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Chesapeake Math & IT Academy Elementary

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02/04/2017

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

Administrative Announcements

Awards Assembly

100 Day of school

Black history alive

Black History Assembly

DISMISSAL REMINDERS

Letter to Parents from PGCPS Diversity Office

January Staff Members of the Month

Drop off and Pick up


FYI

JANUARY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

CMIT LEGO Robotics Club

We will wear Red.

February Lunch Menus

MORNING DROP-OFF

Have a heart on Valentines Day!

MESA/CLUB


UPCOMING EVENTS

2017 Black History Month Essay and Poster Contest


Kindergarten

Kindergarten


1st Grade

1st Grade


3rd Grade

Celebrate Black History Month


4th Grade

4th Grade News


5th Grade

Black History Month Kick-Off


Counselors Corner

Stay Tuned!


PTO Announcements

St. Patricks Day Dance

Valentines Gram for Sale

PTO Meeting


FAQs
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Administrative Announcements
Awards Assembly
You are Cordially Invited to our 2nd Quarter Awards Assembly on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

2nd & 3rd Grade will begin at 8:30am PROMPT
4th & 5th Grade will begin at 9:30am PROMPT

Principal’s Honor Roll students have at least a 4.0 GPA (see computing grade point average) with no grade on the report card below an “A”. Honor Roll students have at least a 3.0 GPA or higher with no grade lower than a “C” and only 1 C can be present on the report card.


Awards Committee
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100 Day of school
Our students were ready to show their pride with their self made 100 item shirts.

Ms. Riley
Acting Principal
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Black history alive
Because of them we can be Lawyers, Judges, Scientist, Politicians, Doctors, and Pilots.

Ms. Riley
Acting Principal
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Black History Assembly
Our first black history assembly was so informative. We had poetry done by 3rd grade, a song by Kindergarten, a speech given and Many famous Black History Icons. We were also put into formation with the CMIT Steppers.

Our scholars did an outstanding job.

Ms. Riley
Acting Principal
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DISMISSAL REMINDERS

EARLY DISMISSAL
Early Departure cut-off time is 2:00pm. Students not picked up by 2:00pm will be dismissed by their normal dismissal arrangements.


SCHOOL DISMISSAL
The end of school bell sounds at 2:10 p.m. At this time students are in transition for designated dismissal locations. Please understand this is a critical time as ALL teachers and staff members are assisting with these processes and CMIT Elementary will honor special requests outside of the normal dismissal process as quickly as possible as staff members are available and students have been located. If you have a pressing schedule, please plan accordingly for early dismissal within the early dismissal policy.


CAR RIDERS/SHUTTLE BUSES
Car Riders/Shuttle Bus Student Dismissal from the school building starts at 2:20pm

ALL Car Rider/Shuttle Bus Students need to be picked up by 2:55pm. Students who are not picked up by 2:55pm will be sent to Enrichment and charged an emergency Enrichment fee due upon pick up.


ENRICHMENT
Enrichment After Care BEGINS at 3:00 p.m. Early pick-up between 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. can be accommodated only if teachers/staff members are available to assist with student retrieval from the Enrichment locations.

Ms. Riley
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Letter to Parents from PGCPS Diversity Office
This letter to parents comes from the PGCPS Diversity Officer, Noral Illia Morales. The intent of the letter is to express the shared belief of PGCPS that all students have a right to a free public school education regardless of immigration status. PGCPS will continue to follow federal education guidelines ensuring equal access of English learners and families. Your children are safe and families should continue sending their children to school.

Please click on the attachment to view the letter in its entirety.

PGCPS
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January Staff Members of the Month

CMIT Elementary proudly acknowledges the Staff of the Month for January.

For the last two months there have been several emails thanking two different staff members for assisting with students and going above and beyond with personally helping families.

January's staff members of the month will be Mr. Inci and Mrs. Bello. Thank you all for what you do to ensure that our CMIT Families are receiving timely communication and helping build bridges. Please help us congratulate them for this huge accomplishment!

Mr. Inci and Mrs. Bello enjoy your reserved "VIP" premiere parking for the next month!

Principal Riley
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Drop off and Pick up
This is another friendly reminder for students to be picked up no later than 2:45 pm. Parents are asked to arrive no later than 2:20 everyday. Please understand that teachers are off duty at 2:45 and dismissal begins at 2:20. There is a designated drop off / pick up location where staff provides supervision for car riders and for chartered services.

Most of the pick up/drop off issues will be resolved if we all arrive at 7:30 in the morning & 2:20 in the afternoon.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Ms. Riley
Acting Principal
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FYI
JANUARY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
KINDERGARTEN
Miller – Chanler Covington
Santiago – McKenzi Butler
Smith – Kenneth Perry
Valera – Temiloluwa Adeyinka

FIRST GRADE
Hutchins – Jordan Corsey
Starks – Favour Nwadibia
Whyte – Anisa Metayer
Rhodes – Chrystal Galley

SECOND GRADE

Trippe – Angel Adesoji
Ahmed – Arjun Dave
Brillantes – Ayesha Mohammed
Dougherty – Damilola Fawehinmi

THIRD GRADE
Daniel – Elizabeth Abang
Fryson – Amaris Tappin
Tolbert – Jayden Abdalla
Nick – Adedoyin Adelegan

FOURTH GRADE
Mogilski – Micha Germain
McCain – Somebi Ejeh

FIFTH GRADE
Watkis – Mikayla Mensah
Cooper – Naima Sam-Bomah

CREATIVE ARTS
Avsar (Technology) – Enzo Nunez Guerra (Smith-K)
Breckenridge (Art) – Joseph Settles (Santiago-K)
Hatcher (PE) – Emnet Theodros (Watkis-5th)
Inci (Lego) – Zoë Johnson (Starks-1st)
Powell (Ecology) – Oluwabusoye Okunuga (Watkis-5th)
Ross (Music) – Caleb Quarshie (Watkis-5th)

Ecola Virgil
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CMIT LEGO Robotics Club
Today our team worked and competed in the FLL Competition. Words can not express how proud we are of our team.

Thank you Mr. Inci for always supporting our scholars.
Attachment(s)

Ms. Riley and CMIT Staff
Acting Principal
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We will wear Red.
As PGCPS will wore red on Friday. We here at CMIT will wear RED on MONDAY February 6, 2017.

PGCPS GOES RED FOR HEART HEALTH!

Everyone can help raise awareness about heart disease and stroke prevention:

WEAR RED! Add red to your attire as part of National Wear Red Day for heart health.

GET MOVING! Remember that movement does the body good.


Don't forget to share photos on social media using #PGCPSGoesRed!

Ms. Riley
Acting Principal
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February Lunch Menus
Please view the attached lunch menu options for February.


CMIT Staff
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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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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 6th 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 6th-15th. Thank you for all your support!

Benora McCain
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MESA/CLUB
Students should bring in their $10 club fee as soon as possible. It is time to get all of our 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. We will work on our bridges this week!

Benora McCain
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UPCOMING EVENTS
2017 Black History Month Essay and Poster Contest
This year's theme for the essay and poster contest is:
"African American Marylander's that helped shape the United States"

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION is: Thursday, February 16, 2017

Poster Contest Rules (Grades K-3)
o Poster should be 18x14 inches
o Illustrates a significant African American from Maryland
o Illustrates the contribution
o Colorful and creative
o Poster should have a caption of at least 3 sentences, but no more than 10 to include who, what, and how the person contributed to shaping history


Essay Contest Rules (Grades 3-12)
o At least 250 words, but shall not exceed 500 words
o Typed and double-spaced
o Original work only
o Be sure to properly cite your sources
o Acceptable fonts include: Arial, Garamond, and Times New Roman


There will be a reception held on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 5pm to 7pm
(Refreshments will be served)

Honorary mention(s) may be asked to share essay or present poster submission at the Black History Month reception!

CLF
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Kindergarten
Kindergarten
We had an AWESOME 100th Day where students used their creativity and the engineering design process to make things from only 100 pieces! We also loved the 100th Day shirts we saw throughout the building! Awesome job!

On Tuesday, February 7, Kindergarten will be going to Port Discovery!
Students should bring a packed lunch in a paper or plastic bag with their full name and teacher's name. Everything should be disposable. Please do not send anything that must be returned as we cannot guarantee they will make it back from the field trip. (For example, utensils, ice packs, etc.)

This week in Kindergarten...
English Language Arts
We will read the story "Rooster's Off to See the World." It is a story about a Rooster who goes on an adventure and finds friends along the way. We will be retelling a story in sequence and and identifying initial /h/ sound.

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 be doing an activity with...WORMS! Students will be observing worms and writing their observations. We will be discussing whether these creatures are living or non-living and why.

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, are, that, do

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
Just Going to the Dentist
Reading skills – retelling, nonfiction writing, and infer
Spelling - contractions
Sight words – it’s, can’t didn’t, don’t, I’ll
Vocabulary Words– Mouth, nurse, teeth, toothbrush, checkup, x-ray, dentist, cavity
Grammar Skills – Subject verb agreement

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.

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

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


1st grade team
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3rd Grade
Celebrate Black History Month
Hello parents and students,
There is so much going on in our school. Starting with February 3, 2017 the third grade students were able to kick off our Black History Celebration performing the poem, "Hey, Black Child" by Countee Cullen. The students did a fantastic job.

Also February 3, 2017 was the 100th day of school, 80 more school days to go. Wow! Time sure flies when you are having fun.

MAP testing is complete and you will receive a copy of your child's results. It is expected for students to reach the goal of 195 for Reading as a 3rd grade student and 198 in Math.

WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE CLASSROOM?
This week in Science students will focus on the classification of plants and animals. They will learn that the inheritance of traits many characteristics of organisms have are inherited from their parents. The Math focus will be to understanding how to read and write unit fractions for equal size parts of a region. Reading/Writing focus is to continue to work on the research writing simulation, as it relates to the focus on endangered animals that we have been discussing for the last two weeks in Science.
Social Studies the students will collect and examine information about people, places, or events of the past using pictures, photographs, maps, audio or visual tapes, and or documents. They will also compare family life in the local community by considering jobs, communication, and transportation.

The students received their report cards February 2, 2017. Please be sure to check SchoolMAx for any updates to your student's progress.
February 7th 2017 at 8:30 is our 2nd Quarter Awards Assembly. it will be held at the school in our Cafeteria.

Reminder school will be closed Friday, February 10, 2017 for students.

The Third Grade Team
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4th Grade
4th Grade News
We are off and running into the second half of the school year in 4th grade! Students did a great job on their Black History Month Projects. The teachers were so impressed with the Wax Museum Presentations, posters, and costumes! We will be asking some students to dress up again on February 17th to present for the rest of the school.

Next week we will begin to work on our Literacy Writing Task. This will take place during class time. The entire county is completing this task in order to prepare for the PARCC Assessment this Spring.

Our 2nd Quarter Awards Assembly will be on February 7th at 9:30 AM.

Math homework packets are due on Monday, February 6.

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5th Grade
Black History Month Kick-Off
Our first Black History celebration was inspiring and successful. Students proudly showcased prominent African-Americans who left their stamp on U.S. history and the world!

Important Dates
CMIT-ES’ Assembly – 2/7
**No School for Students** Friday, 2/10
Math: Topic 7 Assessment – 2/14
CMIT-ES Dancers – 2/17
CMIT-ES Music Performance – 2/24

PGCPS’ Live Math Homework Helpline:
http://www1.pgcps.org/countonus/

Scholars|Parents: Please visit our grade level website for next week’s pacing guide. http://grade5.cmitelementary.org

The 5th Grade Team!
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Counselors Corner
Stay Tuned!
Hello Den!

Please be sure you are visiting the blog!
A new post can be found at least every 2 weeks, right here:
http://guidance.cmitelementary.org/

I welcome topic/discussion ideas that are interesting and relevant to you! We can expand on and explore them together...Lets make it an open forum of conversation and communication throughout our Tiger' Den!
Leave comments, ask questions, make suggestions, I want it all :)

Be sure to keep checking back on the blog as dates for a Parent Program I will be running are going to be announced in the next 2 weeks!

Graciously,
Your School Counselor
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PTO Announcements
St. Patricks 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!

PTO
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Valentines Gram for Sale
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.

PTO
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PTO Meeting
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.


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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