Crescent City school briefs for Nov. 4, 2015 _lowres

Photo provided by Cabrini High School—Deborah Alvarenga of Kenner was named to the Louisiana State All-Academic 4.00 Scholar Girls’ Cross Country Team.

  • CABRINI HIGH SCHOOL: Cabrini High School senior Deborah Alvarenga has been named to the Louisiana State All-Academic 4.0 Scholar Girls’ Cross Country Team. Alvarenga was named to the team after earning a 4.0 GPA and participating on the varsity cross country team for at least two years. She will be honored for her achievement during the Cross Country State Championship meet Nov. 17 at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.
  • LAKE FOREST ELEMENTARY: The Cocktails and Blues benefit for Lake Forest Elementary Charter School will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, in the Lakefront Airport Terminal, 6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd., New Orleans. Proceeds will go toward student activities, enrichment programs and the Eleven Eleven Zero Fund, which supports development of the school’s athletic complex at the new 11110 Lake Forest Blvd. campus. Tickets are $60 for the gala and silent auction, or $125 for those who also wish to attend the VIP patron reception and dinner beginning at 6 p.m. To purchase tickets or become a sponsor, visit or call (504) 593-8264.
  • ST. MARY’S ACADEMY: The alumnae association of St. Mary’s Academy will hold a number of homecoming events Nov. 6-8. Alumnae Day will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at the school, 6905 Chef Menteur Highway, New Orleans. That evening at 7 p.m., there will be a Toast ’n’ Paint event in the Fine Arts Building; the cost is $30. The Blue & Gold Ball will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at St. Mary’s Academy Austin Place; tickets are $65. On Sunday, Nov. 8, there will be a Homecoming Mass at 10 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament-St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 8321 Burthe St., and a Big Hat Brunch at noon at Lace, 6978 Martin Drive. The cost of the brunch is $65.
  • MATH OLYMPIAD: All Louisiana fifth-graders are eligible to participate in the Louisiana Elementary Math Olympiad on Nov. 7 at Kenilworth Science and Technology School, 7600 Boone Drive, Baton Rouge. The Olympiad is a one-hour paper-and-pencil test that includes multiple-choice questions aligned with Common Core standards. Students can view sample questions at under “resources.” The Olympiad also will include door prizes, lunch and parent workshops. Registration is free at
  • ST. ANDREW’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL: St. Andrew’s Episcopal School will hold open houses for prospective parents interested in prekindergarten through eighth grade on Nov. 12, Dec. 3 and Jan. 14 at the school, 1031 S. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans. To register, visit For information, call Lisa Witter, director of admissions and financial aid, at (504) 866-6553.
  • ST. RITA PECAN FESTIVAL: The St. Rita Pecan Festival will be Nov. 13-15, at the school, 194 Ravan Ave., Harahan. Festival hours will be from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. The Topcats will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, The Chee Weez at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and the Bucktown Allstars at 6 p.m. Sunday.
  • HYNES CHARTER SCHOOL: Hynes Charter School will hold a Superheroes Among Us gala from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in the gymnasium at the school, 990 Harrison Ave., New Orleans. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward the third phase of construction of outdoor play and athletic spaces and toward schoolwide extracurricular programs.
  • LOUISIANA SCHOOL FOR MATH, SCIENCE AND THE ARTS: The Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts is accepting applications from high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors. The early deadline for completed applications is Feb. 1, while the regular deadline is April 1. These are priority deadlines, meaning students who have completed all the parts of their application by these dates receive priority over students who have not completed the process. This does not mean the school stops accepting applications. The Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts is a state-supported residential high school with competitive admissions. As a public school, there is no tuition and a nominal room and board fee that can be reduced or waived. A completed application includes the student’s portion (short answers), parental permission, two teacher recommendations (one from an English instructor and one from a math instructor), one counselor recommendation, a recent (within the last calendar year) ACT or SAT score, and an official campus visit. For information, call (318) 357-2589. To apply online, go to
  • CLOTHING DRIVE: The Home and School Association of St. Benilde School in Metairie will be collecting funds and assisting with the shopping for the Clothe A Child program sponsored by the Council of Catholic Schools Cooperative Clubs on Nov. 18.
  • EDWARD HYNES CHARTER OPEN HOUSE: Edward Hynes Charter Elementary School is accepting applications for the 2016-2017 school year for children in grades prekindergarten gifted and kindergarten through eighth grade. It will hold and open house from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday at 990 Harrison Ave. in New Orleans. Call (504) 324-7160, or visit
  • ST. ANDREW’S OPEN HOUSE: St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, the oldest Episcopal school in Orleans Parish and a member of the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, will hold an open house for prospective parents interested in prekindergarten, kindergarten or grades one through eight. The open houses are scheduled for Nov. 12, Dec. 3 and Jan. 14. The open house will begin in at 1031 S. Carrollton Ave. Please register at
  • ACADEMY OF OUR LADY: Sister Runita Galve Borja, counselor of youth ministry for the Salesian Sisters, recently visited Academy of Our Lady in Marrero. The Student Council members presented sister, who is stationed in Rome, with gifts that represent New Orleans culture, including a king cake, beaded necklace, umbrella and a picture of a fleur-de-lis to help her remember her time at Academy of Our Lady.
  • NOCCA: Middle and high school students must apply to audition to New Orleans Center for Creative Arts by Jan. 15. Visit and follow the link to apply online. NOCCA offers half-day and after-school arts training as well as a full day arts and academic instruction. Areas of focus include creative writing, culinary arts, dance, media arts, classical and jazz instrumental music, classical vocal music, drama, musical theater, theater design and visual arts.