Meng's Memos

December 14th, 2015

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Sound Lesson

Mr. Hussain came into our classroom Thursday afternoon to teach us about sound. We learned about the movement of sound, that lower sounds have longer wavelengths, as well as what creates resonance. Thank you Mr. Hussain for your time!

Classroom Wish-List

We are using our classroom supplies a little quicker than I had anticipated. Here are some things our class will need during the next semester.

  • 3x5 Index Cards
  • Pencils (preferably pre-sharpened)
  • Hand sanitizer
Thank you!

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Please join us for our musical showcase on Thursday, the 17th.

What is ISTEP?

As an Indiana school, we will participate in ISTEP and IREAD testing this spring. Since I posted the information about the IREAD test a couple weeks ago, I wanted to give you a resource link for the ISTEP+ testing we will also participate in.

Please note: If you have questions about these tests or their content, please visit the Parent Portal link in the "Important Information" section below.

Our Focus this Week

Our Questions

· Writing Workshop: How can we use constructed response to answer questions? (restate question, give answer, support with two details)

· Reading Workshop: What wonders do we have about holidays/celebrations? How can we research to find information about these holidays? - We will be taking two reading assessments early in the week to see how our reading skills have grown this quarter.

· Math Workshop: How can we find the perimeter and area of shapes? - Due to the special events at the end of the week, we will not have a Monday/Wednesday page or weekly check this week.

· Social Studies: What have we learned about sound and light this quarter?

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...

Math: As we study perimeter and area, it would be wonderful for students to get some real-world experience at home. Can your child measure the walls of a room in your home and calculate the perimeter/area?

Writing: As our year comes to a close, challenge your child to make goals for 2016. These goals can be written out and posted for encouragement or hidden away as a time-capsule.

Try out MobyMax by going to and entering the log in information students brought home in the front covers of their agendas!

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 1 - Music / Library

Tuesday: Day 2 -PE

Wednesday: Day 3 - Computer

Thursday: Day 4 - Art

Friday: Day 1 - Music / 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?

Upcoming CRES Events

Thursday, December 17th at 6:00 pm - Third Grade Musical Showcase in the CRES gym (Meng, Cook, & Koewers)

Friday, December 18th - End of Quarter 2 and Semester 1

**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: