Martin's Memos

Volume 3: September 22, 2017

This Week

Take a look at this week's important information!

Thank you!

-Ms. Kate Martin

Pictures of the Week


  • Writing: Adding on to our small moments for our personal narratives. We also began cursive this week!

  • Reading: Lucy Calkins reading program unit on "Interpreting Characters". We are also in the process of learning Reader's Workshop procedures, and I am completing F&P assessments.

  • Math: We are differentiating in math using our Math Workshop model. This will vary slightly from week to week, but will always include leveled opportunities for the students to grow in math! For the most part, students will have math homework Monday - Thursday. It shouldn't take them more than 15 minutes or so. Some students are working on 3rd grade curriculum and some are on the 4th grade curriculum. This will change as students develop with their math skills!

  • Science: We began learning about how plant/animal internal and external structures help them to survive and grow.

  • Enrichment: Students began their research on the individual topics. The only thing the students should need help with is gathering materials if I don't have it here at school. Next week the students will work on their presentations. Presentations will be due October 2.

It's Updated! Check it Out!

New updates are as follows:

  • Resources -> Parent Resources.....Scroll down! I added some really important and interesting information about the NWEA MAP tests that the students took this week. Next week and in the coming weeks, we will take a deeper look at their data and use it to help make informed instructional decisions. We will talk more about this during our Fall conferences, but please let me know if you have any questions in the meantime!

Scholastic Book Orders

Order online at and use our class code R3CHK if you need books!

Looking Forward to Next Week

Parent Lesson Sketch

  • Creating our narrative writing drafts, revising, editing.

  • Continuing reader's workshop, F & P assessments, and reading within our lexile range!

  • Multiplication facts/Division facts/Place Value/Adding and Subtracting with large numbers

  • Structures of plants and animals!

  • Enrichment/passion projects continue! Students have chosen a question to answer, and will begin learning how to research it! Students have a DUE date: 10/2/17...Students are required to be ready to present their information on this day.

Important Information

  • Please check your child's agenda nightly by initialing under "Parent Signature". I will also initial it in the morning to confirm they have written the correct information down.
  • Don't forget to also check out the Woodland Website! It has important forms, Principal newsletters, PTO information, and P.B.I.S information.
  • Friday Folders: They were sent home today! Please take out all the sheets and return the folder MONDAY.
  • GT students will participate in the 3rd grade Holiday Concert on December 12th from 7-9pm.
  • We have a scheduled Media Center time! The students will start going every Thursday at 8:45am, starting 9/21/17.
  • Bagel Sales! Pre-Order on Wednesdays of each week. All varieties cost $1, cash only. Bagels are delivered on Fridays.
  • Google Log-Ins/Chromebook Cart: All students received their Google log-in information. It is on a sticker in the front of their agenda. Students are able to use this log in from anywhere by going to and clicking on "Log In". We will use Google frequently in class.

Calling All Volunteers!

Sign-Up Genius Volunteer Sign-Up Link

  • You must make sure your volunteer form and copy of driver's license is submitted to the front office as soon as possible before volunteering.
  • There will be other volunteer opportunities for those wishing to volunteer for things like field trips, special events, etc.

Fun Run!!!

It's time again for the annual PTO "Fun Run" fundraiser! This year the funds will be used for field trip expenses, classroom subscriptions, the family picnic, art/ice cream social, various classroom educational materials, and much more!

Start collecting pledges! A pledge sheet (PINK packet) was sent home last week. Use that to keep track of contributions. All students will participate in the Fun Run regardless of if they get pledges or not. The Fun Run is scheduled for Friday, October 6th.

Please see the pink flyer for additional details.

Character Trait of the Week: Positivity

Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean?

Upcoming Important Dates

10/2-10/6 Spirit Week
10/6 Spirit Day/PBIS Assembly, Fun Run
10/9 Picture Day
10/20 Coffee with the Principal 9-10am
10/23-10/27 Penny Wars
10/26 Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:30-8pm
10/27 Chuck E Cheese Night 4-10pm
10/31 Class Halloween Party/Parade 2:15
11/1 Half Day
11/2 Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:30-8
11/3 Spirit Day/PBIS Assembly
11/5 Family Bowling 12:30-2:30pm
11/7 Election Day, No School
11/14 PTO Meeting
11/15 Picture Retake Day
11/17 Half Day
11/21 Half Day
11/22 Half Day
11/23-11/24 Thanksgiving Break, No School
11/27-12/11 Canned Food Drive
12/1 Spirit Day/PBIS Assembly
12/2 Holiday Breakfast 8:30-11am
12/8 Half Day
12/12 3rd Grade Holiday Concert
​12/25-1/5 Winter Break, No School

Avondale School District 2017 Bond Proposal

  • Requires NO increase in mils currently paid.
  • Pays for safety, security, and technology upgrades.
  • Spread the word to VOTE on November 7, 2017 if you live within the district.