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PANTHER PICAYUNE Happy New Year from St. Paul’s

FEBRUARY 9, 2018 


In This Issue

News from the Head of School Lower School News

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3rd Grade Studies The Earliest Americans  3

Middle School News


5th Grade Creates Edible Cells 4 7th Grade Presents “The Cajun Night Before Christmas”  5 8th Grade Delves into Other Cultures 7

Middle School Science 6th Grade: Earth Science 7th Grade: Physical Science 8th Grade: Life Science

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Little Saints News 10 St. Paul’s Hosts International Visitors 11

Young Musicians Celebrate with Sounds of the Season 12 PAWS to Work 13 Men’s Club 13 Alumni Chapel 16 Annual Fund 23 Parents Association Fundraisers 24

News from the Head of School “St. Paul’s has really changed since I went to school here, but I am so happy to see so many teachers that I still know!” This was said recently by a St. Paul’s alumnus from the class of 2005, who is now in his first year of residency at Children’s Hospital. He had come back to St. Paul’s for the Alumni Chapel right before our Christmas holidays. As Mrs. Waldmann toured him around the school, he marveled at the new lower school building and the gardens. We look forward to our alumni returning to St. Paul’s. Whether they graduated from St. Paul’s or they attended a few years, they are all our alumni, and we love to hear what they are doing and where they have been. And we like to take a little credit in all of their successes! Our alumni are very important to us. They come back because St. Paul’s touched their lives in a positive and memorable way. We know that all of our former students have helped shape us into the school we are today, so they have a lasting impact on our school. Recent graduates often remark on how well they were prepared academically for high school and say things like: “Algebra was easy after I had it at St. Paul’s.” And, “We used the same book in sophomore biology that I used in 8th grade, so I knew it!” Earlier alumni remark on our traditions: “Thanksgiving Feast was a wonderful time for the school to be together.” And, “I loved singing my favorite songs in chapel.” Our long-term teachers help us to maintain the traditions and continuity of excellence in education of which we are so proud. When alumni return to us, they feel they are returning home because they are remembered by so many of our staff. They are happy to know we still say the finger prayer and that we still have panther pals. Alumni can often recite the name of every panther pal they had at St. Paul’s. But alumni are also happy to see improvements and changes. “Thank goodness the black and green floor tiles in parish hall are gone.” And, “The technology and studio lab are incredible!” Of course the most remarkable compliment to our school is given when they send their children to St. Paul’s! To all of our present students and parents, my wish is that when you become alumni, you remember to visit us and stay part of our St. Paul’s community. To all our students, parents, and faculty, I often say, “Once you are a panther, you are always a panther!” Remember, St. Paul’s will always be your home and you are always welcome home. Charleen Schwank

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Lower School News 3rd Grade Studies The Earliest Americans Third grade recently completed our social studies unit on The Earliest Americans. We did many hands-on activities to further our understanding of the Native Americans’ way of life. Students learned of many different tribes and the distinctions that separated them from one another. One project the students completed was designing and creating their own False Faces. We learned how the Iroquois tribe made these False Faces in hopes of scaring away the diseases brought to their people by the Europeans. We also studied the Navajo tribe, focusing on their distinct rugs. We learned about the extensive process that goes into the making of each rug. Each student then created their own rug, focusing on the particular details of the Navajo. The students thoroughly enjoyed bringing this unit to life through these projects!

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Middle School News 5th Grade Creates Edible Cells 5th grade recently completed their unit on plant and animal cells. We studied the different organelles in plant and animal cells as well as their function. As a culminating project, each student designed their own edible cell to share with the class. Each food part had to represent a different cell organelle. We had many sweet, delicious cells. We even had a few pizzas. After everyone presented their cells, we had a chance to sample our projects. Who knew cells could be so tasty!

