April 8, 2021
To the Parent or Guardian of 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Virtual Students:
LEAP2025 is quickly approaching for ALL Louisiana students in grades 3 through 5. All students are required to take this assessment at their assigned school building. We have arranged for them to arrive/depart and the assessment to be administered in a safe, socially distanced atmosphere. Students are expected to wear a school uniform and a mask.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS. Test dates for 3rd & 4th-grade students are April 28th, 29th, 30th & May 3rd, and May 4th. Test dates for 5th-grade students are May 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, and 17th. Students must be dropped off in the front office of the school at 8:50 each morning of the test to check-in and have their temperature taken. Most will be completed their testing sessions by noon. Pick-up times will vary depending on the test day. A message will be sent to you via SchoolStatus when your student is finished for the day. Please reply on SchoolStatus to Ms. Arnona to verify you have received this letter regarding the LEAP Test dates and information. If your child does not have a uniform, please have them wear navy or khaki shorts or pants and a plain white shirt. Please call me with any other questions at 504-556-0900.
Dear Meraux Families,
Welcome to Arlene Meraux Elementary School! I would like to introduce myself to those students and families who may not know me. My name is Natalie Albers, and I will serve you as the Principal of Arlene Meraux Elementary. I am excited to begin working with each of you this school year. I am beginning my 19th year in education, having served all of these years in St. Bernard Parish Public Schools. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, New Orleans, and went on to receive my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of New Orleans. It is my honor and privilege to serve you this year, and for many years to come.
Arlene Meraux Elementary is excited to offer a new, state of the art campus for our students in a loving and caring environment. Our faculty and staff have worked extremely hard this summer to prepare for the opening of school and the arrival of students. I am sure you will be impressed with the instructional programs, support, and progress your child will experience. During this unprecedented time, we are hopeful that the relationships we develop with our students will help them feel safe and confident in their abilities so they can thrive.
I am eager to work with each and every one of you. If I can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to call or email me. I can be reached at (504)556-0900 or email@example.com. Please check out our website for additional information.
Natalie C. Albers
The second graders at Arlene Meraux Elementary learned about Ancient Greek Civilization and Greek Mythology. Students enjoyed learning about the Spartan Army, Greek gods and goddesses, mythical animals such as the Minotaur, Sphinx, and the Nemean Lion, and about the Olympic Games. The second-grade teachers hosted the Second Grade Olympic Games. Students enjoyed competing against each other in chariot races and foot races. Students also created their own web-like Arachne the weaver. Students ended the day by running through the labyrinth and dressing up like Greek characters. Arlene Meraux Elementary students love to learn and are engaging in their education.
The second graders at Arlene Meraux Elementary learned about fairy tales and tall tales for the first few weeks of school. Students enjoyed talking about fairy tales such as "The Fisherman and his Wife," "Beauty and the Beast," and "The Emperor's New Clothes." They also enjoyed some exaggerations from the tall tales in this unit such as "Paul Bunyan," "Casey Jones," "John Henry,' and "Pecos Bill." Students were able to dress up as their favorite tall tale or fairy tale character. They presented to the class who they were and a summary of their story. After lunch, students participated in Fairy Tale and Tall Tale centers. Students ate pancakes similar to the colossal flapjacks Paul Bunyan and Babe ate to keep them logging. They created a train track like the one Casey Jones drove his "Iron Horse" on. Students also designed a mural from their favorite fairy tale. The students ended their centers with a fairy tale or a tall tale of their choosing. Arlene Meraux Elementary students love to learn and are engaging in their education.