Martin's Memos

Volume 2, Issue 31: April 26, 2019

This Week


Please read the information in our newsletter below and let me know if you have any questions.

-Ms. Kate Martin

mSTEP & MAP Testing


We are entering that time of year when we begin thinking about the mSTEP assessments. Here is a Parent's Guide to mSTEP testing you may find useful.

4th Graders

ELA: 5/6

Math: 5/8


Our Spring NWEA MAP Tests are approaching. The 4th and 5th graders will test with their homeroom teacher. Ms. Martin's MAP testing dates are:





Positivity Project - P2

Appreciating excellence and beauty

Appreciating excellence and beauty helps an individual experience positive emotions and connect to the world around hi m/her. It’s an outward facing strength, meaning the individual is focused on the world outside his/her head. And, not only is the individual outwardly focused, but often deeply absorbed in a sense of awe or admiration, freeing him/her to forget anxieties and troubles. And it is associated with other strengths, such as gratitude, curiosity, love of learning, and connection/purpose.

On a group level, those who appreciate excellence and beauty make our lives more enjoyable. First, it means that they’re not looking to criticize the world or its people, but instead take pleasure from their excellence. Second, it is the writers, painters, musicians, and filmmakers who help us better appreciate the world around us. It’s due to their admiration for the way the sun hits off a wave or the quiet perseverance of a cross-country runner, that we are able to see the world with fresh eyes.

Leadership Team Food Drive

The Leadership Team is excited to announce that we will be having a second Food Drive before we wrap up our school year. As you know, summer can be a very tough time for students who are not food secure because they will not be getting schools meals each day. Our goal for this fundraiser is to help Avondale Blessings in a Backpack stock their shelves for summer.

The food drive will begin on Monday, May 6 and last through Friday, May 17. Each grade level/ group will be responsible for bringing in a different item (ours is listed below) and the group who brings in the most items will earn an extra recess and popsicles (generously provided by the PTO).

Our Food Drive Items:

Gierman/Martin-Canned soup

Avondale GATE PTO Information!

Current Avondale GATE families,

Please click the link below to learn about the GATE PTO candidates that are running for a position. Remember that only contested positions will be voted on.

May 14th: Ballot elections will be held (if there are more than 1 person running for the position) during the Woodland PTO Meeting @7pm. All of the Woodland community will be able to vote for our positions. COME VOTE IN PERSON!

After this meeting and elections are completed: The Avondale GATE PTO will be officially formed and stay under Woodland's guidance until the summer.

Pictures of the Week

This Week...

Math: Students continued in their math groups.

Purple group - Test on unit 3.

Yellow group- working through unit 10.

Green group- working through unit 10.

Orange group- review on unit 1 and test.

Social Studies/Science (5th): We took the Science mSTEP and began our unit on the American Revolution. We'll be ending our unit with a Mock Trial!

Reading: We continued with book clubs (the students already have their new novels and job sheets!) and our reading workshop times. We also continued our reading unit with the William and Mary GT Curriculum titled "Patterns of Change".

Writing: We continued a unit on expository/informational writing. The students have been learning to use their rubric to help them determine revisions. Here is what the students are doing: Directions Sheet. Students are starting to publish and add text features!

Enrichment: We started a new enrichment project!

Looking Forward to Next Week...

Math: Students will continue their in their math groups.

Social Studies (5th): We are embarking on a new, fun adventure into learning about the American Revolution! We'll start by learning about the content, then will be starting to prep for a Mock Trial!

Reading: We will continue book clubs (the students already have their new novels and job sheets!) and our reading workshop times. We will continue our reading unit with the William and Mary GT Curriculum titled "Patterns of Change".

Writing: Students will work to publish their informational/expository essays.

Enrichment: Enrichment 5.0 is in progress!!!! No Google Slides allowed :)

Upcoming Important Dates

Normal School Hours: 8:32 - 3:39 (GT dismissal 3:34)

Half Day Hours: 8:32 - 11:45 (GT dismissal around 11:40)

Early Release: 8:32-1:39 (GT dismissal around 1:34)

Late Start: 10:32-3:39

  • April 26: Woodland Talent Show @ 6:30pm
  • April 30: Davis-Comfort & Emanuele Music Concert @ 7pm
  • May 8: Volunteer/Staff Luncheon @ 10:45am
  • May 9: Woodland Art Show/Ice Cream Social @ 6-7:30pm
  • May 10: HALF DAY-Teacher PD; Mother/Son Game Night @ 6-8pm
  • May 14: PTO Meeting @ 7pm
  • May 21: 5th Grade Music Concert @ 7pm
  • May 27: NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
  • June 6: Kindergarten Music Concert @ 2:45pm
  • June 7: Field Day
  • June 13: HALF DAY - PM Records
  • June 14: HALF DAY - Last Day of School
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Ms. Martin's Student Handbook 2018-2019

A paper copy came home with your child within the first week of school.

Volunteering Spreadsheet

Add your name in if you'd like to come in and volunteer!

Meadows Transition/Avondale GATE F.A.Q.

Please click on the button to learn more about our transition to Meadows.