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.
2016 - 2017 enrichment courses will be offered three times a year
in 8 week sessions (one session per trimester):
Session Two Schedule:
|Monday||Art, Chess, Show Choir*|
|Tuesday||Origami, Guitar / Ukulele|
|Thursday||Lego, Logic Club|
|Friday||Guitar / Ukulele, Soccer Shots|
*Show Choir is ongoing
We ask that all forms or registration emails be completed by March 6, 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.
During this unique, hands-on course, students practice the Japanese art of origami while learning about Japanese culture and traditions.
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.
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.
Speech and Debate
Speech and Debate gives St. Francis students practice in public speaking, listening, and note taking. The group provides opportunities to exercise analytical skills and improve communication skills in a constructive, friendly environment. Members work together to overcome nerves and uncertainty, focusing instead on all the things that make speech great: interesting communication, expanded abilities, and better relationships.
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.
Ukulele and Guitar
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.