At St. Vincent Ferrer we offer many extra-curricular activities to enhance the curriculum. These activities give the students a means to express themselves in a way not always possible in the normal classroom setting. Also, these special clubs and classes allow the students to grow in their leadership skills, and in their service to others.
Artist in Residency Program
This year, St. Vincent Ferrer School will sponsor an Artist in Residence for the fourteenth year. This program is made possible by a generous grant from the Ohio Arts Council. We welcome Ohio artists into our school for a two week period of time in which they work with our 4th and 8th grade core groups every day, and the rest of our students two to three times during their residency. This gives our students the unique opportunity to be immersed in the arts and allows them unique learning experiences that broaden their view of our culture. Past artists have included: musician Hal Walker, Swing Dancer, Valerie Salstrom, and Historical Story Teller, Michael Follin, just to name a few. This year, we are proud to once again welcome visual artist, DebBrod. Ms.Brod is a Cincinnati artist who will be working with our students to create an installation piece that will be hung in Hamilton Hall based on our Liturgical theme for this year, "We are all Connected."
Kindergarten through second grade attend weekly bible classes taught by two parishioners. These classes enhance school's religion curriculum. Children are able to understand the bible stories by examining these stories through songs, theatrics, and prayer.
Students in grades K-5 are exposed to the arts through the Children’s Theatre program presented by the Ohio Arts Council at the Taft Theatre downtown. Students attend four shows throughout the school year. Attending these musicals encourage many students to discover their own talents of singing and acting.
DARESt. Vincent Ferrer School is one of the only schools in the area that have the privilege of participating in the DARE program, thanks to the Sycamore Township trustees, who make this program possible. DARE is a decision-making model and part of a nine week course where 5th grade students are taught how to proactively resist drugs and violence. For more information, please visit the DARE Homepage.
Enriching Kidz After School Enrichment Classes
St. Vincent Ferrer will hold the Better Baby Sitters class for 5th through 8th graders. In this class, the students will learn first aid and safety, infant and child CPR, how to handle emergencies, problem-solving skills, professionalism, marketing skills, infant care, and how to create age appropriate activities.
Secondly, children in grades 4th-6th can attend the Kidz Home Alone class. In this class, the students will learn how to answer the phone and door, when he or she should call 911, the self Heimlich maneuver, first aid and safety, and lastly, emergency escape plans and procedures,
Greenacres is a working farm in Indian Hill that offers our students a unique opportunity to participate in quality science and environmental education. Each visit is custom designed to fit the individual needs of the grade level curriculum. St. Vincent Ferrer students visit Greenacres for these enrichment classes in the fall and in the spring.
Junior High and Intermediate Electives
For one period every Thursday afternoon, students in grades 4-8 are given the opportunity to explore other interests and sharpen their minds in enjoyable ways. This year, students have chosen to participate in one of the following classes: study skills, brain games, current events, stock exchange, drama, or band. Each elective is planned to challenge the students while enabling them to apply their creativity and critical thinking skills.
Math Club is a lunchtime program for 4th and 5th graders offered by the instructional assistants Lori Dooley and Helen Fox. Students bring their lunches on Wednesdays in winter, and enjoy them while we discuss the “game” plan for the day. Math facts are reinforced through game settings and interesting stations. Some ideas include Math bingo, baseball and jeopardy. Students enjoy this lunch which definitely has a recess feel to it so they don’t miss out on their midday break!
Students build relationships across grades through the Reading with Partners program. Students in grades 4-8 are partnered with students in grades K-3 and spend one period a week reading short stories, plays, picture books, chapter books, and non-fiction books. Relationships are carried on through the years and new ones are continually formed, fostering the close-knit community St. Vincent Ferrer School is known for.
The St Vincent Ferrer Student Council consists of students from grades 4 through 8 who are elected by their peers for the offices of representative, treasurer, secretary, vice president, and president.
Student Council meets every Wednesday to discuss issues affecting the student body, to plan fundraisers for charitable organizations or the student council, and to brainstorm ways to increase school spirit. These responsible students learn the importance of communication, organization, leadership and cooperation.
Every morning we start the school day with televised announcements on our own news channel WSVF. Students in grades 5-8 produce the show, and students from all grades make appearances to lead the prayer and pledge of allegiance, and announce special events. Our unique morning show is also used to showcase student work and special projects. It is a fun way to start the morning!
Young Rembrandt Program
This program teaches children to draw using a step-by-step process. Each week the children are exposed to different artistic concepts using different forms of media. The goal of this program is to increase each child's mastery so that they gain confidence in their ability thus increasing the amount of students that participate in the arts.