# Wiley Weekly 10/9

## Dear UMAC Parents,

Next week our Old Friends will be taking the OLSAT test. This is an ability test that measures verbal, quantitative, and figural reasoning skills. This test is used as one of the criteria for determining placement for the extended curriculum students in middle school. There is no way to study for the test, however we would like to encourage our Old Friends to eat a great breakfast on Wednesday morning. The test will be given during math on Wednesday, October 14.

I’m looking forward to parent/teacher conferences that are coming up quickly. Thank you to those parents who already completed the online “Conference Planning Form.” Your feedback is very important to my conference preparation.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Abby Wiley

## Mrs. Marks delivered our 2nd Golden Paw today!

This week we read a text titled Encounter by Jane Yolen. This was a fabulous story that described the relationship between the European explorers and the Native Americans. Encounter is the story of Christopher Columbus and how his men, known as “strangers”, interacted with Native Americans already living in the New World. We had great discussions about the author’s clues and word choice. This text put all the concepts from our last two social studies chapters into a story that helped our students truly comprehend this historical encounter!

## Narrative Stories

Our students have been working diligently in writer’s workshop to create their own narrative story. After analyzing elements of narrative writing, students got the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and creativity. Each student used a narrative plot line to plan a story about a Native American that included rising action, climax, and falling action. I loved conferencing with the students and talking about their unique ideas. Our writers spent time in the computer lab this week publishing their story using a template on Google Slides. I'm so proud of all our writers and how their stories have evolved during the writing process.

## Math

Old Friends: Students will be bringing home their unit 2 assessment today for your review and signature. I'm so impressed with how hard our students are working to master multi-digit multiplication problems! I can tell many friends have been practicing their basic facts!! In chapter 2, we will explore angle measures, practice measures angles using a protractor, and analyze geometric properties of polygons.

New Friends: This week our new friends have been using their computation skills to multiply and divide. They have been practicing computational skills by playing “Multiplication Baseball”, using the website XtraMath and also using fact quiz sheets. Your help and support with our students memorizing their facts is greatly appreciated!

## Upcoming Events!

Monday, October 12: No School Columbus Day

Wednesday, October 14: Old Friends OLSAT math test/ Ice Cream Reward Party @2:45pm

Wednesday, October 21: Early release 2pm, Parent/Teacher conferences 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Thursday, October 22: No school, conferences 12:00pm - 8:00pm

Friday, October 23: No school, conferences 8:00am - 12:00pm