St. Francis of Assisi School

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Enhancement Programs

Students at St. Francis have the opportunity to participate in weekly electives, enhancement programs, and after-school classes and camps.  Some of these include:


Altar servers.  Applications are due to the Parish office, attention Elizabeth Hanks.  

Art Camp.  Various after-school art camps are coordinated by our art program teacher, Dani Meyers.  Themes have included watercolor, canvas painting, paper marbling, tie dye, and special holiday themes.

Band.  Under the direction of the very amazing Frances McKamey, our band program begins in 4th grade and is an elective taken during the school day.  Students in grades 5-8 also have the opportunity to audition for Honors Band, and all band members participate in an annual festival held at Kennedy Catholic High School in the spring.

Book Club.  This after-school activity was coordinated by a volunteer parent for 3rd grade & up.  The students met once a month throughout the school year.

Chess Club.  Coordinated between a staff member and Orlov Chess Academy, this after-school activity is open to K-8th graders.  Learn the game, strategy, tactics and have fun ... no experience necessary!

Choir.  Directed by Coleen Auxier, this school elective is open to 4th - 8th grade students.  Participants provide music for school masses and various weekend masses throughout the school year.

Community Service.  Part of our school mission and incorporated into our curriculum, every student participates in service.  The kindergarten and 7th grades collectively assemble and deliver over 250 sandwiches to the St. Martin de Porres shelter every month.  The kindergarten is responsible for collecting the compost, and use it to maintain our on-site rain garden.  The 5th grade collects clothing and toiletries for Community Lunch on Capitol Hill, where our 7th and 8th graders assist with lunch preparation, serving, and clean up every week during the school year.

Counseling Services.  Lonnie Miller is our school psychologist and has decades of teaching and professional experience.  She coordinates our Second Step program, designed to facilitate communication and collaboration between students especially dealing with bullying.

CYO Athletics welcomes all girls and boys who are students at St. Francis of Assisi school or parish members.  We offer soccer and cross country in the fall, basketball and volleyball in the winter, and baseball and track/field in the spring.  Junior Kitiona is our Athletic Director.  See our CYO Athletics page for more information.  

Field Trips.  Each grade participates in field trips according to the teacher's discretion.  Kindergarten has taken trips to the Children's Theatre and Coast Guard facilities, 3rd grade has an annual trip to NW Trek, 5th grade takes an annual marine science boat trip in Puget Sound, and 6th grade participates in Camp Waskowitz every spring.

Foreign Language.  Kindergarten through 8th grade students take Spanish during their normal school day. 

Homework Club is provided for students staying after school to complete their work in a quiet, supervised area.  First - 3rd grades are given 30 minutes of homework help, and 4th - 8th grades are in a classroom for 60 minutes with a teacher assistant.  If your child is already signed up for the Extended Day Program, they are signed up for Homework Club.  Please contact Mona Anderson with questions.

School Musical.  St. Francis of Assisi school collaborates with HiLiners to present an all-school musical performance in February, and has been for over 10 years.  Our last performance was Annie Jr, in which the majority of our 7th and 8th graders commanded the stage for two sold-out performances.  Practices begin in the fall and usually are in the morning before school begins.

Science/Hobby Fair.  Every year our students participate in the annual Science Fair.  Kindergarten - 5th grades are encouraged to participate, while it is a required science assignment for the 6th - 8th grade students.

Scouting.  We support multiple girl and boy scout troops and activities with the St. Francis Parish.  

Student Council.  Nine positions are open for students who want to plan activities, participate and make the school a better place for learning, community service and friendship building.