Newsletter: Week of March 20

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March 27 | No School for Students, End of 3rd Quarter
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Newsletter: Week of March 20

We hope you had a lot of fun with homework last week! The Kindergarten team will be working on more family fun homework/projects throughout the 4th quarter, so be ready! :D
Field Trip on May 25!
Field Trip forms were sent home last week for our Spring Field Trip to Seussical at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis. Please complete the permission slip and send in $25 by Friday, March 24! Please let your child’s teacher know if you are experiencing financial difficulty and cannot submit payment. If you are interested in chaperoning, remember that you must have a fingerprint clearance on file. Contact your child’s teacher if you are interested in chaperoning. (We are limited to two parent chaperones per class, so priority will be given to those who contact first.)
This week in Kindergarten…
English Language Arts
Since we had a short week/altered schedule, we will be continuing our lessons from last week. We will read the story “If I Could Go to Antarctica.” It is an informational text about the animals, plants, and terrain of Antarctica. We will be working on classifying and categorizing. We will also be reading with words having the medial /e/.
Mathematics
We are learning about measurement! Students are learning about length, weight, and capacity. They will be identifying what materials can be used to measure and which attributes an object can be measured by. (For example, a pencil cannot be measured by capacity!) All our measurement activities are non-standard forms of measurement and comparing, so don’t worry about a ruler! :)Science
Over the next few weeks, students will be learning about various life cycles. This week, we will be learning about the Chicken Life Cycle.High Frequency Words
Here are our sight words we have learned so far. Remember to practice reading and writing these words regularly! (When reading at home, if you see these words, have your child point it out!) All of the words we will learn this year are available on our grade level website under “Sight Words.”

I, am, little, to, a, have, is, the, we, my, like, he, for, me, with, she, see, look, they, you, of, are, that, do, one, two, three, four, five, here, go, from

REMINDERS
– Homework is due on FRIDAY each week. Remember to look for their new homework packet on Fridays. Homework that is not submitted by the due date will be given a ZERO.
– Please read regularly! Remember that just 20 minutes a day can boost your child’s reading levels! Reading logs are due at the end of the month and will be given a zero if blank or missing from your child’s folder.
– With the weather fluctuating, remember that we still go outside for recess when the weather is above 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately!
– If you would like to chaperone any future field trips, you must have a fingerprint background check. This can be obtained from the Fingerprint office at the county building 14201 School Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD Monday-Friday from 8:00am-3:45pm. For more information or to contact the fingerprinting office, please look at the fingerprint office website: http://www1.pgcps.org/fingerprinting/
– Please remember to send an extra pair of uniform clothes to keep in your child’s cubbie at school in the event of accidents or spills.
– Uniform is enforced daily, including uninterrupted black shoes. Please go to http://cmitelementary.org/uniform-policy/ for more information.

Newsletter: Week of March 13

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There is a special homework assignment this week! We need students to disguise a leprechaun! Students will develop a plan and execute to create this disguise and write a story about their “not a leprechaun.” The assignment will be due on Friday, as normal, and students should be prepared to talk briefly about the story they create and disguise they chose!

This week in Kindergarten…
English Language Arts
We will read the story “If I Could Go to Antarctica.” It is an informational text about the animals, plants, and terrain of Antarctica. We will be working on classifying and categorizing. We will also be reading with words having the medial /e/.

Mathematics
We are learning about measurement! Students are learning about length, weight, and capacity. They will be identifying what materials can be used to measure and which attributes an object can be measured by. (For example, a pencil cannot be measured by capacity!) All our measurement activities are non-standard forms of measurement and comparing, so don’t worry about a ruler! :)

Science
Over the next few weeks, students will be learning about various life cycles. This week, we will be learning about the Penguin Life Cycle.

High Frequency Words
Here are our sight words we have learned so far. Remember to practice reading and writing these words regularly! (When reading at home, if you see these words, have your child point it out!) All of the words we will learn this year are available on our grade level website under “Sight Words.”

I, am, little, to, a, have, is, the, we, my, like, he, for, me, with, she, see, look, they, you, of, are, that, do, one, two, three, four, five, here, go, from

REMINDERS
– Homework is due on FRIDAY each week. Remember to look for their new homework packet on Fridays. Homework that is not submitted by the due date will be given a ZERO.
– Please read regularly! Remember that just 20 minutes a day can boost your child’s reading levels! Reading logs are due at the end of the month and will be given a zero if blank or missing from your child’s folder.
– With the weather fluctuating, remember that we still go outside for recess when the weather is above 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately!
– If you would like to chaperone any future field trips, you must have a fingerprint background check. This can be obtained from the Fingerprint office at the county building 14201 School Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD Monday-Friday from 8:00am-3:45pm. For more information or to contact the fingerprinting office, please look at the fingerprint office website: http://www1.pgcps.org/fingerprinting/
– Please remember to send an extra pair of uniform clothes to keep in your child’s cubbie at school in the event of accidents or spills.
– Uniform is enforced daily, including uninterrupted black shoes. Please go to http://cmitelementary.org/uniform-policy/ for more information.

