Weekly Notes April 16, 2018

I was honored to travel to Notre Dame University this past weekend to learn more about what we call the ACE program; Alliance for Catholic Education. This program is run by Notre Dame and focuses on gathering young people who are interested in teaching in Catholic schools. With the help of schools like SES, they mold these individuals into becoming fantastic teachers who are centered in their faith and want to be part of the mission of Catholic education. They spend two years teaching at a Catholic school and at the same time grow, become part of the community and a school faculty and strengthen their faith. We have been very happy to have Ms. Audrey with us for the past two years. She has brought an energy and the newest, innovational ways to teach that our students have enjoyed and benefited from. I am sad to say that she will be leaving at the end of this school year. However, I met our new ACE teacher for next year who is absolutely excited to become part of SES. This program brings these young people into Catholic schools all over the United States. We are happy to be part of it.

There is an evening with the principal tomorrow, Tuesday, 4/17 at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria. The meeting is open to all parents/guardians, all grades. If you wish to come please RSVP to me at kherpich@sescubs.com Feel free to bring food/drink if you can’t get home before the meeting.

The ACT Aspire assessments began today and will continue through Thursday. Please continue to encourage your child to give it their all.

If you have not yet done so, please go to the school website, www.sescubs.com and complete the survey marked parents. This is for our accreditation and very important. The link will soon expire.

Some of you have been asking when the first day of school will be for next year. Students will be expected to report back to school on Wednesday, August 8th.

If you have not yet registered your child for the next school year, please do so at your earliest convenience. The school office is open from 7:00 am-2:30 pm.

SES would like to congratulate Mrs. Jamie Lewis for being nominated to receives this year’s Mother Seton Award. This award is given to the person nominated by parents for their work in volunteering. SES is blessed to have Ms. Jamie. Her work as president of the HSA is outstanding. She also does much more for the school outside of that role than many people know. She will be honored for her excellent work at a luncheon on Tuesday, 4/24 with her family, friends and members of the faculty. Congratulations!!

Sometimes when one is “absent” from school for even one day it is interesting to see how students react when they see you again. In my experiences at the High School level they are so busy that they really don’t notice if the principal is not there (lol!). I was late today because the plane did not land until 11:30 pm last night. When I went out to lunch recess today, so many students said welcome back and the younger ones all gave me a hug. What a fantastic way to return!!

Please remember that all parents/guardians/visitors must report to the main office before entering school grounds. While the gates have been repaired, students are still getting back into the routine of closing gates. If it should be open, please report to the office.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

 

 

AHS Summer Volleyball Clinic- June 4-7.  Please see attached the Summer Volleyball Clinic form to sign up.  Students entering 1st-8th grades next school year are eligible to attend.  Please contact the office if you need a registration form.  Summer Volleyball Registration Form

ACT Aspire Test- April 16-20

Volleyball Games- Monday, April 16- Home vs. Ascension Catholic- 4th/5th grade at 5:45; 6th/7th grade at 6:30; 8th grade at 7:30. Wednesday, April 18- Home vs. St. Theresa- 4th/5th grade at 5:45; 6th/7th grade at 6:30; 8th grade at 7:30.

6th grade Parent Breakfast- Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00 am

Snack Sale- Friday, April 20.  All items are $1

SES Fair- Sunday, April 22.  Fair work schedules were sent home today.  Please check them to see when your scheduled shift is. Please contact the office if you have any questions. 

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

Weekly Notes April 9, 2018

April 9, 2018

Happy Easter! I hope you all enjoyed your holiday break. Talking with some of your children this morning, I know you went places and did interesting, fun things. I drove to Georgia to visit my sister and her family. I seemed to have dodged some of the cold weather until this past weekend. But I think (hope?) Spring will stay with us now.

PLEASE…go to the school website, www.sescubs.com and complete the survey marked parents. This is for our accreditation and very important.

If you have not signed up to work the fair please do so this week. If you received an in-voice for not working the Color Run you can call Ms. Patricia and schedule to work at the fair to make this up. We should have the schedule on the website by mid-next week. This way you can confirm when you should work.

Update on school renovations:

  • The roof on the old gym is almost complete. It has been power washed and coated with a sealant which will prevent leaking. We will have a 10-year warranty on this work. The next step is to work on the inside. Our plan is to build a Primary School Center which will house PreK-3, PreK-4, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade.
  • Work will soon begin on the Library roof. We will follow the same process as the old gym repair and have the same guarantee. There has been a leak for some time and a hole was found in the roof. This is the last remaining original structure on campus so we want to preserve this building.
  • Lights have been installed on the overhangs that connect the buildings; one by the library, two where the overhang connects the main building to the cafeteria. It has been very dark in the morning…some of our staff arrive very early and it will help when we have meetings in the cafeteria.
  • You may have noticed that the gate to the main school building has been broken. It took some time, but we found a company to repair it that will give us a warranty. I am hopeful that they will be here this week to do their work.

The Strategic Planning Committee has been working on all these projects. They are putting together a plan that will outline the renovations and building that needs to be done as well as keeping our technology up-to-date in the upcoming years. Our goal is to have St. Elizabeth remain a source of excellent Catholic education for those who attend for many, many years to come. To this date, all the work described above and the cafeteria renovation has been paid for by the school. Moving forward, we will need to conduct a Capital Campaign to raise funds which will include the construction of the Primary Grade Center. The Strategic Planning Committee is working on a time-frame for this.

Stay tuned for details about a summer program for any student who is interested in attending. I believe there was one here a while ago and my intent is to see it return. I am working on the details and should have that ready very soon. So, if you are looking for a place for your children during the summer you have to look no further than SES.

Next week, 4/17-20, students in grades 3-8 will be taking the ACT Aspire end of the year assessment. This assessment will give us data about how your child performed in school for this year. It is important that your child comes to school rested and ready to test. Be sure they eat breakfast, either at home or at school. The results from this assessment will help us plan for next year.

I will have an evening with the principal next Tuesday, 4/17 at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria. The meeting is open to all parents, all grades. I would like to limit the number to 20 in order for us to be able to have a conversation that we can all take part in together. If you wish to come please RSVP to me at kherpich@sescubs.com Feel free to bring food/drink if you can’t get home before the meeting.

If you have changed your email address since you last registered, please send it to Ms. Melissa so we are up-to-date.

Have a fantastic week!

 

Volleyball Games- Tuesday, April 10 at St. George- 4th/5th at 5:45; 6th/7th at 6:30; 8th at 7:30.  Thursday, April 12 at St. Aloysius- 4th/5th at 5:45; 6th/7th at 6:30; 8th at 7:30.  Saturday, April 14 at Our Lady of Mercy- 6th/7th grade at 10:45.  Monday, April 16-Home vs. Ascension Catholic- 4th/5th at 5:45; 6th/7th at 6:30; 8th at 7:30. 

Home & School Meeting- Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 pm

Yearbook Orders- due Friday, April 13

Snack Sale- Friday, April 13.  All items are $1. 

ACT Aspire Test- April 16-20

6th grade Parent Breakfast- Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00 am

SES Fair- Sunday, April 22

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

Weekly Notes March 26, 2018

April and May are full of testing. These are tests that show the academic growth of your child. There is no studying for these tests; the key was to have done well throughout the year.

We just completed the ACT Aspire Interim IV test which a practice test for the end-of-the-year ACT Aspire. The ACT Aspire will be given from 4/16-20. This test is important as it tells us how well your child has done since the start of the school year. When we get the results, we will know what he/she might need to work on next year that they didn’t quite understand this year.

During the week of 4/30-5/4, the students who receive any of the three scholarships will take the LEAP test. I believe there have been a few rumors going around about this test. There is no passing or failing this test. Again, it shows what students have learned. No one will lose their scholarship. We only ask that students do their best just as they would on any test.

The 8th and 5th grade will test the ACRE test this Wednesday and Thursday, 4/11-12. This assessment will show their growth in the area of Religion. These results are important to us as our students move from year to year in their religious formation.

I do not have the exact total of our Pennies for Patents drive. What I do know is that your generosity overwhelms me. Everyday, more and more “pennies” were donated. I will have the total in the next Weekly Notes.

Lent is almost over. I hope you will take some time to reflect on these last 40 days and 40 nights. As we move into the Easter Triduum we rejoiced on Palm Sunday when Jesus was welcomed victoriously amidst waving palms but then too quickly our emotions changed as he was turned over to the Chief Priests to be executed. How quickly the mood changes. We walk with Jesus as he lives his last hours and then as he is scourged and dies on the cross. And Easter Sunday…his glorious resurrection! So many emotions, so much to understand.

I hope you are able to spend time in prayer during these next few days. And perhaps don’t let your Lenten promises go adrift just because Lent is over. Keep these going, make new ones, keep being thankful for everything we have.

On behalf of Fr. Matthew and the staff, I wish you a most blessed Easter!

 

Boys Basketball- Players return cleaned uniforms to the office by Thursday.

PK Parent Breakfast- Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00 am

Volleyball- Wednesday, March 28-home- 8th grade vs. Redemptorist/St. Gerard at 6:30

Living Way of the Cross- Thursday, March 29 at 8:00 am in St. Elizabeth Church

Easter Holidays- March 30-April 6.  Students return April 9. 

Home & School Meeting- Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 pm

Yearbook Orders- due Friday, April 13

ACT Aspire Test- April 16-20

SES Fair- Sunday, April 22

Weekly Notes March 19, 2018

In 3 days we raised $1,467.97 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with our Pennies for Patients fundraiser. This is the breakdown of the coinage we counted Friday:

            Quarters – 1,373.00

            Dimes – 2,662

            Nickels – 3,307

            Pennies – 10,817

We had may “paper” donations in 1’s, 5’s, 10’, and 20’s. This amount was raised in only 3 days! We will continue collecting this week. Thank you for your support!!!

Thank you to all those who have registered for next school year. It helps have an accurate count for our enrollment. I will be making phone calls this week to speak to those who have not. I look forward to speaking with you.

We are so proud of our Science Olympiad students. They went to Nicholls State to compete for the very first time. We sent students in our 5th, 6th and 7th grades who competed against students in grades 5-9. Many of our Cubs took the top 3 places and placed 5th out of 14th in the overall competition. The team qualified to go to State! For their first time and not knowing what to expect, they did a fantastic job. Thank you to the parents who served as coaches; Brandon Deshotel, Danielle Blanchard, Erin Hebert, Sid Pujol, Lloyd Giroir, Leroy Blanchard, Mitch Blanchard and Bobby Guillot.

Our Pee Wee basketball night was so much fun! Everyone played hard and showed excellent sportsmanship. Thank you to Ms. Missy for organizing this event, Ms. Lisa for running the concessions and the parents who help make this night a success.

Students in grades 3-8 will be taking the practice ACT Aspire assessments this week. This is a practice rest to help prepare them for the ACT Aspire Summative test which will be given the week of 4/16. We will talk more about that test in days ahead.

“If I do not that something is wrong, I cannot try to fix it.” You’ll hear that many times from me. If you have a concern, issue or anything you question, please call or email me. I am happy to listen and do the best I can to remedy the situation.

Have a great week!

 

Fair Sign up- Fair sign-up sheets will be in the office from 7:00 am-2:35 pm from Monday, March 19-Friday, March 23.  Please stop by to sign up for your fair shift. 

ACT Aspire Practice Test- Students in grades 3-8 will be taking the ACT Aspire practice test 3/19-3/22.

Pictures- Class, Club and Volleyball pictures will be taken on Tuesday, March 20.  All volleyball players must bring their uniform to school for pictures.

Volleyball Games- Tuesday, March 20-8th grade at Holy Family at 6:30.  Friday, March 23-Home vs. Most Blessed Sacrament- 5th at 5:45, 7th at 6:30 & 8th at 7:30. 

Spring Book Fair- March 19-23  

Monday, March 19th              1st grade, 3rd grade, and 5th grade

Tuesday, March 20th              2nd grade, 6th grade, and 7th grade. Family night will be Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March, 21st           Kindergarten, PreK-4, and 4th grade

Thursday, March, 22nd          PreK- 3, 8th grade, and 7th grade

Friday, March, 23rd will be make up day for all grades

Report Cards Issued- Wednesday, March 21.

Pennies for Patients- The pennies for patients drive will end on March 23.  Please continue the good work and fill up those boxes!

PK Parent Breakfast- Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00 am

Living Way of the Cross- March 29 at 8:00 am in St. Elizabeth Church

Easter Holidays- March 30-April 6.  Students return April 9. 

Home & School Meeting- Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 pm

Yearbook orders- due Friday, April 13

ACT Aspire Test- April 16-20

SES Fair- Sunday, April 22

SES Spring Book Fair Schedule

Everyone’s Invited to Our Scholastic Book Fair!

SPRING BOOK FAIR

Date: March 19, 2018 – March 23, 2018

SES will be holding the Spring Book fair from Monday, March 19 through Friday, March 23.  Regular library classes will not be able to be held in the library during the week of the book fair.  Students will be called to the book fair beginning around 8:00 a.m. on their assigned day.

The schedule is as follows:

Monday, March 19th              1st grade, 3rd grade, and 5th grade

Tuesday, March 20th              2nd grade, 6th grade, and 7th grade

Wednesday, March, 21st           Kindergarten, PreK-4, and 4th grade

Thursday, March, 22nd          PreK- 3, 8th grade, and 7th grade

Friday, March, 23rd will be make up day for all grades

Family night will be Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

 

Weekly Notes March 12, 2018

We had a productive Coffee with the Principal this morning. A total of eight parents came. We talked about everything from uniform to conduct cards, after-care to Option C, sports to exams and things in between. It was an open and frank conversation. I was asked if there was anything I would ask of parents and my response was for all of you to remember that I cannot fix something if I do not know about it. All it takes is an email or phone call and I will do my best to look into whatever your concern is. The “fix” may require some time or may be just a miscommunication or an adjustment. It may be something that needs to be discussed after I investigate. Keeping the issue to yourself and talking about it to other parents does not help; instead it fuels the fire. If you had a lack of response in the past, I can only apologize. and let you know that I do respond and try to take care of all issues. Our next get together will be announced.

 

I had the pleasure of attending a two-day retreat with the Diocese of Baton Rouge principals this past Thursday and Friday. It was held at St. Joseph’s Seminary. If you have never been there, try to visit sometime. The church and grounds are absolutely beautiful. It was a wonderful two days.

 

We are so proud of our science club students who will be participating in the Science Olympiad this coming Saturday. Thanks to some of our fathers, this event has become a reality. The students are looking forward to going to the competition and seeing what it’s all about.

 

The sign-up sheet for working the fair will be at the Pee Wee basketball games this Friday (3/16). The sheets will also be available in the main office all during the week of 3/19-23.

 

Students in grades 3-8 will be taking the ACT Aspire practice test next week (3/19-3/22). There is nothing to study or prepare for at home. It is a practice test on what they have learned this year. Please be sure your child has a good breakfast those mornings and has enough sleep the night before. This will help prepare them for when we take the ACT Aspire test in April.

 

I am hoping you have noticed the work being done on the old gym roof. It is being cleaned of all the grime and dirt and will be sealed to prevent leaking. Plans are underway to determine what this structure will become. If you haven’t stopped in to see the cafeteria renovation please do. The drainage that was put in in the area as you enter has alleviated the water that would accumulate when it rained.

 

Enjoy your week!

 

 

3rd nine weeks exams- March 13- Science & Reading, March 14- Math & Religion,  March 15- English & Social Studies

Last day to test for AR- March 15

Fair Shift Sign-up- begins at Pee Wee Basketball on Friday, March 16 at 5:30 and continues through the week of March 19

Pee Wee Basketball Tournament- March 16 at 5:30pm

Pictures- Class, Club and Volleyball pictures will be taken on Tuesday, March 20.  All volleyball players must bring their uniform to school for pictures.

Volleyball Games- Tuesday, March 20-8th grade at Holy Family at 6:30.  Friday, March 23-Home vs. Most Blessed Sacrament- 5th at 5:45, 7th at 6:30 & 8th at 7:30. 

Spring Book Fair- March 19-23

Report Cards Issued- Wednesday, March 21.

PK Parent Breakfast- Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00 am

Living Way of the Cross- March 29

Easter Holidays- March 30-April 6.  Students return April 9. 

Weekly Notes March 5, 2018

What a fantastic weekend! The Color Run was a lot of fun. It was my first time going to one and I enjoyed it. The students had fun with the color and just being kids. The fishing tournament was a big success as well. We had 30 boats which was above projection! People were already talking about next year and volunteering to be sponsors. Thank you to everyone who supported these events.

It is hard to believe that exams are already next week, March 13-15.  It is especially important for students to get enough rest and either eat a good breakfast at home or school on those mornings. It will help them with the focus they need.

I would like to invite you to spend some time with me in the cafeteria on March 12, Monday morning around 7:45 am, after car line. You bring your coffee, or if like me, tea and I’ll bring donuts or some other goodies. I will limit this gathering to 20 parents so that we can all chat comfortably for about an hour. This is your time to talk about the school, how your year is going, your wishes. It is not a “soapbox” time but more of a time to talk of general things. Any grade is welcome. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to me at kherpich@sescubs.com  You must tell us that you are coming. In the case of more people than spaces, I will gladly schedule another morning.

Tomorrow starts our Pennies for Patients drive to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The saying “every penny counts” is so true for these brave children, men and women who battle cancer. Send your pennies and other loose change you may have around the house, in your car or even what you might find on the ground. 😊 And of course, dollar bills and higher are always accepted.

Remember that communication with your child’s teachers and the school is so important. If we do not there is a problem, big or small, then we cannot fix it. We want to work as partners with you in educating your child. I welcome any comments you may have either in person, phone or email.

Have a great week!

1st grade Parent Breakfast- Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00 

Spirit Dress Down Day- Wednesday March 7.  Students may wear a spirit shirt with jeans or school shorts/skirts.  Please see the SES Handbook for dress down day guidelines.

3rd nine weeks exams- March 13-15

Last day to test for AR- March 15

Pee Wee Basketball Tournament- March 16 at 5:30pm

Pictures- Class, Club and Volleyball pictures will be taken on Tuesday, March 20.  All volleyball players must bring their uniform to school for pictures.

Spring Book Fair- March 19-23

Report Cards Issued- Wednesday, March 21.

PK Parent Breakfast- Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00 am

Living Way of the Cross- March 29

Easter Holidays- March 30-April 6.  Students return April 9. 

Weekly Notes February 26, 2018

I would like to invite you to spend some time with me in the cafeteria on March 12, Monday morning around 7:45 am, after car line. You bring your coffee, or if like me, tea and I’ll bring donuts or some other goodies. I will limit this gathering to 20 parents so that we can all chat comfortably for about an hour. This is your time to talk about the school, how your year is going, your wishes. It is not a “soapbox” time but more of a time to talk of general things. Any grade is welcome. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to me at kherpich@sescubs.com  You must tell us that you are coming. In the case of more people than spaces, I will gladly schedule another morning.

Next week starts our Pennies for Patients drive to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The saying “every penny counts” is so true for these brave children, men and women who battle cancer. Send your pennies and other loose change you may have around the house, in your car or even what you might find on the ground. 😊 And of course, dollar bills and higher are always accepted.

Last week at our two Open Houses, we had ten new families visit the campus. It was nice to see such interest in the school. If you know anyone who is “shopping around” for a school, steer them this way!

I hope your Lenten journey is going well. I have struggled a few times but picked myself up and kept going. I have enjoyed attending Adoration on Monday with mass and the Divine Mercy Novena. I also make every attempt to attend Adoration on Thursday evening too. (All at St. Jules) It is such a wonderful, quiet time to sit before the Lord.

And don’t forget that on Thursday nights from 6:00-7:00 pm there is adoration for families. Bring your children. Noise is OK.

