Our Academic Enrichment Programs
My name is Brittany Dubovick (Ms. D to most) and I have been the physical educator at St. Bridget School for the past 5 years. I attended Southern Connecticut State University where I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Physical Education. In addition to my teaching at St. Bridget’s school, I also have been coaching competitive gymnastics since 2009. Aside from working; I participate and compete in Crossfit and have enjoyed the continuation of learning that it offers.
Here at St. Bridget School, all grades (Pre-K3 through 8th grade) attend Physical Education weekly. All students are introduced to the foundation of locomotor movements and Fitness at a young age. With and emphasis on fitness and health students are able to understand the importance of life long healthy life style. Students also obtain basic skills for sport and participate in many different sport units where they are able to develop good sportsmanship and teamwork. Some of these units include volleyball, hockey, lacrosse, basketball, tennis, badminton, gymnastics, soccer, flag football, as well as cooperative team games.
“Teaching kids about health and fitness is important to me. It's about being fit for life.”
“With loving regard, the divine Artist passes on to the human artist a spark of his own surpassing wisdom, calling him to share in his creative power.”
Pope St. John Paul II, Letter to Artists, 1999
Art at St. Bridget School is an exploratory experience of artistic expression. Each grade level is introduced to different types of media, skills, and principles of basic studio art. At the same time, art is the medium through which students encounter history, science, technology, faith, community, and their own emotions and artistic “voice”.
Sister Jeanne d’Arc Paquette, FSE is in her fourth year of teaching art at St. Bridget School. She is a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist and holds a degree in Media Arts and Design. Sister Jeanne d’Arc loves the sense of community at St. Bridget School and enjoys drawing, gardening, cooking, and playing music.
My name is Alison McCormack and I teach Spanish to students in PreK3 through 5th grade. I have been teaching Spanish at St. Bridget School since 2012. On a personal note, I have six children who have all attended St. Bridget School. I am a parishioner of St. Bridget of Sweden parish and am actively involved in the Irish American Community Center in East Haven.
In Spanish we learn a lot of vocabulary words that we build upon each year. We answer questions in Spanish using our vocabulary and play a variety of fun games. By the time fourth grade comes, we have a book that we use for both fourth and fifth grade. We really begin to speak and write Spanish a lot more. By the end of fifth grade, we are well prepared for Middle School Spanish with Sr. Francesca.
¡Bienvenidos! Welcome to Middle School Spanish! As you learn Spanish, you gain the power to communicate with people throughout the world. This year, St. Bridget students in grades 6-8 will work on speaking, listening, reading, and writing so they can become confident speakers of Spanish.
My name is Sister Francesca Silver, and I have taught at St. Bridget School since 2015. I am a member of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, a religious community based in Meriden. I enjoy spending time outdoors working in the garden and taking care of our goats, sheep, chickens, cats, dogs, and honeybees.
My name is Ms. Lindsey Céitinn and I am the music teacher and school choral director for St. Bridget School. I teach the weekly music classes for all of our students, conduct the school chorus, and teach music lessons as part of our extra-curricular program. I grew up in a musical family and have pursued both classical and traditional Irish music throughout my life, graduating with a BA in Music from Thomas Edison State University. My primary instrument is violin, but I also enjoy playing viola, guitar, piano, cello, Irish fiddle, bodhrán, and singing.
Music class occurs once a week for every student, and a wide range of activities are covered throughout the year. Our youngest students in PreK and Kindergarten learn all sorts of skills and facts through song and movement, which is often seasonal or faith-based in nature. Primary grades focus on music fundamentals, terms, prep for instrumental or vocal music performance in band or chorus, general music history, and how music connects to our lives. They sing often and learn to make their own music as well as appreciate significant musical artists. Secondary grades focus on music appreciation, history, and composition through the study of lives of significant musicians, original songwriting, singing, and music use in classroom technology. All grades are encouraged to explore the ways music enriches our lives, helps us express emotion, tell stories, captures significant parts of culture, and can be an expression of worship towards God.
We encourage our students to appreciate books and reading by sharing a love of reading. Classes from our Pre-K 3 program up to the 6th grade come into the library once a week. Older students are welcome to stop in any time during the school year and check out a book for fun or for schoolwork.
Our preschool and kindergarten students listen to stories each week and do related activities such as coloring a picture, doing a simple craft project or playing a game. In the primary grades, students learn basic library skills such as how to choose the right book and the difference between fiction and nonfiction. Older students learn how to navigate the library and how to use technology such as the online catalog and databases as a tool to find information. The focus for sixth graders is study skills.