Meng's Memos

November 16th, 2015

Multiplication and Division Strategies

As you know, it is important for students to be able to show their mathematical thinking! As we work through multiplication and division problem solving, we are working to use arrays, pictures, repeated addition, repeated subtraction, and fact families. Here are some examples of our thinking that was written out during math lessons.

What are IREAD and ISTEP?

As an Indiana school, we will participate in ISTEP and IREAD testing this spring. Although this testing will not happen for another three months, I wanted to start sending you information about the tests. I hope these resources help your family feel comfortable with the process before we begin testing next March. Here are some IREAD resources - the parent letter and the example question document.

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

Our Focus this Week

Our Questions

· Writer's Workshop: What punctuation do we need when using dialogue? How can we use compound sentences in our writing?

· Reader's Workshop: How do we take good notes when we research? What information should be included in a summary?

· Math Workshop: What strategies can we use when solving multiplication and division problems? What patterns can we find in the 1s and 0s families of multiplication and division facts? (These families are important to explore as many students develop misconceptions about these families even though it is not difficult to find the right answer.)

· Social Studies: How has Fishers changed as a community? [We will also be continuing to work on a solar system exploration project this week to improve our nonfiction reading skills.]

Timedfree App!

Are you looking for a fresh way to practice addition math facts? One of our families suggested this app - Timedfree. In this app you can choose the number of facts you would like your child to complete as well as how long they will have to do it.

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 are some ideas for this week...

Math: Have you been using the multiplication and division games our students have been bringing home? These are a great way for your child to build his/her fact speeds!

Reading: We are working on researching within the solar system project. Please talk to your child about the research you do at home. Do you research new products for your house (appliances, carpet, etc.) before you buy them? If so, how do you find good information? Do you research as a part of your profession? If so, how do you track the information you find? All of these real-world skills will be very valuable for your child to learn!

Try out MobyMax by going to and entering the log in information students brought home 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: Day 4 - Art

Tuesday: Day 1 -Music

Wednesday: Day 2 - PE

Thursday: Day 3 - Computer

Friday: Day 4 - Art / Library

Volunteering in our Classroom

Due to a lack of interest, we will no longer be using VolunteerSpot to organize our classroom volunteering as recurring time slots. We would still benefit from your expertise in our classroom. If you are interested in...

-Reading with Students

-Helping with a Clerical Task

-Talking to Students about your Work Skills or Hobbies

-Being an Expert who Teaches us a Lesson during a Science or Social Studies Unit

then please contact me through, and we will work to find an available date for you to come in. We love learning from our volunteers!

Please order books 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?

Upcoming CRES Events

Friday, November 20th - $1 Hat Day

**Get this Special Event on Your Calendar**

April 22nd: CRES Fest

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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: