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May, 2012


"12 Books" Distributed

More than 130 First Grade students squealed with delight and excitement as the first annual distribution of free books for summer reading took place Friday afternoon May 18. It was the first implementation of the "12 Books" Summer Reading Program, which proved to be an immediate success with 1560 books distributed.

Each student received 12 free books. They had chosen the books for themselves back in February with the help of volunteer students from the Slidell High School Teaching Academy. The books came in this week and were handed out in a special ceremony attended by the several parent volunteers, Teaching Academy volunteers, and celebrity readers who were part of the event earlier in the year.

Several community sponsors donated funds to purchase the books, which will help the youngsters maintain their reading skills through the summer vacation. Principal Dr. April Owens said the progress the children make improving their reading skills will be monitored, and the program will be repeated next year, for the same group of kids as they enter second grade, and also for the incoming first grade students.

The "12 Books" Reading Program was an idea brought to the school by parent Jenny Helbret who had heard about it in Florida. She helped emcee the distribtution ceremony, thanking the committee, the volunteers, and the celebrity readers who made it all possible.

Community sponsors included Exxon, Target, the School's PTA, Textron Land and Marine Systems, Slidell Lioness Club, and the Slidell Women's Civic Club. Here are some photographs of the book distribution ceremony.



Visual Art Student
Wins Art Contest

Matthew Bruno, first grade from Bonne Ecole, won first place in his division in visual art in the 2012 Environmental Awareness Art and Language Arts Contest.  His entry was chosen from over 700 entries from across the state.  The contest was sponsored by the Alcoa Foundation, the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission, and the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries.  He will be honored at a reception at the Governor's Mansion in June along with his principal and TAP Art teacher Robyn Kennedy. 


April, 2012


Easter Hats

Bonne Ecole preschoolers proudly show off the Easter hats that they made in class.


March, 2012


Mardi Gras Royalty

Michael Calero and Stephanie Glynn represent King and Queen of the Bonne Ecole Elementary Mardi Gras Parade.

Stephanie Glynn, Queen of the Bonne Ecole Elementary Mardi Gras Parade



February, 2012


Jerseys for Jeremy


Celebrity Readers

Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith reads to first grade students at Bonne Ecole Elementary School. Chief Smith was invited to be a celebrity reader to help kick off the school's new Twelve Books literacy and summer learning program.

Mrs. Homburg and Mrs. Mullet's classes.

Mrs. Riviere's class.

Summer Reading Book Fair Held

Getting reading for a summer of reading adventure, first grade students at Bonne Ecole Elementary School in Slidell, are now taking part in the “Twelve Books Book Fair,” with special visits by a host of celebrity readers from the community.

Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith read to the students in two classes February 8, State Senator A. G. Crowe visited the school on February as that day’s “Celebrity Reader,” and Supervisor Scottie Kuhlman, at one time principal of Bonne Ecole Elementary, was the February 13 special visitor. Slidell Police Captain Kevin O’Neill is scheduled as the Celebrity Reader for Wednesday, February 15.

The Twelve Books Book Fair gives first grade students the opportunity to select 12 books they would like to read during the coming summer months. This is being done to improve reading skills and lessen academic losses during the two month break. Each Celebrity Reader selects one of the books available to the first grade students to get them off to a good start.

Parent volunteers and members of the Slidell High School Teaching Academy, led by Ms. Donna Manette, help the students choose their books during the book fair. The entire program is being coordinated by parent volunteer Jenny Helber. She wrote a grant and solicited donations from the Slidell community to be able to purchase the books. Among the groups contributing to the project were Target, Exxon, Bonne Ecole’s PTA Chapter, the Slidell Women’s Civic Club, and Slidell Lionesses.

The pictures below show the book fair in progress, with parent volunteers and students from Slidell High helping the first grade students choose their books.


January, 2012

Awareness Event

Fifth grade students Alexis Klingbeil, Kayla Culotta, and Aidan Milford enjoy a presentation by Renee Allen and her guide dog, Garen Eli, during Bonne Ecole’s Abilities Awareness,
Visual Impairment Event.


December, 2011


Cafeteria Scenes

Cafeteria Manager Kris Lairsey shares these photos of 1st graders
decorating wreaths made of dough!




Lego Robotics

Bonne Ecole Elementary 6 th graders, Reilly Helber and Gabriel Nelson compete in the Lego Robotics tournament.


November, 2011

Red Barn Visit

Noah Bordes and Kaymron Arnouville hold baby puppies during the Red Barn Farm visit at Bonne Ecole Elementary School. 

October, 2011


Celebrating National School Lunch Week



September, 2011


Smart Night

Sixth Grade Smart Night



Fire Department Visits

Grandparents Breakfast Visitors



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