Grace students in Grades 2-5 benefit from a rich program that emphasizes our school mission.That mission is:
Grace Episcopal Day School will provide every student the opportunity for academic excellence in a caring, nurturing, moral environment that embraces diversity and promotes creativity, self-confidence, and service to others.
On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings each class starts its day with a morning meeting that is a daily opportunity for the students and teacher to come together and greet each other, discuss important issues, and set the stage for the day. Morning meeting is part of Responsive Classroom, which is one of the foundations of our program. Wednesday morning starts with a chapel service led by our chaplain.
Our academic program is challenging and individualized. We use Math in Focus: Singapore Math, a program that has high expectations for mastery of concepts and opportunities for deep mathematical thinking. It is a proven curriculum that moves from the concrete to the pictorial to the abstract.
Our reading program is Guided Reading by Fountas and Pinnell. Each student is assessed at the beginning of the year to find his/her independent reading and instructional reading levels. Students are introduced to a variety of genres including fiction, non-fiction, textbooks, magazines, and online articles. Our writing program is Writer’s Workshop by Lucy Calkins. A full-time reading specialist works in all classrooms with all students.
In addition to the strong core subjects taught by classroom teachers, Grace benefits from a talented group of specialists providing a wonderfully well-rounded range of experiences in science, music, art, physical education, health, technology, and Spanish.
If you are reading this as a family looking for a school for your child, I welcome you to call me at 240-292-5228. Grace is a special place that I’d love to share with you. I consider it a privilege to be serving the families and faculty of Grace.
Gail Kennedy, Director of Elementary Education