ISIDORE NEWMAN SCHOOL: As part of its expansion of educational programs for children ages 6 weeks through 4 years, Isidore Newman School broke ground Friday for the GreenTrees Early Childhood Village.

The new facility will include 12 classrooms, indoor and outdoor play areas, and flexible spaces for teaching and learning. Projected enrollment is 154 students, more than double the capacity of the current Greenie House, which it will replace.

Elizabeth Elizardi will develop the GreenTrees program and hire faculty and staff for the opening in August 2015.

GreenTrees Early Childhood Village will be next to the Michael Lupin Field on what is now the Soniat Practice Field and Greenie House site. The Village will be oriented toward the larger Newman campus, with architectural elements reflecting the Valmont Building, one of the earliest structures at the school.

For more information about Newman, GreenTrees Early Childhood Village, and construction updates, visit and follow Newman on Facebook and Twitter (@IsidoreNewman).

MEDARD H. NELSON CHARTER SCHOOL: The Medard H. Nelson charter School PTO will hold its annual Spring Fest from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the school at 3121 St. Bernard Ave.

The free event will feature performances by gospel choirs, three-legged races, 3-on-3 basketball, tug of war, a dunking booth, pie-a-teacher and a funk train competition.

PIANO COMPETITION: Ben Mader, an eighth-grader at Ridgewood Prep and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, placed third in his level at the DeBose National Piano Competition April 26 in Baton Rouge. He also has received top placements in other competitions earlier this school year such as the LSU Bach Contest and Junior Philharmonic Society of New Orleans. He plans to continue in the classical instrumental program at NOCCA next year.

JEFFERSON PARISH TRANSFER REQUESTS: Transfer request forms are available for Jefferson Parish students who wish to transfer outside their attendance zones for the 2014-15 school year.

There are several situations in which a transfer may be granted, including acceptance into an advanced studies academy or magnet school, or allowing a student to attend the school where his or her parent or guardian works.

Transfer forms are available at or may be picked up between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the compliance office at 501 Manhattan Blvd., Suite 1100, Harvey. For information, call (504) 365-5312.