Meng's Memos

February 1st, 2016

Global Play Day!

On Wednesday, our school is participating in an initiative called Global Play Day. Students can bring in toys (non-electronic) from home to play with during the school day, as we will take time throughout the day to play. Please click on the following link for more information about Global Play Day on Wednesday, February 3rd.

Ideas of Good Toys to Bring to School:

-board games


-card games

-action figures


-marble sets


-any building/creative play sets

*Please note that these materials will be shared as a class during the day, so valuable/irreplaceable toys should not be brought to school.

Our Focus this Week

What We are Learning This Week

· Writing Workshop: Since we finished our poetry unit last week, this week we will focus on editing the poems. In the process, we will review nouns, pronouns, and adjectives.

· Reading Workshop: This week we will enter a new unit on Folktales. We will look at fairytales by exploring some versions of the famous Three Little Pigs story, reviewing these skills: point of view, character traits, and character motivation.

· Spelling: Suffixes -er and -or (examples: worker, teacher, contractor, etc.)

· Math Workshop: Fractions - We will continue to talk about comparing fractions and finding equivalent fractions, as we wrap up our unit. We will also begin talking about time by looking at how our fraction knowledge can help us determine the meaning of words like half past, quarter to, etc.. If you would like to follow our learning in your Envision math books at home, we will be covering these lessons... Monday (10-6), Tuesday (10-8), Wednesday (Global Play Day), Thursday (9-6 & 12-1), and Friday (12-2). For problem-solving please look at 9-8 & 10-9.

· Science: We are transitioning to a mini-unit in which we will review the role of a scientist and the steps to the scientific method.

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: We will work on telling time to the nearest minute. You can visit this website if you do not have any non-digital clocks at home -

Reading: As you read together this week talk about the point of view of each character in the story. Do the characters agree or are there opposite points of view present in the story?

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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 - Computer

Tuesday: Day 4 - Art

Wednesday: Day 1 - Music

Thursday: Day 2 -PE

Friday: Half Day - No Specials / 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, 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?

Upcoming CRES Events

Wednesday, February 3rd: Global Play Day

Friday, February 5th: Half-Day for Students & Favorite Football Shirt Day

February 8th-12th: Kindness Week

Monday, February 15th: President's Day - No School

Tuesday, February 16th: Flex Day

**Get this Special Event 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: