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NOVEMBER 14, 2018  In This Issue News from the Head of School 8th Grade Reflections on the North Carolina Trip Lower School News Kindergarten If The Dinosaurs Came Back 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade Middle School News 5th Grade Eat as the Romans Do Middle School Science Science Olympiad 7th Grade Duke TIP Scholars 8th grade at Brown Foundation The Volleyball Season That Will Never Be Forgotten Little Saints News Annual Fund Endowment Fund - Funding the Future Parents Association Fundraisers 2018 Holiday Performance Schedule

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News from the Head of School “Once a Panther, Always a Panther!” Our Panther alumni are very important to us. They are an important part of who we are, where we’ve been and how we will get to where we want to go. They remind us of the long lasting, far-reaching impact that a St. Paul’s education can have. Some alumni have even sent their children to St. Paul’s, and we have many who have entered that 2nd generation of panthers. They also support us in financial ways and through the skills that they have learned and share with us. Some serve as Trustees or in other advisory roles. In the last few weeks, our Panther Alumni have been in the forefront of school life. Recently, the Class of 1993 celebrated their 25th St. Paul’s class reunion. They toured the main building and the church where there were still some familiar aspects, reminiscing about their second grade class room and their fifth grade classroom and how they missed the old green and black tile squares of the floor in O’Ferrall Hall. They were amazed at Hemenway Hall, the Lower School building and the Dunn building. They loved seeing the garden and the turf. None of these things were here 25 years ago. They talked about what they loved about St. Paul’s and were so happy to know we were still celebrating the Thanksgiving Feast and still had Panther Pals. One alumna even told us that she still kept in touch with one of her old Panther Pals. I loved seeing them and having taught them in second grade, I had some wonderful memories of them as children. Now among their professions are a nurse, a teacher and a city planner. For more recent alums, for the second year, we have asked a panel of St. Paul’s alums who are still in high school to return for a Parents Association meeting. An alumni panel of 5 answered questions about high school and St. Paul’s. Panel participants were Josh Gutierrez – sophomore, Ben Franklin, Ben Myers – freshman, Ben Franklin, Vincent Granito - junior, Jesuit, Kaylee Carracci and Ellie Courtney - sophomores, St. Martin’s. The students did an excellent job speaking about the strengths of St. Paul’s academics in preparing them for their high schools. They gave advice to the parents on choosing the right high school for their children. They spoke from the heart and told us how some of their best friends now, were friends from their St. Paul’s days. Our alums play an important role in the life of our school. They are important as ambassadors, spreading the word that a St. Paul’s education is one that will serve you well in your high school experience and in life. They grow our reputation for intelligent, creative, successful graduates. We are so proud of our Panthers, then and now! Charleen Schwank

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8th Grade Reflections on the North Carolina Trip Isobel Ramsay 8th Grade Class President The week after Fall Break, the 8th grade class took a trip to North Carolina. We set off at the crack of dawn on Sunday, October 7th. We arrived at Camp Kahdalea in the town of Brevard late that night and slept in the outdoor gym. The next day, we woke up, ate breakfast, and headed to the high ropes course. A couple of us were a little afraid while we were up there, but our classmates encouraged us and we all completed it! After that, we moved on to the rock wall. We were all tired after a physically and mentally challenging day. Tuesday morning, we woke up early. We packed our 30 pound hiking backpacks, drove to the mountainside, and started our hike. It was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. Also, it was pouring rain while we were hiking. After a couple hours, we set up camp. It got dark very early. We had jambalaya and cup of hot chocolate and went to bed because we were all tired from that long day. That night, a bear came and snatched our food! That had never happened before with any class EVER! Fortunately, he left us alone! On Wednesday, we hiked back down the mountain after getting very little sleep. Once we got back to camp, we had showers and a hot meal. Thursday, we took a hike to Morse Cove and Looking Glass Falls. We splashed around in the water there. We had a cookout by the Davidson River, and then Mr. Dave treated us

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to ice cream at a famous ice cream stand in Brevard. We slept under the stars and even saw a couple of shooting stars! Thursday was very rainy again; we did a few day hikes around camp. We woke up early Friday morning and packed the things we needed for white water rafting. Then we went rafting on the Nantahala River! The water was freezing, but the experience was fun and unforgettable. The bus back to New Orleans left early Saturday morning. On the long trip home, we reminisced on all the memories we made in that short week. The North Carolina experience was truly unforgettable and will stay in our minds and hearts forever.

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Lower School News Kindergarten If The Dinosaurs Came Back Kindergarten enjoyed our dinosaur unit this quarter. We learned about fossils and made saltdough dinosaur fossils in the kitchen. We read the book If the Dinosaurs Came Back and had fun thinking about what it would be like if we lived among the dinosaurs today! One student said, “If the dinosaurs came back, they would help me reach the muffin mix from the cabinet!� The biggest highlight of our unit was dressing up as paleontologists and digging for dinosaurs that we then graphed.

1st Grade The first grade got along swimmingly on their first field trip. We had a wonderful time at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas this October. On the trip we had great teams, such as the Big Barracudas and the Super Seastars. The teams went on a scavenger hunt to find some of the many creatures we studied in our Under the Sea science unit. Earlier in September we learned about sharks, whales, octopus, starfish, seahorses, and many other kinds of sea life. We also learned about the different ocean layers and what creatures could be found living in each layer. Back in the classroom, using our traced hands we created our own crayon-resist first grade aquarium. It is outside our classrooms. Come by and take a look.

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2nd Grade Second grade began the school year learning all about dinosaurs! To wrap up the unit they hosted a Dinosaur Fair for their parents, lower school, and panther pals. Second graders were in charge of running their math games such as Box of Bones, where participants had to guess the number of correct bones in the box and Number Please, Stego, where students had to place the correct pattern on the stegosaurus’ back! They were even in charge of our class store! At every cave, participants could earn tickets to be redeemed for dinosaur prizes. It was a fun filled day for all!

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3rd Grade Third grade was privileged to present the first class assembly this year. They are studying the fifty capitals as one of their curriculum challenges for the first half of the year. Each student chose one of the fifty states and made a poster size shape of their state. Each poster had a picture of the state’s tree, flower, flag, mammal, bird, and slogan on one side. On the other side were the actual states’ name, capital, rivers, cities, and lakes. After sharing those facts with the audience, the student audience got to guess which state was being showcased. Then of course the third grader would flip the poster over to reveal the state. Many of the students knew the states from the clues or from the simple costumes some of the students wore as added clues. The third graders did a lot of work and had a great time. Third grade has had a great time exploring our unit, The Wetlands. We have been studying the many different kinds of wetlands, the characteristics of each, and their importance. Don’t have time to visit a wetland? No problem! Just walk down our hallway and you will enter our mangrove swamp scene. You will see many of the different plants and animals that call the wetlands home without having to travel. Third grade is also very excited to take a field trip to the Jean Lafitte Wetlands in November..

St. Paul’s third grade students, along with students from St. Michael’s School and guests from the Lakeview Shepherd Center, recently got together for breakfast and an art workshop. The group created beautiful Christmas tree ornaments that will be donated to the NO AIDS Task Force for the Art Against AIDS fundraiser. The workshop is made possible by a grant from the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundations’ Service Learning Program. P a n t h e r P i c a y u n e | I s s u e 1 Vo l . 1 2 

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Middle School News 5th Grade Eat as the Romans Do 5th Grade Visits the Outdoor Culinary Center On Friday, September 14, 5th grade visited St. Paul’s Outdoor Culinary Center for a Latin activity. In the lesson, students learned about –and sampled!—the various foods ancient Romans would have eaten during each meal of the day. The students first ate the simple breakfast the Romans ate - bread and water. Students followed that course with a lunch of apples and pan-fried fish seasoned with herbs from our garden. As was the custom of the ancient Romans, dinner was the biggest and most extravagant meal of the day. The students sampled grape juice, eggs, carrots and celery, olives, and grilled sausage. Finally, what meal would be complete without dessert? For their final course, as in the Roman tradition, students ate grapes, cheese, and bread with honey. The students made sure that all the vegetable scraps were placed in St. Paul’s compost area for reuse. In this way, students not only ate as ancient Romans would have done two thousand years ago but also practiced sustainable living habits for the 21st century - a nice blend of the old and the new! All in all, the students enjoyed this informative (and tasty!) lesson on Roman history.

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Middle School Science 6th grade Earth Science Earth scientists have been studying minerals and rock classifications and formation. Each 6th grader completed a poster on a given mineral. Independent research was performed to find the mineral’s color, luster, hardness, specific gravity, and streak. Fun facts were also listed. Did you know that the mineral fluorite fluoresces under UV light? Did you know that the “Blue Moon� diamond sold for $48.4 million dollars?

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7th Grade: Physical Science 7th grade physical scientists have spent much of the first quarter studying the rules of scientific measurement using scientific notation and significant digits. The unit culminated with a science lab where the students used significant digits and scientific notation to determine the width of a piece of aluminum foil. By the way, the thickness is very, very small.

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8th grade Life Science 8th grade life scientists have been studying the cell, its parts, and its functions. Students were charged with designing a “Cell City,� an analogy for the cell and its parts using structures each was familiar with.

Science Olympiad Congratulations to our newest members of the 2018-2019 Science Olympiad team. 7th graders: Carolyn Keegan 6th grader: Reva Sus, Sophia Hutchinson (alternate), Lilly Mayes (alternate), Mariana Penton (alternate), Gabriella Villemarette (alternate) These members join Alexis Akers, Emy Chopin, Lauren Crowell, Henry Farnsworth, Izzy Ramsay, Maggie Willoz, Harriss Thorne, Maliah Ecker, Sophie Hazard, Sam Kyle, Amelia Lovelace, Andrew Perdomo, and George Ramirez to complete our reigning Regional Championship team.

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7th Grade Duke TIP Scholars St. Paul’s Episcopal School is pleased to announce that several of our 7th grade students qualified to participate in the highly selective Duke University Talent Identification Program 7th Grade Talent Search. The students qualified for this prestigious program based on their high scores on standardized tests they took in 6th grade, the Stanford Achievement Test 10 or the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test. Participation in the program helps the students’ teachers and their families determine how advanced their abilities truly are. As part of the talent search enrollment, the program will allow eligible seventh graders to take either the ACT (no Writing) or SAT as an above-level test. St. Paul’s congratulates Camryn Davison, DJ Ducorbier, Maliah Ecker, Sophie Hazard, Carolyn Keegan, Sam Kyle, Amelia Lovelace, Andrew Perdomo, and George Ramirez for this prestigious honor.

Seventh graders and Ronald McDonald at the Ronald McDonald House in New Orleans. Seventh grade students recently prepared a meal for the residents of the facility.

8th grade at Brown Foundation The Class of 2019 represented St. Paul’s at the annual Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Service Learning celebration held at the Pontchartrain Center in September. The class received a check from the foundation for $1,775 for service learning programs at the school, including the Coastal Roots and service projects with Lakeview Shepherd Center and St. Michael’s School. An additional Principal’s Award of $1,000 was given to the school to use on community service and service learning activities such as preparing meals for Ronald McDonald House. P a n t h e r P i c a y u n e | I s s u e 1 Vo l . 1 2 

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The Volleyball Season That Will Never Be Forgotten To say I am proud and honored to be their coach is an understatement. With this being my first year at St. Paul’s, I wasn’t sure what the volleyball teams would look like as well as what the competition would look like. There was one thing that I learned after the first practice, and that was that these girls were ready to work hard to learn the game, push each other, and to compete to be the best athlete they could be. Needless to say, both volleyball teams have more than exceeded my expectations. We had a 4th-6th grade team this year and a 7th-8th grade team. Our 4th-6th grade team was very young in comparison to most teams but that didn’t stop them. Starting the season off a little slower, our 4th-6th grade team made a HUGE comeback making it to the Championship match against Hynes. With a hard fought loss, we placed 2nd in the league. From where we started our season to where we ended, I could not be more proud as a coach to see such growth across all athletes. Way to go girls!! Our 7th-8th grade team on the other hand was majority 8th graders with two 7th graders and one 6th grader. A lot of them have played together for years both in school ball and club volleyball. This was very exciting to see as a coach because if there was one thing I didn’t have to teach them, it was working together as a team. I remember the first practice I was teaching them all new techniques and the girls looked at me like I was crazy. We had the talk that they had to trust me as a coach and buy into the system for it to work…..and they did just that! They trusted their team mates, practiced hard, and blew us all away! They finished their season undefeated and won the Championship match vs Hynes! Congratulations girls! A huge thank you to all who came out to the games and supported us! We couldn’t have done it without y’all! To all the girls that participated this year, I am so proud to be your coach. Each of you contributed to make this season one to remember. GO PANTHERS!!! P a n t h e r P i c a y u n e | I s s u e 1 Vo l . 1 2 

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Little Saints News In an attempt to initiate an investigation, the teachers changed materials in a few of the areas of the classroom. They added dinosaurs to the block area and construction trucks to the sensory table. The majority of the class flocked to the construction area. They loved playing with the trucks and BIG rocks! The teachers also noticed a lot of “building” around the room. Because of this interest and excitement, the construction investigation began! Included are a few of the ways the teachers enhanced the investigation. In the dramatic play area, they added construction hats and vests. They converted the block area into a “job site” complete with a variety of tools, safety hats, goggles, and “building” blocks. Construction books were added to the language space. The teachers also taught the class the songs, “Johnny Hammer,” “The Wheels on the Dump Truck,” and “Going to the Construction Site.” In the studio the children created shape dump trucks, painted with construction vehicles, and worked with Play-Doh, hammers, and pegs. The “House Project” was another exciting part of the investigation. Each child “built” their own house in the studio. The first part of the process was to ask each family to send in a picture of their home. The teachers talked to each child about their home and asked questions like, “Who lives in your home?” and “What do you have in your home?” Each child then painted their home with a real painter’s paintbrush. The teachers then worked individually with each child to add the special features that makes their home unique. As the investigation continues, our little construction workers remain hard at work! After talking with the children about things that they enjoy “building,” the class voted on what to “build” in our classroom. The vote was among a house, a castle, or a school. The majority voted on a castle. Please come by and see our Little Saints as they help to construct our Little Saints castle! P a n t h e r P i c a y u n e | I s s u e 1 Vo l . 1 2 

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Annual Fund Your gift to the Annual Fund campaign enhances every aspect of a student’s education at St. Paul’s by

▪▪ Encouraging Leadership ▪▪ Embracing Spirituality ▪▪ Sparking Creativity ▪▪ Exploring Possibilities We hear it from our alumni: how a St. Paul’s experience prepares 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.

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It’s the small class sizes, talented faculty, innovative curricula, cutting edge technology, and inspiring arts & athletics programs that make our school community special and make our students prepared for life. No matter the size, every gift makes a difference. Give online today:

Endowment Fund - Funding the Future Gifts to the “Funding the Future” Endowment Campaign live in perpetuity for the benefit of St. Paul’s Episcopal School. The interest from these endowed funds is used to support a variety of projects including facilities and academics. Endowed gifts are a wonderful way to support the school and ensure the stability of St. Paul’s for generations to come. We welcome your support and focus on the donor’s interest.

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For more information on the “Funding the Future” Endowment Campaign, please contact Tiffany Tandecki, Director of Development, or (504)488-1319 x119



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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!

Be sure to keep clipping those Box Tops! The collection bin can be found in the Glass House near the stairs.

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2018 Holiday Performance Schedule 6th Grade Handbell Chapel • Dec. 6 • 7:55 AM • All 6th Graders Celebration in the Oaks • Dec. 6 • 6:15 PM • Choir and Studio Band Lower School Christmas Performance • Dec. 8 • 10:30 AM • Pre-K thru 3rd Grade Choir Field Trip - Shops at Canal • Dec. 10 • 12:00 PM • Choir Students (4th-8th) 7th Grade Handbell Eucharist • Dec. 12 • 7:55 AM • All 7th Graders Holidays on Harrison • Dec. 12 • TBA • Choir and Studio Band Choir Field Trip - Windsor Court • Dec. 14 • 10:00 AM • Choir Students (4th-8th) Handbell Field Trip - The Shops at Canal Place • Dec. 17 • 12:00 PM • All 6th & 7th Graders Little Saints Christmas Performance • Dec. 19 • 10:00 AM • Little Saints 2s and 3s Epiphany Feast of Light Eucharist • Jan. 4, 2019 • 1:45 PM • All Fourth Grade Students



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St. Paul's Panther Picayune Vol 12 Issue 01  

Panther Picayune Volume 12 Issue 01 St. Paul's Episcopal School Lakeview

St. Paul's Panther Picayune Vol 12 Issue 01  

Panther Picayune Volume 12 Issue 01 St. Paul's Episcopal School Lakeview