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Chesapeake Math & IT Academy South Elementary

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01/12/2019

   
 
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Important News

Important Dates

Black History Month Essay and Poster Contest 2019 Submission Deadline January 25!


Grade Level Greatness

Great week in Kindergarten!

1st Grade Updates!

Happening's in Libebe's Fifth

P.E. Week 16 - News and NEW CLUB INFO !!!!! Arrival and Dismissal alerts.

4th and 5th Grade Art


PTO News

FLICKR Images

PTO Newsletter


The Counselor's Den

Black History Month


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Important News
Important Dates
Please be advised that all Prince George`s County Public Schools will be closed on Monday, Jan 21. Friday, January 25 marks the end of the Second Quarter for the SY 2018-2019. In addition, all Prince George`s County Public Schools will close 2 hours early on Monday, January 28 for Professional Development. CMIT South Elementary School will dismiss at 12:15 pm.

Juliana Derin - Principal Secretary
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Black History Month Essay and Poster Contest 2019 Submission Deadline January 25!
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 and 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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Grade Level Greatness
Great week in Kindergarten!
RELA This has been a review week for us. Students have been reviewing the letters and sounds (C,D,O,I and N). Our main topic has been learning about making our community better. We have been reading a story about construction, focusing on the sequence of events. We also have been making lists and writing about people in our community that help. Math In math we have been reviewing all topics covered so far. We are counting sets, writing numerals, comparing numbers, as well as adding and subtracting. All of these skills will be used on the upcoming unit test. Social Studies This week we learned that time can be measured in days, weeks, months and years. Calendars represent says of the week and months of the year. Science This week we worked on magnets! We discovered what objects were magnetic and some that were not. Students loved exploring and testing objects out! Please make sure to keep at extra pair of clothes in your child’s backpack in case of accidents! Kindergarten Team Ms. Cunningham, Ms. Derfler, Ms. Lucas, Ms. Curtis

Ms. Curtis
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1st Grade Updates!
1st Grade is still hard at work! This week we have worked on the following: Math - We are learning to add one-digit and two digit numbers together, along with telling time! ELA - We have started our research projects on animals in a pond! Students are put in groups and are learning about dragonflies, frogs, beavers, ducks, and turtles. Science - We are continuing our lessons on communicating with sound and our other senses! Social Studies - We are learning what resources can be used to learn about history! It is testing month! We are continuing our SLO and DRA testing, so please ensure that your students are present for testing, and please continue to read with your students for at least 20 minutes a night. We are testing Monday - Thursday. Please remember to have your student bring a heavy coat to school, as well as school supplies (i.e. pencils). Enjoy Your Weekend!

Ms. Brown, Ms. Fleet, Ms. Madison, and Ms. McDonagh
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Happening's in Libebe's Fifth
Happy Friday! Heads up, Extra Credit Packets for Math are due Jan 15 (next Wednesday). Over the next couple of weeks students will be participating in a number of tests. Throughout the year students have continued to struggle with following the no talking rule that is an automatic when taking any kind of an assessment. Because some of these tests are required by the state, the ramifications for not following the rules can be very serious. Please continue to talk to your scholars about these rules and encourage them to follow them. As it gets colder outside, students will kept inside on days when the windchill is lower than 32 degrees. Please continue to send students to school with warm jackets. That's all for now, thank you for all of your support, have a good weekend!

-Ms. Libebe
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P.E. Week 16 - News and NEW CLUB INFO !!!!! Arrival and Dismissal alerts.
Greetings parents and guardians, Due to a series of unforeseen events this week, I was absent and fell ill. The lower grades are working on sharing and playing as a team and the older grades are working on cooperative skills in order to achieve a common goal ( skills such as communication, observation, inclusion ). NEW CLUB - GROUP FUN - this group is for grades K-2 only and will be held from 3-4pm in the gymnasium every Tuesday starting January 14. Students may come and get a contract from me to take home and get signed before they are allowed access to the club. The agreement states that students will behave to a certain point every club day and that parents will pick up on time each Tuesday strictly at 4 pm. BOTH parents AND students must sign and return the paper before the student may join the club. The purpose of the club is to get the younger age students to learn how to communicate better and think more outside of independent play and more along the lines of team work in order to be successful ( not so big on winning yet, but having fun in the process ). There will be a wide variety of games that expand on P.G. County's already excellent curriculum. If you have any questions, my email is: gloomer@cmitsouthes.org ARRIVALS AND DISMISSALS - regardless of how "slow" or painstaking the arrival process may be, myself and the administration kindly ask that NO parents get out of their cars and definitely not send children out of cars to walk up to the school alone. It is a BIG safety hazard to have unauthorized adults or minors walking between traffic that is constantly moving and stopping. We typically have 4 - 5 staff outside every morning to keep the process flowing smoothly. Parents that do not follow these guidelines will be reported and must answer to school administration due to endangerment. We want the best and most safe process for the students and that is what we have maintained thus far throughout the year. Thank you to everyone who is diligent and patient on a daily basis.

Garrett Loomer P.E. Teacher - Department Chair CMIT South Elementary gloomer@cmitsouthes.org
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4th and 5th Grade Art
This week in art, students are focusing on the creation of a monochromatic painting. First, we discussed the characteristics of a monochromatic picture (one color) and then we talked about different shapes and directional lines. Students then started to design an interesting composition consisting of one shape, as their focal point, and then surrounding that shape with vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines. In the following weeks, we will learn basic paint mixing techniques and begin painting in the spaces of our geometric compositions! Vocabulary from this week: Monochromatic, tints, shades, vertical, horizontal, diagonal and shape.

Brittney Frei
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The Counselor's Den
Black History Month
Hello Thee CMIT Family, Hopefully, you are having a great week and staying warm! This week focused on the preparations for Black History Month Observance. Thee CMIT Family would like to put together an awesome educational event for students and family on 28 February. If you are gifted in sewing, drawing, singing, acting or have any other talent, please contact me and Mrs Baynham. The goal is to have the entire school decorated. The theme will reflect the contribution made by African descendants in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineer and Math. We will be reflecting on history from the 1950s to the presents. There are many unknown Black contributors within the area of Science, Technology, Engineer and Math. Parents, I am seeking your support in ensuring our scholars are highly educated in all areas. I believe knowledge is power and worth sharing if our scholars realized the greatness and importance of STEM, then he/she may develop a love for. Thank you in advance for your support! Have a safe and warm snowy weekend! A little history: Negro History Week (1926) The precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be "Negro History Week". This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 14, both of which dates black communities had celebrated together since the late 19th century. From the event's initial phase, primary emphasis was placed on encouraging the coordinated teaching of the history of American Blacks in the nation's public schools. The first Negro History Week was met with a lukewarm response, gaining the cooperation of the Departments of Education of the states of North Carolina, Delaware, and West Virginia as well as the city school administrations of Baltimore and Washington, D.C.. Despite this far from universal acceptance, the event was regarded by Woodson as "one of the most fortunate steps ever taken by the Association", and plans for a repeat of the event on an annual basis continued apace. At the time of Negro History Week's launch, Woodson contended that the teaching of black history was essential to ensure the physical and intellectual survival of the race within broader society: "If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated. The American Indian left no continuous record. He did not appreciate the value of tradition; and where is he today? The Hebrew keenly appreciated the value of tradition, as is attested by the Bible itself. In spite of worldwide persecution, therefore, he is a great factor in our civilization." By 1929, The Journal of Negro History was able to note that with only two exceptions, officials with the State Departments of Educations of "every state with considerable Negro population" had made the event known to that state's teachers and distributed official literature associated with the event". Churches also played a significant role in the distribution of literature in association with Negro History Week during this initial interval, with the mainstream and black press aiding in the publicity effort. Negro History Week was met with enthusiastic response; it prompted the creation of black history clubs, an increase in interest among teachers, and interest from progressive whites. Negro History Week grew in popularity throughout the following decades, with mayors across the United States endorsing it as a holiday. On February 21, 2016, 106-year Washington D.C. resident and school volunteer Virginia McLaurin visited the White House as part of Black History Month. When asked by the president why she was there, McLaurin said, "A black president. A black wife. And I’m here to celebrate black history. That’s what I'm here for." United States: Black History Month (1970) The Black United Students first Black culture center (Kuumba House) where many events of the first Black History Month celebration took place. Black History Month was first proposed by black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969. The first celebration of Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, from 2/1/1970 - 2/28/1970. Six years later, Black History Month was being celebrated all across the country in educational institutions, centers of Black culture and community centers, both great and small, when President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month, during the celebration of the United States Bicentennial. He urged Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history". United Kingdom (1987) Black History Month was first celebrated in the United Kingdom in 1987. It was organised through the leadership of Ghanaian analyst Akyaaba Addai-Sebo, who had served as a coordinator of special projects for the Greater London Council (GLC) and created a collaboration to get it underway. It was first celebrated in London. Canada (1995) In 1995, after a motion by politician Jean Augustine, representing the riding of Etobicoke—Lakeshore in Ontario, Canada's House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month and honored Black Canadians. In 2008, Senator Donald Oliver moved to have the Senate officially recognize Black History Month, which was unanimously approved. Republic of Ireland (2014) In 2014 the Republic of Ireland became only the fourth country in the world to officially celebrate Black History Month. Ireland's Great Hunger Institute notes: “Black History Month Ireland was initiated in Cork in 2010. This location seems particularly appropriate as, in the nineteenth century, the city was a leading center of abolition, and the male and female anti-slavery societies welcomed a number of black abolitionists to lecture there, including Charles Lenox Remond and Frederick Douglass." Thank you in advance for your support in teaching our scholars about the past and the present which will prepare him/her for the future (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_History_Month).

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