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7th Grade Presents “The Cajun Night Before Christmas” The 7th grade assembly, “The Cajun Night Before Christmas,” was a memorable journey to the bayous of south Louisiana. The assembly, which is a much-anticipated annual production, started off with a Cajun rendition of “Zydeco Christmas” with members of the studio band (Maggie Willoz, Petra Plaia, John-Michael Bourgeois and Roma McAlear) performing with our own Zydeco singers. Then, our St. Paul’s Cajunnette dancers performed a dance routine they choreographed to the tune “Jingle Bell Rock.” A piano solo of “Snowflake Rag” by Roma McAlear, a cello performance of “Last Christmas” by Kelci Lewis, a trio of Bella Carbo, Emy Chopin, and Kelci Lewis singing “Let It Snow,” and a guitar performance of “Jingle Bell Rock” by Maggie Willoz accompanied by Isobel Ramsay on the tambourine added to the spirited atmosphere of the season. Holiday jokes by Karson Rhodes and Alexis Akers entertained the audience. Thanks to Harriss Thorne for the needed drum beats. Then, the moment all were waiting for: a reading of the “Cajun Night Before Christmas” by Maw Maw Boudreaux (Stephen Haydel) and Paw Paw Boudreaux (Bella Carbo). Santa (Petra Plaia) made his grand entrance pulled by a sleigh of eight reingators and threw candy to the audience. Our 7th graders wished everyone a Merry Christmas as the assembly ended and sang “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” with their Panther Pals.

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8th Grade Delves into Other Cultures In order to prepare for this spring’s social studies unit on the Vietnam War and language arts unit on Song of the Buffalo Boy, a novel set in post-war Vietnam, the eighth graders, along with Ms. del Corral and Mrs. Olivier, set off on an adventure in the Schwank mobile. First, we visited a Vietnamese community garden in the Village De L’Est subdivision of New Orleans East, where the students were shown the many vegetables that are grown for local restaurants such as Mopho and Maypop, as well as many of the local Farmers’ Markets. The garden is a cooperative garden with about six older Vietnamese men and women, many of whom only speak Vietnamese, growing the food. There are a handful of other workers who deal with the business end of supply and demand. Our tour guides at the garden were Khai and Jennifer, who gave us a brief history of the garden and Vietnamese immigration to help us understand why New Orleans has such a thriving Vietnamese community. After visiting the garden, Khai and Jennifer brought us to the home of Mrs. Tu Lee, who runs a commercial tofu making business from her garage. She demonstrated the entire production process before giving us a taste test of three of her own tofu blends: plain, lemongrass and garlic, and Thai chili. The tofu and homemade dipping sauces were incredible - so fresh and flavorful! Our final stop on the field trip was to Dong Phuong Restaurant and Bakery P a n t h e r P i c a y u n e | I s s u e 2 Vo l . 1 1 

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where we all enjoyed an authentic Vietnamese lunch and purchased some freshly baked goodies for the road. This was truly a fun learning experience! In Ms. del Corral’s social studies class, 8th graders learn about British Imperialism, its role in India, and also Gandhi’s methods of civil disobedience. The British Empire went to great lengths to protect its trade routes to India - with tea, spices, and salt being high commodities. The 8th graders created a map to show what they learned about the British Empire. At the end of the unit, Mr. Parks and Ms. del Corral accompanied the class to Taj Mahal restaurant on Metairie Road. What better way to appreciate the highly prized spices and flavors of India than to sample the cuisine!

Middle School Science 6th Grade: Earth Science Local geologist Scott Wainwright visited the Earth science classes in December, bringing his extensive collection of over 100 rocks and minerals with him. During the discussion with Mr. Wainwright, students learned about mineral hardness and rock classification. Our 6th graders ROCK!

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7th Grade: Physical Science During the study of elements, 7th grade Physical Science students created visuals to represent various elements of the periodic table. The elements were used to display in the science lab. The visuals made it easier to study and describe the elements. Visuals were presented to the class with emphasis on the uses of that element. 7th graders also created a video titled, “The Atom’s Family,” using the theme song from the well-known television show “The Addams Family.” Students used their creativity to come up with props and movements to the catchy tune.

Click to watch “The Atom’s Family” video

8th Grade: Life Science As 8th graders studied cell division, each student created a poster using twizzlers and gummy bears depicting the cell division cycle including interphase, mitosis, and cytokinesis. Mitosis and eating candy makes learning fun! Life Science students also have been studying genetics and heredity, exploring how traits are passed from parents to offspring. The culmination of the unit study was creating a family of “paper pets.” First, each student created their own paper pet by choosing its characteristics, including color, gender, eye color, nose shape, and teeth shape. Next, Mr. Carrier paired each student so that each had a mate for their pet. The groups were then to determine the characteristics of six offspring. Creativity and science work so well together.

