December 20, 2018
Runnels has always been the school for all races, religions, and national origins.

In Focus this week: Electric Einsteins Triumph at State Meet; Jr. Beta Holiday Visit; Here Comes Santa Claus; Hour of Code; Tech Theater Sets for Beauty and the Beast ; "Big Cake Challenge"; Preschool Flag Retirement Ceremony; More Makers' Moments; Books Come to Life in 4th Grade; Music to Our Ears; Go-Green Carnival; Canine Cuddles on Campus; Kudos; Thank Yous; Weekly Photo Album; Athletic Corner; Friendly Reminders.

We wish you and your family a joyous holiday season and a very Happy New Year!
Holiday Cheer ... The Jr. Beta Club paid a holiday visit to residents of the Flannery Oaks Guest Home on Dec. 14. Students entertained the residents with holiday music and presented them with gifts including peppermints, hand soap, warm socks, blankets, lotion, and stuffed animals. Christine Pousson sponsors the Jr. Beta Club. ( Photo: Jr. Beta students play carols at the Flannery Oaks Guest Home.)
Here Comes Santa Claus! ... Twelve reindeer were reportedly sighted on the roof of our school this morning just before Santa appeared in the kindergarten. He spoke with the students, taking mental notes about what they wanted to find in their stockings next week, and handed out candy cane treats. That same morning, Santa again appeared, this time at the preschool, a favorite stop of Rudolph's, who loves the glittery reindeer kibble the preschoolers usually make for him. (Many thanks to Darrell Smith [preschool] and David Latona [kindergarten] for helping to make the holidays "magical" for our students. ( Photo: Santa and kindergarten teacher Lisa Latona with the students in Room 9.) MORE PHOTOS..
Elementary Students Participate in Hour of Code
More Library Makers' Moments ... Students continue to exercise their creativity and ingenuity by working on Makers' projects in the Elementary Library, and this month they took on a challenge with a seasonal vibe.

Recently, we found 6th graders gathered around a library table collaborating on building and decorating unique gingerbread houses. Construction materials consisted of cardboard boxes and an array of crafting items such as colored paper squares, pom poms, markers, paint, and straws.
Books Come to Life ... "Blackbeard the Pirate," "John Lennon," the "Crocodile Hunter" and even the "Pope" turned up in Michele Barnett's 4th-grade reading class this week as students presented their biography book reports. For the assignment, each student was required to read a biography and conduct an “interview” with the subject of the book. Later, students shared the interview questions and answers with the class."To spice up their presentations," explained Mrs. Barnett, "some students dressed up as their book character. It was a real 'Who’s Who' event."

( Photo: Fourth graders in character for their biography book reports. )
Music to Our Ears ... Students in Johnice Thoms' General Music class showed their parents how much they had learned this semester with a Parent Day performance in the Chorus Room on Dec. 20. They demonstrated newly acquired skills in reading music, playing the recorder and piano, singing, song writing, and even performance etiquette. Working as an ensemble, they played traditional songs on the recorder (with student conductors), played solos on the piano, and sang holiday songs. They even led the audience in singing a three-part round they had written. (Photo: Ethan Ly, 4B, conducts as General Music students play a song on recorders.)

Go-Green Carnival ... Reduce, reuse, and recycle were the watchwords for this week's Go-Green Carnival created by our 6th graders for their kindergarten buddies. They invented holiday themed games such as "Christmas Spirit Bowling" and "Naughty Elf Knock Down" and built them from recycled materials. It was a great way for the 6th graders to raise awareness about recycling and have loads of holiday fun with their little buddies. ( Photo: Playing "Santa Hat Bingo" are, from left, Mason Pizzalato, 6C, kindergartners Chase Wilcher and Luciano Toscano, and Dylan Evans, 6C. )
Canine Cuddles ... Wet noses and wagging tails put midterm exam stress on hold for a while on Monday when pups from Bark and Roll Rescue Companions stopped by our main campus to offer calming cuddles to junior and senior high test takers. Many studies have shown that pet therapy can reduce test and school anxiety. We sincerely thank Dana Kahn of Bark and Roll Rescue for bringing in the dogs and art teacher Lee Randall for organizing the activity. ( Photo: Freshman Collin Coates cuddles with a Chihuahua as Charlie Garrison, also a freshman, looks on. )
Kudos ...
The Gaudier the Sweater, the Better ... Kudos to the winners of the Jr./Sr. High School's "Tacky Holiday Sweater Contest." Cade Tate won 1st place, Julia Sager came in 2nd, and Alyssa Oubre placed 3rd. (Photo: Cade Tate)

Eagle Ceremony ... Sam Day (‘18) earned the rank of Eagle Scout on Dec. 16 in a joint ceremony with his younger brother Ben. Both are members of Boy Scout Troop 203 chartered at St. Patrick’s Church. Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in American Boy Scouting. Fewer than five percent of all scouts achieve this prestigious badge. Sam currently attends the University of Lafayette.
We Sincerely Thank ...
A Note of Thanks To Our School Family ... When Kathy Chittom , the mother of elementary student Adam Chittom unexpectedly passed away early this month, our school community rallied around the family. In a note to Head of School Marcia Mackay, Adam's aunt, Genny Chittom Anderson (Class of '92), said she wanted to let everyone know how much that support meant to her family: "I’m blessed to have grown up as a Raider (even a Raccoon to start!)," she wrote, "and my heart was consoled so deeply with all the outpouring of love and generosity from everyone at Runnels School."

Toys for Tots ... We extend a huge thank you to everybody who donated to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots drive at Runnels this year. Lance Corporal Leonardo Zamora of the Marine Corps Reserve 23rd Truck Company stopped by to pick up the overflowing boxes this week. All of the toys will go to needy children in the Baton Rouge area as holiday gifts. We also extend a huge thank you to elementary secretary Pamela Culp for organizing the drive. ( Photo: LCpl Zamora and Miss Pam with 2nd graders, from left, Adleigh Watts, Ellis Belhadjali, and Evan Lee. )

A TREE-Mendous Thank You ... A sequoia sized thank you goes to the following parents for contributing sections of tree trunks to the kindergarten playground: Jim and Tritia Linford, Jordan Bergeron, Michael Wiltcher, and Vance White. Kindergarten fitness teacher Mary Winnett reports: "The kindergartners are thrilled to have new stumps for climbing, jumping and stretching their imaginations."
In this week's photo album: Electric Einsteins at State; Rescue Dogs on Campus, 6th Grade Go-Green Carnival, Elementary Math Cookie Exchange, 1st Grade Pajama Day, Jr. Beta Club at Flannery Oaks Guest Home, Dance Class Watch Day, General Music Class Parent Day, Hour of Code, Tech Theater, Flag Ceremony, and Miscellaneous Candids.
Athletic Corner

Last night, the junior high boys basketball teams took on St. Theresa. The 8th grade team won 44-21, with Alex Lam scoring 10 points. The 7th grade also scored a win, 48-25. Cooper Coates and Rossie Harrison each scored 18 points.
  • Jr. High Boys Basketball at Sacred Heart Tournament – TBA
  • Raiders vs. Parkview at home, JV at 5:00 p.m., Varsity at 6:00 p.m. SPIRIT EVENT!
Dec. 27th – 29th
  • Varsity Boys Basketball – Red Stick Classic Tournament at Catholic - TBA
Jan. 2
  • HS Boys Basketball at Springfield – JV at 5 p.m. & Varsity at 6 p.m.
Jan. 3
  • Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Houma Christian at Burbank #18 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Boys Basketball at Highland Baptist – JV at 5:30 p.m. & Varsity at 6:30 p.m.
  • Jr High Girls Basketball—Blue vs. Parkview at Runnels —5:00 p.m. & White vs. U-High at Runnels —6:00 p.m.
Jan. 4
  • HS Boys Basketball vs. Livonia at Home – JV at 5 p.m. & Varsity at 6 p.m. SPIRIT EVENT!
Jan. 5
  • Varsity Boys Soccer vs. Istrouma at Burbank #9 – 1:00 p.m.

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Friendly Reminders
Jan. 7 - / School Resumes

Jan. 10 / Spring PAR Meeting / Elementary Drama Room, 6:00 p.m.

Jan. 14 - 18 / Spirit Week / Homecoming Week

Jan. 18 / Homecoming Court Presentation / Gladys Hague Runnels Theatre, 2:10 p.m.

Jan. 18 / Homecoming Basketball Game / Catalano Gym, 7:00 p.m. (Court presentation at half time.)

Jan. 19 / Homecoming Dance / Catalano Gym, 7:00 p.m.

Jan. 21 / Martin Luther King Day / School Holiday