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 is hard to believe we are in our third trimester already! There are many wonderful learning opportunities ahead.  Students are gaining confidence when writing cursive, developing great skills in writer’s workshop, mastering problem solving skills, keeping up with coding and keyboarding skills, and continuing to learn about our world.

Most importantly we are beginning our preparations for First Holy Communion. Our focus has shifted from Reconciliation to understanding the parts of the Mass. We are grateful to all the parents who have volunteered to lead Communion Workshop and share their faith stories with the children.

Check out our latest project from Tech Class! The whole second grade jumped in to Dr. Seuss’ book for a very special read-a-long. Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! https://drive.google.com/a/stjamesschoolah.org/file/d/1O1INOZ-SXqxqbnveZZUmCGzRBPTFjH17/view?usp=sharing 

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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!