Grades 3-5

During the intermediate years, students progress along the path to becoming lifelong learners, taking on more independence and responsibility for their learning. Critical-thinking skills increase, and students become more aware of the greater global community and their place in it. Every student’s learning style is supported with frequent assessments and small group work in reading, writing, and math to ensure they are well prepared for the upcoming rigors of middle school. Leadership is fostered through participating in weekly school Masses, sponsoring fundraisers to benefit charities, and assisting with assemblies.

Meet our grades 3-5 staff

Macaire Podell

3rd Grade Teacher

Susan Webster, Principal
Katie Hall

4th Grade Teacher

Susan Webster, Principal
William McKinnon

5th Grade Teacher

Susan Webster, Principal
Christina Laliberte

3rd Grade IA

Susan Webster, Principal
Diane Pizzuto

4th/5th Grade IA

Grade 3 Curriculum

Literacy & Writing: Focus is on grammar instruction, novel studies, exploring different genres, and enhancing reading skills. Students receive frequent assessments by their teacher and the reading specialist. Novels include The Mouse and the Motorcycle and Ramona Quimby, Age 8.   Textbook: Journeys (Houghton Mifflin), Cursive: Zander Blosner

Math:  Focus is on base ten, numbers and operations, fractions, and geometry. Math instruction includes sessions with the HFK math specialist each week.  Textbook: Eureka

Religion:  Focuses on the Church, how the Church leads us to worship, and the seasons of the Church.  Textbook: We Believe, We Are the Church (Sadlier Religion)

Science: Spiral curriculum that is integrated across curricula. Focus is on force and motion, genetics, weather and climate, and adaptations and behaviors.  Textbook:  InspireScience (McGraw Hill Education)

Social Studies: Focus is on local and global communities and local, state, and federal governments.  Textbook:   Our Communities (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 4 Curriculum

Literacy & Writing: Focus is on grammar instruction, novel studies, exploring different genres, and enhancing reading skills. Stories and novels include The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.  Textbooks: Journeys (Houghton Mifflin)

Math: Focus is on refining multiplication fluency, place value, geometry, decimals, rounding, fractions, and units of measurement. Math instruction includes sessions with the HFK math specialist each week. Textbook: Eureka

Religion:  Focus is on sin, penance, the Ten Commandments, and growing in holiness. Textbook: We Believe (Sadlier Religion)

Science: Spiral curriculum that is integrated across curricula. Focus is on energy, waves and transfer, Earth’s place within the universe, systems, and human activity. Textbook:  InspireScience (McGraw Hill Education)

Social Studies: Focus centers around the creation of Washington as a state: the Native American communities, Lewis and Clark, fur trading, geographic features of the state, and more.  Textbook: Washington, Our Home. (Gibbs-Smith Education)

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 5 Curriculum

Literacy & Writing: Focus is on expanding ability to decode, understand writers’ messages, and incorporate reading into writing. Writing involves crossing subjects and building on personal and learned experiences. Various novels across genres are read. Textbooks: Journeys (Houghton Mifflin)

Math: Focus is on multiplication and division of decimals, base ten number system, concepts of volume, and classification of quadrilaterals. Math instruction includes sessions with the HFK math specialist. Textbook: Eureka

Religion:  Focus is on teaching the importance of sacramental life, prayer life, and the seasons of the Church. Textbook: We Believe (Sadlier Religion)

Science: Spiral curriculum that is integrated across curricula. Focus is on investigation, modeling, and research to study plant and animal systems, properties of matter, and forces in the world which we cannot see. Textbook:  InspireScience (McGraw Hill Education)

Social Studies: Focuses on the way early Americans have developed and used the land, established relationships with each other, colonized and claimed the land, and established governments and societies.   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 grade 3-5 students attend classes in Art, Music, PE, Library, Technology, and Spanish.

 

Religion, Service & Leadership

Grades 3-5 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, visits to local retirement centers, and other student-led projects. They also are responsible for leading an all-school Mass once every five weeks and leading Stations of the Cross during Lent.

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

 

Enrichment

Each year our 3rd grade class attends a performance at the Seattle Children’s Theatre. Grade 4 travels to Biztown, Pioneer Farms, and UW Engineering Discovery Days. Grade 5 has field trips to BizTown, Inspire Science Science Fair, Mercer Slough, and UW Engineering Discovery Days. Grades 4 and 5 also participate in the National Geographic Bee.

 

Special Events

HFK Fun Run, Birthdays, Halloween Party, Advent Program, 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. In addition, grade 3 has Family History, Washington State, and Native American projects; grade 4 Washington state cities and autobiography projects; and grade 5 Native American, Important Figures in History Wax Museum, and U.S. State projects.

 

Macaire Podell

Education
B.A., Philosophy and History with a Political Science Minor Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame
MAEd, Curriculum and Instruction, Lewis University

What I love about teaching third grade at Holy Family School:
I love coming to school every morning to see the students and I am so privileged that I spend my day with them. Sharing the Catholic faith in class with the students is one way that sets HFK apart from other schools.

Why I became a teacher:
I knew God called me to work with children and truly feel this is my vocation. Every day is a little different and I love the challenge of creating interesting and engaging lessons and watching the students’ eyes light up as they learn.

Favorite Scripture Verse:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 3:3

Katie Hall

Education
B.L.A., Major: English (creative writing), Minor: Sociology, Willamette University
Masters in Teaching, Northwest University

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

What I love about teaching reading at Holy Family School:
I’m blessed to be a part of Holy Family’s strong, welcoming community. Fourth grade is a milestone for students as they “cross the hall” to the upper grades and are given more responsibility and independence throughout the year than in previous years. As a teacher, being able to spark a student’s “lightbulb” moment at the beginning of the year and watch their learning and confidence transform is an invaluable experience. I’m grateful to be able to inspire each student’s growth academically, socially, and spiritually each day.

Why I became a teacher:
From a young age I’ve wanted to be a teacher and positively impact students lives. I was born prematurely and as a result, I faced learning difficulties as a child. I was able to overcome those challenges with the support of wonderful teachers, aids, specialists, and speech therapists. Consequently, I feel it is my calling to teach and support student’s learning in a variety of methods in order to math their preferred learning style.

Favorite Scripture Verse:
“Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.” Proverbs 20:15 .

William McKinnon

Education
BA – Business Finance, BA – Accounting, Eastern Washington University
M. Ed. – Administration, Western Washington Univ.

Areas of Advanced Study
Communications, Philosophy

Began teaching in 2000.
Teaching at Holy Family since 2018.

What I love about teaching fifth grade at Holy Family School:
I absolutely love teaching 5th grade! Now, being able to teach at HFK school, I feel blessed to add to the spiritual community. It is fulfilling for me to share in the growth of the faith in our classroom and school. The community of friends and families here at Holy Family Kirkland have been so supportive and welcoming, and I hope to return the kindness by sharing my talents.

Why I became a teacher:
Growing up in a household of teachers – my dad taught chemistry at the Naval Academy and high school math, my step-mom taught high school English, and my sister teaches kindergarten – I knew I wanted to teach, too. Going off to college, I wanted to be a PE teacher, but ended up with business degrees and was an accountant for years. Knowing that I am a people person who loves to serve, I had the opportunity to switch careers in 2000. I love being in schools, the timing of the school year in life, and the community that comes from working with friends, families, and children. My favorite part of teaching is seeing the current students grow, having former students remember our time together fondly, and sharing with families so many wonderful memories.

Favorite Scripture Verse:
…But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15

About Holy Family Parish School Kirkland

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