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Chesapeake Math & IT Academy Elementary

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08/27/2016

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

Administrative Announcements

CMIT ES IN ACTION

Parent Information Folder

Student Code of Conduct

Pick up and dismissal

Drop-off and Pick-up!!!

Bell Schedule


FYI

Advanced Math Program

CMIT Academic Calendar

Internet Access from Comcast

Food Services

Parent Volunteers


UPCOMING EVENTS

Back to School night


Kindergarten

Week 2 is all about COOPERATION!


2nd Grade

Super Second Graders off to a Super Start!


3rd Grade

Welcome


4th Grade

Off to a great start!


5th Grade

First Week in for the 5th Graders


Creative Arts

Hello Tech Savvy Artists!


PTO Announcements

Grub with Grandparents


FAQs
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Administrative Announcements
CMIT ES IN ACTION
Look at us ROAR!

Natiqua Riley
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Parent Information Folder
As a multitude of documents and information are available to parents, we have created a parent google folder.

Items that need to be completed and returned
1. Emergency form
2. Press release
3. MOU student handbook.

https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B4CBR7Cq7EPULTN6QnJORmpsWUU&usp=sharing

Ms. Riley
Acting Principal
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Student Code of Conduct
Last week Administration meet with each grade level to cover PGCPS student code of conduct.

This link will take you to the Students rights and responsibilities book. Please review with your scholar(s). The Memorandum of understanding is in the parent google folder - https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4CBR7Cq7EPUUDl5NGw0eXNkd2c

Please sign and return to your scholar's teacher.


This is the video that accompanies the book.
https://drive.google.com/a/cmitelementary.org/file/d/0BxSGFDMtdkAROXVKLTd4aVFEeFE/view

Ms. Riley
Acting Principal
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Pick up and dismissal
Please be reminded to Drop off and pick up your scholars on time. 7:35 we open our doors for students to enter and 2:20 pm we begin dismissal.

At dismissal if you are having an emergency please call the front desk at 240-573-7240. We can place your child in Enrichment for the day for a $20 fee.

CPS Child Protective services and/or the Police will have to be called if we are not contacted prior to 2:55 about a child and their pick up arrangements. We can not have unattended children in the building, in the parking lot, on the sidewalks or playground before or after school.

Please work with us. We do realize that dismissal has been a long process, but we have been moving much faster and it is down to 20-23 minutes.

Please also follow the new traffic pattern, all cars must enter through the last entrance in front of CLF and exit by the 2nd opening CMIT ES side. This reduces confusion with traffic. Also please stop speeding down Chevy Chase Drive and through the parking lot. We are trying to keep all of our staff and students safe.

Plan accordingly.

Thank you for all of your patience.

Ms. Riley
Acting Principal
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Drop-off and Pick-up!!!
Dear parents;

Welcome back! To be able to have smooth before and after school transitions we need your help. Please check out the map above and follow the traffic flow when you are here in the morning and afternoon. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS ONE POINT OF ENTRY FOR CARS AND ONE EXIT. Please ensure that you are following this pattern. This is to ensure the safety of our staff and scholars.

Important times:

Drop-off starts at 7:35 (Earliest)
Classes starts at 7:55
Dismissal at 2:20
Teachers off duty at 2:55
Front office closes at 3:10


Students picked up after 3:10 will be charged a $20 emergency drop in Enrichment Fee per child. Payable upon pick up.


Adam A. Akpinar
Program Coordinator
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Bell Schedule
The bell schedule for the 2016-2017 school year is as follows:

- Students can begin to arrive at 7:35 a.m. and classes begin at 7:55 a.m.

- Students who enter the building after 7:55 a.m. will be marked tardy and should enter through the front to receive a late pass. Parents must sign their student in after 7:55 am.

-The CMIT-ES school day ends at 2:20. All students should be picked up no later than 2:55 p.m. Students picked up after 2:55 p.m. Must be signed out by a parent.

-Any student who is not involved in an after-school activity, and is still on the premises after 3:10 p.m. will report to the Daily Enrichment Program. The fee for the Daily Enrichment Program is $20 payable upon pick up.

The front office closed at 3:10 p.m.

Ms. Riley
Acting Principal
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FYI
Advanced Math Program
Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation (CLF) Advanced Math Program (AMP) prepares students in grades 4-12 for different levels of competition math. AMP runs almost every Saturday and will begin on September 10th this year. Every Saturday, students work in small groups with an instructor from 9AM to 1PM. We split the classes based on mathematical ability so that students can work with others around their same level. Our middle school classes focus on MathCounts preparation.The High school students primarily work for college organized math contests. The AMP program is only open to students from CLF schools.

We are holding tryout dates all throughout August: every Saturday from 9:30-11:30 AM and every Monday from 5-7 PM. Students only need to attend one tryout date, but we have made many dates available to accommodate busy summer schedules.

If you and your family are interested in joining the AMP, you can sign up for a tryout date at this link: www.clfadvancedstudies.org/#!register/con8

You can also find more information at www.clfadvancedstudies.org/#!about2/coo8

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to email us at advancedmath@clfmd.org.
Attachment(s)

CLF - Mr. Avsar
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CMIT Academic Calendar
CMIT follows PGCPS calendar. Parents are encouraged to register text or email alerts for school closings and emergencies by filling out the online form on PGCPS website: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/PGCPS/subscriber/new

Students and their families are asked not to schedule any vacations or trips to coincide with school days for the 2016-17 school year. Maryland state law requires that all students between the ages of 5-16 attend school regularly. Absences from and tardies to school is disruptive to the learning process. Studies have shown that students who attend school on a regular basis earn better grades and learn more than those who are frequently absent. Students will earn incentives for Perfect Attendance.

Please note that June 12, 2017 – June 15, 2017 are assigned as inclement weather make-up days and students may be required to attend school on those days, depending on the weather conditions throughout the Winter. Please do not any family vacations until after June 16, 2017.

Parents and students are asked to visit PGCPS website for 2016-17 calendar updates: http://www1.pgcps.org/calendar/

The state of Maryland recognizes the following as lawful (excused) absences from school:

-Death in the immediate family
-Illness of the student
-Quarantine
-Court summons
-Principal-approved activity
-Mental or physical incapacity
-Violent storms
-Observance of a religious holiday
-State of emergency

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Ms. Riley
Acting Principal
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Internet Access from Comcast
Comcast offers internet access to eligible families at low cost. Visit this website to apply and see if you qualify.

-- Have at least one child who qualifies for the National School Lunch Program.
-- Do not have outstanding debt to Comcast that is less than a year old. Families with outstanding debt more than one year old may still be eligible.
-- Live in an area where Comcast Internet Service is available but have not subscribed to it within the last 90 days.

https://internetessentials.com/apply

Ms. Riley
Acting Principal
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Food Services
Starting from the first day, August 22, CMIT ES students are provided breakfast and lunch services directly by PGCPS. Parents can open an account or add more funds in their existing food services account by visiting https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/login/getmain;jsessionid=gSzaLBqslo9rkzfxhRpxwYjw.aln01

General information about meal services, menu, and meal prices, please visit http://www1.pgcps.org/foodandnutrition/. Questions and concerns about the food services should be directed to PGCPS Food and Nutrition Services: http://www1.pgcps.org/foodandnutrition/index.aspx?id=13282


CMIT ES cafeteria is not furnished with a microwave. We will not be able to warm up your scholars lunch for them. Please send the food in a disposable &/or a recyclable container.

Free and Reduced Price Meals
Household may apply for benefits online at www.applyforlunch.com. Only one application per family is requested. Families are instructed to complete the application on line. For more information please contact the Food and Nutrition Services Application Center at 301-952-6517.

Ms. Riley
Acting Principal
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Parent Volunteers
As required by the PGCPS (Administrative Procedure 4215), all volunteers must follow the security process.

The information to assist you in obtaining clearance, if you have not already done so, is as follows:

http://www1.pgcps.org/security/index.aspx?id=188863

For about $7.00 you can get a commercial background check. This will expire at the end of every August after each school year and allows you to volunteer at school and on field trips. The second option is for about $60 - you can get fingerprinted. The fingerprinting is good indefinitely as long as you volunteer at least once a school year. Both services are available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 11:45 am and 12:30 pm to 3:45 pm at the Sasscer Administration Building: 14201 School Lane in Upper Marlboro, 20772.

Please contact Mrs. Virgil for further information regarding the Volunteer process at CMIT ES.

Thank you for your cooperation.
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Ms.Riley
Acting Prinicpal
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UPCOMING EVENTS
Back to School night
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Ms. Riley
Acting Principal
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Kindergarten
Week 2 is all about COOPERATION!
We made it through the first week of school!!! Please give your Kindergartener extra love for being so fantastic all week!

For the second week of school, we will be discussing "Cooperation" each morning. We will focus on how to work with one another and the importance of being a team. Encourage activities that promote cooperation at home by having your child work on projects or tasks with your or their siblings!

A few reminders:
- If you have not done so already, please send your child with an extra pair of uniform clothes (including underwear and socks!) to keep in his/her cubby. It is important we have something students can change into in the event of accidents or spills! This also keeps us from disrupting your day for a set of clean clothes.
- Uniforms are enforced daily. This includes uninterrupted black shoes. If you have questions, please refer to the school website: cmitelementary.org/uniform-policy/
- Please remember to read nightly! A love of reading starts at home, and it is an easy (and educational!) way to spend quality time with your child. We will be placing reading logs beginning September to help you keep track! ;]
- Back to School Night is September 8 at 6:30 for Kindergarten. See you then!

-The Kindergarten Team
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2nd Grade
Super Second Graders off to a Super Start!
Greetings Parents!

Second grade students were off to a super start of the school year. We had a great first week! Thank you for sending students prepared with school supplies and uniforms. And thank you for helping your child arrive and depart from school on time.

The Second Grade Team is using ClassDojo.com as a primary source of communication, so please be sure to accept your invite and join your class to view reports, comments, Class Story and School Story. Ask your child's teacher for a code if needed.

We are conducting pre-assessments in the classroom and will begin formal instruction in the upcoming week, including homework packets. Please check your child's homework folder every night for handouts and notes as well.

The general Second Grade schedule is:

Character Education from 7:55 a.m. to 8:25 a.m.
Language Arts/Literacy Block from 8:25 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Specials/Creative Arts classes from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Lunch at 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Recess at 12:30-12:45 p.m. (Ahmed & Brilliantes)
and at 12:45-1:00 p.m. (Dougherty & Trippe)
Math (p.m.- exact times vary by class)
*Ecology is twice a week.
*Science and Social Studies (daily- exact times vary by class)

Second grade students have already shown they are diligent workers and are ready to excel! Let's make every week super this year!

Sincerely,

The Second Grade Team
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3rd Grade
Welcome
Hello My name is Michelle Tolbert and I will be your child's third grade math and science teacher this 2016-2017 school year. I am very excited to be joining the CMIT Elementary family. This is my first year here in Maryland. I am a native Detroiter and moved to Chesapeake, VA five years ago where I taught in the Portsmouth Public School district. I have been teaching elementary school for 17 years. I also have my Masters in Educational Leadership. I have two sons the oldest is 27 and the baby is 18. He will be joining the Army this September. I look forward to getting to know all of you as I am a firm believer in working as a team to ensure the success of each and every student.

Michelle Tolbert
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4th Grade
Off to a great start!
Students received their sum dog account information during our first week of school. They should log in to complete a pre-assessment Sunday August 28th. Ten marks was also due Saturday August 27th. We reviewed our daily routines. Schedules were issued. Books have not been distributed. We will be having math and science assessments Monday. We will have a Reading assessments Tuesday. MAP testing will be coming up soon. We are very excited to be off to a great site. Thank you for all your support.

Benora McCain
Matt Mogilski
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5th Grade
First Week in for the 5th Graders
This week, 5th grade began reviewing school and class rules and expectations. In math, students started working on deepening their understanding of place value. In science, students are learning about our Solar System, and in ELA, students are working on reviewing writing rules and making inferences. For Social Students, they are learning about the “5 Themes of Geography.” Homework packets were sent home on Tuesday for both classes. Students should expect homework on Mondays and they are to be returned, completed on Fridays. End of week quizzes is to be expected.

On Monday, August 29, students will begin their Pre-Assessments for Math, Science, and Language Arts (ELA). The objective for the assessments is to determine students’ knowledge.

Please ensure that your child gets plenty of rest and come prepared to listen, participate in learning, act responsibly, and respect themselves and others. There are a lot of topics that will be covered this year, so full cooperation is expected each day and by every student. This is the year of challenges in preparation for Middle School!

Please visit our grade level website for future news and updates! http://grade5.cmitelementary.org and Class Dojo to see how your child is doing in class.

About the Picture: The student in the picture came to the board to explain the process of another student's work as they are developing their understanding of expanded form in place value!


Thank you,

Ms. Cooper & Mrs. Watkis
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Creative Arts
Hello Tech Savvy Artists!
Welcome back Tigers and Families!

I am happy to announce that I was able to get 6 art easels for our classrooms with the help of my friends and family! We have an updated curriculum an I am very excited to be working with this year!

Below is a list of requested supplies for art. Thank you so much to the families that have brought in donations such as ribbon, stamps, scrapbook papers, pipe cleaners and so much more!

Please label all items with "ART" as they will be shared among all students at the school. Thank you for your support!

Kindergarten- 2 containers of baby wipes and 1 box of tissues

1st Grade- 1 box of crayola crayons (please try to bring a variety of colors) and a package of 12 or more yellow #2 pencils

2nd Grade- 1 box of Crayola Colored Pencils (please try to bring a variety of colors) and a package of 12 or more yellow #2 pencils

3rd Grade- 2 boxes of Crayola Washable Markers (please try to bring a variety of colors)

4th Grade- A package of 12 or more yellow #2 Pencils and a package of pink rectangular erasers (any brand, not pen

5th Grade- An 8 ounce bottle of Elmer's Glue and a package of 12 or more yellow #2 pencils

Other appreciated items: baby wipes, old scrapbooking materials (such as stickers and paper) that you no longer use, empty baby food jars with lids, glitter, crayola watercolor paints, reams of printer paper, black and white cardstock, black sharpie markers, pipettes, vinyl rectangular table cloths (hopefully on clearance at the end of the summer!) and sponges.

Megan Breckenridge
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PTO Announcements
Grub with Grandparents
CMIT Elementary PTO Presents...

GRUB WITH GRANDPARENTS

In Celebration of Grandparents Day September 9, 2016

RSVP REQUIRED Space is limited.

We will have two seatings, if needed: 8AM & 8:45AM

CMIT Elementary Cafeteria 6151 Chevy Chase Drive Laurel, MD

**Please read the information on the back of this form and RSVP by September 6, 2016.**

PTO
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FAQs

Transportation: Student Drop Off /Pick Up and Early Departure
Note: The parents/guardians are responsible for the daily transportation of their child(ren). CMIT-Elementary does not provide transportation during student arrival or student dismissal. Please update the authorized person(s),including the bus company or the childcare business, that will pick up your child(ren)by submitting an email or written notice to , Crystal.Dubon@pgcps.org and the Principal’s Secretary, Stefanie.Powers@pgcps.org.

Q: What is the earliest that I may drop off my child?
A: 7:30 a.m.

Q: Where should we drop off students in the morning?
A: All car riders should be driven to the rear of the building and dropped off at the cafeteria entrance. Parents must remain in the car in order to keep the process constant and mobile. Carpoolers that include 3 or more students may be dropped off at the main office entrance along with the bus riders.

Q: What is the earliest time that I may pick up my student?
A: Student dismissal begins around 2:30 p.m.

Q: What is the latest time that I may pick up my student?
A: Student dismissal ends at 2:55 p.m. Otherwise, students will be sent to Enrichment and charged Enrichment late fees.

Q: Where should we pick up students in the afternoon?
A: All car riders should be picked up in the rear of the building at the cafeteria entrance. Parents must remain in the car in order to keep the process mobile. Please notice the flow of traffic and refrain from stopping in the middle of the pathway. If you need to buckle in your students we ask that you do not block the flow of pick up so that we can dismiss all students in a timely manner.

Q: What is the latest time that I may pick up my student for early departure?
A: Student dismissal ends at 2:55 p.m. Otherwise, students will be sent to Enrichment and CHARGED ENRICHMENT DROP IN FEES (PAYABLE UPON PICK UP).

Q: Where should we pick up students in the afternoon?
A: All car riders should be picked up in the rear of the building at the cafeteria entrance. Parents must remain in the car in order to keep the process mobile. Please notice the flow of traffic and refrain from stopping in the middle of the pathway. If you need to buckle in your students we ask that you do not block the flow of pick up so that we can dismiss all students in a timely manner.

Q: What is the latest time that I may pick up my student for early departure?
A: Students should be picked up from the Main Office no later than 2:10 p.m. To expedite the process, please send an email to the classroom teacher, the receptionist, Mrs. Virgil, EVirgil@cmitelementary.org and the School Secretary, Crystal.Dubon@pgcps.org and the Principal’s Secretary Stefanie.Powers@pgcps.org or submit a handwritten note in order to expedite the process.

Q: What is the process for walkers?
A: CMIT-Elementary does not recognize walkers since there are no residences within walking distance. Please call the Main Office at 240.573.7240 if you have unique circumstances relevant to the pick up of your child. Please consider that CMIT-Elementary does have a student body of 500 and we are unable to accommodate 500 different unique circumstances.

Uniform Policy
Q: How do I order uniforms?
A: All uniform shirts and tops are handled by the All American Wear. Please call 301-459-5000. All khaki or navy uniform bottoms may be purchased here or at any retail store that sells uniform pants, shorts (except cargo pants), skorts, etc. Full dresses are not allowed for females. The CMIT-ES logo must show during the school day.

Q: When will the uniform policy be enforced?
A: The uniform policy will begin during the first week of school. Please ensure that students are wearing a burgundy or royal blue polo until official uniform tops are received prior to September 19, 2016.

Q: When does the student wear the Physical Education uniform?
A: Please confirm the day of the week that the students enrolled in Physical Education class. Then, students report to school and wear the gym uniform all day. Parents may wish to send the students with wipes for sanitary purposes.

Q: Must the uniform shoe have all black?
A: Yes, the shoe worn with the uniform must be ALL BLACK. Any tennis shoes can be worn for PE and PE only.

Visitations and Volunteers
Q: How does a parent make an appointment to visit a class?
A: Please email EVirgil@cmitelementary.org to request an appointment. Please allow up to 48 hours for a response to the email. All classroom observations will be limited to 15 minutes.

Q: How does a parent volunteer for classroom assistance, chaperone of field trips, etc?
A: Please email the classroom teacher to express an interest in volunteering. The classroom teacher will contact the parent to establish a date, time, and the nature of the task(s). however, we ask that parents participate in a brief orientation sponsored by the PTO prior to volunteering. Please contact the PTO at cmitespto@gmail.com for assistance.

Parent’s Corner

Parent Teacher Conferences
Q: How is a Parent Teacher Conference scheduled?
A: Please email the classroom teacher to request a conference date. The parent will have no more than 30 minutes to meet with the teacher. The conference date scheduled by PGCPS is November 11, 2016. Any other conference requests must be scheduled with the teacher.

Parent Teacher Organization
Q: When will the Parent Teacher Organization Meet?
A: The PTO is scheduled to meet on Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. except when a holiday, school closing and/or early dismissal has been scheduled. The following dates have been designated for PTO meetings: September 13, 2016; October 4, 2016; December 6, 2016; February 7, 2017; ; April 4, 2017; and June 6, 2017.
Student Academic Performance

Q: How do I know if my student is missing assignments and/or homework? How do I follow up on my student’s progress in the class?
A: Please check the School Max website first. If there are further questions, email the teacher for information on your child’s academic progress or call 240.573.7240 to leave the teacher a voicemail message.

Q: To whom do I express my concerns about academics?
A: Please contact the teacher first. If the teacher fails to respond, then contact the Program Coordinator, ProgramCoordinator@cmitelementary.org. The next line of communication is the administration.

Home Visits
Q: When will the home visits begin?
A: Parents should submit a request to the teacher. A teacher and/or staff member will contact the parent to schedule a date and time that is convenient for the parent and the CMIT Staff.

Student Breakfast/Lunch

Breakfast/Lunch
Q: What time does breakfast begin?
A: Breakfast is served from 7:35 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. in the cafeteria. Students arriving at 7:50 a.m. or later should have breakfast prior to being dropped off.

Q: How much are the breakfast/lunch?
A:


ELEMENTARY (Kindergarten - 5)

 

Daily

Weekly

Monthly

Reduced Price Breakfast

$0.30

$1.50

$6.00

Full Price Breakfast

$1.60

$8.00

$32.00

Reduced Price Lunch

$0.40

$2.00

$8.00

Full Price Lunch

$2.75

$13.75

$55.00

Q: How do I pay for the breakfast/lunch?
A:

METHODS OF PAYMENT
Cash

Send Cash payment to the school cafeteria so your child’s account can be updated.

Online Payments using a debit or credit card

Visit www.MySchoolBucks.com to set up, review, and add money to your child’s account.

The account balance follows the student as long as they are enrolled in a Prince George’s County Public School.

Q: Where can I find the menu for the breakfast/lunch?
A: Please click on the link for the School Menu.

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