Port Discovery & Worms!

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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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…
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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.

 

Week of December 5

This week in Kindergarten…
English Language Arts
We will read the story “Little Panda.” It is a nonfiction text about the development of a Panda at the San Diego Zoo. We will be comparing and contrasting, working with initial /n/ and /b/, and learning about verbs.

Mathematics
We will be continue to discuss shapes! We will analyze, compare, and create shapes from smaller shapes.
Please note: students should still practice finding 1 and 2 fewer. 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

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 November 21, 2016

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Student of the Month Spotlight
Our Student Spotlight this week is Janae Jenkins from Ms. Miller’s class! Janae says she loves Math because she loves learning and loves answering math questions. She also really loves doing homework! Congratulations on earning Student of the Month, Janae!

This week in Kindergarten we will be spending the two days reviewing topics we have learned so far this year. We will also be working on some Thanksgiving activities to get ready for the holiday!

On Tuesday, November 22, we will be creating “disguises” for turkeys to keep them from getting eaten on Thanksgiving! We will have construction paper, glue, and crayons, but we would love more items! If you can, please send items like feathers, cotton balls, beads, or other craft items that students can use to create their turkey disguises on MONDAY. Check out this link to see examples of what we will be doing: https://www.pinterest.com/handmadekidsart/turkey-disguise-project/

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

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!
– 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 11/14/2016

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Student of the Month Spotlight

Our Student Spotlight this week is Beruk Yiheyis from Ms. Santiago’s class. Beruk loves to go to Music and enjoys his Language Arts centers every day. He is a very neat writer and is awesome at Math. Congratulations on being Student of the Month, Beruk!

Parent Conferences
Thank you to the parents that came to parent conferences on Friday, November 11. We are thankful for your dedication and support, and we look forward to continuing the year working as a team to further your child’s growth in Kindergarten!

Upcoming Events
On Tuesday, November 22, we will be creating “disguises” for turkeys to keep them from getting eaten on Thanksgiving! We will have construction paper, glue, and crayons, but we would love more items! If you can, please send items like feathers, cotton balls, beads, or other craft items that students can use to create their turkey disguises. Check out this link to see examples of what we will be doing: https://www.pinterest.com/handmadekidsart/turkey-disguise-project/

This week in Kindergarten…
English Language Arts
We will read the story “A Bed for Winter” about a little mouse that is looking for a bed to sleep in during the cold. We will be discussing sequence – retelling a story in order, working with initial and medial /i/, and learning more about adjectives that can describe opposite.

Mathematics
We will be learning about shapes! We will look at different shapes and identify them by their attributes. Additionally, we will create a fox using a shape! Please note: students should still practice finding 1 and 2 fewer. 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 matter and mixtures throughout the month of November. We will look at mixtures and how temperature can cause matter to change.

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

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!
– 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 11/1/2016

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Student of the Month Spotlight

Our Student Spotlight this week is Jeswin Siju! Jeswin is in Mrs. Smith’s class. He is a great reader!

This week in Kindergarten…
English Language Arts
We will continue reading the story “Bear Snores On.” The story will be about a bear in hibernation! We will be discussing Realism and Fantasy, working with initial and final /k/ spelled Cc, and learning more about adjectives.

Mathematics
We will continue counting numbers to 100! We will start with counting to 30, then skip counting to 100 by 10’s. We will then transition to learning about shapes! Please note: students should still practice finding 1 and 2 fewer. 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 continue to study objects using the five senses to describe the objects. We will also identify and categorize objects based on different attributes. We will also be learning about how sound is made!

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

REMINDERS
– Don’t forget to sign up for Parent Conferences via the sign up genius link sent by your child’s teacher. Conferences will be 15 minutes and held on November 11.
– Homework is due on FRIDAY each week. Remember to look for their new homework packet on Fridays.
– Please read regularly! Remember that just 20 minutes a day can boost your child’s reading levels!
– 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 10/24/2016

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Student of the Month SpotlightOur Student Spotlight this week is Cori Lewis. Cori is in Mrs. Valera’s class. She says her favorite part of school is art. She loves to color and draw. Congratulations on being Student of the Month, Cori!

This week in Kindergarten…
English Language Arts
We will be reading the story “Bear Snores On.” The story will be about a bear in hibernation! We will be discussing Realism and Fantasy, working with initial and final /k/ spelled Cc, and learning more about adjectives.

Mathematics
We will continue counting numbers to 100! We will start with counting to 30, then skip counting to 100 by 10’s. We will then transition to learning about shapes! Please note: students should still practice finding 1 and 2 fewer. 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 continue to study objects using the five senses to describe the objects. We will also identify and categorize objects based on different attributes. We will also be learning about how sound is made!

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

REMINDERS
– Don’t forget to sign up for Parent Conferences via the sign up genius link sent by your child’s teacher. Conferences will be 15 minutes and held on November 11.
– Homework is due on FRIDAY each week. Remember to look for their new homework packet on Fridays.
– Please read regularly! Remember that just 20 minutes a day can boost your child’s reading levels!
– 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.