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January 29, 2016

What's Happening This Week?

Global Play Day: Our school is participating in Global Play Day on Wednesday, February 3rd. I am asking students to bring in board games, card games and toys. We will be going electronic's free that day. Students will not be using iPads or other electronic devices. Read below for more information!

Writer's Workshop: Persuasive Writing - Students will be writing a letter to you trying to persuade you in some way. We have been exploring different topics, looking at persuasive word choice, and begun building compelling arguments with supporting evidence. Now students will be drafting, editing and revising their letters.

· Reader's Workshop: Students will be practicing making inferences based on the texts they have read.

Word Study: Students will be exploring words that start with the prefixes re- and pre-. There will not be a spelling test this week. The following week, students will be choosing re- and pre- words to build their spelling lists.

· Math Workshop: This week we begin studying fractions. First we'll build on our knowledge of what fractions our before beginning to look at the value of fractions and ordering them on number lines.

· Science: Now that we've explored the 6 different simple machines - wedge, inclined plane, wheel and axle, lever, pulley, and screw - we will be creating a complex machine that will be used to rescue a baby elephant from a well. The problem in this project comes from a book we've read in class and a video we watched today. Groups will need to use at least 3 simple machines in their solution.

Global Play Day

Next Wednesday, February 3rd, is Global School Play Day. Visit the following website for more detailed information, including an intro video: http://www.globalschoolplayday.com/ Today in class we began categorizing the different types of games that we enjoy playing and the students came up with an impressive list.

Last year our school participated for the first time by setting aside one hour during the day for the students to PLAY, electronic-free! This year our school has decided to set aside the entire school day for PLAY. After all, it is Global School Play DAY.

I plan to break our day into segments, each with its own theme so that throughout the day the students have an opportunity to participate in a variety of PLAY.

Students have been asked to bring in board games, card games, and toys. They should be school appropriate and okay for all students to use.

Questions for Reading

It is important for students to not only be able to answer questions about the events in the story, but questions about why the events happened and what decisions the author made. This leads to a deeper understanding of the text. These questions are showing up more and more in class and state assessments. If you would like to make reading at home more meaningful, check out the link below. It is a list of possible questions to ask your child about their book to get them to think about what they've read.


It's been a while since I've had the link available for class volunteers. If your interested in coming in to read or work on math facts with students please feel free to us the link below to sign up.


Important Information

Specials Classes this Week

Monday: Computer

Tuesday: Art

Tuesday: Library

Wednesday: Music

Thursday: P.E.

Friday: Computer

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

Upcoming CRES Events

February 3rd - Global Play Day - students are asked to bring board games, card games and other toys. Please no electronic devices.

February 5th - Author Kevin Kammeraad visits

February 5th - Early Release Day

February 8-12th - Kindness Week

February 15th - President's Day - No school

February 16th - Flex Day - Weather permitting

ISTEP and IREAD dates to be determined. I'll pass those dates along as soon as I know.

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.

For more information on background checks and the anti-bullying webinar, please visit: