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Kindergarten/1st Grade

Mrs. Karen ThorstenMrs. Karen Thorsten

Mrs. Thorsten has been a teacher at SJAS since 1995. She has taught Pre-Kindergarten, Phy-Ed, Computer, 1st grade, 4th grade, and is now teaching Kindergarten. Mrs. Thorsten attended St. Cloud State University. She and her husband, Chad, live in Foley with their three children, Emma, Logan and Liz. Mrs. Thorsten enjoys riding bike, scrapbooking, and taking pictures. She is a graduate of SJAS!

Mrs. Thorsten received the LEEA (Leadership in Educational Excellence Award) in 2004 and became a Seesaw Ambassador in 2017. Mrs. Thorsten has also been Barton trained in 2017. Barton is a wonderful tutoring system for individuals who struggle with spelling, reading, and writing due to dyslexia or a learning disability.

About the Classroom

  • Reading – We will be working with each letter sound. As we learn each sound, we will begin to put the sounds together to form words, which begin the reading and writing process. Registered parents, click here to log in to the Super Kids Reading Program.
  • Math – We will work on counting, measuring, comparing groups, telling time and introduce addition and subtraction.
  • Religion – We will talk about God’s world and how much we are loved.
  • Social/Science – We will explore our world.

Other Things to Know

  • Check home folder each night for papers and notes.
  • Classroom newsletters will be sent home on Fridays.
  • We will go to mass on Wednesdays. During the year, we will have the opportunity to help with mass parts.
  • We will go to the library to check out books each week.
  • We will have music class once a week and enjoy music with movement in our classroom daily.
  • We will have Phy Ed three times a week. Please make sure your child has tennis shoes for Phy Ed.
  • We will go to computer class twice a week. We also use computers and/or iPads in our classroom daily.
  • We go to recess twice a day.