Farewell for now, Tigers!

2017-2018 Calendar

August 31 | Orientation
September 6 | First Day of School
September 29 | Two Hour Early Dismissal
October 20 | No School for Students
October 30 | Two Hour Early Dismissal
November 3 | Two Hour Early Dismissal
November 10 | Parent Teacher Conferences/No School for Students
November 13 | Two Hour Early Dismissal
November 22-24 | Thanksgiving Holiday
December 8 | Two Hour Early Dismissal
December 25-January 1 | Winter Break
January 15 | MLK Jr. Day No School
January 26 | Two Hour Early Dismissal
February 9 | No School for Students
February 19 | Presidents' Day
March 29 | Two Hour Early Dismissal
March 30-April 6 | Spring Break
May 28 | Memorial Day

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Farewell for now, Tigers!

This summer, be sure to continue to read regularly! This is one simple way to avoid summer deficits when the school year starts again in September! Other easy ways to maintain learning is through having a writing journal, and having small projects. For ideas, check out Pinterest or this blog: http://amomwithalessonplan.com/20-summer-activities/

Good luck in first grade, Tigers!

Newsletter: Week of May 30

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Homework
The words for this week as as follows: go, from, yellow, blue, green, what, said, was, where, come. Sight Word Notebooks can stay home until Friday.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) or 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.

Field Trip
Thank you to the parents that volunteered their time and joined us on our field trip last week! It was such a unique experience for the students, enjoying Dr. Seuss stories in a different medium!

This week in Kindergarten…
English Language Arts
We will read the story “Old MacDonald had a Workshop.” It is about a twist on a classic story! This is a fantasy text that will be looking at character and setting.

Mathematics
We are learning about time!
What you can do at home: Have students try to figure out what time it is, give them a time that you need to leave and have them be “time keeper,” or practice counting by 5 to 60 to show the minutes on a clock.

Science
Kindergarten welcomed 12 baby chicks this week! We will have the chicks in our care for just one more week before they go back to their home at a farm! It has been such a great journey and wonderful learning experience!

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, where, come

REMINDERS
– Homework is due on FRIDAY each week. Remember to bring sight word journals every Friday. 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 May 22

Homework
The words for this week as as follows: of, are, that, do, one, two, three, four, five, here. Sight Word Notebooks can stay home until Friday.

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) or 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 “Building with Dad.” It is about a boy who joins his dad at a construction site! This is a realistic fiction text that will be looking at character and main idea.

Mathematics
We are learning about time!
What you can do at home: Have students try to figure out what time it is, give them a time that you need to leave and have them be “time keeper,” or practice counting by 5 to 60 to show the minutes on a clock.

Science
Our butterflies will soon be released! Additionally, we will continue observing the changes of both the egg and the baby chicks over the 2 weeks. Just one more week until our eggs hatch!

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, where, come

REMINDERS
– Homework is due on FRIDAY each week. Remember to bring sight word journals every Friday. 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.

Baby Chicks!

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Kindergarten has finished their first week with our baby chicks and eggs!

Over the last week, students were able to interact with the baby chicks.  They are showing rapid growth already!

Additionally, students learned about a embryology method called, “candling” where a bright light is shined through the egg in order to see what is inside.  The students were able to see the heart and vessels of the future baby chick!

It has been a fun and interesting learning experience for both the teachers and the students.  We can’t wait to see what unfolds over the next 2 weeks!

Newsletter: Week of May 15

Homework
The words for this week as as follows: like, he, for, me, with, she, see, look, they, you. Sight Word Notebooks can stay home until Friday.

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) or 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 “This is the Way We Go to School.” It is about different ways children get to school all over the world! This is a realistic fiction text that will be looking at character and main idea.

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 continue 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.
Additionally, we will continue observing the changes of both the egg and the baby chicks over the next month, until the egg hatches.

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, where, come

REMINDERS
– Homework is due on FRIDAY each week. Remember to bring sight word journals every Friday. 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 May 8

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This week we have kicked off sight word notebooks! Sight word notebooks will be the homework task for the remainder of the school year. Students will be given 10 words each week and be asked to follow the directions in their notebook. This includes writing it, building it by cutting and pasting, and writing sentences. See the picture above for an example. The ten words will be due on Friday! The words for this week as as follows: I, am, little, to, a, have, is, the, we, my. Sight Word Notebooks can stay home until Friday.

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) or 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 “On the Move.” It is about how to get to different places around the world! This is an informational text where students will be looking at actual transportation in different parts of the world. We will also be reading words having the beginning /v/ and /w/.

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 continue 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.
Additionally, our visitors have arrived! Surprise! They are baby chicks and eggs! We will be observing the changes of both the egg and the baby chicks over the next month, until the egg hatches.

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, where, come

REMINDERS
– Homework is due on FRIDAY each week. Remember to bring sight word journals every Friday. 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 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.