Mrs. Lauren Madden

2nd Grade Teacher



Hello! I am Mrs. Lauren Madden. I have had the privilege of teaching second grade at St. James School for the past 17 years. I cannot believe my first class graduated from college in the Spring of 2017! Being a member of the St. James Community has been a blessing for me.  Not only have my own children been baptized and confirmed at St. James, but they are also St. James School alumni. It was during their early school years that I recognized the special atmosphere of St. James. I was inspired to enroll in National Louis University’s Masters of Education Program and obtained my Teaching Certificate in 2001. My goal was to be a part of the SJS staff that guides and nurtures students to be the best they can be academically and spiritually. I myself am the product of sixteen years of Catholic education. In 2009, I became a Certified Catechist through the Archdiocese of Chicago. Teaching children about our Catholic faith and preparing them for their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion has been my greatest reward. My hope is that every child who passes through the doors of St. James School feels a connection with Jesus and knows how much they are loved.


Hello Second Grade Families!

It has been an incredible year! I have loved getting to know your children. Not only have I witnessed the start of life long friendships between the students, but each child has embarked on a forever friendship with Jesus. Each day the children were reminded they are blessed! Receiving their First Holy Communion deepened their faith and reminded them how much they are loved. This is a very special class. Your children have touched my heart in countless ways. I will miss their singing and their laughter but look forward to watching them continue to grow in virtue as they walk the halls of St. James and beyond!

I hope you have a wonderful summer. Encourage your child to read, write, and practice math facts each day. 

See you at Mass on Sunday!  








Each day children should review their spelling list. Not only should they be able to spell the word correctly, they should also be able to use the word accurately in a sentence. In addition, students should be able to identify the word patterns found in their weekly list. Spelling assessments will be on Friday.

To improve reading fluency and comprehension, have your child read aloud for 20 minutes each day. During the third trimester students will complete biweekly book reports. Students will have a choice of activities to complete which will demonstrate comprehension skills. Book reports will be presented to the class and students will create a Summer Reading List.

Practice… practice… practice math facts! Set a timer for one minute and challenge your child to meet or exceed their Rocket Math goal. Memorizing addition and subtraction facts will help them soar!


As your child prepares to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist it is important for them to be present at Sunday Mass. Encourage their participation by sitting near the front and avoid distractions. Pray together everyday. Remind your child how much Jesus loves them!