Fabulous Fourth Grade Newsletter – November 9, 2023

Dear Families,

Your children were marvelous today at the Veteran’s Day Prayer Service! The speakers have worked hard, and I am so proud of them! Thank you to the parents that also helped them prepare.

For next week, we will be evaluating ourselves in order to prepare for conferences for Monday and Tuesday, November 20 & 21. (If you still need to sign up for a conference time with me, please go here. ) Conferences will be with your child. In fact, for most of it, he or she will be leading it. If you would like to set aside time to talk only with me, I would be happy to do that. In order to prepare fully for the conferences, I need YOUR input as well. Please go here to fill out a survey giving me input on how you feel your child is doing for the beginning of this academic year.

Parent sign ups: Here is a Sign Up for volunteering on Tuesday or Thursday mornings for math centers. Also, here is a link for the Weekends with Pebbles Sign up!

Is there anyone who has a contact to get whole salmon that haven’t been gutted? If so, please email me!


Paula A. Martin-Zender


Religion – Fourth Grade Theologians prepared to honor our Veteran community in our prayer service today. We also had the opportunity to listen and talk with Sisters and a Brother this week to celebrate Vocations Week.
Language – For reading, we finished reading My Father’s Dragon and took a test. We are now creating a board game reflecting the book. The students love it! In writing, we focused on synonyms. Spelling’s focus for this week was the oo sound and what phonically makes that sound.
Math – Mathematicians are working on chapter 3 which is two-digits times two-digits. The test will be next week. Students will be able to talk about their success/challenges in this unit. If students do not know their multiplication facts by now, it is much harder for them. So, please support your child by testing him/her on these facts daily!
Science – We are learning about sound waves and experimenting with various waves and pitches.

Social Studies – We are learning about cultures and how our environment affects our culture.

November 15-17 – Book Fair

Friday, November 17 – Grandparent Day – Mass – Dress uniform

November 20-24 – No school due to conferences (November 20-21) and Thanksgiving Break

Human Food Chain is Monday, November 27th 

Each year, we do a food drive for the Hope House in order to help stock their shelves before the winter. This has always been a great tradition at Assumption. Starting this week and through November 21st, please bring non-perishable food items to the front entrance where there will be tubs to place the food. Please do not bring glass containers or beans (they have enough of these). Hope House has asked specifically for the following “open and eat” items to support a greater need in the homeless population: 

  1. tuna kits 
  2. beans and franks 
  3. fruit cups 
  4. granola bars 
  5. peanut butter crackers 
  6. individual bags of chips/cookies 
  7. fruit rolls 
  8. bottles of water 
  9. individually wrapped cookies 
  10. individual packages of beef jerky 


Spanish – Una nota de Señora Anna-This week in Spanish, we learned about the celebration of Día de los Muertos (Oct. 31-Nov. 2). We especially focused on the meaning of the ofrenda (alter to celebrate those who have passed on from this life) and the items it includes. We also learned how to draw a calavera!
Physical Education – This week in PE we reviewed overhand throwing and catching cues, practiced throwing and catching various sized balls, and played games using our throwing and catching skills called Catch Everything, Mat ball and Protect the Pin.

Music – This week in music class we Completed Episode 4 Secret Chicken, the aural skills rhythm decoding series; created a story using sound effects; and learned the song and dance Old Brass Wagon. 

Art – Students learned about the natural textures and colors of turkey feathers and explored the oil pastel blending technique to create a vibrant representation of turkey feathers.

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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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