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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Beyond Academics

Religion

Faith is a part of our lives everyday at St. Nicholas Catholic School. Prayer is woven throughout the day from Openings to meal times. Curriculum-based religion classes are held for all grades. Second Grade Catholic students receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion.

Mass is celebrated by Kindergarten through Sixth Grades on Wednesdays and Holy Days of Obligation.  Catholic and non-Catholic students have opportunities to participate in Mass by greeting the community, coloring the banner for the Responsorial Psalm, and presenting the gifts. All students walk up to the altar during Holy Communion.  Those who are not of age or not Catholic receive a blessing from Father.  This is signified by folding one's arms over the chest.  Non-Catholic parents are welcome to come forward and receive a blessing or remain seated in the pew.  For more information on the Mass, please talk to the school secretary, principal or priest.

 

Liturgical Seasons

The entire student body of St. Nicholas Catholic School celebrates the Church's Liturgical Seasons throughout the year. The Season of Advent is celebrated with weekly Advent Candle ceremonies and the Catholic students receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Lenten Season begins with students gathering to draw and understand the Stations of the Cross. In addition, Kindergarten through Sixth Grade classes take turns hosting the Stations of the Cross every week during Lent and again, the Catholic students receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Mary is honored in October and May with the school gathering to say the Rosary.  Students are involved in presenting plays depicting Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe, Saint Nicholas, and The Magi.

 

Fridays with Father

"Friday's with Father" is a special time on Friday Afternoon when Father Gabriel visits informally with Second through Sixth Grade students to guide faith discussions and answer questions.

 

Service Projects

Each class is involved in service projects that help the school or community, in addition we do school-wide service projects, for example sending Valentine Cards to the Veterans at the Boise VA Hospital and making Christmas Cards for the Priests of Idaho.

 

Mime Troupe

Mime Troupe is for Third through Sixth Graders who wish to participate. They perform The Passion, a moving production of Jesus' last week on earth. Students start practicing in January and perform at local churches during the Lenten Season only. Practices are after school and performances can be on nights and weekends. The performance schedule changes each year.

 

Music

Half Notes Choir is a singing group made up of Fourth through Sixth grade students. Half Notes practice and perform during school hours. Students travel to various locations in the community for performances throughout the year. Participation is voluntary.

All students are involved in Christmas and Spring Concerts, Kindergarten through Sixth Grade perform a Veteran's Day Program, various community events, and during Catholic Schools Week they perform for the Grandparent's Lunch.

In addition, after school piano lessons are offered for a fee.

 

Catholic Schools Week

The last week in January is National Catholic Schools Week. Our week kicks off with a breakfast hosted by our Fifth and Sixth Grade students and the Book Fair on Sunday. Tuesday is Grandparent's Day. Grandparents are invited to lunch and enjoy a short musical program then are invited into the classrooms where students share the classroom experience and Book Fair. Wednesday we join with St. Edward's Catholic School from Twin Falls, Idaho for Mass, lunch and a shared activity or project. Each school takes turns hosting the day.

 

Carnival

Each year the PTC (Parent Teacher Club) hosts a fun family night of games and prizes. There is an entry fee and food is available for purchase. This event is open to all students, family, neighbors and friends.

 

Math Festival

In the spring St. Nicholas and St. Edward's Schools join together for a Math Festival. Fourth and Fifth Graders from both schools participate in team and individual events to test their math skills. Top teams and individuals are awarded ribbons. Each school takes turns hosting the event.

 

Field Trips

Kindergarten through Sixth Grade take annual field trips to various locations, local and out of town. The Fifth and Sixth Grade enjoys a ski trip to Pomerelle and the Sixth Grade gets to go on an overnight field trip to Boise to tour the Capital, the Old State Penitentiary, and the Discovery Center of Idaho. Parents are invited and needed to chaperone class field trips and must complete the Safe Environment Workshop and submit to a Background Check. See our "Safe Environment Workshop for Volunteers" section under Get Involved.

 

Want to Learn More?

If you would like to learn more about student life at St. Nicholas Catholic School, please visit Student Life.