Martin's Memos

Volume 2, Issue 3: September 14, 2018

This Week


We had another great week. Please read through this information carefully and let me know if you have any questions!


-Ms. Kate Martin

Photos of the Week

This Week

Math: We started our math groups and lessons!

Science (5th): We experimented with the scientific method and the engineering design process.

Reading: We made generalizations about change and started our read aloud - The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The students also completed their F & P reading assessments with me.

Writing: We learned that the roots words mot, mov and mov mean "move". We also started our grammar lessons and started learning expectations for the writing process.

Enrichment: We started our 1st passion projects and how we'll be utilizing our enrichment time.

Looking Forward to Next Week

Math: Students will continue their in their math groups.

Social Studies (5th): We will move on from our Scientific Inquiry Mini Unit and start a unit on the Indigenous People's Life in the Americas.

Reading: We will develop our reasoning and interpretive skills of literature and through our written responses.

Writing: We will start a persuasive writing essay by using the dagwood model to organize our thoughts and start drafting.

*Students will complete the NWEA MAP test for Reading and Math this coming week (Math-Monday and Reading-Tuesday). This will provide their baseline score for the school year and we'll set goals using this data.


I absolutely love having parent volunteers in our classroom each year! I truly believe it enriches the student’s experience each day, and it is always a benefit to have extra help. The volunteering spreadsheet below is for parents who are interested in helping during the instructional day during math, science, reading, and/or writing. I’d prefer that I have volunteers that sign up for a consistent day & time each week or every other week.

Avondale Schools requires all volunteers to complete the Volunteer Application Form and send in a copy of your license. Once I am notified by the front office that your background check has cleared, then you may volunteer at your chosen dates/times. I will let you know when this happens, or you can also call Kathy in the front office to check.

There will be other opportunities for volunteering for field trips or other special events that will be organized separately. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Volunteering Spreadsheet

Add your name in if you'd like to come in and volunteer!

Continuous Important Reminders...

Parent Information Form 2018/2019

Please complete this form if you haven't. All 5th grade families, too!

Friday Folders

Each student will be assigned a Friday folder. Each Friday it will come home with graded/completed work and communication from the school and myself. Please take out the items, review them, and return them in the folder if necessary. Students should return the Friday Folder on Monday.

Peanut & Tree Nut Free School

Woodland is a peanut and tree nut free school.

A no peanut or tree nut product policy means that there may not be any snacks or lunches that include contains any nut in the ingredients as well as anything that was made on shared machinery. It is OK to send snacks that say that they were made in the same facility as items containing nuts.

If your child is interested in celebrating their birthday in school and you would like to send in something for the class, please do not send in food items. We suggest a small trinket, pencils, etc. instead. Thank you!

Thank you for your understanding and diligence!

Dismissal Enhancements

Arrival: All students will enter the main entrance then come to the classrooms.

Dismissal: GT students AND their siblings will be dismissed from the ELC doors in the rear of the parking lot.

​School Hours: 8:32 a.m. - 3:39 p.m. (GT - 3:34)
Half-Day Dismissal: 11:45 a.m.

Please stand outside the ELC doors at dismissal and hold up your child's assigned number card. Once you hear me call your child's number, please move off to the side so more numbers can be called. The students will meet you outside.

We are working to try and get the GT siblings dismissed a few minutes earlier so that the older GT students aren't always the last dismissed.

Thank you all for your patience as we find the best, most efficient and safe dismissal process possible.

Class Schedule

Ms. Martin’s Class Schedule

8:35-8:50: Morning Work/Welcome

8:50-9:40: Writing Workshop

5th Graders:

9:40-10:26: 5th Grade Specials

10:26-10:35: Snack (Healthy, Nut-Free)

10:35-11:30: Science/Social Studies with Ms. Martin

4th Graders:

9:40-10:35: Science/Social Studies with Ms. Gierman

10:35-11:21: 4th Grade Specials

11:21-11:30: Snack (Healthy, Nut-Free)

4th/5th Graders Return to their Teacher:

11:30-12:30: Math Workshop

12:31-12:53: Lunch

12:53-1:15: Recess

1:15-2:30: Reading Workshop

2:30-2:45: 2nd Recess

​2:45-3:30: Enrichment

  • Woodland follows an “ABC” specials schedule. Tuesday, September 4th will start with “A” day and continue from there.

  • 4th Grade students travel as a class together to specials. Their specials schedule is:

A-PE B-Music C-Art

  • 5th Grade students are split among the three regular 5th grade classes. Their specials schedule depends on the teacher they attend specials with. It may change during the year.

Phou: A-PE B-Music C-Art

(Koen, Nicholas)

Davison: A-Art B-PE C-Music

(Xavier, James, Blair, Georgie)

McNaughton: A-Music B-Art C-PE

(Luca, Kayla, Aapratim, Annabel)

Wish List: Higher Level Books!

Upcoming Important Dates

Normal School Hours: 8:32 - 3:39 (GT dismissal 3:34)

Half Day Hours: 8:32 - 11:45

Sep. 18: PTO Meeting 7-9pm

Sep. 24-28: Spirit Week

Sep. 28: Box Top Collection

Oct. 2: Culver's Night

Oct. 5: Spirit Day/Fun Run 9-10:45

Oct. 8: Woodland Picture Day

Oct. 11 & 12: ROARS Store

Oct. 25: Elementary Conferences 4:30-8pm

Ms. Martin's Student Handbook 2018-2019

A paper copy came home with your child within the first week of school.

Avondale Communications/Photo Release Policy

Avondale has an "opt-out" policy with regards to photos/videos. When you initial that you have read/agree with the communications policy on the emergency card, this is your acknowledgement of that policy. If you would like to "opt-out", please inform the from office in writing.