Martin's Memos

Volume 1, Issue 5: October 8, 2017

This Week

Please take a look at this week's newsletter. There is a lot of new information, so please read carefully! Have a great weekend!


-Ms. Kate Martin

Pictures of the Week


  • Writing: Drafting our personal narrative stories, continuing with cursive.

  • Reading: Lucy Calkins reading program unit on "Interpreting Characters". Please encourage your child to work for at least 30 minutes on on the lessons they are assigned from Google Classroom.

  • Math: We completed Unit 1, culminating with tests at the end of this week. Please encourage your child to work for at least 30 minutes per week on Students also gained access to the Math Expressions website this week. Their username and password is in the front of their agenda. This is a great place to go if students are struggling with something they learned in class.

  • Science: We learned about how light moves and how our senses interact with light.

  • Enrichment: Students finished their research on their individual topics and created their presentations. We also started creating our online educational portfolios using Weebly.

Welcome Milena Terenzi!

Milena is joining us from Oakland University for her field placement class. She will be helping out a few hours each week! We are excited to have her!
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I love to have parents get involved in our classroom activities! Please make sure you have completed and turned in the volunteer form for the District along with a copy of your Driver's License.You should get a confirmation from the office that you are approved to volunteer before coming in.

Please view this volunteer spreadsheet if you'd like to see if there is a consistent time you can volunteer. It doesn't need to be every week, but I'm hoping it can be something consistent each month.

Important Things to Remember About Volunteering

1. Always be on time. The class has a tight schedule and a lot to accomplish in a day.

2. If you cannot make your scheduled time please call/email me as soon as possible.

3. Please do not bring younger siblings into the classroom while you are volunteering.

Thank you for your help!

Character Trait of the Week: Kindness

We revisited kindness this week: Complimenting others and performing acts of kindness!
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NEW Donor's Choose Project: Rockin' Robotics!

Please consider giving to our joint GT Donors Choose project!

Important Information

  • 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. Don't forget that school picture day is Monday. There is an order form in your child's Friday Folder.
  • GT students will participate in the 3rd grade Holiday Concert on December 12th from 7-9pm.
  • 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!

What is the MAP test? What do the scores mean?

Resources -> Parent Resources.....Scroll down! I added some really important and interesting information about the NWEA MAP tests that the students took this week. Next week and in the coming weeks, we will take a deeper look at their data and use it to help make informed instructional decisions. We will talk more about this during our Fall conferences, but please let me know if you have any questions in the meantime!

Fun Run!!!

Turn in your pledge sheet/money raised by October 13th!

Looking Forward to Next Week

  • Math: Starting unit 2...we will now have 3 groups: purple, blue and orange.
  • Reading: We're getting the hang of reader's workshop! Continuing our focus on fictional characters.
  • Writing: We will publish our first personal narratives using our checklist.
  • Science: We will learn about how we perceive light and the characteristics of light through hands-on investigations. We will have a test at the end of next week.
  • Enrichment: We will continue working on our website portfolios.

Upcoming Important Dates

10/9 Picture Day
10/20 Coffee with the Principal 9-10am
10/23-10/27 Penny Wars
10/26 Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:30-8pm
10/27 Chuck E Cheese Night 4-10pm
10/31 Class Halloween Party/Parade 2:15
11/1 Half Day
11/2 Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:30-8
11/3 Spirit Day/PBIS Assembly
11/5 Family Bowling 12:30-2:30pm
11/7 Election Day, No School
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
​12/25-1/5 Winter Break, No School

Avondale School District 2017 Bond Proposal

  • Requires NO increase in mils currently paid.
  • Pays for safety, security, and technology upgrades.
  • Spread the word to VOTE on November 7, 2017 if you live within the district.