Elementary Vision Statement

In our diverse community, we challenge our students to become confident and independent critical thinkers. Students will utilize honest self-reflection and collaborative skills as they engage and explore. They will be capable of taking risks and learning through mistakes. Our learners will act with integrity and be problem solvers, prepared to be positive citizens in our world.

K/1 Vision Statement:
In our diverse community, students will be engaged and exploratory citizens, capable of taking risks, learning through mistakes, and honest self-reflection.

2/3 Vision Statement:
We strive to nurture the whole child in becoming a confident, critical thinker who utilizes self-reflection and collaborative skills.

Pilgrim’s Upper Elementary fosters a nurturing and challenging learning environment, encouraging students to be positive citizens of society.

4/5 Vision Statement:
4th and 5th grade students will think independently, act with integrity, and be problem solvers, prepared to be productive members of society.

The curriculum of any school is the ‘plan’ of what students will be taught. Pilgrim is a college preparatory school and, beginning at an early age, our curriculum is designed around subjects that will prepare students for continuing their higher level education at a college or university. In addition to core subjects including mathematics, language arts which includes phonics, reading, writing composition, spelling, and penmanship, science, and geography and history. Pilgrim also offers physical education, music, science labs, Spanish, Mandarin and art. The curriculum is fully integrated with our library and technology programs. Our elementary program provides a solid foundation needed for success in higher education.

Brendan (Grade 3)

"My old school only had math, English, and spelling. Pilgrim is teaching me so much more."

View Our Curriculum

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  • Homework

    Homework is assigned to students in order for them to practice skills taught in school, to reinforce a subject discussed during class, or to enrich a specific lesson taught in class. Teachers understand that students have other commitments and responsibilities, such as team sports or youth organizations that require their time. However, since being a student is a full time job, we expect students to complete their homework obligations in a timely manner. Starting in second grade, students should write down their assignments in a plan book. Homework assignments are posted on Pilgrim School’s Website as well.

    Homework is never assigned for a weekend, though students may want to read to prepare for a book report, or to complete class work that was previously assigned and not completed. Students who have been absent are allowed three school days to make up work. Sometimes a student may choose to do this work over the weekend.
    Below are the time guidelines for homework that Pilgrim School has established for students in the Elementary school. Since each child works at his or her own pace, these times will vary. The times listed here are based on average times of a student working for a period of sustained, concerted effort.

    • Kindergarten: 15 minutes Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
    • 1st - 2nd: 20 to 25 minutes each evening, Monday through Thursday
    • 3rd: 35-45 minutes each evening Monday--Thursday, including studying and preparing for upcoming tests
    • 4th - 5th: 45-60 minutes each evening Monday - Thursday, including studying and preparing for upcoming tests

    If homework is completed in less time than outlined above, we strongly encourage the student to spend time reading. If homework takes much longer than stated in the above guidelines, we urge the student to talk with his/her parents and teacher about ways to improve organizational and/or study skills.

    Parents may be able to help by following the guidelines suggested below:
    • Set a definite time and place for study, in a quiet environment.
    • Give encouragement, but do not do the work for your child
    • Give personal supervision where it is needed
    • Follow teaching methods used in school
    • Discuss ideas presented in the classroom
    • Take an active interest in what your child is learning
    • Conference with the teacher as to specific help needed
  • Grading

    “Friday Packets,” which include weekly, completed and graded tests and assignments are sent home on Fridays. Any assignment that has earned C- (72%) or below will need to be signed by a parent and then returned to the teacher. We encourage all students to review those papers and rework the problems in order to learn from the mistakes and improve next time.

    Before the first parent/teacher conference, parents will receive an Interim (Progress) Report. Interim reports are also sent in the middle of each trimester. Any academic subject(s) C- or below, problems with social interactions, or with inappropriate behavior is noted on this report. Report cards will be sent home three times a year, at the end of each trimester. Parent/teacher conferences are held at the end of the first and second trimesters.
  • Academic Testing

    The school has a planned testing program to identify academic strengths and areas where improvement can be achieved. In this way, the school and students can improve planning for the students’ education. Each student in grades two through nine takes the CTP4 online standardized test in the fall. Pilgrim uses the ERB  The Comprehensive Testing Program of the Educational Records Bureau.
    • Outdoor Education Day

Elementary School Information

*Update to shoes - Gray shoes (solid color) have been added to the approved uniform list!

Meet the Director

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    Dr. Sheryl Cohen 

    Early Education and Elementary Director