Kindergarten Admissions

        

KINDERGARTEN TRY-ON DAYS

They TRY ON clothes and shoes, why not Kindergarten? Our Kindergarten Try-On Days are a great opportunity for you and your child to preview our JK and Kindergarten programs.

Your child will get to experience circle time, group play, outdoor play, and a snack! While the children are enjoying a morning of Kindergarten, we will have an informal coffee and Q & A for parents. Afterwards, you can take a tour and enjoy snacks provided by our in-house chef. Find a date that works for you! RSVP to Kelli Carter at 502.795.3464 or KCarter@StFrancisSchool.org (space is limited).

Friday, January 19th, 9:00 a.m.
Friday, February 2nd, 9:00 a.m.
Friday, March 2nd, 9:00 a.m.

Try-On Day Schedule:
9:00 a.m. Students to Kindergarten Room, Parents to the Library
9:00 – 10:45 a.m. Students – Circle Time, Group Play, Outdoor Play, Snack
9:00 – 10:45 a.m. Parents – Coffee/Light Refreshments, Q & A, Tours
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. End of Program

MEET OUR “KINDERGARTEN GURUS”

Heather McGrawDSC_3810
Years Teaching: 15
Years Teaching at SFS: 15

Why do you love teaching at St. Francis School?
When I was working on my master’s degree I came to observe Ms. Marshall teach in the first grade. Ms. Marshall recently retired after twenty-seven years of teaching. I knew right away that I wanted to teach in this type of learning environment. The children seemed very happy and comfortable. I loved the open classrooms and being able to see children and adults communicating about their experiences. I was pregnant with my daughter at the time and also knew this was the school I wanted her to be a part of. She started in the Preschool and is now a junior at our High School. I have watched her develop a great amount of self-confidence. She thrived in the smaller class environments and also got to participate in music, art, drama, and sports. Her favorite memories were the wonderful outdoor trips she experienced in Middle School. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be a part of this wonderful community.

Why do you feel “play” is an important part of the Kindergarten day?
We feel children should have plenty of opportunities during the day to engage in unstructured, imaginative play. We think part of a child’s job is to play. Lots of research has been done that states play enhances the development of a child’s brain in many ways. Through play, children explore, express themselves, and role play situations they have experienced in life. We have a beautiful campus that creates a wonderful space for outdoor play. We also have open classrooms that allow children to explore and play. Most importantly, we encourage the children to play everyday many times a day.

DSC_4899Annette Rudd, Master Teacher
Years Teaching: 27
Years Teaching at SFS: 27

What stands out about your first year teaching at St. Francis?
I think the openness of it all. The openness of the building, and the people, too. It was evident to me from the beginning that the whole school was oriented toward children and their needs.

When did you know you wanted to be a teacher? Tell us about a moment/experience.
I knew that I loved children, but I didn’t like traditional schools. I really didn’t want to teach until I walked into St. Francis. I fell completely in love with this school: the big window looking onto
the field, the open classrooms, the happy children moving around, the enthusiastic teachers, the music, the art. I am very sensory oriented and don’t like an institutional feeling.

What is your favorite memory of teaching at SFS?
My favorite memory is each year when the children write and illustrate a book together about their family. Seeing parents’ faces when they read it and hear what their children have to say – that is my favorite memory. And I get to make it every year.

What are your favorite content areas to teach?
What I love about teaching kindergarten is that we get to teach all content areas. I love all of it, art, literature, history, science, and math; getting to teach all of it is one of the beautiful things about being a kindergarten teacher. Interweaving these studies with nature on our gorgeous campus just makes it all the more wonderful.

What makes a student stand out and stick in your memory?
Sometime a student will have such a strong personality, such firm inclinations at this early age that it just amazes me. They are so open at this age, you know how they are feeling each day. They are completely uncensored and excited about creating.

What is your greatest success in teaching?
My greatest success in teaching is in helping all these children feel really safe and comfortable in their new environment, helping them know that whatever happens, the adults at school are there for them, and they can be themselves here.

How do you differentiate in your classroom?
A lot of what we do is open ended, divergent thinking. For example, writing a new version of a familiar story or making a pattern out of materials in the classroom. Our work involves choices and allows for different levels of sophistication. For more specific skill-oriented tasks, I can work one-on-one with one child on reading, for example, while the others are learning letter sounds.
We can really tailor it to each child.

You’ve taught for 20+ years. Where do you see education going in our country over the next 20 years?
The most exciting trend I see in education is the increase in research on the crucial role of play in a child’s development, as well as emotional intelligence and mindfulness. I hope that in the next 20 years, technology will allow teachers to have smaller classrooms while balancing that technology with more time in nature.

What is your superpower as a teacher?
My superpower is empathy. I do my best to put myself in a child’s place and imagine what is going on in his or her mind. The St. Francis philosophy supports my making decisions in the classroom that will be best for my students in the given moment.