Mrs. Mary Case
St. Joseph School teachers welcome and encourage communication with families regarding all aspects of a student's development.
Why a Catholic Education Matters
As I continue to grow in my own faith, I find it very powerful to hear first graders understand and experience how their prayers impact them and others. It is also amazing to hear them pray for others around the world and to show compassion for others who are suffering on a personal and global level.
I had been looking for a full-time teaching position when my father told me about the ad at St. Joseph School. He graduated from St. Joseph School and was a life long member of St. Joseph Church. I applied the next day, was interviewed and offered the position. That December my Dad died, but his love and lessons about Jesus Christ continue to guide me on this journey. I appreciate and treasure my job as I know how important God's mission is to our world. I've had many experiences through my family and the children at St. Joseph School which confirm in my mind and spirit that this is where God wants me to continue this mission.
Subject Area/Grade and Related Education
A.S. Genesee Community College
B.S. SUNY Geneseo
St. Joseph School Advisor/Coordinator
Kiwanis Kids Club
Local Community Involvement
St. Joseph School Landscaping
Over the next several weeks we will learn how Jesus’s love for us is to be shared with our families and friends. We will be practicing and talking about the Guardian Angel prayer. We will also be learning about forgiveness and how we can use our hands in caring ways to help others.
During our reading lessons our class will continue to use their phonics skills to decode and blend words, create and read our books to each other and our reading buddies. The children will continue to bring home their reading bags to read to their families and pets. We will continue to practice our twenty-five sight words and use them in sentences. We will also work on rhyming, parts of a story, setting, plot, and main characters. The children are also participating in the Read To Ride reward program through Darien Lake. The children will also learn about different genres of books. We will continue to discuss the jobs of an author and illustrator. We will begin discussing the author’s purpose.
Our math lessons will include: days of the week, months of the year, counting forward by ones and tens to one hundred, weather, graphing and analyzing graphs. We are learning about solid (3D) and flat shapes, patterns, addition and subtraction.
During science we will continue to observe and monitor our winter bird watching station. The children can use binoculars to observe the backyard birds (and squirrels) that are visiting our habitat. We will be working with Mrs. Ellis; Art teacher, to build 2D or 3D shaped bird feeders and birds out of various materials. We will also create a story using our birds.
Our Language Arts lessons will include: writing sentences in response to books that we are sharing during lessons, nouns and verbs. The children will continue to read their Christmas books to the class.
During Social Studies we are learning about Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, segregation, and using many new vocabulary words to discuss important people and events in history.
We are so excited to use the computer lab to improve our skills using iReady. We have also received our new iPads and are using them in centers to build reading, writing, and math skills.
We are looking forward to celebrating Catholic Schools Week the last week in January.
We will continue to play outside every Friday afternoon in the snow weather permitting.