# Team Dankoski

## Workshops

Writer's and Reader's Workshop: We are wrapping up Folktales: Fairytales, Fables, and Tall Tales, and Myths and moving onto a poetry unit.

Math Workshop: We started learning about fractions this week. We know that fractions must be equally divided. We explored the part/whole relationship that fractions represent. We also looked at how some fractions are expressed as a whole and some are expressed as a set. We also learned about unit fractions. We will be working towards an understanding of comparing fractions and recognizing equivalent fractions. We will also be changing our classroom timeline into a classroom number line with fractions.

Science: We wrapped up our unit on simple machines. The students were really engaged and learning about the different types of simple machines with our challenges. I was very impressed with some of the designs they came up with especially on the wheel and axel challenge. They needed to really design and redesign their wheel and axels to get working models. Well done kiddos!

Social Studies: Next week we will begin a unit on Economics.

## VolunteerSpot: Updated

There are now Volunteer Spots up for 2016. Thanks so much to the Volunteers, you help is very much appreciated. The kids love it when you come in, too!

Here's how to volunteer 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.

## 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.

## Homework

Simple Machine Websites:

http://www.msichicago.org/play/simplemachines/

http://www.wonderville.ca/asset/robot-factory

Students should read for 30 minutes each night.

10-15 minutes of math:

The MobyMax website is a good supplement to student studying as well https://www.mobymax.com/signin

## Specials Classes 2/8 - 2/12

Monday: P.E.

Tuesday: Computer Lab

Wednesday: Art

Thursday: Music

Friday: P.E.

## 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

12:35-12:55 Recess

1:05-1:35 Lunch

1:40-2:55 Math Workshop

2:55-3:30 Writer's Workshop

## Transportation

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.

## Upcoming CRES Events and Deadlines

February 8-12th - Kindness Week

February 15th - President's Day - No school

February 16th - Flex Day - Weather permitting

**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.