Faith is a part of our lives every day at St. Nicholas Catholic School. Prayer is woven throughout the day from our opening meeting, to meal times, to end of day prayers. Curriculum-based religion classes are held for all grades. Second Grade Catholic students receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion.
Kindergarten through Sixth Grades attend Mass on Thursdays and Holy Days of Obligation. Catholic and non-Catholic students have opportunities to participate in Mass and all families are welcome.
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.
Service is an integral part of our school mission statement and beliefs. We teach students the importance of service to school and community by performing class and schoolwide service projects.
Mime Troupe performs 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, Spanish, PE and Library
Students participate weekly in specialty classes that include music, Spanish, PE and Library. In music, students learn to read music, play instruments, sing songs, and perform at various events. In Spanish, students learn conversational Spanish as well as written words. Students learn about different genre of literature in library and learn basic keyboarding each week day.
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.
We are blessed to have a very active and supportive Parent Teacher Organization. The PTC helps organize back to school night, carnival, and the jog-a-long. They also coordinate class parties and other activities. We encourage all parents to join this worthwhile organization.
Student participate in a variety of field trips throughout the year. Parents are invited to chaperone class field trips, but in order to participate all adults must complete the Safe Environment Workshop and submit to a Background Check. See our "Safe Environment Workshop for Volunteers" section under Get Involved.