A Playground is Coming!

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Aug 312015

playgroundMany parents have been asking about the empty expanse of dirt that surrounds the newly renovated Broadway building and there are indeed BIG plans in place for a playground.  ACS has met with architects and landscapers to draw up a beautiful plan that makes use of the outdoor space and provides the students with many options for play.  Because this is a large project, the school is required to follow a formal bid process and the PTO would like to raise funds for some parts of the new plan.  Work is happening … it’s just not visible yet.

The rendering of the new playground will be displayed for parents and teachers at the first PTO meeting on September 17th at the lower school campus on Broadway.  Please join us for a glimpse of this great plan.

In the meantime, the kids will continue to use the two Imagination Playgrounds that the school was awarded while the administration works on breaking ground on our new outdoor space.

Baby Artsplay for Future Rare Birds

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Aug 282015

youngaudiencesYoung Audiences of Louisiana will hold Wolf Trap Baby Artsplay! classes on Tuesdays at 10am at the Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center, 3900 General Taylor St. in the Multipurpose Room. The Fall session will be September 8 through October 6.

The Baby Artsplay! classes are for all infants and toddlers from 1-3 years and their caregivers. Baby Artsplay! teaches parents and caregivers how to integrate music, movement, and drama into everyday playtime to foster a child’s developmental growth and bonding.

Baby Arts Play! focuses on supporting the intellectual, language/emergent literacy, social/emotional, and physical development of children under 36 months of age. Taught by Louisiana Wolf Trap certified Teaching Artists, the classes engage children, and their parents or caregivers, in arts experiences designed to include all learning styles in multisensory, active experiences that facilitate language and vocabulary, social/emotional and motor skills, and promote understanding of the arts as an integral part of early childhood development.

The classes are $10 per class or $45 for the five class Fall session. For more information about the program and to register, email jenny@ya4la.org, visit www.ya4la.org, or call 504-523-3525.

Young Audiences of Louisiana recently moved its permanent office to the Broadmoor Center. Louisiana Wolf Trap is an initiative of Young Audiences of Louisiana.

Picture Day on Friday

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Aug 262015

picture+dayGet your kids gussied up because Friday is picture day!  Students should have fliers outlining the photography packages in their backpacks.  Simply pick the one that you prefer, enclose a check, and tuck the envelope into your child’s communication folder.

Proceeds benefit the Friends of Audubon PTO.

Hallow-Oui is Coming

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Aug 262015

ffFrontSave the date for Hallow-Oui on October 24th, 2015.  This event is brought to you by the Friends of Audubon PTO and is a major fundraiser that benefits the school.

We are always looking for strong leaders and enthusiastic volunteers. If you are interested in taking on one of the leadership positions, contact TracyCameron at pinestreetpictures@gmail.com.  For general volunteering contact Anne Riley at amahlert@yahoo.com.

Milan Back to School Night 8/27

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Aug 242015

back_to_school_nightHead on over to the upper campus for Back to School Night on Thursday, August 27.  The event runs from 5:00-7:oo pm.  Back to School Night is a wonderful opportunity to view your child’s new classroom, meet the teacher, and learn more about the curriculum for the year.

What Happened to Arts Reach?

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Aug 242015

artsimgA flier was sent home on Friday with this fall’s Arts Reach offerings.  Arts Reach is an after school program with programs to enrich and educate students and can also serve as an alternative to After Care.  The activities available for this year were … limited … for both campuses, especially the lower school.  The lower school offerings include only French Homework Center, the new Montessori Enrichment, and Guitar.  The upper school offers those plus chess.  There is no Run for Fun, karate, or chorus.  The offerings have been declining over the years but this season’s schedule was surprising.

If you are interested in voicing your concern regarding the lack of activities for the fall, please contact Assistant Principals, Latoye Brown (lower) at latoye_brown@auduboncharter.com and J’Vann Martin (upper) at Jvann_martin@auduboncharter.com.

Skate Night, Tuesday 8/25

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Aug 242015

skate2 The RETURN OF SKATE NIGHT is tomorrow night.  Audubon Charter School’s private skate night at Airline Skate Center costs only $5.00 (including skate rental) and runs from 6:30 – 8:30pm.  Doors open at 6:15pm.  The snack bar will be open and is running a $3 special that includes a hot dog, fountain drink, and a bag of chips OR a slice of pizza and a fountain drink.

Skate Night is a popular fundraiser that supports the PTO.  It’s always a hit with the kids and those parents brave enough to jump in.  Please join us!

Week One – Well Done!

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Aug 212015

balloon_PNG583Congratulations!  You survived the first week of school  It’s a good thing it was only three days.  Parents and teachers will need the weekend to recover from carpool – especially those with kids at both schools.

The PTO is excited about the new year.  We would like to remind parents that we have THREE open positions: Secretary, Fundraising Co-Chair, and Communications Co-Chair.  There is little time commitment – we only ask that you put in what you are able to.  These are unpaid positions … but we are a fun bunch and will be grateful for your service.  If you are interested, and you should be, contact Mandy Lilly at president@audubonpto.org.

Girl Scouts Meeting Friday

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Aug 202015

Pathways1The first meeting of the Lower School Audubon Charter Girl Scouts will be this Friday, August 21st.  Girls are to report to the library at the Broadway campus after school.  This event is for any and all girls interested in joining (or rejoining) a troop for the 2015-16 school year.

Parents of older girls, please contact your troop leader for the first Milan meeting.

Back to Broadway

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Aug 182015


The ribbon cutting at the newly renovated Broadway Campus was standing room only yesterday morning.  Many members Orleans Parish School Board were present to receive praise for a job well done – despite the large number of men in hard hats still working on different areas of the building.  Robert Morris of the Uptown Messenger wrote a nice piece chronicling the many obstacles that Audubon Charter has faced along the lengthy renovation process.

Anyone who has been with ACS before and during the renovation knows just how long this renovation has taken and it wasn’t without some loss.  Many parents withdrew their children rather than face the twice daily commute to Gentilly.  Having the campuses so far apart fractured the school community as parents picked up their children while sitting in their car, rather than waiting together at the school gate.  For that reason, the ceremony yesterday was bittersweet.  BUT that’s not to say that the sweet does not outweigh the bitter.

The new classrooms of ACS are updated for the 21st century and the cafeteria is bright and cheery.  Though not yet completed, the landscaping plans include plenty of green space and an area for the kids to ride bicycles and practice road skills.  This is our new, beautiful campus as ACS grows into the new school year and it’s great to be back Uptown.

To echo Councilmember Susan Guidry who spoke yesterday, “thank you” to all of the parents and teachers who have stayed with Audubon.  You have held your commitment to ACS and kept the community going.  Thank you and Merci.