Early childhood students (Pre-School-Kindergarten) are taught simple sing along songs and how to play simple percussion instruments. Beginning in 1st Grade, students learn weekly Mass songs and patriotic songs while continuing to play simple percussion instruments. 4th through 6th Grade students are exposed to old and new sacred, folk, patriotic and popular music. They learn listening as a prerequisite to performing. They also learn the basics of reading music. Our school offers parents opportunities to hear our talented students at our Christmas and Spring concerts.
All students participate in Physical Education classes. Early childhood students learn locomotor movements such as hopping, marching and galloping. They also learn game skills such as catching, bouncing and kicking various types of balls. Lower elementary students begin using game skills to play low organized games such as kick ball and volleyball. They continue to develop more complex physical skills like jumping rope and social skills like playing with a partner. Upper elementary students begin playing kickball and other sports outdoors. They learn basic basketball, football, bounce ball, and wiffle-ball skills. Participation and good sportsmanship are emphasized throughout the program. Our annual Field Day is in May when parents are invited to watch grades compete in physical activities.
First grade students are introduced to basic computer functions such as using a mouse, basic keyboarding, and printing. More advanced functions like correct typing hand positions and home row keys are taught to 2nd and 3rd graders. They also begin exploring basic internet skills and the use of graphics and programs such as Microsoft Word. Students start to integrate technology with their classroom activities and assignments. Upper elementary students begin using more complex saving, printing, and Word functions. Sixth graders master keyboarding and skills in Microsoft Word and Excel. Students also learn to make a PowerPoint presentation.
The enjoyment of books through story telling and oral reading is taught early, beginning with our Pre-School students. Early childhood students learn the role of the library and how to properly care for books. Lower elementary students begin checking out books based on reading level and interest. They also learn the different class locations of the library, the parts of the book, and different types of literature. Upper elementary students learn to use the computerized card catalog and write a bibliography. They are introduced to materials used for reference work. The school’s Book Fair is a fundraiser for the Library and happens twice a year.