Elementary, K-5

Elementary, K-5

Kindergarten, First and Second Grade

Kindergarten, First, and Second grades are filled with many new challenges.  Our goal is for each student to develop written and oral language skills and to become problem solvers who can look at our world critically.

Students are taught using the SuperKids reading curriculum.  SuperKids builds strong phonics and decoding skills, it simultaneously integrates instruction in comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency.  The program also develops students’ skill in writing, spelling, grammar, usage, and mechanics.  As a result, SuperKids produces students who can read and spell accurately and fluently, readers who can comprehend an author’s ideas, and writers who can express their own ideas with confidence and precision.

Our math program, Math Expressions, helps children make sense of math by exploring, discussing, and demonstrating their understanding of key concepts.

Third, Fourth and Fifth Grades

Grades three through five, represents a time of significant growth. During these years the children take on a greater responsibility for their own learning.  Students grow academically, spiritually and socially.

The students are introduced to many new and exciting concepts including:  cursive writing, multiplication, and division.  Critical thinking skills and oral and written expression are developed through the use of a reading textbook and a variety of quality literature.  In math, students learn more than just numbers.  It’s about understanding the how and why of numbers, and learning to ask the questions that lead to a  thoughtful, informed approach to solving problems. Science and social studies develop new meaning through hands-on experiences.  The development of independent work habits is stressed.  Students receive daily homework and it is their responsibility to see that it is completed and returned each day.  These expectations help develop self-discipline and solid study skills.

Specialists for K-5:

Physical education (2X a week)
Spanish class (2X a week)
Music class (2X a week)
Library (1X a week)
Computer class (1X a week)
Art class (1X a week)
Band onsite (optional–grades 4-8) – Extra fee paid to Totino-Grace High School


K-3    Morning and lunch recess
Gr. 4-5    Lunch recess