Cranbrook
Elementary School
March 2016 Newsletter

  Cranbrook Elementary School

908 Bricker Boulevard  Columbus, Ohio  43221     614-365-5497

MARCH NEWS      

 

Ms. Dixon, Principal  Mrs. Greene, Substitute Principal                     Mrs. Nippert, Secretary                                   

 


PRINCIPAL NOTES

Dear Friends,

 

It is a joy to have joined the Cranbrook  staff as your interim principal. Everyone I have met is friendly, helpful, and very knowledgeable. This is an amazing school filled with the love of learning and your happy children! I truly look forward to coming to school every day.

  I will be here until Mrs. Dixon returns after spring break. My door is always open, so please feel free to drop in and chat. I can also be reached by phone at 614-365-5497.

  March is one of my favorite months because spring is just around the corner That also means the weather is very changeable here in Ohio, so please dress your children for the weather. We go outside for recess every day the air and wind chill temperature is above 22 degrees and it is not raining or snowing.

I hope you all have a fun, safe, and relaxing spring break.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Sharon Greene   

 

IMPORTANT DATES

March 1- Spring Pictures

March 10 – PTA Meeting

  @3:45pm in Library

March 17 – 7:30 pm, NW

  Schools String Festival @

  Ridgeview grades 4-12

March 18 – end third quarter

March 24 – Early release

  @3:00 pm

March 25-April 3 – Spring

  Break

March 31 – Lottery deadline

  for Middle and Elementary

  Schools

April 4 – School resumes

 

SECRETARY CORNER

MS. SUE

 

  We have a huge pile in our lost and found.  Several coats among gloves, hats and scarves.  If you are missing an article please have your child check the lost in found or you may come in and look for yourselves.  Anything left over goes to the Salvation Army.  

 

 PTA NEWS

  There will be a PTA meeting on Thursday, March 10 @ 3:45 pm in the Library.   We will be discussing the reading room project.  Also we are going to be electing new officers in April if you are interested in a position please contact PTA atcranbrookelementarypta@gmail.com.  At this moment we are in desperate need of a Treasurer or Secretary

 

KINDERGARTEN

MRS. BRUCK

MRS. MOSCATO

Welcome to March!

 

Will it come in like a lion and go out like a lamb?  We will be watching to see what happens.  The kindergarteners continue to learn and grow as we approach the final grading period of the year.  On March 2 we will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss the author of The Cat in the Hat and many other stories.  In Math, we continue to practice counting, addition and subtraction.  In Social Studies we will be working on geography and map skills. 

  In Science, the class will study plants and learn about the life cycle of a frog and butterflies.  We will gladly welcome Spring on the 20th of the month. Please remember to read with your child every day.  Thanks for your continued help and support. 

 

FIRST GRADE

MRS. CARSKADAN

MRS. KRAVITZ

Hello Families,

 

  Thank you to all of you who came out for winter conferences!  We are learning a lot in first grade.  We read and write everyday and we encourage you to do the same thing at home each day!  In Science we are working on weather, energy, and the sun.  In social studies we are learning about timelines and landforms.  In math we are working on graphing and measurement and time.  As you read with your child each night, please continue to talk about the parts of the story.  We will concentrate on cause and effect and problem and solution in class this March.

Thank you for the support you give your children and feel free to contact us at any time with questions and concerns.

 

 

SECOND GRADE

MRS. ADAIR

MRS. GANSHINIETZ

 

Second grade is ready for spring! We have been working hard! We have been learning about wonderful African Americans that have contributed to society in great ways. We are focusing on biographies. Students are learning about George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, Garrett Morgan, Jackie Robinson, Bessie Coleman, and more. Students will also be learning about text features such as headings, captions, glossaries, indexes, table of contents, subheadings, etc.

  Students get to see primary sources or photographs of actual historic people that accomplished great things despite their obstacles.

  In math, we are working on place value, regrouping, and more. Parents can help at home by adding coins with their students. We will be moving on to money, time, and measurement as the year moves on quickly.

  In science, we are continuing with weather. Students are learning about weather instruments such as the anemometer, wind sock, wind vane, barometer, thermometer, and more. Students will learn about how meteorologists use these tools and radars to predict the weather. We have learned about the types of weather, clouds, and storms.

  Please keep reading at home as we continue our guided reading groups and read alouds in class. We thank you for your support!

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Adair and Mrs. Ganschinietz

 

THIRD GRADE

MRS. FLORES

MRS. TIBBS

Dear Families,

 

  Thank you for participating in Parent-Teacher Conferences last month! We appreciate you valuing the relationship between home and school!

  In Language Arts this month, we will be having an author study. We will be reading fiction books by Patricia Polacco and Eve Bunting, as we learn to compare and contrast story elements by the same author. We will also be reading informational books by Gail Gibbons and Steve Jenkins, as we practice identifying the author’s point of view on a topic. We will also be working on distinguishing shades of meaning among related words (also known as synonyms). Finally, in writing, we will be creating a lapbook on the person we researched and we will also be writing opinion pieces.

  Thank you for your continued support at home!

In math, our class will continue to work on properties and algebra equations. Students will be learning how to apply the properties of operations to solve multiplication problems using associative property,   and distributive property. We apply these properties when working on word problems to help solve and organize our information. Next our class will begin the Fractions chapter. We will learn to identify, read, and write unit fractions and equivalent fractions. We will also use models to compare fractions. Please make sure you are students are studying their vocabulary words every night it is a required part of their daily math homework.

Science: States of Matter and the Scientific Process.

Social Studies: Economics and Government 

 

FOURTH & FIFTH

GRADE

MRS. DEWITT

MRS. MIKESELL

MRS. HUEY

 

  With spring just around the corner, we have been working on test prep and preparing students to take the state AIR assessments on the computer. There may be questions where they have to type paragraphs. It would be helpful if you had your child practice typing on typing websites like typing.com. 

  In math, fourth graders are learning about fractions. They must know how to simplify, add, subtract, and multiply fractions. Fifth graders are learning about the relationship between fractions and decimals. They are learning how to convert a fraction into a decimal. 
  In reading, students have been doing a fantastic job identifying theme. We have been enjoying novel studies in small groups. Please encourage your students to complete homework each night as it strengthens skills taught in class. 
  In science, fourth graders just finished a big energy unit. Ask your child how they created a closed circuit with their bodies! Fifth graders just finished a big unit on force and motion. Congratulations to the group the created a marble rollercoaster with the SLOWEST time! 
And, congratulations to Mrs. DeWitt's homeroom for reading "6 Feet of Books!"

 

ESL

MRS. BIXLER

MRS. MCCAGUE

MRS. AL KATIB

MS. DE LOS SANTOS

Parents,

 

  We want you to know that every English Language Learner is taking the OELPA (Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment) test.  This assessment replaces the OTELA and is done on the computer.  It assesses each child's reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.  

 

Michelle McCague
2-5 ELL Teacher
Cranbrook Elementary

 

 

PRIMARY MD

ROOM 8

MRS. HAVEN

MRS. SMITH

ROOM 11

MR. WEYAND

MRS. MELLOTT

MS. AGBELIE

MRS. DOCTOR

 

  Room 8 and Room 11 worked so hard during the winter and we could not be more proud of them. We are so excited that spring is around the bend, and we look forward to spending more time outside learning about our world and community.

  In March, Room 8 will be working on subtraction problems up to 20, and Room 11 will continue working its way through the alphabet!

  We have continued our weekly cooking lessons, and as much as the students have enjoyed helping, they have enjoyed eating the food even more! In the past month we made pizza and had a Friendship Party! We look forward to the tasty treats we will cook up this month!

  Our students who participated at the Special Olympics Basketball competition did an awesome job! They put in a lot of hard work to prepare and we are beyond excited for their success. We are now looking forward to our last trip to LifeTown for the year on March 16. Don’t forget, Spring begins March 20th!!!!

