Barrett News

Friday, April 29, 2016

Dear UMAC Parents,

Next week our team will take their final MAP reading and math test of the school year. After testing, each student will conference with me to review their scores and their academic progress. I am confident that we will have much to celebrate during these final MAP conferences.

Our class will be taking the math MAP test at 9:00 on Wednesday and Thursday morning so please be sure your child gets a good night’s rest and eats a hearty breakfast to ensure they are energized and ready to show what they know! Thanks so much for your continued support as we finish up our spring testing. You will receive a copy of your child’s MAP scores, as well as goal sheets at the end of the school year.

Please see that there are several important dates included at the end of this newsletter.

***I look forward to next Thursday night as we celebrate our year of learning together:)

Have a great weekend,

Michelle Barrett

Shared Reading:

As students read the historical fiction story, The Hatmaker’s Sign. Benjamin Franklin relayed the message of Thomas Jefferson, whose draft of the Declaration of Independence was being picked apart by the quibbling Continental Congress. In this tale, a hat maker demonstrates the drafting process while creating a sign for his shop. On his way to the sign maker, he encounters a string of opinionated people who offer suggestions until the sign is literally- nothing! Students were asked to answer the following essential question: What lesson does Benjamin Franklin teach Thomas Jefferson when he shares the story of the hat maker's sign?


Old Friends: This week our old friends learned two new formulas to find the circumference and area of circles. Ask your child about the relationship between diameter and the circumference of a circle! Unit 10 assessments will come home on Monday for your review. Next week, after MAP testing, we will begin unit 11 in which focuses on volume of cylinders and cones.

New Friends: This week new friends did a hands-on graphing activity. Our project included collecting, analyzing, interpreting data, and probability. We learned that graphs are not only valuable instruments for communicating data, they can also be tools for stimulating discussion in promoting mathematical thinking.

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, May 4 – MAP testing at 9:00-10:00 am

MAC informational parent meeting @ 6:30pm

Thursday, May 5- MAP testing at 9:00-10:00 am

Friday,May 6- School Spirit day

Sunday, May 8 – Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Tuesday, May 10 – 5th grade band concert at Lundahl 7pm

Thursday, May 12 – Academic Night 6:30-8:00pm

Wednesday, May 18 – Early Release @ 2pm

Friday, May 20 - American History Walk @ 2pm