Weekly Notes December 11, 2017

Bethany Robicheaux, the Director of the REACH program will be on campus all day on January 9 to meet with parents who have questions about having their child attend this program next year.  If your child struggles in school, has existing accommodations, and/or you have spoken with me about your concerns please try to arrange your schedule so you can speak with her that day. We also need to have a real number of students whose parents who are interested in order to see if it will be at St. Elizabeth next year. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Two students received their awards today for winning the Conservation Poster Contest. They are Hayden Thibodeaux, second place and Austin Paine third place. They received a certificate and a cash prize. Congratulations boys!

Last week we talked about the process of identifying students who may have specific learning disabilities.  I mentioned that teachers must conduct a series of interventions called RTI; Response to Intervention. This is required by law. All schools must undergo this process I order to determine the needs of a struggling student.There are three tiers in RTI. The teacher works through each tier identifying and recording the intervention that worked/did not work; made the child’s learning better or showed no progress at all. These interventions are not done in isolation; the entire class participates as they are designed to enhance any child’s learning. The difference is that the child who has been struggling will be seen to make progress from that intervention where no progress was seen before. This process takes almost a year so you may guess that it is beneficial to start at the beginning of a school year. At the end of the process, if it is seen that the interventions have not helped, the child is referred for formal testing to the Pupil Support Team at Assumption Parish. However, it is important to note that a student must be almost two years behind where they should be for their grade level in order to be formal diagnosed. It is a lengthy and sometimes confusing process.

(Next week we will talk about accommodations.)

Thank you for sending me so many fantastic pictures of the snow! I posted them all in the St. Elizabeth School Facebook page. I have been told it has not snowed like that since the 1940’s. It was so good to see the faces of the children (and adults too!) who reveled in the snow.

Yesterday the students started staying inside the old gym during recess and After-Care. The Waste Station in the yard has not been working properly and we are in the process of having it repaired.  In fact, two new pumps must be installed, hopefully by the end of this week. So, everyone will remain away from that area until the situation is corrected.

The cafeteria improvements continue. The new wall is up and the sheet rock installed. The lights have been delivered and the flooring scheduled to be installed. We will also have a trench installed in the area right outside the cafeteria door area that will alleviate the water that tends to accumulate there when it rains. It will drain the water away. We are having a painting party this Saturday starting at 9:00 am. Can’t make it at 9:00? You are welcome anytime for however long you can stay. Lunch will be served!

Have a fantastic week!

 

Scrip Orders- will be ordered December 11 & 18.  After Christmas, we will resume the bi-weekly orders. 

Boys Basketball Practice- Wednesday, December 13- 6th grade 4:15- -6:00; 7th grade 6:00-7:30.  Thursday, December 14- 6th grade- 4:15-6:00.

Boys Basketball-  Monday, December 11- 5th grade at 7:15 at St. Aloysius.  Wednesday, December 13- 5th grade  at 7:15 at St. Jean Vianney.   Friday, December 15- 6th grade at St. Louis King of France at 5:45.  7th grade at St. Louis King of France vs. St. Francis at 6:30.

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. 

Dress Down to Make a Difference- Thursday, December 14.  Students who make a $2 minimum donation will be allowed to dress in any shirt with jeans or uniform bottom and any shoes.  Money collected will be donated to the St. Elizabeth Food Pantry to purchase food for those in need during the Christmas Season. 

Christmas Memorials Mass- Friday, December 15, 2017 at 7:40am

2nd Nine weeks Exams- December 19-21.  December 19- Social Studies & English, December 20- Math & Religion, December 21- Science & Reading. 

No Aftercare- Thursday, December 21 & Friday, December 22.  

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. 

No Bus Transportation- Friday, December 22.  There will be no bus transportation in the morning or afternoon. 

Christmas Nativity- Friday, December 22 following 7:40am Mass. 

Class Christmas Plays and Parties- Friday, December 22. 

Christmas Holidays- December 25-January 5.  Students return January 8.