School open house season (Jan. 26, Jan. 27, Feb. 2)

January 22, 2008

When our family was shopping around for a preschool, it was exhausting.  OK, that might be because I was four months pregnant at the time, but even under the best of circumstances, remembering all the details and personalities and comparing all the offerings takes a lot of mental oomph.  For the parents, that is — for the kids it’s like a progressive indoor playtime.  M. LOVED checking out schools.  Still does, in fact, although we plan to keep him at The Soulard School, where he’s been in the program for a year and a half now.  It’s a relatively new, Montessori-based school with only about 80 students in pre-K through sixth grade (with a combined classroom for the upper grades).  He’s the type who wants everyone to know who he is and what his thoughts are, so its size suits him perfectly.  And if you come to the open house this Saturday, Jan. 26, from 1 to 4 p.m., he will tell you ALL ABOUT his classroom, the Subjunctive Room. As one of the student ambassadors, he has the job of talking your leg off.  And that he can, I promise!  The address is 1110 Victor; for details, call 314.865.2799.

The following day is the open house of The Soulard School’s partner for sports programs, St. Frances Cabrini Academy.   Also located just south of downtown, it’s a Catholic school where religion is taught but is not a factor in who attends.  I like its emphasis on arts, music and Spanish for all grades; I also like that it’s a multicultural environment thanks to a diverse student body.  It’s a relatively new school too; a few years ago Notre Dame Elementary merged with another Catholic school, St. Pius V.  That’s where my next-door neighbors sent their kids to school, and my favorable impression of Cabrini stems partly from the good things I heard about St. Pius V.  It’s at 3022 Oregon Ave.; the phone is 314.776.0883.

If you aren’t looking for a school but have preschoolers who like to bounce, check out Cabrini’s Little Scholar Athletes Day on Saturday, Feb. 2.  (A caveat:  It’s advertised as being for South Side families, although I’m not sure they’ll be checking residency.)   From 10 a.m. to noon, kids age 2 to 5 can bounce, play sports, work on crafts, and chill out with a storyteller.

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