Fabulous Fourth Grade Newsletter

Dear Families,

It was wonderful to see and/or meet you on Wednesday evening. I enjoy getting to know you and building our educational team for your child together.

For the next two Tuesdays and Thursdays mornings (September 19, 21, 26 and 28), I will be administering the MAP tests to your students. This will be done at the end of the year too. Homework will be lighter during these weeks. Please set up outside appointments at different days or in the afternoons. Additionally, please have students get good sleep the night before and send plenty of healthy snacks! Thank you in advanced for your support on this!

All of us are excited for the Harvest Festival and Spaghetti Feed this weekend! I will be there on Saturday evening with my Clara, my grandbaby!


Paula Martin-Zender


Religion – Fourth Grade Theologians learned about conflicts this week as well as “The Power of Yet.” We are learning that we need to say “I can’t do that…yet.”

Language – For reading, students picked and researched a mythical creature, creating a poster with the information they found on the internet. In writing, we wrote our bio-poems that many of you read outside our classroom on Wednesday evening. The spelling focus was vowel-consonant-silent e. Grammar’s focus was on subject and predicates.

Students learned about subjects & predicates.

Math – Mathematicians continued with place value this week, rounding up to millions, and finally, we reviewed adding up to six digits.

Science – Beginning to collaboratively plan a new mystical creature from the material we have in the school.

Social Studies – We are looking at various kinds of maps and how they work.

Saturday, September 16 – Harvest Festival & Spaghetti Feed!

Friday, September 22 – School Mass – dress uniform

Tuesday, September 26 – Picture Day

Thursday, September 28 – Book Report is due!


Music – This week in music class we reviewed temp with the song Chester. We learned choreography for and danced to the song September by Earth Wind and Fire. Finally, we reviewed the music staff and naming treble clef notes on the staff.

Spanish Una nota de SeƱora Anna-This week in Spanish we began preparing for Hispanic Heritage Month by singing a song called Senorita Mariposa. We learned about the migration of monarch butterflies from Canada to Mexico each fall. We also began writing in our Spanish journals.

Art – The students created monarch butterflies by folding paper and drawing half of a butterfly wing shape. Next, they opened the paper and applied some paint to one side of the fold. Then, they folded the paper back together and pressed it down with their hands. Afterward, they opened the paper and allowed the paint to dry.

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Education: High School: Redmond High Western Washington University: Bachelor's of Arts in Education St. Martin's College: Master's in Instructional Education Family: Husband: Brian Children: Brianna "Breezy" (Assumption Grad 2008) and husband, Ben Andrew "Drewber" (Assumption Grad 2010) and wife, Johnna Alexander "Zandy" (Assumption Grad 2014) Grandchild: Clara (Daughter of Drew and Johnna) Grandpets: Pete (Brianna and Ben's cat) in Savannah, GA Przemek (Drew and Johnna's dog) in Bellingham, WA Earl & Melvin (Zandy's turtles) in Missoula, MT Interests: Faith, Family, Hiking, Reading, Dark Chocolate (and not necessarily in that order...)

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