Martin Messenger

October 2, 2023

Robert M Martin Elementary

Robert Martin Elementary is a safe, friendly community, where learning is unique and fun; creating success for everyone!

Dates to Remember.....

Looking Ahead.....

October 2 - 6 - Bully Prevention Week

October 2 - Site Council Meeting at 4:15 p.m.

October 3 - PTO Meeting Room 203 at 9 a.m.

October 3 - Learning with Legos 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

October 3 - Family Dance Night 6 p.m.

October 4 - Martin Art Club 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

October 4 - STUCO Meeting 3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

October 5 - Martin Art Club 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

October 6 - Jog- A-Thon Kick Off Event 9:00 a.m.

October 9 - Kindergarten to Marietta Pumpkin Patch 9 a.m.

October 9 - BOE Meeting 6:30 p.m.

October 10 - Picture Retakes

October 10 - Learning with Legos 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

October 11 - End of the 1st Quarter

October 11 - Martin Art Club 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

October 11 - Parent Teacher Conference 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

October 12 - NO SCHOOL - Parent Teacher Conference 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

October 13 - NO SCHOOL

October 17 - Learning with Legos 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

October 18 - Report Cards available for Parents in PowerSchool

October 18 - Martin Art Club 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

October 18 - STUCO Meeting 3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

October 19 - Martin Art Club 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

October 20 - Jog-A-Thon

October 24 - Learning with Legos 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

October 24 - PTO Spirit Night - Chicken and Pickle 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

October 25 - Martin Art Club 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

October 26 - 4th Gr Field Trip to Exploration Place

October 26 - Martin Art Club 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

October 31 - Class Fall Parties

Bully Prevention Week

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Parent Teacher Conferences are coming up.

Parent Teacher Conferences are October 11 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and October 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please watch for information from your student's teacher the first week of October to sign up for a scheduled conference.

Jog-A-Thon - Volunteers Needed - October 20th

Sign up to help on Jog-A-Thon, Friday, October 20th!! Volunteers cheer on students to run, have fun and make sure they can scan their ID cards. The kids LOVE to see volunteers cheer them on!!

*If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Elizabeth McClure, Joice Henry, Lauren Walsh or Amanda Roop!"

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A Letter from Our Counselors

September 18, 2023

Dear Parent or Caregiver,

The Andover USD 385 Board of Education approved the purchase of a new elementary school counseling program called Safer, Smarter Kids to support our counselors in addressing the Kansas Social, Emotional, and Character Model Standards. This curriculum was created by educators, developmental psychologists, and experts in abuse prevention to teach personal safety with engaging age-appropriate lessons and activities. The Safer, Smarter Kids curriculum will provide your child with protective principles and the knowledge needed to identify and avoid unsafe situations, people, and behaviors - and how to access help.

The school counselor will teach these lessons during the regularly scheduled counselor class time. The lessons incorporate videos and in-class activities that address topics such as body boundaries, respecting yourself and others, the difference between safe and unsafe secrets, listening to your “Guiding Voice” and telling a trusted adult when a situation makes you feel confused or uncomfortable. You may view the lesson sequence, specific lesson topics, and related resources for each grade level using this link.

If you would like to learn more about the curriculum and see sample lessons, please visit For more information on ways to keep your child safe, teach personal safety lessons at home, and how to identify unsafe adults, visit

If you have questions about the curriculum, or, if after reviewing the lessons you would like to “opt-out” of specific lessons for your child, please email Troy Smith ( or Brandy Gaddis ( no later than October 2, 2023.


Troy Smith

Brandy Gaddis


The time is quickly approaching for our annual Robert Martin spelling bee, which is held on January 19th . This school spelling bee is for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. Each classroom will be selecting two classroom representatives to participate in the school spelling bee. This selection process will take place in late September and beginning October in their

homeroom classroom.

The teacher will conduct a written and then and oral spelling bee only with those students that wish to. From this classroom bee, two students will be selected to represent their classroom in the school bee. At the school spelling bee there will be one school spelling bee winner with an alternate chosen as back up. The first-place winner will represent our school in the county spelling bee on February 2 nd in El Dorado.

There are no words to study for the classroom bee, but the two classroom representatives will receive a list of words to prepare for the spelling bee to be held in January.

Please contact Mrs. King, Spelling Bee coordinator, with any questions you might have about our bee. Meanwhile………happy spelling!