Theory becomes hands-on practice

Our goal at St. Louis School is to provide a variety of programs that spark the interests of all in our student community. Starting as early as preschool, students through Grade 5 enjoy enrichment programs designed to enhance their interests, cultivate their strengths and lead them to explore new ideas.

At St. Louis, we know all students benefit from enhanced enrichment opportunities—experiences that take them beyond the classroom and programs that put theory into hands-on practice. 

We want to fan the flame of inquiry through the teasingly diverse selection of award-winning books in our Newbery Club—including Science Start! Students are entertained and inspired by our incredibly creative and passionate music and art programs. Classroom experiences are enhanced by Invention Convention. We reach out to performers, readers, deep thinkers, future athletes and civic leaders, and minds that love math and science.  

In addition to our enhanced curriculum, we offer our students the gift of in-depth exploration in extracurricular activities that take them beyond the classroom. You’ll find that our enrichment opportunities go beyond the expected. Love to sing? Join our glee club. Love nature? Join the Young Naturalists. Love to build? Join Science of Building or our F.I.R.S.T. LEGO League. Love our small-school feeling? Of course you do—but did you know we have a full orchestra, as well as a marimba and drumming ensemble? 

That’s just a small taste of what St. Louis School offers students. Time is precious, so we support your schedule by offering these opportunities before and after school, as well as during lunch periods. Join us!

Assemblies

A committee of teachers meets each year to identify and select assemblies for all grades. Assemblies are designed to enrich the academic, cultural, social, emotional and spiritual development of each student. Past assemblies focused on bike safety, seatbelt safety, Irish dancers, missing and exploited children, bullying, disabilities and visiting authors. 

Buddies

Students in the upper grades are paired as buddies each year with children in primary grades. Throughout the year, they help their younger friends with spiritual, recreational or academic activities. This is a wonderful opportunity for older students to model the attributes and values that are developed during their years at our school.  
Coordinated by classroom teachers.

Career Day

Fitth-grade students are introduced to a variety of careers through presentations and one-on-one discussions with working adults. Volunteer parents and other family members make this highly informative event possible for our fifth-grade students.
Coordinated by classroom teachers and room parents.

Chess Club

Chess Club is available for grades 3-5 and is held after school once a week. All levels of play are welcome, including non-experienced players. 

This is an instructional program run by Rochester Chess Center and is open to all levels of play, including non-expereinced players. A parent coordinator serves as a monitor. Space is limited and registration fills quickly. 

  

Chorus

All students in grades 3-5 meet twice per month during the school day for chorus. They are taught various songs, which are performed once per year at either Colonial Day, the spring musical or an independent event.
School Coordinator: Liz Gowman

Colonial Day

Fourth-graders and their families go back in time and transform the gym into a day during colonial times each winter. Everyone dresses in period clothing and partakes in activities that were common during this time in our history, such as butter making or woodworking. This is always a memorable day for everyone involved.
Coordinated by classroom teachers and room parents.

D.A.R.E.

Included in the fifth-grade curriculum is the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. This highly acclaimed series, presented by specially trained police officers, is designed to provide kids the skills they need to avoid involvement with tobacco, alcohol, drugs and violent activity.

Field Trips

Teachers at every grade level select field trips each year to enhance the curriculum and provide opportunities for in-depth understanding of classroom material. Some examples of recent field trips include: Rochester Museum & Science Center, National Museum of Play at The Strong, Corning Museum of Glass, Rochester Children’s Theatre at Nazareth College, Memorial Art Gallery, Pittsford Community Library, the Pittsford fire house, Gro-Moore Farms and other local cultural sites.

F.I.R.S.T. LEGO League

This introduces younger students to real-world engineering by challenging them to build LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coachers, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society. 

Students design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology; apply real-world math and science concepts; research challenges facing today’s scientists; learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills; and participate in tournaments and celebrations. Parent volunteers are needed to serve as coaches for this activity. 

The 2014-2015 Mission for F.I.R.S.T. Lego League

Newbery Club

Every year since 1922, one book has been selected to receive the Newbery Medal for excellence in children’s literature. Fourth-through-fifth-grade students interested in reading are encouraged to join the Newbery club and read these great stories. After completing a Newbery book, volunteer parents ask the student questions about the book at a Newbery conference. Through this discussion, students demonstrate understanding of the book and then denote their completion of reading a Newbery book by updating a chart kept in the library. A special party is held each year for Newbery Club participants who read four or more Newbery books per year.
School Coordinator: Seana Mancini

Odyssey of the Mind

This is an international problem-solving program for students who want to explore their creativity and develop lifelong skills that promote teamwork and problem solving. Parents are needed to serve as coaches for our teams. 

Odyssey of the Mind is an extracurricular program designed to foster students' divergent, creative thinking skills through cooperative teamwork. The teams solve specifically designed long-term and short-term problems. Teams are made up of 5-7 children in grades kindergarten through 5th, and are organized in September. (Note: Kindergarten through Grade 3 teams do not compete.) There is a fee for registration and the cost of materials. The teams meet after school or on Saturdays from October through March under the guidance of parent coaches. Children compete in a regional competition in March. Winners of the regional competition go to state competition, and the winners of the state competition go on to the World Finals. This program is dependent upon parent volunteers as coaches.
School Coordinator:  Mrs. Carolyn Wagner

Orchestra

Any child who plays an orchestral instrument is welcome to join the school orchestra. Weekly rehearsals are held during the lunch/recess periods, and children perform during school Mass, prayer services and special events.
School Coordinator: Liz Gowman

Recorders

Children in third grade receive instruction in playing the recorder, which culminates in a concert each spring.
School Coordinator: Liz Gowman

Spelling Bee 

Select students from St. Louis participate in local spelling bees. We are proud to have had a Monroe County Catholic Schools Spelling Bee winner in the past! 

Spring Musical

All students in fifth grade participate in a Spring Musical performance, complete with music, singing and costumes. Parents help with costumes and preparations for the afternoon and evening performance for all to enjoy.
School Coordinator: Liz Gowman

Violin

All students in Grade 4 learn how to play the violin. They perform on Colonial Day to showcase their progress.
School Coordinator: Liz Gowman