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 18 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 School. I was inspired to enroll in National Louis University’s Masters of Education Program and obtained my Teaching Certificate in 2001. I am honored 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. Last year, I completed the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Certified Catechist Level III Training. 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.


Happy New Year!

There is so much to look forward to as students are welcomed back to school. On January 13th, we will make our First Reconciliation. The children have been preparing for months and are ready to take this big step in their faith life. We will also begin our Communion Workshop lessons. We are anxious to join our families and Parish community at the Lord’s Table on May 2nd. The month of January ends with our celebration of Catholic Schools Week. We are truly blessed!

Wishing you all a wonderful 2020!








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! Students are encouraged to use their IXL account for practicing math skills. Enrichment and review lessons are assigned daily (see student planner).


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!