Students in preschool and kindergarten through fourth grade visit the library once a week. During this time, they check books out and explore the many opportunities the library has to offer. New books are acquired through the PTO Adopt-a-Book Program and through funding from PTO-sponsored Book Fairs.
St. Francis de Sales students in grade K-8 attend a computer class at least once a week. The computer lab is available daily for special projects. Every classroom is also equipped with at least one computer. Through our technology curriculum, students get plenty of hands-on experience.
The Spanish language program at St. Francis de Sales begins in the second grade. In the earlier grades, children learn basic vocabulary such as numbers, days of the week, and greetings. As the grades progress, vocabulary is increased, and verb conjugations are introduced. By eighth grade, students have developed verbal and nonverbal communication skills and have become familiar with the culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Spanish is taught twice a week in grades 2-6, and every day in 7th & 8th grades.
Art is offered from preschool through eighth grade. Through age-appropriate activities, children learn how works of art are produced. Students learn the language of art through an understanding of the sensory elements, organizational principles and expressive qualities in art. Our students also learn the role of art in past and present civilizations.
Our Music program is offered to students in preschool through fifth grade. Students learn age-appropriate vocal techniques, music notation, and pitched and unpitched musical instruments through a variety of experiences including: singing in groups; performing using instruments like hand drums, rhythm sticks and shakers; and improvising short melodies combining percussion and movement. Some of the highlights parents enjoy from our Music program include development of a class cheer/song for our Spirit Day celebration and the preschool through fifth grade Christmas program.
Our Physical Education program is offered to students in preschool through eighth grade. Our goal is to promote the understanding of physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Students learn cooperation, sportsmanship, leadership, respect, and safety through age-appropriate sports activities. Should students wish to further their awareness of a given sport, St. Francis de Sales offers a variety of extracurricular activities through our Athletic Program. Check out Mr. Mazza’s blogspot for PE at St. Francis: http://stfrancislzpe.blogspot.com/
The St. Francis de Sales band program is contracted through Music Education Services. All children have the opportunity to join the school band beginning in 4th grade. In September, students in grades 4th & 5th attend a performance during which all of the band instruments are demonstrated and explained. Students then have the chance to try two instruments as part of a hands-on exploration of their interests.
The band students play three evening concerts throughout the year, combining with more than 150 other students from six local Catholic schools; and participate in both a solo festival and an honor band festival. Band students from St. Francis de Sales have gone on to be successful musicians at Lake Zurich HS, Stevenson HS, and Carmel HS.