Mrs. Patty Brown

1st Grade Teacher



I am excited to begin my thirteenth-year teaching first grade and my nineteenth year at Saint James. Over the years I I spent time teaching both second and fourth grade, as well as assisted in a kindergarten class. Catholic education has always been important to me. I attended a Catholic grade school and high school. I received my degree from Northeastern Illinois University and went on to teach kindergarten at  Saint John Bosco in Chicago. After this position,I took time off to raise my three children. After a few years, I started teaching at Saint James, where I have been ever since.

My commitment to Saint James goes beyond the classroom. I have been a member of the parish for 25 years and my three children are all Saint James graduates. During my years here I have witnessed a community that walks in faith, lives in hope and acts in love. I feel truly blessed to be given the opportunity to share my faith with the students and am looking forward to a wonderful year.

I emphasize respect, cooperation, and teamwork in my classroom. I am committed to help students work to their fullest potential and develop  a love for learning.

A Little More About Me…
I live in Arlington Heights.
I have three children, all Saint James graduates.
My oldest daughter is 29, my son is 27 and my youngest daughter is 24.
I have a Labradoodle named Larry.
I love to read so you might run into me at the library.
I enjoy hiking and going on long walks.
My favorite time is times spent with family.



I am so excited to begin the school year. First Grade is filled with many engaging activities.

You can take a peek at our first week.

August 31,2018

We had a wonderful week celebrating Grandparents Day. I am looking forward to another great week.

September 7,2018

We are looking forward to our upcoming apple orchard trip.It was a busy week in first grade.



  September 14,2018

We had a great time at the apple orchard . The students enjoyed tasting applesauce and sampling different types of apples.       September 21,2018                                                  We are looking forward to starting our technology class.  Keyboarding  will be introduced using iPads. Students will also learn  the fundamentals of computer science  and develop games during coding classes. 

September 28, 2018

Students  are looking forward to our upcoming trip to the library during the week.  Students are also excited to learn about fire safety when a fire fighter visits the classroom. 

     October 5, 2018 During the month of October, we will be busy practicing for the All Saints Mass This will take place on Thursday November 1st at 9:00 in the Parish Center. Please let me know if you have any questions. 

 October 12,2018  We are looking forward to our trip to the library on Tuesday. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather.

           October 19, 2018 Students enjoyed the firefighter’s presentation. They learned fire safety tips and had a chance to ask the firefighter questions.

     October 26, 2018  Please see the newsletter for information about Halloween and the All Saints Mass. 

   November 2,2018 What a wonderful celebration on All Saints Day. The students did a wonderful job preparing for this special celebration. 

       November 16,2018 It was wonderful meeting with parents for conferences.I enjoyed sharing and learning information about each student.

   THANKSGIVING    Enjoy  a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.

December 1, 2018                                                                                                                                                          

We are learning about the season of Advent. Each week we will light a candle on our Advent Wreath.                                                December 7, 2018  

     We are traveling around the world learning about Christmas traditions in other countries.           December 14,2018                                                                                                                                                               

i hope you enjoy the Christmas break with family and friends. 

  January 2, 2019

WELCOME BACK We are busy getting back into a routine after our break. January 11, 2019  

      I hope you are enjoying the winter weather.  January 18,2019












Read every night for 20 minutes.
Initial the reading calendar each night.
Three assignments from the weekly calendar are due every Friday.

Practice addition and subtraction facts.
Tuesday and Wednesdy assigned homework sheet.
Thursday complete review sheet for Simple Solution Test.

Practice weekly spelling words.
Wednesday list 6 words that match your weekly spelling pattern.
Thursday study for spelling test.