Team Dankoski

November 15th, 2015

Light Lab

Students explore the ideas of how light moves. How is it absorbed? How does it reflect? How does light refract? How does it pass through different matter?

Kindness Projects


Thanks to everyone who helped with our canned food drive! We had a very high participation rate. This drive came at a perfect time because it also connected to our Kindness Day this Friday. It was a conversation we had this week, there are many ways we can show kindness to others. Giving is just one, and we all thank you for your generosity.


Writer's Workshop: We still need to grow in our understanding of constructed responses. When we finish this we will turn our focus to creating questions about hippos and tortoises that we want to explore. This will culminate in a research project about one of these animals.

· Reader's Workshop: We finished our study of informational narratives and we are turning our focus to informational text. Students will begin to grapple with the difference between fact and opinion. We will also begin to ask good questions about our research projects

· Math Workshop: We will begin our unit on multiplication by modeling multiplication in various ways. Students will learn 4 different ways to model multiplication, and we will be looking for examples of all these ways in and around our school.

· Social Studies: We are beginning a unit in Social Studies that asks the question: How do communities change over time? We will learn about early peoples who lived in North America and travel through time to the early 1900s. This will be quite a journey and we'll begin to track this journey by creating a classroom timeline.


Students should read for 30 minutes each night.

In Math this week we will be looking at 4 different ways to model multiplication: Equal Groups, Repeated Addition, Arrays, and Number Lines. These various representations will help to give students a concrete idea of multiplication. I'm sending home a short "home connections" to explain what we will be working on so you can supplement our learning at home.

The MobyMax website is a good supplement to student studying as well


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Dress Warm

As the temperatures start to change please be sure your student is dressed appropriately to go outside. The HSE guidelines and CRE policy state that we will go out as long as the temperature/wind chill is not below 15 degrees.

Important Information

Specials Classes 11/16 - 11/20

Monday: Day 4: Computer

Tuesday: Day 1: Art

Wednesday: Day 2: Music

Thursday: Day 3: P.E. (bring or wear gym shoes)

Friday: Day 4: Computer

Our Schedule

8:45-9:00 Morning Procedures

9:00-9:30 Learning Clubs

9:30-10:10 Science/Social Studies

10:15-10:50 Related Arts

10:55-12:35 Reading Workshop

12:35-12:55 Recess

1:05-1:35 Lunch

1:40-2:55 Math Workshop

2:55-3:30 Writer's Workshop


If there is ever a transportation change for your child please send your child into school with a note, or contact the office by 2:00 pm. I must have a note from you or the office stating a transpiration change. If I do not receive a note I will send your child home the usual way.

What's Going on Here at Cumberland Road Elementary School?

Upcoming CRES Events

November 13th - Food drive ends

November 20th - $1 Hat Day for CRES Scholarships Day

November 25th - 27th - No school for Thanksgiving Break

**Get this Special Event on Your Calendar**

April 22nd: CRES Fest

Snacks and Lunch

Snack: Students will be allowed to bring a snack in the morning since our lunch time is later in the day. Snacks need to be healthy and nutritious. Please refrain from bringing items with tree nuts due to allergies. Students can also bring a bottle of water to school each day.

Lunch: We will eat lunch each day from 1:05-1:35 in the cafeteria. Your child may eat school lunch or bring his or her lunch from home. Lunch options this year are hot lunch, turkey sandwich, peanut butter & jelly, chef salad, or pizza pack.

Lunch Visits and Background Checks

All guests and parent volunteers must have their background check completed prior to volunteering at school or having lunch with their child. The online background checks will take time to process. You do not need to complete a background check prior to visiting if you have had one done in HSE within the past 3 years. ALL guests must also complete an online anti-bullying training webinar.

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