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Chesapeake Math & IT Academy South Elementary

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09/27/2018

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

Important News

Spark a Change: Community Service Group

Creative Arts:  A Slideshow from Back to School Night.

Arrival Time and Tardiness

Dismissal from School

Want to View Your Child's Grades?


Grade Level Greatness

3rd Grade

Fourth Grade

Heading into October

The Happenings in Libebe's Fifth

1st Grade Updates!

Kindergarten: Laying a strong a foundation

Second Grade News!!!!!!!

4th and 5th Grade Band Start next week

P.E. - Week 5 and clubs


Announcements & Reminders

Career Club and Book Club Spots!

Washington Redskins: PGCPS Spirit on Gameday!

Art club sign up and 4th grade Art

Technology Class


PTO News

Week in Review

PTO Newsletter

PTO Membership Drive


The Counselor's Den

Social Behavior


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Important News
Spark a Change: Community Service Group
Sparks Club...Community Service (Spark a Change) You are never too young to make a difference. We are inviting students in grades 2nd-5th that want to make a difference at school, at home, in our community and in the world. Who is ready to SPARK some CHANGE? “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi We will have a community service club opened up to 10 2nd-5th grade students. We want to help students give back to parents, the school and their community. The Sparks will meet every other Tuesday after school from 3:00-4:00. Interested students can sign up using this link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E4DABA823ABFC1-sparks Again, we can only accept the first 10 students that sign up. There will be a $10 fee for all those who join the Sparks. Please make all checks out to CLF. If Mrs. Derfler is absent from school the day of the club, Mrs. Derfler will reach out to club members through Signupgenius.com. Mrs. Derfler will also inform the office. Club Sponsors: Mrs. Derfler

Amy Derfler
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Creative Arts:  A Slideshow from Back to School Night.
As requested by parents, attached is a PDF format of the slideshow that the Creative Arts teachers prepared for back to school night.

Garrett Loomer P.E. Teacher - K-5 CMIT South Elementary
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Arrival Time and Tardiness
Dear All, Please be advised that every student arriving after 8:05 am will be marked tardy in SchoolMax. In addition, please be aware that tardy students should be accompanied to the school building and signed in by the parent. Thank you for your understanding.

Juliana Derin - Secretary II
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Dismissal from School
Parents/Guardians, Just a REMINDER. The supervision of students is of paramount importance no matter the circumstances, but the legal aspect of leaving your children after minutes and sometimes hours at school is something that had to be discussed with family and friends to ensure that our scholars remain safe at all times. The last time to pick up your scholars each day (if they are not in enrichment) is at 2:55 PM. At 2:55 ALL teachers are gone home. Please make every effort to be here before/at 2:55 PM. We do not have anyone to supervise the students at this time. Thanks so much for partnering with our school. Ms Watkis

L. Watkis (Assistant Principal)
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Want to View Your Child's Grades?
In order to view your child’s grades, you need to register using the SchoolMax Family Portal. Please access the following website to follow the tutorials: https://www.pgcps.org/schoolmax-support/

Patrice Harrell-Carter
Principal
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Grade Level Greatness
3rd Grade
Culture Projects are due Monday! Any questions please message me on Class Dojo. This is something that is fun for them to do! They should enjoy learning about their culture. We all have a culture! We all have beliefs! We all have traditions! This is a great opportunity that they get to teach all of us about them! Posters are a great way to do this! Remember that if they want a classroom cookbook, they need to submit two typed recipes addition to their poster, slide show, video etc. All electronic projects need to be submitted to me by email or on a USB. PAWS Club meets this week!

-Ms. Pavignano
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Fourth Grade
Wow, October is already here! It was wonderful meeting many of our parents at Back to School Night. For those of you who made it - thank you for coming out. For those of you who were unable to make it, or could not stay the whole time, please check out the Class Story on dojo for the PowerPoint Presentation. Many of the items that are included there can also be found in the Syllabi that we’ve shared as well. In Reading, the students have been reading the story, “Lewis and Clark and Me.” We worked on identifying the author’s purpose. We discussed that an author may have more than one purpose for writing. For example, in “Lewis and Clark and Me,” the author’s purpose is to inform and entertain. Additionally, we discussed the varying types of sentences and practiced identifying exclamatory and imperative sentences. In Math we took our Unit 1 Test Friday. We will be moving into Unit 2, and focus on multi-step word problems using all four operations - multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction. Please take a chance to check out two very useful websites - splashmath.com and mathgames.com. In Social Studies, we discussed the difference between both climate and weather. We related the content to our own lives by discussing the climate and weather in Maryland. Lastly, we discussed factors that impact the climate in different regions such as the equator and elevation. In Science we are finishing up our first days of school and heading into Unit 1 Module 1: Processes that Change the Earth. This will focus on landforms around the world and how they were created, and how they are always changing. ~The Fourth Grade Team~

Ms. Nicholls
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Heading into October
Wow, October is already here! It was wonderful meeting many of our parents at Back to School Night. For those of you who made it - thank you for coming out. For those of you who were unable to make it, or could not stay the whole time, please check out the Class Story on dojo for the PowerPoint Presentation. Many of the items that are included there can also be found in the Syllabi that we’ve shared as well. In Reading, the students have been reading the story, “Lewis and Clark and Me.” We worked on identifying the author’s purpose. We discussed that an author may have more than one purpose for writing. For example, in “Lewis and Clark and Me,” the author’s purpose is to inform and entertain. Additionally, we discussed the varying types of sentences and practiced identifying exclamatory and imperative sentences. In Math we took our Unit 1 Test Friday. We will be moving into Unit 2, and focus on multi-step word problems using all four operations - multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction. Please take a chance to check out two very useful websites - splashmath.com and mathgames.com. In Social Studies, we discussed the difference between both climate and weather. We related the content to our own lives by discussing the climate and weather in Maryland. Lastly, we discussed factors that impact the climate in different regions such as the equator and elevation. In Science we are finishing up our first days of school and heading into Unit 1 Module 1: Processes that Change the Earth. This will focus on landforms around the world and how they were created, and how they are always changing.

The Fourth Grade Team
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The Happenings in Libebe's Fifth
Happy Friday! I want to thank you all for showing up for our very first Back to School night! It was such a success and I was so very happy to meet so many parents! As promised. a copy of the presentation will go out to parents. As I spoke with a few of you the question I received the most was how parents can help reinforce what we are learning in math. I highly recommend using Khan Academy! It is completely free and as the parent you can assign your child assignments that relate to what we are talking about in class (We will be learning all about decimals until November). Just a reminder all homework for my class is due on Monday and students can expected to be assessed in Math every Friday. Next week we will be continuing our conversation on how to multiply decimals. In science next week we will be talking about the water cycle! I wanted to also mention again that clubs start on Oct 1! The Little Einstein Tigers will have their very first meeting Monday from 3-4, today is the last day to sign up, as I have only have 4 more spots open. If you are interested in your child attending please email me at mlibebe@cmitsouthes.org, can't wait to see you all there!

-Ms. Libebe
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1st Grade Updates!
It wonderful meeting families at Back to School Night! 1st Grade has been up to a lot this week - ELA: We have expanded on retelling stories, as well as beginning our DRA testing for letter/word recognition. This testing will help the first grade team split students into small groups so students receive more specific spelling and reading instruction. Math: Students are continuing to learn about story problems. We have mainly focused on part-part-whole problems, and we will also teach key terms in a story problem (i.e. fewer than, more than, gave, etc.). Social Studies: Students have started learning about rights and responsibilities in a community! We will expand on rights and responsibilities next week when we introduce government and the election process! Science: Students have continued learning about day and night, and we have introduced the four seasons! We have focused on how the earth's orbit and axis contribute to both of these topics. Announcement: We will begin Unit 1 testing next Thursday and spend Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday reviewing material for ELA and Math. Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Brown, Ms. Fleet, Ms. Madison, and Ms. McDonagh
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Kindergarten: Laying a strong a foundation
Thanks for making our first Back to School Night a huge success. It was great to meet you and learn more about your child. We are very excited about this coming school year and partnering with each family. RELA Students are working hard on centers and rotations. Students are learning expectations of each center and learning when and where to go. This week we continued reviewing the letters of the alphabet and our new skill we are learning is how to count syllables Ask your child to count the syllables in their name for you. We are using our sight words “I” and “can” in sentences. It might seem like we are moving slowly, we are laying a strong foundation for ALL students. Science This week in science we learned about the Sun! We talked about how we feel when we are in the sun, how the sun warms different objects, and the earth’s surface. We focused on students using vocabulary such as warmer, cooler, hot, and more than / less than. Our students sure do love to do science experiments and are doing well at participating in classroom discussions! Social Studies This week we discussed why there are rules and laws. We learned that rules help keep us safe. Then we identified some rules and laws that we follow in school, at home, and in the community. At Blake Jones’ house, one rule is “No drawing on walls.” At Harlow Stout’s house, she must remember to use walking feet. Math This week we dove deeper into comparing numbers! We worked on extending our vocabulary to include words like greater than, less than, and the same as. We use those words to compare two different quantities and have begun to represent those with their symbols in number sentences. This is a vital skill that we will work on throughout the year. We like to think about number gators and how they want to open their mouth and eat that bigger number! Technology Class Students received log-in information for Technology class. Please review with your child how to log on to help speed up the process during Technology class. This will help students have more time working on the computers and less time waiting for Ms. Ak. Thanks again for all the support . Kindergarten Team Ms. Cunningham, Ms. Curtis, Mrs. Derfler, & Ms. Lucas

Amy Derfler
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Second Grade News!!!!!!!
Hello Tigers! As we prepare to begin the month of October, please check your student’s folder daily and check classdojo for class updates. We understand that the weather is changing and would like for students to come to school with the CMIT logo sweater of jacket to keep them comfortable. The uniform for P.E class is the CMIT logo gray shirt with black or navy bottoms. This can be basketball shorts or yoga pants. Please email Mr. Loomer if you have any questions. Students will have their first test in Social Studies and Vocabulary words on October 5th. Please look out for the study guide that will be sent home. Also, parents, we are not allowed to administer medication to students. Please send a doctor’s note to the front office regarding medication and student’s medical needs. Finally scores for the MAP-R test are in and I am able to share your child’s individual score is. Please message me on classdojo for an update.

Ms. Michelle Phillips
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4th and 5th Grade Band Start next week
Parents, Here is the link to sing up for 4th/5th grade band: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0F44AFAA23A0F94-4thand As previously stated, band will take place after school on Tuesdays from 3-4pm. Please see last week's newsletter for information on renting instruments and the right method book that each student will need. In this club, we will be working from the ground up, starting with making an actual sound on each instrument. If your child has previous experience, please let me know as these students will be my helpers and section leaders. For further questions or information, please feel free to email me or direct message me through Class Dojo. Thanks and I look forward to making beautiful music with our Tigers!

Jared Bailey Music Teacher CMIT South Elementary
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P.E. - Week 5 and clubs
Greetings Parents / Guardians, Week 4 in Physical Education class was a fun one with grades K-2 learning about the rest of the locomotor movements (leaping, walking, skipping, galloping). Grades 3-5 learned about running, jogging and how to pace yourself. Next week, all grades will be learning about "movement concepts" with K-2 focusing on pathways, shapes and levels. The older grades of 3-5 will learn about speed, direction and force. My Sports Mix club will be starting this upcoming Monday, October 1, 2018 from 3-4pm. It is only for grades 3-5 due to the fact that younger grades lack the ability to comprehend all the complexities of organized team sports. If your child has signed up for the club ( or wants to ) please bring $10 CASH ( numerous checks are too much hastle to deal with ) and look for a "membership agreement" form that I will send home to be signed by BOTH students AND parents. It deals with behavior while in the club and making sure students are picked up on time every Monday. The link to sign up is https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f48a9ae2fa3f58-grades Please make sure to sign your child up for the first Monday offered so I know how many students we have signed up. So far, the numbers are low and we need at least 10-15 students to fulfill an entire sports team each week. Attached to this newsletter is the CARTS slideshow presentation ( in PDF form ) for all parents who wish to know more about the 5 Creative Arts classes.

Garrett Loomer P.E. Teacher - K-5 CMIT South Elementary
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Announcements & Reminders
Career Club and Book Club Spots!
There are still spots open for Career Club and Book Club! Book Club is open to students in Grades 3-5 and there are 13 spots still available. It is held on Tuesdays from 3-4 in Rooms 162 and 164! Career Club is open to students in Grades K-5 and there are still 11 spots available. It is held on Mondays from 3-4 in Rooms 161 and 162! If you are interested sign up using one of the links below. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f48a5a62ca0fa7-career https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f48a5a62ca0fa7-book Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Madison, Ms. McDonagh, and Ms. Fleet
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Washington Redskins: PGCPS Spirit on Gameday!
Show Your PGCPS Spirit on Gameday! Join students, staff and families on October 14 for Prince George's County Public Schools Day at FedEx Field! Watch the Washington Redskins take on the Carolina Panthers and pose for a #PGCPSProud post-game photo. Buy reduced-price tickets with code PGCPS18. Ticket/Parking Purchase Link: https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/redskins/EN/link/promotion/home/ffcd88dd1df79b26daafe418108632ce622c59d5 Purchase Code: PGCPS18 Stadium Information: www.redskins.com/stadium NFL Bag Policy: www.redskins.com/stadium/clear-bag-policy Redskins Virtual Venue: https://redskins.io-media.com/web/index.html
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Patrice Harrell-Carter
Principal
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Art club sign up and 4th grade Art
Hello parents! For those of you who have children interested in signing up for Art club, I have posted the link below. Just a reminder, there are only 15 spaces available so I encourage you to sign your child up as quickly as possible. Again, Art club is open to students in grades 3-5 with a $10 supply fee. Please visit the link below to sign up for Art club! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0F48AEA722A0FA7-artclub The scoop on 4th grade art. . . Students have been designing their very own fonts! First, they learned about fonts and then completed an activity that helped them begin thinking about who they are as individuals. They were asked to choose one word or idea to describes themselves. Once they settled on a word, they began to design a font that depicted that word. This week, students started to work on their final projects where they will illustrate their names using their very own font designs!

Brittney Frei
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Technology Class
Greetings Parents/ Guardians, Last week students were given the username and password to log in to www.learning.com Please help your child practice to log in and turn in "Working Online Reflection" assignment until this Friday 9/28. Students can also go to www.abcya.com to play an educational game. Thank you, Mrs. AK Technology Teacher

Mrs. Ak
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PTO News
Week in Review
Parents/Guardians, Back To School Night:- We thank you so much for attending Back to School Night. You are guys are awesome. If you did not get to sign up for PTO, please do so. It is very important to have your voice on the issues that are most important to you. The cost is $20. Thanks to our fabulous PTO Team who came out on Wednesday night to meet and recruit new members. Please support all teachers as they work towards planning and teaching the academic and social skills necessary for our scholars to become successful. Remind scholars each and every day to be obedient, respectful and responsible. Negative behavior results in low academic performance. Encourage excellent listening skills and respect for the teaching learning environment. We will have positive behavior and excellent performance in all that students do-both at home and especially at school, if we teach, model and practice the rules. MidAtlantic Fund Raiser:- A fundraiser packet was sent home yesterday- September 27. Can't wait to see who the winners are for selling the most products. In addition, we have prizes and surprises for all scholars who participate. Please support your school this year. Book Campaign :- Thanks to to all our parents who have donated books to our school. One book donated by 400 parents mean 400 books. Have a safe weekend, and please promote reading each and very day at home.

L. Watkis (Assistant Principal)
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PTO Newsletter
We've got a lot of things going on! Find out more by reading our Newsletter. https://conta.cc/2QbLWSz Also, If we don't have your email address, you're missing out on our weekly PTO newsletter. Sign Up here to get our newsletter direct to your email! https://goo.gl/CAx1eX

"The" CMIT PTO Board
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PTO Membership Drive
"The" CMIT PTO Board is hard at work getting things in order for our inaugural year! We're meeting together, collaborating, and emailing each other every spare minute we get! We're so excited for things to come! Here are a few things on our list! * Gearing up for our First Membership Drive at our "BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT" on September 26, 2018. You can sign up here NOW! https://goo.gl/bK37Qj (Paypal, & Cash App will be accepted! Use pto@cmitsouthes.org) * Designing T-shirts to show off our CMIT School Pride! * Creating committees so that "All" parents can participate! * Our very Own "THE CMIT PTO" Website, Social Media Presence, and Newsletter! * We can't tell you everything....stay tuned! Parents, do you have any ideas, or questions? Please send them to us at pto@cmitsouthes.org - TIGERS ROAR!

"The" CMIT PTO Board
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The Counselor's Den
Social Behavior
Hello Parents as we end yet another week. It has been my pleasure to learn and interact with your students. However, in doing so I have also learned of an area which can create an unhealthy mental environment for all students. This week I would like to address social behavior, the negative and positive affect it plays on the development of students. 1. Definition and Meaning of Social Behaviour: Social behaviour is the activity of an individual which qualifies, modifies or otherwise alters the act of another individual. A social behaviour is stimulated by the society which again stimulates other members of the group or society (http://www.psychologydiscussion.net/social-psychology 2/social-behaviour/social-behaviour-meaning-bases-and-kinds/1310). 2. Any act which has been influenced by the society and also influences the society is called social act. Any behaviour of a person which has not been influenced or modified by the society and which itself does not qualify, modify or stimulate the members of a society is not a social behaviour (https://ies.ed.gov/topics/influences.asp). Parents it is imperative to keep in mind: Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a key ingredient of high-quality education care, is important for both educators and children, and has been associated with children’s concurrent and later academic and social success. skills, emotions, and behavior provide a context for teaching and learning in schools. Social influences include student relationships with teachers and peers, school climate, and parental engagement. Emotional influences include motivation, persistence, and self- regulation. Behavioral influences include what students do and how teachers direct and respond to that behavior (https://ies.ed.gov/topics/influences.asp). Research has shown that social and behavioral problems begin early in life and are enduring. Patterns of aggression often emerge before the age of six as children learn to resolve interpersonal conflict with antagonism, primarily by modeling their parents' behaviors (Eron, Huesmann, & Zelli, 1991; Patterson, Capaldi, & Bank, 1991). When children with antisocial behavior enter school, they may face two forms of "massive social failure": lack of social skills and coercive behaviors leading to peer rejection, and noncompliance leading to failure in school (Patterson et al., 1991). Thus, it is critical that U.S. school be poised to intervene when children enter school to prevent social and academic failure and promote successful interpersonal skills (https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/431887? newaccount=true&read-now=1&seq=2#metadata_info_tab_contents). Team, based on the above information to ensure all students develop his/her social behaviors in a positive environment, can only occur when educators and parents collaborate. Striving to display the social behaviors for our young scholars to emulate can at times become overwhelming, but at all times rewarding. Rewarding when he/she walks across the stage for a promotion/graduation, rewarding when he/she receives any form of academic/athletic achievement. However, overwhelming when he/she is removed from the classroom, gets suspended from school or just receiving negative phone calls. Parents if you are wondering how you can assist with this process, I have attached the following link for your survey, this allows you to share the areas you would like to see addressed by Thee CMIT Counselor. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1x22rTHtWyzeDYq311GTdU9fWb6OlveAnGU_wriBnDfw/edit?usp=sharing Thank you in advance for your support-teamwork-

DM Davis, Professional School Counselor, CMIT South ES, ddavis@cmitsouthes.org
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