Martin's Memos

Volume 2, Issue 14: December 7, 2018

This Week


Happy Hanukkah to those of you that celebrate!

Please read over the newsletter and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you to everyone that has donated to the food drive! Our class has brought in over 100 pounds of food so far! Believe it or not, some classes are close to 200 pounds of food donated! We still have until December 12th to donate so....keep it coming! :)

-Ms. Kate Martin

Meadows Transition Meeting

Thank you to those that attended our meeting to discuss the transition to Meadows next year. The link to the presentation is below. Feel free to contact me if you have questions. Please remember that there are many decisions still to be made - but we are well on our way to ensuring the best possible experience for our GATE students. Thank you for your continued support!

Positivity Project

This week's character trait was "kindness". This character strength is grounded in the belief of a common humanity in which others are worthy of care, attention, affection, and compassion. Aristotle defined kindness as, ”helpfulness towards someone in need, not in return for anything, nor for the advantage of the helper himself, but for that of the person helped.”

On a group level, kindness is very important. In addition to empathy and sympathy, the character strength of kindness is indicative of an individual’s moral reasoning capacity and level of social responsibility. That means people who develop kindness possess a strong personal ethical responsibility to care for other people. Additionally, their acts of kindness towards others lead to additional acts of kindness by those who have been helped.

What a great character strength for us all to remember at this time of year....and always!

Photos of the Week!

What Did We Learn This Week?

Math: Students continued in their math groups.

Yellow- I can understand ratios and proportions

Green- I can understand ratios.

Orange- I can fluently multiply and divide large numbers and decimals.

Science (5th): We reviewed our unit on the Earth's Spheres and took a test on Tuesday.

Social Studies (5th): We started learning about Colonization and settlement from 1585-1763. The students also will work on a biography project over the course of this unit. Please see the expectations here.

Reading: We continued learning how to read and respond to nonfiction texts in our new unit - "Reading the Weather, Reading the World"! We will continue to learn the Nonfiction Notice and Note strategy and how that can help us understand a text.

Writing: We moved on from responding to nonfiction texts (look in the Friday folder for your child's work on this!) to personal narratives. I felt like we needed a change with writing so that we can be a bit more creative! This week we generated ideas and began expanding on them.

Enrichment: The students continued their Enrichment project - all students will be completing this individually. Enrichment 3.0 (FYI: Enrichment 2.0 is our community service project we had to put on hold until January!) This week we assigned presentation dates during the week of December 17th. Your child has their due date in their agenda.

Looking Forward to Next Week...

Positivity Project (P2)/Character Education: Humility

Math: Students will continue their in their math groups.

Yellow- I can understand ratios and proportions

Green- I can understand ratios.

Orange- I can fluently multiply and divide large numbers and decimals.

Social Studies (5th): The 5th graders will continue a social studies unit on Colonization. They will have a quiz on the first half of the unit on 12/17.

Reading: We will continue learning how to read and respond to nonfiction texts in our new unit - "Reading the Weather, Reading the World"!

Writing: We will continue personal narratives.

Enrichment: We will continue working on our enrichment projects. Students present the week of 12/17.

Need More Gift Ideas for the Holidays? How About Books?!

Don't forget that you can order books online for your children!

Choose books with (or for) your child from the paper flyers or online at: There are many books with higher lexiles - you just need to browse the collection!

To order online anytime, connect to our class using our Class Code: R3CHK

As soon as your order is delivered to our classroom, I will send it home with your child. If you want it to be a present - let me know and I can email you when I'm sending the books home in a closed bag.

Every order you place earns FREE Books for our class to share. Thank you for your support and happy reading!

5th Graders only - Scripp's National Spelling Bee

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Putting our Positivity Project to Work - - -Gleaners Food Drive!

Please consider donating non-perishable food items for the Gleaners Food Drive at Woodland! There's a class competition based on weight of food items....the heavier the better! Please, no glass.

The food drive runs now through December 12th.

Continuous Important Reminders...

Jackets/Coats, Hats, Gloves...

It's WINTER!!!!!!!!!

Unfortunately I still see students with only a jacket or sweatshirts. Now that the temperatures will consistently be in the 30's, please make sure your child has appropriate gear. Bring WARM JACKET, HAT, GLOVES, SNOWPANTS & BOOTS!

Sweatshirts aren't going to be enough! Remember that the students go outside unless the temperature is below 10 degrees. (Including wind chill) They go outside during lunch recess, 2nd recess and sometimes during P.E.

When it gets snowy, your child is welcome to leave their winter gear in a large bag in/under their cubby during the week. They must bring it home each Friday and bring it back on Monday.

Box Tops!

GOOD NEWS! Our class collected the most Box Tops at Woodland! 387! We get to keep the "Box Top Trophy" in class and all students received a small prize.

Keep collecting and sending them in! Don't forget to label your child's name on the baggie so they can get credit.

Don't forget to clip and save your box tops! Send them in in a baggie with your child's name on it. We have a plastic bin in the classroom we keep them in. A representative from the PTO collects them on a regular basis and counts how many we collect for our class. Prizes are awarded to individual students and classes that bring in the most!

Book It!

This year our classroom is participating in the BOOK IT! Program to encourage your child's love of reading. Plus, we know that the best way to become a better reader is to READ, READ, READ! Our nightly expectation is 25 minutes per if they are doing that they should be able to meet our reading goal of 750 minutes per month! The students will receive the Reading Log by Minutes to keep track of the minutes. (linked below)

December goal = 525 minutes (Collected on December 21)

Logs need to be turned in by the last day of each month. This is when I'll be passing out the "Free Personal Pan Pizza" coupon!

Khan Academy: What is it? When should my child use it?

Khan Academy is a website that has math video lessons and practice problems based on grade and subject. It is mostly geared toward math and science. Most of the students should be using Their username and password is on a sticker in the front of their agenda. When I input their MAP scores onto the website it automatically generates personalized math lessons for each student. Research has shown that when students consistently use Khan Academy Mappers they can grow by more than 2 years in math.

In class, the students use it if/when they finish their in-class math lesson with me. However, sometimes I ask that the students do this instead of homework pages. Students can always log on at home and work on it anytime.

Standards-Based Grading

You may notice that some papers are coming home with a 3, 2, or 1 on them. We will be utilizing Standards Based Grading rather than the traditional grading system. This allows for more meaningful grading, adjustment of curriculum, and helps the students understand quality work. Report cards will utilize the language below, so we will use it in the classroom to keep things consistent. Students will be assessed based on their personal curriculum they are following.

3 = Meeting or Exceeding Grade Level Standards

2 = Adequate Progress Toward Grade Level Standards

1 = Limited Progress Toward Grade Level Standards

Please note that more detailed information will follow from Avondale Administration prior to report cards, and that 4th and 5th graders will still receive letter grades in addition to their standards based grading.

Class Schedule

Ms. Martin’s Class Schedule

8:35-8:50: Morning Work/Welcome

8:50-9:40: Writing Workshop

5th Graders:

9:40-10:26: 5th Grade Specials

10:26-10:35: Snack (Healthy, Nut-Free)

10:35-11:30: Science/Social Studies with Ms. Martin

4th Graders:

9:40-10:35: Science/Social Studies with Ms. Gierman

10:35-11:21: 4th Grade Specials

11:21-11:30: Snack (Healthy, Nut-Free)

4th/5th Graders Return to their Teacher:

11:30-12:30: Math Workshop

12:31-12:53: Lunch

12:53-1:15: Recess

1:15-2:30: Reading Workshop

2:30-2:45: 2nd Recess

​2:45-3:30: Enrichment

  • Woodland follows an “ABC” specials schedule. Tuesday, September 4th will start with “A” day and continue from there.

  • 4th Grade students travel as a class together to specials. Their specials schedule is:

A-PE B-Music C-Art

  • 5th Grade students are split among the three regular 5th grade classes. Their specials schedule depends on the teacher they attend specials with. It may change during the year.

Phou: A-PE B-Music C-Art

(Koen, Nicholas)

Davison: A-Art B-PE C-Music

(Xavier, James, Blair, Georgie)

McNaughton: A-Music B-Art C-PE

(Luca, Kayla, Aapratim, Annabel)

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)

Dec 18: 3rd Grade Concert @ 7pm

Dec 24-Jan 4: Winter Break-NO SCHOOL; Return to School Jan 7th

Jan. 8: PTO Meeting 7-9

Jan. 21: No School

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.