South Elementary is hosting an Open House on Thursday, March 9th from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. for the 2023-2024 school year. Here's a sneak peek!
At South Elementary we recognize the importance of play in the development of young children, and thanks to a generous grant donation, we have three unique child centered spaces within our building called our Imagination Stations. These rooms are stocked with a wide variety of engaging items that encourage our students to explore, create, play, communicate and engage with one another. The imagination station items include sensory motor items, building materials, art supplies, and new toys. In addition to our outdoor recess time, our kindergarten and first grade classrooms rotate through these indoor spaces on a daily basis. They are a great extension of the physical education,art, music, and STEAM programming that we also offer at South. These programs, along with our commitment to small class sizes and building strong home to school relationships, make South Elementary a perfect fit for many.
As educators, our primary goal is to prepare our students to live independently and to successfully interact with the world in which they live. South Elementary’s role is key in laying foundational groundwork for this to happen. So what exactly does this look like at this early level you might ask? Here are just a few simple examples of ways that South Elementary facilitates learning that directly align to their future success:
To develop communicators, we will work to make sure that our students acquire and are able to apply the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Our commitment to best practices and use of strong curriculum options places an emphasis on learning for all students.
Critical thinking and problem solving will be reinforced through opportunities to use inquiry based learning in our STEAM programing & within our Imagination Stations. It is through this exploration that they will gather and use information to draw conclusions and test theories out. The learning is centered on the process rather than on the outcome.
To foster creativity and innovation, we will learn about our world through the arts and encourage our students to question, evaluate & stretch their imaginations as they search for answers.
Collaboration will be facilitated by allowing students to work with their peers for a common cause.
Well-being and resilience will be strengthened through securing knowledge on healthy living and positive life choices, as well as through the development of a growth mindset.
Lastly, the development of civil mindedness comes through understanding of diverse cultures and celebrating our individual uniqueness and how to best use our gifts within our community.
Although our students may be only ages 5-7 years of age, these examples are just a snapshot of the many ways that we will continue to provide our students with the necessary skills to maneuver through an ever changing world.
Kindergarten registration is now open on the district website which may be found at www.stpeterschools.org. Students who will be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2023 are welcome to register. South Elementary is hosting a Kindergarten Sneak Peek and Registration event from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm on Thursday, March 9, 2023. Our theme is "Wild About Kindergarten." Incoming kindergarteners & their parents are invited to explore our school, take a ride on a school bus, and get all of their questions about heading to kindergarten answered. We can't wait to meet you and share all of the wonderful things that South Elementary has to offer. If you have any questions regarding South Elementary, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at 507-934-2754.