Koewers' Community

April 29th, 2016

Field Trip to the Glass Barn

Field Trip Details


  • Monday, May 9th
  • Leave school at 9:15
  • Return to school at 2:00
  • Dress for the weather
  • Sack lunch needed - no carbonated drinks



I sent home another the fairground's permission slips in this week's red folders. If you have not returned it yet, please do so by early next week. If your child did not show you this slip, please let me know.

Scholastic have provided us with a one month free trial of their Storia program. This is an on-line library of some of the Scholastic books. Students are able to search books by topic, title, or reading level. To access the site go to www.storiaschool.com. Students spent some time today looking for books. They've written in the class code and their personal password in their assignment notebooks.

HSE21 IN ACTION: The Elementary Design Team

Click the link below to read the entire story.

Pop Bottle Ecosystems

Thank you for the donations of pop bottles. Students have been learning about biomes, ecosystems, and decomposition as we've slowly built our pop bottle ecosystems. Take a look at the pictures below.

What's Happening This Week?


ISTEP: On May 6th the students will be taking an ISTEP Language Arts pilot on the iPads.


Having a Malala Mindset: As a school, we have been discussing the book, Dear Malala We Stand With You, and learning about Malala Yousafzai. This led to our Hero Biography writing projects and now to a Malala Mindset projects. Our Malala mindset projects will be on display in the halls the week of May 9th - 13th. Students will be touring the building to look at other class/grade level projects over the course of the week. Parents and the public are welcome to come in and view the projects on the evening of May 12th from 4:30 to 6:30. I hope you can attend!


Math Workshop: Students have begun working on a geometry project. The project includes terms and ideas we've discussed in class, as well as a couple of terms that they'll need to research on their iPads. I will give them next week in class to work on the project and all projects will be due on Monday the 9th.


Reader's Workshop: We will begin our unit on folk and fairy tales. We will listen to some stories read aloud, work with groups to find the traits of a fairy and folk tale, and then begin looking at fractured fairy tales. Students will work in groups to create and perform their own fractured fairy tale.


Writer's Workshop: Our trial to Night Zookeeper has been extended. Our class has joined the HSE Writing League and are competing with schools around the district to see who can write the most.


Word Study: This week, students will be focusing on words that have ie or ei. They will be making spelling lists that have words that use these vowel patterns. Our test will be on Friday.


Science: We will continue to observe our plants as they grow. We will also be learning more about a plants life cycle.


Library: Next week is our last library check out. If students have library books at home, please encourage them to bring them back to school.

Questions for Reading

It is important for students to not only be able to answer questions about the events in the story, but questions about why the events happened and what decisions the author made. This leads to a deeper understanding of the text. These questions are showing up more and more in class and state assessments. If you would like to make reading at home more meaningful, check out the link below. It is a list of possible questions to ask your child about their book to get them to think about what they've read.

Important Information

Specials Classes this Week

Monday: P.E.

Tuesday: Computer

Tuesday: Library

Wednesday: Art

Thursday: Music

Friday: P.E.

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

Upcoming CRES Events

Friday, April 29th - Field trip permission slips due

Tuesday, May 3rd - PTO Open Forum - 7:00 - Art Room

Friday, May 6th - ISTEP Language Arts Pilot

Friday, May 6th - Project A.C.E.S.

Monday, May 9th - Geometry Project Due

Monday, May 9th - Field trip to Indiana State Fairgrounds' Glass Barn

Thursday, May 12th - Malala Showcases - 4:30 - 6:30

Friday, May 13th - $1 Hat Day

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:


http://www.hse.k12.in.us/ADM/parents/volunteering.aspx