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Chesapeake Math & IT Academy Elementary

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01/27/2017

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

Administrative Announcements

MORNING DROP-OFF

Future Assessments

Reminders

Uniform Information


FYI

CMIT Elementary Hosts Martial Arts Tournament!

MESA/CLUB

MakerFest

LOST & FOUND


UPCOMING EVENTS

Have a heart on Valentines Day!


Kindergarten

Kindergarten


1st Grade

1st Grade


3rd Grade

Wrapping Up Map!


4th Grade

Fourth grade upcoming deadlines!


5th Grade

Things We Learn and Share!


Counselors Corner

My the Force... be developed in all of our Tigers!


Creative Arts

CMIT Chorus

LEGO CLASS

Safety Reminder


PTO Announcements

St. Patrick's Day Dance

Valentine Grams

Giant A+ School Rewards

Think Amazon...

Box Tops for Education

UNIFORMS...

Save the Date...

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Administrative Announcements
MORNING DROP-OFF
Morning drop-off begins at 7:35am.

BUS/SHUTTLE RIDERS ONLY are permitted to enter through the school's main front doors between 7:35am - 7:54am.

Car Riders/Parent walk drop-offs should enter the school through the cafeteria doors between 7:35am - 7:54am. (NO ENTRANCE/PARKING ON THE SIDE CLOSEST TO THE PLAYGROUND)

If you are coming prior to that please be reminded there is no staff before 7:35am to monitor your scholar left outside and this is not permissible by law.

The Cafeteria doors will close promptly at 7:55am and all cars must then go to the front office to sign in tardy. There will be no staff outside after 7:55am as classes start at 7:55am.

Breakfast ends at 7:55am. (please remember to check lunch accounts through myschoolbucks)

Ms. Riley
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Future Assessments
CMIT Elementary scholars will take following assessments in near future.

January 23rd - February 3rd: MAP - Winter testing (K-5)

Please make sure that your child have a good amount of sleep and eat breakfast on the assessment days. We ask our parent to not schedule doctor visits on assessment days if possible.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Arif Akpinar
Program Coordinator
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Reminders
Parents;

Please ensure that you pick up your child(ren) on time from the enrichment program. If you are late, a late fee will apply and payment is due upon your arrival. You will be asked to make payment in the front office. Only credit/debit cards accepted.

Enrichment Program new hours for early dismissal days: 1:00pm - 4:00pm.

Please provide healthy snacks with your child if you are an enrichment parent. Students start to the program with snacks time. There is also a vending machine available in the cafeteria for enrichment students.

Emergency Drop off Fee,

Students who picked up after 3:00 pm will be charged a $20 emergency drop-in enrichment fee and payment is due upon your arrival.

Clubs;

Please be on time to pick your child up after the clubs. Clubs end at 3.55. If you are late, your child will be sent to the Enrichment at 4.00pm and enrichment drop off fee will apply.



Arif Akpinar
Program Coordinator
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Uniform Information
Students should be in full uniform DAILY with SOLID BLACK shoes. On PE days grades 3-5 are required to wear the PE Uniform and all grades must wear sneakers on PE Day. Please refrain from brightly colored clothing, logos, and boots/shoes.

Let's brace ourselves for the cold weather! If a student needs the extra warmth long sleeve shirts WILL BE permitted with the following exceptions…

1. It must be one of the following SOLID colors; white, blue, burgundy, or black.
2. It must be worn under the school short/long sleeve uniform polo only.

Tights for girls should also be one of the following SOLID colors: white, blue, burgundy, or black.

ONLY the uniform windbreaker, fleece jacket, or school logoed sweaters are permitted to be worn inside of the classrooms and/or hallways.


Thank you and LET'S STAY WARM WHILE IN UNIFORM!

CMIT Staff
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FYI
CMIT Elementary Hosts Martial Arts Tournament!
Kuk Sool Won of Washington DC Area is hosting its annual intramural tournament at CMIT Elementary on Saturday February 4, 2017. Students from the CMIT Academy and CMIT Elementary Kuk Sool martial arts club will be participating in this tournament. Please come out and support your classmates.

Arif Akpinar
Program Coordinator
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MESA/CLUB
Students should bring in their $10 club fee as soon as possible. It is time to start gathering more supplies. Students should bring in a personal snack on club days. We have our first amusement park ride completed. We Participated in the Makerfest! We had an amazing time. Students should bring in their shirts to be decorated. We will decorate them at lunch bunch Tuesday and Wednesday. We will work on our scratch games this week!

Benora McCain
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MakerFest
We had an awesome time at the Makerfest today. Thank you to all those who participated. Your creativity is admirable. A special thank you to the MESA club and Robotics club students. They did an awesome job. We enjoyed all the amazing creations.

Benora McCain
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LOST & FOUND
Lost and Found is located in the cafeteria. Students are permitted to go at any time with permission from their teacher to retrieve lost items. It is growing fast! We do not have the space to accommodate all of the items, so parents PLEASE REMIND YOUR STUDENT TO FREQUENTLY CHECK FOR ITEMS LOST. The items range from CMIT logo apparel, winter coats, light weight jackets, hoodies, lunch boxes, hats, gloves, etc. REMEMBER TO LABEL YOUR CHILDREN’S ITEMS...items labeled have a higher probability of being returned. Thank you.

Ecola Virgil
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UPCOMING EVENTS
Have a heart on Valentines Day!
Please support the homeless. One of our very own families would like to collect homeless hygiene care packs in bookbags to distribute to our community. If you remember, we completed this for the holidays and it was a huge success. Please consider sending in items from February 1st until Valentines Day. On Valentines day students may dress down and bring in care bags in hand. A donation drop box will be located at the front office February 1st-15th. Thank you for all your support!

Benora McCain
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Kindergarten
Kindergarten
On Tuesday, February 7, Kindergarten is planning a field trip to Port Discovery! The cost of this field trip will be $25 and field trip permission slips will be sent home within the next week. At this time, we are asking if you are experiencing financial hardship and cannot afford the cost of the trip, please notify your child's teacher via e-mail so that we can make accommodations. No child will be denied an opportunity for an educational field trip due to inability to pay. Additionally, if you are available, each classroom will need 4 chaperones. Chaperones must have a FINGERPRINT clearance on file. If you have completed a fingerprint clearance, but have not provided us with your receipt, please do so as soon as possible. Parents who do not have a fingerprint clearance will not be permitted to attend. Chaperones do not require additional payment.

MAP Testing will continue this week! The tests will be conducted from 9-10am over the next two weeks on the days listed below, so please be sure to be at school ON TIME and have a good breakfast! We want our students to do their best!

Monday: Smith
Tuesday: Santiago
Wednesday: Valera
Thursday: Miller

Our 100th Day of School is on Friday, February 3rd! Students will be permitted to wear a shirt that has 100 items on it! Get creative - use Pinterest for ideas! (Students who do not have a 100th day related shirt must be in uniform.) On this day we will be having a 100th day STEM Building Activity where students will be challenged to create something using only the 100 pieces they are given! It will definitely be an exciting and fun challenge! We encourage you to practice counting to 100 with your child and even creating a building challenge at home!

This week in Kindergarten...
English Language Arts
We will read the story "The Lion and the Mouse." It is a fable about a mouse who saves a lion and the importance of never underestimating others. We will be identifying main idea and identifying initial and medial /o/.

Mathematics
We are learning to compose and decompose numbers! Students will be expanding on their basic addition and subtraction to now create sums and writing number sentences to match these sums. We will be continuing this over the next few weeks!

Science
Students will continue to learn about non-living and living things! They will identify characteristics of living thing and how to use that to identify non-living things.

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!) All of the words we will learn this year are available on our grade level website under "Sight Words."

I, am, little, to, a, have, is, the, we, my, like, he, for, me, with, she, see, look, they, you, of

REMINDERS
- Homework is due on FRIDAY each week. Remember to look for their new homework packet on Fridays. Homework that is not submitted by the due date will be given a ZERO.
- Please read regularly! Remember that just 20 minutes a day can boost your child's reading levels!
- As the weather gets colder, remember that we still go outside for recess when the weather is above 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately!
- If you would like to chaperone any future field trips, you must have a fingerprint background check. This can be obtained from the Fingerprint office at the county building 14201 School Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD Monday-Friday from 8:00am-3:45pm. For more information or to contact the fingerprinting office, please look at the fingerprint office website: http://www1.pgcps.org/fingerprinting/
- 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.
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1st Grade
1st Grade
Martin’s Big Words
Reading skills – retelling, nonfiction writing, and infer
Phonics – ue like glue
Sight words – part, sound, take, work, place
Vocabulary Words– Nobel Peace Prize,
Grammar Skills – Plural possessive noun

Math
First grade will be continuing chapter 8 next week. Chapter 8 is working on place value, tens and ones.

Social Studies
We will be learning about geography.

Science
First grade will be starting to work on light waves.

100 Day shirt or Math Project
The project is due on Friday, February 3, 2017

Black History Month Poster
The project is due on February 16, 2017

MAP Testing
The first grade will administer the MAP test starting next week.

First Grade Team
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3rd Grade
Wrapping Up Map!
Dear Parents,

Wow! We have just completed the first week of the third quarter. Pretty soon we will be moving on to 4th quarter. Report cards will be issued February 2, 2017. Continue to check SchoolMax to monitor your child's progress as they have just begun a new quarter.

We have started the winter testing for MAP Reading and Math. These test will be taken during school hours with your child's teacher. The reading portion was completed last week, and the math portion will be completed next week. All makeups will take place the following week.

Third grade will be performing for the Black History Program on February 3,2017 at 8:30-9:00a.m. The poem below will be performed by your third grader. Please make sure your child is practicing their classes stanza daily to ensure they do a great job on performance day.

Poem

Daniel's homeroom

Hey Black Child
Do you know who you are
Who you really are
Do you know you can be
What you want to be
If you try to be
What you can be

Mrs. Fryson's Homeroom

Hey Black Child
Do you know where you are going
Where you're really going
Do you know you can learn
What you want to learn
If you try to learn
What you can learn

Ms. Tolbert's Homeroom

Hey Black Child
Do you know you are strong
I mean really strong
Do you know you can do
What you want to do
If you try to do
What you can do


Ms. Nick's Homeroom

Hey Black Child
Be what you can be
Learn what you must learn
Do what you can do
And tomorrow your nation
Will be what you what it to be

Michelle Tolbert
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4th Grade
Fourth grade upcoming deadlines!
We are loving our new schedule. This new schedule has specific time slots for small groups. Teachers are scaffolding learning in small groups. Please review the website for updates. http://grade4.cmitelementary.org/. A special acknowledgement goes out to Micah and Somebi for making student of the month. You are Roaring like a Tiger! We are especially proud of all the students who participated in the Makerfest.

Due dates
Math and science logs are due January 31st.
Our Black History essays and and wax museum papers are due February 1, 2017.
Tenmarks is due February 4th.
Our math homework packets is due February 6th.
Our black history presentations are due February 17th.


Benora McCain
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5th Grade
Things We Learn and Share!



Black History celebration begins February 1 at CMIT.

This year we celebrate with the theme:-Things We Learn and Share!
Please use each day to share your heritage with our scholars. Some ways you may share include, reading a book, telling about your cultural experiences, researching your culture, watching movies that depict cultural values and beliefs, visiting places of interest and many more. Keep the history alive, tell your story.

Mrs. L Watkis



Lesma Watson Watkis
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Counselors Corner
My the Force... be developed in all of our Tigers!
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is critical to the success of our children. Not just in school, but in all areas of their lives. From knowing how to adapt to working together in a classroom, to developing the self-confidence to ask a question and someday challenge a topic, SEL must be in the forefront of our efforts. We spend so much time trying to "Fix" a problem, when we never took the time to "Grow" through it.

Please visit the blog (http://guidance.cmitelementary.org/) to read more about Social Emotional Learning, the role we play in it, and to engage in a rich conversation about the 'whats, whos, and hows' of its implementation.

Graciously,
Your School Counselor
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Creative Arts
CMIT Chorus
Greetings CMIT Chorus Parents!

Happy New Year! The CMIT Chorus is currently preparing for our school Black History event on Friday, February 24th (TIME TBA). Please help me by ensuring that your child attends all scheduled club/rehearsal times (Tuesdays 3:00-4:00pm). If your child will be absent please inform me. Be on the lookout for dojo messages/videos sharing our progress.

Rafealito Ross
General Music Teacher
CMIT Chorus Director
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LEGO CLASS
Hello,

I would like to inform you about robotics competition. CMIT Elementary school will be participate FLL Robotics competition on February 04, 2017. We did great job with scholar 5th grade students so far and we will be do our best for the win during the competition time.

Go Tigersss,

Mr INCI
Lego Teacher
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Safety Reminder
Parents,

Please send your child to school with sneakers/tennis shoes on their PE days. Students will not be allowed to participate if they are not wearing proper footwear.

The latest class schedule can be found under the "When do I have PE?" tab on my website.

http://pe.cmitelementary.org/

Thank you for your support!

Mr. Hatcher
Physical Education
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PTO Announcements
St. Patrick's Day Dance
March 17th – 3-5PM – St. Patty’s Day After School Dance Party its that time of year again. Time to party!!!

DETAILS COMING SOON!

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Valentine Grams
February 3rd through 9th – Valentine’s Gram Sales (Delivered on February 14th) Show someone you care and send a special Valentine Day treat via PTO. Only $1 per gram and its for a good cause.

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Giant A+ School Rewards
Register your Giant Card- -Please register your Giant Card for the A+ school rewards. You can register online the school's ID is 18383

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Think Amazon...
Remember to smile...to support us shop smile.amazon.com and select Chesapeake Math and IT Elementary PTO as your charitable organization.

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Box Tops for Education
Don't forget to please submit your BoxTops you can also drop them off in the boxes at the front desk. Every clip counts. Please don't forget to print out the attached sheet.

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UNIFORMS...
At our last meeting, it was decided to discontinue use of All American Wear as our school uniform provider. We heard pitches from both Flynn O'Hara and Risse Brothers, provided below are the links to what each store is currently offering.

Flynn O'Hara has provided the following link for CMIT shopping: www.flynnohara.com/school/md170

Parents can order from Risse Brothers on www.RisseBrothers.com.

Risse Brothers and Flynn & O'Hara both offer the following:

o Personalized web option for online ordering (starting late next week)
o Store fronts for in person shopping (starting late next week)
o Refunds and exchanges for unused items
o Guaranteed items including no pilling, fading or seam tears for at least one school year
o In-store embroidery and screen printing allowing for items to be embroidered/screen printed as you shop

We ask that you also visit the store fronts:

Flynn O'Hara is located at 8807 Annapolis Rd, Lanham, MD 20706
Risse Brothers 9700 Martin Luther King Jr Hwy B, Lanham, MD 20706

This is so we all can make an educated decision when voting on who our new vendor will be in February.

PTO
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Save the Date...
February 7th - PTO Meeting at 6PM in the CMIT Elementary Cafeteria. Refreshments will be provided. There will be a call in option for all meeting except the September meeting. Please refer to our website for updates on call in options and childcare during future meetings.

CMIT 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: 7:35 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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