Primary School Information
The Primary School provides programs for students from Preschool through Grade 3.
Loyola Catholic Primary School is home to our youngest students, where we are blessed to make God the center of all we are and all we do. We are guided by strong Christian values and the belief that each child is a precious gift, filled with the life and love of God and blessed with talents and abilities, unique joys and challenges. We are committed to creating an atmosphere of welcome, gentleness, kindness, and loving support for each child.
As partners with parents, we guide and nurture each child’s growth toward his/her potential by providing a Christ-centered environment based on encouragement and respect. Students are known and cherished by their teachers, receive personal attention, and are involved in activities that encourage faith formation and friendship within our school community. Our small class sizes provide many opportunities for each and every child to lead and shine.
Our students pray and receive religious instruction every day, and participate in Mass each week, proclaiming the Word of God, reading from Scripture, and leading songs and prayers.
The seasons of Advent and Lent are especially significant for our youngest students as we celebrate with special prayer times and service projects which broaden our hearts and our worldview. During Advent we typically learn about and contribute to a local need right here in Mankato such as the ECHO Food Shelf, Theresa House, and CADA House. During Lent we typically focus on a global need through such efforts as Kids Against Hunger, Notre Dame Orphanage in Kenya, East Africa, Pennies for Peace, Heifer International or natural disaster relief efforts.
We celebrate the gift of life each month when we honor each of our students who observe their birthday during that month. Children invite parents and special guests to join them for Mass and in creating a remembrance of the day.
Our school faith community is enriched by families/children of many faith traditions. We are a Catholic school, and therefore adhere to and teach the Catholic faith, but we are also “catholic” in the best and universal sense of the word—open to and welcoming all who seek goodness and truth.
Monthly Character Education themes, prayers and practices help us to focus on Gospel values and virtues–all in the context of reverence and respect for God, others and ourselves.
Weekly Global Awareness classes open our eyes and hearts to a wide variety of cultures and help us to become world citizens. Through media, guests and artifacts, children are exposed to many features—location and geography, customs, climate and agriculture, language, clothing, foods, resources and needs—that shape the lives of people near and far.
Kindergarten is all day, every day, giving kindergarteners time to build a solid foundation of knowledge and skills for further learning and achievement. Our Kindergarten classes are capped at 18 students per classroom.
Beginning with Kindergarten, our primary grade students enjoy music or P.E. class each day; wear uniforms; and are eligible for Clubhouse, our after school care program.
At every level, teachers communicate and work closely with parents to ensure that the needs and gifts of each child are addressed: weekly letters from the principal and primary office; weekly letters from classroom teachers; parent/teacher conferences at the beginning of the school year, in the fall and in the spring; quarterly report cards; DIBELS and MCA testing reports; new family orientation evenings; and meetings for all Loyola parents. We are available and more than willing to meet with parents and communicate by phone or email as often as needed or requested.
We encourage parents/grandparents/special family friends to visit and to volunteer! Throughout the school year there are many opportunities for family members to visit and to help—everything from Masterpiece Art, Great Books, and Junior Achievement to Christmas programs and classroom celebrations, from vision and hearing screening to playground duty, from counting redeemables to serving hot lunch. We love to see parents, grandparents and special friends on campus!
Our Primary School curriculum includes Religion, Literacy, Science, Math, Social Studies, Computer Skills, Art, Music and Physical Education. Respect, moral decision-making, and service are integrated into of all our classes. Preschool and Primary School classes use our SMART room regularly, working on sensory and motor skills to enhance brain function and readiness for learning.
Our curriculum is aligned with the Minnesota State Standards. Loyola Catholic School is accredited as a K-12 district through AdvancED.
Loyola Catholic Preschool is a Christ-centered pre-kindergarten program designed to open young children’s minds and hearts to the joy of learning together.
Located in our Primary wing on Good Counsel Campus, all children who are 3 years old by September 1 are welcome. Our program is licensed by the Minnesota State Department of Human Services, and our teachers are degreed, licensed, and certified in early childhood education.
At Loyola Preschool children pray together; discover the wonder of learning and playing together; practice sharing, listening and helping; and begin to learn foundational reading and math skills. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to visit and volunteer to help with special events and celebrations.
Our Preschool students enjoy a “school day” filled with large and small group instruction, dramatic and free play, hands-on experiences, music, large and small muscle activities, creative projects, nutritious snacks and fun!
Preschool students learn that God loves them, hear Bible stories, and practice simple prayers and songs.
We are licensed for 20 children per session, with two adults (a teacher and an aide, or two teachers) in classroom at all times.
For our preschool students, the transition to Kindergarten is just a walk across the hall to teachers who are already known and loved.
We offer the following sessions:
- 2 day morning session for 3 year olds (Tuesday and Thursday: 8:15-10:45am)
- 3 day morning session for 3 & 4 year olds (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 8:15-10:45am)
- 5 day morning session for 4 & 5 year olds (Monday-Friday: 8:15-10:45am)
- Kindergarten Bound: 5 day afternoon session for children who are 4 years old by September 1 (Monday-Friday: 12:30-3:00pm)
“Child Watch” before drop-off times:
For more information about our Preschool-Grade 3 programs or to schedule a visit, please contact Loyola Catholic School at 507-388-0614 (Primary School office).