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.  

Weekly Notes April 30, 2018

LEAP testing has begun and will continue throughout this week. This test is given to any SES student who receives any form of scholarship; both public or privately funded. Parents, please be sure your student has a proper breakfast either at home or in school and gets enough rest. Teachers have been asked to be conscience of the amount of homework given this week. Sometime tomorrow, on OptionC, you will see the expectation(s) for classwork/tests this week. This becomes a balancing act for our teachers as not all students take this assessment. Thank you for your patience.

Tomorrow is May 1 and the end-of-school is speeding towards us. As you know, in order to make-up the days for our inclement weather, two days were added onto the end of the year. Attendance will be taken on those days but not put on a child’s record. Remember that nothing in regards to the original calendar such as exams, awards, etc. has changed. 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 or they may attend After-Care. 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.

We have been diligently working on updating the emergency evacuation plan for the school. I have met with members of the local fire department and soon the sheriff’s office to try to ensure we have every planned for every type of emergency. The plan will be completed by the start of the upcoming school year. Staff will be given professional development on the procedures. We will begin practicing with the students soon after school begins. Practicing evacuations can be emotional. It is not our intention to frighten students but rather to make them aware of the importance of practicing and following rules. You will of course be notified when this will begin.

Friday is May Crowning. We will start with the procession from school followed by mass with the crowning after Fr. Matthew’s homily. All students will present flowers to Mary. This is such a beautiful ceremony. I hope you are able to attend.

The last day that students may test in AR to attend the field trip is 5/4. The last day they may test for their grade is 5/17. Remember that when a student has completed reading a book, they must take the corresponding AR test. Students may test before school in the morning, during recess, during library or whenever their teacher sees there is time. All teachers have at least 2 computers in their classrooms to help with this. Your child must tell the teacher he/she is ready to take the test.

A word about field trips. I would love to have our students go as many places as we could schedule. Sadly, we have lost the bus we were using from Ascension parish. Due to the cost and organization of insurance we must use charter buses. And I am sorry to say that due to constraints on our own budget, that is not very feasible. I am still investigating whether or not parents are allowed to transport students but that is truly frowned upon. In no way are students prohibited from taking field trips. The issue is transportation.

An action alert link has been created to direct you exclusively to the Senate Finance Committee pertaining to funding for Required Services and the School Lunch Salary Supplement Programs.  It is important to contact the Senate Finance Committee to let them know howimoprtant HB1 is to the schools in the Diocese of Baton Rouge.  It is important they continue to hear from us as they continue to deliberate. Please use this link  FULL FUNDING FOR NON PUBLIC SCHOOLS-YES HB1 to encourage the committee to vote in favor of HB1. 

I hope you have a fantastic week!

 

Volleyball Games- Monday, April 30- Home vs. St. John-8th grade night- 4th/5th grade at 5:45; 6th/7th at 6:30 and 8th grade at 7:30. 

Raising Canes Night- Join us at Raising Cane's of Thibodaux between 4PM - 8PM on Tuesday May 1st and mention Saint Elizabeth for 15% of your sale to be donated to our school. Invite your friends and family, enjoy some chicken fingers, and help raise money for our wonderful school.

Spirit Dress Down- Wednesday, May 2.  Students may wear a spirit shirt with jeans or school bottoms, and school shoes. 

May Crowning- Friday, May 4 at 7:40 am.  Students may bring flowers to present to Mary.

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

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.  

Weekly Notes April 23, 2018

All of our prayers worked asking that we have good weather for the fair! One minute it was raining, the next it stopped and the next we saw a blue sky. The day turned out beautifully. People came and enjoyed themselves. The kids had a blast playing the games, jumping around in the old gym and squirting silly straw at each other. I experienced some of my first real “Louisiana” food that I had not yet tried. All of it was delicious. The auction was amazing. If you volunteered to help in any way, big or small, on behalf of Fr. Matthew, the faculty/staff and the students of SES, I thank you for your support. No way could this be done without you!

Act Aspire testing is over and we now wait patiently until July when the results come in. I look forward to seeing the growth of our students for this year.

As I mentioned previously, the gates have been repaired. I need to ask that they remained closed at all times. Please do not ask a student to let you in. They have been told not to open the gate for anyone. We are not trying to teach them mistrust, but instead to understand that the gates are there to keep them safe. If they open it for you, they may forget and open it for anyone. Thank you!

As you know, I met with parents one morning and again one evening. Our discussions were extremely beneficial. Ironically the discussions were some of the same that I have been having with the faculty in regards to the handbook and policies. As a result, you will receive a letter in your end-of the year mailing, concerning school informs. It is not a change of uniform but instead let’s say, a “loosening up/relaxing” of a few things.I am happy to say that next year we are able to extend the Chromebook program to include both seventh and eighth grades. We are able to do this because of the funding we receive from certain government programs. The teachers were able to ask for items for their classrooms that they need. This is how you know that your emails and letters to our government officials are heard when we ask you to send them!!

I hope you have a terrific week!

 

Volleyball Games- Tuesday, April 24- at St. Thomas More- 4th/5th grade at 5:45; 6th/7th grade at 6:30; 8th grade at 7:30.  Wednesday, April 25 at St. Jean Vianney- 4th/5th grade at 5:45; 6th/7th grade at 6:30, 8th grade at 7:30. Friday, April 27- Home vs. Catholic of Pointe Coupee- 6th/7th grade at 6:30. Monday, April 30-Home vs. St. John (8th grade night)- 4th/5th grade at 5:45; 6th/7th grade at 6:30; 8th grade at 7:30. 

Progress Reports Issued- Wednesday, April 25

Spirit Dress Down- Wednesday, April 25.  Students may wear spirit shirts with jeans or school bottoms and school shoes. 

Field Day- Friday, April 27

Spirit Dress Down- Wednesday, May 2. 

May Crowning- Friday, May 4

8th Grade Exams- May 14-16

8th Grade Field Trip- Thursday, May 17

5th-7th grade Exams- May 18, 21 and 22

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