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News – March 6, 2020

A Note from the Teacher

Dear Families,

     We had fun on Monday with Read Across America!

Yesterday, we had experimented with forces playing kickball and discussing Sir Isaac Newton’s first law of motion. We also tried to determine without cracking it, if an egg was cooked or raw, using our observation skills. There were lots of ideas!

We need more volunteers! Parent volunteers are needed for math help on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-9:45! Please sign ups are here!

Blessings,
Paula A. Martin-Zender
Dates to Remember:
  • Saturday, March 7 – Auction at Bellingham Country Club
  • Friday, March 14 6:00 starting in the church – Children’s Stations of the Cross – Fish Fry – Lenten Craft Fun – In the gym!
  • Monday, March 30 – Book reports are due! They will be handed out next Friday

Field Trip Dates:

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

Academics

Religion:  Third graders discussed forgiveness. We are memorizing again the Act of Contrition to prepare for Reconciliation at the end of the month with Fr. Moore.

Literacy: We are deep into the book The Adventures of Vin Fiz reading and discussing in small groups. For spelling we studied homophones.

Math: Mathematicians are becoming more fluent these division facts: 0-5 and 10. We will finish this chapter next week.

Science: We began a unit on Force and Motion, experimenting with Newton’s Laws of Motion.

Social Studies, Technology & Writing:  We are typing our essays about their parents. They also worked on typing skills.

News – February 28, 2020

A Note from the Teacher

Dear Families,

   Happy Lent! We began our week in religion talking about Jesus as the Good Shepherd for Lent. He forgives us as he gathers all the sheep and lambs (us) no matter how far we stray. We ended the week with a prayer meditation on Jesus as the Good Shepherd for us. It was a great way to begin our Lenten season!

We welcomed a new member to our class this week! Welcome Mathew!

We had fun listening to all the book reports this week!

Parent volunteers are needed for math help on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-9:45! Please sign ups are here!

Blessings,
Paula A. Martin-Zender
We enjoyed hearing each other’s book reports

 

Dates to Remember:
  • Monday, March 2 – Read Across America – Students dress up as their favorite book character! We have an all-school celebration in the afternoon!
  • Friday, March 6 – Mass – dress uniform
  • Saturday, March 7 – Auction at Bellingham Country Club
  • Friday, March 14 6:00 starting in the church – Children’s Stations of the Cross – Fish Fry – Lenten Craft Fun – In the gym!
  • Monday, March 30 – Book reports are due! They will be handed out next Friday

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

Service learning: picking up trash on our campus!

Religion:  Third graders theologians learned about Jesus being the Good Shepherd. We discussed what we were going to do in our personal life to become a better Christian for Lent. We also received ashes at the Ash Wednesday Mass. Finally on Friday, we did our service work, cleaning up trash around our campus.

Literacy: We presented book reports this week. We are deep into the book The Adventures of Vin Fiz. For spelling we studied r-controlled /ar/ words.

Math: Mathematicians are becoming more fluent these division facts: 0-5 and 10. Next week, we will tackle more of them!

Science:We reviewed and wrapped up our genetics unit with a test on Friday.

Social Studies, Technology & Writing:  We are typing our essays about their parents. They also worked on typing skills.

News – February 21, 2020

A Note from the Teacher

Dear Families,

    We had a very productive week! We have finished our Three-dimensional monsters, budget and story included. We presented them to the fourth graders to “sell” them on the product they made!

Meet BEMV!

For social studies, we are writing about one or both of our parents and typing them onto a word document.

For religion, we are memorizing the Apostle’s Creed. Half of the class have been successful!

Meet Dizzy!

Keep reading below for more information!

Parent volunteers are needed for math help on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-9:45! Please sign ups are here!

Blessings,
Paula A. Martin-Zender
Dates to Remember:
  • Monday, February 24 – Book reports are due! They will be handed out next Friday
  • Wednesday, February 26 12:30 – Ash Wednesday – Dress uniform!

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

Fr. Moore talked about his vocation of priesthood this week.

Religion:  Third graders theologians started this week with Fr. Moore coming into our classroom to talk about his vocation of priesthood. We then learned about the early church and the apostles, as they are memorizing the Apostle’s Creed. We also are reading about various African-Americans to celebrate Black History month.

Math: Mathematicians took a test on the concept of division this week. We have also started chapter 7, which is memorizing division facts. Those that know their multiplication facts are better at knowing their division facts!

Social Studies, Technology & Writing:  We are typing our essays about their parents. They also worked on typing skills. Students are to interview their grandparents.

Meet Olive!
Meet Rex!
Meet Billy Bob Joey!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science:  We presented our Three-Dimensional Monsters to the fourth graders as a group today!

Literacy: We are reading The Adventures of Vin Fiz in class, studying the vocabulary for it, analyzing the characters and plot too! We especially focused on similes this week!

Spelling: Unit 21 which focused on r-controlled /ur/ using the spellings of ir, ear, ur and or.

News – February 13, 2020

A Note from the Teacher

Dear Families,

    Happy Valentine’s Day! We had a wonderful celebration! Thank you very much to all you families for bringing for me so many beautiful flowers to make a wonderful bouquet for me! They are lovely! Thank you also for the cards and chocolate!

Beautiful Valentine’s Day flowers! Thank you!

For social studies, we are wrapping up writing our fourth paragraph about ourselves. We will begin writing about a parent. Next: students are to interview their grandparents in person, on Skype or Facetime or call them. We will be taking that information and begin to write about at least one grandparent. It is due on Friday, February 21st. The interview questions went home in the Friday Folder. Thank you for your support on this!

     Parent volunteers are needed for math help on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-9:45! Please sign ups are here!

Blessings,
Paula A. Martin-Zender
Dates to Remember:
  • Friday, February 14 – No school – Teacher work day
  • Monday, February 17 – No school – President’s Day
  • Wednesday, February 19 – A FULL DAY – due to snow make-ups!
  • Monday, February 24 – Book reports are due! They will be handed out next Friday

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 vocations by looking at our families. We also are reading about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and how he was a peacemaker. We will be discussing more African-Americans to celebrate Black History month. On Tuesday, when we get back, Fr. Moore will come in to talk about his vocation.

 

Math: Mathematicians are learning about the concept of division this week.

Social Studies, Technology & Writing:  We are typing our essays about ourselves. They also worked on typing skills. Students are to interview their grandparents.

Students cut up vegetables during cooking class this week.

 Science:  We are putting our finishing touches on our 3D monsters. Fourth graders next week will evaluate them. We also had cooking class this week! The recipe is in the Friday Folder!

Literacy: We are reading The Adventures of Vin Fiz in class, studying the vocabulary for it, analyzing the characters and plot too!

Spelling: Unit 20 Vowel /o/ from the spellings of -o and -aw.

News – February 7, 2020

A Note from the Teacher

Dear Families,

     Phew! We have successfully finished two of our three MAP tests this week, the math and the reading. We have one more next week on Tuesday. It will be the Science test.

Two MAP tests were taken this week!

Please come this Sunday afternoon for an Open House on Sunday, February 9, 2020 from 2-4 pm! Come meet next year’s teacher: Mrs. Thomas! We are having a few competitions if you come. First, we are having a cookie making contest. So, bring in your best home-made cookies for judging! 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 almost done with writing about ourselves. Next: students are need to finish all of their parent interviews by Monday! We will be taking that information and begin to write about at least one parent. Soon, they will be interviewing their grandparents. Thank you for your support on this!

     FIELD TRIP UPDATE!!! The Museum of Flight field trip has been rescheduled to April 17.

    Currently, I have only one 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:
  • Sunday, February 9 – 2-4 pm – Open House Fun
  • Thursday, February 13 – Valentine’s Day party 2:00 pm
  • Friday, February 14 – No school – Teacher work day
  • Monday, February 17 – No school – President’s Day
  • Wednesday, February 19 – A FULL DAY – due to snow make-ups!
  • Monday, February 24 – Book reports are due! They will be handed out next Friday

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 two sacraments of commitment: the Sacrament of Marriage and Holy Orders. They also are thinking about vocations, what God is calling us to do in life, based on the gifts God has given us. Fr. Moore will be visiting us in two weeks to discuss his vocation.

Math: Mathematicians are learning about the concept of division this week.

Social Studies, Technology & Writing:  We are typing our essays about ourselves. They also worked on typing skills.

Students gave feedback on other group’s three-dimensional monsters!

Literacy & Science:  They have now collaboratively designed and created a three-dimensional fictional monster. (Bunnicula was based on the legend Dracula.) This week they have received feedback from other groups and are making revisions. Next week: the fourth graders will judge them! We also began reading our next classroom anchor book: The Adventures of Vin Fiz.

Spelling: Unit 19 Vowel /o/ from the spellings of -o and -aw.

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

News – December 20, 2019

A Note from the Teacher

Dear Families,
      May you all have a wonderful Christmas! Your children were wonderful for the concert last night! I am so proud of how hard they worked and how beautiful they sounded!

Students rehearsed for their program!
      We have introduced and practiced all facts 2-9 now. Your children are being tested on each of them, however. A handful of students have passed all of these facts. The rest needs practice, especially over the break. The first Wednesday after the break will be the unit test. So keep practicing when there is some down time!Go to this link for a great site for practicing math facts!
      I need more parent volunteers for our math program after the break! Please sign ups are here!
Blessings,
Paula A. Martin-Zender      
Dates to Remember:
  • Monday, January 6 – first day back!
  • Friday, January 10 – Mass – dress uniform

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 practiced for our Mass for today. Students also had an Advent meditation.
Math: Mathematicians are memorizing their multiplication facts through the 9’s.
Technology:  We are writing our dinosaur stories in a word document, and we researched for our animal groups.
Writing: Students have reviewed K & H.
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: We made a claim about animal groups. Student groups researched particular animal groups and collaboratively created a poster for their animal groups.

Social Studies: After the break we will be interviewing ourselves to begin writing after Christmas. Later students will interview their parents and grandparents and writing about at least one of each.

Spelling: Unit 15 focused on trigraphs, digraphs and consonant blends.

It is with sad hearts that we said, "Good bye" to Alyse as she is moving. Our prayers go with you, Alyse and family!

 

 

It is with sad hearts that we said, “Good bye” to our classmate, as she is moving. Our prayers go with you, Strayer family!

News – December 13, 2019

A Note from the Teacher

Dear Families,
      We are busy working on projects in our class! We are finishing our stories about dinosaurs. We are working in collaborative groups to research and report on various groups of animals. We are also going to start our Family Studies unit by interviewing ourselves, then writing about us after Christmas break.
      We are well into our multiplication facts now and until Christmas break. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE work on these with your child. So far, we have been working on the multiplication facts of 2-7. Next week, we will be focusing on multiplying 8’s & 9’s. Go to this link for a great site for practicing math facts!
      In order for me to run my math program more effectively, I need more parent volunteers! Please sign ups are here!
Blessings,
Paula A. Martin-Zender      
Dates to Remember:
  • Thursday, December 19 7:00 pm – Christmas Program
  • Friday, December 20 – Our school Mass 9:00

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 Sacraments of Initiation, especially the Sacrament of Baptism. We watched videos of a baby being baptized and adults during Easter Vigil. We compared and contrasted them!
Math: Mathematicians are memorizing their multiplication facts through the 7’s. We also learned about distributive and associative properties of multiplication.
Technology:  We are writing our dinosaur stories in a word document, and we are practicing our typing skills.
Writing: Students have started reviewing their capital letters in cursive. They started with E and O. They finished writing their dinosaur stories, are typing them into a Word document, editing them and next week they will publish them.
Literacy:  Students learned about writing a paragraph. They 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. Students also presented their book reports!

Science: We made a claim about animal groups. Student groups are researching particular animal groups and are collaboratively creating a poster for their animal groups.

Social Studies: Next week we will be interviewing ourselves to begin writing after Christmas. Later students will interview their parents and grandparents and writing about at least one of each.

Spelling: Unit 14 focused on the soft g /j/ sound and the soft c /s/ sound.