UMAC University News

April 10th, 2015

Dear UMAC Families

Our tour guides have been working so hard on their road trip presentations this week and we cannot wait for you to tour the country with us. When you arrive for our road trip, please come through the main entrance of the school. All school guests need to check in with the office before coming down to the gym. Remember to bring your thinking caps!


Thank you so much to those who have already volunteered for our Moraine Hills field trip on May 8th. I am still in need of two more chaperones to join us that day. You can sign-up using the website Volunteer Spot (click here): Chaperone Sign-Up, you do not need to create an account to sign-up.


Speaking of volunteers, I could never thank you all enough for everything you have done this year. Whether you've donated items or snacks to the classroom, planned or helped out with parties, spent time WEB reading with students, made UMAC visions come to life in TAP, or the countless other ways you have helped to make this year such a success, I could not have done it without you. If you are available, please RSVP to our Volunteer Breakfast. I would love to see you and thank you personally for all you do!


Thanks so much for your support!


Miss Russell

Shared Reading

In shared reading this week, students learned about the unfair treatment to Japanese Americans after the attack on Pearl Harbor. We read the story, Baseball Saved Us, which begins in an internment camp. The story is told from the perspective of a little boy whose father develops a baseball league within the internment camp and as the title says, how it "saved" them (helped bring joy to a very dark time). It was a powerful story that taught students about how Japanese Americans were treated in our country during the 1940's.

Book Clubs

Our readers had an awesome first week in book clubs. We're thrilled to listen to the meaningful conversation that is taking place during these meetings. The questions and comments from the students show they've learned so much about WWII and Pearl Harbor.


We've expressed to the students how important it is to come prepared for book clubs. This means students have read the assigned text, written sticky notes with their thinking, and completed their book club thinking page. If a student is not prepared for their meeting, please know there will be consequences. If this happens a few times, the student may be pulled from their book club and given other reading assignments. ​

The Great American Challenge

Everyone had a really great time on Wednesday on our class field trip to the Raue Center to see The Great American Challenge. It was an interactive game show where students and audience participated in answering U.S. geography questions. It was a great addition and support to everything we have learned this year in social studies. The students even managed to get me up on stage during a teachers vs. teachers challenge of fun general knowledge. I unfortunately did not know my face off question: How long can a snail sleep? 3 months or 3 years? But it was still a lot of fun!

Upcoming Events

  • Friday April 10th: Book Fair
  • Wednesday April 15th: T-shirt orders due (good for 2 years)
  • Friday April 17th: UMAC Road Trip 9:05a-10:05a