News – October 24, 2019

A Note from the Teacher

Dear Families,
     This week has been a week of emotions. Thank you for the prayers for the Strutz family as they are dealing with the grief of the loss of their grandma. Continue to pray for them and our school as we come together to help each other.
     I am going to be gone tomorrow, Friday, October 25th and on Monday, October 28th to see my son in Missoula who is going to school. Mrs. Williams is the substitute. Because of that, the book reports will be due on Tuesday, October 29th. Please have your child practice in front of you, their dog and perhaps their stuffed animals. The Friday Folders will be going home tomorrow, though, with all the items needed in it! Thank you!
       Thank you to all the parent volunteers! More sign ups are here! I believe the students are getting a clearer understanding by having smaller math groups that rotate. Volunteers are helping in these small groups. Thank you again!
      As a class, we need to really help our children to remember their homework. It is becoming a problem in which students are forgetting to do it or they leave it at home. Students have been in school for two months now. Please help them to develop these better habits. Thank you for the support on this!
Blessings,
Paula A. Martin-Zender      
Dates to Remember:
  • Monday, October 29 – Next book report due! – Main Character Puppets
  • Friday, November 1 – All Saints Day

Field Trip Dates:

  • Tuesday, November 12 12-2:30 – Ellis Island Experience, at school
  • Wednesday, November  20 morning – Whatcom Farm Circle (Lynden Fairgrounds)
  • Tuesday, March 31 8 am – 4 pm – Museum of Flight, Seattle
  • Tuesday, May 19 morning – Whatcom Museum (confirmed)
  • Friday, June 5 – most of the day

Academics

Religion:  Third graders theologians are studying about a saint for All Saints Day. They will be making their first Power Point presentation!
Math: Mathematicians continued with learning about various graphs.
Science: Scientists researched dinosaurs to prepare for a writing assignment.

Technology:  We researched dinosaurs. We also are researching saints now.
Writing: Students learned how to write cursive j & p this week. Students are writing about their saint.
Literacy:  We read Aesop fables. We performed our Aesop fables for the kindergartners.
Social Studies: We learning about continents and oceans of the world.
Spelling: Unit 8 which focused on long vowel sounds of a using ai and ay.

      Students performed their Aesop Fables for the kindergartners today!

News – October 17, 2019

A Note from the Teacher

Dear Families,
     I’m writing this to you today, Thursday, October 17, 2019, because I will be on training tomorrow, Friday. Consequently, students will not get their Friday Folders until Monday. Please look for it on Monday afternoon.
     Also, I handed out the book report today, Thursday, instead of on with the Friday Folder so that students can get started over the weekend. They will be making a puppet using a paper sack to reflect one of the main characters. Then they are to pretend they are that character, using the character’s voice to describe the story. They received a paper sack and instructions today that describes what they are to do. Here is an example of a puppet:
    Students are SO excited to be doing the Mass on Friday! I hope you can make it!
    Thank you to all the parent volunteers! More sign ups are here! I believe the students are getting a clearer understanding by having smaller math groups that rotate. Volunteers are helping in these small groups. Thank you again!
    Today was a celebration!!! Today was the very FIRST day that everyone turned in their homework! They got to see my happy homework dance and get a few extra minutes of recess! Let’s see if we can get more days like today!
Blessings,
Paula A. Martin-Zender      
Dates to Remember:
  • Friday, October 18th – OUR Mass at 10:45
  • Monday, October 28 – Next book report due! – Main Character Puppets

Field Trip Dates:

  • Tuesday, November 12 12-2:30 – Ellis Island Experience, at school
  • Wednesday, November  20 morning – Whatcom Farm Circle (Lynden Fairgrounds)
  • Tuesday, March 31 8 am – 4 pm – Museum of Flight, Seattle
  • Tuesday, May 19 morning – Whatcom Museum (confirmed)
  • Friday, June 5 – most of the day

Academics

Religion:  Third graders prepared for the Mass by practicing in the church and learning about St. Luke, the patron saint on Friday. We also picked up trash on our campus as part of our service project.
Math: Mathematicians finished their adding and subtracting unit and took a test on it. They then began a graphing/data chapter this week. Keep practicing at home, please! We will be having a test next week on chapter one – addition and subtraction!
Science: Scientists researched dinosaurs to prepare for a writing assignment.

Technology:  We researched dinosaurs. We also began typing skills.
Writing: Students learned how to write cursive i & u this week. They wrote a pre-write for their dinosaur story.
Literacy:  We read Aesop fables. We are preparing an Aesop skit for the kindergartners.
Social Studies: We are finishing drawing a campus map using a map key and a compass rose.
Spelling: Unit 7 which focused on long vowel sounds using vowel-consonant-e.

                                          
      Third graders did our service learning project of picking up trash on our campus!

Newsletter – October 10, 2019

A Note from the Teacher

Dear Families,
     For reading, we have started a “Folktale” unit. Last week we learned about tall tales and how huge exaggerations are part of those tales. This week, students read a variety of Aesop Fables. They are going to performing a short skit next week for the kindergartners!
    Next Friday, October 18th is our Mass. Please come and partake with us at 10:45 (new time for school Masses)!
     Thank you to all the parent volunteers! More sign ups are here!
Blessings,
Paula A. Martin-Zender      
Dates to Remember:
  • Wednesday, October 15 – early release day
  • Friday, October 18th – OUR Mass at 10:45
  • Monday, October 28 – Next book report due! (Focus on reading the book right now!)

Field Trip Dates:

  • Tuesday, November 12 12-2:30 – Ellis Island Experience, at school
  • Wednesday, November  20 morning – Whatcom Farm Circle (Lynden Fairgrounds)
  • Tuesday, March 31 8 am – 4 pm – Museum of Flight, Seattle
  • Tuesday, May 19 morning – Whatcom Museum (confirmed)
  • Friday, June 5 – most of the day

Academics

Religion:  Third graders learned about St. Paul and his great influence on our early church. They also discussed who are God’s children and what are commonalities we have.
Math: Mathematicians becoming critical thinkers by learning various ways of subtracting up to 1,000. We are continuing to focus on memorizing our addition and subtraction facts! Keep practicing at home, please! We will be having a test next week on chapter one – addition and subtraction!
Science: Scientists researched dinosaurs to prepare for a writing assignment.
Technology:  We researched dinosaurs. We also began typing skills.
Writing: Students learned how to write cursive i & u this week.
Literacy:  We read Aesop fables. We are preparing an Aesop skit for the kindergartners.
Social Studies: We are finishing drawing a campus map using a map key and a compass rose.
Spelling: Unit 6 reviewed the last five units.
                         
      Third graders learned about “Home Row” this week for typing skills!

Newsletter – October 4, 2019

A Note from the Teacher

Dear Families,
     We have completed all of our MAP tests! Thank you for the support for all of keeping your children here and well fed!
     We are having fun learning about fossils and now dinosaurs in our science class. Each student made a “body fossil” this week! Ask your child about this!
     Thank you to all the parent volunteers! More sign ups are here!
     I sent home a “Safe-touch” lessons that I will be doing with the students this month and in March. Please read them over and if you choose to “opt-out” for your child, please sign and send in the form on top. Thank you!
Blessings,
Paula A. Martin-Zender      
Dates to Remember:
  • Friday, October 11 – No school – Staff retreat
  • Wednesday, October 15 – early release day
  • Friday, October 18th – OUR Mass at 10:45
  • Monday, October 28 – Next book report due! (Focus on reading the book right now!)

Field Trip Dates:

  • Tuesday, November 12 12-2:30 – Ellis Island Experience, at school
  • Wednesday, November  20 morning – Whatcom Farm Circle (Lynden Fairgrounds)
  • Tuesday, March 31 8 am – 4 pm – Museum of Flight, Seattle
  • Tuesday, May 19 morning – Whatcom Museum (confirmed)
  • Friday, June 5 – most of the day

Academics

Religion:  Third graders practiced being assertive with role plays so that they can stand up for what they think is right, especially to someone who is a bully. We also learned about the Bible. We specifically learned about the Old and New Testaments and the Gospels. Ask your child what the Gospels are and why are they the MOST important books of the Bible. We then learned how to look up verses in the Bible! Today, we participated in the St. Francis of Assisi Animal Blessing and we did our service project of picking up trash on our campus.
Math: Mathematicians becoming critical thinkers by learning various ways of subtracting up to 1,000. We are continuing to focus on memorizing our addition and subtraction facts! Keep practicing at home, please!
Science: Scientists made “body fossils” with their toy dinosaurs. They also discussed what are various things they can learn from what things were like when the fossils were alive.
Technology:  We took the MAP test and read on RAZKIDS.com.
Writing: Students learned how to write cursive g & d this week.
Literacy:  We read tall tales to start our folklore unit. Students also presented their book reports this week.
Social Studies: We are in the process of drawing a campus map using a map key and a compass rose.
Spelling: Unit 5 focused on the vowel sounds of oo and ew.
                           
      We had fun in the rain at the St. Francis of Assisi Animal Blessing!