Martin's Memos

Volume 1, Issue 14: December 8, 2017

This Week


Please take time to look through this newsletter!

Have a great weekend!


-Ms. Kate Martin

Pictures of the Week


  • Writing: We published our persuasive essays.

  • Reading: We pulled out the main ideas and supporting details from complex nonfiction passages and books.

  • Math: Orange Group: We continued our unit on fractions! Blue Group: We completed our division unit. Purple Group: We completed our graphing and time unit.

  • Social Studies: We finished our geography PBL about the United States.

  • Enrichment: We completed our 2nd enrichment projects and presented them this week!

Looking Forward to Next Week

  • Math: Orange Group: Continuing fractions unit. Blue Group: Starting measurement unit. Purple Group: Starting multi-digit addition and subtraction.
  • Reading: We will continue our nonfiction unit!
  • Writing: Writing different types/variations of persuasive essays.
  • Science: We will start our energy/energy transfer unit.
  • Enrichment: We will learn about the VEX robotics kits and how to use them. This will include robotics and coding lessons.

Character Trait of the Week: Resourcefulness

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Holiday Concert

All of the GT students will be participating in the upcoming holiday concert at Woodland. The other 3rd grade classes will also be participating. It will be held on December 12th at 7:00pm. Students should plan to arrive by 6:40pm and report to the music room. if you have questions, please contact Ms. Petripren at if you have questions.

Small Business Day @ Woodland

What is it?

Small Business Day is a day for students to sell a good or service that they have created or will provide. Students will need to create all products at home and provide their own supplies.

When and where is it?

All day on December 15th at Woodland Elementary

Why are we doing this?

To supplement our economics unit in Social Studies, and to raise money to cover some of the costs for the Lansing Field Trip. All of the proceeds the students earn on this day will go toward lowering everyone's field trip cost.

Can parents volunteer?

Yes! We'd love to have you volunteer on this day. Please let me know via email if you are interested in helping.

*******Don't Forget!********

Your child (and their fellow group members, if applicable) should be working on creating their products or getting their materials together for their service. They should create about 75-100 items to sell.

Upcoming Field Trip to AHS's Robotics Lab!

The two GT classes will be going on a field trip to visit Avondale High School's Robotics Laboratory! This will take place on Friday, December 22nd from 12-2pm. It will be a great opportunity for students to see the different robots the "Robo Jackets" have created, how they create them, and more!

Woodland Canned Food Drive

We will again be holding our annual Gleaners canned food drive. Students can bring in canned goods and non-perishable food from Monday, November 27th through Friday, December 15th. The students always enjoy a friendly class competition to see who can donate the most food. (Of course I am SLIGHTLY competitive.....) We will be "weighing-in" the food on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in hopes of belonging to the "One Ton Club" once again this year!

Items needed at Gleaners:

  • Boxed pasta, rice & potatoes
  • Canned fruits & veggies
  • Cereal & oatmeal
  • Canned tuna & chicken
  • Boxed pancake & muffin mixes
  • Peanut butter & jelly in plastic containers

Did you know.....every 4 pounds of donated food can provide 3 meals to a hungry neighbor?

Lansing Field Trip

The Lansing Field Trip is scheduled for Friday, April 13. All 3/4 GT students will attend this field trip with the rest of the Woodland 4th graders.

We will be visiting the Impressions 5 Science Center in the morning and our Capitol Tours are in the afternoon. We will be leaving Lansing by 4pm.

More information and logistics to come.

General Information

  • Homework
-Independent Reading: Minimum 20 minutes ***Try to incorporate nonfiction!

-Literature Circles: Reading and "job" Assignments on Google Classroom


-Daily math homework M-Th

  • Please check your child's agenda nightly by initialing under "Parent Signature". I will also initial it in the morning to confirm they have written the correct information down.
  • Friday Folders: They were sent home today! Please take out all the sheets and return the folder MONDAY.
  • Bagel Sales! Pre-Order on Wednesdays of each week. All varieties cost $1, cash only. Bagels are delivered on Fridays.
  • Order online at and use our class code R3CHK if you need books!

Does your Child Like to Ski? Check out the link below for 4th-5th graders!

Upcoming Important Dates

11/27-12/15 Canned Food Drive

12/8 Half Day
12/12 3rd Grade Holiday Concert - All GT Students participate!

12/21 GT Class Holiday Party at 8:45am (Parents welcome)

12/22 AHS Robotics Field Trip (Only GT Students)

​12/25-1/5 Winter Break, No School

1/15 MLK, Jr. Day - No School

2/21-2/23 Mid-Winter Break - No School

3/8 1/2 Day

3/9 1/2 Day

3/30 Good Friday - No School

4/2-4/6 Spring Break - No School

4/11 1/2 Day

4/13 Lansing Field Trip (All 4th Grade/GT Students)

5/11 1/2 Day

5/28 Memorial Day - No School

6/14 1/2 Day

6/15 1/2 Day - Last Day of School