Team Dankoski

December 4th, 2015

"Multiplication Table" Wall

We got a great start on our Multiplication Wall!! We are going up to 12x12 so that's 144 spaces to fill with representations of arrays. We are doing pretty good on some of the smaller numbers, but we need to keep our eyes open for larger numbers and larger arrays.

We will show different representations of multiplication on our wall: the area model, arrays, number lines, equal groups, and repeated addition. If your student sees any representations of multiplication around your house or around town take a picture of it, or have them draw a representation of the multiplication they found and we can add it to our multiplication wall.


Writer's and Reader's Workshop: Most students were able to complete a rough draft of their Hippo and Tortoise reports this week. I will be looking at rough draft this weekend and we will do revisions next week during writer's workshop. In Reader's workshop we will be focusing on our Opinion Unit for the remainder of the semester.

Math Workshop: We will be moving from our strategy of using patterns to learn multiplication facts to using known facts to learn multiples.

Social Studies: We will wrap up our Unit on How our Communities change over time.

We will complete our classroom timeline this week.

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Winter Program: Mark you calendar!

Mr. Hussain is conducting the winter showcase. Classes will be celebrating winter traditions from around the world. Our class will be performing on December 17th at 7pm. Students should report to our classroom at 6:50pm in order to be ready to walk down. Mr. Hussain is asking students to wear semi-formal attire, like they might wear for picture day and shoes that are comfortable and easy to move around in (I think there is dancing involved). If you have any questions please direct them to Mr. Hussain.

Book Buddies


Students should read for 30 minutes each night.

10-15 minutes of math:

Please continue to have students bring in or email me examples of arrays they find in their world. To avoid misconceptions make sure the examples you are discussing have EQUAL GROUPS with EQUAL SIZES in each group.

The MobyMax website is a good supplement to student studying as well


We will participate in ISTEP and IREAD testing this spring. Although this testing will not happen for another three months, I wanted to start sending you information about the tests. I hope these resources help your family feel comfortable with the process before we begin testing next March. Here are some IREAD resources - the parent letter and the example question document.

As always if you have any questions for me about these tests, I'll do my best to answer them.


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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.

Important Information

Specials Classes 12/7 - 12/11

Monday: Computer Lab

Tuesday: Art

Wednesday: Music

Thursday: P.E. (Bring or wear gym shoes)

Friday: Computer Lab

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

10:55-12:35 Reading Workshop

12:35-12:55 Recess

1:05-1:35 Lunch

1:40-2:55 Math Workshop

2:55-3:30 Writer's Workshop


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

December 14th & 15th - NWEA Testing for our classroom

December 17th - Musical Showcase

**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.

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