Emphasizing the development of the whole child, we recognize the importance of balancing academic standards with the developmental stages of our students. Our program features small class sizes, but students enjoy opportunities to join with the student body across our school community. Our students leave kindergarten reading, writing sentences, thinking critically and solving problems. In first and second grades, students strengthen foundational skills to support academic success. Students also learn how to listen attentively, actively participate, collaborate with peers, and become organized for success throughout their education.
Students benefit from STEM activities, community service projects, our PEAK Family program, and parent visits. Primary classes visit a zoo or explore a local children’s museum, welcome a variety of guest speakers, and enjoy visits from children’s book authors. Additional after-school Chess for Kids enrichment is available.Academics
Hands-on math instruction in the primary grades builds the foundation for understanding mathematical concepts, critical thinking, and problem solving. A spiraling curriculum that increases in complexity provides the opportunity for continued practice and mastery of mathematical concepts.
Small group English language arts instruction meets individual needs of each and every child, focusing on phonemic awareness, oral reading fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, grammar and writing. Students also participate in the Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reader program and weekly visits to the library to develop a love of reading.
Daily religious education classes, prayer, and attendance at monthly Mass as a school community provide a foundation in faith formation. Students in each grade lead morning prayer and participate in a First Friday Mass.
Preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion begins in first grade, and students receive both sacraments in second grade.
An introduction to and study of earth, life, and physical science is supported through collaborative STEM activities. Primary students study plants and animals, rocks and minerals, the solar system, weather, forces and motion. The science curriculum comes alive through field trips and guest speakers.
Primary students learn about the world around us. Studying people and places around the world, important historical figures, and an introduction to economics. A focus on geography and map skills is included and reinforced through participation in monthly community service projects.
Our fine arts program allows students to develop an appreciation of music and art and express their creativity. Music instruction includes singing and an introduction to music theory, including note-reading and playing instruments. Volunteer art docents provide a rich opportunity for students to study artists in a variety of genres and create their own masterpieces to share with classmates and families.
Regular physical education classes provide students with the opportunity to develop gross motor skills, work as a team and learn the importance of exercise and a healthy lifestyle.
An introduction to basic computer skills is integrated with a reinforcement of the curriculum. Students learn about the parts of a computer and the importance of digital citizenship. Students create projects with oral presentations to utilize and develop their skills.
As an educator with 26 years of teaching experience, I still remember the excitement I had on my very first day of teaching. It is the joy and hope that I feel each school year when I walk my new students into the classroom on the first day of school. My philosophy begins with creating an engaging, vibrant environment that supports the academic, spiritual, and social growth for each student entrusted to my care. By partnering with parents, kindergarteners grow and learn in so many ways, heading to first grade and beyond with foundational skills, work habits and confidence to chase their dreams.
SVES is not just a school. It is a community...a happy, united community! Students, parents and teachers work together to create a positive, nurturing environment for all students to grow, learn, and achieve.
In Kindergarten, I remember sitting on the carpet around my teacher and singing songs. I recall that I was the first student to learn to tie shoes and I became the "shoe tier" for the class! Now my favorite part of the day is sitting in my rocking chair with my students gathered around for story time ... and I am still the "shoe tier!"
As an alumna of SVES and SVHS, I have fond memories of playing tetherball on the blacktop, learning to quilt in my elective class, and eagerly waiting in line with my ticket for hot dog day each month. I remember always feeling at home at SVES because I knew my teachers cared about much more than the grade I received on a test. They cared about me as a person. I am fortunate that many of my SV classmates have remained my close friends and we often recall the incredible experiences we shared at SVES. SV has truly shaped the people we are today.
I believe that teaching is an endeavor of love and requires the utmost commitment from the teacher. I strive to develop personal connections with children, as relationships are the context for all effective and meaningful teaching. More specifically, I seek to expose children to a variety of experiences, information and knowledge, so that the synapses and connections in their young brains can develop to their fullest potential.
There are many reasons why I love SVES, including the warm character of its community, its Christian identity, and its high standards for behavior and academics. I am so blessed and happy to be here!
My favorite memories from first grade are of attending field trips at Bodega Bay and Pepperwood Preserve.
Children are by nature curious and kind. I promote a positive and cooperative learning environment that encourages academic achievement and personal development of the whole child.
SVES is reminiscent of my own Catholic school experience. As a parent, I am so appreciative of the outstanding education my daughter received at SVES and SVHS that set her up for success in college.
I remember with fondness, my second grade teacher, Miss Maida of St. Albert the Great School in Palo Alto. She was sweet, kind, and taught us to sing the Beatles Classic, “Here Comes the Sun”.
I believe that as an educator it is our responsibility, along with parents, to educate our students in a nurturing, faith-filled environment. As teachers we need to provide a loving, supportive and safe classroom that will help students thrive and reach their full potential. In partnership with parents as the primary educators, teachers and the school community need to commit to the students academic success, spiritual awareness and social growth.
I love SVES because of the sense of community. I love teaching the students and working along with their parents to help them reach their potential. I enjoy all of the faith-filled activities such as First Friday Mass and PEAK family activities.
When I was in 3rd grade at St. Gabriel School in San Francisco, I loved when our teacher, Ms. Kelly, would gather us on the carpet for a “read aloud”. I loved listening to the various books she would read to us. I also loved the many field trips we went on. One of my favorites in 3rd grade was taking the Muni Bus to the ice skating rink on 48th Avenue in the Sunset District. I have many fond memories from the ice rink.
Physical Education helps children learn movement and their knowledge of movement enables them to participate confidently in many forms of physical activities. The child who is well educated physically is more likely to be a healthy adult, motivated to remain healthy. Physical education promotes the social skills and cooperation needed to be successful in school, work and play. It is my goal to help children develop Christian character in a socially and physically interactive curriculum occurring in a natural setting outside the classroom.
I love St. Vincent Elementary because Jesus is the Common Core. I have been so blessed with the many personal and professional relationships over the years at SV. One of the great strengths of St. Vincent’s is the community of and focus on the family. It has been the joy of my heart to be a part of this community.
Mr. Isola was the PE specialist when I was at my grade school. He always had fun activities when he came to our school. I remember enjoying running in the pony express relay and learning new activities from different cultures, which I enjoy teaching at St. Vincent’s today.
I think it is important to be prepared and have a plan. However, I believe it to be even more important to understand your students and where they are at, and to be flexible so you can meet their needs in the best way possible.
I love the community we have at SVES. Our students, parents and faculty are a wonderful support system for each other. I love that SVES offers the whole package and educates the whole child -- academically, socially, and spiritually. My husband and I have been so pleased with the education that our children have received at SVES and SVHS.
We did not have computer class when I was in elementary school. Math was my favorite subject. I remember what it was like to be part of a wonderful community at my Catholic grammar school. That community still remains as a big part of my life today. I wish that special gift for all of our SVES students throughout their entire lives as well.
Reading is my passion! I was a reader as a child and still love to read as an adult. It is my goal to help the children at SVES realize their potential as lifelong readers.
I feel blessed to have been employed at St. Vincent de Paul Elementary School for the last 21 years. I was hired as the Learning Center Director and now fill the roles of Librarian and Reading Resource Teacher. It is my privilege to go to work every day with a group of amazing teachers and support staff members. St. Vincent's provides its students with the foundational skills needed to succeed in high school and beyond. Having sent three children through SVES and SVHS, I can say without reservations that I wholeheartedly believe in the mission and philosophy of both our schools.
My love of reading started in elementary school with the Nancy Drew Series. After reading the first book, The Secret of the Old Clock, I was hooked--hooked on Nancy Drew and hooked on reading! Books gave me the ability to see the world and meet new people. I wish I could remember who suggested that book to me, because I should have said thank you a thousand times over. Elementary school is where I became a lifelong reader!
First we work, then we play!
I love the family and community feeling. This is my fourth year working full time at SVES. My two daughters attended SVES and SVHS.
When I attended Catholic grade school in San Francisco, I played on the 4th grade kickball team. I still love to watch the kids here play kickball.
All three of my children enjoyed an outstanding education attending SVES during their elementary school years. I especially appreciate the one-on-one attention they received which helped them to be successful at SVHS and then later in college. I am grateful to be a part of this deeply invested community of faith and warmth.
The time-honored traditions at SVES make me think of attending Catholic elementary school in San Francisco when I was growing up. I remember, when I was eight, being so proud to be chosen to carry Mary's beautiful crown of flowers for the ceremony on May Day.