Welcome and thank you for visiting this site. As we begin another exciting school year at St. Laurence, we look forward to working as a team with the parents and teachers to further the development of our younger children in the early childhood and elementary grades. We truly believe that the trinity relationship of parent, child and educator is essential to building a strong foundation and educating the whole child, body, mind and spirit.
This idea of a foundation for learning is reflected in our past yearly themes of Christ being the “building block” and then the “key” to open the door and “give God the glory.” This year, we strive to shine our lights in his hands and go on to reflect Christ’s light to others. As Catholics, we learn that, not only do we love God with all our heart and try to live like Christ; we must help others do so as well. Our youngest students in grades Prek-4th are a beautiful example of this idea. Our teachers model and teach the foundation upon which their future learning and potential will be built.
On the Early Childhood Campus students learn developmentally through hands-on activities and opportunities to practice beginning academic skills. Along with exposure to early reading and math, students participate daily in outclasses such as Spanish, Music and Motor Lab. Science and outdoor exploration, social studies and religion are also included. Our youngest students practice their budding social skills and self-discipline throughout the day in free and structured center time, playground and lunch. The PreK and Kindergarten students come together with the older students to participate in many activities that build community; however, special events are set aside such as the Week of the Young Child, Splash Day and Fall Carnival just for them.
In Elementary, students broaden the scope of their education by adding Computer, Library, PE and Art as outclasses. These students begin to utilize all the skills that they have been learning and practicing on the ECC Campus. They are both challenged and supported by teachers who are trained in differentiation and meeting individual needs. Teaching Assistants are utilized in 1st and 2nd grade to allow for smaller groups and to concentrate on specific skills. A focus on responsibility and independence is developed and encouraged for life-long learning. In Elementary, technology becomes a useful tool in developing study skills and expressing ideas through creative writing.
In both the Early Childhood and Elementary grades, we strive to build upon a foundation of Catholic values and a solid curriculum that both challenges and allows for individual strengths and success. We believe that every child has potential and should be encouraged to learn in a positive and nurturing environment with the best Catholic education we can provide. Our teachers and parents contribute greatly to the overall strength of our school and provide spiritual role models. Community service and family involvement are strongly encouraged to help our students develop intellectual and social skills which enable them to contribute positively to society.
Assistant Principal Prek-4th Grade