The art of joyful learning can be hard to articulate in a simple how-to guide or checklist. Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” Frequently at St. James’, we see joyful learning modeled in the engaging behavior and curious character of our teachers and staff. We strive to create a collaborative environment where our passionate teachers are enabled to be lifelong learners through ongoing professional development and research. When they make connections in their classrooms, we watch as their enthusiasm and energy spreads across our campus.
Seen here is a typical Tuesday in Mrs. Vermette’s Kindergarten Class. Students break into groups and work in small sections on various projects, from tech with @sjssmartlab to coloring these young minds are exposed to a great variety of input in a short time.
Yesterday our first and fourth graders met their class buddies for the 18-19 school year. The buddy system between grades is just one of the many ways St. James' builds a cohesive community where students all feel bonded to one another instead of just in a single classroom or grade level. This helps foster their identity as citizens interconnected with the well being of all the other students at St. James'.