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.

  

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. 

 

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: Susan Conlogue

 

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! 

Fifth-Grade Musical

All students in fifth grade participate in an annual musical, 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