Team Dankoski

March 18th, 2016


Thanks to all the families who have been able to donate to our INDY 500 basket. Donations are due this Monday, March 21st!

There is an exciting reason that donations are due so soon, the PTO is using a mobile device app/service so that all bids can be done on your phone or on an iPad. There are many advantages to this (alerts when you've been outbid, if you are busy on the night of CRES fest but want to contribute you can bid remotely, and quick check out at the end of the night when your kids are tired!) The PTO needs to be able to enter our donations into the mobile service so they would like the donations a little earlier.

Please consider donating to our classroom basket and supporting CRES, our PTO, and your students. Thanks for all you do!


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. These tests are just used for testing the validity of the questions for future tests and will not be factored into the ISTEP test scores our students just took. Our class will do this pilot test on Monday afternoon only.

Searching for Signs of Spring!

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! Especially in light of the 1:1 roll out next year. It is our responsibility to teach our kids the importance of being sensible digital citizens. Your CRES teaching team is working hard to be ready and we need your support at home, too!


Writer's and Reader's Workshop: Students are choosing the biographies of people they are curious about. It's been wonderful hear them share with their classmates about what they are learning.

Math Workshop: We began our geometry unit. We kicked it off with a visit to the playground to try to find and sketch as many shapes as we could find.

Science: We are part of the Amaryllis Challenge! The students chose to name our bulb "Twilight" and we watered it today and we began to make some predictions about what we think will happen. Monday we will plant our lima beans.

From the YMCA

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!


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

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.

Important Information

Specials Classes 3/21 - 3/25

Monday: Music

Tuesday: P.E.

Wednesday: Computer

Thursday: Art

Friday: Music

Upcoming CRES Events and Deadlines

March 15th - 25th - YMCA Jar Wars

March 24th - CRES Family Engineering Night (Forms went home Friday)

March 29th - Spring Picture Day (Forms went home Friday)

April 1st - 8th - Spring Break

**Get this Special Event on Your Calendar**

April 22nd: CRES Fest (Our Class Basket is Indy 500 themed)

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.

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: