Martin's Memos

Volume 1, Issue 22: February 16, 2018

This Week


Please read through the newsletter and let me know if you have any questions! Be sure to take a look at some of the exciting news regarding upcoming open houses & tours for new School of Choice applicants, and our partnership with MSU's GATE program!

*I will not be making a newsletter for our short week next week.


-Ms. Kate Martin

Pictures of the Week

Displaying Our Fantastic Work!

The students have been working so hard on our recent projects, and I am SO PROUD of their effort, grit and products! There are a few displayed outside our room, so next time you are in Woodland, please check them out. There are presentations from:

  • Sources of Energy
  • 3 Branches of Government
  • Reflection on Community Service
  • Nonfiction Books


  • Writing & Reading: We began our poetry unit! We will continue to have MAP reteach/acceleration groups for reading on Fridays.

  • Math: Purple: Continuing algebra/word problems unit. Blue: Began our fractions unit. Orange: We continued our unit on Multiplying and dividing fractions/mixed numbers.

  • Social Studies: We continued our government unit!

  • Enrichment: We created and shared our summary of learning from our visit to the senior living center.

Looking Forward to Next Week

  • Math: Purple: Finishing algebra unit. Blue: Continuing fraction unit! Orange: We will continue our unit on Multiplying and dividing fractions/mixed numbers.
  • Reading/Writing: We will continue our poetry unit!
  • Social Studies: We will continue our unit on the government.
  • Enrichment: We will update our Weebly Online Portfolios and start our 4th enrichment project.

Progress Reports

Students will be bringing home their progress reports today in their Friday Folder. It will give you their current grades and any notes I have. I've also listed their F & P Assessment results so far this year. F & P is a another way we measure your child's reading fluency and comprehension.

You will also receive another copy of the MAP report from the winter test. You have already received this from me - there is no new information.

Self-Reflective Learning: Dealing with Emotional Intensity

Rather than exploring the typical character traits, I'm starting a new series of themes each week focusing on having in-depth discussions about common concerns or affective traits gifted students have.

This week we discussed what emotional intensity is and how we can deal with it. What we realized was:

  • Sometimes we have extremes in our emotions.
  • We can help handle these swings in emotions by recognizing our emotion and taking 5 big breaths to help us calm down. This can help us better cope with and understand why we are feeling this way.
  • We can stop and put the situation into perspective.

3 Compliment/Day Challenge!

Going along with our "emotional intensity" theme, we decided that we could work on building each other up, not breaking each other down. The students each have a goal of saying something nice to 3 different people each day. Check in with your child and see how they are doing on the challenge!

GT Open House for School of Choice & Tours

The GT Open House for school of choice applicants will be held at Woodland on April 12th from 6-7:30.

There are also opportunities for interested school of choice families to tour Woodland. The dates and times are:

Tuesday, February 27 9:00-9:45

Thursday, March 1 1:30-2:15

Tuesday, March 13 9:00-9:45

Thursday, March 15 1:30-2:15

Interested families should contact Hillary Olance at Feel free to share this information to interested contacts you may have!

EXCITING NEWS! Avondale Partners with MSU's GATE Program!

Book Drive!

Kindergarten Round Up

The Kindergarten Round-Up will be Thursday, March 1st at 6 PM for all incoming Woodland Kindergartners. This is a chance for parents to get information about what the daily Kindergarten schedule is, see the school and classrooms, and much more!

Reading Logs

Some students are required to complete a reading log to track the amount of reading they are doing on a weekly basis. Students who are required to use this log are aware of how to complete it, and that it needs to be kept in their agenda. A copy of the reading log is linked below.

Late Work

A late work policy will begin January 8th for my classroom. Students will receive -%5 off for each day any homework or project is turned in more than a day late. This means students will get a 1 day grace period. For example: If a project was due on Tuesday but was turned in on Thursday, it would be -5% off of the grade they earned. Keep in mind, absences a different situation. Students receive one day extra time for each day they are absent.

Lansing Field Trip

The Lansing Field Trip is scheduled for Friday, April 13. All 3/4 GT students will attend this field trip with the rest of the Woodland 4th graders.

We will be visiting the Impressions 5 Science Center in the morning and our Capitol Tours are in the afternoon. We will be leaving Lansing by 4pm.

More information and logistics to come.

General Information

  • Homework
-Independent Reading: Minimum 20 minutes

-Literature Circles: Reading and "job" Assignments on Google Classroom


-Daily math homework M-Th

  • 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.
  • 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!

Content Relevant Videos

Upcoming Important Dates

2/21-2/23 Mid-Winter Break - No School

3/1 Kindergarten Round-Up

2/21 Chuck-E-Cheese Night 4-9pm

3/2 STEM Career Day (rescheduled)

3/8 1/2 Day

3/9 1/2 Day

3/12 Spring Picture Day

3/13 PTO Meeting @7pm

3/22 Parent Teacher Conferences by Appointment Only

3/24 Spring Fair 5-8pm

3/30 Good Friday - No School

4/2-4/6 Spring Break - No School

4/11 1/2 Day

4/12 School of Choice GT Open House 6-7:30pm at Woodland

4/13 Lansing Field Trip (All 4th Grade/GT Students)

5/11 1/2 Day

5/28 Memorial Day - No School

6/14 1/2 Day

6/15 1/2 Day - Last Day of School