Enrichment activities that are stimulating and fun motivate children and support natural learning in a positive manner. For this reason, St. Francis of Assisi students are invited to participate in a wide range of developmentally appropriate enrichment classes designed to not only enhance and extend classroom curriculum, but also help them gain confidence in their own ideas and innate talents. Our goal is to encourage students to explore new concepts, develop new skills, and advance current abilities and interests.
2017 - 2018 enrichment courses will be offered four times a year
in 6 or 8 week sessions:
Session Two Schedule:
Spanish (Grade 2) *capped at 20
Spanish (Grades K-1)*capped at 15
Spanish (Grades 3-4) *capped 20
*Show Choir and Logic Club are ongoing activities.
We ask that all forms or registration emails for Session 2 be completed by November 17, 2017
to allow instructors ample time gauge enrollment and prepare materials.
Academic Chess teaches students in the basics of chess by giving the pieces backstories to explain their movements, with rhyming and music devices. Children are asked to think deeply, evaluate positions, solve problems, develop patience, visualize results, and strategize and plan.
Students take on real-life engineering challenges, while exploring concepts in physics, architecture, mechanical and structural engineering. They are asked to find inventive solutions in a fun-filled context that supports the growth of young minds through hands-on learning.
Mad Science has created spectacular demonstrations, hands-on activities, and real world discussions make learning about science fun for kids! The interactive, one-hour class will be themed around particular areas of science and include such topics as rocketry, magnets, polymers, and even the science of toys. In each class, children are encouraged to give science a try and build their very own model rockets, periscopes, Mad Science putty, and more. Children even get to take home their science experiment to show Mom and Dad!
St. Francis Show Choir is a mixed choral group that consists of students in 3rd through 8th grade. Rehearsals are held weekly after school. Participants perform at school masses, community events, and attend the Choral Festival in the spring. Show Choir provides students with wonderful, memorable experiences, and helps them become more responsible, disciplined, focused, and well-rounded individuals.
Spanish Immersion Classes (Grades K - 4)
The Spanish Immersion program at St. Francis engages students in a fun and interactive manner. Each session focuses on age-appropriate themes using stories, songs, poems, crafts, games, and integrates technology and faith. Learning takes place in whole and small group settings, and instruction is differentiated according to language proficiency and learning style.
Soccer Shots is a uniquely designed program that introduces soccer to children in a fun, safe, and controlled environment. Each week, a 35 - 40 minute soccer session is offered. In each session students are taught basic soccer skills, fun games, and healthy competition. The program also emphasizes character formation by highlighting concepts such as fair team play, individual concentration, cooperation, and encouragement.
Shooting Stars Basketball
The Shooting Stars Basketball Program is an after-school club for students in grades 3 and 4. Students experience a fun environment with positive coaching that develops basketball skills while promoting character development and teamwork.
Guitar and Ukulele
For students who are aspiring musicians or those who are simply curious about learning to play a musical instrument, we offer beginning ukulele and guitar lessons in a group format after school. The class covers how to hold a ukulele or guitar, instrument care, how to strum a few basic chords properly and comfortably, plus all the basics of tuning. As they progress students expand their chord vocabulary and are introduced to more complex techniques, music books, chord charts, tuning diagrams, and tabs.