September 2014

Dear OLPS Family, 

It’s hard to believe that a month has passed since the start of the school year!  2014-2015 will be a year of several firsts for OLPS!  

We started a new discipline program, Discipline With a Purpose, where our students PreK through 8th grade will learn self-discipline skills.  It is an incredible program!  Though we are still in the initial stages, it is a powerful tool for teachers and students alike.

We have begun Math Facts in a Flash, a computer-based program to help the students Kindergarten through 8th grade develop automatic recall of  math facts.  The students practice during Math Lab time and at home, and they take time tests.  The aim is to know the grade level (and beyond) facts in 60 seconds or less.

30 New Computers for our Lab just arrived and are being installed!!  Once fully installed, we will be selling our used computers.  

Our Library has been carpeted and renovated, and we have acquired 400 new titles!

We have worked on a strategic development of  at least two Field Trips a year, so each grade will have an extended experience closely aligned to the curriculum.  Each grade will also have the opportunity to go on one Field Trip specifically about Louisiana culture.  By 8th Grade, our students will have a wealth of knowledge and experience of our great State.

We are beginning an Edible Garden this year, growing vegetables and herbs.  Though an Eagle Scout Project we now have 4 very large garden beds ready for our students! Mrs. Israel will be heading this group of students.  We look forward to the delicious treats from their gardening efforts.

We will begin OneSchool OneBook in the fall.  This is a powerful, highly researched, literary program where EVERYONE in our school, every student, every family, every teacher, every faculty member, every Cafeteria worker, even our maintenance crew will read the same book.  Activities abound!

As soon as you get a chance, take a look at the HUGE world map in the Cafeteria.  Thanks to the Mileena and Ayden Fontenette’s family for putting up the map!  The students and teachers are enjoying this visual aide – amazing how many things the students “notice” as they eat lunch!

God bless you as we begin the exciting new school year,

Sr. M. Suzanne Miller, FMA