Team Dankoski

January 29th, 2016

Global Play Day

Global School Play Day

Next Wednesday, February 3rd, is Global School Play Day. Visit the following website for more detailed information, including an intro video:

Today in class we began categorizing the different types of games that we enjoy playing and the students came up with an impressive list. Only one item on their list involved electronic gadgets, which they now know is not permitted on this day.

Last year our school participated for the first time by setting aside one hour during the day for the students to PLAY, electronic-free! This year our school has decided to set aside the entire school day for PLAY. After all, it is Global School Play DAY.

I plan to break our day into five 1-hour segments, each with its own theme so that throughout the day the students have an opportunity to participate in a variety of PLAY. We have not finalized the schedule for the day but I am looking at using some of these categories based on our brainstorming session today.

We are also planning on meeting our Kindergarten Book Buddies in the library to play at the makers stations that Mrs. Hicks has out!

Board Games (any type including strategy or trivia)

Card Games (any type)

Puzzles/Mazes/Building (Legos, K’nex, Lincoln Logs, anything you can build with)

Math & Word Games (these may get lumped in with Board and/or Card games)

Movement (Twister, DDR, Relays, Fitness, throwing, …)

Play (make-believe, dolls, non-electronic action figures, cars/trucks, Hotwheel tracks…)

Please let me know if your child has permission to bring games from home that would fit into any of the above categories to share with other classmates. This will help us plan our day based on the games we have available.

Perhaps you could also set aside time on February 3rd to play a game at home with the whole family, too.

Pulley Challenge

Can you lift up a metal object, using at least 2 pulleys, from the floor to at least 4 in high?

How can you make your pulley system work more efficiently? With less effort?

Yearbook Forms

DUE ON MONDAY! Yearbook order forms were sent home this week. Please return them by February 1st if your child would like a yearbook. Thanks!


Writer's and Reader's Workshop:

Math Workshop:

Science: We learned about simple machines and focused on pulleys and did a pulley challenge. Next week, students will wrap up exploring the different simple machines.

Here are some cool websites that could support our learning about Simple Machines that your child might enjoy exploring at home:

VolunteerSpot: Updated

There are now Volunteer Spots up for 2016. Thanks so much to the Volunteers, you help is very much appreciated. The kids love it when you come in, too!

Here's how to volunteer 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.

Dress Warm

As the temperatures start to change please be sure your student is dressed appropriately to go outside. The HSE guidelines and CRE policy state that we will go out as long as the temperature/wind chill is not below 15 degrees.


Simple Machine Websites:

Students should read for 30 minutes each night.

10-15 minutes of math:

The MobyMax website is a good supplement to student studying as well

Important Information

Specials Classes 1/25-1/29

Monday: P.E.

Tuesday: Computer Lab

Wednesday: Art

Thursday: Music

Friday: No Specials 1/2 day

Our Schedule

8:45-9:00 Morning Procedures

9:00-9:30 Learning Clubs

9:30-10:10 Science/Social Studies

10:15-10:50 Related Arts

10:55-12:35 Reading Workshop

12:35-12:55 Recess

1:05-1:35 Lunch

1:40-2:55 Math Workshop

2:55-3:30 Writer's Workshop


If there is ever a transportation change for your child please send your child into school with a note, or contact the office by 2:00 pm. I must have a note from you or the office stating a transpiration change. If I do not receive a note I will send your child home the usual way.

Upcoming CRES Events and Deadlines

February 1st - Yearbook Orders Due

February 3rd - Global Play Day - students are asked to bring board games, card games, toys they can build with and other toys. Please no electronic devices.

February 5th - Author Kevin Kammeraad visits

February 5th - Early Release Day

February 8-12th - Kindness Week

February 15th - President's Day - No school

February 16th - Flex Day - Weather permitting

**Get this Special Event on Your Calendar**

April 22nd: CRES Fest

Snacks and Lunch

Snack: Students will be allowed to bring a snack in the morning since our lunch time is later in the day. Snacks need to be healthy and nutritious. Please refrain from bringing items with tree nuts due to allergies. Students can also bring a bottle of water to school each day.

Lunch: We will eat lunch each day from 1:05-1:35 in the cafeteria. Your child may eat school lunch or bring his or her lunch from home. Lunch options this year are hot lunch, turkey sandwich, peanut butter & jelly, chef salad, or pizza pack.

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: