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Chesapeake Math & IT Academy South Elementary

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01/06/2019

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

Important News

Black History Month Essay & Poster Contest 2019!

Thank You

Attendance


Grade Level Greatness

4th Grade

Kindergarten Greatness!

Happy New Year!

1st Grade Updates!

Happening's in Libebe's Fifth

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Art

P.E. - Week 15 and NEW CLUB !!!!!

Second Grade Growth


Announcements & Reminders

Winter Testing Calendar

Please Complete the Intent to Return Survey

Technology Class


PTO News

Share Your Input on the 2019-2020 Draft School Calendar

FLICKR Images

View our PTO Newsletter

STEM FAIR


The Counselor's Den

New Year


FAQs
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Important News
Black History Month Essay & Poster Contest 2019!
STUDENT SUBMISSION DEADLINE is JANUARY 25, 2019! Submit POSTERS and HARD COPY of ESSAYS to: Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation c/o CLF PR Office 6151 Chevy Chase Dr. Laurel, MD 20707 Polished student essay files can be emailed to CLFPR@CLFMD.org We encourage all students K-12 to work with their TEACHERS, especially polishing drafts with your English teachers, asking History questions, Artistic insight, and all STEM departments to develop the most polished essays and/or posters celebrating this "student's choice" theme for Black History Month! Please complete entry by close of Business Day on Jan. 25th! Files can be sent to CLFPR@CLFMD.ORG. FINALISTS & WINNERS....TBA. ALL CLF K-12 STUDENTS that submit by the deadline are eligible for competition, including prizes and finalists and their parents will be invited to BHM Month Award Reception scheduled in FEB 2019.

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Thank You
Thank you to all the families who extending themselves by providing pastries and cookies to be placed in the teacher's lounge, gifts and tokens of appreciation, and mere words and expressions of holiday cheer. Please know that your gifts and words of encouragement did not go unnoticed. On behalf of the entire CMIT South Elementary School family, we thank you and wish you and yours a happy, prosperous new year.

Patrice Harrell-Carter
Principal
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Attendance
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Patrice Harrell-Carter
Principal
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Grade Level Greatness
4th Grade
In Math we will continue working with fractions, as well as decimals. Students will learn how to convert fractions to decimals and vice versa. Students will also begin learning how to put decimals in order of size. In Reading, we have unlocked the elements of poetry and we have practiced writing poems of our own. In Science, we are continuing to learn about rock layers and fossils. STEM Fair is available for viewing for parents and students all day on Monday, January 7, 2019. As we prepare to take our Literacy Task, in Social Studies, we have began a new chapter discussing the Principles of Our Government. Standards: D1.2.3-5, D1.5.3-5, D2.Civ.2.3-5, D2.Civ.12.3-5 In Health, we will be discussing mental and emotional health.

~The 4th Grade Team~
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Kindergarten Greatness!
Welcome back! We are ready and roaring to go. RELA We are working on Unit 4, all about neighborhoods. Students are working on sight words, learning through reading/writing activities. We are also working on letter D. Students are blending sounds together to make words for instance /s/ /a/ /t/. The are becoming very familiar with beginning, middle and end sounds. Math We are still working on those addition and subtraction skills, since it is a major foundation for future math lessons in the coming grades. We are incorporating manipulatives such as dice, dominos, and counter in order to physically represent adding together and taking away. This is a great skill to practice at home! You can add/subtract and count books, toys, food, etc., anything and everything around! Social Studies This week we discussed how we can talk about time. We used the words before, now, and after. We looked at pictures to determine what happened before the pictures and predicted what could happen after the picture. Science: This week we worked on gravity! We learned all about what gravity is and does! We tested our knowledge and understanding by making predictions and then testing various objects at the same time to see which object hit the ground first. Students had a blast and did great with making predictions! Please make sure students are coming to school with outdoor gear! Warm jackets, hats, scarves, gloves- whatever your child needs for recess. We will continue to have outdoor recess unless there is inclement weather or nearly freezing weather. The Kindergarten Team Ms. Cunningham, Ms. Derfler, Ms. Lucas, Ms. Curtis

Ms. Curtis
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Happy New Year!
This week in Music, all grades were introduced to "Stevie Wonder" our artist of the month. Our lesson on Stevie Wonder will lead into our celebration of Dr. King's birthday, which will then lead into our celebration of Black History Month. In the meantime, feel free to ask your child what they've learned about Stevie Wonder so far. It is my goal to have students aware of as many legendary musicians and artists as possible by the end of the year.

