $35.00

Scrip Orders- Monday, August 27

Home & School Meeting- Tuesday, August 28 at 6:30 pm in the Cafeteria

Spirit Dress Down Day- Wednesday, August 29

Cross Country Practice will be Wednesday at 6:00 at the AHS stadium. Anyone is welcome to join (4th - 8th grade). It’s not too late.  Please bring your form filled out & your child’s last year’s jersey if it does not fit. There will be extra forms at practice, if you don’t have one. 

Snack Sale- Friday, August 31.  All items are $1

No School- Monday, September 3

Sodality Induction- Friday, September 7

Mission Collection- Friday, September 7 

Fall Book Fair- September 10-14

Room Mother Meeting- Tuesday, September 11 at 6:30 pm in the SES Cafeteria

Progress Reports issued- Wednesday, September 12

No Afternoon Buses- There will be no afternoon bus transportation on Wednesday, September 12.  Buses will run in the morning and aftercare will be available for those who need it.  this will be a full day of school for SES. 

Snack Sale- Friday, September 14.  All items are $1

2nd Grade Parent Breakfast- Tuesday, September 18 at 7:00 am

Weekly Notes August 20, 2018

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

 We are working with Option C to enable you to log on to the site. The company changed its privacy policy and Ms. Melissa does not have the same administrative capabilities as she once had. She is in the process of manually inputting all of your email addresses in order for you to be able to change your password and log on. Therefore, it is imperative for you to contact her if you should change your email address. We will let you know as soon as the problem has been fixed. Thank you for your patience.

When we use Remind to send out messages we only have 144 characters to use. That is why sometimes the messages almost seem like they are in code! And sometimes, certain messages only pertain to certain grades. So, we are putting together class email lists. This will allow us to send more detailed messages, tailored to those who need to receive them. We will still use remind but for shorter, school-wise messages. So please remember to check your email.

Please be sure to return the student/parent handbook form as well as all the other paperwork that was sent home at the start of school.

If you would like to complete an application for free/reduced lunch please go to www.myschoolapps.com Please note that if you participated in this program in the past, you must go on the site and complete the paperwork for this year. It does not carry over.

We are in the process of testing students to determine their AR level. Remember that AR will no longer be counted as a grade. The program was never designed for that but rather to have your child read for 20 minutes every night and have them learn to like to read.

There are times when the day we have mass may change. Please be alert to Remind and/or email. It is important for your child to be in proper uniform on Mass days.

Have a fantastic week!

 

Accelerated Reader- Students may begin testing for AR on Monday, August 20. 

5th Grade Parent Breakfast- Tuesday, August 21 at 7:00 am in the Cafeteria

Snack Sale- Friday, August 24.  All items are $1. 

Home & School Meeting- Tuesday, august 28 at 6:30 pm in the Cafeteria

Spirit Dress Down Day- Wednesday, August 29

Snack Sale- Friday, August 31.  All items are $1

Scrip Orders- Monday, August 27

No School- Monday, September 3

Sodality Induction- Friday, September 7

Room Mother Meeting- Tuesday, September 11 at 6:30 pm in the SES Cafeteria

Progress Reports issued- Wednesday, September 12

Weekly Notes August 13, 2018

Welcome Back!!

It was so good to see all of your children last week! Everyone was excited to be back and we are off to a fantastic start. We are looking forward to a great year.

Parents with children in grades PreK 3-5 are invited to attend the start of the year Open House. We hope to see you tomorrow night, (Tuesday) 8/14, 7:00 p.m. in the Community Center. We will meet together and then you will have time with your child’s teachers. Please remember that this is purely a meet and greet.

The revised parent-student handbook is now posted on the school website. Please take the time to read the handbook as it has information you should know. Note that this is the contract between St. Elizabeth School and you stating that you and your child will abide by the school’s policies. Please sign and return the paper indicating that you have read the handbook by August 17th.

Also posted in the website under the parent and student resources section is the school’s Technology curriculum. It explains why the standards are important, the standards themselves and what will be taught in each grade. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Sister Alphonse or myself.

Please remember to sign up for REMIND. It is the automated system we use for quick messages. Information concerning how to register was sent home last week.

There will not be Mass this Friday. Instead we will attend Mass on Wednesday which is a Holy Day of Obligation. Please send your child in the proper attire for mass.

The results of last year’s ACT Aspire testing will be sent home with your child on Wednesday. I will include as best an explanation as possible as to how to interpret the papers you receive.

Children in grades 1-8 will be given a school planner tomorrow. They are to have this planner every day. Teachers will have them write their homework, test schedules, etc. in the planner. Please note that if a child does not follow the teacher’s instructions the child will not have their homework written down. This will not take the place of OptionC but will take the place of homework sheets from the teacher.

Students will again have a conduct card. It will be a new color every month. Please sign the card every Thursday. However, the expectation is that you will look at it every day.

I am looking forward to seeing at tomorrow night at Open House!!

 

Scrip Orders- will resume on August 13 and will be taken every other week. Orders are due into the office before 9:00 am on Monday morning and will be sent home with students on Thursdays.   If you have any questions please contact the office. 

Open House- Grades PK3-5th grade- Tuesday, August 14 at 7:00 pm

Snack Sale- Friday, August 17.  All items are $1

Beginning of School Paperwork- Please sign and return all paperwork sent home at the beginning of school by Friday, August 17.

Accelerated Reader- Students may begin testing for AR on Monday, August 20. 

5th Grade Parent Breakfast- Tuesday, August 21 at 7:00 am in the Cafeteria

Snack Sale- Friday, August 24.  All items are $1. 

Home & School Meeting- Tuesday, august 28 at 6:30 pm in the Cafeteria

Spirit Dress Down Day- Wednesday, August 29

Snack Sale- Friday, August 31.  All items are $1

No School- Monday, September 3

 

Weekly Notes May 21, 2018

The school will attend an end of the year mass on Wednesday morning starting at 7:40 a.m. All are invited to attend. Students may wear regular uniforms. Immediately following mass, we will proceed to the Community Center for the Awards Program. Parents are free to take their child home after the program.

Please remember that buses will run Tuesday morning but leave at 10:45 a.m. Exams will be completed by that time. Your child does not have to leave at that time but you would then be responsible for picking him/her up upon dismissal at 2:05 p.m. There is no after-care.

On Wednesday, buses will run only in the morning. There is no bus service for dismissal. Students who stay the entire day are to be picked up at 2:05 p.m. The cafeteria will be open. There is no after-care.

There is no bus service Thursday and Friday. Students will not be marked absent if they do not attend school. Both of these days are regular, full days. The cafeteria will be open. There is no after-care.

The 8th grade closing ceremony begins at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday night in the church. All are invited to attend to celebrate these wonderful students.

The doors to the main school building have been repaired. Broken glass has been replaced. The doors now open and close much easier and lock securely.

Registration is still open for our Cubs Camp this summer. If you would to register or find out more information, please contact the office. It will be nice to have students on campus during the summer.

As we travel through this last week of school, I would like to take this opportunity to thank every one of you for entrusting us with your child not only academically, physically and especially spiritually. It is a joy to work with them from the youngest to the oldest. You make great sacrifices to send your child to St. Elizabeth. Thank you for making that choice.

I wish you a most enjoyable summer. It has been my pleasure to serve as principal this year and look forward to seeing you again in August. During the time off, if you have questions or concerns please do hesitate to email me or come in.

Let us end as we begin:

God of Wisdom, we thank you for all the gifts you have given us throughout this school year. We praise you for giving us life, for saving us in Christ, and for choosing us to be your people. As welcome to the end of this school year, we voice our gratitude for the good things you have done in us, and we praise you for all who have shared in the work of this school. We ask you to bless them in your love and give them refreshment and peace. We praise you, God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

 

5th-7th grade Exams- May 18- Social Studies and English, May 21- Math and Religion,  and May 22- Science and Reading. 

1st grade -7th grade awards- Wednesday, May 23 

No Bus Service- May 24 or 25

SES Swap Shop- June 23 and July 28 from 10:00-1:00 in the SES Cafeteria.  You may begin sending uniforms to school. Please label if you would like to receive credit for them.  

Weekly Notes May 14, 2018

Almost there! Hang on…just another few days.

This what I have been hearing from almost everyone. And as I come to the end of my 38th year in education, I can honestly say it has always been this way. It’s the stress of finishing projects, the pressure of exams, for some the anticipation of moving on to another school or grade or that it’s just time.

For teachers, it’s all of that plus completing paperwork, paperwork and more paperwork. Cleaning out and packing up their classroom. And knowing that they should look ahead to next year but not yet wanting to!

This year for me, it is realizing that time has flown and I am almost through my first year. I haven’t been able to look back and reflect yet but will when the campus grows quiet.

For parents, it’s helping their children get through these last few days; to stay strong and keep working hard.

So…

Almost there! Hang on…just another few days.

If your child is planning on attending St. Elizabeth again next year and you have not yet registered him/her please do so at your earliest convenience. It is important that we try to have as accurate a number as possible for next year.

Thank you again for your amazing generosity and thoughtfulness last week. I can honestly say that I have never experienced such an outstanding Teacher Appreciation Week! Everyday there were flowers, gifts, food and other tokens of appreciation. THANK YOU!!

Mass on Friday will begin at 7:40 am, our usual time. You have received letters from your child’s teachers about ceremonies and where everything will take place. This is such an exciting time for our youngest students.

