From the Eagle's Nest

Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School Newsletter

We are Proud to Present the EDS Class of 2016

We are looking forward to seeing the great things these graduates will accomplish!
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Ethan Dwight Bottoms, Cade Stoner Bruney+, Chloe Louise Camel*, Andrew Philip Castleberry, Samoan Nicole Combre, William Reynolds Condos*, Abram Joseph Conner,

Cameron Scott Currie, Matthew Evans Fontenot, Helene Sophia Gabrielle Girard*, Brennan Ryan Gover, Rachel Claire Guilbeau*, Hannah Elizabeth Hancock, Christi Kruger*, Jordan Thomas Lundy, Evan Joseph Marque*, Emily Elizabeth Martin+, McKenzie Victoria Mathews, Philip Todd Melton*, Dyllan Noah Mendelson, Ja’Niyah Sontrice Mitchell, Elizabeth Caroline Newton*, Emma Louise Ogea, Lucile Lebby Jenkins Rumsey, Hannah Stone Shimer+, and Madelyn Grace Tadlock+

*The President’s Award for Educational Excellence

+The President’s Award for Educational Achievement

Curriculum Highlight

Kindergarten Invention Convention

Our kindergarten students study an artist, a composer, and an inventor each month. They learn that inventors had a problem and found a solution.

At the end of their study, they create an invention and present the invention to their classmates and friends. They are very proud to receive their "Patents Pending" certificates!

Faculty Spotlight - Mrs. Lesli Caples Ericson


Third grade teacher at Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School for twelve years

Degrees: B.S. Finance, Magna Cum Laude MSU; M.Ed. Elementary Education, MSU

Married: Doug Ericson

Parent and step-parent to four beautiful children: Courtney, Bailey (EDS Class of 2011); Dayton and Arean


Lesli teaches third grade reading and mathematics and loves to incorporate fun and exciting activities and events into lessons. Third grade students put on several plays as part of reading and reader’s theater lessons. Third graders have the opportunity to visit the planet Mars each year via a simulated trip through the Houston Museum of Natural Science in an interdisciplinary math and science experience. Her enthusiasm for teaching and learning and fun educational activities is always evident to those who visit her classroom!

With a finance background, Lesli really loves mathematics, and loves hands-on and real-life applications in the mathematics classroom. Several years ago, Lesli began a math team for participation in Barbe High School’s Mighty Mu Math Tournament. The buzz is that Lesli and EDS have “the team to beat,” and she has had the first place team for several years running now. She reports that this is one of her very favorite parts of her job!


One of the things that first attracted Lesli to our school was our outreach programs. Lesli began a KNITTING FOR LOVE project several years ago whereby she (with help from the fourth grade teachers) teaches all third and fourth graders how to knit hats for chemotherapy patients at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital’s Cancer Center. The students knit the hats themselves and then visit the cancer center and hand-deliver the hats (and cheer) to cancer patients. Last year, the students also sent hats to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX.


Lesli was selected for participation in the U.S. Department of Education Math and Science Partnership Progam/ Grant (and three-week long intensive studies) in June 2012, June 2013, and June 2014. She incorporates, hands-on learning and research-based activities from the program.

Lesli is an educator committed to professional development and participates in various state and national conferences for elementary education teachers including conferences for National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Teaching and Technology Institute (TNT), and Marilyn Burns’ About Teaching Mathematics Institute. Like our Portrait of a Graduate, she truly is a lifelong learner.


I love teaching my third graders at Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School! I get excited about fun learning activities and events and want nothing more than to see my students succeed! THEY are the reason that I get up, get dressed, and continue to show up here each day! I never planned on being a teacher (for long), but changed careers and earned my master’s degree and certification to teach elementary school in order to teach where my daughter went to school. Bailey went on to graduate from EDS and then from St. Louis Catholic High School, and I am still here! I love my students and the families of Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School! I love teaching and learning and I LOVE THIRD GRADERS!

EDS Carnival Was A Hit!

EDS Eagle's Sports News


The Bishop Noland Track Team had another exciting year. The team ran in the ICCS Panther Relays. Jules Hardy ran 3rd in the 50 yard dash and several other boys placed in events. Emma Ogea placed 1st with a new meet record in the 50 yard dash. She also placed 2nd in several other events earning the top all around athlete of the meet. Christi Kruger placed 2nd in the discus, and several other girls placed in a variety of events.

The team also competed in the CCAL Track Meet. Emma Ogea placed 1st in javelin, 50 yard dash, and 200 meters. Several other 5th - 8th graders placed throughout the events. We are proud of the commitment of our athletes and coaches.


It was another exciting year for Eagles’ basketball. Our 5th & 6th grade girls, coached by Allyson Frederick, showed a lot of improvement throughout the season. They were awarded the Sportsmanship Award at the W.W. Lewis tournament. The 5th grade boys were coached by Amy Kay. The boys showed not only great effort, but tremendous sportsmanship on the court. Our 6th grade boys were led by Logan Williams and picked up their first win as a team. They worked very hard, and it will be fun to continue to watch them grow. The 7th and 8th grade girls were coached by Martin Yokum. The girls picked up 5 wins this season and were very exciting to watch. Our 7th grade boys finished second in the league standings for the second consecutive year. They were coached by Sage Benoit and Bruce Hardy. They look to forward to carrying over that momentum and having a great 8th grade season. The 8th grade boys were coached by Gabe Fontenot and Ernest Celeste. The boys picked up 6 wins and were a joy to watch as they competed on the court. Our boys competed in the St. Louis tournament this year where Matthew Fontenot was named to the All-Tournament team. Good luck to all of our athletes who will be playing basketball at the high school level, and we look forward to great representation next year.

Fifth Grade Attends Seaworld Camp

Upon completion of their science biome study, the ocean, our fifth graders took their annual trip to Seaworld Camp. Our students thrive with hands-on learning!

Peter Pan, Jr.

Our gym was transformed into Neverland where Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Captain Hook, and the gang took us to a place where we never grow old. Our lower school choir did a fantastic job!

Mark Your Calendars

  • EDS L'Auberge Night - 6/26/2016
  • Meet Your Teacher - 8/12/16 at 9am
  • Blessing of the Backpacks - 8/12/16 at 10am in the gym
  • First Day of School - 8/15/16
  • Curriculum Night - 8/24/16
  • Episcopal Schools Week - 10/2/16-10/7/16
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2016 Annual Auction

Wednesday, Oct. 19th, 6pm

803 Division Street

Lake Charles, LA