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St. Francis Xavier Catholic Academy 2700 O Street, S.E. Washington, D.C. 20020 Telephone (202) 581- 2010 Fax (202) 581-1142 Harold L. Thomas, Principal Rev. Jim Boccabella, Pastor Grades Pre-K - 2 Class Syllabus for 2016-2017 Religion Teacher : Mr. James R, Wills, Jr. E-mail : [email protected] Course overview: Religion Grades Pre-K – 2nd Our overall goal this year is to provide students with an understanding of God and their relationship to God and their neighbor. Through scripture, prayer, Christian living, and community outreach, students will be exposed to how sharing God’s love will bring them closer to God. A variety of experiences will be offered to reach each student. The ‘Faith Standards for the Archdiocese of Washington’ are the basis of instruction. The standards have grade appropriate indicators suitable for the growth of the students. Students will display skill mastery through assessments, projects, and demonstrating the presence of God in their life through interpersonal relationships and their response in faith based activities. Areas of focus for each grade level is as follows: Pre-Kindergarten – The focus is on how God created me because He loves me. Kindergarten – the focus is on Creation & Our relationship with God. Grade 1 – The Focus is on Jesus Ministry and how the Church carries out that ministry. Grade 2 – The focus is on the Sacraments & the Ten Commandments. Textbooks: Sadlier - ‘We Believe’ Religion Series Resources: - Sadlier – ‘We Believe’ Religion Music CD - Sadlier - ‘We Believe’ Religion Test Generator - Sadleir – “We Believe” Retreat Booklet - Sadlier – We Believe website; Http://www.sadlierreligion.com/webelieve - Catholic Bible - Catechism of the Catholic Church - US Conference of Catholic Bishops website; http://www.usccb.org - Other relevant websites - Compendium of the Catholic Church - Catechist Magazine - Religious Videos - Religious Art & Artifacts - Junior Saints - Explaining God’s Word weekly worksheets - Art Supplies Supplies: Bible (for use as a reference at home) Composition Book Folder Sharpened Pencils Crayons Scissors Glue Eraser Standards Introduced Knowledge of Faith Education for Living in the Christian Community Standard 1 Creed: Understand, believe and proclaim the Triune and Standard 8 Catholic Church: Understand and appreciate the mystery of redeeming God as revealed in creation and human experience, in Apostolic Tradition and Sacred Scripture, and as entrusted to the teaching office of the Church. Standard 2 Scripture: Read, comprehend and articulate salvation history as conveyed in God’s revelation through Sacred Scripture. the Church, the Body of Christ, the community of believers, as expressed in the Church’s origin, mission of evangelization, hierarchical structure, marks, charisms, members and the communion of saints. Standard 9 Ecumenism: Understand and participate in the call of the Liturgical Education: Helping to Celebrate Church to be a sign of unity in the world through knowledge of and collaboration with other Catholic (Eastern), Orthodox, and Christian churches. Standard 3 Sacraments: Understand and participate in the Standard 10 Catholic Principles and Relationships: Apply Catholic sacraments of the Church as effective signs of God's grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church. Standard 4 Liturgy: Understand and celebrate the liturgical rites of the Church as expressed in the Church Year and epitomized in the Eucharist as the source and summit of Christian life. principles to interpersonal relations. Standard 11 Vocations: Understand and undertake discipleship in Christ responding in faith by participating in the mission of the Church through living a specific call in the life of the Church. Moral Formation Education for Evangelization and Apostolic Life Standard 5 Conscience: Develop a moral conscience informed by Standard 12 CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING: Know critique and apply Church teachings. Standard 6 Christian Living: Understand and live the moral teachings of the Church through a life of discipleship in Jesus Christ expressed in love for God, conversion, positive selfimage, personal integrity, social justice, the dignity of the human person and love of neighbor. Prayer Standard 7 Prayer: Know and participate in the Catholic tradition of prayer and acknowledge prayer as the primary way we deepen our knowledge of God in the Community. social justice and stewardship principles to societal situations in a way that acknowledges and affirms the dignity of the human person and community. Standard 13 INTER-RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE: Understand and participate in the call of the Church to be a sign of unity in the world through knowledge of and collaboration with Jews, Muslims, and all faith traditions. Standard 14 MISSIONARY VOCATION: Demonstrate an appreciation for Catholic missionary and evangelization efforts through our parish community, its culture, worship, sacramental life, and service. Classroom Rules and Expectations Rules: Student Responsibilities: Parent Responsibilities: Respect yourself Be at school on time daily Have students in school and on time Respect others Be prepared for learning Check your child’s work daily Respect the environment Listen carefully to your teachers Check Rediker Weekly to see your child’s progress Participate in class Ask for help when needed Support your child’s learning Complete all assignments Participate in meetings with the teacher and HSA Take care of all textbooks and any other materials that are borrowed from the school Foster a positive relationship with all school stakeholders Serve as a positive representation of your home Ensure that your child follows all school rules Grading Scale E= Excellent 93-100 G= Above Average 85-92 S= Average 77-84 I= Below Average Passing 70-76 U= Unsatisfactory Below 70 Homework = 10% of grade. Participation = 10% of grade. Test = 25% of grade. Quizzes = 15% of grade Projects = 25% of grade. Classwork = 15% of grade. Parental Communication Parental Communication: I communicate with parents using several different modes. I can be reached by e-mail, my address is [email protected] The office telephone number is (202)581-2010. Please allow 24 hours for my response. Additionally I can hold meetings by appointment during my planning periods. I update Rediker weekly and you can feel free to message me on Rediker.