Martin's Memos

Volume 2, Issue 19: January 25, 2019

This Week

Parents,


Please carefully read over the newsletter and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.



Supply Requests!


  • If anyone could donate packages of lined paper (college or wide ruled), I would greatly appreciate it!
  • Old calculators you don't need!




-Ms. Kate Martin

Enrichment Project - Supporting the Detroit Dog Rescue in Memory of Ms. Scott! WOW!

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Pictures of the Week! The Spelling Bee!

Positivity Project

This week focused on another strength: Prudence.


Prudence means that you plan for the future and achieve your goals by making careful everyday choices. Prudence is the ability to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason.


Prudence supports effective individual self-management. Whether aspiring for an athletic record, academic grade, or purchasing a car, foresight and planning are necessary. However, long-term goals – even with a plan – can only be obtained by overcoming those impulses and desires that steer you away from your goals. Prudence provides the wisdom to know which character strength to leverage, at which time, to achieve your desired end state.


On a group level, prudence is crucial – especially today, as shortsightedness has crept into many parts of life. Prudent individuals will produce a prudent society. And, as always, we need leaders who can think long-term and create the world we want our descendants to inherit. This is why the Roman senator and historian Tacitus said, “Forethought and prudence are the proper qualities of a leader.”

What Did We Learn This Week?

Winter NWEA/MAP Testing:

We took the MAP Reading test on January 23rd.


Math: Students continued their units in their 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.


Science (5th): Our class continued our new science unit, Mixtures and Solutions. The students completed hands-on experiments with mixtures and solutions - combining and how to separate them based on the materials.


Reading/Writing: We continued to learn about fables/myth/fairytales/plays/legends and write our own. The students are learning more in depth about myths this week with our readings and creative activities.


Enrichment: We will close out our community service enrichment project for the DDR. Students will continue working on their 4th enrichment project.

Looking Forward to Next Week...

Winter NWEA/MAP Testing:

February 1st: Ms. Martin's class - MAP Math test


Positivity Project (P2)/Character Education: Supporting Others When They Struggle


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.


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


Reading/Writing: We will continue to learn about fables/myth/fairytales/plays/legends and write our own.


Enrichment: We will close out our community service enrichment project for the DDR. Students will continue working on their 4th enrichment project.

Does Your Child Love Chess?

Attention: Woodland Chess Enthusiasts

There is a Michigan scholastic team chess tournament on February 2 (one week from tomorrow), and Woodland Elementary will have one or more teams competing!

There are already four students planning to attend, and we are looking to organize teams this weekend.

If your child would like to participate or you know any other students at Woodland who would like to participate (or if you cannot participate but would be interested in other chess opportunities), please contact Henry’s dad, Dave, at (313) 919-2617 / cachorrito@gmail.com or Henry’s mom, Jolene, at (313) 919-3250.

WHAT: 2019 Michigan Elementary / Primary Team Chess Championships

WHERE: Palmer Park Preparatory Academy, 3901 Margareta Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48221

WHEN: February 2, 9am to approx. 8pm

WHY: To have fun, meet some fellow chess players, establish a platform for a chess team at Woodland and/or Meadows and potentially win a trophy

COST: (1) Tournament entry - $16 by 1/26 or $21 by 1/28; (2) One-year USCF membership (req’d) - $17; (3) One-year MCA membership (req’d) - $10

WEBSITE: http://www.michess.org/events

Upcoming Early Release Day: Feb.7th

The GT students will be dismissed out our regular side doors around 1:30-1:35.

Upcoming Field Trips

The Detroit Institute of Arts

Thursday, Jan. 31 from 9-2

Bring disposable sack lunch & a disposable snack

No cameras or backpacks

Cost = $0



The Cranbrook Institute of Science - Chemical Reactions

February 21 from 9:20-1:30

Bring disposable sack lunch & a disposable snack

Cost = $16 for admission

From the students:

The students in the GT classes are working together to support Detroit Dog Rescue. We are collecting donations for stray dogs who need homes. Our donation drive will be running from Monday, January 14, to Friday, January 25. If you are interested in donating, there will be boxes outside Ms. Martin’s room; Room 10. We are doing this to help our community and the poor stray dogs in Detroit. Also, we are collecting donations in honor of Ms. Scott. One of her hobbies that she enjoyed was actually helping the Detroit Dog Rescue. So, if you want to help the dogs who need a home, you can make sure that you donate and tell others about the drive!

Avondale GATE School of Choice Information Nights!

Spread the word!


We will have 2 information nights for new school of choice applicants. Remember, if you are a CURRENT GT school of choice family, you do NOT need to re-apply. Current families are more than welcome to come to the meeting, since it will be held at Meadows and I'm sure you and your child(ren) are interested in seeing the new school! Just keep in mind there will be many improvements over the summer, and there are students using our classrooms this year so it will look slightly different next year.

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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)


Jan. 29: SOC Information Night @ Meadows - current families welcome at 6:30

Jan. 30: Ms. Martin's class - MAP Math test

Jan. 31: DIA Field Trip with Ms. Green

Feb. 6-Mar.8: SOC Application Window

Feb. 7: early dismissal

Feb. 7: SOC Information Night @ Meadows - current families welcome at 6:30

Feb. 14: Valentines exchange @ 10:45; 1/2 day

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!