M. E. Norman Elementary School

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  • Schools and offices of the St. Mary Parish School Board will be closed on Wednesday, October 28th. Students will be scheduled for distance learning on that day in preparation for Hurricane Zeta. More information is available on the district website.

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School News

  • Red Ribbon Week Activities at Norman

    Posted by M. E. Norman Elementary on 10/25/2020 8:00:00 PM

    Red Ribbon Week at Norman Elementary begins tomorrow.

    To celebrate the week, students are allowed to wear the following items with their uniform shorts, pants or skirts.

     

    • Mon, Oct 26: DARE Day - Wear RED shirt and/or Wear CRAZY SOCKS to Sock it to Drugs!
    • Tue, Oct 27: CHARACTER COUNTS DAY-Wear a TEAM Shirt to Team up Against Drugs!
    • Wed, Oct 28: BULLY-FREE DAY- Wear ORANGE shirt and/or Wear a HAT to Put a lid on drugs!
    • Thu, Oct 29: TOBACCO-FREE DAY! Wear a RED RIBBON t-shirt
    • Fri, Oct 30: Wear PURPLE or Camouflage shirt to Help with the War on Drugs or students may wear a Halloween shirt with jeans for $1.00.

     

    Be sure to check out the list of activities on PeachJar site of the Norman Page.

    Red Ribbon Week Activities

     

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  • Every Child Counts 2020 Census

    Posted by M. E. Norman Web Administrator on 9/24/2020 8:00:00 PM

    Every home has received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Louisiana’s self-response rate is just under 57 percent, which is below the national average. There are a number of parishes where the rate is in the 30s and 20s. Please consider using your system’s communications channels to encourage employees, families and other stakeholders to complete the 2020 Census.

     

    The 2020 Census count impacts the federal funds that communities receive each year for programs and services that are critical for schools, students and younger children, such as:

    ·     Special education, Head Start, after-school programs, and classroom technology

    ·     Food assistance, including free and reduced-price school lunches

    ·     Maternal and child health programs

    ·     Planning, preparedness and recovery efforts for national emergencies, including COVID-19

     

    Self-responses, which can be completed online, by phone or by mail until September 30, ensures federal funding to support Louisiana students.

     

    The Department encourages school systems to explore the 2020 Census Toolbox to find general resources and activities specially designed to be engaging and appropriate for each grade level, from counting for kindergarteners to examining career statistics for high schoolers.

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  • Your Child's Safety is Important to Us

    Posted by M. E. Norman Elementary on 8/13/2020 9:30:00 PM

    M. E. Norman Parents/Guardians,

    Listed below are some of the precautions and procedures we are implementing to help maintain the safety of our students and faculty:

    1. Students entering the building will go straight to the cafeteria to wash their hands, pick up their breakfast, and then head to their classroom where their temperature will be taken.

    2. Students with a temperature of 100.4 or above will be removed from class and placed in a designated area. Parents will be called and must pick up the child.

    3. Students’ desks will be 4-6 ft. apart (to the extent possible) based on CDC recommendations.

    4. Students in grades PreK-2 are not required to wear a mask but may do so as their choice. (school appropriate)

    5. Students in grades 3rd-5th must wear a mask. Students will receive a mask from the school but may wear their own mask (school appropriate). We will have mask breaks throughout the day during P.E., recess, and lunch. Students will be 4-6ft apart during the mask breaks. (to the extent possible).

    6. All students will receive a water bottle with their name. We will have a water filling station student may use as needed. Students may also bring a clear, sealed bottle of water to school. (Please label with the student’s name.) Only water is allowed in the bottle. Water fountains have been turned off.

    7. Students will wash their hands more often throughout the day with soap and water before breakfast, before/after lunch, after recess, when exiting the restroom, and as needed based upon student activities.

    8. Lunch schedules have been spread out to accommodate only a few classes at a time. Classes will be separated by distance and partitions. Some classes will eat in the cafeteria and some will eat in their classrooms.

    9. Recess has been changed to accommodate fewer students on the playground. Areas are designated for classes, and they will not be able to play on the playground equipment or mix with any other class.

    10. Hallway floor markers are being used to direct the flow of traffic so that students will remain in a straight line staying 4-6 ft apart (to the extent possible). Students will use this movement pattern for all transitions between classes, lunch, recess, dismissal, etc.

    11. Students will have P.E. They will have activities that do not allow them to touch each other.

    12. Buses will be at half capacity and may have to run two loads when needed. We encourage parents to drop-off students, if possible, to avoid the number of students on the bus.

    13. Students will be dismissed in groups by bus number, car riders, walkers, bike riders, and aftercare. Each group has a designated area that is monitored by faculty.

    14. During transition periods teachers will clean student’s desks and chairs.

    15. Several times during the day, custodians will clean light switches, door handles, restrooms and any surface that is touched frequently by students and faculty.

    16. Parents and visitors are required to wear a mask and use the buzzer system to communicate with office staff. Parents and visitors are only allowed in the front waiting area. Parents and visitors will not be allowed in the main building at this time.

    If you have any questions or concerns you may contact the school office 9

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  • PreK Updates

    Posted by M. E. Norman Elementary on 8/12/2020 7:00:00 PM

    The new Pre-K start-up dates are as follows:

     

    • Parents will receive a phone call from PreK teacher Ms. B Wiggins on August 24.
    • Virtual Pre-K Parent Orientation Meeting via Microsoft Teams – September 4
    • Pre-K begins (1/2 class) – September 14
    • Pre-K begins (1/2 class) – September 15
    • Pre-K - all students attend – September 16

     

     

    Thank you,

    S Hoffpauir

     

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  • Student Supplies

    Posted by M. E. Norman Elementary on 8/12/2020 7:00:00 PM

    The first day of school is now scheduled for September 8. We are asking parents to drop off your child/children’s school supplies by Friday, September 4. 

    Supplies may be dropped off to the office any day Monday-Friday 7:30-3:00. Supply lists are located on the M. E. Norman webpage.

     

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  • Parent Overview Sessions for Virtual Education Scheduled

    Posted by M. E. Norman Elementary on 8/10/2020 9:30:00 AM

    As part of ongoing preparations to launch a successful start to the school year, St. Mary Parish Schools will be conducting a series of overview sessions for parents who have elected virtual (online) learning for their children. Each session is dedicated to helping prepare students and parents for the daily instruction and routines that will be required at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

    Parents who have elected to enroll their children in the district’s virtual education program should attend overview sessions according to their child’s grade level. Since each overview is different, parents may need to attend more than one session.  All trainings will be delivered online and can be accessed from any device that has internet access, including mobile phones.

    Parent overview sessions will be hosted over the course of several days beginning Tuesday, August 11, with two timeslots to accommodate a parent’s schedule.

    • Elementary School:  Tuesday, August 11 (1:00-2:00 PM) and (5:30-6:30 PM)
    • Middle School: Thursday, August 13 (1:00-2:00 PM.) and (5:30-6:30 PM
    • High School:  Wednesday, August 12tand Monday, August 17 (5:30-6:30 PM)

    At the conclusion of these overview sessions, parents will have until August 19 to make adjustments to their selection of online learning. The district will not be able to honor any educational option changes after August 19 as student schedules for both on-campus and virtual schooling will be finalized.

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  • Elementary Virtual Classroom Expectations

    Posted by Norman Elementary on 7/31/2020

    From Ms. Hoffpauir:

    In order to ensure our Norman children thrive within virtual learning, they will follow a normal instructional schedule.

    Teachers will provide the students with a daily schedule since schedules vary from school to school.

    • Students will be expected to log-in to their computers at 8:00 AM.
    • Teachers will deliver direct instruction to students throughout the day. However, they will not remain on the computer all day from 8:00 AM- 3:00 PM.

    For example, students may be instructed to complete an activity in a workbook or in their Class Notebooks in the Microsoft Teams app.  The teacher will then set a time to meet back in the class to review the work.  This type of cycle can be repeated numerous times throughout the lesson. 

    The students will get breaks between classes, have recess time, lunch time, bathroom breaks, and even a 40 – 45 minute break where they can do things around the house or outside to take the place of PE, library or art. 

    Teachers and students have a segment of the day for intervention and remediation time. During this time, assignments will be given and time will be provided so the teacher can schedule small group intervention or remediation with students. Students may be asked to read independently or to work on Zearn, if they are not working in a small group with the teacher.  

    Additionally, teachers will be available for office hours if parents and student have questions. Parents, you will be given more specific details and will be contacted one day next week with further instructions. We are just wanting to give you an example day for an elementary virtual student, so that you know what to expect. Thank you for your support and understanding! Take Care!

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  • School Opening Procedures

    Posted by School Administrator on 7/27/2020

    M.E. Norman Parents: 

    At the start of school for safety reasons, parents will not be able to enter the school building to walk their child/children to class and help with carrying school supplies as in the past. 

    In order to have a smooth beginning to the year, we will have designated school supply drop off dates and times.  Supplies may be dropped off to the office on the following dates: 

    • July 27 7:30 – 3:30
    • July 28 7:30 – 3:30
    • July 29 7:30 – 3:30
    • July 30 7:30 – 3:30
    • July 31 7:30 – 12:00

    Please use the buzzer by the front door.  We will maintain social distancing and mask requirements in order to have a safe drop-off process.  Supply list are located on the Norman website and at Wal-Mart in Bayou Vista.  Thank you for your support and understanding as we begin the new school year!  Take Care!

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  • Using Fast ForWord at Home

    Posted by M. E. Norman Web Administrator on 6/3/2020 7:40:00 AM

    The Fast ForWord program is an award-winning suite of software exercises that build brain fitness while simultaneously developing cognitive and academic skills. Because the software is web-based, it’s simple for students to use at home.  

     

    Your student will need a quiet environment free of distractions to help them stay focused. They’ll also need access to a computer that meets our requirements*, an internet connection, and headphones. 

     

    Your student’s school has already established a Fast ForWord schedule. Students should continue using Fast ForWord on the same schedule: 3 days per week, 30 minutes each day 

     

    To use the Fast ForWord program at home: 

    1. Open your browser and go to myscilearn.com/learner 
    2. Enter the student’s school or district:  St Mary
    3. Enter the student’s username
    4. Enter the student’s password 
    5. Click the program to start, and complete all highlighted exercises

     

    Important! If using iPad with iOS 13 or higher, please follow these steps before the student logs in: 

    1. On iPad, go to Settings, Safari.
    2. Scroll to Settings for Websites and choose Request Desktop Website.
    3. Change All Websites setting to OFF by moving the green slider to the gray position.

     

    Please note that technical support for the Fast ForWord program is being provided by St Mary Parish, Bridget Guillot and not by Scientific Learning: 

    • Email address: bguillot@stmaryk12.net

     

    What you can do to help your student successfully use the program: 

     

    • Let your student know how much you value his/her participation in the program.   
    • Communicate with your student’s teacher to discuss improvements.
    • Acknowledge your student’s successes!
    • Ensure that your student has great attendance, and limit distractions.

    *You can ask your student’s school for a copy of the technical requirements, if needed.  

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  • School Supply Lists 2020 - 2021

    Posted by M. E. Norman Web Administrator on 6/3/2020 7:00:00 AM

    The school supply lists for M. E. Norman students for the 2020-2021 school year have been posted. To access the list you can go to the parent section of the Norman website and click on the tab for School Supply Lists.  Then choose the grade level that your child is in.  I am also listing the links here for each grade list.  

    These lists will help you to know what your child will need for the first day of school.  Students may need to replace items throughout the year.

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Character Counts!

  • Monday, September 21, 2020 - Friday, September 25, 2020

    Posted by Gidget Everitt on 9/18/2020

    Student: "When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor." -Elon Musk

    Staff: "If kids come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important."  -Barbara Colorose

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SMP CyberSAFE

  • Be Wary of Open Enrollment Scams

    Posted by Susan Dupre on 11/13/2019

    Two important deadlines are quickly approaching for adding or changing your health coverage if you use one of the following options: 

    • Medicare:  December 7
    • Affordable Care Act (ACA): December 15

    Gretchen Abraham from the FTC's Division of Consumer & Business Education has shared the following tips on the Federal Trade Commission's website to help you avoid being scammed:

    For Medicare:

    • There are no Medicare sales representatives. Anyone who tried to sell you Medicare insurance is a scammer. 
    • You do NOT have to join a prescription drug plan to keep your Medicare insurance. Medicare Part D is voluntary and has nothing to do with your regular Medicare coverage.
    • Telephone scammers posing as "official agents" may ask for personal information, offer free equipment or services, ask for a quick payment, or threaten you. Just hang up.
    • Help with Medicare is available at medicare.gov or 1-800-MEDICARE.

    For Affordable Care Act:

    • Compare plans and quality ratings at healthcare.gov, where you can also enroll.
    • This year, you can also sign up for an ACA plan directly with certain certified partners.  Make sure a company is on the Certified Partner list before giving them your information. 
    • After you apply for ACA, you may get a phone call from the Marketplace asking you to verify information or supply additional information. If you are unsure about trusting the caller, ask the representative to mail you a letter with instructions for completing your application.
    • Help for ACA is available from the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596.  You can also meet with a local assistant in your community who will offer free assistance. Local assistance can be found through the Local Assistance tool.
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  • SMP CyberSAFE Archives

    Posted by Susan Dupre on 8/5/2019

    CyberSAFE
    See past postings at the SMP CyberSAFE archives page.

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