Physical Education

Development of physical skills is an important part of a child’s education. Our goal is to build up healthy, alert, and physically fit individuals through exercise, games, and other learning experiences.  Students in the primary grades are encouraged to develop self-expression and body awareness through rhythm and movements skills.  The students are involved in low games of organization and lead-up games that further allow students to build endurance, flexibility, strength, basic loco motor skills, and the understanding of rules.

In the intermediate and upper grades, students begin to understand the concepts and purposes of individual and team sports. This is achieved though the execution of skills, coordination, teamwork, and the ability to follow directions and regulations.  Our students participate in basketball, dodge ball, soccer, whiffle ball, table tennis, lacrosse, prison ball, and hockey.

Written and skill tests are administered to measure knowledge of terminology, rules, and performance. Students are asked to read magazines and newspapers to keep current of sports, trends, and to interpret box scores of most sports.

  • Students are expected to report to Physical Education class in full uniform and sneakers.
  • Students are required to attend and participate for every class, unless medically excused.
  • Phys. Ed. and auditorium rules and regulations are explained by the teacher and must be strictly followed for the safety of the children.

Fine Arts

The Diocesan Art Curriculum Committee determines the goals and objectives for this academic area.  This program for Grades K through 8, introduces basic art techniques through both group and individual projects.  A variety of media are used to allow students to express their creativity to the fullest.  Children are encouraged to enter various art contests, including LaSalle Academy Art competitions.

Please visit Artsonia to view the work of our talented students.  Artsonia is a way for us to showcase the art projects the students complete throughout the year and parents can purchase a variety of gifts with their child’s artwork on it!

Foreign Language – Spanish

Students in Grades K through 8 study Spanish one period a week.  In addition to basic conversation, they are introduced to culture through music and art projects.  The Spanish teacher challenges students who are more advanced through additional activities.

Technology

Students in Grades K though 8 have access to our academy’s technology center.  The center is equipped with 30 computers, a projector and screen.  The room is air-conditioned to provide our students and teachers with comfortable easy access to the computers.  Every few years we replace and up date the computers with state-of-the-art equipment.  We also have high speed internet connection and printing capabilities.

Grades 5 though 8 also have access to our laptop carts for use within the classroom, as well as Apple iPads to be used during the school day.

All classrooms are equipped with a Smartboard with projector, and desktop computers for students to use.  All families must sign an Acceptable User Policy at the start of the school year to allow for the computer usage and internet access in school.

Library Media Center

The academy library has recently been ungraded to include Follett Destiny.  This is a program which allows the library to be automated and books scanned in and out properly.  The library includes a technology station to enhance curriculum-based research projects on all grade levels.  Each week, for forty minutes, students in Nursery and Kindergarten though 8th Grade visit the library under supervision of the classroom teacher/librarian.

Our library is a place where children hear stories, read books and borrow books to read at home.  We continue to add new and popular books to our collection throughout the year.  Students are encouraged to review books and help us to expand the diversity of our library.

Additional Resources

Regents Program-  St. Sebastian continues to partner with Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School for advance Math and Science classes for eligible students.

Paul Effman Music –We have an after school instrumental music program once a week for Grades 3-8.  Parents pay a tuition and instrument fee at the start of the program.  Students of all learning levels practice in preparation for the Christmas and Spring Concerts.

Mathletics – An online learning program used by math teachers for students in grades 3-8 who need support in their study of mathematics.  It is individualized by the teachers to target the needs of each student.

Symphony Math – an internet based learning system that helps early childhood students develop a solid foundation in math fluency.

Brain Pop & Brain Pop Jr. – Animated educational sites for all students that addresses all subjects in an engaging and academically structured way.

Olweus Bullying Prevention Program – This program teaches children to create a more positive classroom environment by recognizing that bullying will not be tolerated both in and out of school.

Netsmartz – This online program educates children about Internet Safety and empowers them to be good digital citizens.

Learning for Life – Sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America for Grades 3-8 is part of our Health Curriculum.  This program provides activities that promote self-confidence, self-esteem and a sense of personal and social responsibility.