Following the norms of the National Catechetical Directory, the content
of our daily religion program includes a love for God, people and all of
creation through prayer, doctrine, liturgy, scripture, Bible services
and Christian service. Christian values rooted in the Gospel are
highlighted in all subjects. Students are encouraged to live these
values by acting responsibly and by being accountable for the gifts God
has given them. Each class participates as lecterns in prayer services
and liturgies though out the year.
SACRAMENTS: Sacraments are parish
celebrations. Readiness is the primary norm for the reception of each
sacrament. St. Catherine Parish, in consultation with the Diocese of
Paterson, has designated seven years of age (second grade) as the
normative age for the celebration of First Eucharist. The church norm
for the Sacrament of Reconciliation is prior to First Eucharist.
However, St. Catherine's respects the rights of children and parents to
request celebration of any sacraments at an earlier or later age
depending upon the readiness of the child.
LITURGY: At least once a month our
students participate in a school-wide prayer service, penance service,
or Eucharistic celebration. Each class has the opportunity to prepare
and conduct one of the celebrations.
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Math: Basic Math K - 8, Pre Algebra And
Algebra (Grades 7 & 8) - The emphasis in our Math program is
the mastery of basic skills and application of these skills in problem
Social Studies: Learning about
others (their culture, economic status, geographic surroundings,
governments and work) fosters understanding and sensitivity toward
people around the world. Social Studies is taught in grades 1 through 8,
with special emphasis on US History in grades 7 and 8. Grade 4
concentrates on New Jersey.
Science: The science program
includes experimentation with the use of our portable labs, along with
research projects in conjunction
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Language Arts including
Spelling and Handwriting (K-3) : Students receive instruction daily
in basic grammar and its application. They are encouraged to think
critically and express their ideas verbally as well as in creative
writing. Writing skills are an integral part of all subjects.
Formal writing skills are taught in grades Kindergarten through the
eighth grade. Handwriting is considered and weighed in all written work.
Center: Students have the opportunity to use library facilities
independently or when classes are scheduled weekly for research,
borrowing books, reading for pleasure, and story telling. The library
contains reference books , audio-visuals, computers complete with
internet access, plus other materials to enhance the educational
Our library has a bar-coding system for borrowing books and an
electronic card catalog.
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Reading (all grades) and Phonics
(k-3)- Kindergarten through eighth grade use the Scotts Foresman
Series. Since each child learns differently, the phonetic, sight, and
kinesthetic approaches to reading are utilized.
World Languages: Spanish (k
-7) Students receive instruction once a week in Spanish.
Computer Skills: Our
students receive computer skills instruction once a week. Our library
has 5 computers for student research and each classroom has at least 2
computers for student resource and skills practice. Each student is
required to sign an Internet Use Contract. St. Catherine School has
developed a 3 year Technology Plan. All of our teachers and office staff
are computer literate at different levels from basic to advanced.