Our youngest students are naturally curious. Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten create a two year program that fosters the students’ eagerness and enthusiasm to explore their world and engage with their peers. Through whole and small group lessons that incorporate music, games, art, and movement, students develop foundational academic skills in a safe environment filled with rich learning experiences. TK students enter Kindergarten with the readiness skills and social skills needed to build a solid academic foundation. Our students leave Kindergarten reading, writing sentences, thinking critically, and solving problems. They are well prepared with the foundational skills and work habits for success in the primary grades.
Students benefit from a program that incorporates cooperative and self-directed learning opportunities that build a foundation for academic success and help the students to grow as faith-filled leaders. Students join with the school community to complete service projects and participate in our PEAK Family program. The TK/Kindergarten program supports the students’ social-emotional, physical, and cognitive development through a rich program that balances a focus on academics with enrichment and play.Academics
Math instruction builds the foundation for understanding mathematical concepts and developing number sense, geometry skills, patterning, classification, and problem solving through hand-on learning experiences. A spiraling curriculum that increases in complexity provides the opportunity for continued practice and mastery of mathematical concepts.
The English language arts curriculum nurtures and develops literacy skills. Whole group and small group lessons and activities allow for individualized learning that supports each child’s growth. Beginning with letter recognition and formation, the curriculum expands to include phonemic awareness, phonics instruction, sight word recognition, oral fluency, and sentence writing. Rich literature supports the development of comprehension and vocabulary. The curriculum supports the students’ development as readers and writers.
The Religious education curriculum introduces the child to the Catholic faith through Bible stories, music, prayer, and art. Students gather with the school community for Morning Prayer and celebrate liturgies throughout the school year.
TK and Kindergarten students enjoy learning about the world through hands-on activities in the areas of life, earth, and physical science.
The TK and Kindergarten Social Studies curriculum focuses on providing students an introduction to life long ago, geography, our country and community helpers. Students also share their interests, unique talents and gifts as they learn to care for one another and grow as a classroom community.
Our Enrichment program fosters the development of the whole child and supports the social-emotional growth of our students. From yoga and martial arts to music and 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.
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 and differentiated practice . Students learn about the parts of a computer and the importance of digital citizenship.
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.
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.