Our elementary teachers build on the foundation started in kindergarten by focusing on the whole child and nurturing their journey academically, socially, and emotionally. Teachers develop 21st century skills by meeting students at their level and providing differentiated learning, giving students a variety of avenues for understanding new information. Our teachers challenge students to have a growth mindset, to stop and think through how to solve a problem before asking for help, and to learn from their mistakes. Through small and large group work, students collaborate and learn how to listen to one another, building their critical thinking, creativity, imagination, and leadership skills. By the end of the elementary grades, students are more self-sufficient and are increasingly applying the 21st century skills.

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ELEMENTARY FOUNDATION

Our elementary curriculum includes our STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) method for multi-disciplinary learning, outdoor play and physical education. Students begin elementary school utilizing hands-on activities, progressing to developing problem-solving strategies as they finish the elementary grades, preparing them for success in middle school.


HIGHLIGHTS

Younger and Older Buddies for Masses and Special Activities

Grades K-2 – Gibbs Farm, Orchestra Hall, Children’s Theater, 100th Day of School Celebration, KEVA Plank Activities, MN Arboretum Plant Mobile

Grades 1-2 Foster grandparents work one-on-one with students on reading and math skills, assist with special projects, and help with make-up work.

Grades 1-3 – Wargo Nature Center

Grade 2 – Special Mass to celebrate First Communion

Grade 3 – Mill City Museum

Grade 4 – Nature Center Visit, Blessing of the Animals, Adopt a Drain

Grades 4-5 – Junior Achievement Biz Town

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