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Silicon Valley’s premier private school serving Infant - 8th grade

First Grade

Highlights

Life Sciences

Muscles and Bones ● Plants and Animals

Physical Science

Solids ● Liquids ● Gases ● Changing Matter ● Good Nutrition and How Our Bodies Use Nutrition

Earth Science

Weather ● Seasons

Social Studies

Citizenship ● Famous Americans & Symbols ● U.S. Presidents ● Holidays ● Community Workers ● Black History Month ● Goods and Services ● Maps ● Direction

Activities
  • Fifth Grade Reading/Writing/Physical Education Buddies
  • Chapel and Bible Presentations
  • Apple Week
  • Molly Pilgrim
  • Flat Stanley Project
  • Daily Journal Writing
  • Christmas program for seniors at an Assissted Living Facility

Teachers

Maria Benevento

Maria Benevento

Biography:

Maria Benevento-Collins earned her teaching credential from Santa Clara University and began her teaching career in 2007 at Stocklmeir Elementary School in the Cupertino school district. After teaching first grade there for three years, she felt God’s call to teach first grade at Los Altos Christian Schools. Mrs. Benevento also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Santa Clara University and prior to teaching she worked in the nonprofit sector. Believing in lifelong learning and the importance of health and nutrition, she just this year completed a certificate program from Cornell University in plant-based nutrition. Mrs. Benevento loves helping children realize and make use of their God-given gifts. She enjoys spending time in nature with her family, friends, and dog, along with cooking, gardening, swimming and playing the ukulele. She is an active member of Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church where she has taught Sunday school, been a mission elder and an advisor for their high school annual service/learning trips.

Evonne Litfin

Evonne Litfin

Biography:

Mrs. Evonne Litfin graduated with a BA in Liberal Studies from CSU Stanislaus in Turlock, California. She also holds an MS in Education specializing in Curriculum and Literacy Development. She has 25 years of experience teaching Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd and 5th grades and has also held administrative roles at Los Altos Christian Schools. She is passionate about teaching kids about who God is and how much He loves them. Teaching reading is a favorite for Mrs. Litfin. Hearing student's say "I can read this myself! Can I read it to you?" brings her joy. In her personal time, she spends time with her husband, who designs hearing aids for a living and her son who is a recent college graduate. As a family, they enjoy travel and sci-fi.