The vision of Paul J. Solis Elementary is to foster The mission of the Solis community –
excellence in education, establish life-long students, parents, faculty, and business
learning, and encourage supportive community partners is to nurture and challenge
relationships. It is our belief that all students can students while establishing strong
learn and all teachers can empower our d iverse foundations for life – long learn ing.
population to be successful members in a literate
Paul J. Solis Elementary
We are well into the second semester of the school year. It can be a very difficult time for some
students. The curriculum becomes more difficult and the students have to study more. As parents,
you can help your child by working with him/her. You can provide a quiet, well- lit place for doing
homework, ask to see homework assignments daily, and help with studying for tests. Please emphasize
the importance of good behavior, paying attention in class, and following directions. Please note that
early check outs can effect grades. We are working until we start dismissal at 3:40 p.m.
Early checkouts cause incomplete work and lower student grades. With your continued
support and efforts we can make the second semester successful for our students.
School takes in at 9:00 a.m. Students cannot arrive on campus prior to 8:30 a.m. Teachers do not report to
duty until 8:30 a.m. Also, students cannot be checked out after 3:15 p.m. This is an extremely busy time
and creates problems for your child, the office and teachers. If you must check out your child, please do
so before 3:15 p.m. Please remember that students who receive less than four hours of instructional time
per day will be marked a half (1/2) day absent. Students checked in late or who are checked out early will
be counted absent for those minutes. Students with 15 TARDIES AND/OR EARLY CHECK OUTS
MUST be referred to the Truancy Center. At five (5) tardies students receive a warning letter and after
ten (10) tardies students receive a UPC suspension. Daily checkouts do affect your child’s perfect
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST – Family Night for Kindergarten to 2nd grade students with parents and
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd – Family Night for 3rd to 5th grade students with parents.
Please come out to enjoy fun filled activities and refreshments from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7 TH – Parent Conference Day / Staff Development
Students do not attend school on Monday, February 7th . Parent Conference Day will begin
at 4:40 P.M. & end at 7:40 P.M. Your child’s teacher will be sending home information regarding
appointments. Most teachers will have a first come first serve policy.
YEARBOOKS are still available, the price is $15.00 .
RECORDS- Several students will be attending one of the JPPSS magnet schools for
2010-11, just a reminder to anyone requesting copies (we do not have any original
documents, parents should have the originals) from their child’s records (test scores, report
cards, birth certificate, social security card, etc.) must contact the office 24 hours in
If you have not replenished your child’s school supplies for the second semester, it is time to do so.
INTERIM REPORTS – will be issued the week of February 14th . A signed copy must be returned to
your child’s teacher. Detentions will be issued to those students that do not return the signed copy within
The Jefferson Parish School Board recognizes certain categories of employees and volunteers for the
work they do on behalf of public education. This month we will recognize the Teacher Assistants,
Monitors, and Substitutes.
Parents please do not send/bring King Cakes to school. Parties are permitted only on special holidays.
King Cake parties take away from instructional time. Please cooperate with this request! Also,
Valentine’s Day Balloons/Bouquets are NOT allowed! Students will only be allowed to exchange
Valentine Cards with other students!
Each day that your child is not in class, counts AGAINST our School Performance
Score on our School Report Card. If your child is ill and you take your child to the
doctor, always secure a doctor’s excuse and send the note to your child’s teacher. If
your child is ill and you do not take your child to the doctor, please write a note to
the school. When your child returns to school, he/she must have a note! Your child
needs to ask for make-up work!
UPDATE YOUR EMERGENCY CARDS – Parents please inform the school
if you have a new home, cell, or work telephone number. We have a minimum of
25 students per day calling home sick and at least 20 of those students have disconnected
telephone numbers. Your cooperation with this would be greatly appreciated.
STUDENT OF THE YEAR
Our Student of the Year for 2010-11 is Christine Racadio. Congratulations!
