Martin's Memos

Volume 2, Issue 22: February 14, 2019

This Week

Parents,


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



-Ms. Kate Martin

Intent Letter for 2019-2020 School Year

Parents,

Please look for the Avondale GATE intent letter in your child's Friday Folder. This is an important form we need returned from every student currently in our program so that we can plan for next year at Meadows. Please return it by Friday, February 22nd. Thank you!

Avondale GATE School of Choice Application Window!

Spread the word!


We had a FANTASTIC turn out for the Information Nights. The School of Choice application window is NOW OPEN until March 8th at 4pm. Remember, if you are a CURRENT GT school of choice family, you do NOT need to re-apply.

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Positivity Project - P2

This week's character strength was: Love


Love is imperative to an individual’s happiness and fulfillment in life. It allows us to open up to another person and be vulnerable. That openness gives us the ability to learn and grow. Loving another person and sacrificing on his/her behalf produces positive emotions. And, it helps you access strengths – and feelings – you never knew you had.


On a group level, love is vital for the well being of society. The world is endlessly interconnected. We are all dependent upon each other for survival and happiness. Love produces positive feelings, which help negate loneliness, anxiety, and depression. Without love, we cannot find intimacy nor form strong relationships with our families, friends, or communities. A world without love and connection is a dangerous world.

This Week...

Math: Students will continue their in their math groups. We now have 4 math groups! Yay!


Yellow- I can understand constructions and scale drawings.

Green-I can understand equations and inequalities.

Orange- I can interpret algebra, patterns, and coordinate graphs.

Purple- I can understand equations.


Science (5th): Our class will continue our new science unit, Mixtures and Solutions.


Reading/Writing:

We completed our unit on Myths/Legends/Fairytales in reading, but will continue to work on the writing Anthology into next week because of the ice day and other factors.

The students continued working on their novel study using a book that they chose. Here's the details - CLICK HERE! It's meant to be done in class, but the students can of course work at home, too if they choose. They have already planned out the amount of pages they'll read and have a calendar of due dates. (Integrating our executive functioning!)


Enrichment: Students will continue working on their 4th enrichment project. It's due on 3/1.

Looking Forward to Next Week...

*Cranbrook Field Trip: Thursday, Feb. 21st!

Bring a disposable bag lunch/drink/snack.


Math: Students will continue their in their math groups.

Yellow- I can understand constructions and scale drawings.

Green-I can understand equations and inequalities.

Orange- I can interpret algebra, patterns, and coordinate graphs.

Purple- I can understand equations.


Science (5th): Our class will continue our science unit, Mixtures and Solutions.


Reading/Writing: We will continue a novel study! Here's the details - CLICK HERE!


Enrichment: Students will continue working on their 4th enrichment project. It's due on 3/1.

Upcoming Field Trips

The Cranbrook Institute of Science - Chemical Reactions

February 21 from 9:20-1:30

Bring disposable sack lunch & a disposable snack



Cranbrook Chaperones:

Ms. Lavallee

Ms. Nahass

Ms. Raymond

Ms. Jones


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The Detroit Institute of Arts

RESCHEDULED - February 28th!!!!!

Bring disposable sack lunch & a disposable snack


DIA Chaperones:

Ms. Billings

Ms. Broughton

Ms. Anderson

Ms. Marx


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Oakland University

April 8th from 9:00-1:30

Bring disposable sack lunch & a disposable snack

Cost = $17 for admission


OU Chaperone:

Ms. Suender

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



Feb. 6-Mar.8: SOC Application Window

Feb. 15-19: Mid-Winter Break

Feb.26: 4th grade concert

Mar. 14: Late start or early dismissal

Apr. 1-5: Spring Break

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!

Meadows Transition/Avondale GATE F.A.Q.

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

Thank you to those that attended our meeting to discuss the transition to Meadows next year. The link to the presentation is below. Feel free to contact me if you have questions. Please remember that there are many decisions still to be made - but we are well on our way to ensuring the best possible experience for our GATE students. Thank you for your continued support!