Newsletter – Week of March 6

We had a great time celebrating and honoring Dr. Seuss this week for Read Across America Day! Kindergarten created their own wacky poems, created Cat in the Hat Hats, and even had a guest reader Mr. Rashad read “Green Eggs and Ham” and “The Lorax.”

If you’re interested in doing more activities, you can download this free Dr. Seuss Activity book: https://www.education.com/worksheet/article/seuss-activity-book/

This week in Kindergarten…
English Language Arts
We will read the story “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” It is the iconic story of the little girl who rummaged through a bears house! We will be working on character and review parts of a sentence. We will also be learning all of the /g/ sounds.

Mathematics
We are closing out composing and decomposing numbers! Students will be expanding on their basic addition and subtraction to now create sums and writing number sentences to match these sums. We will then be transitioning to measurement!

Science
Over the next few weeks, students will be learning about various life cycles. This week, we will be learning about the Lady Bug Life Cycle.

High Frequency Words
Here are our sight words we have learned so far. Remember to practice reading and writing these words regularly! (When reading at home, if you see these words, have your child point it out!) All of the words we will learn this year are available on our grade level website under “Sight Words.”

I, am, little, to, a, have, is, the, we, my, like, he, for, me, with, she, see, look, they, you, of, are, that, do, one, two, three, four, five

REMINDERS
– Homework is due on FRIDAY each week. Remember to look for their new homework packet on Fridays. Homework that is not submitted by the due date will be given a ZERO.
– Please read regularly! Remember that just 20 minutes a day can boost your child’s reading levels!
– As the weather gets colder, remember that we still go outside for recess when the weather is above 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately!
– If you would like to chaperone any future field trips, you must have a fingerprint background check. This can be obtained from the Fingerprint office at the county building 14201 School Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD Monday-Friday from 8:00am-3:45pm. For more information or to contact the fingerprinting office, please look at the fingerprint office website: http://www1.pgcps.org/fingerprinting/
– Please remember to send an extra pair of uniform clothes to keep in your child’s cubbie at school in the event of accidents or spills.
– Uniform is enforced daily, including uninterrupted black shoes. Please go to http://cmitelementary.org/uniform-policy/ for more information.

Newsletter: Week of February 27

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Thank you to Mr. Russell for volunteering and reading to the Kindergarteners this week!This week in Kindergarten…
English Language Arts
We will read the story “One Little Mouse.” It is a story about a skunk who thinks he’s a mouse! We will be working on sequence and beginning our work with digraphs. We will be starting with the L-blends. (bl, pl, cl, etc.)

Mathematics
We are learning to compose and decompose numbers! Students will be expanding on their basic addition and subtraction to now create sums and writing number sentences to match these sums. We will be continuing this over the next few weeks!

Science
Students will be learning about the water cycle! We will explore the different parts of the cycle and how it effects our environment!

High Frequency Words
Here are our sight words we have learned so far. Remember to practice reading and writing these words regularly! (When reading at home, if you see these words, have your child point it out!) All of the words we will learn this year are available on our grade level website under “Sight Words.”

I, am, little, to, a, have, is, the, we, my, like, he, for, me, with, she, see, look, they, you, of, are, that, do, one, two, three, four, five

REMINDERS
– Homework is due on FRIDAY each week. Remember to look for their new homework packet on Fridays. Homework that is not submitted by the due date will be given a ZERO.
– Please read regularly! Remember that just 20 minutes a day can boost your child’s reading levels!
– As the weather gets colder, remember that we still go outside for recess when the weather is above 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately!
– If you would like to chaperone any future field trips, you must have a fingerprint background check. This can be obtained from the Fingerprint office at the county building 14201 School Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD Monday-Friday from 8:00am-3:45pm. For more information or to contact the fingerprinting office, please look at the fingerprint office website: http://www1.pgcps.org/fingerprinting/
– Please remember to send an extra pair of uniform clothes to keep in your child’s cubbie at school in the event of accidents or spills.
– Uniform is enforced daily, including uninterrupted black shoes. Please go to http://cmitelementary.org/uniform-policy/ for more information.

Newsletter: Week of February 21

DON’T FORGET THERE IS NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20! 
Thank you to the parents who sent sweet treats and trinkets of love to teachers today. We truly appreciate it!

This week in Kindergarten…
English Language Arts
We will read the story “My Lucky Day.” It is a story about a pig who meets a fox, and finds a way to escape him, making it his lucky day! We will be comparing and contrasting and identifying initial and final /l/ sound.

Mathematics
We are learning to compose and decompose numbers! Students will be expanding on their basic addition and subtraction to now create sums and writing number sentences to match these sums. We will be continuing this over the next few weeks!

Science
Students will be learning about the water cycle! We will explore the different parts of the cycle and how it effects our environment!

High Frequency Words
Here are our sight words we have learned so far. Remember to practice reading and writing these words regularly! (When reading at home, if you see these words, have your child point it out!) All of the words we will learn this year are available on our grade level website under “Sight Words.”

I, am, little, to, a, have, is, the, we, my, like, he, for, me, with, she, see, look, they, you, of, are, that, do

REMINDERS
– Homework is due on FRIDAY each week. Remember to look for their new homework packet on Fridays. Homework that is not submitted by the due date will be given a ZERO.
– Please read regularly! Remember that just 20 minutes a day can boost your child’s reading levels!
– As the weather gets colder, remember that we still go outside for recess when the weather is above 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately!
– If you would like to chaperone any future field trips, you must have a fingerprint background check. This can be obtained from the Fingerprint office at the county building 14201 School Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD Monday-Friday from 8:00am-3:45pm. For more information or to contact the fingerprinting office, please look at the fingerprint office website: http://www1.pgcps.org/fingerprinting/
– Please remember to send an extra pair of uniform clothes to keep in your child’s cubbie at school in the event of accidents or spills.
– Uniform is enforced daily, including uninterrupted black shoes. Please go to http://cmitelementary.org/uniform-policy/ for more information.

 

Port Discovery & Worms!

What a great week! Thank you to the parents who donated their time (and patience) to join us at Port Discovery. Students had the opportunity to explore a mystery house, conduct interactive play, build a train, and have hands on experience with the water cycle.  It was a lot of fun and filled with a lot of learning! (Note: If you are interested in chaperoning on our future field trips, you must obtain your fingerprint clearance.)
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We also investigated worms! Students observed and recorded their observations through drawings and writing. They are becoming great scientists!

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100th Day of School!

Kindergarten celebrated the 100th day of school by having a STEM day! Students were challenged to make a creation using 100 of a given material. This project encouraged them to get creative, while also working collaboratively on a team!

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Week of January 23

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Last week, we discussed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his contributions during the civil rights era. Students received just a glimpse of what lay ahead for Black History Month!

MAP Testing will begin this week! The tests will be conducted from 9-10am over the next two weeks on the days listed below, so please be sure to be at school ON TIME and have a good breakfast! We want our students to do their best!

Monday: Smith
Tuesday: Santiago
Wednesday: Valera
Thursday: Miller

We will begin a NEW schedule starting Monday, January 23. Please review the schedule listed on the grade level website (http://kindergarten.cmitelementary.org/?page_id=41) to view the updated schedule.

Congratulations to our Kindergarten STEM Fair Winners!
Most Unique: Isaiah Black, 5th: Andrew Akinmutimi, 4th: Warner Brown, 3rd: Charles Allen, 2nd: Janae Jenkins, 1st: Enzo Nunez-Guerra
Great job to all the finalists! Way to represent Kindergarten!

Our 100th Day of School is (tentatively – depending on weather) on February 3rd! Students will be permitted to wear a shirt that has 100 items on it! (Get creative!) Students who do not have a 100th day related shirt must be in uniform. More details to come soon! Be sure to check class dojo/e-mails for more information over the next two weeks.

This week in Kindergarten…
English Language Arts
We will read the story “Then and Now.” It is an informational text that compares the past and the present, including how music is listened to, how we communicate, and how we travel. We will be drawing conclusions, comparing and contrasting, and identifying initial and final /t/ and /o/.

Mathematics
We are learning to compose and decompose numbers! Students will be expanding on their basic addition and subtraction to now create sums and writing number sentences to match these sums. We will be continuing this over the next few weeks!

Science
Students will continue to learn about non-living and living things! They will identify characteristics of living thing and how to use that to identify non-living things.

High Frequency Words
Here are our sight words we have learned so far. Remember to practice reading and writing these words regularly! (When reading at home, if you see these words, have your child point it out!) All of the words we will learn this year are available on our grade level website under “Sight Words.”

I, am, little, to, a, have, is, the, we, my, like, he, for, me, with, she, see, look, they, you, of

Week of January 17

It is a short week! Remember there will be no school on Monday 1/16 and Friday 1/20! (Homework will be due on 1/19, we apologize for the typos on the cover page this week!)

Congratulations to our Kindergarten December Students of the Month!
Kevin Espinoza
Joseph Settles
Carmina Gooding
Munirat Ibrahim

This week in Kindergarten…
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In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we will be discussing Dr. King and his ideology of treating everyone with respect and fairness. We will discuss his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement and how he has shaped the world we live in today.

English Language Arts
We will continue to read the story “Farfallina and Marcel.” It is a story about two friends and how their friendship evolves over time. We will be discussing plot and working with initial and final /f/.

Mathematics
We are SUBTRACTING to five! Students will be learning how to take away and find what is left. We will be learning the minus sign and reviewing the equal sign as well!

Science
Students will be learning about non-living things! They will identify characteristics of living thing and how to use that to identify non-living things.

High Frequency Words
Here are our sight words we have learned so far. Remember to practice reading and writing these words regularly! (When reading at home, if you see these words, have your child point it out!) All of the words we will learn this year are available on our grade level website under “Sight Words.”

I, am, little, to, a, have, is, the, we, my, like, he, for, me, with, she, see, look

REMINDERS
– Homework is due on FRIDAY each week. Remember to look for their new homework packet on Fridays. Homework that is not submitted by the due date will be given a ZERO.
– Please read regularly! Remember that just 20 minutes a day can boost your child’s reading levels!
– As the weather gets colder, remember that we still go outside for recess when the weather is above 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately!
– If you would like to chaperone any future field trips, you must have a fingerprint background check. This can be obtained from the Fingerprint office at the county building 14201 School Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD Monday-Friday from 8:00am-3:45pm. For more information or to contact the fingerprinting office, please look at the fingerprint office website: http://www1.pgcps.org/fingerprinting/
– Please remember to send an extra pair of uniform clothes to keep in your child’s cubbie at school in the event of accidents or spills.
– Uniform is enforced daily, including uninterrupted black shoes. Please go to http://cmitelementary.org/uniform-policy/ for more information.

Week of December 19

Kindergarten wishes you and your family a wonderful holiday and restful Winter Break! Don’t forget to work on your presentations for the STEM Fair! It is due on Tuesday, January 3rd! If you have questions, please contact your teacher before Thursday to ensure a response!

This week in Kindergarten…
English Language Arts
We will read the story “George Washington Visits.” It is a story about a young boy’s encounter with General Washington. We will be comparing and contrasting the past and present and working with initial and final /d/.

Mathematics
We are adding! Students will be learning how to join groups to find a total. We will be learning the plus sign and equal sign as well! Students will also be identifying how many more they will need to get to 10!
Please note: students should still practice finding 1 and 2 fewer. (This will be integral when we transition to subtraction after Winter Break!) Be sure to get some extra practice at home! An easy way to incorporate this at home is during dinner prep or at the grocery. For example, “I have eight apples, but I need 2 more (or 2 fewer). How many will that be? Can you do that for me?” This will help make Subtraction and Addition much easier later in the year!

Science
Students will be learning about motion and magnets. What types of motion are there? What is force? How do we apply force?

High Frequency Words
Here are our sight words we have learned so far. Remember to practice reading and writing these words regularly! (When reading at home, if you see these words, have your child point it out!) All of the words we will learn this year are available on our grade level website under “Sight Words.”

I, am, little, to, a, have, is, the, we, my, like, he, for, me, with, she

REMINDERS
– Homework for Winter Break and the week we return will be distributed on Thursday, December 22 and will be due on Friday, January 7!
– Homework is due on FRIDAY each week. Remember to look for their new homework packet on Fridays. Homework that is not submitted by the due date will be given a ZERO.
– Please read regularly! Remember that just 20 minutes a day can boost your child’s reading levels!
– As the weather gets colder, remember that we still go outside for recess when the weather is above 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately!
– If you would like to chaperone any future field trips, you must have a fingerprint background check. This can be obtained from the Fingerprint office at the county building 14201 School Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD Monday-Friday from 8:00am-3:45pm. For more information or to contact the fingerprinting office, please look at the fingerprint office website: http://www1.pgcps.org/fingerprinting/
– Please remember to send an extra pair of uniform clothes to keep in your child’s cubbie at school in the event of accidents or spills.
– Uniform is enforced daily, including uninterrupted black shoes. Please go to http://cmitelementary.org/uniform-policy/ for more information.