Welcome to First Grade and the Thomas Team. I am very blessed to be part of the St. Francis de Sales Catholic School family. This will be an exciting year as we continue our journey in faith and educational development! I look forward to working with you and your child during this pivotal year. The Catholic Church and Catholic Education are the cornerstones of my life. My philosophy is that all children are unique and possess special gifts from God. Each child has potential and an individual learning style. All children have the right to feel welcome and safe at school. In an effort to guarantee a Catholic Christian learning environment faith, love, discipline, responsibility, and respect will be emphasized throughout the year. Ethics Across the Curriculum and Life Skills will be taught to assist students in becoming good Christian citizens. Students will be recognized and rewarded for appropriate decision making and good behavior.