Building upon the foundational skills learned in our TK and Kindergarten, our primary program features small class sizes, but students enjoy opportunities to join with the student body across our school community. In first and second grades, students strengthen foundational skills to support academic success. Students also develop socially and learn how to listen attentively, actively participate, collaborate with peers, and become organized for success throughout their education. In third grade, students grow increasingly independent academically and socially as they expand their knowledge and grow as Catholic Learners.
The student experience is expanded by community service projects, our PEAK Family program, and enrichment classes in the arts.. Primary classes benefit from weekly visits to the school library that promote literacy and a love for reading, and they enjoy field trips, school wide assemblies, and visits from guest speakers that enhance the curriculum. Additionally, after-school Chess for Kids enrichment is available.
We offer various sports programs such as Biddy Golf, Junior Dunkers basketball and Track for students in 1st-4th grade.Academics
Hands-on math instruction in the primary grades solidifies 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 phonics, 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.
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 a curriculum aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. 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. Students learn about people and places around the world, important historical figures, life long ago and today, and enjoy an introduction to government and economics. A focus on geography and map skills is included and reinforced through participation in monthly community service projects.
Our Enrichment program fosters the development of the whole child and supports the social-emotional growth of our students. From yoga and music to arts, Enrichment sessions provide every child an opportunity to grow in self-awareness. 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.
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. 1:1 devices are used to differentiate learning and connect students to the world.
I believe that children learn best when they are in a nurturing and supportive learning environment. When children are rooted in kindness and shared respect, they are ready to embark together on their learning journey! I feel it is important to provide opportunities for the students to work independently and collaboratively and to demonstrate their understanding of concepts in multiple ways.
SVES is a wonderful community where faculty and parents are committed to the academic, social/ emotional, and spiritual growth of the students. In this faith-filled environment, friendships between students at all grade levels flourish. It is heart-warming to witness eighth graders giving high-fives to kindergartners, and middle school students stop what they are doing to help a first grader who fell on the yard. The students support and care for one another.
I fell in love with reading as a first grader! I remember the first time I read a short chapter book completely on my own at home, and I could not wait to get to school the next day to tell my teacher. She was so proud of me and made me feel so special. I think about that a lot as a teacher; the importance of making every child’s achievements feel acknowledged and valued.
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.