Team Dankoski

January 15th, 2016

Special Guest


Writer's and Reader's Workshop: We continued working on our Fairytales, Myths, Folktales, and Fables unit. Students were asked to compare and contrast the story of Rumpelstiltskin and Titeliture (A Swedish version of the German Rumpelstiltskin) using a Venn diagram to organize their thoughts. We then worked on "Little Red Riding Hood" and a Chinese version of the Fairytale called "Lon Po Po". As we read these tales we focused on the author's purpose and what the author might be trying to teach us and how they might be trying to persuade us.

Students were asked to write a fairytale this week as well. They could either re-tell a fairytale that they know in their own words, write a "fractured fairytale" where we look at the story from the point of view of the antagonist, or they could try their hand (or pencil) at writing a fairytale of their own.

Math Workshop: We've continued to work on our understanding of division by looking at specific fact families. We also worked on problem solving with those fact families. I'm continuing our fact interviews and I hope to have the class completed by the middle of next week.

Science: We are beginning our Simple Machines Unit with a review of measurement. Our focus this week was measuring weight (although it might have been a good week to measure temperature with the weather conditions we experienced). We learned about how to use a balance scale and we tried to measure with a non-standard unit (we used paper clips) and a standard unit of grams. We all agreed that using a standard unit is much easier and much more efficient. We took our thinking a step further by estimating how many grams an item might weigh and then testing our guess by weighing it and comparing our guess with our findings.

Fact Fluency and 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 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. An added benefit is that we can differentiate learning to support students no matter where they are in their fact fluency journey. Students will be meeting with me every 1 - 2 weeks for an interview and to update their fact cards.


Students should read for 30 minutes each night.

10-15 minutes of math:

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

VolunteerSpot: Updated

There are now Volunteer Spots up for 2016. Thanks so much to the Volunteers, you help is very much appreciated. The kids love it when you come in, too!

Here's how to volunteer 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.

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 1/19- 1/22

Monday: MLK day, No School

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: P.E.

Thursday: Computer Lab

Friday: Art

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

January 15th - Early release day for staff development

January 18th - Martin Luther King Day - No school

February 15th - President's Day - No school

February 16th - Flex Day - Weather permitting

**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.

For more information on background checks and the anti-bullying webinar, please visit: