Martin's Memos

Volume 2, Issue 6: October 5, 2018

This Week


Please read through this information carefully and let me know if you have any questions! I've included the link to the Meadows FAQ sheet. Please contact me if you have any questions. Many more decisions are still to be made and we will try and communicate that in a timely manner.

There are more book sets listed if anyone else is still interested in donating!

To ensure that we maintain and grow a positive school culture, we ask that your first point of contact for any academic and social concerns regarding your child be addressed with their teacher. This will aid us in making sure you are receiving accurate information and that we can help with any issues immediately.

While we appreciate the connectivity social media brings, sometimes it can also bring misinformation and negativity. Thank you for helping us provide a positive learning environment in which the students are nurtured and supported.


-Ms. Kate Martin

Transition to Meadows

Meadows Transition/Avondale GATE F.A.Q.

Please click on the button to learn more about our transition to Meadows.

We are in the process of selecting a meeting date/time/location for all of the current GATE families to learn about the move to Meadows and ask questions. It will likely be in the next month or so. More information to come.

Positivity Project

This week's character trait was "open-mindedness". It's defined as: "You like to consider new ideas and try new things. You examine things from all sides and don't jump to conclusions." We had some really great discussions about confirmation bias, being the last to speak, and considering others' opinions and viewpoints when they are different from our own.

"Open minded people don't care to be right, they care to understand. There's never a right or wrong answer. Everything is about understanding." -Unknown

Photos of the Week

What Did We Learn This Week?

Positivity Project (P2)/Character Education: Open Mindedness

Math: Students continued in their math groups.

Yellow- I can understand rational numbers.

Green- I can x and / fractions and decimals.

Orange- I can complete operations involving decimals.

Social Studies (5th): I can act as a historian and learn how Europe influenced US history. Students learned about Europe's Exploration and how they interacted with the Native Americans.

Reading: We continued to make generalizations and reason about change. Students will also reason about events and situations. In our small groups we used the "Notice and Note" strategy when reading. This week we focused in on the "Tough Questions" signpost.

Writing: We continued our persuasive writing essays. We'll use the Dagwood model to create our drafts and elaborate on our reasons. Next week's root word is "log" which means word, idea, reason, or speech.

Looking Forward to Next Week...

Positivity Project (P2)/Character Education: Identifying and Appreciating Others

Math: Students will continue their in their math groups.

Yellow- I can understand rational numbers.

Green- I can x and / fractions and decimals.

Orange- I can complete operations involving decimals.

Social Studies (5th): I can act as a historian and learn how Europe influenced US history. Test on Friday 10/12.

Reading: We will continue to make generalizations and reason about change and reasoning. We'll continue learning the "Notice and Note" strategy. We'll continue reading The Secret Garden.

Writing: We will continue our persuasive writing essays. We'll use the Dagwood model to create our drafts and elaborate on our reasons. The students will also integrate "Ethos, Pathos and Logos" into their persuasive essays!

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)

We can start for the month of October a little late! Our "prorated" October amount is 625 minutes. :) Students complete the log and a parent needs to sign to confirm they read that amount of minutes.

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!

Willing to Donate? We Need Books for Book Clubs/Literature Circles!

We have exhausted Woodland's supply of higher level books in their book room. Can you help? Below is a list of four books and links to the Amazon site where you can purchase them. I would prefer 5 copies of each book. You don't have to buy all 5 if you're interested! Even purchasing one would help us! Anything your donate would stay with the Avondale GATE program. Please email me to let me know what you'd like to buy so I can keep track!

Thank you for your consideration!

The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Edition) (Need 5 copies) Amazon Thrift books

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (Need 5 copies) Amazon Thrift books

Thanks to those that purchased copies for the GATE program! :)

The Marx Family, The Billings Family, The Broughton Family, The Nowinski Family, The Lavallee Family, The Niezgoda Family, The Anderson Family, The Weadock Family, The Schaefer Family, and the Wloch Family!

Vision and Hearing Screening

Hearing Screening will be done, also by OCHD, on 10/12, 10/15 and 10/16. They will screen K, 2nd, and 4th graders.

Continuous Important Reminders...

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.

Avondale GATE Internal Applicant Information Nights

Next Information Night for Internal Families: Oct. 24th.

Other Helpful Information:

-November 1-15 is the Internal Application Window. Online application and forms will be online during that window.

-Current students in GT program do not need to reapply.

-Students that are in Avondale Schools through school of choice but are not in the GT program are considered internal applicants.

-Students that have a sibling in the GT program and they want to apply but are not currently in Avondale Schools are school of choice applicants. These students must wait for that application window in the spring.

-The school of choice information nights are January 29th and February 7th.

-The school of choice application window is February 6-March 8.

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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.

Fall Conferences

Forgot your date or time? Click below!

Box Tops!

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!

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

Oct. 8: Woodland Picture Day

Oct. 11 & 12: ROARS Store

Oct. 25: Elementary Conferences 4:30-8pm

Oct. 31: Halloween Party/Parade (More info to come from room parents)

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!