Meng's Memos

March 21st, 2016

Economics Unit

Mini-factories have begun producing paper airplanes, picture frames, and other hand-made goods in our classroom. We will use these items on Monday when we hold our business simulation. Students will be able to try to sell their goods to their peers (using play/fake money). This simulation will help us see the impact of supply and demand on business success!
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Cumberland Road third graders have been selected to take a digital applied skills pilot. The purpose of the pilot is to test new question sets for future tests. The test will be similar to the applied skills tests they took a few weeks back with essay type questions. The only difference will be that students will be answering on computers. These tests are just used for testing the validity of the questions and will not affect the ISTEP test scores of the students.

Thank you!

Thank you for your support last week! Our students worked hard during our IREAD3 testing, showing their skills in test-taking! :) After we take the pilot test for the Department of Education this Tuesday, we are looking forward to a break before ISTEP+ resumes in April.

Upcoming Third Grade Testing Calendar:

- ISTEP+ computer testing: late April/early May - schedule to be determined

- NWEA Spring Testing (computer): May - schedule to be determined

Thank you to Mrs. Cook's class who let us come and see their wax museum presentations! We enjoyed getting to see what our projects will look like.

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We watched the live-feed of the Bald Eagle nest camera in Washington D.C. We even got to see the eagle feed the already-hatched chick, while waiting on the last egg to hatch.

Our Focus this Week

What We are Learning This Week

· Writing and Reading Workshops: This week we will focus on completing our speeches from the research we have done, editing our speeches, and preparing to read them with fluency and expression.

WAX MUSEUM: The end goal of our biography research will be to hold a wax museum. During our wax museum, each student will share about his/her research through dressing up and giving a speech, pretending to be the person he/she studied. Our TENTATIVE date for the museum will be March 29th (Tuesday).

· Spelling: We will look at the prefixes im and in.

· Math Workshop: We will continue our three week unit on measurement. We will look at mass/weight, line plot graphs, measuring to the nearest 1/4 inch, as well as adding and subtracting units of measurement this week... If you would like to follow our learning in your Envision math books at home, we will be covering these lessons... Monday (15-3 & 15-4), Tuesday (ISTEP Pilot), Wednesday (16-1), Thursday (16-2), and Friday (15-5). Lesson 13-5 is a great lesson to review throughout the rest of the year as it covers higher-level problem solving.

· Social Studies: We will hold our business simulation on Monday, wrapping up the economics unit. Then, we will review some of the things we learned about government (3 branches, citizenship, etc.).

Homework Ideas

I encourage every family to spend at least 30 minutes a day working on one of our core academic areas at home. Here are some ideas for this week...

Reading: As you read together this week, please ask your child to practice reading with expression. His/her voice should not only be easy to understand, but should match the emotion of the text.

Math:Measuring to the nearest 1/4 inch has been tough for our class, so extra practice at home would be very helpful!

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Important Information

Our Schedule

8:45-9:00 Morning Procedures

9:00-9:30 Learning Clubs

9:30-10:10 Writing

10:15-10:50 Specials

10:55-11:05 Snack and Read Aloud

11:05-12:35 Reading

12:35-12:55 Recess

1:05-1:35 Lunch

1:40-2:55 Math

2:55-3:30 Social Studies/Science

Specials Classes this Week

Monday: Day 2 -PE

Tuesday: Day 3 - Computer

Wednesday: Day 4 - Art

Thursday: Day 1 - Music

Friday: Day 2 -PE / Library

Volunteering in our Classroom

If you are interested in...

-Reading with Students

-Helping with a Clerical Task

-Talking to Students about your Work Skills or Hobbies

-Being an Expert who Teaches us a Lesson during a Science or Social Studies Unit

then please contact me through, and we will work to find an available date for you to come in. We love learning from our volunteers!

Please order books online through the link below. Our classroom code is L9MT8. Thank you!

Scholastic Book Orders

Our class code is L9MT8

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

Please check out this example of HSE21 learning.

Amplifying Math Workshop with Technology

Upcoming CRES Events

Tuesday, March 29th: TENTATIVE Wax Museum Date

April 1st-8th: Spring Break - No School

**Get this Special Event on Your Calendar**

April 22nd: CRES Fest

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: