Audubon’s Beaded Little Free Libraries Headed to Mobile Museum

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Nov 212014

The Moblie Museum of Art selected all four of Audubon’s beaded Little Free Libraries to be part of its special 50th anniversary exhibit called “The Art and Design of Mardi Gras.” The Libraries will be on display Nov. 8, 2014 through May 3, 2015.

During the 2012-2013 school year, artist Stephan Wanger painted four Little Free Libraries with pictures of Louisiana flowers (hibiscus, bird-of-paradise, magnolia, and camellia). Students at the upper campus of ACS cut apart strings of Mardi Gras beads and then glued the beads on one at a time until the libraries were completely covered. The project was worked on for two days a week for the whole school year. All 4th-8th grade students had the opportunity to participate and each library took us about two months to complete.

Since May of 2013 the libraries have been touring Louisiana as part of the Beadtown art exhibit. They have been on display in Winnsboro, Ruston, Slidell, New Orleans, Denham Springs, Natchitoches, and Gary, Indiana. The four libraries will always belong to Audubon Charter School, but artist Stephan Wanger reserves the right to borrow them for art shows.

See the gallery below for detailed images of the libraries.

ACS Receives Healthy Community Grant

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Nov 202014


Audubon Charter School was one of five New Orleans schools selected as an awardee for the School Wellness Program RFA by the School Health Connection.  This was a competitive grant and Audubon’s application rose to the top.   ACS is now eligible for up to $10,000 to establish healthy activities to improve the wellness of the students, staff, and families.  ACS will also receive ongoing support and technical assistance to sustain the new health program.  This is great news for the ACS community.

Who Will be the Next Maid of New Orléans?

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Nov 192014
Gretchen Neuenhaus, 2013 Maid

Gretchen Neuenhaus, 2013 Maid

Krewe of Joan of Arc Maid of Honor contest deadline this Friday!

The Krewe of Joan of Arc seeks a young lady in the New Orleans area between the ages of 16 and 19 who embodies Joan of Arc’s exceptional leadership qualities.  Some French language abilities are required for an interview and speaking at the parade.  However, the priority for the applicants is the student’s understanding of Joan’s significance and the desire to represent her in the parade.  The winner of the annual competition stars in the2015 parade as the maid on horseback. Here’s the link to competition details and application.

Check the Krewe’s website for more details.

Calling all Dads!

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Nov 192014

treesaleWe need dads to come out and help load trees for Audubon’s holiday tree and wreath sale on Saturday, December 6 from 8-11AM at the Milan campus.  We also need a power saw and two saw horses.  To volunteer or to loan a saw and saw horses, please contact Sophia Griffies, Development Specialist, at Sophia­ or 324-7100.

Trees can still be ordered through Friday, November 21.  We also still have a few 20” and 24” wreaths for sale.   Purchases can be made at  Proceeds will support the academic games and debate teams’ participation in national competitions in the spring.

Audubon Keep Louisiana Beautiful

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Nov 182014

7861081Audubon Charter School has been awarded a $2,005 Healthy Communities Grant by Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB), the state’s premier anti-litter and community improvement organization.  The grant will pay for recycling bins and recycling signage for the Milan campus, as well as compost bins and portable water coolers for both campuses.  Audubon will seek funding from additional sources to implement recycling at our lower school when we move back to the Broadway campus. We do not have room for a recycling dumpster at the Gentilly campus.

We recognized National Recycling Day on Friday, November 14 by educating students, staff and faculty about the benefits of recycling and how to recycle.  Students are encouraged to bring environmentally friendly, reusable water bottles that can be refilled rather than plastic water bottles.

Keep Louisiana Beautiful is a volunteer-based service organization dedicated to a litter free Louisiana. Each year, KLB awards competitive Healthy Communities Grants to organizations across the State as part of its efforts to “promote personal, corporate, and community responsibility for a clean and beautiful Louisiana.”  Last year over 23,000 people volunteered more than 107,000 hours with KLB’s affiliates.  These volunteers picked up 670,000 lbs. of roadway and waterway litter in an effort to keep our state beautiful.

ACS Debate Team off to a Great Start

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Nov 172014


On Saturday, October 18th, two Audubon Charter teams competed in this year’s first New Orleans Middle School Debate Tournament: Clydia, Freddie, Kirsten, Lexi, Nina, and Solange.  ACS came in 6th overall out of the 10 participating schools. Three placed in the top 20 of 100 participants: Solange 8th, Lexi 6th, and Nina 3rd.  Many thanks to the terrific coaches Matthew Pearson and Pam Rieth!
For more information on debate, contact

Congrats to Newly Elected Board Members!

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Nov 172014

Election Results2If you didn’t make it out to the PTO meeting last week, you missed a riveting election!  Please join us in congratulating the following ACS parents in their new … or in some cases continued … roles serving the ACS community:

PTO President Elect:  Corinne Gibb

PTO Fundraising Co-Chair:  Mandy Lilly

FAME Board Montessori Parent Rep: Jolynn Huntley King

FAME Board French Parent Rep:  Gregory Thompson

Thank you to everyone who came out and voted.  We are grateful for your involvement and hope to see y’all at the next meeting.

Friday, November 14 is Deadline to Order Holiday Trees, Wreaths and Gifts!

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Nov 122014

equalexchangeThis Friday November 14 is the last day to purchase holiday Fraser Fir trees, wreaths and garland, as well as holiday gift items available through your PTO.

 Holiday Trees, Wreaths and Garland

Trees, wreaths and garland will be delivered directly from North Carolina to our Milan campus and are much higher quality than what you can buy at Lowes or Home Depot. Proceeds will benefit our academic games and debate teams by helping to pay for the cost of participation in national competitions. Why buy your trees and holiday decorations elsewhere when you can buy them at Audubon, get a higher quality product, and support our students, all at the same time?

To order or for more details, click on the link to the right or go to (Click “Support”, “Holiday Tree and Wreath Sale.”). For further information or to volunteer to help with tree pick-up on Saturday December 6 (8-11AM), please contact Sophia Griffies, Development Specialist, at or 504-324-7102.

 Equal Exchange and Innisbrook

Support your PTO by purchasing gifts, chocolate, coffee, tea, and wrapping paper for the holidays!  Turn in your forms and checks to your teachers, the office, or the PTO Box by this Friday! Please click on the link below or the flyer to the right for order information.

Please contact with any questions.