Meng's Memos

September 28th 2015

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Today was Sama's last day at CRES, as she will be moving to a new school this weekend. We were very sad to see her go, but we enjoyed celebrating her impact in our classroom all day through some fun activities!

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Author Visit from Tyler Whitesides

One Thursday, Mrs. Hicks arranged for the third and fourth grade classes to hear Tyler Whitesides speak. He talked to us about finding inspiration in the everyday things of life. While working as a custodian in a school, he was inspired to write a series of children's novels about school janitors who fight the forces of evil. Thank you Mrs. Hicks for this opportunity to be inspired in our writing!
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Thank you Fishers fire department for talking to us about fire safety!

Connor Prairie Field Trip

Please do not forget to turn in the field trip forms for our October 9th field trip to Conner Prairie. I look forward to the learning experiences we will have on this trip!
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Volunteer Sign-Ups Are Ready to Go!

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 morning reading spot that will take place Monday-Thursday each week. 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!

We have a birthday picture project that needs to be completed. If you would like to help with this, please let me know and we will set a time up for you to come in.

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.

Our Focus this Week

Our Questions

· Writer's Workshop: How do we refine our books through revising and editing?

· Reader's Workshop: How do character actions affect the plot of a story? How do characters change and grow throughout a text?

· Math Workshop: What are the ways we can add two, two-digit numbers? What addition and subtraction strategies can we use to increase our math fact speed?

· Science: What do we know about sound and light? What do we want to learn about these topics? Can scientists create invisibility cloaks through bending light? (This is our current class wonder.)

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: Our homework idea for this week comes from Mrs. Brown....

Students can practice their math facts Tip: If students sign up as third graders, they may miss the addition practice facts. Students should put their grade level as first grade when they sign-up. Then each student can start on addition mastery, moving up when s/he reaches mastery.

Writing: We talked about showing character feelings through text clues and using strong beginnings in our books. Encourage your child to try these skills at home and teach you what we learned at school!

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 4 - Art

Tuesday: Day 1 - Music

Wednesday: Day 2 - PE

Thursday: Day 3 - Computer

Friday: Half Day

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?

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Upcoming CRES Events

September 29th: Blue from the Indianapolis Colts Visits CRES

October 1st: Roadrunner Rally

October 2nd: Half Day for Students

**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: