Advancing the Vision

The Capital Campaign for Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School

Quote of the Month

"Education is the most valuable currency."


Phase II Goal: $2 Million

Total Capital Campaign Donors to Date: 212

Challenge Goal: To have Phase II funded by August 2020

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The Latest Update on the South Campus Construction:

On June 25, 2019, Boo Kay (Head of School), Amelia Yakupzack (Assistant Head of School), and Gabe Fontenot (Athletic Director) met with Glenn Angelle (Architect for the South Campus) to pick out bleachers, lockers, and floors for the new gymnasium. The meeting was detail-oriented and thoughtfully planned to bring our vision to life. We cannot wait for you to see the end results!

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Callie M. Thomas, Director of Advancement for Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School

Salutations! I am so blessed and excited to be working with you all on this journey to advance the vision for Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School. Let me begin my introducing myself and giving you a brief autobiography of my journey.

My name is Callie, and in 2009, I earned a B.S. degree in Marketing from McNeese State University and subsequently worked in sales and business development for an assisted living corporation in Lake Charles. Through training others and establishing positive team building practices, I developed a strong passion for teaching and was called to teach elementary where I could make a positive difference in a student’s life. I earned my Masters of Arts in Teaching from McNeese State University in 2015 and taught Pre-Kindergarten, 4th, 7th, and 8th grades. After fulfilling my short-term goals for teaching, I focused on my next professional goal: to blend my passion of both marketing and education. It is a privilege to be working at Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School where the faculty and staff ignite, inspire, and develop successful life-long learners, faith-centered learning environments, and well-rounded graduates. I am overwhelmed with joy to see the outstanding participation from our Campaign Donors and the fact that there has been a response of 100% from our faculty and staff. What a wonderful place to be where our gifts will make a difference for every student for generations. I look forward to working with you personally on our Capital Campaign, Advancing the Vision, and continuously move it forward throughout the upcoming years. Together, we will create for Southwest Louisiana an unprecedented premier college preparatory school.

My husband Mitch and I have three sons, Cole, Zachary, and our infant Michael. We have enrolled Cole and Zachary in Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School, and we look forward to watching our children grow academically and spiritually throughout the years.

In 2017, I wrote my first children’s book, Guardian Angel of Mine, to uplift and inspire children to always believe in themselves, persevere, and overcome doubt. It was our families’ favorite bedtime story and now it has been published for other children to hear the good message and see the creative and vibrant illustrations that bring joy and encouragement to many.

During my personal time, I am committed to spending creative and quality time with my family, actively participating in fitness classes via Peloton, and continuously learning about health and nutrition.

As we enter this exciting time at Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School, we look forward to sharing what your gift has created for your family and future families of our school. Thank you for prayerfully considering financial participation to our Capital Campaign. We cannot spell success without you!

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Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School will be the first high school in the Lake Charles area to offer progressive and highly individualized curriculum. Our curriculum will develop future leaders with problem solving skills that will be qualified to assist in the continuing development of SWLA.

Advancing the Vision will elevate the student experience via

  • Beautiful park-like campus
  • Campus freedom for students to enjoy
  • Block schedule and delayed start time
  • Advisory program with faculty support for social-emotional development
  • Learning excursions

Advancing the Vision will invest in the future of EDS to provide Personal College Counseling via

  • Data driven interest inventory to find each student’s passion
  • Digital portfolio built year-by-year

Advancing the Vision will inspire our children to become leaders by fostering diversity and inclusion via

  • Empathy-centered academics
  • Welcoming all faiths with time for prayer and worship
  • Dialogue across differences

Advancing the Vision
will ignite a passion for learning with Academic Rigor via

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM)
  • Project-based learning
  • Global connections to become global citizens
  • PreAP, AP courses, and dual enrollment offerings

Advancing the Vision will build athletes with character and talent via

  • Competitive Sports [Basketball ~Volleyball ~Golf ~Tennis~Track ~Others as the school grows in size]

We are excited that you are a part of this school with such limitless potential! With Advancing the Vision, we are building on our wonderful history and traditions while embracing the exemplary achievements of our present and the boundless possibilities of our future. Join us on the journey!

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Q: What grades will the South Campus serve?

A: The South Campus will serve middle school students (7th and 8th grade) as well as, upper school students (9th grade) adding an additional grade each year. The North Campus will continue to serve our preschool through lower school students (PreK 2 – 6th grade). Our goal is that this year’s 8th grade class will be our first 9th grade class.

Q: Will the tuition increase for the South Campus?

A: No, the tuition will be the same at both campuses.

Q: Who will teach at the South Campus?

A: All of our current middle school teachers will move to the South Campus with the exception of Mrs. Leah Begnaud. The teachers will be teaching 7th – 9th grade at the South Campus. Mrs. Begnaud will join Mrs. Hanchey and Mrs. Robertson in teaching 5th and 6th grade here at the North Campus. Our current enrichment teachers will travel between the North and South Campuses.

Q: How will I get my children to both campuses on time?

A: We will provide bus transportation to both campuses. The start and end time for the North Campus will remain the same, 7:55-3:10. The South Campus hours will be 8:30 – 3:30. Providing bus transportation to and from both campuses will make drop-off and pick-up easier for our families.

Q: How many entrances will the school have?

There will be one entrance to the school on North Gray Market Drive. The current entrance on Big Lake Road is for construction purposes and will be closed. Eventually trees will be planted there.

Q: When will the South Campus open?

A: We plan to open in August 2020.

Q: How can my family and I help?

A: We ask everyone to pray for and encourage our committees as we continue to raise funds for our new middle and upper school. If you would like to learn more about the South Campus and become involved in additional capacities, please contact Callie Thomas, Director of Advancement, or Boo Kay, Head of School, at (337) 433-5246.

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Thank You To All Our Generous Donors!

Mrs. Anne Adaway

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Abraham

Mr. and Mrs. Joey Ardoin

Mr. and Mrs. Todd Areno

Mr. Beau Barbe

Drs. Sarpreet and Gurjot Basra

Mr. and Mrs. Rusty Begnaud

Ms. Susan Blake

Mr. and Mrs. Billy Blake

Mrs. Terry Blocker

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Bonilla

Mr. Jeremy Boudreaux

Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Broderick

Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Brown

Mr. Billy Buehler

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Burke

William T. and Ethel Lewis Burton Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Burton

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Bush

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Camel

Dr. and Mrs. Brett Cascio

Kevin and Chantal Castille

Ms. Joy Castle

Dr. Stephen Castleberry

Kelli Castleberry

Nandita and Jagjit Chadha

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Chamberlain

Mr. and Mrs. Duane Clemmons

Mr. and Mrs. William Condos

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cox

Mr. Stephen Cox

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Daigle

Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey L. Davis

The Honorable and Mrs. Clayton Davis

Rev. and Mrs. Seth Donald

Mrs. Sally Dondis

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Doucet

Mitch and Linda Drost

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Duplechin

Mr. and Mrs. Phil Earhart

Mr. Derrick Edwards and Dr. Lakisha Edwards

Mr. and Mrs. Billy Edwards

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Elliot

Mr. and Mrs. Rick El-Mogazi

The Episcopal Diocese

Mrs. Lesli Ericson

Ms. Audrey Evans

Mr. and Mrs. Lane Farque

Ms. Susan Feickert

Mr. David Feickert

Mr. and Mrs. Courtney Fenet

Mrs. Heidi Fisher

Mrs. Angie Foley

Ms. Christine Fontenot

Mr. Gabe Fontenot

Ms. Sally Fruge

Mr. and Mrs. Jason Fruge

Mrs. Elayne Gabbert

Dr. and Mrs. Richard Gilmore

Dr. and Mrs. Harry Goodwin

Dr. and Mrs. Brett Goodwin

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gover

Mr. and Mrs. Adam Grogan

David and Kathy Grubb

Corinne Grubb

Dr. and Mrs. Steven Hale

Mr. and Mrs. Taylor Hale

Mr. and Mrs. JD Hankins

Juliet E. Hardtner Trust

Ms. Savannah Havard

Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Hebert

Mrs. Belinda Hebert

Mrs. Ashley Hughes

Ms. Gage Ibeck

JF Smith Group

Dr. and Mrs. Anatole Karpovs

Dr. and Mrs. Mudar Kattash

Reverend Frances "Boo" Kay

Mr. and Mrs. Don Kay

Dr. and Mrs. Mohammad Khan

Mr. and Mrs. Randall King

Mr. and Mrs. Hardtner Klumpp

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Lawton

Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Leach

Mr. and Mrs. Claude Leach

Dr. and Mrs. Brad Lebert

Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Leblanc

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ledet

Mr. and Mrs. James Leubner

Mr. and Mrs. Matt Lundy

Mrs. Betty Manuel

Mrs. Candace Marque

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Marriner

Mr. Ed Martin

Dr. and Mrs. Butch Maze

Mr. and Mrs. Doug McElveen

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Meche

Mr. and Mrs. Todd Melton

Mr. Reed Mendelson

Mrs. Missy Mickey

Mr. and Mrs. David Minton

Dr. and Mrs. John Moffett

Mr. Scott Montgomery

Mr. and Mrs. Rob Myers

Mr. and Mrs. Billy Navarre

Mr. and Mrs. Matt Nicholas

Ms. Kay Noble

Danette and Robert Null

Revs. Lamar and Erin Oliver

Mr. and Mrs. Lonny (Amanda) Ogea

Mr. and Mrs. Dax Parker

Mr. and Mrs. Jake Porche

Mr. Derek Porche and Dr. Uzma Porche

Mr. Keith Portie

Dr. Pat Post

Mr. and Mrs. JB Postell

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Potter

Mrs. Amanda Pousson

Dr. Alice Prestia

Price Family

Ms. Katie Quibodeaux

Mr. and Mrs. Drew Ranier

Mrs. F. Warren Raggio Jr.

Ms. Jean Marie Rasbeary

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rau

Mrs. Jody Reed

Mrs. Libby Richards

Dr. and Mrs. Joe Richardson

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Riquelmy

Mr. Tanner Robinson and Dr. Danielle Robinson

Mr. and Mrs. Billy Rose

Ms. Mandi Royer

Dr. and Mrs. Greg Rubino

Mrs. Stephanie Savoie

Mrs. Taryn Scarborough

Ms. Susan Schotz

Mr. and Mrs. John Schnake

Mr. and Mrs. Corey Scroggs

Mr. and Mrs. James Serra

Mr. Tom Shearman

Mr. and Mrs. David Sickey

Mr. and Mrs. Brian Skinner

Jerry Smith/JF Smith Group

Dr. Shondra Smith

Ms. Pam Spears

Mr. and Mrs. Bo Stewart

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Stough

Mr. and Mrs. Gray Stream

Southwest Beverage

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tadlock

Mrs. Anna Temple

Ms. Brittany Theriot

Mr. and Mrs. Mitch Thomas

Mrs. Alisha Tumey

Ms. Julie Van Dyke

Drs. Lesly and Seema Varghese

Mrs. Kim Vasquez

Ms. Kailey Venable

Mrs. Ada Vincent

Mr. and Mrs. Jonald Walker

Mr. Wells Watson

Mr. and Mrs. Joel Werner

Glenda Williams

Dr. and Mrs. Ben Williams

Mr. and Mrs. Jason Williams

Mrs. Sandra Williams

Mrs. Kyra Williams

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Williamson

Ms. Amelia Yakupzack

Mr. and Mrs. Bart Yakupzack

List reflects gifts received as of July 1, 2019. Please contact the EDS Office of Advancement if an error has been made.

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How Can You Help?

We ask everyone to pray for and encourage our committees as we continue to raise funds for our new middle and upper school. If you would like to get involved in additional capacities please call Callie Thomas, Director of Advancement, or Boo Kay, Head of School, at (337) 433-5246.

You Can Donate Now

If you are interested in making a donation to our Advancing the Vision Campaign you may do so by using the PayPal link above or by calling our office at (337) 433-5246.