Language Arts:

Kindergarten follows the Journey’s Reading Series, which is Common Core Aligned.  Throughout the year, the children move from letter sound recognition to reading and writing sentences.  We incorporate both a phonetic approach as well as building a sight word vocabulary.


The children acquire several key math skills during the year.  Some of these skills include counting and number recognition, decomposing numbers, naming and distinguishing between 2D and 3D shapes, non-standard measurement, and fluently adding and subtracting within 5.  The children are exposed to a variety of strategies to help aid their learning and retention. 


Kindergarten children learn we are all children of God and part of God’s family.  They learn about God’s love, creation, and the life of Jesus.


Throughout the year the children participate in a variety of science projects, many of which implement the use of the scientific method.

Teacher Bio:


KA Sally Garske

Hello!  My name is Sally Garske and I spend my days in the greatest grade level, Kindergarten.  There is no place I’d rather be.  The curriculum, content, creativity and kids make for an engaging place to be.
I graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.  Most of my 27 years of teaching experience is in Kindergarten!  Three of those years I taught 4 year old preschool.  I even had the opportunity to spend one year in first grade.  Primary is my passion!!


KB  Janet Blakeslee

I received a teaching degree from Mercyhurst College (University).  My husband, John and I have 3 children who graduated from OLCS.  Working in a Catholic School and being able to share my faith is very important to me.  This is my 22nd year working at St. Jude/OLCS.  I worked in the kindergarten program for five years, taught second grade for nine years and this is my eighth year teaching kindergarten. I really enjoy seeing students excited about learning and trying new things and hope that I help develop that passion in every child that walks through my door.