Martin's Memos

Volume 4: September 29, 2017

This Week

How did this week already fly by?! We had a really fun week filled with research, creativity, experiments, and lots of reading! Please take a look at this week's information and what we'll be studying next week.


-Ms. Kate Martin

Pictures of the Week


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

  • Reading: Lucy Calkins reading program unit on "Interpreting Characters". We are also in the process of learning Reader's Workshop procedures, and I am completing F&P assessments. Please encourage your child to work for at least 30 minutes on on the lessons they are assigned from Google Classroom.

  • Math: We are differentiating in math using our Math Workshop model. This will vary slightly from week to week, but will always include leveled opportunities for the students to grow in math! Please encourage your child to work for at least 30 minutes per week on

  • Science: We researched and created a scientific argument explaining the internal/external structures of a plant and an animal.

  • Enrichment: Students finished their research on their individual topics and created their presentations. Presentations will be due October 2.

Character Trait of the Week: Perseverance & Grit

We discussed the character trait of perseverance this week. Highlights include:

  • Keep trying, even when it seems impossible.
  • Don't give up!
  • Every time you fail, you find another way that doesn't work.

Important 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.
  • Sign-Up Genius Volunteer Sign-Up Link You must make sure your volunteer form and copy of driver's license is submitted to the front office as soon as possible before volunteering. There will be other volunteer opportunities for those wishing to volunteer for things like field trips, special events, etc.
  • Order online at and use our class code R3CHK if you need books!

Check it Out!

Resources -> Parent Resources.....Scroll down! I added some really important and interesting information about the NWEA MAP tests that the students took this week. Next week and in the coming weeks, we will take a deeper look at their data and use it to help make informed instructional decisions. We will talk more about this during our Fall conferences, but please let me know if you have any questions in the meantime!

Fun Run!!!

It's time again for the annual PTO "Fun Run" fundraiser! This year the funds will be used for field trip expenses, classroom subscriptions, the family picnic, art/ice cream social, various classroom educational materials, and much more!

Start collecting pledges! A pledge sheet (PINK packet) was sent home last week. Use that to keep track of contributions. All students will participate in the Fun Run regardless of if they get pledges or not. The Fun Run is scheduled for Friday, October 6th!!!! Wear tennis shoes!

Please see the pink flyer for additional details.

Looking Forward to Next Week

  • Math: Finishing up unit 1 in both purple and blue groups. Students will have a unit test at the end of next week.
  • Reading: We're getting the hang of reader's workshop! Continuing our focus on fictional characters.
  • Writing: We will publish our first personal narratives using our checklist.
  • Science: We will learn about how we perceive light and the characteristics of light through hands-on investigations.
  • Enrichment: Students will present their first "Passion/Enrichment Project" on Monday. We will start our website portfolios later in the week.
  • Spirit Week!

Monday: Sports Team Day

Tuesday: Pajama Day

Wednesday: Wacky Day

Thursday: Twin Day

Friday: Fun Run (3rd grade- Yellow, 4th grade- Green & running shoes)

Upcoming Important Dates

10/2-10/6 Spirit Week
10/6 Spirit Day/PBIS Assembly, Fun Run
10/9 Picture Day
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

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.