NOCCA JAZZ: The Jazz Big Band from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts will perform a portion of the new original jazz suite “Battle of New Orleans” composed by NOCCA music faculty member Mike Rihner, on Jan. 8 as part of the Chalmette National Historic Park Service’s official 200th commemoration of the Battle of New Orleans. This ceremony will be held at the Chalmette Battlefield site, and it is free and open to the public.

Mike Rihner was awarded the commission to compose the “Battle of New Orleans” through a grant from the National Park Service. For more information on events associated with this historic bicentennial, visit the National Park Service website,

HOLY GHOST EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER: The Holy Ghost Early Childhood Development Center will begin accepting applications Jan. 5 for participation in its 2015-16 program for 2- and 3-year-olds. Child care assistance will be accepted.

Holy Ghost Catholic School is at 2035 Toledano St., New Orleans.

Applications for the free NSECD program for 4-year-olds also are available. For information, call (504) 899-6782. NSECD stands for the Nonpublic School Early Childhood Development Program of the Louisiana Department of Education.

ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON: Classes will resume at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School in Kenner on Jan. 5. Report cards will be issued Monday, Jan. 12. The Home and School Association will serve at the principal’s breakfast for Honor Roll students at 8:10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14. There will be early dismissal at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, for parent–teacher conferences.

ST. ANN SCHOOL: The St. Ann Home and School Club will host a board meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, in the school cafeteria for all committee chairmen. St. Ann is at 4921 Meadowdale St., Metairie.

‘PETER PAN JR.’: The Drama Club at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School in Kenner will present “Peter Pan Jr.” at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Jan. 15 and 16, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the church, 4119 St. Elizabeth Drive. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children. They will be on sale at the school beginning Jan. 5 or can be purchased at the door. For information, call the office at (504) 468-3524.

OPEN HOUSE: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School will hold an open house for parents of prospective students at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at 4119 St. Elizabeth Drive, Kenner.

St. Elizabeth is a Catholic elementary school serving students from age 2 through seventh grade. Parents should meet in the church for refreshments and to view a display of academic and extracurricular activities available to students. After a brief welcome from Principal Joan Kathmann, members of the Home and School Association will lead tours of the school. Teachers will be available to answer questions, and registration information will be available. For information, call the school at (504) 468-3524.

CHARTER RENEWALS: The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has renewed the charters of the International High School of New Orleans and Morris Jeff Community School for six years, and the charter of the International School of Louisiana for 10 years. All three schools are members of the Eastbank Collaborative of Charter Schools.

Charter renewals are based on a school’s academic progress. Renewal terms vary in length, with the maximum set by the school’s letter grade. If a charter school is not progressing appropriately, it can be shut down.

“ISL is proud to have been renewed for the maximum 10-year charter,” said Melanie Tennyson, ISL CEO. “As a French and Spanish language immersion school with an A grade, we will strive to continue to perform with academic excellence while stressing diversity and international awareness.”

The International High School of New Orleans and Morris Jeff Community School are World Schools of the International Baccalaureate Organization, which encourages students around the world to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners.