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Chesapeake Math & IT Academy South Elementary

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10/04/2018

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

Important News

Afternoon Dismissal

Home School Connection

Register for BlackBoard Connect


Grade Level Greatness

Fourth Grade

Week of 10/1

Happenings in Libebe's Fifth

Singing and Dancing with Kindergarten

P.E. - Week 6 and Sports Mix Club info.

Lego - Robotics Lab

4th and 5th Grade Band Update


Announcements & Reminders

Morning Arrival

Sparks Community Service Club: Sparking a Change

Arts and Crafts Club Check In

Calling ALL CMIT SOUTH ES FAMILIES to support....(reposting)


PTO News

PTO Meeting 10-10-18 at 6PM!


The Counselor's Den

Bullying


Earning Our Stripes: Highlighting Achievements

THE CMIT SOUTH ES Highlights Those Who Go Above & Beyond


FAQs
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Important News
Afternoon Dismissal
Although dismissal has been running smoothly these days, our iPads have finally come and we want to attempt to use them in conjunction with the PikMyKid application. Please continue to announce your child or have your car tag number readily available. As well, we would like to make a minor adjustment in where the car tag is placed. Please place your car tag in the passenger side window. This way, we can see the number/tag without having to approach your dashboard. We will be piloting this process to see if it is more efficient. If not, we will return to the traditional way until adjustments are made. Thank you in advance for your support and continued cooperation.

Patrice Harrell-Carter
Principal
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Home School Connection
Parents/Guardians, Thanks for partnering with our school. You made the right decision when you chose CMIT South for your child's education. I would like to thank you for coming in to pick up your scholars on time from school. You guys are awesome. We will inform you when we are back to using the Pikmykid app. So read all newsletters. As you go through the line, remember to drive carefully, and follow the directions of the supervisors. Homework Please follow up on homework. Provide a quiet space and ensure that this is done completely. Encourage students to take pride in all assignments by submitting neat and clean work on time. Reading Please read each and every evening scholars. Parents have them read aloud at times, and listen for how you can help support mastery of reading and reading comprehension. Here are some question stems to formulate questions for deeper understanding. 1. Why do you think........? 2. Explain how..........? 3. If you were .......then .........? 4. Show me evidence from the text to ........ 5.How would you determine which facts________? Behavior Please encourage scholars to follow all classroom rules. Keep the lines of communication open with teachers and work towards ensuring that the teaching learning environment is conducive to learning.

L. Watkis (Assistant Principal)
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Register for BlackBoard Connect
In order to get the most updated information from PGCPS, please access the following website and register: https://www.pgcps.org/bbapp/

Patrice Harrell-Carter Principal
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Grade Level Greatness
Fourth Grade
For Math, the students worked on identifying operations. Next week, the students will continue to work on this skill as well as will revisit place value. For Reading this week, the students worked on the skills of identifying the author’s purpose and in identifying literary elements in a given text: characters, setting, and plot. The students practiced using RACES (restate, answer, cite evidence, expand, sum it up) format to guide them in answering open-ended questions. For Social Studies, we read the story, “Lewis and Clark and Me,” from our literacy curriculum. We spoke about Lewis and Clark’s expedition and the role that Sacagawea played in the voyage. Additionally, we spoke about how natural resources affect us and how we can protect the resources in our environment. For Science, the students completed they first science projects. We talked about Jane Goodall and Sir Isaac Newton. The students presented their science projects to the class. For Health, the students talked about community members and how to serve as a good community member to society. ~The Fourth Grade Team~

Ms. Nicholls
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Week of 10/1
Greetings Parents! This was a great week in the 5th grade classroom. Students worked on the strategy of making an inference. This is important to have as a reader. We use this skill to dive deeper into text and to evaluate the text clues given. Students were able to take step one in creating their online accounts for Literacy. Most students are logged into Readworks. This will be a part of the online network of student work and assignments. More details will follow. Lastly, Clubs started this week and we had a blast. Students worked well in the Chess club. Always remember the Current Events and Reading Log are due weekly. Have a great weekend!

Victor Hawkins
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Happenings in Libebe's Fifth
Happy Friday! A few things went home with students this week, one of those being the new Math Packets! Please ask your child where it is and keep it in a safe place at home. There is a letter from me on the front that details exactly what this packet can be used for. This week students have been building their skills in multiplying decimals and I hope to move on to dividing decimals next week. I have been having conferences with the students to discuss their grades in math and how they feel they are doing. Please encourage your children to ask questions in class! I will not know how to help them if they do not ask. In Science we've had a lively discussion about the Earth Systems and next week we will dive...into the water cycle and how we benefit from it every day! As the days get colder please take a minute to double check that the sweaters and jackets that your children are bring home have their names on it. Some students have had a few go missing and it is easy to make a mistake and take someone else's home instead. Thank you for all that you do and the support that you give!

-Ms. Libebe
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Singing and Dancing with Kindergarten
Kindergarten is a great place to be. Students sing, dance, learn, play and of course eat lunch and snack. One of our favorite songs in Kindergarten is A-Tooty-Ta. Ask your child to sing and show you how the song works. We have a lot of fun learning these songs. It helps break our day up. RELA Students are enjoying the various activities during our RELA block. Students are writing letters, writing sentences, playing letter games, playing games with sight words and having guided reading time with their teacher. Students love to sing songs and dance during the morning routine. Some classes are using their journals to write and label. Students are using their sounds to write words. Math Students are continuing to enjoy being number gators! They want to eat those bigger numbers and turn their backs on the smaller numbers. We are starting to “read” those number sentences using our new terms: greater than, less than, and equal to. We also use those symbols to fill in number sentence and even create our own! Kindergarteners will continue to practice and maintain their comparing skills throughout the school year. Social Studies This week we identified leaders at our school, in our homes, and in the community. We decided that the teachers and the principals are the leaders at our school. In the community there are leaders such police officers and firefighters that help keep us safe. Science This week we continued to explore the sun. We discussed shadows, looked at our own shadows, and how shadows are made by the sun. Students worked on vocabulary related to the sun, including; shadows, sun, hot, cold, temperature, and shadow. Kindergarten friends also identified different objects that help protect our bodies from the sun. Parents: We are looking into field trips for the school year. We need volunteers/chaperones in order to set these up. If you are interested in becoming a chaperones, please submit your background check paperwork and fingerprints. If you have questions, please contact the school office. Kindergarten Team Ms. Cunningham, Ms. Curtis, Mrs. Defler & Ms. Lucas

Amy Derfler
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P.E. - Week 6 and Sports Mix Club info.
Greetings Parents and Guardians, Week 5 in the P.E. classroom went great and I was able to observe that all grades had a great time with the activities we played in gym. The younger grades, K-2, played movement concepts "Simon Says" while the older grades, 3-5, played ball tag in order to enforce the skills of direction, speed and force. This upcoming week grades K-2 will switch and learn about direction, speed and force while grades 3-5 move on to learn about strategy and tactics and should be able to show how to apply new tactics to game settings. My Sports Mix Club started this week and we had about 9 kids show up. I'm hoping to get 20-30 signed up and soon ! I would like to have enough students in the program to fill a full team with all positions. The cost is a one-time fee of $10 that will last the duration of the club for equipment. Both students AND parents must sign a club agreement form stating the students will adhere to the P.E. rules and consequences and parents will sign saying you will pick your kid up every Monday at 4pm when the club is over. The club runs from 3-4pm every Monday until Dec 17. Students will simply stay in the cafeteria until I come get them on Mondays. If your child wishes to sign up for my club, please have them come see me and get a club agreement and syllabus on what different sports we will cover each week. Each week will be a new sport. Your child CAN NOT participate in the club until they bring BOTH the agreement and $10 CASH ( please no checks, they are tougher to deal with ).

Garrett Loomer P.E. Teacher - K-5 CMIT South Elementary
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Lego - Robotics Lab
Dear Parents, This week K-2 graders helped our two friends Sam and Sara whose spinning tops didn’t spin for long and soon their fingers started to hurt from all the spinning. Sam and Sara needed a device that could make the spinning tops spin faster and better! K-2 graders built the launcher and spinning top using the instruction paper. They were excited to help. Class 41 remembered and practiced the Classroom Rules and Procedures again. The other 3-5 graders built a machine with different types of gears such as driven gear, driver gear, idler gear. They labeled the gears, tried out the model and made an observation. The link to sign up is https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E4CAFAC2CABFA7-lego for Lego Club for first and second graders on Mondays at 3:30-4:30 pm. The link to sign up is https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E4CAFAC2CABFA7-math for Math Club for 4th or 5th graders on Tuesdays at 3:30-4:30 pm. The link to sign up is https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E4CAFAC2CABFA7-first for First Lego League ( FLL ) club for 4th and 5th graders during Saturday School at 9 am - 1 pm. Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely, Esra Keskin Lego & Robotics Teacher
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4th and 5th Grade Band Update
Good afternoon, This past Tuesday was the first day of band class. Though my roster had seven students, only two showed up while others went to another club. Students are encouraged to choose which ever club they would like to do. However, it is counterproductive for a student to switch back and forth between two clubs that are on the same day. With that being said, please make sure your child attends band club if that is the one club that they would like to be in on Tuesdays. I will be sending out a syllabus and agreement form with students next Tuesday. This form must be signed in order for students to continue with band club. Lastly, please see the list of instruments accepted for band below: Brass: Trumpet, trombone Woodwind: alto saxophone, flute, clarinet Percussion: Snare Drum If your child plays another instrument that you think would fit, please contact me to see if we can make accommodations. For any other questions, please feel free to reach me at jbailey@cmitsouthes.org

Jared Bailey Music Teacher CMIT South Elementary
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Announcements & Reminders
Morning Arrival
Greetings All, As the weather begins to change, please be reminded that students will not be permitted in the school building before 7:35 a.m. unless that are enrolled in before care.

Patrice Harrell-Carter
Principal
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Sparks Community Service Club: Sparking a Change
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 7 K-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 7 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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Arts and Crafts Club Check In
Hi there Kindergarten families! Just wanted to show you all the craft we made this week! As you can see, our members are already falling for Arts and Crafts Club! Please send in your dues for the club so we can have a great budget to create awesome crafts! Send in the money with your child and let their teacher know, so they can deliver it to Ms. Lucas. We all cannot wait to get to work with our new friends next Tuesday! Ms. Lucas and Ms. Curtis

Diana Lucas
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Calling ALL CMIT SOUTH ES FAMILIES to support....(reposting)
Greetings All, I would like THE CMIT South Elementary to be well represented at the CultureFest which is planned for Saturday, November 3, 2018. See our very own Mr. Mark Sutherland's positive plea below and we need your support. If you have a talent, know a vendor who is willing to purchase a table to sell their goods, or would simply like to volunteer please do. Please see all the attachments to get a full picture of how this will all come together. We appreciate your company's investment & excitement about our six public schools growing to serve 3,300 STEAM students & 5K parents across MD. We do need our business leaders and I’m not just saying this for some pitch. Here at CLF, the spirit of volunteerism and philanthropy is being nurtured because of how it connects to all other areas of business and community. Directly, the biggest mistake we can make is for a false perception that our home office or public schools are elitists. I’m writing to you to let you know that we need volunteers & we need philanthropic support routinely. You’ve noticed our schools, our high standards, and how, even though our students come from random lottery assignments, they rise to meet and exceed expectations. This is not by some miracle or secret recipe. It’s by creating a culture within our school community designed to succeed. There is no guarantee. Have you noticed our innovative approaches are beyond classroom academics? Did you know the construction, operations, renewals, & replications of our public STEM/STEAM schools are accomplished here at CLF? To date, we’ve serviced over $70 million in debt as a non-profit to provide this community’s STEAM academies. Now, for MORE students to continue to maximize their individual potential, for CLF to be able to maintain quality, we know as a business leader in the same community’s we serve that you would understand and empathize with this reality: staying on top is harder than the climb. That’s why we’re doing things a little different for this year’s 6th Annual CLF CultureFEST. Please let me know if you are able to participate (as little as $150) to secure a vendor booth. Perhaps even just a THEME BASKET to donate for our silent auction (hobbies like golf, or a dinner & movie date night, perhaps a new baby gift basket, or your cool company brand/promos, tech gear, collectibles, rare items that help us draw a crowd, etc.)! Perhaps this is the year we put your company name next to ours for co-sponsor naming rights ($10K) to our harvest-style CLF CultureFEST? Please, help us reach our philanthropic goals for STEAM education programs. Our shared business benefits are already compounding. Come further with us; expand your company’s footprint with our education community! Let’s celebrate our cultures & show folks on Nov. 3 from 10am-4pm that you support MD's #1 public STEAM schools by supporting our annual festival! Remember we at CLF, like all our STEAM schools, are all 501c3 not-for-profits. Know when you give, its totally a tax-write off, too. Please, we really do need our community’s support to sustain success. $1, 1 hour to volunteer, 1 fwd to the right company. Our festival is the platform, but I’m really just asking you to have fun with us in the spirit of thankfulness for the same community’s we live, work, and serve. Find all details attached & cc.’d here for quickest Q&A are my event team. Mr. Johnson handles vendors, graphics, and philanthropy and Mr. Bicer here is on live performances/music and coordinating with school staff/event volunteers. I’m happy to answer any Qs related to these areas or event info in general towards making sure our two companies work closer together in the future. If nothing else, come to our family-friendly festival. There’s nothing corny about a harvest-fest that puts the unity in community, is there? Warmest regards, Mark J. Sutherland Community Partnerships Director Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation 6151 Chevy Chase Dr. Laurel, MD 20707 T. (301) 776.2300 x.104 E. msutherland@clfmd.org www.clfmd.org

Patrice Harrell-Carter Principal
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PTO News
PTO Meeting 10-10-18 at 6PM!
View our PTO newsletter here! https://conta.cc/2NmIgeN

"The" CMIT PTO Board
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The Counselor's Den
Bullying
CMIT Family, this week started the begin of anti-bullying month. During this week I began teaching the meaning of "bullying." So often students believe if another student is mean to him/her or do not want to play with him/her that he/she is being bullied. Although no one likes to be hit, our kindergarteners are in the mindset if someone bumps into him/her, accidentally hits him/her then he/she is being bullied. Parents I ask for your support in ensuring all students understand the definition of bullying which states: What is bullying? “A student is being bullied or victimized when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative acts on the part of one or more other students. It is a negative action when someone intentionally inflicts, or attempts to inflict, injury or discomfort upon another,” says Dan Olweus, a prominent researcher on bullying behaviors. Bullying may involve physical aggression such as fighting, shoving, or kicking; verbal aggression such as name calling; or more subtle acts such as socially isolating another child. With the increase in numbers of personal computers at home, youth have also learned to use email and websites to bully or harass others (https://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/understanding-bullying-and-its-impact-on-kids-with-learning-disabilities-or-ad-hd/). Having a bully free environment is very important to me, as I often reflect on the level of bullying I encountered as a child due to being from a different country. As a child I did not realize how the impact from the mistreatment/name calling of others would play defying who I became adult. In the yesteryears I do not believe my parents understood the impact being bullied or the negative outcome it would play in my development. This caused thing to be overlooked and never addressed. Often times, I wonder how different I would have been if someone spoke up for me or if someone taught the children who were bullying me, that there was nothing wrong with being from another country, it was nothing wrong with someone speaking with an accent or simply, just teaching there is nothing wrong in being different. Parents I encourage you to communicate with your students, not only asking if he/she has been bullied, but also ask if he/she have ever been a bully to someone else. Keep in mind not all students are the victim of being bullied. In order to have someone that is being bullied, there is someone who is being the bully. There are times when your students will share he/she is being bullied in order to take the focus from his/her behavior. Studies have shown, students who bully others, often times have been a victim of being previously bullied. As parents it’s important to recognize the signs that a child is a bully, as well as the signs of one who is being victimized. This is especially true if your child has a learning disability (LD) or Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), conditions which make kids more vulnerable to bullying. Being alert and observant is critical, since victims are often reluctant to report bullying. Many victims don’t report it to their parents or teachers because they’re embarrassed or humiliated by the bullying. They may assume that adults will accuse them of tattling or will tell them to deal with it themselves. Some victims believe there is nothing adults can do to get the bully to stop. Naturally, bullies don’t discuss their misdeeds with their parents or teachers. If their bullying behavior is reported and their parents confront them, bullies usually deny their involvement (https://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/what-parents-can-do-about-childhood-bullying/). Below are a few recommended signs: The victim: signs and symptoms A child who is a victim of bullying may display one or more of the following behaviors at home*: Comes home from school with clothing that’s torn or in disarray, or with damaged books. Has bruises, cuts, and scratches, but can’t give a logical explanation for how he got them. Appears afraid or reluctant to go to school in the morning, complaining repeatedly of headaches or stomach pains. Chooses an “illogical” route for going to and from school. Has bad dreams or cries in his sleep. Loses interest in school work, and his grades suffer. If your child normally struggles in school because of a learning disability and is teased about having LD, school may become unbearable for him. Appears sad or depressed, or shows unexpected mood shifts, irritability, and sudden outbursts of temper. Requests money from you to meet the bully’s demands and might even resort to stealing money from you or other family members. Seems socially isolated, with few — if any — real friends; is rarely invited to parties or to the homes of other kids. His fear of rejection may lead him to shun others. The bully: signs and symptoms A youngster who is bullying other kids may display one or more of the following behaviors at home*: Has a strong need to dominate and subdue others; asserts himself with power and threats to get his own way. Intimidates his siblings or kids in the neighborhood. Brags about his actual or imagined superiority over other kids. Is hot-tempered, easily angered, impulsive, and has low frustration tolerance. Has difficulty conforming to rules and tolerating adversities and delays. If he has the impulsive/hyperactive type of ADHD, that could explain some of these behaviors; if so, it’s important to work with his doctor and teachers to address and manage such behaviors. Cheating Oppositional, defiant, and aggressive behavior toward adults, including teachers and parents. Antisocial or criminal behavior (such as stealing or vandalism), often at a relatively early age. He may hang out with the “wrong crowd.” * Adapted from Bullying at School What can parents of the victim do? If you know or suspect your child is being bullied, but his school hasn’t communicated with you about the situation, you should contact your child’s teacher(s) right away. Keep in mind that your primary goal should be to get the school’s cooperation to get the bullying to stop. Knowing your own child is being victimized can evoke strong feelings, but you’ll get much more cooperation from school personnel if you can stick to the facts without becoming overly emotional. While you may want assurance that everyone involved is punished severely, try to focus on putting an end to the bullying! If your child is a victim of bullying, try helping him with the following strategies: Your attitude and actions Listen carefully to your child’s reports of being bullied. Be sympathetic and take the problem seriously. Be careful not to overreact or under-react. Do not blame the victim. When a child finally works up the courage to report bullying, it isn’t appropriate to criticize him for causing it or not handling the situation correctly. For example, don’t ask, “Well, what did you do to bring it on?” Realize that for a child who is being bullied, home is his refuge. Expect him to have some difficult times in dealing with victimization. Get professional help if you think your child needs it. Encourage your child to keep talking to you. Spend extra time with him. Provide constant support and encouragement, and tell him that you love him often! Teaching your child safety strategies Remember that hitting back is not a choice at school and shouldn’t be encouraged. In a school with a “zero tolerance policy” for physical aggression, encouraging your child to hit back may just get him expelled. Encourage your child to walk away and tell an adult if he feels someone is about to hurt him. Talk about safe ways to act in situations that might be dangerous. For example, identify a “safe house” or store or where he can find sanctuary if pursued by bullies. Encourage him to walk with an adult or older child. Give him a telephone number of an available adult to call if he’s afraid and needs help dealing with a bullying situation. Teach your child how to report bullying incidents to adults in an effective way. Adults are less likely to discount a child’s report as “tattling” if the report includes: What is being done to him that makes him fearful or uncomfortable Who is doing it What he has done to try to resolve the problem or to get the bully to quit A clear explanation of what he needs from the adult (or what he wants the adult to do) to get the bully to quit. Brainstorm and practice strategies with your child to avoid further victimization. Nurturing your child’s self-esteem Educate your child about bullying and bullies. Help him put the problem in perspective and not take it personally. Teach your child how to walk in a confident manner. If needed, help him pay particular attention to personal grooming and social skills. Identify and encourage your child’s talents and positive attributes; doing so may help him better assert himself among his peers. Encourage your child to make new friends. A new environment can provide a “new chance” for a victimized student, as he won’t be subjected to the negative stereotype other classmates have of him. Encourage him to make contact with calm and friendly students in his school. Such action may require some assistance on your part, or perhaps a school mental health professional, to develop the child’s skills at initiating contact and maintaining a friendship relationship. This is especially true if your child’s learning problems make his social interactions difficult. Be sure to provide ongoing support and encouragement, because your child, due to earlier failures, will tend to give up in the face of even slight adversities. Encourage your child to participate in physical training or sports, even if he’s reluctant. Physical exercise can result in better physical coordination and less body anxiety, which, in turn, is likely to increase self-confidence and improve peer relationships. When should the victim’s parents contact school authorities? If the bullying occurs at school, then the main responsibility for achieving this goal lies with the school officials. It’s important, however, that the parents of the victim collaborate with the school to implement an agreed-upon plan for solving the problem. If your child has been the victim of bullying at school, here are some suggestions for reporting the problem to school authorities: After talking to your child, but before contacting school personnel, write down the details of the bullying situations reported to you by your child. Note the dates and the names of the kids involved. Try to view the situation objectively and determine the how serious it is. Your child may resist your involvement if he fears retaliation by the bully. If so, explain to your child that most bullying situations require adult intervention to resolve the problem. Let him know exactly who you plan to talk to. Contact school personnel for assistance in ending the bullying. First share the problem with your child’s teacher(s), and work together to decide how to approach the problem. If the teacher isn’t able to get the bullying under control, go to the principal and make a formal request in writing that he get the bullying to stop. Do not contact the bully or the bully’s family directly. Keep an ongoing log of the dates of any further bullying incidents and the actions you take to help your child deal with the bullying. Inform the school of ongoing bullying incidents. What can the parents of the bully do? Parents of bullies should understand that children who aggressively bully peers are at increased risk for engaging in antisocial or criminal behavior in the future. It is therefore important to try to help bullies change their negative attitudes and behavior toward others. Parents/Guardians attitude and actions Take the problem seriously. Resist a tendency to deny the problem or to discount the seriousness of it. Avoid denial thinking such as “Boys will be boys,” or “Bullying is just a natural part of growing up.” Listen carefully and check out the facts. Do not believe everything your child tells you. Children who bully are good at manipulating adults and can be very artful at weaving a story that makes them look innocent. The school or the victim’s parents may be documenting reports of your child’s bullying behaviors. It doesn’t serve your child well to deny his involvement if there is evidence to the contrary. Check out the dates and the activities and determine if there is a pattern in his bullying behavior. Explore the reasons for your child’s negative behavior. Get professional help if necessary for your child and/or your family. Holding the bully accountable Resist the tendency to blame yourself. Hold your child responsible for his own choices. Make it clear to your child that you take bullying seriously, and that you will not tolerate such behavior in the future. Make it clear that you expect all bullying activities to stop immediately. The issue of bullying should be monitored for some time through questioning your child and regularly contacting the school to determine if his bullying behavior has stopped. Helping a bully change behavior Develop a clear and simple system of family rules. Offer frequent praise and reinforcement. Use non-hostile, negative consequences for violations of rule-following behavior. Consistently enforce the rules. Appropriate consequences for bullying might include the loss of privileges (e.g., television or computer game time). Follow through with appropriate consequences for your child’s misbehavior. Do not use physical punishment, as doing so will only reinforce your child’s mistaken belief that it’s acceptable to bully those who are weaker to get what one wants. If both you and the school are consistent in applying negative consequences for bullying, the chances he will change his behavior are considerably increased. Spend more time with your child and monitor his activities closely. Find out who his friends are, where they spend their leisure time, and what activities they usually engage in. Is your child in “bad company”? If so, limit his exposure to the negative peer group and provide opportunities to become involved with more pro-social peers. Build on your child’s talents and strengths, and help him develop less aggressive and more empathetic reaction patterns. Reward your child for positive, caring actions and for peaceful problem solving. Building a bully-free future Even though bullying has existed in schools for decades, that is no excuse to continue to allow children to be bullied. Researchers have gained new understanding of the dynamics of bullying and the roles of all those involved. The long-term negative outcomes of children who are bullied are too serious to ignore. For example, the CIA has reported that fully two-thirds of recent school shooting incidents in the United States were committed by youth who had experienced severe bullying by their classmates. Parents and teachers hold the power to work together to put an end to bullying and provide a safe learning environment for all children. In many cases, it will be the parent who must take charge of bringing the bullying incidents to the attention of school authorities. Parents should expect full cooperation from the school to resolve the problem. The result of reducing bullying in our schools is an improved school environment that is friendly and welcoming to all students. In schools where children feel protected from bullying, they are free to spend their days learning, building friendships, and dreaming about all the possibilities for their lives. The above article can be located at https://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/what-parents-can-do-about-childhood-bullying/ There are several calendar observances in the month of October: ADHD Awareness Month LGBT History Month Bullying Prevention Month National Book Month Crime Prevention Month National Depression and Mental Health Domestic Violence Awareness Month Screening Month (Breast Cancer Awareness) Dyslexia Awareness Month Positive Attitude Month Health Literacy Month 01 Child Health Day 11 National Depression Screening Day 01 International Day for Older Persons 15-19 National Health Education Week 01 World Habitat Day 16 World Food Day 1-7 Mental Illness Awareness Week 21-27 America's Safe School Week 05 World Smile Day 22 International Stuttering Awareness Day 05 World Teacher's Day 22-26 National School Bus Safety Week 7-13 Teen Read Week 24-31 Red Ribbon Week (Drug-Free America) 10 Walk and Bike to School Day 24 United Nations Day 11 National Coming Out Day 24 Unity Day/Stop Bullying Day Parents: In observance of breast cancer awareness month we would like the students to wear a pink top on 16 October 2018 In observance on creating a bully free environment we would like the students to wear orange on 24 October 2018. Thank you in advance for your continuous support in ensuring all students have a safe and great learning experience. Have a great weekend and an a fabulous upcoming week.

DM Davis, Professional School Counselor, CMIT South ES, ddavis@cmitsouthes.org
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Earning Our Stripes: Highlighting Achievements
THE CMIT SOUTH ES Highlights Those Who Go Above & Beyond
During our leadership team meetings, we will select a teacher, staff member, and parent each month that has earned their tiger stripes by going above and beyond the call of duty. We are coining the honor as Teachers-Staff Members-Volunteers that ROAR. Those who are selected are responsible, obey the school rules, assist the school in achieving their goals and are respectful and come ready to ROAR daily. The following people were nominated by the leadership team: Ms. Baynham ( 2nd Teacher) Carolyn Taylor (Parent Volunteer) Mr. Hawkins (5th grade Teacher) Ms. Lucas (Kindergarten Teacher) Ms. Patricia (School Caretaker, Custodian) Tyra Robinson (Student Support Specialist) The staff members voted and the winners for the month of September are: Ms. Jessica Baynham Ms. Tyra Robinson Ms. Carolyn Taylor When you see them, please give them the proper ROYALTY ROAR.

Patrice Harrell-Carter Principal
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