Newsletter: Week of May 1

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Newsletter: Week of May 1

Promotion
Thank you to all the parents that completed the promotion survey. Based on the responses, Kindergarten students are being asked to wear all White Dresses (Girls) and White Button down long sleeve shirts with Khaki Pants (boys). The theme will be “Oh, to First Grade We Will Go.”As a reminder, the promotion will be held in the cafeteria on Wednesday, June 7 from 8:30-10:00am. Tickets will be sent home on Monday, June 5 based on the survey responses. Remember, tickets should include siblings that are in the building. This will act as their pass to leave class. If you need to make changes to your ticket count, please contact Ms. Santiago at jlsantiago@cmitelementary.org and we will do our best to accommodate.

This week in Kindergarten…
English Language Arts
We will read the story “The Little Engine that Could.” It is the classic story of a little blue engine who was able to complete a mission that others couldn’t or refused! We will be discussing retelling a story in sequence. We will also be reading words having the medial U sound.

Mathematics
We are learning about money! We will identify different coins and their worth. Additionally, we will be counting money and closing out with determining if we have enough money to make purchases!
What you can do at home: take out your change and encourage your scholar to identify the coins and even try counting how much money there is! (Utilize their knowledge of counting by 5’s and 10’s for nickels and dimes.)

Science
We will be observing the life cycle of a butterfly in real time! Students will watch as our classroom caterpillars go through the metamorphosis stages to become a butterfly.
Towards the end of the week, we will be receiving our special visitors who will be staying with us for a month! Hint: They incubate in an egg! ;) Once our vistors arrive, scholars will spend each day observing and recording their observations. Scholars will also have the opportunity to hold and care for these visitors!

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, yellow, blue, green, what, said, was

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.
– 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.

Newsletter: Week of April 10

Promotion Survey
The promotion is scheduled for Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 8:30-10:00am. THE SURVEY WAS DUE ON April 7. If you have not completed the survey, please do so ASAP. Failure to reply will result in a maximum of 2 tickets for the promotion. Thank you to those that have already replied! At this point, it will likely be that we will order cap and gowns for the students. More details on the cost to come soon. https://goo.gl/forms/3D2uf3KGQVD7t3J13

This week in Kindergarten…
English Language Arts
We will read the story “Mayday Mayday.” It is an informational text about emergency response teams on the ocean! We will be discussing cause and effect. We will also be reading with words having the ending sound /ks/ spelled Xx.

Mathematics
We are transitioning to “Step Up to First Grade” – a three week overview of basic first grade skills and Kindergarten review. At the close of this unit, we will be conducting diagnostic tests to identify any areas of weakness before moving into a bit of time and money!

Science
Over the next few weeks, students will be learning about various life cycles. This week, we will be learning about the Plant Life Cycle.
After this week, we will be starting our Spring Break project. For this project, we STILL need potting mix/soil, and clear 5oz plastic cups (the short and wide ones). If you are able to donate any of these items, please contact your scholar’s teacher! (Much thanks in advance!)

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, yellow, blue, green

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.
– 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.

Newsletter: Week of April 3

Promotion Survey
As we enter into the 4th quarter, we would like to begin preparations and plans for the Kindergarten Promotion! The promotion is scheduled for Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 8:30-10:00am. Please complete the survey below by next Friday, April 7. (It will take just a couple minutes!) This will help us facilitate the planning process as well as get orders underway as needed. Thanks so much! https://goo.gl/forms/3D2uf3KGQVD7t3J13

This week in Kindergarten…
English Language Arts
We will read the story “Max Takes the Train.” It is a story about a bunny that takes a journey to get a double wham ice cream sandwich! We will be comparing realism and fantasy while discussing transportation. We will also be reading with words having the beginning and ending sounds /j/ /w/.

Mathematics
We are transitioning to “Step Up to First Grade” – a three week overview of basic first grade skills and Kindergarten review. At the close of this unit, we will be conducting diagnostic tests to identify any areas of weakness before moving into a bit of time and money!

Science
Over the next few weeks, students will be learning about various life cycles. This week, we will be learning about the Plant Life Cycle.
After this week, we will be starting our Spring Break project. For this project, we will be needing grass seeds, potting mix/soil, and clear 5oz plastic cups (the short and wide ones). If you are able to donate any of these items, please contact your scholar’s teacher! (Much thanks in advance!)

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, yellow, blue, green

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.
– 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.

Newsletter: Week of March 30

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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 ASAP! (This was due on FRIDAY, MARCH 24!) Please e-mail Ms. Riley if you are experiencing financial difficulty and cannot submit payment.

This week in Kindergarten…
English Language Arts
We will read the story “Abuela.” It is a story about a granddaughter taking an adventure through the city with her grandmother. It also includes some Spanish words, so be on the look out for las parablas de espanol con tu estudiantes! We will be working on story elements, focusing on character. 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! :) After measurement we will be transitioning to “Step Up to First Grade” – a three week overview of basic first grade skills and Kindergarten review. At the close of this unit, we will be conducting diagnostic tests to identify any areas of weakness before moving into a bit of time and money!

Science
Over the next few weeks, students will be learning about various life cycles. This week, we will be learning about the Frog Life Cycle.
After this week, we will be beginning the plant life cycle and transitioning into our Spring Break project. For this project, we will be needing grass seeds, potting mix/soil, and clear 5oz plastic cups (the short and wide ones). If you are able to donate any of these items, please contact your scholar’s teacher! (Much thanks in advance!)

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 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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