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
Daisy Abrenica

4th Grade IA

Anna Boyle, 5th grade IA, Holy Family Kirkland School

Anna Boyle

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.

 

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!