Grade 1

First grade emphasizes academic excellence and Catholic spirituality. first grade service project

Catholic Identity consists of: Weekly Masses, study of the seasons of the church, prayer in class, and service projects

St. Monica takes pride in that we teach to the child and not to the test. We go above and beyond teaching the state standards. The first grade program has a heavy emphasizes on phonics, reading, math, technology, social studies and science. 

Teachers and classroom assistants work one-on-one with children on a daily basis. During the four quarters of first grade your child will;

  • Attend Mass each week
  • Establish routines and procedures within school environment to build responsibility and self-confidence
  • Develop both academic and religion goals

first grade science

 St. Monica will also provide your first grade student with many opportunities to develop and apply their knowledge in technology. We offer;

  • Mobile class iPad cart
  • SMART board activities
  • Compass Learning

Some of the many enriching activities our first grade students participate in;

  • Weekly Science Lab Activities
  • Quarterly Field Trips
  • Expanded Units of Study
  • Daily 5/Café (reading program)
  • Service Opportunities




Meet our 1st Grade Teachers


Mrs. Christenberry

I was born and raised in the Chicago area.  I received my BA from Purdue Calumet and my Masters in Reading Education from Dominican University (also located in the Chicago area.) This is my 4th year teaching at SMS, but my 10 year teaching for the Archdiocese. I am married with two children that also attend St. Monica. For fun, I enjoy decorating and redecorating my home, I love binge-watching Netflix programs with my husband, and I love doing any kind of extra-curricular experience with my kids and husband. 



Grade 1

Kristen Christenberry
Laurie Fischer
Laurie Fischer