As we begin to approach the final weeks of school, it is an ideal time to look back and reflect on our successes for the year. I am so proud of all of the children for working so hard to learn and grow as students and citizens. The students and faculty have embraced our theme of “Let Your Mind Shine!” in so many ways. It has been a wonderful year of watching our students learning and reaching the highest levels of success! With the help of parents, faculty and staff, and one another, students have shown success on so many levels. They should be so proud of themselves for all they have accomplished.
On May 4th, St. Tammany voters will be asked to renew an existing bond millage to make necessary improvements to school security, technology, and facilities across our School System and enable funds to be used to keep School Resource Officers (SROs) and Mental Health Providers (MHPs) in all of our schools by rededicating an existing millage. These important initiatives will not impact the amount of taxes you currently pay.
The bond projects and school safety millage rededication will:
· Provide critical safety and security measures at every school and site
· Maintain SRO and MHP support at all 55 schools
· Install a camera and electronic lock system on school entry doors
· Set up an electronic access control system for exterior doors at all schools and sites
· Improve technology infrastructure at every school
· Upgrade and expand security cameras and safety technology at every school
· Expand Chromebook pilot to provide one-to-one computer access to students grades 4 – 12
· Build permanent brick-and- mortar classrooms to eliminate the oldest modular buildings
If you need to register to vote by mail or in person, the last day to register is Wednesday, April 3rd. If registering online through Geaux Vote, the last day to register is Saturday, April 13th. Early voting is April 20 – 27 (except Sunday) from 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM at the following locations: St. Tammany Justice Center Parking Garage (601 N. Jefferson Avenue, Covington), Parish Council Chambers (21490 Koop Drive, Mandeville), and The Towers Building (520 Old Spanish Trail, Suite 2F, Slidell).
Mandeville Elementary is able to meet our students’ needs so well due to the dedication of parents, faculty staff and volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering next year, please contact our PTA for opportunities that fit your schedule. We are always looking for helping hands! Thank you to each person who has given so generously with time, talents, and treasures to ensure our students’ success.
During the week of April 29, our third graders will be participating in statewide assessments. The students have been working so hard all year. This week is an opportunity for them to showcase their knowledge and understanding. We know they are going to perform their best! In accordance with testing guidelines and security, we cannot have volunteers or visitors in the building, including the classrooms and cafeteria. To help with testing week, we recommend your children’s schedules remain as normal as possible. Please make sure they get a good night’s sleep each night and have a nutritious, protein rich breakfast each day.
For all of our students and families returning next year, we are already making plans for another positive, productive school year. To all of our 3rd graders and families who will be moving over the summer, we will certainly miss you all. We wish you luck in all you do in the future. We know you will be making a positive difference as you move along in your journey.
As always, please remember that you can contact me at school 985-626-3950 or through email email@example.com.
Yours in education,
Chantelle Smith, M. Ed., NBCT