Meng's Memos

October 5th, 2015

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A Busy Day of Learning

This past Friday was filled with hands-on learning experiences. We enjoyed visiting Conner Prairie, learning about life in the 1800s. In the afternoon, we teamed up with our class buddies (Miss Mitchell's class) to tackle a math perimeter challenge.
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Volunteering in our Classroom

Due to a lack of interest, we will no longer be using VolunteerSpot to organize our classroom volunteering as recurring time slots. We would still benefit from your expertise 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!

Our Focus this Week

Our Questions

· Writer's Workshop: How can we identify simple and compound sentences? How can we use synonyms to deepen our word choice in our writing?

· Reader's Workshop: What do we know about story elements? Can we analyze a book's character, setting, plot, mood, theme, and character traits?

· Math Workshop: What are the ways we can SUBTRACT 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: Subtraction regrouping is tricky, especially if there are zeros involved. Practice some tricky problems together this week, such as 502-346.

Reading: Finding and supporting the main idea of a story is an important skill we will be working on next. After you read a paragraph or chapter, can you work with your child to write a sentence that tells the most important components of the section?

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

Tuesday: Day 2 - PE

Wednesday: Day 3 - Computer

Thursday: Day 4 - Art

Friday: Day 1 - Music / No Library Due to Book Fair

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

October 13th-October 21st: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, October 20th: Picture Retake Day

October 22-23: Fall Break

**Get this Special Event on Your Calendar**

April 22nd: CRES Fest

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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: