Captain Elementary School

  • Storybook Picnic is Fun Combination of Lunchtime and Storytime

    Bundled up on picnic blankets across the school’s blacktop, Captain Elementary first- and second-graders enjoyed the crisp fall weather as they ate lunch and read books with their families and classmates during their Storybook Picnic on Friday, Oct. 3. Click on the headline to view photos.

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  • Student-Created Roosters Line Walls of Local Restaurant

    Twenty-four Captain Elementary students currently have their artwork on display at a new St. Louis restaurant. The students painted their own version of roosters in celebration of the opening of Rooster’s new location on South Grand Avenue. The students’ artwork, which was copied and framed or enlarged and stretched on canvas, lines the walls of the restaurant. Click on the headline to view photos.

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  • Second-Graders Show Their Patriotism

    The second-graders at Captain Elementary shared their knowledge of their country and its landmarks and history during their Patriotic Program on Thursday, Oct. 23. Parents and other classes at Captain were invited to attend the performance and listen as the second-grade students recited poems and shared information about the Statue of Liberty, the Washington Monument, the Declaration of Independence and much more.
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  • Families Use a Pumpkin as their Canvas

    Captain Elementary students and their parents got into the Halloween spirit during Kid Zone’s annual Pumpkin Painting Night on Friday, Oct. 24. Kid Zone families gathered at Meramec Elementary to spend the evening creating pumpkin masterpieces. Click on the headline to view photos.

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  • Author Talks with Students about Value of Persistence, Goal-Setting

    Captain Elementary fourth-grader Amaya Everett asks Author Kate DiCamillo a question during DiCamillo's presentation at Saint Louis University on Friday, Oct. 24. Captain students in first through fifth grade traveled to SLU to listen to the two-time Newbery Medal winner talk about her journey to becoming a successful author. Click the headline to learn more.

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  • Protect Your Family Against the Flu

    Cold and flu season is here. Please consult with your child’s physician to find out when flu shots will be available for your family. Students with chronic health conditions, including asthma, and those who are immunocompromised are highly encouraged to obtain a flu shot early. Click on the headline for more information about protecting your family this flu season.

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  • Two Clayton Orchestras Selected to Perform at MMEA Conference

    Two talented groups of Clayton musicians have been selected to perform at the Missouri Music Educators’ Association’s 77th annual In-Service and Conference in January 2015. The two groups include the Clayton Chamber Ensemble, featuring Clayton elementary and middle school students, and the Symphonic Orchestra, which is comprised of students from Clayton High School. Click on the headline to learn more.

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  • Download Your Child's Summer Math Packet

    Summer math packets provide opportunities for continued practice and help maintain computational fluency and problem solving throughout the summer. Click the headline to download the summer math packets and answer keys for students entering first through sixth grade.

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  • Students Learn Ceramic Techniques from Visiting Artist

    Captain Elementary art students were treated to the expertise of Artist Tom Dykas, who recently spent a week in the school’s art room alongside Captain Art Teacher Maryellen Picker. Dykas is a local ceramic artist whose work recently was shown at SOHA Gallery and Studio in St. Louis. Click on the headline to learn more and view photos.

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  • Clayton’s Counselors are a Pivotal Part of the School Community

    School counselors are often the individuals who work behind the scenes to ensure students are ready to learn each day and are prepared for success beyond graduation. Click on the headline to learn more about the important role counselors play in their school communities.

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“The view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life.  It can determine whether you become the person you want to be and whether you accomplish the things you value.”

~Carol Dweck, author of Mindset

 Dear Ralph M. Captain Families,

The students of Ralph M. Captain Elementary are the heart of our school community.  Faculty and caregivers work in partnership to foster a caring, supportive learning environment where all children embrace challenges, think critically, and persevere to reach high levels of learning.

Creativity, innovation, and leadership are just a few of the unique characteristics that describe our diverse group of young learners.  Our teachers ensure that each child’s individual strengths are nurtured and serve as the foundation of learning.  Ralph M. Captain Elementary students partake in differentiated learning experiences designed to deepen understanding, in order to transfer knowledge and skills to new learning situations.

From assisting in the classroom to chairing a school event, parents have many opportunities to volunteer in our school, and they enjoy doing so! The Parent Teacher Organization welcomes parent involvement and continually seeks avenues to further enhance teaching and learning.

The Ralph M. Captain Elementary website is a wealth of information; however, please feel free to contact the school directly.  On behalf of the staff, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you and your family. We are excited to work with your children.


Jennifer Martin, Ed.D.

Principal, Ralph M. Captain Elementary