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January 15, 2016

What's Happening This Week?

· Writer's Workshop: Persuasive Writing - Students will be writing a letter to you trying to persuade you in some way. We will begin by exploring different topics, looking at persuasive word choice, and then begin building compelling arguments with supporting evidence.

· Reader's Workshop: We will be looking at different nonfiction text to find author's opinion and the different arguments they use and how they support those arguments with evidence.

Word Study: We will continue our grammar study of adverbs looking at what the adverbs mean and how they modify verbs. We will continue to add to our class list of adverbs. The following week, we will use the adverbs we've found as a base for creating our spelling lists.

· Math Workshop: We begin learning about area and reviewing perimeter this week.

· Science: Students will continue exploring the 6 different simple machines - wedge, inclined plane, wheel and axle, lever, pulley, and screw.

Questions for Reading

It is important for students to not only be able to answer questions about the events in the story, but questions about why the events happened and what decisions the author made. This leads to a deeper understanding of the text. These questions are showing up more and more in class and state assessments. If you would like to make reading at home more meaningful, check out the link below. It is a list of possible questions to ask your child about their book to get them to think about what they've read.

Fluency Maintenance

Mastering and maintaining the basic addition, multiplication, subtraction and division facts is extremely important. Therefore all teachers are being asked to change how they progress monitor fact mastery. Starting this semester, rather than taking 5 minute fact tests, students will be meeting with me periodically for fact interviews. During these interviews they will be asked to answer different facts as well as periodically tell me how they thought through an answer. Those they are unable to answer correctly or take too long to answer will be added to their practice rings. Each day, students will spend a little time practicing these 5 to 10 facts with a partner. When they feel they've mastered the facts I will meet with them to interview again. The benefits of this are reduced stress/anxiety from the timed tests and I gain stronger knowledge of your child as a mathematical thinker. Students will be meeting with me every 1 - 2 weeks for an interview.

Important Information

Specials Classes this Week

Monday: No School

Tuesday: P.E.

Tuesday: Library

Wednesday: Computer

Thursday: Art

Friday: Music

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

Upcoming CRES Events

January 18th - Martin Luther King Day - No school

February 3rd - Global Play Day - details coming soon

February 5th - Author Kevin Kammeraad visits

February 5th - Early Release Day

February 8-12th - Kindness Week

February 15th - President's Day - No school

February 16th - Flex Day - Weather permitting

ISTEP and IREAD dates to be determined. I'll pass those dates along as soon as I know.

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: