Season’s Greetings Shoeffner Shark Families,
November was filled with many adventures at ESE. We kicked off the month with our Family Day Picnic. It was a little chilly, but that didn’t stop our families from having a wonderful time making new friends and getting reacquainted with others. I believe the highlight of the event was our STEM demonstration provided by our Valero volunteers. Who doesn’t like SLIME?! The following week our grandparents and other loved ones joined us for our Be Our Guest visitation. It’s always so much fun sharing our school with our special guests. We also welcomed parents at our Science P.A.C.T. session. Parents were able to see firsthand how engaging our science curriculum is for our students. Our students also competed in the First Lego League Robotic competition and the Kid’s Heart Challenge.
With November's passing, we anxiously welcome December. Please do not allow the excitement of the holiday season to prevent your students from staying focused on their school work. Attending class ready to learn with a positive attitude each day should be a top priority. Over the next few weeks, our teachers will be working very diligently to prepare students for the end of the quarter assessments. If possible, please avoid scheduling doctor's appointments during the school day. It may be difficult for your child to catch up on the work he/she misses when absent from class.
There have been several opportunities this year for our families to show kindness and generosity. Our Community Service Club collected canned goods and nonperishable food items. Students brought these donations to our local food pantry, sorting items in preparation for the assembly of Thanksgiving baskets. We also raised $4153.21 for the American Heart Association with our Kids Heart Challenge event. I am also very proud to share that 100% of our faculty and staff contributed to the St. Charles Parish United Way campaign.
In December, we will participate in additional community service projects. Schoeffner's 4H is sponsoring a Teddy Cares drive. Friday, December 6 will be a dress down day for a minimum of $1.00 donation for Teddy Cares. Money collected will go towards purchasing teddy bears and other gifts for children battling cancer in local hospitals. Additionally, the Community Service Club is sponsoring an Operation Care Package project to send military personnel who have been deployed overseas care packages this holiday season. Tuesday, December 17 will be a dress down day for a minimum of $1.00 donation for our military oversees. If you are unable to participate with monetary donations, please consider offering positive thoughts for those in need. We will also give back to the community when our 4H visits the Ormond Nursing and Care Center to spread some holiday cheer on December 11. Helping to promote kindness continues to be one of our school's goals this year. When others are treated with kindness and respect they are likely to reciprocate these actions. Let our ESE family be that positive example for others!
Please join us at the Lafon Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, December 10 when our Talented Theatre and Drama Club students entertain us with a few special theatrical selections. Our Band and Choir will perform at ESE on Tuesday, December 17. Both events start at 6:00 PM.
As we close out this calendar year and prepare to welcome 2020, know that the faculty and staff of Ethel Schoeffner Elementary remain committed to providing our students with a positive and supportive environment to enable students to reach their potential for life-long learning. We wish you all a wonderful holiday season.
Vanessa Terry - Principal