FAE 2016 Session 2 Season 2
Dear Saint Paul Families,
I am very excited to share with you the New 2nd Quarter of FAE! As you have heard me say before, the Arts enhance our lives and connect the student to history, culture, creative thinking and the goodness and beauty of God. They nurture the imagination, intellect, and cognitive development. The arts, therefore, are integral to the kind of education, human experience, and spiritual growth that we want our students to have at Saint Paul Catholic School. Your hard work and successful fund raising through HaSA continues to make this possible.
Exposure to the arts has proven to be invaluable to children. Studies have shown that music, art, dance and drama can teach children many skills that they cannot learn through pencil and paper activities. A fine arts education is essential to a child's mental and emotional development. While many schools have made cuts to their fine arts programs, we announce this expansion. Continual exposure and instruction in the arts have been found to raise academic scores, teach cooperation and teamwork, grant emotional stability, and create self-esteem.
So let me show you the new schedule! I am very excited to have the opportunity to continue developing this Fine Arts Enhancement program for our school and thrilled to share with you a few of the new, upcoming opportunities that will be available for your children through the Fine Arts Enhancement program (FAE). Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have about the program. I’m so looking forward to continuing and creating art with the children.
Please let me know if you would like to assist with the program or receive your volunteer hours during FAE time slots. I could really use the help!
Creative Design & Basic Drawing Skills: Taffy Pritulsky
In Creative Design Class, Taffy Pritulsky will focus on art history, elements of design and architecture in a small group lesson. The Basic Drawing Class will be for students that show advanced artistic ability and interest in creating art. Each step of the creative process will lead up to a short presentation by the artist and their work will be on display. Mrs. Pritulsky is originally from New Jersey, a graduate of Marymount College (BS) and the College of Norte Dame (ME). She and her family are parishioners of Saint Paul’s and her 2 daughters are alumni of Saint Paul School.
Sign Language Class: Meredith McKee
Meredith McKee is a native of New Bern, NC with a B.A. in History and Political Science from Greensboro College. She has been a counselor for many years at Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer. She is presently the assistant director for the New Bern Civic Theatre production of "Mary Poppins". You may have also seen her grace the local community theater stages in her many productions as a performer and multiple leadership roles behind the set. Meredith has also studied ASL, American Sign Language, and participated in many of the Stage Hand Theatre productions where ASL is used. These various programs and experiences in Eastern North Carolina has allowed her passion for educating and supporting young people to extend beyond the classroom. Meredith is also a freelance Graphic Art and Web design business owner, McKee Media. Her skills and talents will be a great asset to the FAE program.