SPRING PICTURES – will be taken on Thursday, March 3, 2011 and students
will not receive a proof for you to review like in the past. Students purchasing a picture
package will be allowed to wear their Spring clothes for the pictures, however, they must
follow the Jefferson Parish Public School System dress code (please refer to your handbook)
MORNING DETENTIONS/TUTORING – does not begin until 8:00 a.m. Students
CANNOT arrive at school before 8:00 a.m. (There is no one on duty to supervise them)
PARENTS CAN HELP!.. Do not park at any spot with a “no parking” sign. Please use the visitor
parking spots and do not park in the faculty parking lot. All students must cross with the crossing
guard. Please make sure that if your child walks to school and the family pet must accompany
him/her, the pet should be on a leash! PLEASE!!! NO U-TURNS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE
STREET, THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS AND SOMEONE IS GOING TO GET HIT BY A CAR!
We are taking down license plate numbers and you will be called in for a conference.
HEART HEALTHY – Mrs. Belinda would like to announce that in P.E. and Health the students are
learning how to take care of themselves by eating properly and exercising in order to live long healthy
lives. On Friday, February 25th , we will hold our annual Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. Last year we
turned in $3,300 dollars which was the most in the state. This year we would like to send in $4,000 or
more. All the money raised here in Louisiana will stay here to help fund research and patient care for
anyone having heart related problems. The foundation also provides schools with learning materials and
nutritional ideas to help get our children in shape. Did you know that 500,000 Americans die from heart
related diseases every year and about 33% of children who are obese will be diagnosed with diabetes or
heart problems a day.
Around the second week of February, your child will receive a fund raiser envelope in which to put their
donations. The top of the envelope must be filled out with your child’s name, teacher’s name, grade,
school name, and your signature to me in order for them to participate. You will keep the donation part of
the envelope until the day we actually do the jumping. Prizes will be awarded based on the amount of
money each child turns in. For every $10.00 or more each child brings in, they will get to throw a water
balloon at me (example: if your child turns in $200, he/she will get to throw 20 balloons at me) The
student bringing the most money will receive the jump rope for heart prizes, a letter from the president
plus an extra prize from the school. The class bringing in the most money in the school will receive a
party and chances to win other prizes throughout the month.
In order to reach our goal, we will also be selling heart bracelets for .50 cents on Mondays, heart stickers
for .50 cents on Tuesdays, Valentine cards with a sucker attached will be sold for .50 cents on
Wednesdays, shoe or backpack chains and charms for .50 cents each Thursdays and pencils for a quarter
on Fridays. Rosebuds will be sold for a dollar each week before Valentines Day. All monies received
will be given to the Heart Foundation.
Thank you, Mrs. Belinda
Homework Tips : Solis provides agendas for grades 1-5 for students to copy their homework, please
be sure to check your child’s agenda each night. Help your child establish a homework time everyday
Provide a quiet, well- lit place where there will be little interruption, be accessible to your child during
their homework time.
HIGH STAKES TESTING
The writing part of 4th grade LEAP Standardized Testing begins the
week of March 21st
The 4th grade students are required to pass the L.E.A.P. test in order to be promoted
to the 5th grade. Students who do not pass the L.E.A.P. will be allowed to attend the
summer remediation program AND MUST pass the summer retest in order to be
considered for promotion.
Once the testing process has begun, tardy students will not be allowed to go to the class until all classes
have completed testing. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CHILD ARRIVES AT SCHOOL
ON TIME and IS IN ATTENDANCE ALL WEEK!
Studies have proven that students that get a full night of rest and eat a good breakfast perform
better academically in school. Please give your child a boost with a nourishing breakfast and have them
in bed early.
Please do not make doctor or dentist appointme nts, or plan vacations during the week of testing.
Students MUST be in attendance all five days. Rewards will be issued for students that have perfect
attendance that week and for students who put forth their best efforts on their test.
More information will be included in the March newsletter.
CLASSROOM NEWS FOR FEBRUARY
The kindergarteners are learning about measurement, time, and money in math. We continue working
very hard on sounding out simple words and reading sight words. We are in the process of testing these
reading skills so please practice, practice, practice!
We will celebrate our 100th Day of Kindergarten on February 8 th . The children are looking forward to
many fun learning activities centered around 100. We will also celebrate Valentine’s Day and President’s
The time has come to replenish our supply of hand sanitizer and Kleenex. If you are able please send one
or more items. Also, originally we requested all children to wear Velcro shoes, but many are wearing
shoes with laces. Please help us by either purchasing Velcro type shoes or teaching your children how to
tie his or her shoe laces.
1st Grade News
Starting the 3 rd nine weeks of school your chil d has to read ALL of his /her test by themselves. This is part of learning
independence and being able to succeed in first grade.
The third nine weeks is a crucial time, please keep tabs on your child’s grades. Contact your child’s teacher with any
We just celebrated our 100th day of school. A good time was had by all.
Look for news about our Krewe of Good Books project. We will be sending it home within the next week.
Dismissal: you must send a note with your child if you are changing the way your
child gets home, without a note we will have to go by what is on file in the office.
Homework: Ho mework needs to be completed every night. Ho mework as well as agendas must be signed every
Math Facts: Please study these nightly and time your child. They need to memo rize these facts. This is the basic
foundation for all mathematics.
Readi ng: Please read nightly with your child. They need to be able to fluently read more than 40 words per
minute by the end of first grade.
Uniforms: please make sure your child is in full unifo rm every day. Full unifo rm includes belts, socks that can be
seen and shirts tucked. Check the So lis handbook, children should only be wearing white or black tennis shoes.
Shoes: please make sure your child can tie h is or her shoes. Untied shoes pose a danger to your child.
Please remember to put your chil d’s name on sweat shirts and jackets.
Most importantl y Hug and Kiss your chil d everyday and tell them how s pecial they are!
2nd Grade ne ws
January was an exciting month in second grade. First, we had a wonderful 100th day of school! We spent
the day reading stories, playing math games, and sharing poems and songs with the first graders. Next, we
went to see the play "Once Upon a Mattress", performed by JPPSS talented students. Finally, we had the
opportunity to share math and literacy activities with all of our second grade Solis families at Family Math
and Literacy Night.
Parents, please remember to read with your child each night and practice addition and subtraction facts.
The end of the year will be here before we know it and we want each second grader to have a firm
foundation of skills before the end of second grade. We are STILL in need of Kleenex and pencils! One
box of Kleenex and 24 pencils per child does not last the entire year, so we need your help. Thank you for
your assistance in this matter.
3rd Grade ne ws
Third grade classes are running low on pencils and tissue. Please send any donations to school with your
child. Thanks to the parents who attended iLEAP night. We hope the information you received was
helpful. Please work through the packet with your child from now and until testing. If you were unable to
attend iLEAP night and would like a packet, send a note to your child's homeroom teacher. Ple ase
continue reading and talking about reading daily with your child. A review of telling time, counting
money, and multiplication facts are the math concepts to practice this month. Remember, iLEAP tests are
timed and students need to work quickly and accurately. Have a fantastic February!
4th Grade ne ws
Thanks to all of the parents who attended LEAP Night in January. We hope we were able to give you a
little more insight regarding the assessment. If you have any questions or didn't receive a packet, please
feel free to send a note with your child. We'll get back to you as soon as possible.
Mrs. Mayeaux's classes participated in a two-week long Language Arts workshop sponsored by the
Jefferson Parish Arts society. The workshop was conducted by Mr. Shelton "Shakespear" Alexander, a
well-known poet in Louisiana. He performed on Spike Lee's "When The Levee Broke" in addition to
many other television shows. Mr. Shake, as he preferred to be called, taught the students how to write
couplets and how to work with rhyming schemes. He also recited some of his original poetry, including
one of the students' favorite - "Pull Your Pants Up." We were honored to have him as a part of our Solis
We at Solis enjoy the many rewards offered because we follow the PBIS rules that have been
Now, with that in mind, students who do not do homework or bring the appropriate supplies (paper,
pencils, notebooks, ect…) to school would be breaking what PBIS rule(s)?
Poor behavior reflects poor grades. Look for behavior comments on Interim.
I-LEAP is approaching soon, and the ESL 5 th grade students have been busy working and preparing for
the upcoming test.
Language Arts will incorporate the student’s Social Studies project into Language Arts by discussing and
practicing the correct way to research and write a well-organized non-fiction article on an African
5th Grade Accelerated Reader Top Score rs
Jahann Watler (Noel)
Joshua Lacey (Landry)
Lauren Soleto (Sarver)
Sean Pham (Smith)
Cells and Living Organisms are the key concepts during the month of February.
Students will choose an African American to make a puppet and write about.
Students are still missing their everyday supplies; paper, sharpened pencils, red pen, and scissors. Parents
continue to practice Math facts with your children.
Next meeting is February 25, 2011 @ 8AM
Members conducted an Arbor Day ceremony on January 21, 2011 and planted a holly tree.
Members participated in the sewing contest on January 27, 2011.
From the student’s viewpoints
What the 5th Grade Students want you to say about “Bullying”…
Students bully because they may have been bullied in the past, and they think its cool and a great way to
make friends. Students bully others because they want attention or they might be stressed out and want to
take their angry out on others. Bullying is wrong because it hurts other peoples’ feelings, and they make
the person being bullied feel sad. If a student is being bullied, they should go to the counselor or go to
the nearest adult to get help
JEFFERSON DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS – SCHOOL DRIVE – FEB 7 TH TO FEB 11 TH –
details will follow with a flyer and envelopes
Parent to Parent: From the West Bank Parent Advisory Council (February 2011):
Parent/Teacher conferences are right around the corner. Although you get interims and report cards, face
to face communication can be more effective than a letter grade. As you prepare for your meeting with
your child’s teacher, here are a few questions to consider. Ask how your child is doing overall? Is he/she
ahead, behind or right on target? Ask how your child is personally performing. Is he working to
potential or can he do better? What can you do to help improve his performance? Ask how your child is
doing socially. Does she get along with others? Is she courteous and respectful? Ask how you can support
classroom learning. Can you volunteer in the class? Can you help your child more at home? Remember,
conferences are only scheduled for short intervals. If there is a major issue to be discussed concerning
your child you will want to schedule a follow-up meeting. By coming prepared with questions to a parent
conference, you can make good use of the time allotted and maximize the benefit to your child’s
educational development. It also allows an opportunity to develop a relationship with your child’s teacher,
encouraging a team approach to learning.
Paul J. Solis Elementary 2 nd 9 weeks Honor Roll
A Honor Roll: First Grade: Haneen Abukhalil, Taylor Blatcher, Insiah Conner, Jordan Dawsey, Jadan
Fobb, Dima Hamideh, Kennedy Johnson, Ayiana Love, David Maldonado, Christina Mauldin, Janell
Nixon, Kaylah Rivera, Raygan Taylor, Sareese Walker, Second Grade: Amyrie Degruy, Cierra Desdunes,
Jimmy Le, Francisco Moreno, MacKenna Pratt, Hadil Qoran, Danyell Saleh, Third Grade: Denisha Diaz,
Grace Mclean, Fourth Grade: Odessa Galley, Christina Girgis, Fabiola Pierre, Stefrien Walker,
Paul J. Solis Elementary 2 nd 9 weeks Honor Roll (continued)
A/B Honor Roll: Mumin Abdelrazzaq, Orenthal Adams, De’Ante Alexander, Cameron Alfred, Bayan
Ayyad, Kyle Bacchus, Jadon Bates, Jayla Beaco, Choi Brown, Demario Bush, Ja vante Caine, Noah Coto,
Ja’Nai Crossgrow, Jahnya Davis, Matthew Decker, Kobe Ehrlich, Randah Esmail, Sarah Ghanim, Joshua
Griffin, Janiyah Henderson, Jacob Hernandez, Keyiara Hills, Keyrian Hills, Kayla-Shay Jackson, Troy
Johnson, Bryce Joseph, Cristian Lanzo, MyTia Le, Christione Mitchell, JaLeah Mondy, Duante Murray,
Ashlyn Pierce, Murielle Pierre, Paul Pitre, Destiny Ray, Isaac Richardson, Sean Ruggles, Mahdi Salem,
Enrique Sarrio, D’Asia Singleton, Kaleb Snow, Charles Stancliffe, Christin Thompson, Grac i Thompson,
Anh Tran, Kayla Vo, Isabella Williams, Sidney Williamson, Robe’yone Wilson, Everion Woolridge,
Gerald Wright, Second Grade: Saeed Abdeljabbar, Collyn Achor, Mohammed Ahmed, Hanin Ali, Aya
Awadalla, Amari Bell, Trevelynn Bishop-Boersma, Eric Bran, Elizabeth Brito, Bryce Calloway, Pharaoh
Conner, Edward Davis, Daniel Dow, Muhammad Esmail, Craig Gooden, Shayma Hamed, Mohamad
Hammad, Cyhenna Hammond, Trey Hand, Adrian Jamison, Saeed Jamison, Kani Johnson, Amari
Knighten, Corey Kraus, Paytin Leo, Virdis Mackel, Lana Nguyen, Steven Nguyen, Jaiden Phillips,
JessicaPitre, Branden Richardson, Amany Salem, Hasan Salem, Eric St. Romain, Delandia Stevenson,
Milan Stevenson, Ayana Vicks-Jason, Ja’Kobe Walker, Tahj Watts, LaNaya Wilson, Third Grade: Ashton
Bates, Roy Callaway, William Clifton, Bryan DeLaCruz, Britney Do, Henry Do, A’Kyla Dunn, Briante
Encalade, Ahmad Esmail, Sha’nya Fracis, Nolan Franco, India Holloway, Amanda Homer, Dwayne
Johnson, Victoria Johnson, Adera Kocis, Krisy Le, Herdi McFarland, Daniel Mclean, Willie Moore, Cecil
Oliva, Cadin Rodriguez, Mays Saleh, Francisco Silva, Jihad Thabata, David Vo, Tyrin Wiltz, Fourth
Grade: Omaya Adams, Leigham Addison, Maximo Alcantara, Enas Azzam, Khylee Banquer, Kayla
Clark, Christian Colon, Julia Ducote, Reece Glancey, Mckenzie Herron, Maurice Holmes, David Johnson,
Ali Judeh, Dorian Lewis, Caitline Louis-Jeune, Lana Murad, Jaela Nixon, Taylor Pratt, Aiyana Quinns,
Tiana Quinns, Eyleen Ramirez, Kendall Red, Willie Robinson, Taylor Sevalia, DaSean Spencer, Hannah
Summers, Waseem Thabata, Kirsten Theodore, Destiny Vergin, Dustin Vo, Ronnie Washington, Jaden
Watler, Fifth Grade: Haleemeh Abukhalil, Angelica Acosta, Destiny Augustine, Eddie Ball, Taylor Bates,
Richard Blatcher, Shelby Brehm, Chase Brown, Imani Brown, Imari Brown, Brianna Do, Mautassm
Esmail, Joshua Green, Kaleb Griffin, Islam Hamed, Damon Johnson, Nadia Johnson, Jada Jones, Cian
Kelly, Brittney Lima, Nathan McGee, Kaylee Mouser, Aviyon Myles, Sharon Orellana, Sean Pham,
Christine Racadio, Ryan Richard, Adeja Stokes-Jefferson, Mhron Thabata, Kassidy Thomas, Jaylin Tran,
Brenae Treaudo, Jahanna Watler, Tyrionne Williams