Martin's Memos

Volume 2, Issue 24: March 1, 2019

This Week

Parents,


Please read the information in our newsletter below and let me know if you have any questions. Have a great weekend!



-Ms. Kate Martin

Avondale GATE School of Choice Application Window!

Spread the word! The School of Choice application window is NOW OPEN until March 8th at 4pm.
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Positivity Project - P2

This week's character strength is: Enthusiasm.


For individuals, enthusiasm is an easily identifiable and highly desirable personality trait. We feel good when we are energized by an activity or opportunity – and we like to spend time with people who are excited about life. Those who demonstrate a high level of enthusiasm are more likely to complete tasks and exceed minimum requirements as a result of their passion.


For groups, enthusiasm can be directly tied to high levels of success, happiness, and achievement. Enthusiasm is contagious. One person’s enthusiasm can spark others to think, speak, and act with more energy and conviction. Groups that are enthusiastic about tasks are much more likely to spend longer periods of time in service to the group’s overall goals.

Pictures of the Week

March is Reading Month!

March is reading month! This year our school will be "Popping Into Reading"! See the flyer and information that is coming home in Friday Folders today. Basically the students will turn in their popcorn piece of paper with your signature to confirm they read for 150 minutes that week to earn prizes!
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This Week...

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.

Purple- I can understand equations.


Science (5th): Our class will continue our science unit, Mixtures and Solutions. This week the students completed experiments related to the solubility of solutions.


Reading/Writing:

We completed our Myth/Legends/Play/Fairytale anthology! The students have worked so hard on this!

We are also in the midst of our Novel Study. While students are working on this, I've been pulling small reading groups to work on their focus skills.


Enrichment: Students will continue working on their 4th enrichment project. It's due on 3/1.

Looking Forward to Next Week...

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.

Purple- I can understand equations.


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


Reading: We will continue a novel study! Here's the details - CLICK HERE!


Writing: We are beginning a unit on expository/informational writing. Here is what the students will be doing: Directions Sheet


Enrichment: Students will continue working on their 4th enrichment project. It's due on 3/8.

Upcoming Field Trips

Oakland University - Engineering Lab

April 8th from 9:00-1:30

Bring disposable sack lunch & a disposable snack

Cost = $17 for admission


OU Chaperone:

Ms. Weadock

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



Feb. 6-Mar.8: SOC Application Window

Mar. 4: 5th Graders - Fire Safety

Mar.7: 1/2 day

Mar.8: 1/2 day

Mar. 14: Late start or early dismissal

Apr. 1-5: Spring Break (Ms. Martin goes to Disney World! Yay!)

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!