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Chesapeake Math & IT Academy Elementary

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11/30/2018

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

Administrative Announcements

Lost & Found Retrieval or Donation

Background and Fingerprinting Reminder/Update Information

Represent Your College Day


FYI

CMIT Elementary Teacher/Staff Breakfast Donations


UPCOMING EVENTS

Our students are changing the future with an Hour of Code


Kindergarten

Kindergarten Message


1st Grade

First Grade


2nd Grade

2nd Grade News


3rd Grade

Learning in a Winter Wonderland!


4th Grade

4th Grade Updates


5th Grade

5th Grade Updates


Special Education

Thirteen-year-old activist with autism wants to close seclusion rooms at schools


Creative Arts

Technology Team


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Administrative Announcements
Lost & Found Retrieval or Donation
Our lost and found is overflowing! Students who have lost items over the past few months (to include last school year) should check the lost and found. Parents are encouraged to check the lost and found, too. All unclaimed articles of clothing (i.e., coats, jackets, hats, gloves, sweaters, hoodies, etc.) will be donated to charity by the beginning of the new year, January 2019. The lost and found is located in the cafeteria and is available throughout the day to all students and parents.

Ecola Virgil
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Background and Fingerprinting Reminder/Update Information
This is a reminder if you want to VOLUNTEER in your child's class, the school building or chaperone on a field trip you MUST have a background check through Prince George's County Public Schools. Please see the attached flyer. As a VISITOR; to observe or shadow a class only, you are not required to have the background fingerprinting completed. In addition, Prince George's County Public Schools is using SafeSchools.com to offer training courses online for your convenience. These trainings are MANDATORY for volunteers and staff. Follow these easy steps to complete your Prince George's County Public Schools safety training requirements: Using your web browser, go to the SafeSchools website for Prince George's County Public Schools: https://pgcpsvolunteers-md.safeschools.com/register/34a37d70" title="https://pgcpsvolunteers-md.safeschools.com/register/34a37d70">https://pgcpsvolunteers-md.safeschools.com/register/34a37d70" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://pgcpsvolunteers-md.safeschools.com/register/34a37d70" title="https://pgcpsvolunteers-md.safeschools.com/register/34a37d70">https://pgcpsvolunteers-md.safeschools.com/register/34a37d70&source=gmail&ust=1543494959163000&usg=AFQjCNGOu7mwgGRGOFvjEs6rFHEt3NnTUg" style="font-size: 16px; color: rgb(0, 174, 239); font-family: ProximaNova, "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; white-space: pre-line;">https://pgcpsvolunteers-md.safeschools.com/register/34a37d70 Once you have completed the training please print a copy and email it to evirgil@cmitelementary.org or bring/send a copy to the school. There are four certificates that need to be turned in: 1) PG Co Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Prevention for Volunteers (Full Course) - 10 minutes 2) PG Co Student Safety Procedural Changes (Updated) (Full Course) - 15 minutes 3) Prince George County Child Abuse: Mandatory Reporting for Volunteers (Full Course) - 32 minutes 4) Prince George County Child Abuse: Mandatory Reporting for Volunteers (Full Course) - 38 minutes Please note: The CERTIFICATE MUST BE UPDATED EACH SCHOOL YEAR.

Ecola Virgil
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Represent Your College Day
Students and staff wore their college t-shirt in support of being college and career ready. It was fun and exciting seeing all of the colleges represented.

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CMIT Elementary Teacher/Staff Breakfast Donations
CMIT Elementary Teachers and Staff would like to extend our sincere THANKS to all of the parents who have donated for the month of NOVEMBER. We are so appreciative and humbled by your endless generosity. To those who would like to participate, there are slots available for the Fridays in December. Below is the original message along with the SignUpGenious link: CMIT Elementary is requesting any assistance you can provide to help with a little pick-me up for the teachers/staff. By the week's end things have been hectic and our teachers/staff need a "Hurray you made it through another week!" At times, it can be difficult to run out to grab a bite to eat once the day gets started. Although there is a list of suggested items, anything you feel compelled to bless us with would be greatly appreciated. If you are able, please use the sign-up below to donate a breakfast item(s) as a jump start to our weekend. The teachers/staff would be most appreciative. CMIT Elementary...Go Tigers! Please use the link below for the month of December available slots: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d48a5a72baaf58-cmit

Ecola Virgil
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UPCOMING EVENTS
Our students are changing the future with an Hour of Code
Dear Parents, We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning how technology works. Only 35% of all high schools teach computer science. That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 3-9). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code. Our Hour of Code is making a statement that CMIT Elementary is ready to teach these foundational 21st-century skills. To continue bringing programming activities to your students, we want to make our Hour of Code event huge. See http://hourofcode.com/us & https://hourofcode.com/us/learn for details, and help spread the word. Sincerely,

Mrs. Avsar Technology Teacher
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Kindergarten
Kindergarten Message
This week in the kindergarten classes will be working on proper and common nouns, settings and retelling stories. In math, we will be focusing on correctly writing numbers, recognizing numbers 1-50 as well as knowing number oder and what comes before and after. This weekend we will be sending home paper and a shape for the parents to create a message for their child that will be placed on a message wall. Keep a look out for information about a special event that will be occurring later in December. The Kindergarten Team

Kindergarten Team
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1st Grade
First Grade
Reading - We will be reading Snow is Falling by Franklyn Branley and Snow by Cynthia Rylant. Reading skills: visualizing, retelling, making connections, nonfiction vs. fiction Math - We have started Chapter 2, which includes counting on, doubles, near doubles, and using addition to subtract. Science - We are working on our class STEM project - Gingerbread Boat Floats. Please make sure that you send in the materials that you signed up for! Social Studies - We are working on symbols of our country. Health - We will continue with our drug free lessons and this week's focus is on smoking. Make sure you are working on your STEM Fair project! They are due on December 14, 2018. Please be sure to check your child's Class Story on Class Dojo. Ms. Psyhojos shared a presentation about STEM Fair projects to help with any confusion parents might be having.

First Grade Team
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2nd Grade
2nd Grade News
We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Next week in reading we will be focussing on comparing and contrasting as well as inferring. Students will be reading a story titled, "One Good Turn Deserves Another." List A's spelling pattern will be vowel patterns: a, ai, ay. In math we will be finishing up adding within 100 using strategies. The unit test will either be next week or the week after. Reminders: Please continue to work on your STEM Fair Projects. They are due December 14, 2018. Have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.

- The Second Grade Team
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3rd Grade
Learning in a Winter Wonderland!
STEM Projects are due on December 14., this includes the research paper and the science board. Late projects will not be accepted, nor will they be eligible for the STEM fair at the county level. So please, ensure that your scholar completes their project. Mrs. McCain has generously offered her assistance to scholars or parents that have questions. Please email her at bmccain@cmitelementary.org. She will also be available to look at completed projects before the the due date. Gentle reminders: Please ensure that your scholar has on the proper outer wear. If the temperature is above 40 degrees, scholars will have recess outside. Please check the lost and found, items will be donated if not claimed. Remind your scholar to ROAR! Next week in learning: Math: Scholars will find the area of regular polygons. Science: Scholars will explore magnets and force. Social Studies: Scholars are understanding the branches of the government and the levels of government. Language Arts: Scholars will read, write, and talk about plant and animal adaptations. Upcoming Events: December 7- 2 hour early dismissal December 10 - Field trip to University of Maryland December 21- Winter Holidays (class rotations) December 23-January 1 Winter break

Third Grade Team
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4th Grade
4th Grade Updates
MATH: 
 Ms. Ahmed's updates:  In math this week, we are strengthening our skills in multiplication (Topic 3) by using strategies and algorithms for multiplying multi-digit numbers. Please continue supporting your child's memorization of basic facts, as these are needed to solve more complex problems. December math logs will be sent home for nightly studying of multiplication facts. There will be a math quiz on multiplication on Friday, December 7th.  In health, we will learn about hygiene (how to stay healthy and avoid germs).  In science, we have been exploring changes on the Earth's surface, including weathering and erosion. Winter is a good time to explore how ice can be a major cause of these two processes, so I'm encouraging students to observe these phenomenon when they explore outdoors!  Lastly, please make sure to help your child stay on track for finishing the digital STEM project and research paper for their approved science experiments. Feel free to email me if feedback is needed prior to the due date for 4th graders, which is December 7th. Ms. Webb's Updates: Math: We will begin algebra skill knowledge by exploring multiplicative comparisons and translating key words into math numbers and symbols. Science: Students will finish the Engineering Design Challenge (EDC). We will begin Earth/Space Science based on Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). RELA/Social Studies: This week we finished our lesson on text features and determining text structures while reading. We learned about how text features are designed to help add meaning to a text. We focused on the text “The Man Who Named the Clouds” about Luke Howard, the “father of meteorology.” In Social Studies we focused on “Growth and Change” in Maryland during the 19th century. We learned about the War of 1812 and the Industrial Revolution. We also learned about Marylander Benjamin Banneker and how how he contributed to the state of Maryland and STEM. Please continue to complete IXL and AAAspell weekly homework. Field Trip: Please be advised that out field trip to the UMD basketball game is scheduled for Monday, 12/10. Permission slips will be sent home next week.

4th Grade Team
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5th Grade
5th Grade Updates
Hello parents! Happy December! Here is what we will covering in class this week: Math 1. Volume 2. Review is area. Pearson Topic 12 IXL Please have students work on earning their badges for topics: EE.1, EE .4, EE.10, EE.12, EE.14 All cover multiple aspects of volume and practice of solving the problems. Science: Sphere’s of the Earth. Biomes and how they are interconnected. Earths systems and how they are interconnected. Discovery ED is being used in class to help students navigate the material. ELA Students will be reading the story "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere”. We will be covering authors purpose and using their background knowledge. Students will receive instruction and assignments to assist with mastering this skill. Students will also be completing activities with setting and theme, and subject-verb agreement. They will need to complete IXL practice this week for these skills. Please adhere to the homework checklist so that we can ensure that students are completing all of their homework. Students will also continue to work on their personal narratives. We will continue reading the 2nd quarter novel "A Moment in Time: Abby Takes a Stand". We will be completing activities and comprehension questions pertaining to this novel. Social Studies: • We will focus on Explorers for Spain. How the king and queen of Spain were motivated to send explorers to the Americans by a desire for profit and to spread Christianity. • Describe how Columbus sailed west hoping to reach Asia but landed on a continent previously unknown to most European • Summarize the efforts of Spanish explorers following Columbus REMINDERS/UPDATES: December 7, 2018 Students have an early dismissal December 10: Book Projects are due December 14: Field Trip to Air and Space Museum (BRING A BAG LUNCH)

5th Grade Team
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Special Education
Thirteen-year-old activist with autism wants to close seclusion rooms at schools
Alex Campbell was just 7 years old when, he says, his principal dragged him down the hall to the school's "crisis room." Administrators reserved the room, a converted storage closet, for children who acted out. He still remembers the black-painted walls. The small window he was too short to reach. The sound of a desk scraping across the floor, as it was pushed in front of the door to make sure he couldn't get out. Alex, who has autism spectrum disorder, says he was taken there more than a half-dozen times in first grade, for behavior such as ripping up paper or refusing to follow instructions in class. The room was supposed to calm him down. Instead, it terrified him. "When I asked for help or asked if anyone was still there, nobody would answer," Alex said. "I felt alone. I felt scared." Continue reading: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/education/thirteen-year-old-activist-autism-wants-close-seclusion-rooms-schools-n935356

Shannon McVeigh
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Creative Arts
Technology Team
Lego&Robotics I am happy to announce that Cmit North Elementary School will participate in three Robotics Competition this year. The first competition will take place on Jan 05, 2019, at Rockville Science Center. The second competition will take place on Jan 26, 2019, at PGCPS. The third competition will take place on Feb 23, 2019, at the University of Maryland. Technology 4th-5th Grade practiced: Computational Thinking: Algorithms As part of computational thinking, the learners receive direct instruction and practice using algorithms to solve a problem, make a decision, or accomplish a task. Easy Code: Code Monkey In this lesson, students introduced to text-based coding and basic coding sequencing. Students learned to sequence instructions to help a student move from one location to another. Then students apply those skills in an interactive game, writing CoffeeScript to give directions to a monkey to retrieve bananas. This lesson introduces students to the fascinating world of computers and to the EasyCode platform. https://login.learning.com/ 3rd Grade practiced: Computational Thinking: Algorithms As part of computational thinking, the learners receive direct instruction and practice using algorithms to solve a problem, make a decision, or accomplish a task. Computational Thinking: Directions The learners receive direct instruction and practice with computational thinking and using directions as a list of ordered steps that explain how to accomplish a task, achieve a goal, or solve a problem https://login.learning.com/ 1st-2nd Grade practiced: Computational Thinking: Patterns The learners receive direct instruction and practice recognizing and analyzing simple patterns to predict what comes next or what is missing from the pattern. Computational Thinking: Directions The learners receive direct instruction and practice with computational thinking and using directions as a list of ordered steps that explain how to accomplish a task, achieve a goal, or solve a problem. https://login.learning.com/ KG practiced: Algorithms Computer Fundamentals: Mouse, Select, Drag, and Double-click In this engaging and interactive digital lesson, the learners receive direct instruction and practice using a mouse to select, drag, and double-click as they select items using the pointer and mouse button, move objects on the screen, and double-click to open objects. Computational Thinking: Patterns The learners receive direct instruction and practice recognizing and analyzing simple patterns to predict what comes next or what is missing from the pattern. https://login.learning.com/ Library After the successful Book Fair, CMIT students explored and enjoyed the new books available in our library. Also, 1st-5th grade classes checked out books while our Kindergarten students continue learning the parts of the book & "author's purpose" for books. Parents, please encourage your child to keep good book care habits, including returning on-time so others have an opportunity to share. Even if a student has not yet finished reading near the end of the 2 weeks, to avoid late fees, simply bring the book in before the expiration and let the librarian rescan the barcode for an extension/renewal.

Technology Team
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