UMAC News 3/13

Mrs. Wiley and Mrs. Barrett

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Team Wiley loves finally being OUTSIDE for recess!

Dear UMAC Families,

We are so proud of our UMAC team while they continue to "Picnic at the PARCC!" Next week our new friends will take the math portion of the PARCC test on Monday and Thursday. Our old friends will take the final Reading PARCC test on Tuesday afternoon. Old friends will take the math tests after break. Their efforts and dedication to their learning is apparent as they diligently share their knowledge.

A special thank you to those parents who donated hand sanitizer, glue sticks, and clorox wipes to our team. Your donations are great appreciated! :)

Enjoy this beautiful sunny day and have a terrific weekend!

Mrs. Wiley and Mrs. Barrett

PARCC Testing Schedule Next Week

Monday, March 16: Early lunch, New Friends Math test 12:25pm - 1:45pm

Tuesday, March 17: Old Friends Reading test 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Thursday, March 19: New Friends Math test 9:05am-10:05am

*New Friends are done at the end of next week!*

CLPL Poetry Contest!

Students spent time this week writing poems about inequality for the poetry contest. Our writers are learning the importance of using very specific word choice to create mental images and tell a story. Friday almost everyone was able to publish their first poem using our iPads. Next week, students will work on their second poem. All poems will then be submitted to the Crystal Lake Library on Thursday for the contest.

UMAC Mathematicians

This week our new friends started Chapter 9 where they will focus on converting fractions to decimals and to percentages with and without a calculator. As always, we encourage all students practice their math facts at home using XtraMath or TenMarks which is a new site we are using too!

Our old friends are concluding chapter 8 and their indepth study of fractions. We worked hard this week to understand the process of multiplying fractions as we prepare for our math test next Thursday. Our biggest challenge is remembering to reduce our answers to simplest form. Old friends also explored the new TenMarks website!

The West: Social Studies and Reading

This week we began our final tour of the US. We are studying the Western region of the United States. Our students will have to learn eleven states and capitals as we take this journey. Our states and capitals quiz will be next Thursday, March 19. Along with the state review, we will be stopping at many interesting destinations to learn about these landmarks.

Our study of the western region also relates to our shared reading and guided reading text this week on Pearl Harbor. The students are reading text to enhance their knowledge about how the US entered WWII.

Important Dates

Thursday, March 19: Jesse White Tumblers, West S/C Test, Old Friend Math Test

Friday, March 20: Trimester 2 Report Cards sent home
Saturday, March 21 - Sunday, March 29: Spring Break!
Monday, March 30: School Resumes
Friday, April 17: UMAC Road Trip 2:00pm-3:00pm

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Old Friends ROCKED on their first week of PARCC testing!