January 11, 2019
Runnels has always been the school for all races, religions, and national origins.

In Focus this week: Head Coach Julie Fink Named All-Metro Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year; Re-enrollment Reminder; 2019 Homecoming Next Week; Beauty and the Beast Updates; "Raider Star" Game Day; Strings Students Attend Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Rehearsal and Meet Royal Wedding Cellist; Flat Mac-Stanleys Arrive from Scotland; A Bungee Ride for Barbie; Voting for the Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award Winning Books; Thank Yous; Weekly Photo Album; Athletic Corner; Friendly Reminders.

A Reminder for Those Who Have Not Yet Re-Enrolled at Runnels

Please remember to re-enroll your students for the 2019-2020 school year by Feb. 1, 2019. You should have already received your re-enrollment packet in the mail. If you have any questions or concerns or would like additional forms or copies, please call 225-215-5706 or visit the Business Office in McMath Hall on the main campus. Open enrollment for new families begins Feb. 1. Please share the good word about Runnels with any family, friends and neighbors searching for a new school. For more information, contact Admissions Director Sarah Haase at admissions@runnels.org.
2019 Homecoming Week Ahead!
Next week will be jam-packed with exciting activities and events to celebrate Homecoming 2019! This year's theme, "Midnight Masquerade," will add a Carnival season sparkle to the festivities, which will be reflected in Spirit Days, the Spirit Banner Contest, the Homecoming Court Presentation on Jan. 18 and the high school dance next Saturday night. A pep rally in the gym on Monday at 2:10 p.m. gets the party started.

Flat 'Mac'-Stanleys Arrive from Scotland
The arrival of letters and Flat Stanleys from Scotland this week created quite a stir in Mrs. Pizzalato's 4th-grade English classes. "Each of my students received a Flat Stanley and a personal handwritten letter from a student in Ms. Watret's class (students aged 9-10) at St. Michael's Primary School in Dumfries, Scotland," said Mrs. Pizzalato. She and Ms. Watret, whose students have been learning about America, set up the Flat Stanley project before the holidays.

The letters were chatty and friendly. The St. Michael's children wrote about their school, friends, customs, hobbies, and holiday traditions. They also included pictures of the Flat Stanleys and themselves at local landmarks in Scotland. One clothes conscious Flat Stanley had his picture taken in a kilt shop!

"My students loved getting the letters," said Mrs. Pizzalato. "They were excited to learn how similar their likes and interests are to those of the children in Scotland." There were a few differences between American and British English that Mrs. Pizzalato said she did have to explain, such as "mum" for mom, "maths" for math, and the addition of a "u" in the word "favourite."

This week, the Runnels students started working on writing return letters to their new pen pals overseas. They'll write about themselves and their interests and add a bit about our Mardi Gras traditions. Over the weekend, they'll bring Flat Stanleys they recently made for the project home and take pictures of themselves with the paper dolls at local points of interest in Baton Rouge.

( Photo: Alaina White, 4A, displays the Flat Stanley and letter she received from a student in Scotland.)
Teaming Up to Tour Paris ... Over the winter break, two Runnels families visiting Europe got together in Paris to tour some of its famous museums, cathedrals, and landmarks. High school biology teacher Ramona Eberly and freshman Michal Gawronski, who is in her class this year, and their families teamed up to visit Notre Dame Cathedral, Saint Chapelle, UNICEF headquarters, the Louvre, Les Invalides and one Europe's oldest universities, the Sorbonne. They also took a guided educa tional tour of Musée d’Orsay as a Runnels group. Along for the "tour" were Michal's parents, Kasia and Darek Gawronski, his brother James, 4C, and Mrs. Eberly's husband Charles and their son Alex.

( Photo: Michal Gawronski, grade 9, and his biology teacher, Ramona Eberly, on a tour of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. )
String Students Attend Louisiana Philharmonic Rehearsal and Meet Royal Wedding Cellist
The students in Dan and Jennifer Cassin's strings classes and Founding Headmaster Dr. L.K. Runnels and Gladys Runnels attended a special dress rehearsal of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans Thursday. The guest artist was Sheku Kanneh-Mason. He is the young British cellist who played for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle last April.

The students were able to meet and speak with Sheku Kanneh-Mason and the orchestra conductor, Carlos Miguel Prieto. "Mr. Prieto spent a lot of time talking with the students," said Mr. Cassin. "He was very impressed with them."

The orchestra played Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade," Elgar’s “Cello Concerto in E minor," and a new piece entitled "Water Sings Fire." We sincerely thank Mr. Prieto and Sheku Kanneh-Mason for their kindness and generosity toward our students and Dan and Jennifer Cassin for arranging the visit.

(Photo: Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto in rehearsal at the Orpheum Theater in New Orleans. See more pictures in Weekly Photo Gallery.)
We Sincerely Thank
Good Samaritan ... Our grateful thanks goes to Albert Pellissier (Poppy, grade 7) for helping the preschool staff move a trailer that was blocking the carpool lane on Monday. “We discovered the trailer when we arrived on campus,” said Preschool Co-Director Karen Runnels. “It had two flat tires and was loaded with plants. There was no identifying information.” Mr. Pellisier was able to move the trailer out of the way so that afternoon carpool could proceed normally.

Guest Artists ... We sincerely thank cellist Molly Goforth and pianist Dr. William Plummer , both on the music faculty at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, for performing for string students in Jennifer and Dan Cassin's classes and Johnice Thoms' general music and keyboard classes during 3-5th hours on Monday. They previewed pieces they will perform at their "Neo-Romantic Works for Cello and Piano Concert" coming up Jan. 18 in Lafayette. ( Photo: From left are Molly Goforth, Dr. William Plummer, Dan Cassin, Jennifer Cassin, and cello student Brooke Parsons. )
In this week's photo album: Barbie Bungee, Flat Stanleys, Homecoming Voting, Basketball at the Smoothie King Center, 5th Grade Science, LYRC Voting, 1st Grade Makes Butter, Preschool Pajama Day, "Raider Star" Drawing, Strings Field Trip, and Candids. Special thanks to Dana Kahn, Michele Tate and Sam Coates, for providing basketball photos from the game in New Orleans and to Dan and Jennifer Cassin for providing pictures from the strings field trip to the Louisiana Philharmonic.

Coming up next week: Homecoming Events, D.A.R.E. Graduation Ceremony, and plenty more!
Athletic Corner
The Raiders basketball team hits the court at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Monday, Jan. 7 for an exhibition game against Pope John Paul.

The Raiders varsity basketball team played several games over the holiday break. Some of the highlights were Runnels defeating 4A St. Michael by a score of 79-69. This was the first time in Runnels history that the Raiders defeated St. Michael. Cade Tate led the scoring with 32 points and Collin Coates added 20 points. Runnels also beat 3A St. Charles Catholic, 60-54, in the Catholic High Tournament. Cade Tate had 23 points, while Ben Holliday contributed 12 points. The Raiders went on the road and defeated Springfield and Highland Baptist. 

This past Monday, the Raiders seized an awesome opportunity to play in the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. Runnels defeated Pope John Paul 65-35. Three players scored in double figures: Cade Tate with 23 points, Griffin Kennedy with 12 points, and Collin Coates with 12 points. Following the game, the Raiders were able to stay and watch the Pelicans game. 

On Tuesday, the Raiders hosted the defending state champions in Division V, Jehovah Jireh. After playing a close first half, the Raiders fell 80-51. Currently, the Raiders are 19-11 this season.

Tonight, the boys take on Bolton at home with JV starting at 5 p.m. and varsity at 6 pm.

Photo: Runnels cheerleaders get ready to roar on the Smoothie King Center court.
Photos provided by Sam Coates, Michele Tate and Dana Kahn.

This week, the junior high boys basketball teams took on St. Luke's. The 6th grade Raiders defeated the Sharks 21-19 in a thriller. Preston Treadaway led the team, scoring 10 points. The 7th grade also scored a win, 35-25, with Rossie Harrison and Cooper Coates each scoring 10 points.

The junior high girls soccer team has been tearing up the fields. In recent games, the Raiders defeated St. Thomas Moore 1-0, with Chloe Bueche scoring. The Ladies crushed Live Oak 4-1. Annie Garrison led the team with 2 goals, with Chelsea Holden and Karis Phillippe each scoring 1. In another victory against Parkview, the Ladies won 1-0, with Lilah Wartelle scoring.

The junior high boys team recently took on McKinley with a loss of 5-1, with Chris Cox scoring the point.
Boys Basketball vs. Bolton at Home – JV at 5 pm & varsity at 6 pm
Varsity Boys Soccer at Live Oak – 6:00 p.m.

Jr. High Girls Basketball at Home – Blue at 11 a.m. & White at 12 p.m.
Varsity Girls Soccer at Istrouma – 11:00 a.m.
Jr. High Boys Basketball at Iberville Charter – 8th at 9 a.m. & 7th at 10 a.m.
Jr. High Girls Soccer vs. Parkview at Burbank – 4:00 p.m.

Jr. High Boys Soccer vs. Westdale at Burbank – 2:30 p.m.
Jr. High Girls Soccer vs. Sherwood at Burbank – 4:00 p.m.

Email game and fan photos to  n.latiolais@runnels.org . Please include the event and the name of the students pictured .  
Friendly Reminders
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, Raiders vs. Mt. Hermon - JV at 5:00 p.m. and Varsity at 6:00 p.m. (Court presentation at halftime.)

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

Jan. 21 / Martin Luther King Day / School Holiday

Jan. 23 / 6th Grade Field Trip / LIGO , 8:30 am - 2:45 pm