Academics

Faith Formation

“So often people say that we should look to the elderly, learn from their wisdom, their many years. I disagree, I say we should look to the young: untarnished, without stereotypes implanted in their minds, no poison, no hatred in their hearts. When we learn to see life through the eyes of a child, that is when we become truly wise.” –      Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

Chapel Cross
At Regina Elementary, we focus on educating the whole child through our commitment to our Catholic faith and teachings. The faith formation of our students is multi-faceted and embedded into our daily school life. Below, you will find the essential components of our faith formation program at Regina Elementary.

Religion Classes

Religion is a core class at Regina Elementary and is the foundation for our students’ faith formation. We currently use the Blest Are We curriculum and textbooks, but teachers also supplement this curriculum with other appropriate materials. Regina follows the Diocese of Davenport’s standards for religious education.

Masses

We strive to provide our students many opportunities to celebrate their faith through the celebration of Mass. Regina Elementary celebrates Mass at least once a month and on all holy days of obligation. Students and teachers plan and take on special roles in these Masses. The support of our parish priests is invaluable, especially when they visit us to help celebrate the Mass. All Masses and religious celebrations are open for Regina families and friends.

Mass Music Rehearsal

In order to encourage more participation from our students and to provide an opportunity to praise God through song, we hold music rehearsals the week before an upcoming Mass.

Prayer Services

Regina Elementary students prepare and present prayer services throughout the school year, especially during Advent and Lent. We also hold prayer services for reconciliation and special days throughout the year.

Prayer

Regina Elementary believes in the power of prayer in our daily lives and in support of our larger Catholic community. Each morning we pray together as a school with student-led prayer. There is a prayer basket located in our main hallway to allow for prayer intentions from all Regina community members. Individual classroom teachers pray with their students in the mornings, before lunch, and at other times throughout the day. As a K-12 Catholic education center, Regina establishes prayer partners between Regina families and the faculty and staff.

Parish Partners

Through the support of our local parishes, each grade level has a parish partner who visits with our Regina students regularly. The parish partners provide prayer, reflection, and knowledge to our classrooms when they interact with our learners.

 

Service Projects

Service projects serve as a social justice learning experience for our students. Students learn valuable lessons by doing something for someone else. Each month a grade level organizes a service project. Service projects for this year will include: collecting donations and supplies for the Ronald McDonald House, Iowa City Hospice, Crisis Center of Johnson County, Salvation Army’s Angel Tree, American Heart Association, Run for the Schools, and the Domestic Violence Intervention Program.

Catholic Schools Week and Character Counts

Regina participates in Catholic Schools Week and plans special activities for this extraordinary week. Throughout the school year, Regina also sponsors Character Counts. In addition to the six traditional pillars of Character Counts, Regina adds a seventh pillar of Faith to our Character Counts program. Special activities, lesson plans, and other events are planned for Character Counts Week in October and throughout the school year.

Professional and Spiritual Development

Regina Catholic Education Center is committed to developing our faculty and staff professionally and spiritually. Each year, Regina devotes staff development time to enriching the religious experience of the faculty and staff through workshops, prayer services, Masses, and other programming using the Davenport Diocese’s guidelines and support. Regina also regularly sends representatives to the National Catholic Education Association’s national conference to keep informed of the latest and greatest information about Catholic education.

Fine Arts

“The school must begin from the principle that its educational program is intentionally directed to the growth of the whole person.”  – The Catholic School, #29
5th Grade Stained Glass Art Work 2013

At Regina Elementary, we know a well-rounded education is essential to the development of our students. We have a deep commitment to allow our students to express their artistic abilities through our fine arts program. Read more below about the opportunities for arts education at Regina Elementary.
Art3rd Grade Art Class

Regina Elementary students receive art instruction outside of their homerooms once during a six-day cycle. The students participate in community and school art fairs and contests throughout the year. Homeroom teachers also complete art projects within their own classrooms, usually as a part of an inter-disciplinary lesson. Many of these projects hang outside each classroom in our main hallway.

Music

All Regina elementary students grades 1st – 5th attend music once every three days for a 40-minute period.  Kindergarten meets twice every three days for 20 minutes.  Sixth graders also have music once every three days and meet with our 6th -12th grade music teacher. Students in grades 1st – 5th perform at the Christmas and spring concerts in addition to singing in monthly masses.  Sixth graders perform with the 5th and 6th grade bands at Christmas and in the spring. All elementary students gather together to sing as a form of prayer the week before a scheduled Mass.

Elementary Band

Fifth and sixth grade students may join band and take instrumental weekly music lessons. Each band conducts a full group rehearsal once a week.  The band performs a concert at Christmas and during the spring. The fifth and sixth grade band students also perform in a concert with the high school bands in March.

Orchestra

Regina has its own orchestra program. Fourth grade students may start lessons on the violin, viola, cello, or bass (Beginning Orchestra) with group lessons once a week during the school day.  Fifth and sixth graders (Advanced Orchestra) take group lessons once a week during the school day. Each orchestra has one whole group rehearsal per week.  Advanced Orchestra performs a concert tour to the other private schools in the Iowa City area in early May.  With the addition of the junior high/high school orchestra program in 2011-2012, Regina students now have a 4-12 orchestra program available to them. The beginning, advanced, and high school orchestras perform twice a year: a winter concert at the end of January and a spring concert at the end of April. They also perform at Masses and other special occasions throughout the year.

 

Artist in Residence

Each year, Regina Elementary with the support of Home and School invites a professional artist, writer, or musician to come into the school and share his or her talents with Regina students. We also partner with other elementary schools to offer additional experiences with visiting artists. Recent artists in residence include: Orchestra Iowa, Eulenspieggel Puppet Theatre Company, Des Moines Metro Opera, and author Julia Cook.

 

 

 

Field Trips

Regina promotes the arts through field trips as well. With a thriving arts community in Iowa City, various grade levels will take advantage of these great opportunities. In recent years, grade levels have visited the Old Creamery Theater in Amana and Orchestra Iowa’s Elementary Concert series.

PISA – Parents in Support of the Arts

Our parents are extremely supportive of arts education at Regina. Through PISA, our parents provide essential support to our classroom teachers and our extra-curricular activities (concerts, theater productions, music tours, etc.). PISA helps organize volunteers and fundraisers for our various fine art events in both the elementary and junior high/high school centers.

Technology

“Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Technology2N SMARTboard

Regina Elementary is committed to providing our students an education that is relevant and challenging. Any relevant curriculum in today’s world requires that technology should be utilized and skills mastered by students as they progress through their education. Below is a summary of how technology is integrated into learning at Regina Elementary.

Elementary Classrooms

All K-12 classrooms are equipped with a SMARTboard interactive system. Interactive SMARTboards provide opportunities for our teachers to engage learners in a digital environment for the benefits of developing technology skills and enhancing the learning processes for all children.

Elementary Computer Lab

Regina’s lab has thirty workstations equipped with iMac computers. These are high-speed Internet accessible.  Each station may print to a color printer. Students receive classroom instruction to improve keyboarding skills, create presentations, research projects, process papers, and develop 21st Century skills. In the Computer Lab, students, grades K-6, are beginning to learn the basics of computer programming. The skills they are learning will help them be able to one day design apps and websites of their very own!
Regina students also utilize digital cameras for projects and have access to age-appropriate educational software at school and at home (i.e. Education City and Spelling City). Kindergarten through fourth grade students have computer class twice during a six-day cycle. Fifth and sixth graders have computer class once every 6 days.

iPads
Regina Elementary currently has a small set of iPads for use with small groups within the classroom. Teachers select apps to use with their classroom that fit with their curriculum. Teachers and students also use the iPads to do research and access Reading Wonders Online, the reading curriculum in the Elementary.