Martin's Memos

Volume 1, Issue 32: May 11, 2018

This Week


Please read through this newsletter and let me know if you have any comments or questions. Thank you SO much for the thoughtful teacher appreciation gifts! I am truly so grateful to have such wonderful students and parents!


Wahoooooo! Testing is all done!!! :) The students worked so hard during our testing marathon and I'm so proud of their growth and progress.

Have a great weekend!


-Ms. Kate Martin

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We'll Miss You, Ashwith!

Ashwith's last day in school was today as he and his family will be returning to India. We were so blessed to have had Ashwith in our class this year - he enriched our discussions and taught us so much with his passion projects! We'll miss you, Ashwith!

Proud Teacher Moments!

I'm proud of ALL of my students, but this small part of my newsletter is dedicated to a few different students each week and what has impressed me about their personal growth!

This week:

  • Luca: Great job going even farther than expected with your research paper!
  • Claire: Thank you for your willingness to persevere even when it's tough.
  • Ashwith: Thank you for your constant positive attitude!
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  • Writing & Reading: This week we have continued our writing group research project on Exploration and took the ELA mstep test Tuesday.

  • Math: All Groups: End of year review and Math mstep test.

  • Science: We continued our FOSS unit on Environments this week. The students learned about population changes in an ecosystem, carrying capacity and adaptations.

  • Enrichment:Students continued their 6th enrichment project. Check it out here.

Looking Forward to Next Week


  • Writing & Reading: We will finish our group research project and will be presenting our research!

  • Math: All Groups: We'll be designing and building a "tiny house" using our geometry skills!

  • Science: We will continue a FOSS unit on environments.

  • Enrichment: We will continue our 6th enrichment project.

Pictures of the Week

Optional Student-Led End of Year Conferences

To summarize and reflect on our year, the students will prepare to lead an end-of-year conference. This is an optional conference for you to attend, however I believe it will be a fantastic opportunity for your child to share their strengths, areas for improvement, favorite assignments/projects/products and goals for the future. If you choose not to sign up, please email me and I can send home the sheet for your child to do the conference at home on their own.

Sign Up Here:

Self-Reflective Learning

This week we continued our discussion on being INTENTIONAL.

  • Specifically regarding our habits of mind and our daily mental attitude, we want to come into school knowing exactly what's expected and what our goals are for that day, week, month and year.
  • We want to know where we are heading, not coming in with an aimless attitude!

End-of-Year GT Class Party!

The year has flown by and summer is around the corner!

The classes will combine for a party on Tuesday, June 12--kids will tie-dye t-shirts and a have a picnic lunch together.

A few ways you can help:

  • Sign up here to send in a party food or supply item. Please remember--Woodland is a nut free school. These items can be brought in the morning of the party.
  • Send in a prewashed white t-shirt no later than Monday, June 11.
  • Families are also asked to donate $4 to cover pizza and tie-dye materials. You can donate through PayPal (send to or send cash in an envelope to Aly Marx at school. On PayPal, please include your child’s name in the note section.

Thank you to Heather Shaw, Jennifer Wloch and Megan Marx for your help coordinating this!

General Information

  • Homework
-Independent Reading: Minimum 20 minutes

-Literature Circles: Reading and "job"


-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!

Upcoming Important Dates

5/28 Memorial Day - No School

6/1 Field Day (6/8 rain date)

6/12 End of Year Party

6/14 1/2 Day

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