Martin's Memos

Volume 2, Issue 35: May 24, 2019

This Week


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

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

5th Grade Only End of Year Celebrations

The fifth graders did a fantastic job at their concert! Well done!

A couple more events are planned for the 5th graders at the end of the year. These events, listed below, will be an opportunity to celebrate the end of elementary school with the other Woodland 5th graders. Please note that the 4th graders will not participate in these events.

***Woodland does not do a ceremony for 5th graders.

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4th/5th GT End of Year Picnic

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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!!!!!

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 5

Yellow group- working on unit 11

Green group- working on unit 11

Orange group- working on unit 3

Social Studies/Science (5th): The students began working in their small groups to prepare questioning/answers for their witnesses.

Reading: We continued with book clubs and our reading workshop times. We also continued our reading unit with the William and Mary GT Curriculum titled "Patterns of Change". The students have been learning about cycles and patterns of change. One of the activities we did was read poetry and art and analyze how they included cyclic change in their work. Specifically, we read pantoum poems and created our own. Check them out below! (Just click on the picture to see it larger.)

Writing: The students are continuing 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 and started drafting.

Enrichment: 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.

Pantoum Poems!

Looking Forward to Next Week...

Math: Students will continue their in their math groups.

Social Studies (5th): Mock trail preparations continue....

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 continue with lessons reviewing the scientific method, then the students will take their experiment data and results to draft.

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

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 4: 5th grade trip to Airtime
  • June 6: Kindergarten Music Concert @ 2:45pm
  • June 7: Field Day
  • June 11: 5th Grade picnic
  • June 12: 4/5 GT Classes picnic
  • June 13: HALF DAY - PM Records
  • June 14: HALF DAY - Last Day of School
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Meadows Transition/Avondale GATE F.A.Q.

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