Martin's Memos

Volume 1, Issue 25: March 16, 2018

This Week


There is a TON of information packed in our newsletter this week! In Friday Folders: Report Cards (envelope due signed by Tuesday), Field Trip Permission slips for Lansing, Immigration Family History survey (due Tuesday).

Please read through the newsletter and let me know if you have any questions!


-Ms. Kate Martin


  • Writing & Reading: This week we learned how to interpret a short section from a book by using a literature web, investigated idioms and their meanings, and started to analyze the language of literature using a vocabulary web.

  • Math: Purple: Finished our geometry unit! Blue: Continued fraction unit for advanced learners. (Project M3) Orange: We continued a unit on algebraic expressions, equations and word problems.

  • Social Studies: The students have finished learning about economics basics such as circular flow, supply/demand, scarcity, specialization and global competition. We culminated with our Business Town Day...SEE BELOW!

  • Enrichment: Students have a new project to choose from...take a look at it here. Students received this packet last week and have the choice to create a science project or an engineering design project. Most of the work will be done in class.

Looking Forward to Next Week

  • Math: Purple: Starting our unit on fractions. Blue: Finishing a fraction unit for advanced learners. (Project M3) Orange: Finishing our unit on algebraic expressions, equations and word problems.
  • Reading/Writing: We will determine differences between facts & opinions in our novels and continue our language analysis. We will also begin a new opinion/persuasive writing piece in class. The students will have a writing homework assignment to complete as well. Look for it in their agenda!
  • Social Studies: We will begin our unit on immigration.
  • Enrichment: Students will continue their science or engineering project! This will be done IN CLASS!

Business Town Day!

Adventures in Martinville...

The students culminated our economics unit with a "business town" day! I designed this experience to be intentionally different from our small business day in that the students were members of a community - we had a mayor, a teacher, a banker, a news reporter, a DJ and a property management company. The students had the opportunity to be a consumer in part 1 and switch to being a town worker in part 2. The students had the choice to use cash (monopoly money) or checks/check registers to spend their money they earned from working their "job". The students had to manage their money effectively and complete their tasks. Surprising announcements changed the game, such as taxes taking effect or a severe weather event causing scarcity. Talk to your child about their experience!

Below are some photos and news reports from our News Reporters, Aly and John.

From Aly:

Welcome to Martinville! The shoppers are flooding the shops! Especially the bank! We can see people requesting songs and having fun! Organic Carrots are $1.00 and made in the U.S.A., along with other things! THERE IS A HURRICANE! STOCK UP ON FOOD! We are having a great time! The school is amazing! They are teaching about planets at the moment. We are hearing amazing tunes! NEWSPAPERS ARE $9.00 DUE TO DEFORESTATION!

From John:

Businesses are waiting, and mayor Raymond is going to answer to any complaints you have. That school is still teaching some AMAZING facts! Ain’t that neat?

March is Reading Month!

"Reading Takes You Out of This World!"

During this month, students can earn prizes for reading a certain amount each week. Students should keep track of the minutes read each day, Friday through Thursday and get a signed paper baseball from a parent verifying the minutes. (This was sent home Thursday.) If students turn in their baseballs each week, they will receive that week's prize. If they turn in their baseballs EACH of the 4 weeks, they will earn a FREE ticket to a Minor League Baseball game at Jimmy John's Field in Utica!

Students should bring their baseball in on THURSDAYS!

Spirit Days

March 23rd: "Out of This World Words"....wear (on a sticker) a challenging word. Impress your classmates and teachers with your knowledge of the word!

March 29th: All Star Reader Day...Wear your favorite sports jersey.

Mystery Reader Days

Self-Reflective Learning: Communication Skills

Rather than exploring the typical character traits, I'm starting a new series of themes each week focusing on having in-depth discussions about common concerns or affective traits gifted students have.

This week we discussed communication skills. What we realized was:

  • There are verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
  • Sometimes it's not WHAT you say, but HOW you say it.
  • THINK: Is it True? Is it Helpful? Is it Inspiring? Is it Necessary? Is it Kind?

3 Compliment or Positive Comment/Day Challenge!

Going along with our recent themes, we decided that we could work on building each other up, not breaking each other down. The students each have a goal of saying something nice to 3 different people each day. Check in with your child and see how they are doing on the challenge!


Conferences this year were on a request-only basis. If you did not receive a request from me, you can still email me to set up a conference. Conferences are on March 22nd 4:30-8.

Help Ms. Green!

Calling all parents!! Ms. Green is still looking for parent volunteers to mount and label artwork for Woodland's Art Show that will be held on Tuesday, May 8th. You can help out here at school or you can take artwork home to work on. If you are interested, please contact Ms. Green via email @ . Thank you very much!

Spring Fair!

Our Spring Fair is going to be "OUT OF THIS WORLD"! Please join us Saturday, March 24th from 5-8pm for lots of family fun. Make sure to pre-order your tickets to save money! Look for the Spring Fair flyer to come home in your child's Friday Folder today.

Volunteers Needed! If you are available to donate baked goods, or volunteer your time before, during or after the Spring Fair, please click on the link below:

Donations Needed! For the Children's Raffle, we need items such as toys, books, movies or gift cards. Please drop items off in the Main Office no later than Friday, March 23rd. For Grab Bags, we need small items such as extra party favors, bouncy balls, or candy (must be nut-free). Please drop these items off in the Main Office no later than Friday, March 16th.

Book Drive!

Late Work

A 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.

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"


-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

3/22 Parent Teacher Conferences by Appointment Only

3/24 Spring Fair 5-8pm

3/30 Good Friday - No School

4/2-4/6 Spring Break - No School

4/11 1/2 Day

4/12 School of Choice GT Open House 6-7:30pm at Woodland

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