Martin's Memos

Volume 2, Issue 2: September 7, 2018

This Week


What an amazing week! I am so amazed and in awe of these students...I know it will be a year of tremendous growth! Please take a careful look through this week's newsletter. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Don't forget about the GT Curriculum Night on Wednesday, Sep. 12th from 6-7:30! I'll share information about our curriculum and other classroom information. The presentation will be shared in next week's newsletter if you aren't able to make it.


-Ms. Kate Martin

Photos of the Week

This Week

Math: Students completed a pre-test to help me determine which grade level of math they should start at this year.

Science: We started learning about the science process skills and the scientific method.

Reading: We completed a pre-assessment and learned about the Lexile system/choosing books.

Writing: We learned about the importance of stamina, fluency and volume in writing.

Enrichment: We learned about passion projects and how we'll be utilizing our enrichment time. Students also chose their first enrichment project and started researching!

Looking Forward to Next Week

Math: Students will be sorted into their math groups and will begin their first units.

Science: We will complete a science experiment by using the scientific method and will also follow the engineering design process and design, create, test and catapult!

Reading: We will begin our first unit called "Literary Reflections" where we analyze literature and make generalizations about the big idea of change.

Writing: We will learn about our procedures for our greek/latin root weekly quizzes, and also begin with a quick unit on grammar and vocabulary. The following week we'll begin our persuasive writing unit.

*Book Fair in media center all week!

Please complete this form if you haven't!

Parent Information Form 2018/2019

Please complete as soon as possible. All 5th grade families, too!

Please Return...

Please review, sign and return the emergency card that was in the 1st day folder.

Please review, sign and return the bottom slip on the "Ms. Martin's Student Handbook" packet.

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

We again have several students at Woodland that have a severe allergy to peanuts and/or tree nut product. Because of that, Woodland is a peanut and tree nut free school. Please understand that even touching a small amount of a product or accidental ingestion containing nuts could be a life-threatening situation. For these children, reactions can be immediate and life threatening. We are asking for your assistance in providing these students with a safe learning environment.

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.

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 ELS 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.

Woodland Birthday Treat Procedure

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!

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)
Ms. Martin's Student Handbook 2018-2019

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

Wish List: More Fun Seating Options!

I'm always searching for fun flexible seating options! If you find the following items and are interested in supporting our classroom, please send them in!

-Bean Bag Chairs

-Metal/Sturdy Stools

-Zenergy Ball Chairs

-Wobble Stools

-Seat cushions

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. 12: GT Curriculum Night 6-7:30pm

Sep. 13: Woodland Curriculum Night 6-9pm

Sep. 14: Family picnic 5:30-7

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