Martin's Memos

Volume 2, Issue 37: June 7, 2019

This Week


Please read the information in our newsletter below and let me know if you have any questions.

Have a great weekend!

-Ms. Kate Martin

Ms. Martin's 4/5 Class - Year in Review Video

5th Grade GT Mock Trial

Well, our first experience planning and prepping for our mock trial is complete! Today the students went through two mock trials: one for the Boston Tea Party and one for the Boston Massacre. The students had a role to play during each trial and had to help create questions for witnesses, cross-examination questions, closing and opening statements, and learn the courtroom procedures. We had lots of help from Mrs. Broughton when we did our rehearsals and practices! Mr. Broughton began and ended our mock trial journey when he came in and taught the students about law basics and the courtroom, and when he acted as our judge on June 7th! Everyone did a fantastic job!

5th Grade Only End of Year Celebrations

A couple more events are planned for the 5th graders at the end of the year. These events, listed below, will be an opportunity to celebrate the end of elementary school with the other Woodland 5th graders. Please note that the 4th graders will not participate in these events.

We are quickly approaching the end of the school year and with that our end of the year picnic. Our picnic will be on Tuesday, June 11th from roughly 12:45-2:15 pm. 5th grade students will eat a picnic lunch on the playground/field and then have a chance to play games.

We need your help! We will need parents to help prep and serve the food from the Discovery Room and parents to help organize and supervise the games.

If you are able to help, please sign up using the link below. If you have any questions, please let me know! :)

4th/5th GT End of Year Picnic

Don't forget to send in $5 for the 4/5 GT picnic!!!!!
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This Week...

Math: Students continued in their math groups:

Purple group - Working on unit 6

Yellow group- working on unit 12

Green group- working on unit 13

Orange group- finished unit 4

Social Studies/Science (5th): After refining our witness questions and answers, and after multiple practice trials, we are ready for our Mock Trial today!

Reading: We continued our reading lessons on "Patterns of Change" until we have no more time to do so..... :)

Writing: The students are continuing to learn how to write a scientific paper by planning an experiment, conducting it, recording results, and then writing their findings as an essay. This week the students finished their drafts and started revising and editing. Students will publish this early next week.

Enrichment: Enrichment project! The students are all working at their own pace and have to find an alternative presentation method other than Google Slides or Prezi. Students are starting to present next week!

Looking Forward to Next Week...

Wear your P2 t-shirt on June 13th for a school-wide picture!

Math: Students will not begin a new unit this week - we'll be finishing up and I'll be noting which unit they are ending on.

Social Studies (5th): End of year activities.

Reading: End of year activities. Updating our Online Educational Portfolios.

Writing: Students will publish their scientific papers!

Enrichment: Enrichment 5.0 presentations.

Suggested School Supply Lists 2019-2020 School Year

For you over-achievers out there who like to look for deals over the summer - here are next year's suggested school supply lists! Last year, many parents asked which supplies were used as community supplies vs. personal, so we tried to organize them in that way this year. Please note that you will not know which class your child is in (for 2-3, 3-4, 4-5) until August, but you could start gathering the many common items in the meantime. Additionally, for those in 6th grade next year, the exploratory classes held at AMS may have additional supplies (TBD).


Please be sure to check your emails or the GT Class Family Facebook group over the summer for:

-A summer park "meet up" in July

-Possible items needed for next year - donation opportunities

-Ways to become involved in the Avondale GATE PTO

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)

Early Release: 8:32-1:39 (GT dismissal around 1:34)

Late Start: 10:32-3:39

  • June 11: 5th Grade picnic
  • June 12: 4/5 GT Classes picnic
  • June 13: HALF DAY - PM Records
  • June 14: HALF DAY - Last Day of School
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