Team Dankoski

September 21st, 2015

Firefighters at CRES

Today we had a visit from some heroes! The Fisher Fire Department came and talked with the 3rd and 4th grade about fire safety. Two things I'll be sure talk with my family about this evening are: confirming that we have a meeting spot in case of emergency, and changing the batteries in the smoke detectors when the clocks change. If you don't have a smoke detector contact the Fishers fire department.
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Geography and Culture: Midwest

This week we will begin a new unit in Social Studies: Geography and Culture. The essential question we will be exploring is: How does where you live affect how you live? We will be zooming into the Mid-West and creating a Lap-Book with facts and understandings about the Mid-West's specific geography, agriculture, and culture.

Connor Prairie

This weekend your student should have brought home a sign-up for our Connor Prairie visit coming up soon! We will be going on Friday, October 9th.

Please return field trip slip and money by October 5th.

Interested in chaperoning? Check the box on the form but send in no money at this time. I'll put names of all interested parties in a hat and draw. Then I will send out notifications. If you'd like to chaperon please make sure you have a background check and bully form on file

Rock Books

Students were asked to turn in their Rock Books on Friday. The books that were turned in are graded and should be coming home in their Monday folder. For the most part, I was very impressed with the depth of learning students displayed in these books! Our kindergarten book buddies loved them, too!

Learning is a life-long process, so if your student isn't happy with the grade and they want to add or revise their book I am happy to look at their revised work and adjust their grade accordingly. Because we've moved onto Social Studies there won't be any more time to work on Rock Books in the classroom and they will need to work at home. I have books and materials they can bring home if needed.

Grillin' and Chillin'

Friday, Sep. 25th, 5:30-7pm

13535 Cumberland Road

Fishers, IN

Sign up sheets were sent home on Friday. If you plan on attending, please return the form by Tuesday so the PTO can get an accurate head count. Thanks and I hope to see you there!

Moby Max

This is a reminder that Moby Max is up and running. This is a school-wide resource that has a full range subjects across the curriculum. When we go 1-to-1 next year in elementary this could become a powerful tool to assist in tracking student learning. Students also tell me it's fun. We will spend some time in class learning how to use this website. Working from home can also supplement your child's learning.

VolunteerSpot is set up

We're using VolunteerSpot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our volunteers.

Weekly opportunities: Right now I have put up a reading spot that will take place Monday-Thursday each week (I planned out for the next weeks, which will get us to Fally Break) I hope to add math spots soon.

Other volunteer opportunities: I would always love to have parents come in to be a mystery reader or talk about your area of expertise (career, hobby, etc.). If you are interested in serving our classroom this way, please email me and we will set up a time!

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link below to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.


Students should continue to read for 30 minutes each night.

Play math games to increase student's fact fluency and flexibility with numbers.

Some students may be finishing up their Rock Books. These were due on Friday, September 18th. They will not be given anymore class time to complete these books. They are allowed bring books and textbooks from school to help with their research if needed.

Important Information

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

Specials Classes 9/21-9/25

Monday: Day 3: P.E. (please send students in gym shoes)

Tuesday: Day 4: Computer Lab

Wednesday: Day 1: Art

Thursday: Day 2: Music

Friday: Day 3: P.E. (gym shoes)


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

Thursday, September 24th: Visit from Tyler Whitesides

Friday, September 25th: Grillin' & Chillin'

Tuesday, September 29th: Blue from the Colts Pep Rally for students

Friday, October 2nd: 1/2 Day, $1 Hat Day

Friday, October 9th: 3rd grade Field Trip, Connor Prairie

**Get these Special Events on Your Calendar**

October 1st: Roadrunner Rally

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. Please remind students not to bring flavored water, there have been spills in the classroom. Not only are these messy to clean up, they attract unwanted critters.

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.

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