Students at St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick School are able to demonstrate their creativity in a variety of visual art projects. In grades 4 through 8 they have an art class weekly and our younger students in Preschool through grade 3 work with our Art teacher every other week and also do a variety of creative arts projects with their homeroom teachers.
Student work on artistic projects develops important skills that will serve our children well forever. These skills include, but are not limited to, practice in thinking creatively, development of important fine motor skills, and development of visual-spatial skills Children improve their self confidence, decision making prowess, and critical thinking skills as they create art. Finally, participation in creative arts calls upon our students to persevere and focus and to work collaboratively with others.
Students in grades Kindergarten through grade 4 participate in weekly music class and students in grades 4-8 have the opportunity to sing in the liturgical choir or to participate in the bell choir that also enhances our liturgical services. The Christmas Choral Concert is always a highlight of the year!
St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick students also have the opportunity to study an instrument and to participate in a regional band. They practice with the band director at their home school but perform collaboratively with students from Sts. Cyril and Methodius and St. Germaine a few times during the year.
Dramatic Arts are incorporated into the core curriculum in many ways and our school also partners with Lucky Star Productions to stage a musical complete with sets, sound system, lighting and professional costumes. Throughout the year, our students have many opportunities to demonstrate performance arts as they portray their Confirmation Saints or famous historical figures, or as they dramatize some of the most important parts of our Catholic faith by acting out the Last Supper and presenting a shadow play of the Stations of the Cross. The Drama Club musical production is extraordinary, and plays performed in the past have included favorites like The Music Man and Kilroy Was Here.