Omeish Observer

November 24th - January 8th

Welcome Back!

What a wonderful week back we had in room 124! I was so excited to see all of your students back in the classroom this past week! I hope that everyone had a restful and wonderful break!

Winter Party!

Thank you to all the parents who helped make our winter party a success! Students had a great time playing games and making crafts! Also, thank you for all the thoughtful gifts that I received! I was so excited that I sat down that Friday afternoon and wrote out thank you cards to each of you! Unfortunately, in the hustle and bustle of wrapping presents, I think that the cards were thrown away by accident! I'm so sorry, but I want you to know that you made my break extra special with your sincere generosity! Thank you!


This past week in Reading we have been working on forming an opinion from our reading and determining author's purpose for writing a piece.
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Language Arts

We are working on writing opinion pieces last week and this week! Our arguments are stronger when we support them with evidence!
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We have been practicing and reviewing elapsed time. We will continue working on this skill this week and then begin working on fractions!


We have been learning about light! We will be conducting experiments with light this week by demonstrating refraction, reflection, and creating shadows!

Before break students created their own instruments that needed to be able to make three different pitches! Students also presented their Rock Cycle Brochures! So fun!

Social Studies

Once we wrap up our light unit, we will jump back into Social Studies by learning about changing communities!

Big Buddies

We helped our first grade little buddies with math before break. Now we are working on inquiry projects with our little buddies!

Scholastic Book Orders!

Please place your orders online using our class code by this Friday, January 15th. I will be submitted the order on that day!

Thank you to all of you who submit orders online. I purchase books for the classroom with the points that I earn from your purchases! Thanks for giving back!

Our code is MB49F


ISTEP and IREAD are quick approaching. I have attached some links to help you understand this standardized assessment. As an Indiana school, we will participate in ISTEP and IREAD testing this spring.

Please note: If you have questions about these tests or their content, please visit the Parent Portal link in the "Important Information" section below.

Upcoming Skills and Resources

We will continue to learn about growth mindset! This will help your student understand how we can learn from out mistakes in order to get better, instead of stopping when things do not go our way!

Below I have listed some of our topics and suggestions of how you can help at home! Please note that these are only suggestions and in no way required!

Math: Fractions, Geometry, Lines, & Division

Question: What is fact fluency?

- Each week your student will take a timed quiz to practice their addition and subtraction facts. They will have five minutes to complete the 100 problem quiz. The goal is to get your students to know their math facts in a snap!

- We will now start practicing our multiplication facts: 20 problems in 1 minute.

Resources to practice at home:


- Create flash cards (the old fashioned way)

- Download the app(s):

  • Xtramath
  • tenmarks
  • There are many more apps you can find and utilize


Reading: Nonfiction Text, Biographies, Folklore, Fables, Fairytales

How to help at home:

-Make a space for your child to read every night

- Read with, beside, or to your child

- Listen to your child read to you

Questions to ask about reading:

"What was the setting?"

"What is a character trait for the main character? How do you know?"

"What was that chapter, book, or page all about?"

"Retell what you just read."

"How would you feel if you were.... (character in novel)"

"Why do you think the author told you that?"

"How would this book be different if the setting was different?"

"What caused the character to do that?"

"Predict what will happen next. What from the text caused you to make that prediction?"

"Identify the theme." (Theme: the message or moral of the story)

"What is the problem in the story?"

"What was the solution to the problem?"


  • Light Unit

Social Studies

  • Communities Change Unit

Important Information

Our Schedule

8:45-9:00 Morning Procedures

9:00-9:30 Learning Clubs

9:30-10:10 Specials

10:15-10:30 Snack/Read Aloud

10:30-12:00 Reading Workshop

12:00-12:30 Writer's Workshop

12:35-12:55 Recess

1:05-1:35 Lunch

1:40-3:00 Math

3:00-3:30 Science

Specials Classes

Day 1 Art

Day 2 Music

Day 3 PE

Day 4 Computers

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

Upcoming CRES Events

**Get these Special Events 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: