Elementary School

Kindergarten through 5th Grade
Kindergarten

We explore the many facets of literacy, mathematics, social studies, science, and our Catholic faith together. Students develop a strong academic foundation in a variety of settings such as small group instruction, personal discovery centers, games, and activities.  We use play and hands-on experiences to build critical thinking and processing skills, self expression, and positive social skills.  We enhance students' understanding of the world with ample time to run and discover outdoors at our beautiful, safe play areas and through field trips.

Meet Kindergarten Teacher, Mrs. Lovejoy!

"I love watching the children in their math centers. It is hands on learning that makes all the difference! Learning, playing, and working together!"

~ Mrs. Lovejoy

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First Grade

First graders continue to gain confidence in themselves as students and many of the skills and concepts they have been exposed to begin to really “click”. Students become avid readers and love to read independently and socially; you will often see several of them gathered around a good book. While we use many traditional methods of learning, we also enjoy time with more hands-on and creative experiences. Students learn to collaborate and communicate with each other through their daily work and play.

Meet First Grade Teacher, Mrs. Barendse!

"First graders are playful and can make even the simplest tools come to life with their creative thinking and strong desire to engage in play with their friends. By building a strong classroom community, school is a safe place to learn and grow with friends. I love watching the progress students make during first grade, and being a part of this growth is such a joy for me."
~ Mrs. Barendse

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Second Grade

For second graders, school is fun, and they come every day ready to learn. They have gained many skills already and are able to expand their knowledge across the board. Many of them have mastered learning to read and begin to synthesize chapter books, completing projects that show their understanding. In math, they have solid number sense and are able to use this to solve more complex problems. A great milestone is reached in second grade, and students spend significant time preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Communion. The class prepares and Catholic students receive their First Communion together in May.

Meet Second Grade Teacher, Ms. Catozzi!

"I love teaching 2nd grade.  I find it very rewarding to see my students grow over the year in all their subjects but especially religion when they make their First Communion in the spring."

~ Ms. Catozzi

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Third Grade

We develop strong academic skills and work together to grow our understanding of all subject areas. We cherish our time spent practicing our Catholic faith and growing in prayer and reflection. Students strengthen independent learning skills and are supported in efforts to increase their daily responsibilities.

Meet Third Grade Teacher, Mrs. Rousseau!

"Third grade is such a neat year!  Academically, things start really taking off- we get to start multiplication and division in Math as well as read many genres of children's literature and poetry-all this and still celebrate stuffed animal weddings!"

~ Mrs. Rousseau

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Fourth Grade

Students work hard in all subject areas and continue to grow as independent thinkers and learners. The group begins to increase their stamina for long term projects as they are the first grade that tackles Science Fair preparation; this requires extended research and increased independence. Fourth graders are up to the challenge and are excited by undertaking increased responsibility for their learning.

Meet Fourth Grade Teacher, Mr. Melnyk!

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Fifth Grade

Fifth grade is an exciting year for students at St. Francis. Each day they are challenged academically while still receiving the support, guidance, and close attention of their teacher. This serves as a strong year of transition as they will soon embark on the middle school years. Fifth graders start the year as participants in the STARBASE program where they are challenged to create and launch rockets. This initial learning sets the stage for a year of exciting academic growth.

Meet Fifth Grade Teacher, Mrs. Brandes!

"I love teaching 5th grade because 5th graders are independent (for the most part), are talkative and can hold a good discussion, are very helpful in the classroom, they get my sense of humor, and most importantly, for me, they are still very excited about learning and pleasing their teacher." ~ Mrs. Brandes

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