 

ROOM 12

MRS. ABBAN

MS. HARRIS

 

  Room 12 is doing very well with transition and change! A lot of obstacles have been thrown at our students and at this time they've shown diligence and strength to overcome while focusing on learning.  We spent all of February discussing and celebrating  Black History Month, Presidents Day and the power of friendship. We will continue to follow the elections and current event articles on "News 2 You". Ask your student to express their view! March is an exciting month for our class as the 5th graders visit COSI and the 3rd and 4th graders visit Lifetown on March 16th. We will continue to strengthen vocational, reading, and mathematics skills while indulging in new books and numerical operations. Our goal is to keep learning relevant so our students enjoy learning! Thank you for your continued support.

 

INTERMEDIATE MD

ROOM 17

MRS. YODER

MS. RICA

MS. NANCY

ROOM 18

MS. LUSTRI

MR. TURNER

MS. RUNDIO

 

  Our students have finished our practice sessions and field trips to Special Olympics events.  February 25, was our basketball competition.  Everyone did their very best. The Track event will be in May.

   Alternative Assessments will be starting in the upcoming weeks.  Make sure your kids get plenty of rest so they are at their best!  In other news, we took a break from Life Town this month to plan for the snow that did not happen.  Our next Life Town fieldtrip will be on March 16.

 

READING CORNER

MRS. BROWN

Reading Corner 

 

 This month we honor Dr. Seuss and his love for reading, writing and drawing.  His birthday is March 2nd, he would have been 112 years old! 

To honor Dr. Seuss, we will be hosting our 2nd Read-A-Thon of the year.  The PTA is partnering with the teachers to organize a fun filled week of reading, special activities and a fundraiser that will support the development of our schools’ book room! 

Please look for more information, it will be coming home soon!  We want this Read-a-Thon to be a huge success so that we can purchase leveled readers to support our students’ learning during their small group instruction time. 

  If you are interested in being a guest reader or helping with the Read-a-Thon in any way, please contact PTA @cranbrookelementarypta@gmail.com or Mrs. Brown @abrown204@columbus.k12.oh.us .  You can also call the school @ 614-365-5497.

 

 

 

 

   Cranbrook Elementary School

 

908 Bricker Boulevard  Columbus, Ohio  43221     614-365-5497

MARCH NEWS      

 

Ms. Dixon, Principal  Mrs. Greene, Substitute Principal                     Mrs. Nippert, Secretary                                   

 


PRINCIPAL NOTES

Dear Friends,

 

It is a joy to have joined the Cranbrook  staff as your interim principal. Everyone I have met is friendly, helpful, and very knowledgeable. This is an amazing school filled with the love of learning and your happy children! I truly look forward to coming to school every day.

  I will be here until Mrs. Dixon returns after spring break. My door is always open, so please feel free to drop in and chat. I can also be reached by phone at 614-365-5497.

  March is one of my favorite months because spring is just around the corner That also means the weather is very changeable here in Ohio, so please dress your children for the weather. We go outside for recess every day the air and wind chill temperature is above 22 degrees and it is not raining or snowing.

I hope you all have a fun, safe, and relaxing spring break.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Sharon Greene   

 

IMPORTANT DATES

March 1- Spring Pictures

March 10 – PTA Meeting

  @3:45pm in Library

March 17 – 7:30 pm, NW

  Schools String Festival @

  Ridgeview grades 4-12

March 18 – end third quarter

March 24 – Early release

  @3:00 pm

March 25-April 3 – Spring

  Break

March 31 – Lottery deadline

  for Middle and Elementary

  Schools

April 4 – School resumes

 

SECRETARY CORNER

MS. SUE

 

  We have a huge pile in our lost and found.  Several coats among gloves, hats and scarves.  If you are missing an article please have your child check the lost in found or you may come in and look for yourselves.  Anything left over goes to the Salvation Army.  

 

 PTA NEWS

  There will be a PTA meeting on Thursday, March 10 @ 3:45 pm in the Library.   We will be discussing the reading room project.  Also we are going to be electing new officers in April if you are interested in a position please contact PTA atcranbrookelementarypta@gmail.com.  At this moment we are in desperate need of a Treasurer or Secretary

 

KINDERGARTEN

MRS. BRUCK

MRS. MOSCATO

Welcome to March!

 

Will it come in like a lion and go out like a lamb?  We will be watching to see what happens.  The kindergarteners continue to learn and grow as we approach the final grading period of the year.  On March 2 we will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss the author of The Cat in the Hat and many other stories.  In Math, we continue to practice counting, addition and subtraction.  In Social Studies we will be working on geography and map skills. 

  In Science, the class will study plants and learn about the life cycle of a frog and butterflies.  We will gladly welcome Spring on the 20th of the month. Please remember to read with your child every day.  Thanks for your continued help and support. 

 

FIRST GRADE

MRS. CARSKADAN

MRS. KRAVITZ

Hello Families,

 

  Thank you to all of you who came out for winter conferences!  We are learning a lot in first grade.  We read and write everyday and we encourage you to do the same thing at home each day!  In Science we are working on weather, energy, and the sun.  In social studies we are learning about timelines and landforms.  In math we are working on graphing and measurement and time.  As you read with your child each night, please continue to talk about the parts of the story.  We will concentrate on cause and effect and problem and solution in class this March.

Thank you for the support you give your children and feel free to contact us at any time with questions and concerns.

 

 

SECOND GRADE

MRS. ADAIR

MRS. GANSHINIETZ

 

Second grade is ready for spring! We have been working hard! We have been learning about wonderful African Americans that have contributed to society in great ways. We are focusing on biographies. Students are learning about George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman, Garrett Morgan, Jackie Robinson, Bessie Coleman, and more. Students will also be learning about text features such as headings, captions, glossaries, indexes, table of contents, subheadings, etc.

  Students get to see primary sources or photographs of actual historic people that accomplished great things despite their obstacles.

  In math, we are working on place value, regrouping, and more. Parents can help at home by adding coins with their students. We will be moving on to money, time, and measurement as the year moves on quickly.

  In science, we are continuing with weather. Students are learning about weather instruments such as the anemometer, wind sock, wind vane, barometer, thermometer, and more. Students will learn about how meteorologists use these tools and radars to predict the weather. We have learned about the types of weather, clouds, and storms.

  Please keep reading at home as we continue our guided reading groups and read alouds in class. We thank you for your support!

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Adair and Mrs. Ganschinietz

 

THIRD GRADE

MRS. FLORES

MRS. TIBBS

Dear Families,

 

  Thank you for participating in Parent-Teacher Conferences last month! We appreciate you valuing the relationship between home and school!

  In Language Arts this month, we will be having an author study. We will be reading fiction books by Patricia Polacco and Eve Bunting, as we learn to compare and contrast story elements by the same author. We will also be reading informational books by Gail Gibbons and Steve Jenkins, as we practice identifying the author’s point of view on a topic. We will also be working on distinguishing shades of meaning among related words (also known as synonyms). Finally, in writing, we will be creating a lapbook on the person we researched and we will also be writing opinion pieces.

  Thank you for your continued support at home!

In math, our class will continue to work on properties and algebra equations. Students will be learning how to apply the properties of operations to solve multiplication problems using associative property,   and distributive property. We apply these properties when working on word problems to help solve and organize our information. Next our class will begin the Fractions chapter. We will learn to identify, read, and write unit fractions and equivalent fractions. We will also use models to compare fractions. Please make sure you are students are studying their vocabulary words every night it is a required part of their daily math homework.

Science: States of Matter and the Scientific Process.

Social Studies: Economics and Government 

 

FOURTH & FIFTH

GRADE

MRS. DEWITT

MRS. MIKESELL

MRS. HUEY

 

  With spring just around the corner, we have been working on test prep and preparing students to take the state AIR assessments on the computer. There may be questions where they have to type paragraphs. It would be helpful if you had your child practice typing on typing websites like typing.com. 

  In math, fourth graders are learning about fractions. They must know how to simplify, add, subtract, and multiply fractions. Fifth graders are learning about the relationship between fractions and decimals. They are learning how to convert a fraction into a decimal. 
  In reading, students have been doing a fantastic job identifying theme. We have been enjoying novel studies in small groups. Please encourage your students to complete homework each night as it strengthens skills taught in class. 
  In science, fourth graders just finished a big energy unit. Ask your child how they created a closed circuit with their bodies! Fifth graders just finished a big unit on force and motion. Congratulations to the group the created a marble rollercoaster with the SLOWEST time! 
And, congratulations to Mrs. DeWitt's homeroom for reading "6 Feet of Books!"

 

ESL

MRS. BIXLER

MRS. MCCAGUE

MRS. AL KATIB

MS. DE LOS SANTOS

Parents,

 

  We want you to know that every English Language Learner is taking the OELPA (Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment) test.  This assessment replaces the OTELA and is done on the computer.  It assesses each child's reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.  

 

Michelle McCague
2-5 ELL Teacher
Cranbrook Elementary

 

 

PRIMARY MD

ROOM 8

MRS. HAVEN

MRS. SMITH

ROOM 11

MR. WEYAND

MRS. MELLOTT

MS. AGBELIE

MRS. DOCTOR

 

  Room 8 and Room 11 worked so hard during the winter and we could not be more proud of them. We are so excited that spring is around the bend, and we look forward to spending more time outside learning about our world and community.

  In March, Room 8 will be working on subtraction problems up to 20, and Room 11 will continue working its way through the alphabet!

  We have continued our weekly cooking lessons, and as much as the students have enjoyed helping, they have enjoyed eating the food even more! In the past month we made pizza and had a Friendship Party! We look forward to the tasty treats we will cook up this month!

  Our students who participated at the Special Olympics Basketball competition did an awesome job! They put in a lot of hard work to prepare and we are beyond excited for their success. We are now looking forward to our last trip to LifeTown for the year on March 16. Don’t forget, Spring begins March 20th!!!!

 

ROOM 12

MRS. ABBAN

MS. HARRIS

 

  Room 12 is doing very well with transition and change! A lot of obstacles have been thrown at our students and at this time they've shown diligence and strength to overcome while focusing on learning.  We spent all of February discussing and celebrating  Black History Month, Presidents Day and the power of friendship. We will continue to follow the elections and current event articles on "News 2 You". Ask your student to express their view! March is an exciting month for our class as the 5th graders visit COSI and the 3rd and 4th graders visit Lifetown on March 16th. We will continue to strengthen vocational, reading, and mathematics skills while indulging in new books and numerical operations. Our goal is to keep learning relevant so our students enjoy learning! Thank you for your continued support.

 

INTERMEDIATE MD

ROOM 17

MRS. YODER

MS. RICA

MS. NANCY

ROOM 18

MS. LUSTRI

MR. TURNER

MS. RUNDIO

 

  Our students have finished our practice sessions and field trips to Special Olympics events.  February 25, was our basketball competition.  Everyone did their very best. The Track event will be in May.

   Alternative Assessments will be starting in the upcoming weeks.  Make sure your kids get plenty of rest so they are at their best!  In other news, we took a break from Life Town this month to plan for the snow that did not happen.  Our next Life Town fieldtrip will be on March 16.

 

READING CORNER

MRS. BROWN

Reading Corner 

 

 This month we honor Dr. Seuss and his love for reading, writing and drawing.  His birthday is March 2nd, he would have been 112 years old! 

To honor Dr. Seuss, we will be hosting our 2nd Read-A-Thon of the year.  The PTA is partnering with the teachers to organize a fun filled week of reading, special activities and a fundraiser that will support the development of our schools’ book room! 

Please look for more information, it will be coming home soon!  We want this Read-a-Thon to be a huge success so that we can purchase leveled readers to support our students’ learning during their small group instruction time. 

  If you are interested in being a guest reader or helping with the Read-a-Thon in any way, please contact PTA @cranbrookelementarypta@gmail.com or Mrs. Brown @abrown204@columbus.k12.oh.us .  You can also call the school @ 614-365-5497.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Principal - Stan Embry
(614) 365-5497  |   908 Bricker Boulevard Columbus, OH 43221
cranbrookes@columbus.k12.oh.us