Hola amigos....

¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español!

Welcome to Spanish class!

Dear parents and guardians, I am very pleased to start working full time at St. Patrick School. I have been splitting my time between St. Patrick School and another one of the schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. I am so happy to be at St. Patrick all day, every day. I look forward to seeing the children every day. This year also brings many changes to my duties at St. Patrick School! In addition to teaching Spanish to grades K to 8, I am also teaching K and 1st grade computers, 2nd grade health, 5th and 6th social studies, and an 8th grade writing lab.

In addition to all of these 5 academic subjects, I am also going to be taking over the duties of the school librarian. It's a lot of new responsibilities and I look forward to doing my very best to make sure that the children have a successful school year!


¡Bienvenidos a un nuevo año escolar!

Welcome to a new school year!


This website is designed to help parents to keep track of what their children are learning here at St. Patrick. You will see each time we begin a new topic or a new set of vocabulary words, they will be posted on the grade level. I always like to start each year by retrieving some very important words, phrases and concepts from students’ “long-term storage”. This is the place where things go during the summer… So, we’ll spend a couple of weeks getting some of that information out of the back of our mental filing cabinets where things get forgotten and lost, and putting back in the front where we can retrieve them quickly and easily.

We will review the prayers we learned last year, and start learning a new one for this year.

I always hope to have a welcoming environment in the classroom where students will not only learn words, phrases, and sentences in a new language, but where they will also integrate a bit of social studies and learn about the people and places that speak Spanish. Sometimes, we will learn about some of the 20 countries in the world where Spanish is the primary language. We will find them on a map, see pictures or videos of these places. Other times, we will learn about specific customs, holidays, and celebrations that take place there.

Why is this important?

Did you know, that today, 12.5% of the population of the United States claims to be of Hispanic descent? They claim to have Spanish as their primary language. It is estimated that by the year 2025, when our students will be grown up and out in the work force, 50% of the population of the United States will be of Hispanic origin and have Spanish as their primary language. That means that they will work with, work for, or have employees that speak Spanish.

As our world becomes smaller and smaller, travel is easier than ever. Just to our South are many countries that speak Spanish. Travel to these beautiful, exciting and interesting places would be so much easier if we were familiar with the language they speak!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me through the school.

Thank you!

This website will help students keep connected with their Spanish class. It will help parents to understand what is happening with their children's class. Here you will be able to access vocabulary lists, handouts, homework assignments, and quiz and test information.

As you can see, it is divided into grade levels. To find out what your child is learning, or to find info about your grade level Spanish class click on the grade level on the upper left sidebar! I will try to update weekly!

Your teacher's contact information:
email: sylviabanish@gmail.com is probably the best way to contact me directly

I hope to make Spanish class not only effective, but fun and interesting as well. Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Mrs. Sylvia Banish, K-8 Spanish

Subpages (1): What you need for class!