Meng's Memos

May 9th, 2016

Our Glass Barn Field Trip is Monday, May 9th!

  • Students should dress for the weather.
  • A sack lunch is needed - no carbonated drinks please.
  • If possible, please have your child wear our class shirt (blue).
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Project ACES Day

We enjoyed a beautiful day to celebrate exercise by walking (and sometimes running) together as a class. Some highlights were spotting an unknown insect crawling out of the ground and finding the mud hole below. We went back to our classroom to try to determine which insect we saw. We think it may have been a cicada nymph, but we would like to hear your thoughts too!

Library Book Return

Last week was our final chance to check out books from the CRES library. That means all library books need to be returned to school by Friday this week (13th). Thank you!

Recycling Research

Our school has been studying the work of Malala Yousafzai, using the book Dear Malala, We Stand with You. Each class at CRES was asked to create a project inspired by Malala's life and work with education for all girls.


Our class voted to try to make a difference at CRES by working to bring plastic recycling to our school. We were concerned by the number of plastic bags and containers that are thrown in the trash here at school. To begin our project, we teamed up with our book buddies (Miss Mitchell's class) and researched the topic of recycling. Then we created informational and persuasive posters about the topic.


If you know of any individuals and businesses who could help us bring more recycling options to CRES, please let us know!


If you would like to see our posters, CRES will be holding a showcase of all of the school's Malala projects on Thursday (12th) from 4:30-6:30pm.

April/May Testing Dates

We are finished with our spring testing! Our class has worked very hard on our test-taking skills throughout the year, and I was pleased with their perseverance. Congratulations to our class!

Our Focus this Week

What We are Learning This Week

· Writing & Reading Workshop: Students will change their fiction stories into a play format. We are hoping to perform some of our plays for other classes next week! We will also learn how to create the possessive form of singular and plural nouns.


· Spelling: homophones


· Math Workshop: We will begin our last unit for the year - "Step Up to 4th Grade". This week we will learn how to multiply 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers. If you would like to follow along in your child's Envision workbook, we will be covering these lessons - Monday (field trip), Tuesday (Step-Up 1), Wednesday (Step-Up 2), Thursday (Step-Up 3), Friday (Step-Up 4).


· Science: Our plants will be coming home with our students on Monday! This will enable us to focus on learning about rocks and minerals.

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: Please continue to work on math facts at home. If you are looking for a fresh idea, try using triangle fact cards, which are explained on this website - http://www.scholastic.com/parents/blogs/scholastic-parents-learning-toolkit/making-math-facts-fun.


Reading: When you see possessive nouns in text, please point them out to your child, talking about the placement of the apostrophe.


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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 3 - Field Trip

Tuesday: Day 4 - Art

Wednesday: Day 1 - Music

Thursday: Day 2 -PE

Friday: Day 3 - Computer / Library

Volunteering 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 emeng@hse.k12.in.us, and we will work to find an available date for you to come in. We love learning from our volunteers!

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?

Field Day Volunteering

CRES Field Day is right around the corner and we need your help to make this event a success!


Sign up now on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/V7Ddfz


If you have any question contact Mrs. Fox at dfox@hse.k12.in.us. Thank you in advance for your help. Everyone looks forward to this awesome event, even the volunteers!!

Upcoming CRES Events

May 9th: Spring Field Trip

May 26th: Field Day & Last Day of School

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:


http://www.hse.k12.in.us/ADM/parents/volunteering.aspx