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03/29/2019

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

Important News

Craft Fair

PARCC/MCAP Spirit Week


Grade Level Greatness

Happening's in Libebe's Fifth

P.E. - Weekly review

3rd Quarter to a Close

Kindergarten & 1st Grade Art


Announcements & Reminders

May the 4th Be With You


PTO News

We Need Your Support!

Survey

Coding for Kids: Free and Cheap Websites That Teach Kids Programming

Newsletter 3/29/19

Teacher Appreciation Week

Spirit Wear 2019

PARCC Celebration


The Counselor's Den

Professional School Counselor


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Important News
Craft Fair
Craft night for the whole family! Come eat, sip and create together! Bring your own supplies or purchase what you need! Event Details: When: March 29, 2019 Time: 5-8 pm Where: CMIT North Elementary 6151 Chevy Chase Drive Laurel, MD, 20707 Get in touch with us to purchase a table! Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1 FAIpQLSdQlfqz_OUJCEWKa_U97H HfxoXlrwWz0B2qY7Xyu0ytdzeSPA/ viewform?usp=sf_link

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PARCC/MCAP Spirit Week
The entire school is rallying around our third, fourth, and fifth grade students as they prepare to take the state assessments. With student achievement as our focus, you and your child are encouraged to participate in this spirited chain of events leading up to the test administration.

Patrice Harrell-Carter
Principal
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Grade Level Greatness
Happening's in Libebe's Fifth
Happy Friday! Congratulations to the winners of the Multiplication Tournament this week ! (Camryn, Saniya, Derrick, Christian) Continue to keep up the good work! This week in Math we continued to review some key concepts in effort to prepare for the state testing (standards: 05.NBT.B.07 and 05.NBT.B.05). The quarter ends next Thursday, there is still time for students to do extra credit, they only have to ask for it :) Please encourage your scholars to practice at home. Students only receive a few hours a day on each subject. If we consider how many hours they will need to master the concepts that will be covered on the state testing, then it will be essential, for students to practice at home as well. In Science we continued our life science unit by reviewing the parts of a plant and discussing how energy is transferred from the sun. Students also conducted an experiment in the Makers Lab for our Life Science unit and created soil and planted pea and bean seeds! Students will observe next week the plants that grow in sunlight and the ones that did not, cannot wait to read about their findings! Thank you once again for all of your support!

-Ms. Libebe
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P.E. - Weekly review
Dear Parents and Guardians, After exploring how to dribble and pass a basketball with their hands the past few weeks, all grades are moving forward with learning how to dribble and pass a soccer ball with their feet. This week's activities included using the inside foot to maintain control while dribbling forward. It also included learning how to stop the ball ( or step trap ) in order to regain control if the ball gets too far ahead of a student. Finally, students were encouraged to not use their hands during the class activity due to the fact that it is against the rules in soccer to do so ( which was difficult for some at first, but they were able to catch on quickly with some reminders and strategies, i.e. keeping their hands clenched behind their backs ). I look forward to seeing how students are able to develop the important skills of passing with the inside foot next week ! Have a great weekend and make sure to get your kids outside and active while the weather is warming up.

Garrett Loomer P.E. Teacher - Department Chair CMIT South Elementary gloomer@cmitsouthes.org
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3rd Quarter to a Close
Wow! 3rd Quarter has come to a close! This quarter has went by so fast! We had a blast reading "Lowji Discovers America" and identifying different character traits and feelings. It was also nice that the students were able to relate to Lowji moving to a new area since they had to start a new school this year. They were able to reflect on their feelings about leaving their old schools, coming to a new school, and having to have a very LOUD 3rd grade teacher! :) We will be moving on to an author study next week! The students are excited about what books we will be reading and who this author might be! Stay tuned!

-Ms. Pavignano
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Kindergarten & 1st Grade Art
Hello Parents!! This week in Art, students had the opportunity to hear the story The Day the Crayons Quit! We listened to all the concerns each color had. At the very end of the story, students learned that it is important to use all the colors and not just one. Following the story, the students made their own paper crayon characters. Some had freckles while others had glasses. Kindergarten and 1st grade students had a blast with their giant crayon artworks!

Brittney Frei
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Announcements & Reminders
May the 4th Be With You
See flyer regarding our annual Maker's Fest.

Patrice Harrell-Carter
Principal
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PTO News
We Need Your Support!
March 29, 2019 Wonderful Parents/Guardians, We are at the end of another grading period (3rd Q). The things that we do, and the actions that we take all impact student achievement. With that said, please support our scholars and our school in being the BEST we can become. Student Uniform- Students are NOT allowed to dress down unless the school/teachers made the decision for this to happen. When students do otherwise, we send a wrong message about rules and regulations. In addition, the students who are in dress down gear sends a wrong message about what school is and should be about. Homework. Today is the end of the 3rd quarter grading period. Moving forward, please support our scholars to do ALL homework. Check bookbags and provide support. Completing all homework is a healthy habit to pick up. Student Conduct- Remind our scholars that the POSITIVE behavior you model at home should be continued at school. Learning begins at home, and we are not seeing all scholars modeling the best conduct. We are a public school under PGCPS, so all consequences for negative behavior will be adhered to. Encouragement-Please support our school. The school is a representation of all scholars, teachers, and parents. It is therefore imperative that we all play our part to build our school and ensure fairness, tolerance, and patience. Our school reflects who we are. This is your school. PARCC- Testing for 3rd, 4th and 5th is in April. Students should be studying and getting prepared to hit the ball out of the PARCC. PTO-Support the activities of your school by finding out how you too can be a part. Thank You for always supporting us.

L. Watkis (Assistant Principal)
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Survey
As we indicated in our last month's PTO Meeting, the PTO plans to use some of our funds in our budget to fund a school-wide improvement project/endowment. We would like your feedback on how the resources should be used. Please take our survey to vote on projects to be funded and/or provide suggestions for projects that would like to see funded. Cost permitting, we will seed the project(s) with the most votes. Survey will only take less than 5 minutes to complete, see link below: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/D7DT5WY As always, please send any questions pto@cmitsouthes.org

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Coding for Kids: Free and Cheap Websites That Teach Kids Programming
Basic programming has become an essential skill for grown-ups and children alike. And the benefits of picking up this skill, especially for kids, are huge: Learning how to build simple websites and games helps kids refine their design, logic, and problem-solving abilities. It also allows them to express ideas and creativity in unique ways. There are a number of FREE and low-cost websites that teach children how to play around with code. We've rounded up a dozen of our favorites: https://mommypoppins.com/coding-kids-free-websites-teach-learn-programming

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Newsletter 3/29/19
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Teacher Appreciation Week
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10, 2019 with the theme: Teachers are our Super Heroes! We would love to show our appreciation and gratitude to our CMIT South Teachers in an awesome way to express our gratitude for their dedication in developing our children’s young minds. Please use the link below to volunteer to be a part of one of the three subcommittees( Food, Decorations, Donations). https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1eGDOIrEEQgxXiLxRLsb3yAuLqoIqByO3JdzaiKuyjHc/edit?usp=sharing Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to partnering with you. Sincerely, Deniece McDowell PTO Vice President

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Spirit Wear 2019
We're excited to announce that Mrs Carter has authorized the Gray "Tigers Roar" T-shirt to be an authorized shirt to wear with the PE Uniform. ALL SIZES ARE AVAILABLE (Kids - Adults)! Get yours Today! https://cmit-academy.itemorder.com/sale Our Spirit Wear sale will continue through 29 March. We'll be implementing Spirit Wear Days in April! Get yours today! Our online store will be open until Friday, March 29, 2019. It is our goal to have them on Monday 1 April. Please email pto@cmitsouthes.org with the following: Your Name Your Childs Name Your Childs Room We will deliver the shirts to place in the childs backpack. https://cmit-academy.itemorder.com/sale

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PARCC Celebration
Hello Parents! We are looking for parent volunteers to escort the kids to and from the gym for the PARCC Celebration. We need parents to help with the set up of the PARCC pep rally. Thank you! Sign Up here! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d4badaf2aa0fd0-parcc Date: 04/08/2019 (Mon.) Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT Location: CMIT South ES, Upper Marlboro, MD

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The Counselor's Den
Professional School Counselor
Hello Thee CMIT Family Hopefully, everyone had a great week. This week I received several emails addressed to me, however, the concerns that are being shared is out of my area of work scope. As a Professional School Counselor in Elementary School, I do not make student's schedule, I am not a Behavioural Specialists-unless it is dealing with bullying-I am not the Assistant Principal or the Principal, nor am I a classroom teacher. I do not have licensure to be a teacher. However, I am the Educator who is trained to ensure your scholar is not only developed academically but also socially, and emotionally. Parents, I am not the person who will address academic challenges within the classroom, if you are having challenges with a teacher, please contact the teacher and attempt to work together as a team. When I attend the meetings it is to listen and check to see if I can assist with the development of your scholars' social behavior. The title, roles and responsibility of a Counselor within the school system has drastically changed. History School counseling originated as guidance counseling. “A few decades ago counselors were introduced into schools to assist students with occupational/vocational choices, college preparatory support, etc.,” according to professional school counselor and psychotherapist, Marie Isom. “They were teachers that simply took a few extra classes and were then called ‘guidance counselors.’” A great deal has changed, however. Today, “we have state and local professional organizations (The American School Counselor Association – ASCA) that support us professionally and legislatively, standards we’re required to follow, a requirement of (at minimum) a master’s degree in counseling, and oftentimes counselors have specializations in other areas,” Isom added. “[It’s] a far cry from the persona of those that play counselors on television, in movies, and those that many of us experienced when we were in high school.” School Counseling Today School counseling is now much more comprehensive than what guidance counseling used to cover. It is much more central to students’ needs. “School counselors are such a vital part of the school community,” according to Dr. Nisha Warbington, associate professor of counseling at the University of West Alabama. “We are uniquely trained to handle a diverse set of students’ needs from academic to career to social/emotional development needs. We are the advocates for all of our students and support them as they navigate their way to adulthood” (https://online.uwa.edu/news/school-counselor-vs-guidance-counselor/). Parents as we continue to work towards building a great collaborative team for all scholars, it is important to understand the roles and responsibilities of each member of the team. Think of the Professional School Counselor as the person who will assist your scholars learn how to share and understand his/her feelings; learn how to deal with his/her anger; learn healthy ways of making friends and being a friend; learn the importance of be a kind person; there are much more, however, none of which consists of teaching Math, English, Social Studies, Science or any other academic lesson. Articles: https://online.uwa.edu/news/school-counselor-vs-guidance-counselor/ https://www.schoolcounselor.org/asca/media/asca/Careers-Roles/RoleStatement.pdf

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