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
We have had just finished up our first ten weeks together and the amount of growth is amazing. The children have gained independence during their morning and afternoon routines. They are working independently or with partners to complete math and reading activities during centers. The children are proud to bring books home to read to their families and pets. We have enjoyed observing the life cycle of butterflies. The children had the opportunity to hold a butterfly and watch them be released into God’s world.
During the next several months the children will continue to learn how to participate at Mass. They will learn new prayers, participate in Advent activities, and learn about Christmas. We will celebrate St. Nicolas’ Feast Day by making stockings.
They will continue to build their reading skills with lessons that include: encoding and decoding, syllabication, rhyming, onset and rime, auditory discrimination, phonemic awareness, and letter recognition. Our lessons will focus on letters: a, d, s, l, i, t, h, f, and e. The children will continue to build their sight word base. I will also be utilizing a listening center to build listening, comprehension, and writing skills.
Writing lessons will include both the author and illustrator’s role in creating books and book pages. They will also dictate and transfer their ideas using complete sentences to respond to stories and articles that we have shared. The children will also share their Christmas wishes by writing letters to Santa.
Our science and STREAM lessons will include building campfires for storytelling and lesson discussions, a project that will include the animals on Noah’s Ark, hibernation, a winter bird watching station, Autumn and Winter weather.
Social studies lessons will include creating a basic map of Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem, and Christmas traditions around the world. We will also learn about: Martin Luther King, Jr., current and past presidents.
Our math lessons will expand into: counting by ones and tens, place value, apply RDW to solve word problems, creating math stories, addition, number identification, matching, and writing, subtraction, more than and less than. We will also find, draw, identify, and name shapes and solids.