Hopefully you have noticed the beautiful additions to our campus. Flowers are everywhere and the prayer garden looks wonderful. A special thank you goes to Ms. Patrice for the flowers that decorate the pots in front of the school. Thank you to Mr. David for the flowers that welcome us as we enter the administrative building and throughout the campus.

I have had a few questions about our school uniform for next year. The uniform will remain the same. When you receive your summer packet, you will read that some of the specifications concerning jackets, long sleeve shirts, and other items will be a bit more “relaxed”.  The middle school will have a choice of shoes. The particulars will be outlined.

The library roof is finished. If you were on campus last week, thank you for your patience. One day both gates were locked, another day only one, etc. I commended the students for following directions. They were wonderful.

Have a terrific week!

 

Summer Scrip Schedule- Last Scrip Order for 2017-18 school year- May 21.  Orders will be taken on the following Mondays during the summer: June 25 and July 30.  Orders must be placed on Monday before 9:00 am and can be picked up by noon on Thursday.  Regular Scrip schedule will resume on August 6.  

This is the last week to turn in clean basketball uniforms (jersey & shorts) and clean volleyball jerseys to the Office. Anyone not submitted this week will be charged to replace them.
 

8th Grade Exams- May 14- Social Studies and English, May 15- Math and Religion, May 16- Science and Reading

8th Grade Field Trip- Thursday, May 17

8th Grade Awards Luncheon- Friday, May 18 at 11:30am

5th-7th grade Exams- May 18- Social Studies and English, May 21- Math and Religion,  and May 22- Science and Reading. 

PreK3, PK and K Closing- Friday, May 18

8th Grade Closing- Tuesday, May, 22 at 7:00 pm

1st grade -7th grade awards- Wednesday, May 23 at 8:00 am

No Bus Service- May 24 or 25

SES Swap Shop- June 23 and July 28 from 10:00-1:00 in the SES Cafeteria.  You may begin sending uniforms to school. Please label if you would like to receive credit for them.  

Weekly Notes May 7, 2108

After Care update:

**The last day of After Care is May 18th.

***You may pay your last After Care in-voice on the last day (5/18) with Ms. Vicky when you come to pick up your child if this is more convenient for you.

****PK 3, PK 4 and Kindergarten parents: If your child is the oldest in these grades, you may pay your last After Care in-voice on the day of their programs. Or you may pay on the last day of After Care.

All other payments are due by May 23rd.

The faculty and I have been looking over graduation, awards ceremonies and everything else that happens at the end of school. There are a few things that may be different but there is one that I think deserves mentioning; honor roll awards. This year honor roll certificates will be awarded based on a students’ end of the year grade point average. A student must have achieved the honor roll all year to receive a certificate. The certificate will have the grade point average listed and type of honor he/she achieved. Note: Next year, certificates will be given out every nine and weeks to those who achieve honors.

A reminder that the last day of school is scheduled for May 25th. Please note that of a student is absent on either May 24th or 25th, it will not be counted towards their official attendance. Grades 1-7 will have their awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 23rd. Parents are welcomed to take have their child(ren) leave with them after the ceremony. There is no bus service that afternoon.

I think this is worth repeating from last week:

Please note that on 5/22, the last day of exams, the afternoon bus will leave SES at 10:45 am. Exams will be finished by that time. If you do not wish your child to leave that early, you must provide transportation for him/her at dismissal. On 5/23 there will be a bus in the morning but not after school. There will be NO bus service on 5/24 & 5/25. I apologize for whatever inconvenience this may cause.

The AR “field trip” is this Wednesday. Students will play games in the morning, including a bouncy house with Pizza for lunch. They will watch a movie on a big screen after lunch in the comfort of the Community Center air conditioned “Theater”, popcorn included. Congratulations to everyone who achieved their goal!

As the heat seems to have come upon us, we will be asking students to remove their heavy sweatshirts and lighter weight jackets. Please be sure they have the correct uniform shirts underneath. The classrooms do have the air conditioning on but it is not cool enough to warrant a sweatshirt.

Have a fantastic week!

 

AR Field Trip- Wednesday, May 9 for those who qualify

Sodality Induction- Friday, May 11 

Snack sale- Friday, May 11.  all items are $1

8th Grade Exams- May 14- Social Studies and English, May 15- Math and Religion, May 16- Science and Reading

8th Grade Field Trip- Thursday, May 17

8th Grade Award Luncheon- Friday, May 18 at 11:30am

5th-7th grade Exams- May 18- Social Studies and English, May 21- Math and Religion,  and May 22- Science and Reading. 

PreK3, PK and K Closing- Friday, May 18

8th Grade Closing- Tuesday, May, 22 at 7:00 pm

1st grade -7th grade awards- Wednesday, May 23 at 8:00 am

SES Swap Shop- June 23 and July 28 from 10:00-1:00 in the SES Cafeteria.  You may begin sending uniforms to school. Please label if you would like to receive credit for them.