Martin's Memos

Volume 1, Issue 21: February 9, 2018

This Week


Please read through the newsletter and let me know if you have any questions!


-Ms. Kate Martin

Pictures of the Week


  • Writing: We finished our nonfiction essay/book and began our poetry unit.

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

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

  • Social Studies: We began our government unit!

  • Enrichment: We gathered donations and prepped for our visit to Stonecrest!

Looking Forward to Next Week

  • Math: Purple: Continuing 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 create a product to show what we learned from our class enrichment project.

Self-Reflective Learning: Comparison to Others

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 how comparing ourselves to others is a common, but unproductive habit. What we realized was:

  • We should realize that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses. What might be your weakness could be someone's strength - and that's OK!
  • We all have something to contribute!
  • Focus on being a better you today than you were yesterday...your personal growth!

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!

Valentine's Day Party

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!

Upcoming Important Dates

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

3/1 Kindergarten Round-Up

3/8 1/2 Day

3/9 1/2 Day

3/30 Good Friday - No School

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

4/11 1/2 Day

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