Meng's Memos

February 8th, 2016

Global Play Day and Friday's Author Visit

Valentine's Day

Although we do not have Valentine's Day parties at CRES, our class will have an OPTIONAL valentines exchange on Friday (2/12). Students do not have to participate, but if a student decides to participate, the student will need to bring a valentine or encouraging note for EVERY student in our classroom. Please do not send any food or candy to school with the valentines. Here is a name list if your child would like to participate...

- Jasmita

- Emmaline

- Radley

- Filip

- Anakin

- Ethan

- Luke

- Natalie

- Sejal

- Kaden

- Isha

- Grace

- Elijah

- Maurice

- Jackson

- Katie

- Krishna

- Matty

- Deagan

- Rithik

- Nathaniel

- Asya

- Matthew

- Jason

- Kaylee

- Kaley

Our Focus this Week

What We are Learning This Week

· Writing Workshop: To prepare for Wednesday's poetry night, we will finish editing the poems. In the process, we will review verbs, adverbs, synonyms, and antonyms.

· Reading Workshop: This week we will continue learning about folktales. We will compare the versions of the famous Three Little Pigs story, reviewing these skills: point of view, character traits, and character motivation. Then, we will see what we can learn about theme/moral through fables.

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

· Math Workshop: Time - telling time to the minute, time conversions (minutes to hours, hours to days, etc.), and elapsed time.. If you would like to follow our learning in your Envision math books at home, we will be covering these lessons... Monday (12-3), Tuesday (12-4), Wednesday (12-5), Thursday (practice for test), and Friday (time check/test). For problem-solving please look at 9-8 & 10-9.

· Social Studies: We will look at our community, and we will work on some map skills: map scales and cardinal & intermediate directions.

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 have been working on improving our skills as test takers. As we explore the genre of test-taking, we will take a check over our time math unit on Friday. On Thursday, students will bring home a practice test for students to practice their time skills before our Friday check. Please look over this practice check with your child, talking about test-taking skills.

Reading: As you read together this week, talk about how to determine the theme/moral of a 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: 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, 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?

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One Book, One School

“So let us wage a global struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism and let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education First.” Malala Yousafzai.

While one book changing the world is a tall order, we hope one book can change our school for the better. CRES students, staff, and families will be embarking on a journey with “Dear Malala, We Stand with You” by Rosemary McCarty as our jumping off point. One book, One school. We will come together around this book to discover, discuss, and honor our heroes. Every student at CRES will begin this journey on February 26th. Thanks to our amazing Librarian, Kristin Hicks, every single staff member has a copy of the book to use in all parts of the curriculum over the coming months. We will have a culminating event and closure in May.

We know heroes come in many shades, shapes, and sizes. Heroes do not always fly or wear capes, they do not always fight with strength of body or personal wealth. Malala Yousafzai is a hero to countless people across the globe for her efforts to go to school and secure schooling for other young girls. We cannot wait to enrich the lives and learning of the children, families, and staff here at CRES as we honor Malala’s struggle and discover what makes a hero.

Please check out this example of HSE21 learning.

Blended Learning in Third Grade

Upcoming CRES Events

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: