Grades 1-2

The primary years are critical ones to cement the basics not only in reading, writing, and mathematics, but also in faith. Holy Family Parish School integrates faith-filled lessons into all of our subjects, not just our dedicated religion classes. Every child’s learning style is supported with frequent assessments and small group work in reading, writing, and math to ensure they are well prepared for future learning.

Take a walk down our hallway and browse the beautiful and touching illustrations and writings of our students. We think you’ll be as amazed as we are at these works of wonder and God’s presence in our students’ lives.

Meet our grades 1-2 staff

Danielle Peterson

1st Grade Teacher

Karen Madden

2nd Grade Teacher

Susan Webster, Principal
Madeleine Lapke

1st Grade IA

Susan Webster, Principal
Daisy Heredia

2nd Grade IA

Grade 1 Curriculum

Reading: Focuses on the foundation skills of phonics, spelling, and grammar. Reading instruction includes sessions with the HFK reading specialist and frequent assessments by both their teacher and the reading specialist. Textbook: Journeys (Houghton Mifflin)

Writing: Focuses on the steps of the writing process and types of writing. Textbook: Zaner Bloser Handwriting

Math: Includes addition and subtraction, whole number relationships and place value, linear measurement, and geometric shapes.   Textbook: Eureka Math

Religion:  Focus is on God’s love, the Church, being followers of Jesus, and living our faith.  Textbook: We Believe (Sadlier Religion)

Science: Spiral curriculum that is integrated across curricula. Begins with the scientific process and studies physical science, life science, and earth science.  Textbook:  InspireScience (McGraw Hill Education)

Social Studies: Focus is on a comprehensive curriculum designed to engage and motivate students with stories of intriguing people, places, and events that make history relevant to their lives. Textbook: Social Studies (Harcourt)

Social-Emotional Skills: Second Step Curriculum; SEL class is taught weekly, and lessons provide social-emotional support and encouragement to students, helping them to thrive.

Grade 2 Curriculum

Reading: Focuses on developing an instant-recognition vocabulary in addition to a strong phonetic foundation with students furthering comprehension skills. Reading instruction includes sessions with the HFK reading specialist and frequent assessments by both their teacher and the reading specialist.  Textbooks: Journeys (Houghton Mifflin)

Writing:  Focuses on becoming familiar with parts of speech and writing complete sentences and interesting paragraphs. Textbook: Zaner Bloser Handwriting

Math: Includes extending students’ understanding of base-ten notation, building fluency with addition and subtraction, standard units of measure, and shapes. Textbook: Eureka Math

Religion:  Focus is on developing a strong relationship with Jesus and preparing for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist.    Textbook: We Believe (Sadlier Religion)

Science: Spiral curriculum that is integrated across curricula. Focus is on matter, earth’s surface, living things and their habitats, and plants. Textbook:  InspireScience (McGraw Hill Education)

Social Studies: Focus is on a comprehensive curriculum designed to engage and motivate students with stories of intriguing people, places, and events that make history relevant to their lives. Textbook: Social Studies (Harcourt)

Social-Emotional Skills: Second Step Curriculum; SEL class is taught weekly, and lessons provide social-emotional support and encouragement to students, helping them to thrive.

Specialist Classes

Each week our 1st and 2nd grade students attend classes in Art, Music, PE, Library, Technology, and Spanish.

 

Religion, Service & Leadership

Our 1st and 2nd graders participate in many schoolwide service projects including the Thanksgiving Food Drive, Candy Cane & Cocoa to support One Equal Heart, New Bethlehem Center Coat Drive, Catholic Schools Week Kid-to-Kid Campaign Toy Drive, Lenten CRS Rice Bowl, Jump Rope for Heart, and other student-led projects.

Additional Religion Supplements: Virtue of the Month: Virtues in Practice, Talking About Touching

 

Enrichment

1st graders have the opportunity to attend a play at the Seattle Children’s Theatre, tour the Parish Center and learn about volunteer opportunities in our community, and visit a local farmer’s market and/or farm. 2nd graders visit St. James Cathedral and attend a play at the Seattle Children’s Theatre.

 

Special Events

HFK Fun Run, Birthdays, Halloween Party, 100th Day celebration, Advent Program, 100th day celebration, Valentine’s Day party, Read Across America events to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday, Spirit Days such as Storybook Character Day or Sports Day, St. Patrick’s Day, field day, end of the year celebration, and others.

 

Danielle Peterson

Education
B.S., Early Childhood Education and Family Life Studies Northern Michigan University

Began teaching in 2000
Teaching at Holy Family since 2016

What I love about teaching first grade at Holy Family School:

There is so much that I love about teaching, but what I love the most is the pure joy in the children’s faces when they have just accomplished something they never knew they could. I love seeing the growth from the beginning of the year to the end of the year and showing that growth to not only the parents but to the children themselves. I feel God has blessed each of us with a special gift and I believe teaching young children is my gift. My goal is to foster a love of learning in all students.

Why I became a teacher:
Ever since I was a little girl there was always two things I wanted to be when I grew up: a mom and a teacher. I love being a mom and being a teacher is the icing on the cake. Teaching is my passion!

Favorite Scripture Verse:
“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24.

Karen Madden

Education
B.S., Biology with English Minor, Santa Clara University
B.A., Early Childhood Education, City University of Seattle
Washington State P-3 Certificate with Endorsement in Literacy

Began teaching in 2014.
Teaching at Holy Family since 2019.

What I love about teaching second grade at Holy Family School:
Teaching is such a challenging and rewarding profession. There are so many personalities and areas of interest to explore. Second grade is still a time for mastering the methods of learning, but there are enough tools to begin exploring topics on a deeper level. I am very excited to be a part of the students’ study and completion of two of our very special sacraments – First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. There are only seven sacraments and I get to help teach two of them? I am so lucky and honored!

Why I became a teacher:
My first career was working in the biotech industry as I love science, especially genetics. I worked at the Hutch and then ZymoGenetics, but soon “retired” to raise my three wonderful boys. Taking care of children is in my blood. My father is a retired pediatrician, my sister was a teacher, and I have been babysitting since I was 12 years old. I absolutely thrive around young children with their unconditional love, natural curiosity, and infectious laughter. As my children entered school, I decided to go back to school too and get my teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education. Now I have the formal training to nurture children academically as well as socially and emotionally. I love my job!

Favorite Scripture Verse:
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” Proverbs 4:23

About Holy Family Parish School Kirkland

Our mission is to inspire, educate and prepare students for a Christ-centered life of learning, faith and service. This has been our mission since our doors opened in 1957…and continues to be our mission today.

We Look Forward to Meeting You

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Engaged in Learning

HFK has a unique values-based education focused on each child’s academic, social and emotional potential, designed to build critical thinkers, confident learners and contributing leaders of our global community.

Beyond the HFK Classroom

From our strong athletic program, to our emphasis on the arts, to our varied clubs, camps, and our before and after school care, a Holy Family education enriches the whole child.

HFK Students, Staff and Parents working together

HFK is more than a rigorous academic education…we are an embracing and inclusive community of staff, students, parents, alumni and supporters.

Creating a Culture of Giving

The many and varied contributions of time, talent and treasure we receive from our parents, staff, parish community, grandparents, local businesses, and others enable HFK to continue to thrive and offer an exceptional education to all students. We invite you to join our team of Guardian Angels!