Martin's Memos

Volume 2, Issue 34: May 17, 2019

This Week


Please read the information in our newsletter below and let me know if you have any questions. Have a great weekend!

We are asking that all students in the 4-5 classes please send in $1 toward the Hawk Woods presentation and fossil activity. Please send the $1 in by May 28th.

-Ms. Kate Martin

Avondale GATE PTO Information!

Congratulations to our new Avondale GATE Magnet School PTO Board Members!

President: Joshua Raymond

Vice-President & Fundraising Chair: Jennifer Wloch and Jennifer Dolney

Volunteer Chair: Laura Wright, Tiffany McGinnis, Priti Bhowmick

Secretary: Brandee Anderson and Kristin Mullen

Treasurer: Megan Marx

Next GATE PTO Meeting: May 30th at 7pm at Woodland Elementary


To be discussed:

  • Mission and Vision
  • Bylaws
  • Financial accounts and 503c designation
  • Fundraising events and items needed to purchase
  • Identifying other GATE parents interested in helping
  • Social media and marketing

*Be on the lookout for Avondale GATE Spiritwear information coming SOON!!!!!

Positivity Project - P2


This week we summed up our theme of #OtherPeopleMatter. We will continue our summary discussions next week as well.

MAP Testing

The students did a fantastic job with MAP testing!

The students will reflect on their growth and will officially share the information in another week or so, but I'm sure you've heard from them already! I'm so excited about the growth each student has made; we've come so far since the beginning of the year.

Overall, students in our class made over 198% of their growth goals in math and 168% of their growth goals in reading. WAY TO GO!!!!!!

Pictures of the Week

This Week...

Math: Students continued in their math groups for only a couple of days. We did MAP review and testing on the other days.

Purple group - working on unit 4

Yellow group- finishing unit 10

Green group- beginning 11

Orange group- working on unit 2

Social Studies/Science (5th): Mr. Broughton came in and shared a ton of fantastic information about the basics of law, courtroom procedures, and answered all of our crazy questions! The students then determined which roles they'd like to audition for for our 2 trials: The Boston Massacre and The Boston Tea Party. The students auditioned and were assigned a role for each trial!

Reading: We continued with book clubs (the students already have their new novels and job sheets!) and our reading workshop times. We also continued our reading unit with the William and Mary GT Curriculum titled "Patterns of Change". The students also had a MAP review day as well as a day for the MAP test.

Writing: The students are then starting to learn how to write a scientific paper by planning an experiment, conducting it, recording results, and then writing their findings as an essay. This week the students worked on their experiments.

Enrichment: We started a new enrichment project! The students are all working at their own pace and have to find an alternative presentation method other than Google Slides or Prezi.

Looking Forward to Next Week...

Math: Students will continue their in their math groups.

Social Studies (5th): Mock trail preparations!

Reading: We will continue book clubs (the students already have their new novels and job sheets!) and our reading workshop times. We will continue our reading unit with the William and Mary GT Curriculum titled "Patterns of Change".

Writing: We'll begin with lessons reviewing the scientific method, then the students will actually design and complete an experiment, collect the data, and then use that information to write their own scientific paper.

Enrichment: Enrichment 5.0 is in progress!!!! No Google Slides allowed :)

5th Grade Concert Information!

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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)

Early Release: 8:32-1:39 (GT dismissal around 1:34)

Late Start: 10:32-3:39

  • May 27: NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
  • June 6: Kindergarten Music Concert @ 2:45pm
  • June 7: Field Day
  • June 13: HALF DAY - PM Records
  • June 14: HALF DAY - Last Day of School
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