Rare Bird Alums Represent at Greater NO Science & Engineering Fair

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Mar 302015

gnosef_1Several ACS alumni including Naomi M., Corinna Z., and Mitzi Z., all now at Ben Franklin High School, participated in the 69th Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair February 28th held at UNO.

Corinna Z. was awarded first prize of the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers – New Orleans Branch and is a runner up to the 1st prize of the ASM (Materials
Engineering) Foundation.

National Geographic Bee Tonight in Baton Rouge

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Mar 272015
2000101The state tournament for the National Geographic Bee will take place tonight, Friday  March  27, 2015 in Baton Rouge. Sebastien B., a 4th grader in the French Program will represent Audubon Charter School and compete with 99 students from Louisiana.
Bonne chance, Sebastien!

ACS Acadmic Games take the Gold … and gold, and gold, and gold.

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Mar 272015
agloalogoYesterday the ACS Academic Games stole the show during the New Orleans League play off for on-set returning home with FOUR GOLD THINKERS to be on display at the school for a year.  ACS won the following categories:
Presidents, Propaganda, Equations, and On-sets.  Congratulations to our team and to the coaches.
The New Orleans League of Academic Games that competes all year round invite ONLY the best 20 students for the Elementary Division combining their scores for Presidents, Equations, Propaganda and On-Sets. In the Middle Division ONLY the best 15 students are invited.
For the Elementary Division,  Audubon Charter School  students represent 40 % of the entire New Orleans League that qualified to go to the National Competition. For the Middle Division, Audubon Charter School students represent 27% of the entire New Orleans League that qualified to go to the National Competition.
Our 8 students in the Elementary Division are : Rachel C., Derek W., Ava W., Lily M., Jack C.,  Eli P., Patrick K,, and Maxwell H. Our 4 students in the Middle Division are: Eli Z., Adil L., Jack P., and Joaquin G.
The national tournament will start on Friday April 24th and last till Monday evening on April 27th in Orlando, Florida. Since this is the 50th anniversary of AGLOA, the league is giving the opportunity to these hard- working students to spend a day at Universal Studio on Tuesday.

It’s Spring Cleaning Time

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Mar 272015

After a very successful trial run of this new fundraiser in the fall, the PTO has collected $685 dollars so far. Please take the opportunity to clean your closest during spring break.  Fill a garbage bag with children’s and women’s clothes (no sleepwear, undies, socks or damaged/strained/altered items) and bring it to the PTO collection box at both campuses (located in the office at Gentillly and in front of office at Milan).  The collection will be only the week of April 6th to April 10th. You can also have fun looking at where the clothes are going and how much we are earning here.  “Thank you” to Amane for organizing this great event.

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Le Grand Pique-Nique Saturday in Baton Rouge

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Mar 262015

Baton Rouge Foreign Language Academic Immersion Magnet invites you to le 20eme Grand Pique-Nique annuel de la Louisiana on Saturday March 28th from 10am to 2pm.  The picnic takes place at the Magnolia Mound Plantation, 2161 Nicholson Drive, Baton Rouge.  There will be sack races, tug-a-war, music, a spelling bee, hands-on history, story telling, dancing, a job fair, and tours.

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M. Guillaume’s Class Studies Antiquity

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Mar 242015

antiq3Article de Monsieur Guillaume:

“Dans le cadre de l’étude de l’Antiquité et des textes fondateurs, les 6e d’Audubon ont eu à choisir un dieu à interpréter et à le présenter de manière vivante et distrayante devant un public. Ce projet s’inscrit dans une étude transversale du programme franco-américain : cette période est étudiée en arts, en histoire et aussi en ELA. En présentant ces dieux de cette manière, les enfants ont pu se mettre dans la peau d’une divinité et interagir les-uns avec les autres. Une suite possible sera de mettre en scène certains mythes ou épisodes mythologiques “.

Translation by Corinne G.:

In a study of the Antiquity and the old texts, the French 6th graders at Audubon chose a god to present in front of the class. This period is studied in Art, History and English in the program. They dressed up, they gave facts and interacted with each other acting out the part! We might just see a play coming soon on some of the Myth of the time!


Featured Interview with Sophia Griffies

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Mar 192015

Sophia at SorieeBy: Yolanda W. Page.

