Omeish Observer

April 11th - April 29th

Field Trip

We are getting excited about our field trip on May 9th! Do not forget that your student will need a sack lunch where every item can be thrown away after!

Two forms have been sent home about this field trip. Please send the pink one back in no later than Wednesday, May 4th! Please and thank you!

Donation Requests

Donation request for the classroom:

glue sticks

dry erase markers

One Book One School

One Book One School: This year all of CRES will be reading Dear Malala, We Stand With You. Students will be using this book to discuss the importance of education and the idea of everyday heroes. In May there will be a school wide celebration inviting community members to come in and see what the students have learned. Watch for updates.

We will have a Malala showcase for the students to share what they have learned from/about Malala on May12th from 4:30-6:30. Families may show up anytime during that time to see what your student came up with.


We finished up the first round of ISTEP the week of February 29th - March 4th.

Students finished up testing April 18th-21st and the last test took place on Monday, April 25th.

Students will take the second portion of the ISTEP Pilot test on May 6th. Remember this one is not graded!

NWEA will take place on May 11th and 12th!

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 high ability identification for grades K-6 will be underway in the coming weeks. We use a formal identification process to identify and support students in need of high ability services which involves reviewing all NWEA scores for grades K-6. It also involves offering a more comprehensive plan for grades K, 2 and 5.

Please visit the high ability page on our website to learn more about the identification process, services we provide and contacts for further questions. The schedule of assessments is included on the webpage as well as a video which explains identification procedures and services in detail.

All notifications for students that are newly identified will be communicated via email through our central office in late May or early June.

Thank you.

Just a reminder that my class will NWEA test on May 11th and May 12th!

CRES Fest Activities

Students had a great time on Friday, April 22nd! We had a balloon assembly where students got to participate in an engineering project with balloons! Students worked together to create a house!

Students also enjoyed Kona Ice outside! What a great day!

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Reading & Language Arts

Students have been diving into Poetry and learning about figurative language! The week of April 18th-22nd students learned about similes and how to write them. They have recently been learning about alliteration and how to use it!


Students have been working on data and graphing. Students came up with a survey to ask their classmates. They then had to record and graph the data. They presented these to the class last week!

We are reviewing measurement and graphing data this week!


We have been having a ball during our Plant Unit! Students have explored different types of seeds and how a plant grows. We have planted and observed, tulips, wild flower, grass, lima beans, carrots, peas, and more! It has been very interesting to see how light is affecting our plants!

Upcoming Skills and Resources

We will continue to learn about growth mindset! This will help your student understand how we can learn from out mistakes in order to get better, instead of stopping when things do not go our way!

Below I have listed some of our topics and suggestions of how you can help at home! Please note that these are only suggestions and in no way required!

Math: Project Review

Students will be participating in projects to review and apply what they have learned in third grade this year!

Question: What is fact fluency?

- Each week your student will take a timed quiz to practice their addition and subtraction facts. They will have five minutes to complete the 100 problem quiz. The goal is to get your students to know their math facts in a snap!

- We will now start practicing our multiplication facts: 20 problems in 1 minute.

Resources to practice at home:


- Create flash cards (the old fashioned way)

- Download the app(s):

  • Xtramath
  • tenmarks
  • There are many more apps you can find and utilize


Reading: Poetry & Realistic Fiction Review

We will be finishing up our Poetry Unit and Reviewing what we know about Realistic Fiction

How to help at home:

-Make a space for your child to read every night

- Read with, beside, or to your child

- Listen to your child read to you

Questions to ask about reading:

"What was the setting?"

"What is a character trait for the main character? How do you know?"

"What was that chapter, book, or page all about?"

"Retell what you just read."

"How would you feel if you were.... (character in novel)"

"Why do you think the author told you that?"

"How would this book be different if the setting was different?"

"What caused the character to do that?"

"Predict what will happen next. What from the text caused you to make that prediction?"

"Identify the theme." (Theme: the message or moral of the story)

"What is the problem in the story?"

"What was the solution to the problem?"


  • Plant Unit

Social Studies

  • Communities Change Unit

Important Information

Our Schedule

8:45-9:00 Morning Procedures

9:00-9:30 Learning Clubs

9:30-10:10 Specials

10:15-10:30 Snack/Read Aloud

10:30-12:00 Reading Workshop

12:00-12:30 Writer's Workshop

12:35-12:55 Recess

1:05-1:35 Lunch

1:40-3:00 Math

3:00-3:30 Science

Specials Classes

Day 1 Art

Day 2 Music

Day 3 PE

Day 4 Computers

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

Upcoming CRES Events

**Get these Special Events 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: