Español at OLL!!
Learning a foreign language is not just an academic course, it is a way of approaching a further knowledge of each culture’s differences. At OLL we recognize that we are all sons and daughters of God.
From EC -3 through 3rd grade the students learn basic Spanish vocabulary and culture.
4th-5th grade learns the first step to reading comprehension and Spanish grammar.
Middle School takes Spanish 1a, 1b and 1 honors, working with various cultural projects, grammar, reading, writing and conversation skills.
In our Catholic Foundation, we learn the traditional prayers in Spanish, such as The Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be and Guardian Angel and during May we offer the rosary in front or Our Lady statue.
In the younger grades, weekly media classes involve promoting early literacy and language development through interactive story times and activities, including songs, dances, puppetry, finger plays, hands-on projects and short stories. These are designed to promote emergent literacy skills and help the students grow into strong readers.
Elementary and middle school students learn how to use the library’s resources and build literacy skills through exposure to a variety of literature and activities designed to engage students. Middle school students also learn how to recognize questionable information and to find reliable information sources. Media classes support the classroom curriculum by partnering with teachers to provide an extension of classroom lessons and cross curriculum instruction. Students are able to check out library material and encouraged to read not only for assignments, but for pleasure as well.
In the Art Room
The art department at OLL is an exciting environment.
All students from ages three to thirteen get a chance to explore skills, techniques and artistic processes in the Art room. Units are created to explore artists, past and present. As artists, the students are all encouraged to learn collaborative skills, aesthetic expression, and critical analysis. By studying art through art history, the students make a connection to themselves. The cultural/historical connection is invaluable. The application of learning from Art History gives students a starting point in which to look at technology as well as the future of Art as it applies to their world.
The halls are alive with the sound of music! The school music program fully engages students in the creative processes to develop lifelong learners and active participants in music. Students demonstrate their love for God musically through their active participation and singing at school Mass and Sunday Eucharistic celebrations.
The early childhood program introduces a repertoire of secular and sacred songs related to the curriculum of their classroom. The children are introduced to music vocabulary and symbols such as the treble clef, bass clef, barlines, repeat signs and can identify notes by name.
By Kindergarten and 1st grade, percussion instruments develop music reading skills by pairing note symbol relationships. In addition, popular orchestral works such as “The Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint Saens and Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” are studied in depth to make music concepts relevant and exciting. The concept of notes on a music staff and the relationship to singing, reading and playing music is included in the 2nd and 3rd grades. In 4th and 5th grades, students are taught elementary song writing and chord building. This concept reinforces music reading skills on tone chimes by integrating note names, time signature and the joy of ensemble playing. Middle school incorporates more extensive song writing techniques. Students compose their own songs to develop their creative processes and learn to read and play handbell music.
Our non-auditioned school choir encompasses students from 1st through 8th grade. Choir practice for grades 1 through 4 is held after school and grades 5 through 8 rehearse twice weekly in the mornings before school.
The halls of Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic School are indeed filled with the sound of music!
- Offers opportunities for students to learn about the art and craft of video production
- Students fill the roles in creating a news television program such as anchors, reporters, camera operators, script writers and directors
- Students develop the skills necessary for their roles:
- Anchors learn how to perform on camera while using the teleprompter and establishing an acute sense of timing
- Camera person learns how to record in different formats and settings so the best quality is achieved
- Script writer uses iPad applications to create the shows’ content. They are practicing grammar and writing skills while using technology
- Director/s must have all the other skill sets and work with others showing professionalism and guidance
- The show offers several segments such as announcements, weather, sports, interviews, special events and saint of the day
- Students will learn professionalism, develop communication skills and confidence and the other skills needed to be part of a video production