Wiley Weekly 12/4

Mrs. Wiley's Crew

Dear UMAC Parents,

Progress reports will be available on ParentVue starting December 11. Progress reports will not be printed and sent home, they will only be accessible online. If you have trouble accessing your child’s report card, please call the help desk line at 815-788-5080 or email hd@d47.org Please remember that the students are assessed on end of the year literacy standards so you will see a lot of 2's in these areas. That is a fabulous score and I'm so proud of all my learners!

All of the schools in District 47 have the same guidelines for determining if recess will be indoors or outdoors. If the temperature is 15 degrees or above, students are expected to go outside for the entire recess. If the temperature is 0 - 14 degrees, students go outside for 20 minutes. If the temperature is below 0 degrees, students have indoor recess. Please make sure your student is dressed appropriately for the winter weather.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Abby Wiley

Winter MAP Testing: COMPLETED!

I’m so proud of our team for finishing both MAP tests the beginning of week! I’ll be conferencing with the students to analyze their winter scores and reflect upon the goals they set in the fall.

Early English Settlements

Chapter 6 of our History Alive curriculum teaches us about the three earliest English settlements: Roanoke, Jamestown, and Plymouth. Students are learning why these English settlers came to America and the many challenges they faced while starting these early settlements. Ask your student whey Roanoke is considered the “lost colony”! Our team LOVED learning about this mysterious colony on Wednesday!

Shared Reading

This week in shared reading students read another historical fiction text, Tucket’s Travels, by Gary Paulsen. Set in the mid 1800’s, a fifteen year old boy and two younger children travel through the American plains and are in danger. Students learned what it means to have good instincts as we analyzed the actions our characters took to change their fate. We worked on sequencing main events in the story to help us understand how the scenes fit together to provide the overall text structure.


Old Friends: Our old friends completed chapter 4 this week. I can definitely tell that many friends have been practicing their math facts! When able to recall facts quickly and accurately, students are much more successful in tackling more complex, multi-step problems. Next week we will dive into chapter 5 which focuses on fractions, decimals, and percents.

New Friends (from Mrs. Barrett): It is crucial that new friends know their multiplication facts to be successful. This week we used multiplication to solve multiple step problems. First, students made magnitude (rough) estimates to judge whether a product is in the tens, hundreds, thousands or more. Then, we used the traditional method to solve for the exact answer. Next week we will identify digits and their values in whole numbers to the hundred billions. We will also use exponential and expanded notations to represent powers of 10.

Mark your Calendar!!

Monday, December 7: Fifth grade winter band concert 7pm

Thursday, December 10: PTO board meeting 7pm (learning center)

Friday, December 11: Trimester 1 progress reports available in ParentVUE

Friday, December 18: Holiday celebration 2:30pm - 3:15pm