Martin News 10/17/14

Library Trip - 10/22

Our class will visit the Ann Arbor District Library, downtown branch, Wednesday 10/22. The trip is to introduce the library to second graders. There will be a presentation on items that can be checked out as well as story time. The class will be given time to explore and check out 2 books. For students that do not have an AADL library card or application turned in, there will be books available for them to keep.

PBL - Lunchroom Recycling

The second graders of STEAM are taking on the trash problem in our lunchroom. We completed our entry event this week, examining the amount of trash vs. recycling left after lunch. We are making a list of questions that we need answered in order to solve this problem and our class has even begun researching to understand more about trash and recycling. Ask your child about the entry event, the amount of trash vs. recycling and the outdoor classroom we explored.

Writing - K-Grams

We have partnered up with U of M K-Grams pen pal program. The program provides an authentic audience while students work on their letter writing skills. The pen-pal will only know your child's first name, NO last names, NO email addresses, or NO home address will be given out.


We have continued our practice of fact strategies. This unit continues to review and extend routines learned in first grade. This week we covered even and odd numbers, addition and subtraction turn-around rule and name collection boxes.

Birthday Reminder

Our school has adopted a no treat birthday celebration policy. We love to celebrate each other, but please remember to give me at least one week advance notice so that our schedule can be adjusted accordingly.


I follow the dismissal procedures that you provided at the beginning of school. If there is a change in how your child will get home, please send a quick email or written note stating the changes. I will only release your child to alternate dismissal plans with written permission from you.

Important Dates

  • 10/22 AADL field trip
  • 10/31 Magic Carpet Theater @ A2 STEAM
  • 10/31 Fall celebration
  • 11/4 NO SCHOOL
  • 11/5 826Michigan Field Trip