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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!

Newsletters

A Note from the Teacher

                                                                                                             September 27, 2019
Dear Families,
      The eighth graders were on retreat today. So they were not at Mass. Their kindergarten buddies needed someone to step in for the eighth grade buddies. Our students were the ones. They were amazing with the little ones! My heart swelled with so much pride! Thank you for raising such caring individuals!
     Most of the students got through both the math and the reading MAP tests this week. Next week: language and science tests will be on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Please keep all appointments to a minimum next week!
      Please continue to practice addition and subtraction facts! Thank you!
Blessings,
Paula A. Martin-Zender      
Dates to Remember:
  • Tuesday, October 1 and Thursday, October 3 – MAP testing in the mornings!
  • Friday, October 4 – Animal blessing at 8:00 am! Bring pets (with a parent to take home afterwards) or a picture of your pet to get blessed!
  • Friday, October 11 – No school – Staff retreat
  • Wednesday, October 15 – early release day
  • Friday, October 18th – OUR Mass at 10:45

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 grade defined what a bully as unfair and one-sided. It happens when someone keeps hurting, frightening, threatening, or leaving someone out on purpose. We watched a video that helped us with good discussions of different kinds of bullying: physical, emotional, verbal and cyber-bullying. We also had a great meditation of “who is my neighbor.” Finally, we picked Mass roles for our October 18th Mass.
Math: Mathematicians becoming critical thinkers by learning various ways of adding up to 1,000. We are beginning with subtraction by estimating.
Science: Scientists made “trace fossils” with gummy bears and bread.
Technology:  We took the MAP test and read on RAZKIDS.com.
Writing: Students learned how to write cursive a & c this week. Students also learned about and wrote four different kinds of sentences.
Literacy:  We read about fossils and finished work on sequencing a story.
Social Studies: We are in the process of drawing a campus map using a map key and a compass rose.
Spelling: Unit 4 focused on the vowel sounds of oi and ou.
Students made some cool “trace fossils” this week!

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!
Blessings,
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)

Academics

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 IXL.com 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.
Blessings,
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

Academics

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 IXL.com 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.