At Hales Corners Lutheran School, our Kindergarten teachers foster independence and help children to gain and use skills necessary for working in small groups as well as the class as a whole. Students learn how to function well as group members, how to ask for help and to be helpful, how to complete a task. Each child is encouraged to move beyond his/her current level of understanding.
At the Kindergarten level, students will begin reading in addition to working on phonics, writing, and handwriting. Kindergarten students attend science lab and computer lab once per week, and music and physical education twice per week. Students also come together with other children in the school for weekly chapel service and are even empowered to plan and present one chapel message each year.
The Kindergarten classroom is a safe, supportive and welcoming environment. Our learning environment provides students with a variety of opportunities to try out new ideas and be challenged with new experiences that engage budding readers, writers, scientists, mathematicians and artists. Teachers help students to be empowered, to feel valued, to be listened to, to be competent and successful in school.
Special Kindergarten Activities and Events
We also have some fun events throughout the year, including 100th Day of Kindergarten and End-of-the-Year celebrations, in addition to field trips, a week-long celebration for National Lutheran Schools Week and more:
Kindergarten Football Night
50th Day of Kindergarten – Sock Hop
Kdg-2nd Christmas Church Service
Kindergarten leading Chapel
Kindergarten singing at a Church Service
First Stage Theater Field Trip
Reading Rally (Culminating activity to enhance learning about various states)
First grade is major developmental year for students. At HCLS, our main focus is to build on the reading and writing skills from Kindergarten and develop those skills to assure continued success in learning throughout their school career. We do this in numerous ways, including daily journal writing as well as through various activities like author visits and field trips. Our first grade students attend Science Lab twice per week and Computer Lab once per week in addition to weekly chapel. It is also in first grade that students learn beginning math concepts in addition, subtraction, fractions, telling time and counting money.
Special 1st Grade Activities and Events
Apple Day (centers focused on math and reading activities)
Pumpkin Caper (centers focused on math and science activities)
Field trip to Timber Lee Christian Center
101st Day of School Celebratio
1st Grade leads Chapel in spring
First Stage Theatre
1st Grade sings in church
1st Grade Spelling Bee
1st Grade writes personal narratives
1st Grade studies and writes about Famous Americans
Top Banana (1st Graders create a special board, shares about themselves)
In 2nd Grade, our teachers are focused on the continued development of core reading, writing and math skills. Cursive writing is introduced and is a great skill for hand and eye coordination that also relates to reading development. Science and STREAM (Science, Religion, Engineering, Art and Math) Lab also continues to build on the problem solving skills first introduced in 1st Grade. Second Grade students attend Science Lab twice per week and Computer Lab once per week as well as participating in weekly chapel.
A focus of 2nd Grade Social Studies is in learning about other countries through "Passport Days." These are days where students celebrate what we have learned and host enrichment activities like hearing from guest speakers who share their experiences in other countries to enhance our understanding. Often guest speakers are missionaries with faith-related messages.
Special 2nd Grade Activities and Events
2nd Grade studies Washington D.C. and gives a classroom “tour”of D.C.
K-2 participates in Christmas service, 2nd graders have opportunities to lead as actors
2nd Grade writes and performs commercials to “sell” a book written by Marc Brown
2nd Grade learns about historical schools and takes field trip to Whelan School house in Franklin to experience what school was like in the past
2nd Grade Classroom Spelling Bee
2nd Grade "Top Dog" - children experience being the leader for the week, sharing about themselves, emphasizing gifts God has given to them
Hales Corners Lutheran School provides a secure nurturing environment that enables elementary and middle school age students need to explore and experiment. Our curriculum, taught from a Christ-centered philosophy, instills a life-long love of learning.
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Hales Corners Lutheran School offers your child a nutritional hot lunch option through DPI and the National School Lunch Program (NLSP).
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Before & After School Programs
Hales Corners Lutheran School offers Before and After School Care for families who due to work schedules cannot pick up their children at the end of the school day.
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Summer Programs at HCLS
At HCLS, learning and fun don't have to end when the school year does. That's why we offer fun summer programming and care options for children from preschool through 5th grade with faith-based activities, field trips and more!
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For important dates throughout the 2018-19 school year, including major school events, no school days and more, click here.
Take the Next Step
We want to meet you! To truly experience what makes Hales Corners Lutheran School so special, we invite you and your family to set up a school visit to meet us, see the learning space and get all of your questions answered. We are a family-friendly environment, so children are welcome! Please call the school office at 414-529-6701 to schedule your visit. Planning a visit is the first step of our Admissions process:
- Schedule a school visit
- Complete your admissions application
- Enroll your child
- Complete a tuition agreement
For additional details about our Admissions process, click here. For specific details about HCLS tuition rates for the 2018-19 school year at Hales Corners Lutheran School, click here. If you have any questions, contact Assistant Principal Crissy Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-529-6701.