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January 8, 2016

What's Happening This Week?

· Writer's Workshop: Students will be learning about adverbs. We'll that adverbs modify a verb and answer the questions when, where, how, and why.

· Reader's Workshop: We will continue our unit on opinion/persuasive reading/writing this week. Students will be looking at why someone would write a persuasive piece, and what types of language and arguments they use. Then they will be writing their own persuasive piece.

Word Study: Students will be creating spelling lists on Monday. 3 of their words will end in -ness, three will end in -less, and 3 will end in -ful. The 10th word is a free choice word. They will take their spelling test on Friday.

· Math Workshop: Students will be practicing telling time this week and calculating elapsed time.

· Science: Students will be exploring the 6 different simple machines - wedge, inclined plane, wheel and axle, lever, pulley, and screw.

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.

Fluency Maintenance

Mastering and maintaining the basic addition, multiplication, subtraction and division facts is extremely important. Therefore all teachers are being asked to change how they progress monitor fact mastery. Starting this semester, rather than taking 5 minute fact tests, students will be meeting with me periodically for fact interviews. During these interviews they will be asked to answer different facts as well as periodically tell me how they thought through an answer. Those they are unable to answer correctly or take too long to answer will be added to their practice rings. Each day, students will spend a little time practicing these 5 to 10 facts with a partner. When they feel they've mastered the facts I will meet with them to interview again. The benefits of this are reduced stress/anxiety from the timed tests and I gain stronger knowledge of your child as a mathematical thinker. Students will be meeting with me every 1 - 2 weeks for an interview.

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

January 15th - Early release day for staff development

January 18th - Martin Luther King Day - No school

February 15th - President's Day - No school

February 16th - Flex Day - Weather permitting

ISTEP and IREAD dates to be determined. I'll pass those dates along as soon as I know.

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: