Martin's Memos

Volume 1, Issue 7: October 20, 2017

This Week

Please take a look at this week's newsletter and let me know if you have any questions!


-Ms. Kate Martin

Pictures of the Week


  • Writing: Publishing our personal narrative stories, continuing with cursive. We have also been analyzing another author's personal narrative in order to inspire and enrich our own narratives.

  • Reading: Continuing the Lucy Calkins reading program unit on "Interpreting Characters".

  • Math: Continuing differentiated math groups in class. All groups are working on varying levels of multiplication and division practice.

  • Social Studies: We started our unit on the History of Michigan!

  • Enrichment: We learned about theater/plays, and started to design our own classroom play!



-Independent Reading: Students should be reading their lexile-leveled novel for at least 20 minutes each night.

-Literature Circles: Students have one activity per week to complete along with about 2 chapters to read from their literature circle book. They have 1 week to complete this, and it is due on Wednesdays or Thursdays, depending on when their group meets.

-Learn Zillion: 30 minutes total per week on on the lessons they are assigned from Google Classroom. We usually have time for students to work on this during reader's workshop for about 15 minutes.


-Daily math homework is given Mondays-Thursdays.

-Khan Academy: 30 minutes total per week on We usually have time for students to work on this during math workshop for about 15 minutes.

*In total, students should not be spending more than 40 minutes on homework each night.


I love to have parents get involved in our classroom activities! Please make sure you have completed and turned in the volunteer form for the District along with a copy of your Driver's License.You should get a confirmation from the office that you are approved to volunteer before coming in.
Please view this volunteer spreadsheet if you'd like to see if there is a time you can volunteer. It doesn't need to be every week, but I'm hoping it can be something consistent each month.
Thank you for your help!

Student Online Educational Portfolios

Each student has been creating their own personal education portfolio website through Weebly. Please ask your child to show theirs to you! We use it to show our growth over the course of this year and beyond.

It has information such as:

-About Me

-Content Areas: New learning AND work they're proud of

-Goal Setting

All student websites are password protected. Please take a look at the front of your child's agenda to check it out at home.

Character Trait of the Week: Patience

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Looking Forward to Next Week

  • Math: Continuing our second units.
  • Reading: Continuing our studies of characters. Literature circle groups continue.
  • Writing: We will continue to examine how mentor texts can inspire our own writing. After personal narratives are published, we'll move on to write literary essays.
  • Social Studies: We will continue our short unit on Michigan history.
  • Enrichment: We will be writing, creating and performing our own play!

General 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.
  • Friday Folders: They were sent home today! Please take out all the sheets and return the folder MONDAY. Please take a look in the folder for score reports and other data sheets. We will go over these during conferences.
  • Bagel Sales! Pre-Order on Wednesdays of each week. All varieties cost $1, cash only. Bagels are delivered on Fridays.
  • Order online at and use our class code R3CHK if you need books!
  • Toys/Trinkets/Legos: I've noticed an increase in students bringing in small toys/legos to school. Unfortunately they have started to become a distraction. Because of this, I have asked the students to keep the items in their backpacks and only bring them out at recess time.

Board of Education Meeting

The next BOE meeting will be at Woodland Elementary's Media Center on November 6th at 6:30pm. Ms. Gierman and I will be presenting to the BOE members about the GT program and how it's going. We will have a few student presenters as well! Any parent support would be appreciated! There is also typically time for the public to address the board if you'd like to comment on the program as well.

Livernois Closure

Beginning on 10/23, Livernois will be closed south of Woodland. It is a complete closure for a few weeks as they replace a culvert. If you travel to school via northbound Livernois, please plan your time accordingly.


We will have a school parade and a party. As you shop for Halloween costumes, please follow these guidelines for appropriateness at school:

  • Avoid masks that are difficult to see out of or scary.

  • No gory or bloody masks. Make sure that costumes are of a non-violent nature. Remember little ones scare easily!

  • No fake blood, silly string, slime or other liquid that will create a mess.

  • No fake weapons or sharp objects. Leave knives, swords, guns, and other violent accessories at home.

  • Children should not wear costumes to school. Please provide a costume that your child can put on themselves prior to the parade.

The all-school parade will begin at 2:15 pm. Our party will follow the parade.

Please Note: Children who do not participate in Halloween activities will be offered an alternate option during the Halloween Parade and party time. Please let me know prior to October 31st if your child will need this option.

Upcoming Important Dates

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 - All GT Students participate!
​12/25-1/5 Winter Break, No School
Donor's Choose Project: Rockin' Robotics!

Please consider giving to our joint GT Donors Choose project!


Here's a reminder of the date and time you signed up for!

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.
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