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Chesapeake Math & IT Academy South Elementary

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01/24/2019

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

Important News

Morning Drop Off

Two Hour Early Dismissal Monday, January 28, 2019


Grade Level Greatness

1st Grade Updates!

Week of 1/26

This Week in Kindergarten!

4th Grade Communication

Happening's in Libebe's Fifth

Kindergarten & 1st Grade Art

P.E. - Week 17 review


Announcements & Reminders

Reminders

Ozobot Club

Correction: CLF Parent Board Member


PTO News

Valentine Day Candy Gram

FLICKR Images

The Lego Movie 2 "The Second Part"


The Counselor's Den

ADHD


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Important News
Morning Drop Off
Greetings Parents, Please adhere to the arrival and dismissal procedures. It has been reported that parents are speeding off, changing lanes and not obeying the traffic protocols outlined in the beginning of the school year. This is a major safety concern and the safety of our children is of utmost priority.

Patrice Harrell-Carter
Principal
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Two Hour Early Dismissal Monday, January 28, 2019
This is a reminder that Monday, January 28, 2019 is an early release day. Students will be dismissed at 12:15 pm. Those who are enrolled in the STARS program will be released at 2pm, the SCHOLARS program at 4pm. Please plan accordingly. All clubs are cancelled unless otherwised directed by the sponsor.

Patrice Harrell-Carter
Principal
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Grade Level Greatness
1st Grade Updates!
1st Grade has had a fantastic week! We have worked on retelling key details, handwriting, and spelling in ELA, adding doubles in Math, communication in Science, and continued geography in Social Studies - students also took the SLO Math Post Test to show what they have learned so far this year! We have a field trip to the Maryland Science Center on Friday, March 8. Permission slips should be sent home with more information by Monday. Please contact your student’s teacher if you are interested in serving as a volunteer! We will also administer the DRA Monday-Thursday. Have a wonderful weekend!

Ms. Brown, Ms. Fleet, Ms. Madison, and Ms. McDonagh
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Week of 1/26
Greetings Parents, The Marking period is now over. Students have worked very hard this quarter. We are moving into the 3rd quarter where we look forward to Webquests, The Wax Museum project, Black History month and the Spelling bee Regional qualifier. Students are more than ready for the challenge. As always thank you for all you do. Map-R scores will be released to parents during conferences. We will discuss the progress students have made.

Victor Hawkins
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This Week in Kindergarten!
We have been up to good things in Kindergarten! RELA Happy Friday. We have begun Unit 5. Our sight word we are working on is MY. Our letter this week is H. Students are learning about pronouns as well as size category words like small or large. We are reading in our small groups and students are picking more familiar words. Please continue to read at home because it makes a big difference in class. Math We are finishing up the semester with a nice wrap up of the concepts we learned. Throughout the rest of our Kindergarten year we will be using and texting our skills in addition, subtraction, and comparing numbers/sets. Science: This week we began talking about living and non-living things. Students did great with explaining things that were living and what they need in order to survive. We did a write the room to identify the things that were living vs. nonliving. We also learned about how various living things plants, animals and humans are similar. Students are really looking forward to learning all about these different things! Social Studies: This week we talked about American Heroes. We learned about Martin Luther King Jr. and George Washington. We discovered that heroes are courageous, responsible, and honest. Hello Kindergarten Parents! A major Social Studies topic in Kindergarten is Community Helpers! These are people with occupations that contribute to and help the community. We are seeking some volunteers to come in and talk about their community jobs with all of Kindergarten during the first full week of February, February 4th-8th from 9-9:30am. We are looking for JUST TEN volunteers. ONE for each of these SPECIFIC JOBS. We know that there will likely be many more than 10 volunteers that want to sign up and donate their time to us, but we are only seeking the FIRST 10 who fit the occupations. This is a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS. Please do not message your child’s classroom teacher asking for an exception, there will be none made, although we do greatly appreciate that you would have been willing to come in and talk to Kindergarten. The SPECIFIC people we are looking for is ONE: Police Officer Firefighter Doctor or Nurse Veterinarian Sanitation Engineer or Custodian Stay at home parent Engineer Scientist Principal Military If you fit one of these occupations and are willing, please click the link below and sign up to come in, if the slot is open. Please be mindful of the date and time for each position listed in the link. Thank you all in advance, the Kindergarten team and Kindergarten students greatly appreciate this! https://docs.google.com/document/d/114pkjSk6tl8sPKcuFfOloZnIo0nKBy9xFt4_K95viSA/edit?usp=sharing Ms.Lucas, Ms .Curtis, Ms. Derfler, Ms. Cunningham

Ms. Curtis
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4th Grade Communication
Happy Friday parents! We have reached the end of the 2nd quarter and moving forward there will be a few changes taking place. 2nd Quarter report card grades will be posted on Monday January 25, 2019. All forthcoming grades will be posted on SchoolMax for all subjects every Wednesday (Thursday-Tuesday cycle). ClassDojo will only be used for schoolwide information and informal contact. Beginning Monday February 4, 2019 the 4th grade team will be using the Edmodo app in place of ClassDojo. All information will be sent home this upcoming week. Our hours of availability for contact are from 6:30 am to 4 o’clock pm. Any pressing concerns need to be sent via email to lyoung@cmitsouthes.org and kgirch@cmitsouthes.org Enjoy your weekend,

~The 4th Grade Team~
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Happening's in Libebe's Fifth
Happy Friday! This week in Math we discussed how fractions, decimals, and percents are related, this will wrap up the last of our fractions and decimals unit. The plan is to move on to algebraic concepts and end the year with geometry. Please continue to reinforce the importance of practicing their math skills everyday using Khan Academy + Zearn. There are still some students who do not know their multiplication table backwards and forwards, and as we grow ever closer to the end of the year that is one math skill that they need to have, in preparation for middle school. Students this week were asked to complete an assignment on responsibility. Please continue to have conversations at home with your scholars about character building and the importance of holding themselves accountable for everything that they do. The potential in this entire class is astounding and it is my hope that conversations like these, happening both at home and at school, will help to cultivate that potential so that these students can be as amazing as they can be. Thank you once again for all of your support, it is truly appreciated. Have a wonderful weekend!

-Ms. Libebe
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Kindergarten & 1st Grade Art
This week in Art class, students are learning about Cityscapes. We discussed the many different qualities and shapes that make up a city. Students were able to identify various shapes such as rectangles, square and several line qualities. After our discussion, students watched a short video of a step-by-step cityscape drawing. Students have already started drawing their one of a kind cityscapes! Next week, we will use watercolor paints to paint over top of our cityscape drawings to create a crayon resit artwork. Reminders: There will be no Art club Monday 1/28 due to two hour early dismissal.

Brittney Frei
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P.E. - Week 17 review
Dear Parents and Guardians, Another week down and more fun and learning were accomplished. All grades learned about tempo, beat, dance steps, and the older classes learned about how their brains receive music. Grades K-3 were able to dance along to a teacher led dance video/activity where we noticed beat and tempo while applying dance steps and repetition. The older grades 4-5 are starting a dance project that is going to be graded on; 4 complete dance steps ( to 4 beats ), originality, synchronization to music, and synchronization with group. The grading rubric was passed out to each group and they had this week and will have next week to work on their group dances. ARRIVALS AND DISMISSALS: Parents are NOT to get out of their cars or attempt to walk their children through the exit gate out back each morning. I will now begin writing down the names of the students who have siblings, parents, or walk by themselves out of cars up to the building and those adults responsible for them will have to meet with principal Carter about these repeated offenses. As usual, it is only a few who break these dismissal policies, so THANK YOU to everyone else who remains patient and follows procedure.

Garrett Loomer P.E. Teacher - Department Chair CMIT South Elementary gloomer@cmitsouthes.org
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Announcements & Reminders
Reminders
Toys We need your support- recently, students have been taking toys to school. Please do not allow students to take toys to school. Please check all the school bags. Replace a toy with a crossword puzzle and/or novel. Help us develop healthy habits while they are at school. Then they will have something to look forward to when they arrive home, which is, homework and later on activities with toys etc. Confiscated toys will have to be picked up by a parent. Our educational environment is becoming swamped with the overuse of this ‘favorite pastime’ that is usually done during afterschool hours. State Assessment Parents 3-5 will be invited to a parent meeting for PARCC. Please keep up with the newsletter for date/time for this very important event. Reading Please sign up and begin to take scholars to do reading and research ( if you haven’t already done so). This will build good study habits in preparation for college. Check with your local library also to see if they offer help with homework. Please continue to support the completion of all homework and assigned projects. Help us prepare our scholars for the world of hard work. Thank You for partnering with our school. Ms. Watkis

L. Watkis (Assistant Principal)
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Ozobot Club
Greetings Parents/ Guardians, 2-HR Early Release is next week Monday, January 28. Ozobot Evo Club is canceled on 2-hour early dismissal days. Thank you, Mrs. AK

