September 21-25

We had another great week in 4th grade. Thank you for your collaboration on the MAP testing this week. I really appreciate your support as parent proctors, thank you! I will communicate test results with you once I have them.

Math:  From Ms. Martin Students will read and write multi-digit whole numbers using expanded, standard and word form and study place value. They will continue to look at math with a growth mindset using math tasks

 Reading: We will continue our novel study of Bunnicula. A novel study is the process of reading (studying) a text together. I am reading aloud Bunnicula and modeling many reading strategies. Students are using this text to practice comprehension, and other concepts like cause/effect, summarizing, making inferences, and so much more.

Social Studies: In preparation for using our social studies text for our study of Washington State the students will be learning about text features.

Religion: We will continue to build community and work together for the common good.

Vocabulary: Students will be introduced to the root “un” and given a set of vocabulary words to practice for the week.

Writing: Our focus will be on expanding sentences and writing solid narrative paragraphs. They will have 3 practice paragraphs during the week and will choose their favorite to edit and turn in on Friday. Turn in can happen in two ways. 1. Google docs- students who feel confident with using google docs  may use the document I provide and submit it through google classroom. 2. Students may write a final copy in their writing notebook, take a picture of it, and submit it via email.

Art begins this week for our students on Wednesday, morning from 9:15-10.

Reminders from Newsviews


Tuesday, September 22

Grades 3-5, Virtual Town Hall, 4-5pm

Thursday, September 24

Middle School, Virtual Town Hall, 4-5pm

Monday, September 28 – Friday, October 2

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I received my initial certification in Special Education/Elementary Education from Western Washington University. I hold a Montessori Degree from Northwest Montessori school and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading and Writing from Lesley University. I began my teaching career with a variety of classroom positions and joined the St John faculty in 1990 as a Kindergarten teacher. I later moved to 2nd grade, then to middle school where for the past 10 years I have taught a variety of subjects most currently as 8th grade homeroom and middle school religion teacher. Last year I asked to move to 4th grade, a grade I have never taught before. I am a native Seattleite growing up in the Wedgewood neighborhood and attending OLL and Blanchet high school. I am a wife, mother of 3 adult daughters, and one granddaughter. What I love most about teaching is experiencing the joy that learning brings to my students.