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Little Saints News Little Saints Are Big Garden Helpers Our Little Saints two-year old class LOVES being garden helpers! Every morning in our classroom Ms. Rachel calls our Little Saints garden helpers to the back door to tend to our garden needs. They begin by first selecting a watering can and then lining up to fill their cans with water. After watering our three garden beds, they return their cans and then begin assessing their crops. They love to discuss with one another if their plants have grown or if they are still “little bitty.� Our three garden beds contain tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and lettuce. The excitement over the gardens continues to grow, just as our plants continue to grow! The Little Saints have patiently awaited harvesting their crops. Before the holiday break, we began the process by harvesting our broccoli. Everyone had the opportunity to feel it and then taste it! We will now harvest our cauliflower and tomatoes. The class will also vote on their favorite vegetable after tasting everything. We are so proud of our Little Saints! They have worked so hard as our big garden helpers!

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St. Paul’s Hosts International Visitors On October 31, St. Paul’s welcomed five international visitors from China, Cambodia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand. Our overseas embassies selected these emerging international leaders to travel to the United States, meet with their professional counterparts, and gain a deeper understanding of the U.S. and its citizens. Students met in small groups and were able to ask them questions about their lives back home. St. Paul’s students were thrilled to learn about Asia through the lives of these wonderful English language teachers. Lower School students presented each visitor with “welcome” cards and enjoyed singing our “Peace” song to them. Students were able to learn first-hand about different Asian cultures, and the international visitors developed a better understanding of the lives and values of school children in the U.S. We thank the New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council and the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program for providing us with this enriching experience. Thank you to our wonderful parents, Laura Akers, Lisa Plaia, Tracie Tervalon, Ami Falterman, and former parent Aimee Liu for showing our visitors around campus and providing them with refreshments. Shannon del Corral did a terrific job preparing Middle School students with interview questions.

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Young Musicians Celebrate with Sounds of the Season The St. Paul’s Choir and Studio Band had a spectacular holiday season! These talented musicians kicked off a busy season of holiday performances by starting a brand new tradition. For the first time, the Studio Band and Choir played for the entire faculty and student body at the Annual Christmas Tree Assembly in O’Ferrall Hall. Tunes like Chuck Berry’s “Run Run Rudolph,” John Lennon’s “The War is Over,” and a rocking version of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” rang throughout the halls and highlighted our very talented musicians. The first public performance for the band and choir was hosted right here at St. Paul’s Church for Lakeview’s annual Holidays on Harrison. Performing in front of a standing room only crowd was indeed a memory of a lifetime for these young musicians. Although the weather was stormy, the band and choir still hit the road and sounded amazing at Celebration in the Oaks in City Park. In addition to various chapel performances, the choir and handbell ensemble also brought music and joy to various venues across the city. Hotel Monteleone, The Shops at Canal Place, and Windsor Court Hotel were locations these musicians toured in the city. It has been a spectacular year so far for our music program, and we are looking forward to the Spring Jazz Jam in May.

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PAWS to Work Mrs. Smoczynski, Mrs. Gutierrez, and Mrs. del Corral have been putting their paws to work on Friday mornings! The students in their groups created many wonderful products that were featured at the Holidays on Harrison Marketplace. St. Paul’s hosted the event this year. Mrs. S’s students created ceramic fish ornaments using a variety of textures on both sides of the clay. Each ornament was glazed using a dipping technique for a beautiful color block effect. Mrs. Gutierrez’s group used Pauly’s recipes (and a good bit of math) to produce an assortment of spice blends and rubs from Pauly’s Pantry product line: St. Joseph Blend, Garlic & Herb Blend, Herbs de Province, and the Santa Fe Spice Rub. Ms. del Corral’s students were busy bees, developing an assortment of holiday scented soaps, sugar scrubs, and pouches and microwavable heating pads featuring Pauly’s signature scent – Proud. These items are part of The Pampered Panther product line.

