Blessed Sacrament students in grades third, fourth and fifthwork to both solidify basic skills and, at the same time, expand and apply these skills in increasingly complex ways.
Language arts and math instruction are core to the development of the strong skills needed for success at all levels of our school.A basal series in reading (with its continued focus on specific skills for comprehension and vocabulary) is supplemented with the reading of novels at all three grade levels.Our excellent school library provides opportunities to expand students’ exposure to literature of all genres. The STEP UP TO WRITING program helps build strong writing skills beginning with simple paragraphs and letter writing and moving to more sophisticated multi-paragraph papers.The Houghton Mifflin math series guides our development of basic and more complex math, and some Saxon Math is used to transition students from the primary Saxon Math program (K-2). Both the math and language arts programs meet individual needs by flexible grouping.
Science and Social Studies become central during these years, and research and study skills are a major focus. Students become immersed in many topics.At any one time, one may see various examples of the rich curriculum.Third grade “pioneers” study and work their way west on the Oregon Trail. Fourth graders design projects on biomes and experience a day of hands on science at the Chesapeake Bay. The fifth grade students study the Colonies, visit Mount Vernon and later in the year, research and present projects on the immigration history of each of their families.
Our Catholic Identity is central to all that we do. We pray together each morning and encourage a community feeling by grouping children asBUDDIES across the three grade levels.The BUDDIES participate in shared service projects, curriculum challenges (such as the 3-4-5 Geography Bee) and prayer.The C.A.R.E. Program (COURTESY, ACCEPTANCE, RESPECT for EVERYONE) helps us stay centered on the practical applications of our faith , and a life of service is encouraged by a variety of projects throughout the year.We attend Mass together and have a coordinated textbook which ensures that the basic tenants of our faith are taught at appropriate times. Our Faith Formation Director leads us in prayer, supports our faith practices and provides resources for involving us in the life and devotions of the Church.
Students take physical education classes (same sex classes in fourth and fifth grades), music, art, library, computers,and guidance (grades four and five).Each grade has a special music presentation at some point during each year and our annual Week of the Arts introduces students to the world of international cultures.Students are invited to join the school choir and band during these years and joint concerts take place throughout the school year.
SUPPORT STAFF:Our excellent support staff assists in our overall program: Director of Faith Formation; Lower School Science Coordinator; Librarian; Resource Teachers; Guidance Counselor; Computer Teacher; Technical Support Person.