Team Dankoski

March 13th, 2016

IRead Testing

The IREAD3 test is a standardized reading test given to all 3rd grade students in the state of Indiana. The test has three sections covering phonics, reading comprehension, and other reading skills.

We will take one test section each day on Tuesday (15th), Wednesday (16th), and Thursday (17th).

It is very important that each student gets ample sleep as well as a healthy breakfast on the testing days.

If your child received small group testing during ISTEP+, they will receive the same support during our IREAD3 testing.

Upcoming Third Grade Testing Calendar:

- IREAD3 testing (computer): week of March 14th - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

- ISTEP+ computer testing: late April/early May - schedule to be determined

- NWEA Spring Testing (computer): May - schedule to be determined

Sorting Fractions


Writer's and Reader's Workshop: Biographies: We are continuing our study of Malala. We will also expand our understanding of Biographies by exploring a plethora of biographies I've checked out from the Library. Within the next few weeks we will also spend some time in the netbook lab searching a few websites that Mrs. Hicks has compiled for us that have good information about biographies. We will also interview each other and write a brief "biography" of our classmates focusing on the elements that would be included in a biography.

Math Workshop: We took our fractions assessment and our next big unit of study is geometry. We will be looking at 2 dimensional shapes with a special focus on their attributes.

Science: We will begin our unit on Plants. We will be growing plants in the classroom. Students will learn the parts of a plant and their functions. Plant growth and development is also a topic we will be learning about and discussing as we watch our plants grow. We will investigate plant growth over time and as we record and graph our data we will examine factors that might influence growth.

From the YMCA

CRES and the YMCA are working together to raise money for the YMCA's Annual Campaign by doing a Jar Wars competition between classrooms from March 14th - 25th. Last year thanks to city-wide donations nearly $15,000 raised from the campaign went to helping families from CRES be able to attend YMCA Summer Camp and Before/After School Program. Y staff will be delivering flyers to send home with students this week. Y staff will collect the jars a couple of times a week and mark each classroom's progress on posters displayed in the cafeteria. Please help encourage your students to bring in their spare change; the winning class wins a pizza party!


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 3/15 - 3/18

Monday: No School: Flex Day

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: P.E.

Thursday: Computer

Friday: Art

Upcoming CRES Events and Deadlines

March 14th - Flex Day - No school

March 15th - 25th - YMCA Jar Wars

March 24th - CRES Family Engineering Night (Forms went home Friday)

March 29th - Spring Picture Day (Forms went home Friday)

April 1st - 8th - Spring Break

**Get this Special Event on Your Calendar**

April 22nd: CRES Fest (Our Class Basket is Indy 500 themed)

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.

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: