A Note from the Teacher

                                                                                                             September 20, 2019
Dear Families,
        Thank you for helping your students with the routines of their homework! Normally, every Monday through Thursday, students will have two assignments. One will always be math and the other will be either spelling (Mondays and Thursdays) or language (Tuesdays and Wednesdays). Then the reading log is due on the last day of the week. The one exception to the above rule is when we have testing or some other event. I will let the students know.
       Speaking of testing, next week, we will begin the MAP testing. Tuesday morning will be the first one on math. The second one will be language on Thursday morning. There will be no homework night before so that all students are ready for the next day. Please make sure your child has plenty of rest, have a good protein breakfast and some solid snacks. Please make sure all appointments are not during the next Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
       Parent Helpers are needed during my Math times 8:30-9:30 Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at this time. Please sign up here: Sign up Genius Link.
      Please continue to practice addition and subtraction facts! Thank you!
Paula A. Martin-Zender      
Dates to Remember:
  • Saturday, September 21 – Spaghetti Dinner in the gym! Fun times!
  • Tuesday, September 24 & Thursday, September 26 – MAP testing in the mornings!
  • Friday, September 27 – School Mass – dress uniform!
  • Tuesday, October 1 & Thursday, October 3 – MAP testing in the mornings!

Field Trip Dates:

  • Tuesday, November 12 12-2:30 – Ellis Island Experience (confirmed)
  • Tuesday or Wednesday, November 19 or 20 – Whatcom Farm Circle (Lynden Fairgrounds) (NOT yet confirmed)
  • Tuesday, March 31 8 am – 4 pm – Museum of Flight (confirmed)
  • Tuesday, May 19 morning – Whatcom Museum (confirmed)


Religion:  Third grade started our “Anti-Bullying” program by learning about how to make conversations with someone new and joining a new group. We also studied the reading for Sunday.
Math: Mathematicians becoming critical thinkers by learning various ways of adding up to 1,000.
Science: Scientists researched what fossils were.
Technology:  We went to to practice addition facts. We also researched fossils online.
Writing: Students learned how to write cursive f & e this week. Students also wrote stories about resolving a conflict.
Literacy:  We looked up words in the dictionary and wrote down the meanings of a story. We are really focused on Main Idea and Sequencing stories and events this week.
Social Studies: We are in the process of drawing a campus map using a map key and a compass rose.
Spelling: Unit 3 focused on the short vowel sounds of  u.
Students practice “starting conversations in new situations” for religion this week.

A Note from the Teacher

                                                                                                              September 5, 2019
Dear Families,
Welcome to a new year! I am very excited to teach your wonderful children! We have been working hard on learning procedures, essential agreements, how to be friends, how to solve conflicts, praying, and academic assessments these last two weeks. Phew! No wonder we all come home tired!
       I look forward to talking with you more in-depth of our curricula and our procedures next week on Curriculum Night on Wednesday, September 11, starting in the gym at 6:30.
Paula A. Martin-Zender      
Dates to Remember:
  • Wednesday, September 11 – 6:30 – Curriculum Night
  • Friday, September 13 – 10:30 – School Mass – Wear dress uniform
  • Sunday, September 15 – 9:30 – Catechetical Sunday Mass
  • Tuesday, September 17 – Photo day (free dress)
  • Wednesday, September 18 – 11:45 – Early Release
  • Saturday, September 21 – Spaghetti Dinner


Reigion:  Third grade focused on classroom and friendship behavior and protocols. We celebrated our gifts as part of the body of Christ!
Math: Mathematicians are reviewing addition facts, patterns and place value.
Science: Scientists hypothesized what are fossils
Technology:  Students learned about laptop procedures, learned how to log onto the computers. We also went to to review addition.
Writing: Students learned how to write their names in cursive and to write a l and b in cursive.
Literacy:  We learned how to alphabetize and book genre as we organized our classroom library this week.
Social Studies: We are beginning a Map unit.
Spelling: Unit 1 focused on the short vowel sounds of a and i.
Students had fun alphabetizing in groups and then the class. 

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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) Andrew "Drewber" (Assumption Grad 2010) Alexander "Zandy" (Assumption Grad 2014) Pet: Nemo (mini-pincher dog, not a fish) Interests: Faith, Family, Hiking, Reading, Dark Chocolate (and not necessarily in that order...)