St. Nicholas of Tolentine School

"A Place Where Students Flourish and Talents Flow"



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Elementary

   Escuela de San Nicholas de Tolentino

   "Un Lugar Donde Los Estudiantes Florecen y Talentos Fluyen"











1st Grade Teacher - Monica Diaz and Christine Molina

2nd Grade Teacher - Jamie Henry and Jill Parisi 

3rd Grade Teacher - Meredith Fisher and Michael Dries 


Reading and Writing

In first grade, students learn to identify and verbalize phonemic awareness, letter blends, and sight words. In second and third grade, the transition from learning to read, to reading to learn has begun and taken effective. There is less time on basic word learning and more on reading skills and reading for enjoyment. Each grade has spelling assessments, writing assignments, and focuses on reading comprehension.


Mathematics

1st-3rd grade use Everyday Mathematics in our classrooms. 1st grade has the privilege of using iPads for their student work.  2nd grade focuses on addition and subtraction strategies, as well as expansions on money, time, and iPad supplement.  In 3rd grade, the main focus is on multiplication! This is incorporated within the curriculum, as well as, geometry, word problems, and fact families. The Everyday Mathematics curriculum is a spiral curriculum, meaning students will review and expand on lessons from previous years leaving fewer students behind who may need assistance.


Religion

In 1st grade, the teachings revolve around Catholic values, bible stories, and proper church behaviors.
In 2nd grade, students receive the sacrament of Reconciliation, in which they are able to recognize and ask forgiveness for their sins.
In 3rd grade, students receive the sacrament of Communion, in which they understand and welcome the body and blood of Christ, focusing on living according to Jesus’ teachings.


PBIS Rewards and Consequences

The entire primary team focuses on positivity in teaching students proper behavior in the classroom, with their peers, and throughout the school. The students receive GOTCHA tickets in which they can exchange for rewards.


Examples of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Rewards

1st Grade: lunch with the teacher, sitting next to a peer in class, and iPad time.
2nd Grade: no shoes in the classroom, bring a stuff animal to class, and whole class movie party.
3rd Grade: choose your job for the week, 10 minutes of free reading in beanbag chair, and whole class dance party.

Consequences are focused on changing behavior for more positive results, instead of focusing on punishment. There is also a focus on parental involvement and student ownership of their behavior.

Examples of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Rewards

-Warning
-No recess
-Behavior reflection/cool down
-Parent Contact



4th Grade Teacher - Brian Herman

5th Grade Teacher - Emily Decker 


Reading and Writing

In fourth and fifth grade the students continue to hone their skills in both reading and writing.  They spend more time reading informational texts, and analyzing what the author is writing about.  The students continue their writing practice by composing many different writing assignments.  The students also work on peer editing.  They are exposed to 10 new vocabulary words a week which helps develop their writing and speaking vocabulary.  


Mathematics

In fourth grade the students continue developing their skills with mental math and math facts.  We practice our multiplication and division tables.  We also learn how to multiply and divide large numbers.  We discuss and practice measuring in both centimeters and inches.  We spend time working with geometry, covering various polygons and quadrangles.  We also learn how to play many math games.  
In 5th grade, we cover a wide range of topics, from multiplication, division, fractions, adding and subtracting fractions, common denominators, graphs and charts, exponents, scientific notation, to many others. The Everyday Mathematics curriculum is a spiral curriculum, meaning students will review and expand on lessons from previous years leaving fewer students behind who may need assistance.


Religion

In fourth grade the students spend time learning many Bible stories.  We learn about Samuel, and Moses from the Old Testament.  We also cover many New Testament stories.  We learn the importance of the seven sacraments of the Church and discuss the Beatitudes.  
In 5th grade, we spend a good chuck of time reading and understanding Jesus in the Gospel of Mark.  We read all of it, and talk about Jesus, his Apostles, and what we would do if we were in each story.  Additionally, we go more in-depth about the Mass, the Holy Trinity, and our Catholic beliefs.


PBIS Rewards and Consequences

Mr. Herman and Mr. Bertucci praise students’ good actions and call out good behavior to focus on what students should be doing and how they should be acting. The students receive GOTCHA tickets in which they can exchange for rewards.


Examples of 4th and 5th Rewards

4th Grade: Homework passes, candy, sitting in the teacher’s desk, iPad time
5th Grade: Homework pass, candy/prizes, sitting at the teacher’s desk, ipad/computer time.


Consequences are focused on changing behavior for more positive results, instead of focusing on punishment. There is also a focus on parental involvement and student ownership of their behavior.


Examples of 4th and 5th Consequences
- Warning
- Half to No recess
- Behavior reflection
- Parent Contact