Mrs. Ak
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Correction: CLF Parent Board Member
Announcement - CLF invites parent members to serve on its CLF Board of Directors The CLF Board will appoint two parent members from Prince George’s County to its Board of Directors. Interested parent candidates wishing to join are required to submit their resume along with a cover letter of intent to the board of directors by January 31. Cover letter items should include various ways the parent candidate believes they will best represent CLF’s public charter schools by contributing to the CLF board. Potential candidates are also asked to indicate how many children they have attending CMIT schools and how many years they have been involved with CMIT schools in their cover letter. Please e-mail your resume and cover letter to: awilson@clfmd.org with the subject line: “CLF Board Parent Candidate.” Board Executive committee will review resume submissions and select five candidates prior to the board meeting. The board will vote to elect two out of these five parent candidates recommended by the executive committee at the February 21, 2019 CLF Board Meeting. The parent board members selected will then serve a one-year term and parent board members may serve for three consecutive terms if re-appointed by a majority board vote at the end of each annual term.

Patrice Harrell-Carter
Principal
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PTO News
Valentine Day Candy Gram
Get Ready for Valentine day by sending a Candy Gram to a Teacher, Friend, Parent, or any special person.
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The Lego Movie 2 "The Second Part"
CMITSES IS Going to the Movies! When: February 9, 2019 10AM Where: Magic Johnson Theater 880 G Shoppers Way, Largo, MD 20774 Price: $13 each (Includes popcorn and drink!) Purchase: https://goo.gl/qPYiUb (No Refunds) Wear your "CMITSES Spirit Wear!"
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The Counselor's Den
ADHD
Hello Thee CMIT Family Hopefully, everyone is having a good week! This week I encountered many interesting areas, however, I will take a moment to address one of the more challenging disorders known as Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Often times as parents I believe it is challenging to understand or accept any challenges with your scholars. However, working towards assisting your scholar in achieving his/her life goals, may require accepting and working through the challenges of ADHD. Definition: Based on the DSM-5, ADHD is a persistent pattern of inattention and /or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. ADHD is a chronic condition marked by persistent inattention, hyperactivity, and sometimes impulsivity. ADHD begins in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. As many as 2 out of every 3 children with ADHD continue to have symptoms as adults (https://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/childhood-adhd/understanding-adhd-basics). ADHD is a complex neurological disorder that impacts the executive functions needed to assess, plan, and execute life. This is true whether you’re diagnosed with inattentive, hyperactive, or combined type ADHD. However, day-to-day symptoms may differ significantly for different people. Here, we review ADHD’s disparate symptoms, causes, and treatment options (https://www.additudemag.com/what-is-adhd-symptoms-causes-treatments/). Symptoms: Symptoms of ADHD can differ from person to person, but there are three basic types of ADHD. Each one is identified by the symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. When the main symptoms are inattention, distraction, and disorganization, the type is usually called primarily inattentive. The symptoms of hyperactivity and possibly impulsiveness appear to diminish with age but are seen in the primarily hyperactive/impulsive type. The third type has some symptoms from each of the other two and is called the combined type. Children with ADHD often have trouble functioning at home and in school and can have difficulty making and keeping friends. If left untreated, ADHD may interfere with school and work, as well as with social and emotional development. ADHD is more common in boys, whose impulsivity and hyperactivity may appear as disruptive behavior. Inattentiveness is a hallmark of ADHD in girls, but because they aren't often disruptive in the classroom, they may be harder to diagnose. ADHD tends to run in families. When one person is diagnosed with ADHD, there is a 25%-35% chance that another family member will also have the condition, compared to 4%-6% of the general public. No one knows for sure whether ADHD is more common today, but it is very clear that the number of children getting diagnosed and treated for ADHD has risen over time. Some of this increase in diagnosis and treatment is due to greater awareness of the symptoms and an expansion of what is considered ADHD. Some experts feel that ADHD is overdiagnosed, while others feel it is underdiagnosed or undertreated. Articles: https://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/childhood-adhd/understanding-adhd-basics https://www.additudemag.com/what-is-adhd-symptoms-causes-treatments/ https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/adhd.html https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/adhd/what-is-adhd https://www.google.com/search?surl=1&tbs=sur:fc&tbm=isch&q=adhd+definition&chips=q:adhd+definition,g_1:hyperactive:DYaCeaNiGLQ%3D&usg=AI4_-kQHygzcM0ibD5_rkj1bOkXQgBVWWw&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj7tfvnxIngAhXwQd8KHd3XDNUQ4lYIKigC&biw=1585&bih=714&dpr=1.8&safe=active&ssui=on#imgrc=_
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DM Davis, Professional School Counselor, CMIT South ES, ddavis@cmitsouthes.org
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