# May 2-6

## Upcoming Events:

* Testing starts next week.

* You will notice less regular homework due to testing. However, students will have reading in Golden Goblet that they may have time to work on, if they finish the tests before our allotted time is over.

* Earbuds/Earphones--we are suggesting that kids have their own for next week.

* Some students asked if they could bring in their own mouse, as well. I have enough for everyone, so it isn't really necessary!

* If a phone isn't a necessity, it would be great for your child to not even bring it on test days. If it is brought here, it absolutely must be off and left in a backpack. If a phone rings during the test, I will need to give it to the office to return to YOU (not your child). I also will need to report any phones out/visible as security breaches. Even my own!

## Testing Reminders

1. Plenty of rest

2. A healthy breakfast

3. Self-confidence that he/she knows a lot!

Help your child to remember that these tests are a snapshot of him or her at a specific moment in time, but many factors contribute to how accurate the picture is! This is but one measure of growth. Continue to reinforce that a good goal is to give his/her best effort. No one is getting in to college on these tests!!

* What is the difference between a rhombus and a square? (A rhombus is a parallelogram whose sides are all equal. A square fits that definition, but also needs to have 90 degree angles.)

* If you add the angles in a triangle, how many degrees total will there be? (180)

* If you add the angles in a parallelogram, how many degrees total will there be? (360)

* What are some area formulas you reviewed in class? (kudos if your child chooses trapezoid!)

* Describe the character Ranofer.

* What is one new vocab word you've learned from Golden Goblet?

* What was life like in Roman cities? (crowded, noisy, dirty, with a large percentage of people living in small apartments with no toilets/running water. In contrast, Romans with wealth lived in countryside homes with fine food and theater)

* What are abiotic factors in science? (non-living parts of an ecosystem. ex: Sun, soil, air)

* How do the abiotic and biotic factors affect ecosystems? (ask about the sea otter example)