There is no one on campus happier or more motivated than our youngest students! The kindergarten year at Holy Family is one filled with wonder, cooperation, and a whole lot of learning. Some favorites of our kindergarteners are Super Bee, the gingerbread hunt, 5th grade buddies, kindergarten soccer, field trips to the pumpkin patch, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Seattle Aquarium, the Halloween parade, performing in the Advent program, and participating in an all-school Mass each month.

Holy Family kindergarten provides a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment while fostering the development of the whole child and a commitment to faith and academic excellence. From the moment they walk through the door, our kindergarteners feel at home.

Meet our kindergarten staff

Susan Webster, Principal
Denise Farthing

Kindergarten Teacher

Susan Webster, Principal
Shannon Benson

Kindergarten Teacher

Susan Webster, Principal
Tanya Feldman

Kindergarten IA

Susan Webster, Principal
Elsa Walters

Kindergarten IA

Susan Webster, Principal
Indy Behrman

Kindergarten IA


Reading: Focus is on rhyming, syllables, building phonemic awareness, fluency, and comprehension. Reading instruction includes sessions with the HFK reading specialist and frequent assessments by both their teacher and the reading specialist.  Textbooks: Journeys (Houghton Mifflin), Zoo-Phonics, A-Z Reading

Writing: Focus is on writing stamina, proper character formation, and three types of writing: opinion, informational, and narrative. Textbook: Handwriting Without Tears

Math: Includes manipulatives and problem solving and teaches basic math skills including addition, subtraction, 2D and 3D shapes, calendaring and graphing, number sense, measurements and weight, and patterns. Textbook: My Math (McGraw-Hill)

Religion: Focus is on God’s creation, God’s love for you and your love for others, the story of Jesus, and the study of saints. Textbook: We Believe (Sadlier Religion)

Science: Scaffolded curriculum following the Next Generation Science Standards. Hands-on program designed to bring science to life.

Social Studies:   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 kindergarteners attend classes in Art, Music, PE, Library, and Spanish.

Religion, Service & Leadership

Our kindergarteners participate in many schoolwide service projects, including visits to local retirement centers, 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.


Each year our kindergarten classes go on field trips to Remlinger Farms, the Seattle Children’s Theatre, and the Seattle Aquarium as well as participate in a service project at the Madison House retirement center.

Special Events

HFK Fun Run, birthday celebrations, lost tooth song and chart, gingerbread hunt, Johnny Appleseed’s birthday, Halloween party, Thanksgiving activity stations, Advent Program, Christmas Around the World party, 100th Day celebration, Valentine’s Day party, Read Across America events to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday, school spirit days such as Storybook Character Day or Sports Day, St. Patrick’s Day activity stations, Mother’s Day celebration, Father’s Day celebration, field day, end of the year celebration, and others.


Denise Farthing

B.A. in Psychology and Speech Communications from University of Washington, K-8 endorsed in Speech and Psychology

Began teaching in 1992.
Teaching at Holy Family since 2002.

What I love about teaching at Holy Family School

Every day is a new day of learning and growing. It is so fun to watch the children develop in their learning and social skills from September until the end of the year. It is always fast paced and exciting in kindergarten! I love teaching at Holy Family because we have a wonderful parent and teacher community. We all work together for the benefit of the children.

Why I became a teacher:

I love teaching because I’ve always appreciated learning new things and I love the creativity involved in teaching kindergarteners reading, writing, math and religion. They are so fun to work with each day. I find that with each theme I always learn something new too, whether it be about frogs or teaching them stories about a saint. I enjoy meeting all of the new families each year and helping them get accustomed to school life. Teaching is always exciting and never the same year to year!

Favorite Scripture Verse:
“Love God with all your heart, with all your mind and all your strength. Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Shannon Benson

B.A. English Literature – University of Washington

Teaching Certificate/Education – Western Washington University

M.A.Ed. – Seattle University
Teaching at Holy Family since 2019.

Why I became a teacher:

I became a teacher because I enjoy watching children grow as they become independent, confident, and engaged learners who thrive socially and academically. It is an honor to be an integral part of a child’s educational journey and to work in a caring, communicative, and collaborative manner with students and families. It is such a blessing to be able to experience those moments when strengths are discovered, interests are expressed, and talents are shared.

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

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

Explore Holy Family Parish School and join us on a tour to see our students learning, laughing, playing and praying. Applications are available online and in the school office.

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!