Martin's Memos

Volume 2, Issue 18: January 18, 2019

This Week


What a great week! We've had a lot of excitement around here between getting our new P2 shirts on Wednesday and getting a new fish. (Peppermint 2.0) Please carefully read over the newsletter and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Don't forget - No school on Monday!

Supply Requests!

  • If anyone could donate packages of lined paper (college or wide ruled), I would greatly appreciate it!
  • If anyone has large boxes laying around - we'll need them for the Detroit Dog Rescue donation drive! Please send them in! (Read below for further information on this project!)
  • Old calculators you don't need!

-Ms. Kate Martin

Pictures of the Week!

Positivity Project

This week focused on another strength: Hope/Optimism

This week the students got a free P2 tshirt from the PTO! Yay! We are going to wear them every Monday (except this coming week - since we're out on Monday- wear them Tuesday).

Optimism means you expect the best from the future and work to achieve it. On this strength, we want to make an important note, as many people conflate positive psychology (and The Positivity Project) with "only seeing the positive and ignoring the negative." However, the importance of negative emotions -- and experiences -- is actually a key tenant in positive psychology and The Positivity Project.

Hope and optimism represent a state of hopefulness and confidence about the future (both short and long term). People with this strength are future-oriented. They have a positive vision of what the future holds and maintain confidence that they will get there. They keep a positive attitude despite setbacks – and often find ways to convert what seems like an obstacle into a stepping-stone to achieve their goals.

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What Did We Learn This Week?

Math: Students will continue their in their math groups.

Yellow- I can understand percents and interest.

Green-I can understand integers and the coordinate plane.

Orange- I can interpret word problems. The students are starting to be a different points in this group - your child may be working individually/at their pace to complete the grade level material, or may be on the same track as others in the group.

Social Studies(5th): We completed our colonization unit! The students had some awesome presentations and did well on the test!

Science (5th): We began our unit on mixtures and solutions! This is a VERY hands-on, inquiry-based unit. We began by understanding how mixtures are created, what an aqueous solution is, and how mass doesn't change when you combine/separate individual components of a mixture.

Reading: We began our new unit on Fables/Fairytales/Myths/Legends/Plays! The students have a new anthology that they have started to work through. They've also been participating in lessons about myths this week with me. It's a great opportunity for the students to learn about how these fantasy selections are different from one another, and to write their own!

Writing: We finished our personal narratives! The students will now begin writing their fantasy selections listed in the reading section.

Enrichment: We will begin a new enrichment project - we will partner with all of the GT classes to benefit the Detroit Dog Rescue in honor of Ms. Scott. The students have been managing the donations as they come in. Please continue to share the flyers! The students are also starting their own Enrichment 4.0.

Looking Forward to Next Week...

Winter NWEA/MAP Testing:

January 23rd: Ms. Martin's class - MAP Reading test

February 1st: Ms. Martin's class - MAP Math test

Positivity Project (P2)/Character Education: Hope/Optimism

Math: Students will continue their in their math groups.

Yellow- I can understand constructions and scale drawings.

Green-I can understand equations and inequalities.

Orange- I can interpret algebra, patterns, and coordinate graphs.

Science (5th): Our class will continue our new science unit, Mixtures and Solutions.

Reading/Writing: We will continue to learn about fables/myth/fairytales/plays/legends and write our own.

Enrichment: We will close out our community service enrichment project for the DDR. Students will continue working on their 4th enrichment project.

Upcoming Early Release Day: Feb.7th

The GT students will be dismissed out our regular side doors around 1:30-1:35.

Upcoming Field Trips

The Detroit Institute of Arts

Thursday, Jan. 31 from 9-2

Bring disposable sack lunch & a disposable snack

No cameras or backpacks

Cost = $0

The Cranbrook Institute of Science - Chemical Reactions

February 21 from 9:20-1:30

Bring disposable sack lunch & a disposable snack

Cost = $16 for admission

Enrichment Project - Supporting the Detroit Dog Rescue in Memory of Ms. Scott

From the students:

The students in the GT classes are working together to support Detroit Dog Rescue. We are collecting donations for stray dogs who need homes. Our donation drive will be running from Monday, January 14, to Friday, January 25. If you are interested in donating, there will be boxes outside Ms. Martin’s room; Room 10. We are doing this to help our community and the poor stray dogs in Detroit. Also, we are collecting donations in honor of Ms. Scott. One of her hobbies that she enjoyed was actually helping the Detroit Dog Rescue. So, if you want to help the dogs who need a home, you can make sure that you donate and tell others about the drive!

Student-Created Flyer to Share

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Avondale GATE School of Choice Information Nights!

Spread the word!

We will have 2 information nights for new school of choice applicants. Remember, if you are a CURRENT GT school of choice family, you do NOT need to re-apply. Current families are more than welcome to come to the meeting, since it will be held at Meadows and I'm sure you and your child(ren) are interested in seeing the new school! Just keep in mind there will be many improvements over the summer, and there are students using our classrooms this year so it will look slightly different next year.

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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)

Jan. 21: No School

Jan. 23: Ms. Martin's class - MAP Reading test

Jan. 29: SOC Information Night @ Meadows - current families welcome at 6:30

Jan. 30: Ms. Martin's class - MAP Math test

Jan. 31: DIA Field Trip with Ms. Green

Feb. 6-Mar.8: SOC Application Window

Feb. 7: early dismissal

Feb. 7: SOC Information Night @ Meadows - current families welcome at 6:30

Feb. 14: Valentines exchange @ 10:45; 1/2 day

Feb. 15-19: Mid-Winter Break

Feb.26: 4th grade concert

Mar. 14: Late start or early dismissal

Apr. 1-5: Spring Break

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.

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!