Martin's Memos

Volume 1, Issue 18: January 19, 2018

This Week


We did a lot of fun things this week, so please take a look at this week's news, upcoming events and information! Please look in your email for an important MAP email from me about your child's results. Let me know if you have any questions, comments or would like to request a conference.

Also, we are REALLY in need of volunteers for the STEM Career Day coming in February. Please see below for the flyer and let me know ASAP if you or someone you know could volunteer!!!


-Ms. Kate Martin

Pictures of the Week

Supplies Needed!

We are in need of:
  • Dry Erase Markers & Erasers


  • Writing: We began began researching to prepare for writing a nonfiction book. Some students started writing their drafts.

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

  • Math: We reviewed what we've learned this year and took the MAP Math test.

  • Science: We started our Earth Systems PBL and heard from a soil erosion expert from Oakland County!

  • Enrichment: We had a lesson on perfectionism, and also started our new Enrichment project! (3rd enrichment project) The students chose....

Looking Forward to Next Week

  • Math: Orange Group: Continuing decimals and fractions unit. Blue Group: Finishing algebra unit. Purple Group: Continuing place value unit.
  • Reading: We will finish our nonfiction unit!
  • Writing: Writing informational texts.
  • Science: We will continue our PBL on earth systems.
  • Enrichment: We will continue the 3rd enrichment project.

Character Trait of the Week: Focus

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STEM Career Day Volunteers Needed!

Woodland’s STEM Career Day will take place on Friday, February 9th, 2018 from 1:30-3:00. Please consider signing up to present to Woodland students in grades 3-5 for our upcoming STEM Career Day! If you are interested, please either print and detach the bottom of this form or e-mail me with this information by January 19th.

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

This week many students received a list of missing work. These items must be turned in as soon as possible. When we return from break, I'll try to give students a sticky note with missing work items on a weekly basis. I'm hoping students will become more responsible about assignments, projects and homework!

A NEW 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.

Winter MAP Testing

We took the Winter Reading MAP test on 1/10/17, and the Math MAP test will be on 1/17. The winter MAP test is used as formative data to determine how students are progressing toward their growth goals. I am looking for students to grow by at least half of their spring growth goals. Some key points we will focus on are making sure we are reading within our Lexile level and making sure we are reading a minimum of 20 minutes at home every night. Remember that more information for parents about the MAP test can be found on my website:

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

Content Related Videos

We'll be learning about the processes that shape the earth's land forms. Here are a few of my favorite videos to watch and discuss with your kids!