Men’s Club I wanted to start by saying, “THANK YOU” to all that supported the 10th Annual St. Paul’s Episcopal Men’s Club Golf Tournament, especially our major sponsors, TKTMJ, Safari Car Wash, and Jason and Nicole Villemarette. The tournament was a huge success, and I would like to recognize Mike Swiatkiewicz for his leadership and willingness to chair the golf tournament for a second straight year. Additionally, I would like to thank other golf tournament committee members, Jude Carbo, Chuck Brannon, Jared Hotard, and Chad Folse for their dedication and time. A special thanks to Jenni Perkins, and Karol Tassin for making the golf tournament reach its full potential through promotion and their countless hours in preparing for the tournament. Once again, our St. Paul’s staff and several parents worked hard during the golf tournament to make sure it ran smoothly. We want to also give a thank you to Larry Palestine for his vision and presenting the idea of the golf tournament 10 years ago. We could not have enjoyed the great feast throughout the day without our food and beverage sponsors. The largest fundraiser for the Men’s Club continues to provide our students with the funding necessary to continue to be the best 21st century learners. This year’s golf tournament raised nearly $20,000. Thank you to all who participated in the tournament! P a n t h e r P i c a y u n e | I s s u e 2 Vo l . 1 1 

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Rock ‘N’ Bowl was a fun event for many of our St. Paul’s families, especially after the weather we just experienced. It is always fun seeing the students get together with their friends and compete. I saw several strikes and plenty of dancing! I would also like to thank the men who helped give up time on their Saturdays to help with the fencing project: Chuck Brannon, Rick Gernhauser, Eric Bock, Jim Clary, Chad Folse, and Michael Palasch. It was a job well done, gentleman! Upcoming Men’s Club Event: Outdoor Movie Night on Saturday, April 21 (details to come) In appreciation, Chris Chopin 2017-2018 Men’s Club President

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Alumni Chapel The Alumni Chapel welcomed many alumni of all ages to share chapel with the students of St. Paul’s. It was such a treat to learn what the former Panthers are doing since they left the halls of St. Paul’s. Guest speakers for the chapel were Hunter Wainwright, Class of 2014, who is a senior this year at De La Salle, and Pat Hemenway, former Admissions Director at St. Paul’s, now retired, who manages a St. Paul’s alumni Facebook group. We enjoyed hearing their stories and share in the love they feel for St. Paul’s!

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Annual Fund Each year, we count on loyal parents, alumni, and friends like you to make a meaningful gift that expresses the value you place on the educational experience offered at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. Your gift to the annual fund campaign enhances every aspect of a student’s education at St. Paul’s by

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Encouraging Leadership Embracing Spirituality Sparking Creativity Exploring Possibilities

We hear it from our alumni: how these building blocks of a St. Paul’s experience prepare students for success in higher education and beyond. We see it in our students: the impact of a nurturing environment and the sense of connectedness that is not offered in a larger school setting. The small class sizes, talented faculty, innovative curricula, cutting-edge technology, and inspiring arts and athletics programs make our school community special and make our students St. Paul’s Strong for life. No matter the size, every gift makes a difference. Every gift makes us stronger. Give online today:

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Parents Association Fundraisers • Purchase gift cards for shopping or giving as gifts from your favorite retailers through St. Paul’s SCRIP program. • You get the full value of the card you purchase while each card earns rebates for St. Paul’s. • Orders can be placed in the SCRIP drop box at Ms. Micki’s desk.

• Orders submitted by noon Friday are available for pick up the next Friday.

• Need a SCRIP card sooner? E-Cards (paper) are available within 24 hours of ordering. (See order form for list of E-Cards.) • Want to go GREEN? SCRIP card Reloads are also available. (See order form for list of Reload cards.) • CONTACT:

St. Paul’s Episcopal School is on Amazon Smile!

Log into, choose St. Paul’s Episcopal School as your charity of choice. You must be on the Amazon Smile website for the purchase to qualify for a donation. You can still use your regular Amazon account, and Amazon Prime. With every eligible purchase made on Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate 0.05% of the total sale to St. Paul’s! This is a great way to give a little more to your school, while shopping as you already do, with no additional charge!

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