The Audubon Charter School Soiree fundraiser is 7pm, Saturday, March 21 at Mid-City Theatre. There will be a buffet dinner and live and silent auctions. Amy Alvarez, the Sirens of New Orleans and the Siren Sisters will provide entertainment.  Tickets may be purchased at www.auduboncharter.com. Sponsorships are also available.

Sophia Griffies, Audubon Charter School’s Development Specialist, is coordinating the fundraiser; I recently conducted an email interview with her to learn more about the fundraiser and her:

YWP: What is the origin of the Soiree/how long has it been in existence?

SG: The Soirée came into existence shortly after Audubon reopened as a charter school after Hurricane Katrina in 2006.

YWP: How was this year’s theme chosen?

SG: The idea for a Cabaret theme came to us because the event is being held at the Mid-City Theatre, and March is cabaret month at the Theatre.

YWP: What can a guest expect?

SG: The Soirée is the perfect opportunity to meet and socialize with other parents and have a great time! The event offers excellent food by local chefs, music, dancing, and a variety of live and silent auction items. We are very excited that the Sirens and Amy Alvarez, a well-known local cabaret singer, will perform this year.

YWP: What is the fundraising goal? How can parents and friends of Audubon help you?

SG: Funds raised at the Soirée, as well as Annual Fund gifts and proceeds from City Park Amusement Night, go towards our unrestricted fundraising goal, which is $85,650. Parents and friends of Audubon can help by getting involved and volunteering! It’s not too late to volunteer for this year’s Soirée. We still need volunteers, and interested parents can contact me at Sophia_Griffies@auduboncharter.com or 342-7100.

YWP: How are the proceeds used or what do they benefit?

SG: Proceeds benefit our students and help fund the cost of our advanced Montessori and French curricula by paying for essential expenses such as additional teachers, teaching assistants, increased security, and technology.

YWP: How long have you been coordinating the Soiree? What is your fondest memory?

SG: I’ve been coordinating the Soirée for six years. My fondest memory is dancing on the stage at the 70’s Soirée in my bellbottoms and Farrah Fawcett wig.

YWP: I am sure Rarebird parents and friends would like to know some things about you. What is your favorite quote and why?

SG: “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans,” John Lennon. This is so true. People tend to say, “Oh, when I have more money, I’ll do this” or “when I have some time, I’ll do that.” I’m guilty of this too. We have to take advantage of all the moments and use the time that we have now to do the things that are fulfilling and bring us happiness.

YWP: Who or what inspires you?

SG: My mom was a huge inspiration for me. She was kind and generous and always took time to do thoughtful acts for others. She was also a very savvy, smart and accomplished woman with her own unique sense of style.

YWP: What is something about yourself that very few people know?

SG: I live in the French Quarter above a hair salon.

YWP: What is your favorite part of your job?

SG: I have really enjoyed working with and getting to know parent volunteers. There are many parents whom I have worked with over the years whom I now consider friends.

YWP: If there is one thing about your job that you could change, what would it be?

SG: I would no longer do any data entry!

YWP: Anything else you’d like to share?

SG: I love the warm and welcoming environment of Audubon. It’s a great place to work.

Sophia and the rest of the Soiree planning committee look forward to seeing you Saturday, March 21st.

Yolanda’s daughter, Brooke, is a kindergartener in the Montessori Program.

ACS Debate Team News

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Mar 182015

debate1Audubon’s Rare Birds represented our school well in the Xavier Invitational Debate Tournament on Saturday, March 7. Eleven students made up four teams: Clydia D and Jaylon L; Kennedy D, Myrielle G, and Eli Z; Freddie B, Nyela J, and Kirsten J; and Nina B, Solange B, and Lexi Z.

Six of our eleven students placed in the top 25 of all the debaters participating. Clydia D ranked 22nd, Eli Z 20th,

Jaylon L 13th, Solange B 7th, Nina B 3rd, and Lexi Z second place.

The team with Lexi, Nina, and Solange came in 5th overall! ​

The next and final tournament for this academic year will be held at Tulane University on April 25th. It is not too late to participate: see Ms Pam or Mr Matthew for details.

Great job, Rarebirds!

PTO Meeting Moved to April 9th

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Mar 182015

PTO_meeting_imageThe PTO General meeting has been rescheduled for April 9th.  There will be a featured speaker as well as a performance from our students.  The meeting will be held at the Milan campus and we hope to also have a food truck to make sure no one misses dinner.  Mark your calendars and hope to see you there.