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January 4, 2016

What's Happening This Week?

· Writer's Workshop: Students will review the pattern for haikus, discussed back in November, and write a winter themed haiku to put up in the hall.

· Reader's Workshop: We will begin our unit on opinion/persuasive writing this week. Students will be looking at why someone would write a persuasive piece, and what types of language and arguments they use. Then they will be writing their own persuasive piece.

Word Study: In preparation for next week's spelling list, students will be looking at and searching for words that end in the suffixes -less, -ness, and 'ful.

· Math Workshop: Students will be practicing telling time this week and calculating elapsed time.

· Science: Students will practice different types of measurement, length and weight, before we begin our unit on simple machines.

Fluency 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, rather than taking 5 minute fact tests, 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. Students will be meeting with me every 1 - 2 weeks for an interview.

Important Information

Specials Classes this Week

Monday: No School

Tuesday: P.E.

Tuesday: Library

Wednesday: Computer

Thursday: Art

Friday: Music

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

Upcoming CRES Events

January 5th - 7:00 PTO Meeting - Focus on HSE21 with Dr. Combs.

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

ISTEP and IREAD dates to be determined. I'll pass those dates along as soon as I know.

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: