Fabulous Fourth Grade Newsletter – November 17, 2023

Dear Families,

We had a wonderful time with our grandparents today! Below are just some of the pictures. Look at our class’s Facebook site for more pictures!

Thursday, November 30th, we are walking to and from Cornwall Park for our Salmon field trip, rain or shine! Please have your child/ren dress for the weather! They will also need a lunch they can carry. It will be stored at the field trip until we eat it.

After the break, I will be teaching the “Circle of Grace” curriculum required by the Archdiocese of Seattle to replace the “Touching Safely” curriculum that was required in the past. Fourth grade mostly focuses on Social Media and how to be safe in that arena. Let me know if you would like to know more about this or you would like to have your child sit out on these lessons.

I did not sent home your child’s Friday Folder due to using his/her papers during the conference next week. Speaking of conferences, your child is required to come. If you would like to have individual time, I would be happy to do that. Please indicate in the survey below. 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. Please bring some non-perishables for the Human Food Chain (that will be on Monday) to your child’s conference! We are stockpiling in the foyer of the school! A list of what they really need is below!

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!


Paula A. Martin-Zender


Religion – Fourth Grade Theologians dove into the Cardinal Virtue of Fortitude which entails Perseverance, Patience and Magnanimity. Ask your child/ren what those big words mean!
Language – Fourth grade readers created board games reflecting the book. The students loved it and had fun playing each other’s games! In writing, we are planning for writing a story about “My terrible, no good, very bad day.” Spelling’s focus for this week was the oi and ou sound and what phonically makes that sound.
Math – Mathematicians finished chapter 3 with a test. After the Thanksgiving week off, students are going to be diving into chapter 4 which is about long division, the concepts of it at first, then the process of calculating them. If students do not know their multiplication and division facts by now, it is much harder for them. So, please support your child by testing him/her on these facts daily!
Science – We finished about sound. We have begun our next unit on salmon to prepare for our field trip!

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

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

Thursday, November 30 Field trip to Cornwall Park – Salmon Habitat

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 talked about different ways to say thank you in Spanish. We also used our knowledge of Spanish question words to answer questions about our Thanksgiving plans.
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 explored a new rhythm and learning about syncopation; sang Canoe song in a 2 part round and began to learn the song Ave Maria for the Christmas Program.

Art – Students will create a vibrant and textured turkey artwork using basic shapes and oil pastels, developing their understanding of shape recognition and color blending.

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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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