The Art Program at Saint Anne Parish School is designed to give students the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including: drawing, painting, paper sculpting, applied arts and more. The intent is to give students an opportunity to experience the creation of art through various mediums while giving them an understanding of art history, art critiques and art aesthetics.
Saint Anne student’s art work is displayed prominently throughout the building as this lets the student know that their creativity is valued.
Kindergarten through grade 8 students attend Art class once per week.
Saint Anne Parish School offers a comprehensive Spanish Program. The program is introduced at the PreK level and continues through the 8th grade. It is taught using the Kinesthetic Approach and features listening and speaking skills.
A Foreign Language is recommended by the Archdiocese of Chicago but is not a requirement.
Students in PreK through Grade 4 have Spanish one time per week. Grade 5 has Spanish twice per week and Grades 6-8 have Spanish three 45 minute classes per week. A formal introduction to grammar reading, and writing begins in Grade 6 and continues through 8th Grade. Many St. Anne graduates are placed in Spanish II upon entering the high school of their choice.
We offer after school clubs in Spanish, French, Italian and Mandarin-Chinese
St. Anne Parish School library houses almost 13,000 books, along with 20 computers, an interactive white board, and a computerized catalog system. The library also has a web based Accelerated Reading program which gives our students access to over 150,000 quiz titles, half of which are nonfiction. This program promotes daily reading practice within the framework of reading ranges that are challenging but not frustrating to the student. The younger students are exposed to Book Flix, a program that presents fiction and nonfiction titles side by side with follow-up activities that reinforce skills taught in the classroom. They too are able to participate in Accelerated Reading, and have the option of audio quizzes for our emergent readers.
Destiny is our library management program which allows students, teachers, and parents to search for titles we have here in our library. In addition, the home page for Destiny also provides links for Student Resources, Social Studies, Language Arts, Math, Science, Illinois Natural Resources, Fine Arts, Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award, Health, Technology, Reference, and Preschool. Click here for more information.
AR book finder is a web site which will allows parents, students, and teachers to determine if a book is AR, as well as the book level, point value, and a brief summary of the book. You can do a quick search for a specific title or an advanced search which is more refined and includes interest level, book level, topics, subtopics, fiction or nonfiction and language preference. Once found, titles can be sorted. You can also search according to awards, state lists, librarians’ picks, and what kids are reading. Textbooks such as Houghton Mifflin Hartcourt are also available. Just go to AR Bookfinder. Click here for more information.
The Music Program at Saint Anne Parish School is designed to help students gain an understanding of music and to inspire a love for it.
This is accomplished through the teaching of: rhythmic patterns, singing skills, music theory, music history and done in conjunction with computer technology. Additionally, musical instruments are incorporated into many lessons.
All students Pre Kindergarten through grade 8 have music once a week.
Physical Education Program for Grades Pre K 4 (once a week) Kindergarten – 8th grade (twice a week)
In preschool the students are involved in lessons that lead to the development of fundamental motor skills. In addition activities are designed to help fostering positive personal and social responsibilities that respect self and others.
In these grade levels students are involved in lessons that lead to the development of fundamental motor skills and an understanding of concepts that will later apply to a variety of activities. Skill development activities, rhythmic activities, dance, and games are used to help students develop basic skills. Fitness concepts are a part of several lessons with connections being made between class activities and health/skill related fitness skills and concepts. In addition activities are designed to help foster positive personal and social interactions that respect self and others.
1st and 2nd:
In the first and second grades students further develop basic motor skills and movement concepts. Building a foundation acquired in kindergarten, students apply movement and fitness concepts to cooperative activities and games. Fitness concepts continue to be a part of most lessons with connections being made between class activities and health/skill related fitness concepts. In addition all activities are taught with a focus on fostering positive personal and social interactions that respect self and others.
3rd and 4th grade:
In third and fourth grade the focus for movement concepts shifts to developing the ability to apply concepts learned in earlier grades to specific activities. Basic strategies common to games of invasion, target games and net games are introduced. Students work to develop an understanding of relationship concepts by spending time involved in group activities. Focus is on the components of health related fitness- cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and agility activities are included to enhance the understanding of each concept. In addition students need to continue the practice of developing skills that will foster the development of personal positive and social interactions that respect self and others in physical activity settings.
5th-8th grade Overview:
The focus of middle school curriculum is to create a balance between learning skills that allow students to be successful in traditional activities and learning lifetime activity and fitness skills that will prepare this group to participate in a wider variety of physical activities. Lessons focus on gaining specific physical skills but also go further to teach principles of personal and social responsibility interactions that respect self and others.
St. Anne provides and excellent technology program for all students at the school. We maintain a 1:1 Chromebook environment from 2nd Grade through 8th Grade. The technology lab at the school consists of HP computers as well as Chromebooks and iPads. The lab also has two branching STEM-Multi Media classrooms for green screen and audio editing. Kindergarten through 4th Grade come to the Technology lab once a week for forty minutes. Grades 5th-8th come to the Technology lab twice a week for forty minute periods. Each grade has a ISTE standards-based technology curriculum and goals that range from the basics of a computer to computer science and coding.