Jared Bailey Music Teacher CMIT South Elementary
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1st Grade Updates!
Welcome back! The 1st Grade team hopes you enjoyed your Winter Break. This week we have learned about communicating with sound in science, telling time in math, and history in social studies. We are also introducing a research project on pond animals for ELA! Here are our announcements: - Please make sure your student is coming to school with a winter coat. As it gets colder outside, students may be kept inside to ensure safety if their jackets are missing. - If possible, please replenish your student's pencil supply. Each student should bring at least two pencils from home. Thank you for your time!

Ms. Brown, Ms. Fleet, Ms. Madison, and Ms. McDonagh
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Happening's in Libebe's Fifth
Welcome Back and Happy New Year! I was so excited to have the students back for this second half of the year! This week we reviewed school expectations and norms and I ask that as we continue to transition that you will also remind your scholars at home what the expectations are. In Math students reviewed concepts for Fractions and Decimals and today took an open notes test. Next week students will have a similar test of their knowledge without notes, please encourage them to study a little bit every day. In attempts to help them prepare I will be opening up my classroom 30min before school starts on Wednesday to tutor and to answer any questions students may have. Students may come to class as early as 7:30 that day. In Science we are continuing to talk about Matter and Particles, the plan is to finish that Unit by the end of next week. Thank you all for your support and allowing me the privilege of teaching your children! Have a wonderful weekend.

-Ms. Libebe
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Kindergarten and 1st Grade Art
What's been going on with Kindergarten and 1st grade in the Art room this week. . . ? Kente Cloth! Students are starting a new unit where they learn about the beautiful designs and making processes of Kente cloth. We looked a many different styles of Kente cloth and talked about their unique patterns. During this, students watched a video of the African people of Ghana actually making the cloth. Inspired by the process and designs of Kente cloth, students started making paper weavings by essentially cutting paper to create their own looms. Later on, kindergarten and 1st grade will use strips of paper to create a weaving and then add drawn details to contribute to their pattern designs.

Brittney Frei
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P.E. - Week 15 and NEW CLUB !!!!!
Greetings parents and guardians, The students have been adjusting well to being back in the newly painted gymnasium. Below is the information for a new club I'm starting for grades K-2. ANNOUNCEMENT !!!!!! I am starting a NEW CLUB on January 15 called "Group Fun." It will be every Tuesday, 3 - 4 pm and is a club exclusively for grades K-2 where we explore games that the regular PG county curriculum doesn't allow us time to cover. The skills that will be worked on include; communicating, team building, coordination, and leadership skills ( to name a few ). There is NO registration fee, just a contract signed by the students AND parents. Students will need to bring sneakers and athletic clothes during the club days ( Tuesdays 3-4 pm ). Their P.E. uniform is sufficient to wear for these needs. Mr. Loomer will pass out some contracts ( some will be in the office too ) to students to get signed and sign themselves, but only students who HAVE the contract signed during the first day of club will be admitted. There are only 30 spots available due to teacher-to-student ratio laws. If you have any questions about the club, please email Mr. Loomer at: gloomer@cmitsouthes.org

Garrett Loomer P.E. Teacher - Department Chair CMIT South Elementary gloomer@cmitsouthes.org
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Second Grade Growth
Hello Tigers, Welcome back to school! We are so eager to be back in the classroom and learning new and exciting things. Second grade will be going on their first field trip on January 16th. Please ensure that your child has their lunch and arrives at the school at 7:30am to board the bus promptly. We will be leaving on time. Black History month projects will be assigned this week and will due on February 1st. The rubic and guidelines will be sent home with students and posted via classdojo as well. During the month of January all second graders will be completing mid-year testing.  The mid-year assessments are DRA, MAP-Mathematics, and MAP-Reading.   NWEA MAP- Reading is an online, adaptive assessment that efficiently measures oral reading fluency, comprehension, and foundational skills.   NWEA MAP- Mathematics is an online, adaptive assessment that efficiently measures number sense, estimation and computation, geometry, measurement, and problem solving.   Early Literacy Assessment- (DRA) is a test that provides teachers with immediate information for instructional decision making and indicates the direction of future teaching in reading. If you have any questions please message us via classdojo or email.

Ms. Michelle Phillips and Mrs. Baynham
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Announcements & Reminders
Winter Testing Calendar
The attached chart is being provided to inform parents/guardians of specific dates for local and state assessments. All students in designated grades take these assessments. If you have specific questions or desire additional information, please contact Lesma Watkis or Jessica Baynham at (240) 767-4820. Have a great weekend!

Jessica Baynham and Lesma Watkis
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Please Complete the Intent to Return Survey
CMIT South Tiger Families: It’s a new year and we are excited for the future of CMIT South ES! With this in mind, we would love to know your plans! We would greatly appreciate to hear from you if you are planning on staying at CMIT South, if you are currently unsure or if you plan to attend a different school next year. Please complete the “Intent to Return Survey” to let us know if your student is planning on returning to CMIT South ES for the 2019/2020 school year. The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WCKB9LP The survey takes approximately two (2) minutes to complete. You may also change your response if your plans change. To Confirm: All students who are currently enrolled at CMIT South ES do NOT need to re-enter the lottery to advance to the 2019/2020 school year-- including all 5th graders who will be advancing to the 6th grade CMIT South Middle School. Thank you!

Lucy Waters-Sutherland Registrar/Secretary CMIT South Elementary Lwaters@cmitsouthes.org 240-767-4820 http://cmitsouthelementary.org/
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Technology Class
Greetings Parents/ Guardians, This week students’ assignments are from 1/7-1/11 Assignment for K-1 graders: Keyboarding: Locate and Type Letters P, Q, R, S, and T - The learners receive direct instruction and practice in keyboarding the letters P, Q, R, S, and T as they locate and type the letters, recognize the letter sounds, and learn the relationship between the letters on the keyboard and on the screen during this engaging and interactive digital lesson. Assignment for 2-5 graders: Keyboarding: Home Row - This engaging and interactive digital lesson provides direct instruction and practice in the area of basic keyboarding techniques needed to type using the home row keys. The learners will gain knowledge about proper finger placement and posture.  www.learning.com Thank you, Mrs. AK Technology Teacher

Mrs. Ak
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PTO News
Share Your Input on the 2019-2020 Draft School Calendar
Prince George's County Public Schools sent this bulletin at 01/03/2019 11:18 AM EST Prince George’s County Public Schools would like your input on the draft 2019-2020 school calendar. https://goo.gl/XX1Ytt Take a short survey to share your feedback. The survey will be available online through January 18, 2019. https://goo.gl/E82FDX

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STEM FAIR
Parents/Guardians. Happy New Year! Thanks for supporting the schools’ 1st STEM fair. I can see the hard work and dedication that you have put into supporting our scholars. Next year we would like to see 100% participation. We are a STEM school and it is a requirement for all students to participate in the STEM fair. Thanks to our phenomenal parents who supported us today. Please continue to read with students, and encourage regular visits to the library. Mathematics is also of equal importance- ALL students in 3-5 should know their tables and getting regular practice in math skills for the state assessment in April. Parents/Guardians, please support our scholars as we work to prepare them for excellence in all they do. This includes behavior-keep having those daily conversations about positive choices. We need your help Thanks for partnering with our school.

L. Watkis (Assistant Principal)
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The Counselor's Den
New Year
Happy New Year! Welcome Back CMIT Family! This was a short but productive week. Special thanks to the judges who gave their time, ensuring the students' hard work was recognized at the Science Fair. Science Fair a typically competitive exhibition of science projects usually prepared and presented by schoolchildren (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/science%20fair). I would like to take a moment to say Congratulations to all the students who participated in the Science Fair, parents job well-done. Today I was amazed at the great work from your scholars. Attending the fair today, I recalled completing the same project as a child every year, which would not stand up to the level of of great work I saw today. Thank you parents for sharing your scholars great work with us.

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