Martin Messenger

October 16, 2023

Robert M Martin Elementary

Robert Martin Elementary is a safe, friendly community, where learning is unique and fun; creating success for everyone!

Dates to Remember.....

Looking Ahead.....

October 17 - Learning with Legos 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

October 18 - Report Cards available for Parents in PowerSchool

October 18 - Martin Art Club 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

October 18 - STUCO Meeting 3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

October 18 - Unity Day, Wear Orange

October 19 - Martin Art Club 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

October 20 - Jog-A-Thon

October 23 - PTO Spirit Night - Chipotle 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

October 24 - Learning with Legos 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

October 25 - Martin Art Club 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

October 26 - 4th Gr Field Trip to Exploration Place

October 26 - Martin Art Club 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

October 31 - Class Fall Parties

November 1 - Martin Art Club 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

November 1 - STUCO Meeting 3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

November 2 - Martin Art Club 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

November 6 - NO SCHOOL

November 7 - PTO Meeting Room 203 9:00 -10:00 a.m.

November 8 - Martin Art Club 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

November 9 - Martin Art Club 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

November 10 - Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl 5th Grade Room 203 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

THANK YOU Martin Mustangs and Families!!!

Thank you so much for supporting our school and Watermark Books during our book fair. Martin Elementary earned close to $700 to spend on books for our library! The RME staff is so appreciative of the amazing families we have in our community. Thank you for getting out and supporting a local business AND our school!

October Family Talk

Conferences and the end of the first quarter are just around the corner and the Family Talk page on the district website has many resources to support parents, including:

Elementary Report Card Information

Middle and High School Report Card Information

Fall Conference Tips for Parents

Conversation Starters:

Ideas of questions you can ask your child(ren) to learn more about them.

  • What do you most like to learn about in school?

  • What is challenging for you right now?

  • Who’s an adult at school you can ask for help if you need it?

  • How can I/we help you at home?

Family Support for Success

We are excited to share a brand new opportunity for families in Andover! Have you ever had questions about how to support your children or their learning and not been sure who to ask? Take advantage of our program that will connect you with our district’s Family Engagement Consultant, Alysia Rich, for a one-on-one conversation to discuss your specific questions. Some ideas about topics to discuss are:

  • understanding grades or assessments

  • how to establish routines and habits at home

  • how to best support your child’s learning

  • behavior and responsibility

To sign up for a one-on-one session please complete this form and Alysia will contact you.

From our Counselors....Wear Orange on Oct. 18 for Unity Day!

Unity Day, started by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in October 2011, is the signature event of National Bullying Prevention Month. This is a day when we can come together in one giant, ORANGE message of hope and support. The call to action is simple: wear and share the color orange. This vibrant statement becomes a conversation starter, showing support for students who have been bullied and for bullying prevention.

Why unity? For years, our culture justified bullying with expressions such as, “Bullying is a natural part of childhood,” “Some kids just deserve to be bullied,” or “Bullying is a rite of passage.” The goal of the day is to bring together youth, parents, educators, businesses, and community members across the nation to emphasize the message that bullying is not acceptable and that all students deserve to be safe in school, online, and in the community.

What is the call to action? The call to action is simple—wear and share the color orange—as a visible representation of the supportive, universal message that our society wants to prevent bullying, and is united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.

Why the color orange? Unity Day is held during October, and orange is a color commonly identified with that month and season. It is also a color associated with safety and visibility. Orange is described as warm and inviting, and its vibrancy makes a strong statement.

Additional Links for Kids and Adults regarding Bullying:

Cyberbullying: What Kids Need to Know

Elementary Students: Bullying Prevention 101

Cyberbullying: What Adults Need to Know

Adults: Bullying Prevention 101

Jog-A-Thon - Volunteers Needed - October 20th

Sign up to help on Jog-A-Thon, Friday, October 20th!! Volunteers cheer on students to run, have fun and make sure they can scan their ID cards. The kids LOVE to see volunteers cheer them on!!

*If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Elizabeth McClure, Joice Henry, Lauren Walsh or Amanda Roop!"

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PTO Spirit Night at Chipolte - October 23rd

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The time is quickly approaching for our annual Robert Martin spelling bee, which is held on January 19th . This school spelling bee is for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. Each classroom will be selecting two classroom representatives to participate in the school spelling bee. This selection process will take place in late September and beginning October in their

homeroom classroom.

The teacher will conduct a written and then and oral spelling bee only with those students that wish to. From this classroom bee, two students will be selected to represent their classroom in the school bee. At the school spelling bee there will be one school spelling bee winner with an alternate chosen as back up. The first-place winner will represent our school in the county spelling bee on February 2 nd in El Dorado.

There are no words to study for the classroom bee, but the two classroom representatives will receive a list of words to prepare for the spelling bee to be held in January.

Please contact Mrs. King, Spelling Bee coordinator, with any questions you might have about our bee. Meanwhile………happy spelling!