I hope you have a marvelous week.

 

SES Basketball- Tuesday, February 27 at OLOM- 6th grade at 5:45, 7th grade at 6:30.  Thursday, March 1 at St. Aloysius-6th grade at 5:45, 7th grade at 6:30.  

2018-19 Registration- February 26-March 2 for new and current families. 

SES Fishing Tournament and Color Run- Saturday, March 3. 

1st grade Parent Breakfast- Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00 

Spirit Dress Down Day- Wednesday March 7.  Students may wear a spirit shirt with jeans or school shorts/skirts.  Please see the SES Handbook for dress down day guidelines.

3rd nine weeks exams- March 13-15

Last day to test for AR- March 15

Pee Wee Basketball Tournament- March 16 at 5:30pm

Pictures- Class, Club and Volleyball pictures will be taken on Tuesday, March 20.  All volleyball players must bring their uniform to school for pictures.

Spring Book Fair- March 19-23

Report Cards Issued- Wednesday, March 21.

Weekly Notes February 19, 2018

This Friday we will stay after mass to begin our Lenten observance of the Stations of the Cross. Your students may have come home and told you that Silence for Jesus during lunch started in the cafeteria this week. There is no snack sale during this time as well. These are ways that students can participate in sacrificing something for Lent. It is our hope that as they grow into adults it will become something they always include in their lives.

All 8th grade parents:

I have been informed by Assumption Parish Schools that if your child is planning on attending Assumption High School next year, they will be given a placement test at the start of the school year. Hopefully this will help in your plans for next year.

This year due to lack of participation, the Pee Wee basketball games will be held in the evening. They will start at 5:30 pm. I apologize for the late notice but this did not become a necessity until we reached the end of the registration period.

Any parent who is interested in their child participating in the Blessed Margaret Castello REACH Program next year, should go to the Diocese of Baton Rouge Catholic Schools Office website and complete an application. This should be completed as soon as possible. Please remember that there are two parts to this program. One is the full-time program where students who match the criteria will remain with the teacher all day. The other is a lab-type setting where a student will be in the classroom for no more than an hour a day, or select days to work on the skill that he/she needs to be successful. Each requires an additional tuition amount. Please be encouraged that SES is actively seeking donors to help with these costs. I am extremely optimistic that we will be able to help.

Registration packets will be sent home soon. Please read everything carefully, including the fundraising section, as some things may be different. Our Open House is tomorrow night at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria and Friday after mass in the Community Center. If you know anyone who might be interested in attending SES give them a shout out reminder to attend.

Hopefully you have taken notice that the old gym roof is being power washed and cleaned. It will then be sealed and become like a new roof. This is the first phase of this renovation project. We are very excited. If you haven’t stopped in the cafeteria lately, please come and see the renovation.

Progress reports will go home today. There will also be possible failure notices attached. If your child receives one please contact the teacher immediately for an appointment. As we begin to head into the last 9 1/2 weeks of school it is crucial these issues are addressed.

Have a fantastic week!

 

 

SES Basketball- Tuesday, February 20 at Holy Family- 6th grade at 5:45, 7th grade at 6:30.  Tuesday, February 27 at Our Lady of Mercy- 6th grade at 5:45; 7th grade at 6:30.

Progress Reports- issued Wednesday, February 21. 

Spirit Dress Down- Wednesday, February 21.  Students may wear a school spirit shirt with jeans or school uniform pants/skirts and school shoes.  Please refer to SES handbook for dress down day guidelines. 

Recruitment Open House- Thursday, February 22 at 6:00 pm in the SES Cafeteria or Friday, February 23 at 9:00 am in the Community Center.  Please send any names and addresses of parents of children who are interested in enrolling in SES for the 2018-19 school year. 

2018-19 Registration- February 26-March 2 for new and current families. 

SES Fishing Tournament and Color Run- Saturday, March 3. 

1st grade Parent Breakfast- Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00 am

3rd nine weeks exams- March 13-15

Last day to test for AR- March 15

Pee Wee Basketball Tournament- March 16