Koewers' Community

March 18th, 2016


From our room mother, Jessica Benjamin...

Our class could use your help! We are in the final crunch for sending in donations for our GAMER: ALL THINGS VIDEO GAMES basket! The final day for donations is this upcoming Monday: March 21, 2016! We need as many donations as possible to help our basket be a success. You can send in donations with your child or text/call/email me to set up a time to drop them off. You can sign up for certain donations on our volunteer spot link listed below or you can donation any item as you wish. Thank you all for your help!


Cumberland Road third graders have been selected to take a digital applied skills pilot. The purpose of the pilot is to test new question sets for future tests. The test will be similar to the applied skills tests they took a few weeks back with essay type questions. The only difference will be that students will be answering on the iPads. My class has had experience with the iPads and typing on them so they'll have an easier time with that aspect. These tests are just used for testing the validity of the questions and will not be factored in to the ISTEP test scores of the students.

Common Sense Media

Below is a link to the website Common Sense Media. This is a great resource for teachers and parents. The site is packed with movie, game and app reviews, as well as articles and advice on how to navigate our increasingly digital world with your children. I encourage you to check it out!

From the YMCA

Our current class total is $32.16!

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!

What's Happening This Week?

Math Workshop: We are continuing to discuss different models of division. We have learned and practiced the array model. This week, we'll be working on the equal groups model and the repeated subtraction models.

Reader's Workshop: We've been learning about poetry and how poets use words, rhyming, and line breaks to create rhythm in their poems. This week we'll start looking at how poets use different types of figurative language in their writing.

Writer's Workshop: Students have written a rough draft of either their biography news story or picture books. This week we will finish revising and begin making our final drafts.

Word Study: We will be looking at adding -s or -es to words to make them plural. This week we'll be adding -es to words that end in ch, sh, ss, or x to make them plural. We'll be exploring and practicing the pattern and beginning to create a class resource list.

Social Studies: Students will be taking an economics vocabulary test on Thursday. The test will be using quite a bit of the economic vocabulary. Study guides will come home early next week. As part of our final project for this unit, students have grouped themselves and discussed a product they'd like to sell. They've been earning class economy money as part of this unit. Next week they'll write up a business plan for my approval. Then they'll be gathering supplies to create the good or service that they'd like to sell in our class market. (We'll be joining with Mrs. Cook's class for this.)

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

March 14th - 25th - YMCA Jar Wars

March 19th - 20th - HSE Art Show - 2 to 5 at Fishers High School - Our class has a Texture Tile piece on display.

March 24th - CRES Family Engineering Night

March 29th - Spring Picture Day

April 1st - 8th - Spring Break

April 15th - Fun Friday - Letter came home last week.

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: