Martin's Memos

Volume 1, Issue 19: January 26, 2018

This Week


We learned a lot of new information this week and got excited about volunteering! Check it out below!


-Ms. Kate Martin

Pictures of the Week


  • Writing: We started writing our drafts for our nonfiction essay/book.

  • Reading: We continued learning about analyzing nonfiction books and passages. The students will finish this unit this week.

  • Math: Purple: Finished our unit on adding and subtracting with many digits and creating proof drawings. Blue: Continued our new unit on measurement. Orange: Finished our unit relating decimals and fractions.

  • Science: We continued our Earth Systems PBL!

  • Enrichment: We started our new Enrichment project! (3rd enrichment project) The students chose to volunteer at a senior living center. We will partner with Stonecrest of Troy and will volunteer our time, but we will also gather needed donations.

Looking Forward to Next Week

  • Math: Purple: Starting our algebra unit. Blue: Continuing our unit on measurement. Orange: Starting our multiplying and dividing fractions unit.
  • Reading: We will have MAP reteach/acceleration groups for reading. Ms. Gierman and I will be splitting up our classes and co-teaching for this time.
  • Writing: We will finish up writing our nonfiction essays/books and will move into writing poetry.
  • Science: We will finish our PBL on earth systems.
  • Enrichment: We will continue the 3rd enrichment project by gathering needed donations for the Senior Living facility.

Character Trait of the Week: Reflection

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Saturday: Used Book Sale at the Troy Public Library!

For our 3rd Enrichment project, the students voted to learn about why it's important to volunteer in our community and visit a senior living facility on February 8th from 9-12:30. We will also be gathering donations for needed items. There will be a field trip form coming home soon.

Stonecrest of Troy Senior Living Donations Needed

Here's a note from the students:

Do you know an elderly individual that needs extra help? Research shows that senior living homes try to support health because sometimes the seniors aren’t always strong, happy and feeling alright. We need to provide care, help and donations for them to brighten their days. They need this because we, the students in the Ms. Martin’s and Ms. Gierman’s classes, know how much you care for them and that’s why we are doing a donation drive for the elderly! Please help donate to the elderly people in our community. We will be taking a trip to Stonecrest of Troy and giving your donations to the elderly. They truly appreciate our help. We are accepting old iPod shuffles (with charging cords if possible), lap or small blankets, crafting supplies, cup holders for their walkers, eyeglass cloths, trinkets, chocolates, or anything else that the elderly might enjoy. Please bring your donations to classrooms 9 or 10 at Woodland Elementary School by February 7th.

STEM Career Day!

Woodland’s STEM Career Day for students in grades 3-5 will take place on Friday, February 9th, 2018 from 1:30-3:00. We have a variety of presenters coming - an electrical engineer, a video game producer, an information technology specialist, and even a chief mechanical engineer that tests Abrams tanks! It will be a fantastic day!

Reading Logs

Some students are required to complete a reading log to track the amount of reading they are doing on a weekly basis. Students who are required to use this log are aware of how to complete it, and that it needs to be kept in their agenda. A copy of the reading log is linked below.

Late Work

A late work policy will begin January 8th for my classroom. Students will receive -%5 off for each day any homework or project is turned in more than a day late. This means students will get a 1 day grace period. For example: If a project was due on Tuesday but was turned in on Thursday, it would be -5% off of the grade they earned. Keep in mind, absences a different situation. Students receive one day extra time for each day they are absent.

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

-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!

Upcoming Important Dates

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

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