Martin's Memos

Volume 2, Issue 1: August 2018

This Week


It was so fantastic to meet new faces and welcome back familiar ones, too. I am thrilled to spend this year with your child!

This edition of the newsletter is packed with information and things to do/know. Please read carefully and let me know if you have any questions!


-Ms. Kate Martin

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Parent Information Form 2018/2019

Please complete as soon as possible.

1st Day Folder

Your child will come home with a green 1st day folder. Please look through it carefully! There are many important items, including your child's emergency card to be reviewed.

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!

Social Media/Communication


Email is my primary form of communication. I always try to be prompt with my responses and answer any questions or concerns that I can. Please make sure whatever email you provide is the one you will consistently check.


Remind is a free text messaging app that helps teachers, students and parents communicate quickly and efficiently. I use this app to send reminders, information about our day and photos. If you still have the app from last year, you will need to REJOIN this new class.

Remind Directions:

1. In your phone's app store, download the free "Remind" app.

2. Then, click on "join a class".

3. Type in our class code: @7d7898.

My Classroom Website

This website has a wealth of information! I try to link our weekly newsletters and keep up-to-date information/valuable resources.


If you use Twitter, please follow me @katemartin84 (my educator account)!


Friend me on Facebook (my educator account)! Look for the same picture at the bottom of this newsletter if you search for me.

There is also an Avondale GT parent group (private) on facebook. Please let me know if you are not a part of this group yet and would like to be!


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.

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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)

Recess Suggestion

We have new wood chips in the play area! While that is a great thing, they are quite hard. We suggest that the students avoid wearing open-toed shoes at recess.
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. 4: 1st Day of School - 1/2 day

Sep. 7: Fun Run assembly

Sep. 12: GT Curriculum Night 6-7pm

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