News – January 31, 2020

A Note from the Teacher

Dear Families,

     What a wonderful and energetic Catholic Schools Week we had! Thank you for all the love you gave to all the teachers and me on Wednesday! It is all so worth it because your children make my heart pitter-patter! 🙂

Catholic School’s Week was so much fun!

Please come to the gym on Wednesday, February 4, for the State of the School Address. There is very important information regarding next year!

Our great school is having an Open House on Sunday, February 9, 2020 from 2-4 pm. We are having a few competitions if you come. First, we are having a cookie making contest. We are also going to have an interactive game throughout the school asking questions of the classroom teachers or looking in each classroom for answers. It should be fun! We would love to have you and, especially, if you bring a friend who might be thinking of the school for a family member!

For social studies, we are half way done with writing five-sentence

We love our parents!

paragraphs about ourselves. Next: students are to interview each of their parents. They will be writing an essay on at least one of you in a week or two. The students’ questions will be going home in their Friday Folder. Students are to interview you and write the answers in the blanks, not you! They are to find the time to talk with you sometime in the next week. Thank you for your support on this!

     FIELD TRIP UPDATE!!! The Museum of Flight field trip has been rescheduled to April 17. I had a scheduling conflict with the last date. My apologies about this but please make note of the change for any work situations!

I am sending home a class list to each child in order to get ready for Valentine’s Day which we will celebrate on February 13th.

      I need more parent volunteers for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 8:30-9:45! Please sign ups are here!
Blessings,
Paula A. Martin-Zender      
Dates to Remember:
  • Wednesday, February 4 – 7:00 – State of the School Address – Please come!
  • Friday, February 7 – School Mass – dress uniform
  • Sunday, February 9 – 2-4 pm – Open House Fun
  • Friday, February 13 – No school – Teacher work day

Field Trip Dates:

  • Museum of Flight – Changed to a new date! – April 17th!!!
  • Tuesday, May 19 morning – Whatcom Museum
  • Friday, June 5 – Marine Park – most of the day

Academics

Religion:  Third graders theologians learned about the “Four Marks of the Church”: one, holy, catholic and apostolic. The students came up how our Church shows those four marks for instance, we believe in one God and we are all baptized in one church, etc.
Math: Mathematicians finished their chapter on multiplication chapters. They are now working on understanding the concepts of division starting this week and will be over the next week or two.
Technology:  We are typing our essays about ourselves. They also worked on typing skills.
Writing: Students have reviewed X, Y and Z.

Literacy & Science:  They are now collaboratively designing a three-dimensional fictional monster. (Bunnicula was based on the legend Dracula.)

Students collaboratively designed and created their three-dimensional monsters this week!

Social Studies: Writers are writing essays about themselves.

Spelling: Unit 18 was a review chapter on the last five chapters.

News – January 17, 2020

A Note from the Teacher

Dear Families,

     It is SO good to be back with your children! I missed them during the snow! Since we left on a Tuesday morning, we just picked up where we left off!

Please go to one of our county’s churches’ Mass this weekend with your  students wearing their school dress uniform. That way it shows that we are honoring those parishes that support our regional school!

Third Grade scientists are collaborating to make a three-dimensional fictional monster in our Maker Space room!

This month’s book report is due on Friday, January 31st. Students are to make a commercial. Please see the flyer in today’s Friday Folder.

In math, next week, we will be starting to learn about the concept of division and then memorizing them. Multiplication facts is imperative! Keep working on them at home! I can definitely tell if your child has practiced at home!

 FIELD TRIP UPDATE!!! I have been assigned to be on an accreditation team for an archdiocese school to help them learn and improve. I will be gone on March 30-31. I realized that is when our field to the Museum of Flight was scheduled. So, I am dialogue with the museum to come up with a different date. Please stay tuned. My apologies about this!

      I need more parent volunteers! Please sign ups are here!
Blessings,
Paula A. Martin-Zender      
Dates to Remember:
  • Catholic School’s Week – January 26-31 – Come to Mass this weekend in school uniform!
  • Tuesday, January 28 – Celebrating Families – Families can have lunch together!
  • Friday, January 31 – Mass – dress uniform & book reports are due!!!

Field Trip Dates:

  • Museum of Flight – Changed to a new date! – Stay tuned!
  • Tuesday, May 19 morning – Whatcom Museum
  • Friday, June 5 – Marine Park – most of the day

Academics

Religion:  Third graders theologians learned about our Creator and how God made our brains to protect ourselves with our amygdala. So we talked about having a “myg” moment. We also made cards for our Monday’s assembly of “Celebrating Life.”
Math: Mathematicians are memorizing their multiplication facts through the 9’s. We are laying down the concept of division by finding missing factors in multiplication. We also used distributive property to learn about problems like this: 7 x 80.
Technology:  We are typing our essays about ourselves. They also worked on typing skills.
Writing: Students have reviewed U & V.

The mathematicians created posters showing the distributive property together!

Literacy:  Students  finished a test on Bunnicula. They are now collaberatively designing a three-dimensional fictional monster. (Bunnicula was based on the legend Dracula.)

Science: Students are making a three-dimensional monster in collaboration (an engineering project).

Social Studies: Writers are writing essays about themselves.

Spelling: Unit 17 Words writers use often.

News – January 10, 2020

A Note from the Teacher

Dear Families,

      Happy New Year! I am so excited to be diving into this new year! It is my favorite time of the teaching year as there is so much to learn! Hopefully the weather holds so that we can continue on this educational momentum!

Students learned about dominant and recessive this week by making “Baby Monsters.”

FYI – I am attending a leadership training with the Archdiocese with Dan Anderson and Nancy Lawrence today. So, I am not sending home the Friday Folders until Monday.

     For math, we took our chapter four test. There is one more small chapter on multiplication next. Then we will be beginning the concepts of division and beginning to memorize their division facts. The better your child knows their multiplication, the better they will learn their division facts! Please go to this link for a great site for practicing math facts!
      I need more parent volunteers! Please sign ups are here!
Blessings,
Paula A. Martin-Zender      
Dates to Remember:
  • Friday, January 17 – Mass – dress uniform
  • Monday, January 20 – No school – MLK jr. Day

Field Trip Dates:

  • Tuesday, March 31   8 am – 4 pm – Museum of Flight, Seattle
  • Tuesday, May 19 morning – Whatcom Museum
  • Friday, June 5 – Marine Park – most of the day

Academics

Religion:  Third graders theologians learned about the Epiphany and the real meaning of the Twelve Days of Christmas. They also learned about how God made their brains think, feel and behave different ways. They specifically, learned about how animals (including themselves) have things we Seek and things we Avoid.
Math: Mathematicians are memorizing their multiplication facts through the 9’s. We reviewed the various properties of multiplication: identity, zero, commutative, associative and distributive.
Technology:  We reviewed for our math test online using IXL.
Writing: Students have reviewed M & N.

Students are mastering working in small groups for reading this week!

Literacy:  Students are reading a class anchor book: Bunnicula. Students are answering a question about the book and proving it by finding documentation in the book then writing a paragraph to support their answer.

Science: Students learned about genes and alleles this week. They compared your traits to themselves to learn how they inherited those traits. They then made a claim based on their research.

Social Studies: We interviewed ourselves this week. Next week: begin writing an essay about themselves.

Spelling: Unit 16 the Schwa sound