Volume 2, Issue 5: September 28, 2018
Please read through this information carefully and let me know if you have any questions! There are more book sets listed if anyone else is still interested in donating!
To ensure that we maintain and grow a positive school culture, we ask that your first point of contact for any academic and social concerns regarding your child be addressed with their teacher. This will aid us in making sure you are receiving accurate information and that we can help with any issues immediately.
While we appreciate the connectivity social media brings, sometimes it can also bring misinformation and negativity. Thank you for helping us provide a positive learning environment in which the students are nurtured and supported.
-Ms. Kate Martin
Photos of the Week
Positivity Project (P2)/Character Education: Teamwork/CitizenshipMath: We continued our math groups and lessons!
Yellow- I can complete operations involving integers.
Green- I can x and / fractions and decimals.
Orange- I can complete problems involving fractions.
Social Studies (5th): We acted as a historian and learned how Africa and Europe influenced US history.
Reading: We continued our read aloud - The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. We also analyzed African American poetry by using a literature web. We continued to discuss how our readings are related to the concept of change. We also started "targeted reading practice" on Mondays where the students are grouped based on their areas of improvement. Additionally, we started our reading workshop! The students visit one station per day Tuesday-Friday. Please note which days your child is meeting with their Book Club groups!
Writing: We learned that the root word "pos", which means to "place or put". We also started the writing process for our persuasive essays. Students researched and learned how to take notes while citing sources.
Enrichment: We continued our 1st passion projects! Students worked on their presentations. Presentations will start 10/1.
Looking Forward to Next Week
Positivity Project (P2)/Character Education: Open Mindedness
Yellow- I can understand rational numbers.
Green- I can x and / fractions and decimals.
Orange- I can complete operations involving decimals.
Social Studies (5th): I can act as a historian and learn how Europe influenced US history.
Reading: We will continue to make generalizations and reason about change. Students will also reason about events and situations. In our small groups I introduced the "Notice and Note" strategy when reading. It helps the students stop and think about what they're reading to better understand things like theme, foreshadowing, contradictions, etc.
Writing: We will continue our persuasive writing essays. We'll use the Dagwood model to create our drafts and elaborate on our reasons. Next week's root words are sid, sed, sess, which means to "sit/settle".
The Fun Run is our PTO's biggest fundraising event! Your child came home with a packet about the fun run last week. Extra incentive: The top 8 students who raise the most money will get to choose which teacher they'd like to PIE IN THE FACE! Guess who is an option?! :)
Willing to Donate? We Need Books for Book Clubs/Literature Circles!
Thank you for your consideration!
Thanks to those that purchased copies last week! :)
The Marx Family, The Billings Family, The Broughton Family, The Nowinski Family, The Niezgoda Family, The Anderson Family
Vision and Hearing Screening
Continuous Important Reminders...
Khan Academy: What is it? When should my child use it?
In class, the students use it if/when they finish their in-class math lesson with me. However, sometimes I ask that the students do this instead of homework pages. Students can always log on at home and work on it anytime.
Avondale GATE Internal Applicant Information Night
This event is not only for new applicants, but current families are also welcome. During this meeting we'll share some new information about our move to Meadows next year. If you don't come, the same information will be sent out to all current families next week.
Other Helpful Information:
-November 1-15 is the Internal Application Window. Online application and forms will be online during that window.
-Current students in GT program do not need to reapply.
-Students that are in Avondale Schools through school of choice but are not in the GT program are considered internal applicants.
-Students that have a sibling in the GT program and they want to apply but are not currently in Avondale Schools are school of choice applicants. These students must wait for that application window in the spring.
-The school of choice information nights are January 29th and February 7th.
-The school of choice application window is February 6-March 8.
3 = Meeting or Exceeding Grade Level Standards
2 = Adequate Progress Toward Grade Level Standards
1 = Limited Progress Toward Grade Level Standards
Please note that more detailed information will follow from Avondale Administration prior to report cards.
I absolutely love having parent volunteers in our classroom each year! I truly believe it enriches the student’s experience each day, and it is always a benefit to have extra help. The volunteering spreadsheet below is for parents who are interested in helping during the instructional day during math, science, reading, and/or writing. I’d prefer that I have volunteers that sign up for a consistent day & time each week or every other week.
Avondale Schools requires all volunteers to complete the Volunteer Application Form and send in a copy of your license. Once I am notified by the front office that your background check has cleared, then you may volunteer at your chosen dates/times. I will let you know when this happens, or you can also call Kathy in the front office to check.
There will be other opportunities for volunteering for field trips or other special events that will be organized separately. Please let me know if you have any questions!
Ms. Martin’s Class Schedule
8:35-8:50: Morning Work/Welcome
8:50-9:40: Writing Workshop
9:40-10:26: 5th Grade Specials
10:26-10:35: Snack (Healthy, Nut-Free)
10:35-11:30: Science/Social Studies with Ms. Martin
9:40-10:35: Science/Social Studies with Ms. Gierman
10:35-11:21: 4th Grade Specials
11:21-11:30: Snack (Healthy, Nut-Free)
4th/5th Graders Return to their Teacher:
11:30-12:30: Math Workshop
1:15-2:30: Reading Workshop
2:30-2:45: 2nd Recess
Woodland follows an “ABC” specials schedule. Tuesday, September 4th will start with “A” day and continue from there.
4th Grade students travel as a class together to specials. Their specials schedule is:
A-PE B-Music C-Art
5th Grade students are split among the three regular 5th grade classes. Their specials schedule depends on the teacher they attend specials with. It may change during the year.
Phou: A-PE B-Music C-Art
Davison: A-Art B-PE C-Music
(Xavier, James, Blair, Georgie)
McNaughton: A-Music B-Art C-PE(Luca, Kayla, Aapratim, Annabel)
Upcoming Important Dates
A paper copy came home with your child within the first week of school.