Our Academic Enrichment Programs
“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. Céitinn (pronounced KAY-tinn) and I am very excited to join St. Bridget School as your new music teacher. This year I’m looking forward to getting to know each of you in class and helping you grow in your musical knowledge and talents. You don’t have to be great at music already to enjoy it and learn how to play or sing it – all you need is enthusiasm and determination!
A little bit about me – I grew up in a musical family where every person plays an instrument. From an early age I knew that I wanted to be a teacher, but it wasn’t until I got older that I realized I could combine my love for music and my love of teaching and become a music teacher. I have a B.A. from Thomas Edison State University in Music, and I specialize in strings. A few of the instruments I play include violin, viola, guitar, piano, and cello, but for me, nothing beats my top favorite - the music of my heritage: traditional Irish fiddle! This year I look forward to teaching about the many wonderful different genres of music, and sharing my knowledge with all of you.
We also have a great opportunity for students who enjoy music to join our school chorus. In chorus you will learn how to sing, grow in teamwork with classmates of differing grades, perform for exciting concerts throughout the year, and will have a special role in worship during our school masses every Friday.
God has given each of us talents and abilities to develop and use for His glory, and music is one of those precious gifts He’s given to us. I am so excited to work with all of you this year!
Welcome to the library! From our Pre-K 3 program up to the 5th grade, classes come into the library once a week. All students are welcome to stop in any time during the school year and check out a book for fun or schoolwork.
Ms. Badore has been our librarian since February 2016. She has her Masters in Library and Information Science from Simmons College.