Meng's Memos

September 8th 2015

We were so busy learning this week, I forgot to take any pictures. I will definitely have some good pictures for you next week. :)

Volunteer Sign-Ups Are Ready to Go!

We're using VolunteerSpot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our volunteers.

Weekly opportunities: Right now I have put up a morning reading spot that will take place Monday-Thursday each week (I planned out for the next 6 weeks, starting after labor day). I hope to add math spots soon.

Other volunteer opportunities: I would always love to have parents come in to be a mystery reader or talk about your area of expertise (career, hobby, etc.). If you are interested in serving our classroom this way, please email me and we will set up a time!

Here's how it works 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.

Our Focus this Week

Special Objects Gallery Walk

Over the past four weeks we have learned a lot about our classroom and school community. We have also learned some important teamwork skills. As we study our community and citizenship in Social Studies, we want to take the opportunity to learn more about each other. In order to do this, we are going to have a Special Object Gallery Walk on WEDNESDAY, September 9th. Each student will bring in three items that have personal, family, cultural, or religious importance. We will display these items during the afternoon, and each student will get the opportunity to share about the items. In addition to getting to know each other, we will be practicing presentation skills, giving good feedback, and asking questions.

*An important note: Please do not send any valuable items to school. If an item is breakable or precious, the student can bring in a picture of the item or choose another item from home.

NWEA Testing

Our NWEA results will be coming to you through email next Wednesday (9/9). If you would like to know more about this test, please visit -

Agendas and Papers Coming Home

Our agendas (the spiral calendar notebooks) were sent home today. These books will be used for different purposes throughout the year. Right now our goal is to use it as a tool for students to build organizational skills by writing down important reminders of upcoming events. Please send the agenda back to school each day, just like the red folder.

You may have also noticed that students brought home several math papers. This week we were working on problem solving skills (for joining addition problems). Our goal was to use multiple strategies and explain our thinking with mathematical terms. Although each page was checked for skills, I did mark on any of the work, as it was not used as an assessment. Please go over these pages with your child, looking for areas of improvement.

Our Questions

· Writer's Workshop: What are nouns, verbs, and adjectives? How do we use powerful nouns, verbs and adjectives in our writing to enhance narratives?

· Reader's Workshop: How do we determine the mood of a book? How does a character's actions change the plot of a story?

· Math Workshop: What is rounding? How could rounding help us with real life math challenges?

· Social Studies: What does the government do? What are the branches of our government? How does a bill become a law?

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 is an idea for this week...

-MobyMax is a website through which students can work on academic skills at school and at home. The best part about MobyMax is it is targeted instruction based on a placement test students will take when they first log in. This means that it will help students with areas of academic need.

Try out MobyMax by going to and entering the log in information students brought home today in the front covers of their agendas!

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: Labor Day - No School

Tuesday: Day 3 - Computer

Wednesday: Day 4 - Art

Thursday: Day 1 - Music

Friday: Library / Day 2 - PE

Please order book 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?

The pasta bowl fundraiser will end on September 10th.

Upcoming CRES Events

September 7th: Labor Day - No School

September 11th: Half day for Students due to Teacher Professional Development

September 25th: Grillin' & Chillin'

**Get these Special Events on Your Calendar**

October 1st: Roadrunner Rally

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: