Martin's Memos

Volume 1, Issue 10: November 10, 2017

This Week

Please check out this week's information! Let me know if you have any questions.


-Ms. Kate Martin

Pictures of the Week


  • Writing: We are continuing writing our personal essays. The students have been doing great and have a lot to say!

  • Reading: We worked on our discussion guides for our Socratic Seminar on The Tiger Rising. We also had a great reader's workshop this week, focused on MAP vocabulary and reading comprehension.

  • Math: We are continuing our studies of division.

  • Science: We continued our unit on waves and energy.

  • Enrichment: The students finished their play and performed it for Ms. Gierman's class. We have also started generating ideas for our 2nd Enrichment project!

Essay Contest

Want to help Santa Claus and the Mayor of Auburn Hills light the City’s Christmas Tree?

The Auburn Hills Mayor and City Council invite you to participate in our holiday

Essay Contest

Winners will be invited on stage and awarded for his or her accomplishment at the 24th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony – Friday, December 1st, 2017. Along with citywide recognition, the winners will assist the Mayor and Santa Claus in lighting the City Christmas Tree in Downtown Auburn Hills to officially kick-off the holiday season!


What change do you want to see in the world this holiday season?

Deadline: Wednesday, November 22th, 2017

Please submit essays EITHER by mail or electronically to:

City of Auburn Hills

ATTN: Zack Thomas, Management Assistant

1827 N Squirrel Rd

Auburn Hills, MI 48326


Please include contact information and grade level with your submission. Winners will be notified prior to the event.

Character Trait of the Week: Empathy

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New Read Aloud Book!

We've started a new read-aloud book, Wonder. If you haven't heard of it, it's about a boy named Auggie who was born with a facial abnomality. He is just entering 5th grade at a school for the first time and is very nervous about making friends and being accepted despite what he looks like. There's a lot of parallels to be made with our students, the experiences they've had at school previously, and how they sometimes feel like the "square peg in the round hole". It's a great book about empathy, understanding and friendship, and it can be a fantastic opportunity for discussion at home, too.

Also, there's a major motion-picture movie out in theaters right now that's based on the book if you're interested in connecting to the classroom!

Looking Forward to Next Week

  • Math: Continuing current units that will start to focus more on division.
  • Reading: We will culminate our learning with a Socratic Seminar, and will begin our nonfiction unit.
  • Writing: Continuing to learn about personal and persuasive essays.
  • Science: We will be continuing our Waves and Energy unit.
  • Enrichment: We are working on our 2nd Enrichment Project. Here's the link to the packet.

Gifted and Talented Open House

Spread the word!

There will be a Gifted and Talented Open House for prospective families on November 15th and 16th at 6:30pm at Woodland Elementary. Applications for in-district students who will be in 2nd - 5th grades next year will be available. Parents from out-of-district communities may attend to get information only. (The school of choice window does not open until the spring)

Although this is mainly for new families, current families in the program would benefit from learning how the program will grow in coming years. Feel free to attend!

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

11/14 PTO Meeting
11/15 Picture Retake Day
11/17 Half Day
11/21 Half Day
11/22 Half Day
11/23-11/24 Thanksgiving Break, No School
11/27-12/11 Canned Food Drive
12/1 Spirit Day/PBIS Assembly
12/2 Holiday Breakfast 8:30-11am
12/8 Half Day
12/12 3rd Grade Holiday Concert - All GT Students participate!
​12/25-1/5 Winter Break, No School