From the Eagle's Nest

Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School Newsletter

Curriculum Highlight

Second grade students interact while learning through engaging lessons and activities throughout the curriculum.

Students in second grade learn to use more meaningful and vivid words as they participate in a mock funeral. The funeral proceedings "put to rest" fifteen frequently-used words such as “said” and “sad”. Students then write a eulogy and present "their word" to their classmates. During the year, learners refer to the dead word zone and attempt to replace the overused words with more meaningful and descriptive words.

Tasty Tuesday is an engaging yearlong, project-based activity to enhance the second grade writing program. Each month, the learners prepare a kid-friendly recipe and create a recipe review paragraph describing their treat. The end result is a cookbook given to parents in May.

In math, students explore a variety of skills and strategies by using hands-on activities such as the place value party. Learners generate four-digit numbers using marshmallows, pretzels, cheese crackers, and caramel cubes to construct their numbers during the party.

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Faculty Spotlight - Coach Kyra Williams


Physical Education teacher at Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School for three years

Degrees: B.S. Health and Human Performance Education , MSU

Married: Logan Williams

Parent to two wonderful boys: Bryan McDonough, 1st grader at EDS and Carter, future EDS Eagle


Kyra teaches our three year olds through our eighth graders. Prior to joining Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School she coached soccer at McNeese State University and was a substitute teacher in the Calcasieu Parish School Board System.


Kyra always greets you with a warm smile, no matter what is going on in her life. She has one of the toughest schedules in the school year because she teaches three year olds through eighth graders. Her classroom, much of the time, is not available but that does not phase her. She gets creative with our outdoor spaces and can easily turn the Commons into a fun environment. She works with her teaching partner to plan lessons for all types of weather. She has helped coach volleyball and is a premier soccer coach. Kyra never knows how to say "no" when anyone needs an extra hand. These are some of the reasons why she was named Faculty of the of the Year by her peers.


In my opinion, teaching and coaching are the two most rewarding professions a person could have. In this calling, we have the responsibility of shaping the next generation and producing mentors, role models, and outstanding leaders. Whether through sports or education, lessons are learned every day that can be invaluable for a child’s future. I have been incredibly blessed with the opportunity to work with such remarkable children, parents, and colleagues. EDS attracted me because of its family atmosphere as well as its environment that breeds success not only in its students, but educators as well. I am beyond excited to join the staff here at EDS as I continue to grow as a professional and person. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for me and this wonderful school!

EDS Flies High Annual Auction

The 37th annual EDS Auction and Dinner was an attraction you didn’t want to miss this year. Tara Bufkin and her decorating crew transformed the gym into a circus under the big top tent. The tables were draped in red and white striped cloth with seals juggling balls, popcorn, colorful balloons and friendly clowns to greet the guests.

This year, Handbid, a mobile bidding option, was introduced to the silent auction allowing guests to bid from their tables and enjoy time visiting with other EDS families. With fun and enthusiastic guests, the ringmaster, Hal McMillin started the festivities with bids on great live auction items.

A sincere thanks to our many supporters, guests, and donors for their generosity in helping us raise $225,000. The money raised allows Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School to continue to provide resources that enrich our students’ educational experiences. THANK YOU so much for making an investment in our school.

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Staff Spotlight - Stephanie Savoie, Registrar


Registrar at Bishop Noland Episcopal Day School for four years

Degrees: B.S. in Health Promotions, Creighton University and Masters, MSU

Married: Scooter Savoie

Parent to two beautiful girls: Jolie, 8th grader at EDS and Gracie, 5th grader at EDS


Stephanie always has a positive, can-do attitude. She treats our students and parents with the same respect. She is always upbeat and professional even when things get complicated. Very few places of business can say that every message from a call gets delivered in a timely manner to the right person, but we can! Stephanie takes on extra tasks such as putting in test scores and completing cum folders for our faculty. These are just a few of the reasons Stephanie's peers named her Staff Member of the Year.


Besides health education and customer service, Stephanie also serves as a softball coach in the recreation league in SWLA.


I decided to work at EDS after being a stay-at-home mom for years. My educational background is in health and wellness, so working in the front office, where all the action is, was a perfect fit. What I love most about my job is caring for the students. I care for each of them as if they were my very own. Although there are many sacrifices we make as a family to send our kids to EDS, I feel privileged to work at a place where my values are upheld and my children are being raised at a school where God is relevant and glorified.

EDS Eagle's Sports News

Eagle Football

It was a very exciting year for our football program! Overall, we showed a lot of growth and excitement throughout the season. The Eagles finished the season 5-2 under head coach Ernest Celestie, and secured a second place finish in the CCAL league standings. We send off and salute our eighth grade players, Jules Hardy, Patrick Collins, Wesley Maze, Andrew Wang, Andrew Price, Andrew Hancock, McHale Mathews, Nicholas Ughovwa and Blaydon Richard. We all look forward to next season and to all of our incoming football players.

Lady Eagles Volleyball

Our 6/7th grade volleyball team started out with a bang and ended the season with the best game of the year! Facing challenges head-on and striving to be the best they could be, the girls worked hard to improve each practice and game. We are confident in the growth of each child and excited to see what next year brings for this talented young group of ladies!

EDS Lady Eagles 8th grade volleyball had a great season. Their record was 8-3 for the whole season, taking 3rd place at the CCAL Tournament. They were undefeated in regular season CCAL league play.

4th Annual Walnut Grove & Nutty Fun Color Run

Thank you to the sponsors, families and participants who came out to support the fourth annual Walnut Grove 5K and Nutty Fun Color Run. The proceeds of this event are donated to the EDS Family of Annual Fund. Thank you for making this year's run the best yet!

We've Got That Eagle Spirit

Mark Your Calendars

  • Christmas Holiday 12/19 - 1/2 (Return to school 1/3/16)
  • Preview Night 1/31
  • Enrollment Rally 1/30 - 2/10
  • Re-registration 2/1 - 2/10
  • Mardi Gras Holiday 2/27 - 3/1
  • Easter Holiday 4/14 - 4/21
  • Carnival 4/29
  • Eighth Grade Graduation 5/26