Meng's Memos

January 11th, 2016

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In science we explored the simple machines: inclined planes, wedges, as well as wheels and axles.

Poetry Partner Work

Classroom Wish-List

We are using our classroom supplies a little quicker than I had anticipated. Here is something our class will need during the next semester.
  • 3x5 Index Cards
Thank you!

Our Focus this Week

What We are Learning This Week

· Reading & Writing Workshop: We will be exploring personification in poetry, picture poems, and reading with expression. Our driving question will be how we can incorporate these elements into our own poetry.

· Spelling: Suffixes -less and -ful

· Math Workshop: Geometry - We will be learning about lines of symmetry, congruent shapes, 3-D shapes, and types of triangles.

· Science: We will wrap up our unit on simple machines by making teaching posters in groups and trying to create a useful simple machine for our classroom.

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...


Science: We began exploring simple machines last week. To continue our learning students will bring home an OPTIONAL Simple Machines Hunt on TUESDAY. Each student will also bring home his/her science book as an information resource. Please return the science book to school before Friday.


Reading: We are enjoying our poetry unit. As we explore this genre, we are encountering difficult vocabulary and new words. As your child learns new vocabulary, make it a challenge to use these words in conversation.


Teaching Tip: When your child finds a new word... Don’t immediately tell the unknown word to your child. Instead, ask him/her to:

•Break the word into parts

•Try a different vowel sound (long/short)

•Use illustrations for clues

•Skip the word, re-read sentence, and go back – what word would make sense?


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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 2 -PE

Tuesday: Day 3 - Computer

Wednesday: Day 4 - Art

Thursday: Day 1 - Music

Friday: Half Day - No Specials Class / Library

Volunteering 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 emeng@hse.k12.in.us, 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, January 15th: Half Day for Students

Monday, January 18th: No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


**Get this Special Event on Your Calendar**

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:


http://www.hse.k12.in.us/ADM/parents/volunteering.aspx