Martin's Memos

Volume 2, Issue 13: November 30, 2018

This Week


Please read over the newsletter and let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Don't forget that our rescheduled meeting for current GT families to hear the plan for our move to Meadows is on Dec. 6 at 6:30 at the Administration building.

Report cards will come home on Monday. Please keep the actual report, but sign and return the envelope by Friday of next week.

-Ms. Kate Martin

Jackets/Coats, Hats, Gloves...

It's WINTER!!!!!!!!!

Unfortunately I still see students with only a jacket or sweatshirts. Now that the temperatures will consistently be in the 30's, please make sure your child has appropriate gear. Bring WARM JACKET, HAT, GLOVES, SNOWPANTS & BOOTS!

Sweatshirts aren't going to be enough! Remember that the students go outside unless the temperature is below 10 degrees. (Including wind chill) They go outside during lunch recess, 2nd recess and sometimes during P.E.

When it gets snowy, your child is welcome to leave their winter gear in a large bag in/under their cubby during the week. They must bring it home each Friday and bring it back on Monday.

Positivity Project

This week's character trait was "knowing my words and actions affect others". This really encompasses the "golden rule" of treating others the way you want to be treated and choosing your words carefully. We had a great discussion about speaking up for those that are being wronged. We realized that it's hard to do that for two reasons . First, because it may not directly affect you...but you must have empathy and sympathy! Secondly, because it may have a negative impact on you. Try to rise above it!

"Be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle." -Ian Maclaren

Photos of the Week!

What Did We Learn This Week?

Math: Students continued in their math groups.

Yellow- I can understand ratios and proportions

Green- I can understand ratios.

Orange- I can fluently multiply with large numbers. Place value.

Science (5th): We learned more about the lithosphere and how the earth's spheres interact/work together. We started to learn about science argumentation as well.

Reading: We will started learning how to read and respond to nonfiction texts in our new unit - "Reading the Weather, Reading the World"! We will learn the Nonfiction Notice and Note strategy and how that can help us understand a text.

Writing: We continued responding to nonfiction opinion texts. Take a look at the expectations. The students are now independently working on responding to an article about animal testing that will be finished today.

Enrichment: The students continued their Enrichment project - all students will be completing this individually. Enrichment 3.0 (FYI: Enrichment 2.0 is our community service project we had to put on hold until January!) This week we assigned presentation dates during the week of December 17th. Your child has their due date in their agenda.

Looking Forward to Next Week...

Positivity Project (P2)/Character Education: Kindness

Math: Students will continue their in their math groups.

Yellow- I can understand ratios and proportions

Green- I can understand ratios.

Orange- I can fluently multiply with large numbers. Place value.

Science (5th): We will finish this unit on 12/4 with a test. Then the 5th graders will start a social studies unit on Colonization.

Reading: We will continue learning how to read and respond to nonfiction texts in our new unit - "Reading the Weather, Reading the World"!

Writing: We will start personal narratives.

Enrichment: We will continue working on our enrichment projects.

Putting our Positivity Project to Work - - -Gleaners Food Drive!

Please consider donating non-perishable food items for the Gleaners Food Drive at Woodland! There's a class competition based on weight of food items....the heavier the better! Please, no glass.

The food drive runs now through December 12th.

Good News!

I applied for 2 different grants for books to be used here at Woodland and at Meadows for our GATE program and received both!

Meemic Scholastic Grant - $100

Avondale Education Foundation Dare to Dream Grant - $530

Continuous Important Reminders...

Box Tops!

GOOD NEWS! Our class collected the most Box Tops at Woodland! 387! We get to keep the "Box Top Trophy" in class and all students received a small prize.

Keep collecting and sending them in! Don't forget to label your child's name on the baggie so they can get credit.

Don't forget to clip and save your box tops! Send them in in a baggie with your child's name on it. We have a plastic bin in the classroom we keep them in. A representative from the PTO collects them on a regular basis and counts how many we collect for our class. Prizes are awarded to individual students and classes that bring in the most!

Book It!

This year our classroom is participating in the BOOK IT! Program to encourage your child's love of reading. Plus, we know that the best way to become a better reader is to READ, READ, READ! Our nightly expectation is 25 minutes per if they are doing that they should be able to meet our reading goal of 750 minutes per month! The students will receive the Reading Log by Minutes to keep track of the minutes. (linked below)

December goal = 525 minutes (Collected on December 21)

Logs need to be turned in by the last day of each month. This is when I'll be passing out the "Free Personal Pan Pizza" coupon!

Khan Academy: What is it? When should my child use it?

Khan Academy is a website that has math video lessons and practice problems based on grade and subject. It is mostly geared toward math and science. Most of the students should be using Their username and password is on a sticker in the front of their agenda. When I input their MAP scores onto the website it automatically generates personalized math lessons for each student. Research has shown that when students consistently use Khan Academy Mappers they can grow by more than 2 years in math.

In class, the students use it if/when they finish their in-class math lesson with me. However, sometimes I ask that the students do this instead of homework pages. Students can always log on at home and work on it anytime.

Standards-Based Grading

You may notice that some papers are coming home with a 3, 2, or 1 on them. We will be utilizing Standards Based Grading rather than the traditional grading system. This allows for more meaningful grading, adjustment of curriculum, and helps the students understand quality work. Report cards will utilize the language below, so we will use it in the classroom to keep things consistent. Students will be assessed based on their personal curriculum they are following.

3 = Meeting or Exceeding Grade Level Standards

2 = Adequate Progress Toward Grade Level Standards

1 = Limited Progress Toward Grade Level Standards

Please note that more detailed information will follow from Avondale Administration prior to report cards, and that 4th and 5th graders will still receive letter grades in addition to their standards based grading.

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)

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)

Dec 1: Holiday Breakfast @ 8:30-11am; Barnes and Noble Art Show

Dec. 6: Move to Meadows meeting for current families 6:30

Dec 7: Half Day-11:45am Dismissal

Dec 18: 3rd Grade Concert @ 7pm

Dec 24-Jan 4: Winter Break-NO SCHOOL; Return to School Jan 7th

Jan. 8: PTO Meeting 7-9

Jan. 21: No School

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.