COCA (Center of Creative Arts) School Program
Fall Programs for Grades 1-3 and Grades 4-5
Budding actors will learn to use the body and voice to create characters under the guidance of a COCA theatre instructor. Using improvisation, dramatic play, story enactment, theatre games and imaginative journeys, students will develop confidence as they discover the joy of the theatre. This afterschool program culminates with students participating in a live performance.
Winter/Spring Programs for Grades 1-3 and Grades 4-5
Young performers will learn about the stories, characters and songs of classic Broadway shows. They will develop basic skills in acting, singing and stage movement as they explore the world of musical theatre. This afterschool program culminates with students participating in a live performance.
Chinese Class (Grades K -5)
Chinese is the number one spoken language across the globe with over one billion speakers worldwide. Visitation Academy has teamed up with the Brunetti Language School, a leader in Foreign Language Communication, offering a 10 week Chinese course each semester. Native speaking instructors will present lively instruction in Chinese writing, speaking, and culture.
Chess Club (Grades K-5)
Chess stimulates the brain and helps build cognitive skills such as focus, visualization, decision-making, analysis, planning and abstract thinking. In this club, students learn the game of chess and compete with peers to enhance chess skills. All equipment and supplies are provided, and all students are welcome! Learning to play chess offers the benefits of increased perception, improved ability to concentrate, and in addition a very enjoyable sport!
Instructors are from the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis. (SaintLouisChessClub.org)
Lower School Student Council
Students in grades 1-5 have the opportunity to promote leadership, cooperation, dedication, school spirit and commitment through the Lower School Student Council.
The student council is represented by elected officers from the 5th grade and student representatives from each homeroom. The Officers are selected by a voting process each year that involves a platform development, marketing and speech making. Student representatives serve as a voice for the student body by delivering their thoughts and ideas to the council at meetings twice a month.
Both Officers and Representatives develop skills of listening, communicating, planning, organizing and problem solving. The Lower School Student Council members are ambassadors to the school that model attitudes of tolerance, compassion, respect, fairness, and courtesy.
Sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, this group is open to all girls of the Lower School. Our school sponsors Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes. Daisy Troops are open to girls in grades K-1; Brownie Troops are for girls in grades 2-3; Junior Troops are available for grades 4-5. Each Scout troop meets about once a month and also takes periodic field trips.
The Handbell Choir teaches Visitation Lower School students a new joy for music as well as discipline and teamwork. Students master reading sheet music and learn to perform with poise and precision as an ensemble. The Handbell Choir performs for the some Lower School Masses, all-school Masses, and Lower School performances. The Handbell Choir is open to fourth and fifth grade students only and meets weekly on Wednesday mornings from 7am to 7:45 a.m.
Liturgical Choir is open to all fourth and fifth grade students in the Lower School. The choir meets weekly on Monday afternoons from 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and sings for all Lower School Masses, on special Feast Days in combination with the Upper School Liturgical Choir, and at other special events.
Science Club is open to students in grades 4-5, who are interested in science and are available to meet on Tuesdays after school from October through the beginning of March. Students sign a contract agreeing to attend all meetings, stay on task, cooperate with their partner or team members and clean up before dismissal.
We will focus on rocketry and flight and engineering and design in this 2013-2014 school year. Members are also responsible for collecting compostable waste materials from the Lower School Dining Room to recycle them into usable compost for our Lower School Greenhouse.
Moderators: Mrs. Marianne Holthaus and Mrs. Kelly Skubic
Visitation Cheerleading Clinic (Kindergarten – Eighth Grade Girls)
Clinic consists of three, two hour fun-filled practices where you will learn a fun dance routine, cheers, stretching, games, jumps, building and team bonding. You will cheer with the Visitation Cheerleaders during the first half of a game and perform the dance routine as the half-time show.
Visitation Academy in DeChantal Hall
Moderators: Visitation Cheer Coach and Visitation Academy Cheerleaders
Visitation Academy After Care Program (Toddlers – Fifth Grade)
The After Care program is available on all regular and most early dismissal school days until 6:30 p.m. After Care hours begin at 11:30 a.m. on early dismissal days.
The program is based upon an understanding and respect for each student’s individual needs and unique personality. The Program Director is an experienced professional with a background in education. The program offers a variety of group and individual activities for students of all ages in a nurturing no-stress environment.
Students receive a snack each day. On early dismissal days, students receive a lunch and a late afternoon snack.
There is no After Care when school close early due to inclement weather.