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A Note from the Teacher

                                                                                                                        April 26, 2019
Dear Families,
Our class, chaperones and I had a great time at Mt. Baker Theater watching “Artragreous!” Thank you to the chaperones!
We have another field trip on Wednesday, May 15, where we are going to Whatcom Museum. I have sent home the permission slip in today’s Friday Folder. I need chaperones that are willing to help us walk to and from the museum. We will be gone from 9-11:30 am. The first half of the time, chaperones will also be trained in some local Native American activities and the second half of the time, they will be teaching those activities to our students. So it is a very “hands-on” field trip. We need at least 5 chaperones. Please indicate if you can chaperone on the bottom of the field trip form. Thank you!
We will begin with one MAP test next week, the Science MAP test on Wednesday in the morning. The following week, students will be taking the Language, Reading and the Math MAP tests on Tuesday through Thursday. Please have students have a good snack and lunch on those days as well as good rest the night before! Thank you!
For art, Mrs. Gottchalk would like to see it there are any family members that have white buttons they can donate to our school. If we can get enough, we would like to do a Native American button blanket activity for art.
Blessings,
Paula A. Martin-Zender      
Dates to Remember:
  • Tuesday, April 30 – Book Report is due – diorama
  • Wednesday, May 1 – Science MAP test in the morning
  • Tuesday, May 7 – Language MAP test in the morning
  • Wednesday, May 8 – Reading MAP test in the morning
  • Thursday, May 9 – Math MAP test in the morning
  • Wednesday, May 15 – Whatcom Museum field trip 9:00-11:30
Academics
Religion:  Third grade focused on Easter and Earth week.
Math: Mathematicians compared fractions and found equivalent fractions this week.
Science: Scientists experimented with magnets. We also dissected our garbage to see what we are throwing away. We discussed how we can produce less trash!
Technology:  Students worked on IXL (to work with fractions) and Raz-kids (to read and respond to literature at their level). They also are writing their first and second paragraphs of their potato story.
Writing: Students wrote the second paragraph of their potato story.
Literacy:  Students are one of small groups reading one of these three books about three different famous pilots: Amelia EarhartNeil Armstrong and The Wright Brothers.
Social Studies: Historians are learning about the Cherokee nation of Native Americans.
Spelling: Unit 267 focused on adding the suffix of -ing to a long vowel sound word.
Students had fun at the Bike Rodeo this week!
Specialists’ Input
Physical Education/Health (Mrs. Campbell): 2nd,3rd,4th,5th grade – Students had a great day riding bikes through the street-scape and trail course!
Spanish (Doctora): In kindergarten through 4th grade, we looked at breakfast foods and what we eat for breakfast. We sat in a circle, and looked at foods and named them. They then drew foods they commonly eat on a breakfast plate and labeled them. Then we recalled the vocabulary from the bag of food. We looked at the Calico online program for Spanish food videos as well.  Grades 2-4 reviewed the vocabulary and them did a dialogue completely in Spanish and answered the questions. The second and third graders were more guided but the 4th and 5th graders were able to do it. The 4th graders listened then to a dialogue I read orally, and they were able to understand and answer the questions. That is a big accomplishment! We also had some time to look at the Calico video program. Art (Mrs. Gottschalk): Third grade artists learned sme origami folds as they made foldable books this week.
Music (Mrs. Bushara):  This week, students are taking a song that they have been learning and notating the pentatonic scale notes on their sheet music. They are also playing a musical game to practice solo singing.

A Note from the Teacher

                                                                                                   April 19, 2019
Dear Families,
Welcome to Good Friday! Your children had a retreat day. They prayed and worked on artwork. You have very reverent children!
We will be going to the Mt. Baker Theater next Friday after Mass to watch “Artrageous.” If you signed up for chaperoning to it, please be at my classroom by 11:15. Thank you to Financial Plan, Inc. for sponsoring our school!
Book reports are a diorama using a shoe box. It takes time so please check in with your children for this project this weekend! It is due Tuesday, April 30th!
Have a very Happy Easter this weekend!
Blessings,
Paula A. Martin-Zender     
Dates to Remember:
  • Friday, April 26 – field trip to Mt. Baker Theater for “Artrageous” – The permission slip went home today. Thank you to Financial Plan, Inc. for sponsoring our students!
  • Tuesday, April 30 – Book Report is due – diorama
  • Wednesday, May 15 – Whatcom Museum field trip 9:00-11:30
Academics
Religion:  Third grade focused on Holy Week and the Triduum.
Math: Mathematicians compared fractions this week.
Science: Scientists experimented with magnets.
Technology:  Students worked on IXL (to work with fractions) and Raz-kids (to read and respond to literature at their level). They also are writing their first paragraph of their potato story.
Writing: Students wrote the introductory and second paragraph of their potato story.
Literacy:  Students are one of small groups reading one of these three books about three different famous pilots: Amelia EarhartNeil Armstrong and The Wright Brothers.
Social Studies: Historians took a test on all regions of the US.
Spelling: Unit 26 focused on double consonants with a y.We had a retreat day today praying and using art to reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice.

Retreat day today!

Specialists’ Input
Physical Education/Health (Mrs. Campbell): Students in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th will participate in a fun and educational workshop on bicycling. Students will learn about bike safety and will practice bicycle skills during their PE class on April 25th. Students can bring their own bike and helmet or use one of the loaners. If your child cannot bring their bike but can bring their helmet, we can make sure it’s properly fitted.
Spanish (Doctora): This week in Spanish, we looked at a graphic novel. I explained to the students that major book companies like Random House, Penguin, etc. are looking at graphic novels as the next big thing to appeal to students their age. I took an author friend’s graphic novel that she was commissioned to write and showed the students. We looked at the illustrations that are drawn by hand. We looked at the panels and thought about how an author has to balance their words to fit the panels. Then, students wrote introductory dialogues in graphic novel form. K-1 had 2 panels. 2-3 had 4 panels and 4-5 had 6 panels. In honor of Holy Week, kids watched part of Joseph, King of Dreams, or they finished the movie from before Spring Break, The Emperors New Groove.
Art (Mrs. Gottschalk): Third grade artists learned about translucent art by making suncatchers .
Music (Mrs. Bushara):  This week, students are singing and dancing to a song called The Boatman Dance. This song is a tool for learning musical form, and applying their knowledge of the pentatonic scale in practice.

A Note from the Teacher – March 8, 2019

Dear Families,
This week was fun as students were beginning their “Potato Stories.” They were given a potato and were personifying it with a name, dressing it up, then creating their “setting.” This gave them an opportunity to think about their character’s traits and the setting. We integrated comparisons as we learned about similes this week!
Our class did an awesome job for our church community by leading the Ash Wednesday Mass. We had many positive comments about how others enjoyed the young people leading it! Great job, third graders!
Next week is a big week for our school! We have the NWEA accreditation team coming Tuesday through Thursday of next week! We are excited to show to other people what a great learning community we have here!
Blessings,
Paula A. Martin-Zender      
Academics
Religion:  Third grade theologians learned and prayed about Lent.We also led the all-parish Ash Wednesday Mass.
Math: Mathematicians are getting close to everyone having memorized the 0-9 times tables! A class celebration comes when we do! The students memorizing division facts as well.
Science: Scientists learned and played with the Newton’s first law. They played marble curling to experiment with it.
Technology:  Students worked on IXL (to memorize their division facts) and Raz-kids (to read and respond to literature at their level).
Literacy:  Students are reading a class book called The Adventures of Vin Fiz. They are analyzing the plot and vocabulary in small groups.
Social Studies: Historians are learned about the southern region of the US.
Spelling: Unit 21 was studied this week which focused on /ur/ sound.
Specialists’ Input
Physical Education/Health (Mrs. Campbell): Kids Heart Challenge – Physical Education service-learning project!     
Next week the students will jump rope and travel through the heart course in Physical Education class.  This American Heart Association supported event is an opportunity to learn more about our healthy heart and to donate to this national organization. Each student is encouraged to raise $15.00 to contribute to the American Heart Association. The goal this year is to raise $3000.00.  Please watch for a donation envelop for your child. Take time to read the AHA donation envelop and information.
Spanish (Doctora): The 3rd-4th grades worked on action words this week. Verbs. They also learned 4 expressions that will help them construct sentences and speak. “Me gusta” “No me gusta” “Necesito” and “Quiero”. I like. I don’t like. I need and I want. 3rd grade did a word search as well.
Art (Mrs. Gottschalk): Third grade artists are learning about pattern as they create zentangles.
Music (Mrs. Bushara): This week in music class, students are composing a melody for a given text and creating their own song. They are refining their notation, and practicing their melody on xylophones. They are also learning to sing the new Mass setting.

 Students played Marble Curling to experiment with Newton’s First Law.

Dates to Remember:

  • Tuesday-Thursday, March 12-14 – Accreditation visit team at our school!
  • Friday, March 15 – no school – Northern deanery teacher development day
  • Wednesday, March 27 – Museum of Flight in Seattle – all day

A Note from the Teacher – March 1, 2019

Dear Families,
Your children had a great time making a collaborative Three-Dimensional Monster and writing a short story about it. At first, they came up with their own designs, then evaluated everyone’s designs in their group of four. They had to then take different parts of everyone else’s design to plan a collaborative design on a budget and on a time crunch! It was due today! (Students found creating the collaborative plan was the one of the most challenging parts!) I am very proud of how hard they worked with each other and how creative they were with their ideas!
Blessings,
Paula A. Martin-Zender      
Academics
Religion:  Third grade theologians prepared for the Ash Wednesday Mass. We also studied and memorized the Apostle’s Creed this week.
Math: Mathematicians working on memorizing all times tables from 0-9. We have a handful more kids that need to finish all the way through the 9’s, and then we will have a whole class celebration! The students memorizing division facts as well.
Science:Scientists planned a collaborative engineering project by designing with a budget a three-dimensional monster in the Maker Space room and supplies.
Technology:  Students wrote a collaborative story about their 3-D monster.
Literacy:  Students are reading a class book called The Adventures of Vin Fiz.
Social Studies: Historians are reviewed the western and mid-western regions.
Spelling: Unit 20 was studied this week which focused on /or/ sound.
Specialists’ Input
Physical Education/Health (Mrs. Campbell):  In Physical Education the students will practice ball handling using basketballs. SLE An effective communicator who demonstrates growth in self-confidence and encourages confidence in others.
Spanish (Doctora)Learned family words and adjectives to describe our family members.
Art (Mrs. Gottschalk): Third grade artists are learning about pattern as they create zentangles.
Music (Mrs. Bushara): This week, students are working on their melody compositions. They are learning how to write notes on a staff with intent to create a certain sound, and practicing creating their music on xylophones.

Dates to Remember:

  • Wednesday, March 6 – Ash Wednesday Mass – our Mass!
  • Tuesday-Thursday, March 12-14 – Accreditation visit team at our school!
  • Friday, March 15 – no school – Northern deanery teacher development day
  • Wednesday, March 27 – Museum of Flight in Seattle – all day

 

Meet our three dimensional monsters: Thunder Bolt, Flame, Scorpion Foot, and the Grim Reaper!

 

A Note from the Teacher -February 22, 2019

Dear Families,
I am so glad to be back teaching your wonderful children again! I appreciate all their smiles and willingness to be back at school learning again! Let’s keep praying that this better weather holds!
This week, as our class only, took a Math, Language and Reading MAP tests. There is an option to do that, and I wanted to see where my students are in reaching their “growth goal.” I am happy to say all are improving! Your children and I are conferencing to see what we can do to improve and meet their projected goal for our April test. It is helping your children stay focused on what they need to learn, and it allows me to see what I need do to review, focus on or challenge them on between now and the end of the year.
Our class is responsible for the Ash Wednesday Mass on March 6th. It is an all-parish Mass, so it will be more formal. I will be working with the students that will be speaking during the Mass. I have given them their parts. Please have them read it for you to practice reading slowly, clearly and loud enough. Thank you in advanced!
Blessings,
Paula A. Martin-Zender     
 
Dates to Remember:

  • Monday, February 25 – Next book report is due!
  • Wednesday, March 6 – Ash Wednesday Mass – we are responsible!
  • Wednesday, March 27 – Field trip to the Museum of Flight (mark your calendars)
Academics
Religion:  Third grade theologians planned the Ash Wednesday Mass and are memorizing the Apostle’s Creed.
Math: Mathematicians working on memorizing all times tables from 0-9. Please continue to work at home to help memorize these facts! The students took a test on the concepts of division (chapter 6). Next week: memorizing the division facts!
Science: Scientists planning an collaborative engineering project by designing with a budget a three-dimensional monster in the Maker Space room and supplies.
Technology:  Students took MAP tests this week.
Social Studies: Students presented their Family Studies pictures and essays.
Literacy:  Students are reading a class book called The Adventures of Vin Fiz.
Spelling: Unit 19 – /o/ sound using o and aw.
 
 
Students presented their Family Studies displays and essays this week!
Specialists’ Input
Physical Education/Health (Mrs. Campbell): In Physical Education the students are finishing dancing.  For this semester the fitness focus will be abdominal strength and flexibility.
Spanish (Doctora)Third graders read in Spanish with me out loud.
Art (Mrs. Gottschalk): No art due to the holiday.
Music (Mrs. Bushara): This week in music class, students are learning about and singing African American spirituals to celebrate Black History Month. They are also beginning learning how to compose a simple melody, and using xylophones to create and notate their compositions.