Martin's Memos

Volume 2, Issue 29: April 12, 2019

This Week


Please read the information in our newsletter below and let me know if you have any questions.

Rising 6th graders - See important scheduling and curriculum guide. Course request form is due back to me by the 18th.

-Ms. Kate Martin

Thank You!

I wanted to say thank you to all of the parent volunteers that came in and helped during our School of Choice testing process! I know it wouldn't have worked without your commitment, flexibility and help!

We had such a great application process! We are still finalizing numbers for next year, but we are confident it will be around 120 students! It's amazing to think that this program was just at 31 students last year!

mSTEP Testing

We are also entering that time of year when we begin thinking about the mSTEP assessments. Here is a Parent's Guide to mSTEP testing you may find useful.

5th Graders

Social Studies: 4/12

ELA: 4/15

Math: 4/17

Science: 4/22

4th Graders

ELA: 5/6

Math: 5/8

Positivity Project - P2

This week's character strength is: Being present and giving others my attention

Just like plants need sunlight to grow, our relationships need attention. The research is crystal clear, relationships are the cornerstone of health, happiness, and resilience. And, if we don’t give our attention to the people we’re building relationships with – whether family members, close friends, or even distant colleagues – we can’t build those relationships.

On a group level, it’s vitally important that we pick our heads up from our cell phones and truly listen to other people when they’re talking. A positive culture is built with positive relationships – and we can’t build positive relationships without attention. So, the answer is clear: we need to pay attention to people in our lives. That’s going to be good for individuals, small groups, and large societies.

Avondale GATE PTO Information!

Current Avondale GATE families,

Please click the link below to learn about the GATE PTO candidates that are running for a position. Remember that only contested positions will be voted on.

May 14th: Ballot elections will be held (if there are more than 1 person running for the position) during the Woodland PTO Meeting @7pm. All of the Woodland community will be able to vote for our positions. COME VOTE IN PERSON!

After this meeting and elections are completed: The Avondale GATE PTO will be officially formed and stay under Woodland's guidance until the summer.

Pictures of the Week - OU Field Trip

This Week...

Math: Students will continue their in their math groups.

Social Studies/Science (5th): Our class focused on mSTEP review for Social Studies as the students are taking the test today. The Science mSTEP will be the following week and we will review for that as well.

Reading We have been working on mSTEP ELA review. We re-started our "new and improved" book clubs (the students already have their new novels and job sheets!). PLEASE MAKE SURE that you are touching base with your child at home regarding their reading and book club job.

Writing: We continued a unit on expository/informational writing. Here is what the students will be doing: Directions Sheet. The students are all writing their drafts, and we are revising and editing as we write.

Enrichment: We are currently using this time to either catch up on late work or to extend ourselves with other extension activities.

We also said "farewell" to Nevaehlee, who has moved up to Lake Orion. We will miss her!!

Looking Forward to Next Week...

Math: Students will continue their in their math groups.

Science (5th): mStep review & science mSTEP.

Reading: We will continue book clubs (the students already have their new novels and job sheets!) and our reading workshop times. We will also continue reviewing/practicing for mSTEP.

Writing: We will continue a unit on expository/informational writing. Here is what the students will be doing: Directions Sheet Students will begin to finish it during this next week.

Enrichment: This time will be used for a variety of things: Some students will use this time to catch up on classwork that they haven't completed and some will extend themselves with other activities.

Avondale Anime/Comicon Event!

This weekend!!!!! The girls and I will be there in the morning - they are thrilled to dress as princesses Merida and Belle. :)
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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)

Early Release: 8:32-1:39 (GT dismissal around 1:34)

Late Start: 10:32-3:39

  • April 13: Comicon @ AHS from 10am-6pm
  • April 19: NO SCHOOL - Good Friday
  • April 26: Woodland Talent Show @ 6:30pm
  • May 8: Volunteer/Staff Luncheon @ 10:45am
  • May 9: Woodland Art Show/Ice Cream Social @ 6-7:30pm
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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.