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Chesapeake Math & IT Academy Elementary

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10/04/2016

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

Administrative Announcements

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

No Clubs on Thursday, October 13th


FYI

CELEBRATE NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK! OCTOBER 10 - 14, 2016

Parcc data and how to read it.

Roaring Readers


UPCOMING EVENTS

School Closings in October


Kindergarten

Kindergarten


1st Grade

1st grade updates

Students of the Week

Fun activities to do at home.


2nd Grade


3rd Grade

On a Roll


4th Grade

What is happening in Fourth grade!


5th Grade

Making Waves in Math!

Grade Level Website Updated Weekly


Counselors Corner

Volunteer Opportunity!!!

National Bullying Prevention Month.


Special Education

Special Education Weekly Tip


Creative Arts

Technology class news

Art Room News


PTO Announcements

Nando's Fundraiser


FAQs
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Administrative Announcements
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast can can effect everyone.

-One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
-Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
-Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women.
-Each year it is estimated that over 246,660 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
-Although breast cancer in men is rare, an estimated 2,600 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and approximately 440 will die each year.
-On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and 1 woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes.
-Over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.

For information on Breast cancer to share with your young scholar please click the link below.

http://kidshealth.org/en/kids/breast-cancer.html

Ms. Riley
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No Clubs on Thursday, October 13th
All clubs on Thursday, October 13th are canceled due to a staff meeting. Please make your pick-up arrangements accordingly if your child has a club on that day.

Adam Akpinar
Program Coordinator
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FYI
CELEBRATE NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK! OCTOBER 10 - 14, 2016
This week is National School Lunch week. Attached is our Lunch menu. Celebrate our cafeteria staff with a thank you.

Cafeteria Staff
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Parcc data and how to read it.
New parcc scores will be coming home. Attached is a letter on how to read your scholars scores.

CMIT Administration
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Roaring Readers
Do you like to read? Do you enjoy doing projects? I, Ms.Riley, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to Read. Each month I will introduce a topic, theme, or idea. You may choose a book to support this. There will be a list of items that you can do to show how you connect to the book you have chosen. Your work will be displayed for all to see. I can't wait to sit down and discuss the books we have read.

All books should be at the student's reading level.

October - Book about sports or a sports figure

Book extensions should be turned in the last Monday of the Month to Mrs. Dubon in the front office. Please give her a hard copy and no emailed entries. November 7, 2016 is the due date for these entries.


Ms. Riley
Acting Principal
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UPCOMING EVENTS
School Closings in October
Schools are closed for these days in October. Please plan accordingly.
- October 12
- October 21
- October 28 2 hour early dismissal
- October 31

Ms. Riley
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Kindergarten
Kindergarten
This week in Kindergarten...
We will be discussing the word "Friendship." How can we be a good friend? How does friendship help us to be a better person?

English Language Arts
We will be reading the story "Flowers." The story will be our first informational text of the year! We will be comparing and contrasting and working on initial and medial /a/.

Mathematics
We will be reading, writing, and comparing numbers to 20! Students will have been having a little bit of difficulty with finding 1 and 2 fewer. Be sure to get some extra practice at home! An easy way to incorporate this at home is during dinner prep or at the grocery. For example, "I have eight apples, but I need 2 more (or 2 fewer). How many will that be? Can you do that for me?"

Science
Students will be learning about space! We will investigate the Sun, Moon, and the Planets. Anyone recall "My very energetic mother just served us nine..." oh wait. ;)

High Frequency Words
Here are our sight words we have learned so far. Remember to practice reading and writing these words regularly! (When reading at home, if you see these words, have your child point it out!)

I, am, little, to, a, have, is, the

Lastly, just a few dates and reminders:
- Homework is due on Friday every week.
- Please read regularly! Remember that just 20 minutes a day can boost your child's reading levels!
- Please remember to send an extra pair of uniform clothes to keep in your child's cubbie at school in the event of accidents or spills.
- Uniform is enforced daily, including uninterrupted black shoes. Please go to http://cmitelementary.org/uniform-policy/ for more information.

- The Kindergarten Team
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1st Grade
1st grade updates
Reading skills – Nonfiction reading

Phonics – sh and ch sounds

Sight words – were, some, very, down

Vocabulary Words– echolocation, gliding, nocturnal, mammal, webbed, echo, roost, wing

Grammar Skills – Exclamatory Sentences



Math

We are working on making doubles and near doubles to add numbers. Have fun with the home activity below.

Have an adult tell you this math story and you solve it. “You are playing with 8 toys. Your friend brings 4 toys over to your house. Now how many toys do you have to play with?” Record the story on paper by drawing a picture and/or writing an equation; 8+4=12. Explain how you came up with the answer. Extension: Have an adult make up another addition story and you solve it. Can you solve or represent the story problem another way.


Science
We are continuing to work on Objects in the Sky. We will be focusing on what we can see in the sky? Go outside at night and draw what you see. Talk to your child about what you see in the night sky.


1st Grade Team
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Students of the Week
Saniya Hardy is in Ms. Hutchins’ class. She loves to read and color. She has many friends and enjoys enrichment.

Makhi Simmons is in Ms. Rhodes’ class. He loves technology and lego. He has many friends in enrichment.


1st grade Team
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Fun activities to do at home.
Writing Diagraphs. Have an adult say a word that contains a digraph (th, ch, sh, and wh). You write the digraph down on a piece of paper. Example: An adult says “think.” You write down “th”. Continue the activity using words such as chat, shake, white, thank, much, brush, math, and write. Extension: Write the entire word. Note: Make sure the digraph is spelled correctly, but the rest of the word may be “sound spelled.”

Creating Complete Sentences. Have an adult help you generate a sentence by asking you questions. Who do you want the sentence to be about? (Gabe). What did he/she do? (ate). How did he/she do it? (slowly). Where? (in the kitchen). When? (at dinner time). Why? (because he didn’t like his food). Put the sentence together. (Gabe ate slowly in the kitchen
at dinnertime because he didn’t’ like his food.) Once you have said the sentence a few times, have an adult ask you who, what, how, when, where, and why questions. For example: Who was our sentence about? What did he/she do?
Extension: Switch the sentence around. Does it still make sense? (In the kitchen at dinnertime, Gabe ate slowly because he didn’t like his food.)

Compare and Share. Read two different informational books on the same topic. Identify the similarities and differences between the two books. How are they alike? How are they different? If you do not have two informational books on the same topic, look up two different websites on the same topic and do the same activity. Extension: With help from an adult, draw a Venn diagram and write the likes and differences of the two books.

1st Grade Team
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2nd Grade
Second grade scholars are learning many different addition and subtraction strategies working toward out goal of fact fluency. Please have your students practice at home using addition and subtraction flash cards. Our new reading unit, Working Together, is in full swing! Our scholars are reading stories and discovering ways in which working together can help you.

A. Ahmed
A. Dougherty
E. Trippe
R. Brilliantes
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3rd Grade
On a Roll
Greeting Parents,

We are planning several fieldtrips. If you want to chaperone, you must have your full clearance to participate. More information is coming soon. In Mathematics and Science, we are focusing on the distributive property, area, climate, and regions. In ELA, we are having a review week of previous skills taught, and we are focusing on maps and our community in Social Studies. There will be a Social Studies project listed in your child's homework next week.

Student of the Week: Vy Huynh

Tenika Fryson
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4th Grade
What is happening in Fourth grade!
We will be having our first fieldtrip on November second. Please be advised that chaperone space was limited and has already been filled. We will be visiting the African American History Museum. We hope your child will attend. We will continue to work on fractions in math. Sumdogs will no longer be a requirement, but it can be used as part of the math log. Homework packets for math will be due on Mondays. Please visit our grade level website under math and science to find the links to print out the math and science logs. The expectation is that students will practice math and science facts for 15 minutes each night. Reading packets will continue to be due on Fridays. Please talk to you children about being respectful, scholary, responsible, and kind. Ask them how they R.O.A.R.

Benora McCain
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5th Grade
Making Waves in Math!
Congratulations to Addisyn Houey (Cooper) and Peter Abang (Watkis) for being 5th grade’s – “Student of the Month” for September, 2016!

About the Picture: 5th grade is making waves in Math to move beyond great! Students are working in small groups alongside their teacher. Our focus this month is to master the Maryland Common Core Standard for Place Value while demonstrating abstract and quantitative reasoning using differentiated instruction.

The 5th Grade Team!
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Grade Level Website Updated Weekly
5th Grade Students & Parents -- Please be reminded to visit our grade level website for the weekly pacing guide, useful resources, and updated news. http://grade5.cmitelementary.org

Thanks,

Ms. Cooper
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Counselors Corner
Volunteer Opportunity!!!
We want YOU!
Please check out my Blog for more details, I can't wait to hear from you! :)
http://guidance.cmitelementary.org/


Whitney Ritchie
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National Bullying Prevention Month.
The month of October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Throughout the month, students will be learning more about bullying. I encourage you to talk to your student about bullying. It is important to know exactly what bullying is. The definition of bullying provided by stopbullying.gov is; "Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems." It is important to be aware of the definition of bullying. Bullying can have lasting negative effects and is a serious issue. Remember for behavior to be defined as bullying it must be aggressive, have an imbalance of power and be repetitive.

Stay tuned next week to learn tips on how to talk to your student about bullying. Remember to wear Orange on October 19, 2016.

Ms.Ritchie
Professional School Counselor
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Special Education
Special Education Weekly Tip
Favorite Study Tips For Elementary School Students

1. Be involved (but not too involved!) Family involvement and support is critical to student success. As parents, we need to show our children how important studying is, and how to efficiently complete schoolwork outside the classroom. That being said, too much “support” can create dependency. We’ve all done our child’s homework once or twice, but making this a regular occurrence will undoubtedly have adverse affects. Be involved by providing patient, constructive guidance that will help them establish long-term practices while learning to become self-sufficient.


2. Keep a schedule. Generate a master, “month-at-a-glance” calendar at home (dry-erase whiteboards work well). When my kids were in elementary school, we sat down together and filled-in known events first, like tests and project due-dates. From there, we reserved small time blocks for daily homework, working on big projects, or studying for a quiz. Scheduling frequent (2-3 times/week), short blocks (~10-15 minutes, depending on workload) for studying and completing larger projects is an excellent way to teach your child time management, and avoid “cramming” for tests or procrastinating. This also helps ease the stress of test- and presentation-days, as your child will feel prepared and comfortable with the material. Once my kids got accustomed to using the calendar, I gave them more responsibility by letting them fill-in the calendar without my help. Once finished, I double-checked to ensure they included all the important dates and allocated sufficient time for daily homework, exam review, project work, etc.


3. Break it up. I know you’ve heard it before, but taking a break is really important for young kids during study time. Multiple studies suggest that students reach optimal performance and concentration levels during the first 20 minutes following a break, so keep breaks frequent but brief! I found that 3-5 minutes of rest for every 10-20 minutes of study worked well. Have your student grab a snack, perform a little light exercise or stretches, go outside to fetch the mail, etc.

Mrs. Bello
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Creative Arts
Technology class news
4TH & 5TH GRADE:

4th and 5th grade students have been learning introduction to code course 2 and code course 1 together since the beginning of the year;

It is primarily for students who can read and have no prior programming experience. In this course students will create programs to solve problems and develop interactive games or stories that they can share..

You can learn more about these courses by visiting the websites below. I also shared class specific websites including student login information via class dojo where you can see their progress:

https://studio.code.org/s/course2

https://studio.code.org/s/course1

2ND & 3RD GRADE:

2nd and 3rd grade students are practicing code course 1 since the beginning of the school year. It is designed to allow early readers to create computer programs that will help them learn to collaborate with others, develop problem-solving skills, and persist through difficult tasks. By the end of this course, students create their very own custom game or story that they can share.

You can learn more about these course by visiting the website below. I also shared class specific websites including student login information via class dojo where you can see their progress:

https://studio.code.org/s/course1

 
KG & 1ST GRADE:

Recently our students finished learning about computer parts, mouse skills, basic keyboarding and navigating web pages. 
Last week we have started Code programing- Course 1 which is designed to allow early readers to create computer programs that will help them learn to collaborate with others, develop problem-solving skills, and persist through difficult tasks. By the end of this course, students create their very own custom game or story that they can share.
You can learn more about these course by visiting the website below:

https://studio.code.org/s/course1


Mrs. Avsar
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Art Room News
Hello Tiger Families,

We are closing out our first major project for the year and concluding with reflections. We are learning about our new artist of the month, Beatriz Milhazes. We are also exploring the Element of Art- shape.

We are also exploring WHY do people make art with a personal reflection on a pokeball of "Why do YOU pikachoose to make art?" Papers are available on my bulletin board or you may email me for a word document.

As always- donations of wipes, broad crayola markers, and dry erase markers for the students to use at the easels are always welcome!

Have a fantastic day!


Megan Breckenridge
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PTO Announcements
Nando's Fundraiser
So who enjoyed their Nando's chicken at the PTO meeting??? Are you hungry for more??? Well don't worry our Spirit Night at Nando's Peri Peri is fast approaching!!

Let me share with you my Nando's story for the week...

I was at work having a stressful day and needed some comfort food. Since my grandma lives 30 minutes away from my job her house was out of the question. So.. I decided on....drum roll please...you guessed it Nando's... I had their "Thigh and Mighty" sandwich with medium sauce....with each bite the stress melted away..

Needless to say, Nando's definitely delivers and who knows when you join us for dinner on Tuesday Oct 11, 2016 at Towne Centre at Laurel, 14722 Baltimore Ave, Laurel, MD 20707 you may see some familiar faces serving you up some delicious food...

Attached you will find 2 things #1 a menu preview in case you have never had Nando's before and #2 the flyer you can share so CMIT Elementary can receive 40% of the profit. All the more reason to buy!!!


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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