Fabulous Fourth Grade Newsletter – January 5, 2024 Edition

Dear Families, January 5, 2024

Happy New Year! As I told your children that this is my favorite teaching time of the year: from January to March…so much learning and growth goes on! So, I told them to put on their seat belts and get ready for the ride!

We began with quickly reviewing division and moving right into multi-step problem solving! Next week will be the test on Chapter 4 on division.

Next week, our students have their Mass on Friday, January 13th. Please come and be with your children! I will email the four students’ parents with the speaking parts.

We are in desperate need of parent math volunteers! 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 Christmas as well as we planned our Mass for January 12th.
Language – Fourth grade readers continued small groups on one of these books: Freckle Juice; Sarah, Plain and Tall; Whipping Boy; or War with Grandpa. In spelling, we focused on the r-controlled ar sounds.
Math – Mathematicians reviewed division and remainders and multi-stepped problem solving this week.
Science – We reviewed the salmon unit and took a test today on it.

Social Studies – Students are going to research the regions of Washington

Friday, January 12 – Our Mass – We will pick roles after Christmas break

Monday, January 15 – No school – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Friday, January 26 – Last day of the semester


Spanish – Una nota de Señora Anna-This week in Spanish, we learned about Año Nuevo (New Years) traditions and practiced months of the year. We learned about the tradition of eating 12 grapes and making a deseo (wish) for each month, and then students made their own wish.

Art Exploring Human Proportions through Skiing Characters -Students will learn about human proportions by using basic shapes to create characters engaged in skiing activities. Students will practice drawing and refining their characters to demonstrate an understanding of human body proportions. 


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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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