CATHOLIC SCHOOL WEEK BANNER WINNER: National Catholic Schools Week 2015 is observed in dioceses around the country Jan. 25–31. This year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service,” focuses on the important academic, faith-building and societal contributions provided by a Catholic education. D’Aryn Thomas, a junior at St. Mary’s Academy, is the overall winner of the Catholic Schools Week Banner Contest sponsored by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Her winning design concept will be displayed as the performance backdrop in Lakeside Mall during the 2015 annual Catholic Schools Week Fine Arts Festival. Additionally, Thomas will be awarded a $100 scholarship to St. Mary’s Academy for her efforts. Thomas studies with art instructor Christine Bagneris.
PARKWAY PRESBYTERIAN: National School Choice Week will be celebrated with a special presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at Parkway Presbyterian Preschool and Kindergarten at 6200 Camphor St., Metairie. Jenni Evans, of the Parenting Center, will speak on “The Social/Emotional Development as the Key to School Success.” Topics include, “What is social/emotional development and how is it linked to success in later years?”; “What are age-appropriate goals to set for my child and how can I tell if there is a problem?”; and “What can we do, as parents and teachers, to promote positive development?” For information, call (985) 733-6340 or visit parkway presbyterianchurch.org.
YOUNG AUDIENCES CHARTER SCHOOL: Open houses are planned at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, and at 10 a.m. Saturday at Young Audiences Charter School at Kate Middleton, 1407 Virgil St., Gretna.
Prospective students and families may schedule a tour of the school if they cannot attend either of the open houses.
Young Audiences Charter School at Kate Middleton is open to any Jefferson Parish student entering kindergarten through fifth grade. Each academic year, the school will add one grade to serve students in kindergarten through eighth grade by fall 2018.
DRUM MAJORS OF EDUCATION: The Friends of King School District will honor its 2015 Drum Majors of Education during its Event Fit for a King scholarship gala at 8 p.m. Friday at the Crystal Palace, 10020 Chef Menteur Highway, New Orleans.
The Friends of King School District operates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School and Joseph A. Craig Charter School.
The 2015 Drum Majors of Education are Metro Service Group, state Rep. Wesley Bishop, Sharon Coard and the Rev. Willie Calhoun. For information, call Sylvia Ellison at (504) 940-2243.
SATURDAY ENRICHMENT: Monthly enrichment programs for children ages 10 to 15 will begin with a session from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Learning Laboratory, Room 209, 7100 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. The cost is $50, and registration is available at learnlabnola.org/event/saturday-enrichment-january-2015.
January’s theme is “Get Your Clean On.” In the process of making homemade soap and being introduced to issues surrounding household chemicals, participants will reinforce skills in math, science, persuasive writing and economics.
The Learning Laboratory is a nonprofit organization committed to offering high-quality non-traditional after-school, Saturday and summer programs for K-12 students at a reasonable cost for parents. The Learning Lab seeks to inspire and excite students in ways that they may never experience in a traditional school environment with hands-on activities, projects, technology explorations, field trips and travel.
LIVING GREEN: Jewish Community Day School will present a Living Green family fun fest from noon to 2 p.m.. Sunday, Feb. 1, at Bart Field at the Goldring Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus, 3747 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie.
The festival, a celebration of Tu b’Shevat, the Jewish Arbor Day, will feature a petting zoo, solar energy discovery, an up-cycling creation station, and a tasty, eco-friendly lunch. The event is sponsored by the Jewish Community of West Esplanade Avenue.
PREKINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION: The Jefferson Parish Public School System will hold two parent information sessions on the prekindergarten registration process for the 2015-16 school year.
The hourlong meetings will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9 in the boardroom of Bonnabel Magnet Academy High School, 2801 Bruin Drive, Kenner; and at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the JPPSS Administration Building, 501 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.
General information on the prekindergarten program can be found at jpschools.org/ department/pre-kindergarten. Details on the times and locations for the 2015-16 prekindergarten registration process will be posted on the website later.
4-H CHALLENGE CAMP: Six Jefferson Parish 4-H members recently participated in the 4-H Challenge Camp at Tickfaw State Park in Springfield. 4-H members from 16 parishes learned about the environment and healthful living choices in an outdoor setting. They also participated in numerous challenge and teambuilding activities. 4-H Challenge Camp is held each November and is open to seventh- and eighth-grade 4-H members.
The 4-H members participating were Katie Maise, of Junior Leader Club; Hope Hebert and Bailey Ledet, of Concordia Lutheran School; and Bobby Diaz, Blake Bonnette and Julian Simmons, of Patrick Taylor Academy.
LSU AgCenter 4-H Agents Julie Boyd and Chantel Williams accompanied the group.