Martin's Memos

Volume 1, Issue 6: October13, 2017

This Week

What a fantastic week! The students are impressing me with their work ethic and perseverance. We are learning that it is OK to be challenged and give our brains a "work out" during school. We have also been focusing on teamwork and collaboration to help us grow.

Please take a look at this week's newsletter and let me know if you have any questions!


-Ms. Kate Martin

Pictures of the Week


  • Writing: Publishing our personal narrative stories, continuing with cursive.

  • Reading: Lucy Calkins reading program unit on "Interpreting Characters". Please encourage your child to work for at least 30 minutes total per week on on the lessons they are assigned from Google Classroom. We usually have time for students to work on this during reader's workshop for about 15 minutes.

  • Math: We now have THREE differentiated math groups in class and have started on our second unit. Please encourage your child to work for at least 30 minutes total per week on We usually have time for students to work on this during math workshop for about 15 minutes.

  • Science: We summarized what we learned in our Plant & Animal Structures and Information Processing Unit.

  • Enrichment: We continued to design our online educational portfolios using Weebly.


Homework should not take longer than 30-40 minutes. (All subjects/tasks combined) Please contact me if you feel as though it is taking your child longer than this amount of time!


I love to have parents get involved in our classroom activities! Please make sure you have completed and turned in the volunteer form for the District along with a copy of your Driver's License.You should get a confirmation from the office that you are approved to volunteer before coming in.

Please view this volunteer spreadsheet if you'd like to see if there is a time you can volunteer. It doesn't need to be every week, but I'm hoping it can be something consistent each month.

Important Things to Remember About Volunteering

1. Always be on time. The class has a tight schedule and a lot to accomplish in a day.

2. If you cannot make your scheduled time please call/email me as soon as possible.

3. Please do not bring younger siblings into the classroom while you are volunteering.

Thank you for your help!

Character Trait of the Week: Teamwork

Teamwork is so important in our classroom! We don't shy away from working in small groups and building on each other's strengths. Teamwork makes the dream work!
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Looking Forward to Next Week

  • Math: Starting our second units...we will now have 3 groups: purple, blue and orange.
  • Reading: We're getting the hang of reader's workshop! Continuing our focus on fictional characters. We are also starting Literature Circles!
  • Writing: We will examine how mentor texts can inspire our own writing.
  • Social Studies: We will start our unit on Michigan history.
  • Enrichment: We will be writing, creating and performing our own play!

Student Online Educational Portfolios

Each student has been creating their own personal education portfolio website through Weebly. Please ask your child to show theirs to you! We use it to show our growth over the course of this year and beyond.

It has information such as:

-About Me

-Content Areas: New learning AND work they're proud of

-Goal Setting

All student websites are password protected. Please take a look at the front of your child's agenda to check it out at home.

General Information

  • 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.
  • GT students will participate in the 3rd grade Holiday Concert on December 12th from 7-9pm.
  • 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

10/20 Coffee with the Principal 9-10am
10/23-10/27 Penny Wars
10/26 Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:30-8pm
10/27 Chuck E Cheese Night 4-10pm
10/31 Class Halloween Party/Parade 2:15
11/1 Half Day
11/2 Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:30-8
11/3 Spirit Day/PBIS Assembly
11/5 Family Bowling 12:30-2:30pm
11/7 Election Day, No School
11/14 PTO Meeting
11/15 Picture Retake Day
11/17 Half Day
11/21 Half Day
11/22 Half Day
11/23-11/24 Thanksgiving Break, No School
11/27-12/11 Canned Food Drive
12/1 Spirit Day/PBIS Assembly
12/2 Holiday Breakfast 8:30-11am
12/8 Half Day
12/12 3rd Grade Holiday Concert
​12/25-1/5 Winter Break, No School
Donor's Choose Project: Rockin' Robotics!

Please consider giving to our joint GT Donors Choose project!


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Avondale School District 2017 Bond Proposal

  • Requires NO increase in mils currently paid.
  • Pays for safety, security, and technology upgrades.
  • Spread the word to VOTE on November 7, 2017 if you live within the district.
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