January 25 , 2019 Volume 1
Dear St. Isidore School alumni, parents, and friends:

When I walked into an interview for a teaching position at St. Isidore School in November 2002, I quickly knew SIS was a special place. During the middle of the interview there was an earthquake drill and
Mrs. Gannon-Briggs told me to grab the emergency bag in the front of the office and follow her. Of course, I did exactly as she said. This was so foreign to me, as I had resided in Louisiana most of my life and earthquakes were not part of my repertoire. Instantly I knew I had found my home.
As Cecelia Ahern wisely said, “Home isn’t a place, it's a feeling.”

What a privilege it is to be principal of St. Isidore School! Over the past 17 years, I have had the honor to serve SIS in several different capacities, eight years as a teacher, four years as a vice-principal, and seven years as principal. I have loved every position I've served in and have enjoyed the opportunity to meet and spend time with thousands of students and their families. St. Isidore School has truly become a second home to many of you, just as it has for me. For some of you, a large part of your childhood was spent on this campus. Over the years, friends have become family, and the memories you have made have become priceless.

It seems only fitting for the first SIS Alumni Newsletter to be sent during Catholic Schools Week; in essence, this is a week celebrating who we are as a school and community. The week offers several opportunities to visit and see firsthand how our campus has changed. The school will be open to the public on Sunday, January 27 after the 9 a.m. mass and on Thursday, January 31 from 6pm to 8pm. You are also invited to visit the annual Science Fair on Thursday from 5:30pm-6pm. I’m sure many of you remember creating your own project for the fair. If you are unable to attend on either one of those dates, please feel free to stop by anytime. We would love to see you.

I hope you are excited about the start of an SIS Alumni Program and enjoy reading the newsletter. It is filled with campus updates, alumni information, and special messages from past administrators. I hope that the SIS Alumni Program continues to grow and that we are able to plan a special event for us all to enjoy!

God bless,

Maria Ward
St. Isidore School
We are St. Isidore School...
Familiar faces...
Remember these faces? They wanted to say hello and welcome back. We are grateful for all they have done for the SIS community!

  • Click here to see a message from Mrs. Gannon-Briggs

Where are they now...
SIS Alumni Make Great Teachers! We are blessed to have eleven SIS Alumni back on campus teaching and helping our students!
 Click here to see what alumni have returned to share their time and talent.
Check out what's new...
SIS Makerspace! If they build it, they will learn.
Through our Makerspace, students work independently and collaboratively toward a common goal integrating and learning STEM (science, technology engineering and math) in a contained classroom. Click here to view more images.
Take a campus tour...
Stay connected...
Be sure to follow St. Isidore School on social media to get glimpses into campus life and to connect with other SIS family and friends.
Help us continue to grow...
Once a Bulldog ...Always a Bulldog!
Thank you so much to the many alumni who completed the Alumni Information form. We celebrated each one returned. If you know someone who is an SIS alumni, family or friend please forward this email on and encourage them to complete the SIS Alumni Information Form. Once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog!
Class of 2008

Class of 2004

Welcome to the club Class of 2018
Class of 1996
Class of 2014
Class of 1993
The tradition continues...

Many Alumni choose to continue the tradition of Catholic Education for their children. Thank you Alumni for sending your children to SIS!

Robbie Anderson, Tara Beane, Linda Biles, Teresa Bowes, John Brychel, Adrienne Feyock, Monica Fonseca, Rick Freeman, Christine Gaber, Justin Gagnon, Tracy Geddis, Allison Hickinbotham, Tom Lickiss, Kathleen Litvinenko, Jenny Lyons, Bob Marx, Pete Mazzetti, Mike Palm, Erica Perez, Allie Rago, Sally Swartz, Laura See, Jill Tripaldi, Christine Vranesh and Justin Walsh. Thank you for sending your children to SIS!
Upcoming events...
St. Isidore School offers many community events throughout the year. Please consider joining us for one or more of our events!

  • Catholic Schools Week Sneak a Peek: Sunday, January 27th 10:00am
  • SIS Auction: Saturday, March 9th
  • SIS Book Fair: April 3rd- April 10th
  • Fish Fry and Bingo: Friday, April 12th

Click here to purchase a ticket to this year's auction, The SIS Gala.
Make a gift online...
St. Isidore School will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week by participating in the campaign Many Gifts, One Nation- A day of giving to Catholic Schools made possible by  NCEA . The campaign will run January 27 th - February 1st.

The annual celebration of National Catholic Schools Week brings back for many of us memories of our own experience with Catholic Education. At St. Isidore School, we believe a Catholic education is not limited to the time our students spend with us, but is a life long gift. Your donation, small or large, is greatly appreciated. Please consider forwarding this email to friends and family that also believe in the benefits of a Catholic Education.