Summer Camp: Summer Camp 2015
February 15th, 2015
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St. Nicholas School Summer Camp 2015 is June 1st through July 31st. Located in the East Brainerd area, the camp features a day and enrichment camp for boys and girls ages 4-12, and a camp leadership program for ages 13-15. Our camp hours are 7am-6pm.
Extended School Programs: Winter/Spring After School Enrichment Classes
January 20th, 2015
Check out the Extended School Program after-school classes for Winter/Spring.
New classes include Cupcake Decoration 101
and Yoga Stories!
A.I.R. Coding Program
Art Media Mania
Beatles Band for Upper Primary
"Over the Rainbow" Music/Dance
Spanish Zumba for Kids
"Spring - Let's Go" Music/Dance
Summer is Coming Art
1. Winter/Spring 2015 Enrichment Catalog
2. Enrichment Registration Form
3. Private Music Lessons Policy Form (required for private lesson students)
4. Sprouts Cooking Class Waiver
From Head of School: Parent Night Remarks
January 8th, 2015
One major goal of parenting is to work ourselves out of the job. We provide love and support, wisdom, experience and advice. We model good decision-making and problem solving. Over time, we give our kids more and more responsibility, cede decision-making to them at appropriate milestones, and finally send them out into the world to be responsible, caring adults. Self-reliant and independent.
This summer, our faculty/staff reading assignment focused on this very process. We read Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World: Seven Building Blocks for Developing Capable Young People by Stephen Glenn and Jane Nelson.
We recommend the book to all parents as there are practical applications for each of these seven building blocks. There are numerous examples of strategies or approaches to parenting that develop independence, character, and problem-solving in our kids. As a faculty and staff, we read the book and considered ways that we develop these seven building blocks as part of our program.
So what are the seven building blocks?
The first three building blocks are beliefs. The next four are basic life skills.
It’s important to recognize that developing these building blocks is a process and takes time. All students will not display every one of these qualities at every moment of every day, in all decisions that they make. It’s really more of a peaks and valleys type of growth, sometimes one step forward and two steps back. Over time, as parents and teachers, we hope to see forward movement with increased consistency.
Growth also requires discipline on the part of parents and teachers to not rescue the kids or protect them from their own mistakes, because without those mistakes, there would be no successes. That’s why we’re in partnership, sharing common goals and supporting each other.
At St. Nicholas, so many of our classroom routines and practices help develop these building blocks. They are also reinforced in chapel and throughout the day. Our Expectations and Objectives for students certainly focus on these building blocks, and more.
Expectations of a St. Nicholas Student
The process starts in Level 1 and grows over time, often in imperceptible ways. By the time students graduate from Level 7, they have made great progress in expectations and objectives.
Granted, there will still be much growth ahead, especially through the middle and high school years, but their experience at St. Nicholas will prepare them not just academically, but socially and spiritually as well, and give them a wonderful foundation for continued success.