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

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.