Barrett Crew

UMAC - December 4, 2015

Hello UMAC Families,

Progress reports will be available on ParentVue starting December 11. Progress reports will not be printed and sent home, they will only be accessible online only. If you have trouble accessing your child’s report card, please call the help desk line at 815-788-5080 or email

All of the schools in District 47 have the same guidelines for determining if recess will be indoors or outdoors. If the temperature is 15 degrees or above, students are expected to go outside for the entire recess. If the temperature is 0 - 14 degrees, students go outside for 20 minutes. If the temperature is below 0 degrees, students have indoor recess. Please make sure your student is dressed appropriately for the winter weather.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Michelle Barrett

MAP testing is done!

I’m so proud of our team for finishing the reading and math MAP tests this week! After we came back to the room, our enthusiasm was evident as our team shared their pride in their effort. I will be conferencing with the students to analyze their winter scores and reflect upon the goals they set. We will also use this individual conference time to discuss how we will continue to build on our growth.

**If your child was absent for either of the testing dates, there will be make-up testing before winter break.

Tucker's Travels

This week in shared reading students read historical fiction text, Tucket’s Travels. Set in the mid 1800’s, a fifteen year old boy and two younger children travel through the American plains and are put in many dangerous situations. Students learned what it means to have good instincts as we analyzed the actions our characters took to change their fate. We worked on sequencing main events in the story to help us understand how the scenes fit together to provide the overall text structure.


Old Friends: Our old friends completed unit 4 this week. We can definitely tell that many friends have been practicing their math facts! Keep up the great work. When able to recall facts quickly and accurately students are much more successful in tackling more complex problems. Next week we will dive into unit 5 which focuses on fractions, decimals, and percents.

New Friends: This week we quickly learned the importance of knowing our facts! We had many opportunities to practice multiplying two digit by two digit numbers. Please ask your child how we remember the magic zero when multiplying in the tens column.

History Alive!

Chapter 6 of our History Alive curriculum teaches us about the three earliest English settlements: Roanoke, Jamestown, and Plymouth. Students are learning why these English settlers came to America and the many challenges they faced while starting these early settlements. Ask your student whey Roanoke is considered the “lost colony”!

Upcoming Events:

Monday, December 7: Fifth grade winter band concert 7 pm

Thursday, December 10: PTO board meeting 7 pm (Learning Center)

Friday, December 11: Trimester 1 progress reports available in ParentVUE

Friday, December 18: Holiday celebration 2:30 - 3:15 pm