kindergarten at St. Peter's
In kindergarten, students are introduced to Language, Religion, Math, Social Studies, P.E. (physical education), Art, Science and Technology. Students are exposed to a variety of activities that promote language growth in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students are encouraged to participate in group discussions, share research and writing projects, make connections among texts, and share and respond to questions. High frequency and decodable words are introduced to help students form simple sentences. Students learn to add, subtract, count to 100, compare and describe measurements, as well as demonstrate and apply a knowledge of number sense and patterns.
Mrs. Jennifer Gonsalves
Mrs. Jennifer Gonsalves first started teaching 20 years ago as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa. Her journey through life has allowed her to live in four different countries on separate continents, and her travels have taken her to over 35 others across the globe. San Francisco has been her home since 2002, and she brings a global heart to a local perspective. She holds a Masters in Inclusive Education dedicated to meeting the needs of a diverse environment. She has taught various grades previously at Megan Furth Academy in the Western Addition, and Mission Dolores Academy. She enjoys her free time with her grade school daughter and son, and cooks up some fine delights to keep her husband happy!
Mrs. Cecilia Gonzalez
Mrs. Cecilia Gonzalez has been the kindergarten aide since 2008. She has a wonderful rapport with the students and parents and is a great asset to the kindergarten class and St. Peter's. All three of Mrs. Gonzalez's children attended St. Peter's where she feels that they received a great education.
Activities & Field Trips
The birth of Jesus is one of the best known stories in the Bible. Students perform a skit about the birth of Jesus and the journey to Bethlehem.
Students have an opportunity to practice and apply skills taught in math. There are 5-6 stations that include a variety of activities to meet the need of students: independent practice, small group work, and individual meetings with the teacher to work on specific strategies.
In the science lab, students learn to observe by using their five senses, record their observations and describe the characteristics of living things.