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Issue 40
Sunday, October 18, 2015

Special Thanks

Fifth Grade




Second Grade News

Technology News for Grade K-2

Technology News for Grade 3-5

PE News

Coat/Food Drive!

Papa Johns spirit night!

Claire's Gourmet Fundraiser

October 16th News From Your PTO

OCTOBER 29, 2015 - Picture Day Attire



Fabulous Fourth Grade!



October 16th News From Your PTO

Free & Reduced Lunch Forms

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Special Thanks

We send a special thanks to the PTO for sponsoring DOUGHNUTS FOR DADS on October 12, 2015 in conjunction with PGCPS' Men Make a Difference Day #MMDD2015! We also send a special thanks to the 100+ Dads that joined us to share their careers and or read a book to their child(ren) and their classmates.

Also, thanks to the 50+ plus parents that attended the PTO meeting on October 8, 2015.

TO ALL STUDENTS & PARENTS that participated in the CLAIRE'S GOURMENT FUNDRAISER & the PAPA JOHN'S SPIRIT DAY, we certainly appreciate your support!!!

Lastly, we would like to thank our President of the Charter Governing Board, MR. SPEAR LANCASTER for addressing our SEPTEMBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH. October has begun with learning and fun activities. Let's continue

Mrs. Respass

Fifth Grade
In math fifth graders have a STEM project that involves creating a post card and plan for visiting another country. Students will have to determine the currency used in the other country. Students will need to add, subtract, multiply, divide, and estimate decimals.

In Science Students are continuing to master the use of technology as a learning tool. Students have started using Study Island. They should have completed the pre-test for science. They should have completed the diagnostic test and pre-test for math.

In Reading students are working on the challenges African American Athletes faced during segregation.

In Social Studies students are working on Early American cultures and civilizations.

The links below will help students...

Fifth graders are visiting Port Discovery on Friday October 23, 2015! Please return permission slips and the $20 fee by Wednesday October 21, 2015!


The CMIT-Elementary student of the month is chosen by the classroom teacher based on qualities such as character, leadership, and citizenship, not necessarily academics. The student of the month must be a diligent student, completing his/her assignments on time, showing strong effort to learn the subjects. The student of the month demonstrates excellent behavior inside and outside the classroom, is well mannered, and respectful to both peers and teachers. The student of the month displays excellent citizenship by aligning him/herself with the CMIT affirmation. Lastly, the student of the month shows exemplar character through his/her compassion, honesty, trustworthiness, responsibility, optimism, and loyalty in creating a positive school environment.

The Students of the Month will be recognized with a certificate, and will also receive special privileges (i.e. lunch with the principal, present morning announcements).

Jordan Corsey, Saniya Hardy, Izadora Robinson, & Ellis Wilson

Oluwaseyi Agboola, Damilola Fawehinmi, Emerald Ferguson, & Ayesha Mohammed

Chase Hogg, Jinar Millet-Williams, Sydney Russell & Caitlyn Wedderburn

Rana Elsayed & Christian Sherrod

Peter Abang & Tony Tinsley

Jennifer Ononaku & Zaiah Staton

Sana'a Virgil

Aaron Stills

Joslyn Clarke

Londyn Byrd & Kamraan Sahibzada

Mrs. Respass

Congratulations to the Staff Members of the Month for SEPTEMBER:


The Staff of the Month has presented an above and beyond attitude through his/her compassion for the students, responsibility, optimism, and loyalty in creating a positive school and learning environment. The following staff have been chosen in particular for the contributions to this year's theme - MISSION POSSIBLE: BUILDING TECH SAVVY TIGERS TO CHANGE THE WORLD!!!

Mrs. Respass

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

Effective October 26, 2015 CMIT Elementary will begin offering drop-in enrichment for their students. This new program will allow parents to sign their students up for enrichment drop-in on an as needed basis.

The cost for drop-in enrichment is $30, and it will cover the 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm time period. Parents can sign up for drop-in via the following link:

A 48 hour advanced notice is required for all drop-in enrichment sign-ups. Payment must be made at least 24 hours prior to the date requested.

Payments can be submitted to Mrs. Virgil at the front desk. Checks should be written out to Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation. Please note: do not send a check with your child to the school or the homeroom teacher.

In addition, please send an email to your child's home room teacher on or before the date you will be utilizing enrichment drop-in in order to facilitate a smooth transition.



Second Grade News
Dear Parents,
We are very excited to be working with your child this year! There are so many fun things to do and learn in second grade, and we are excited to be a part of your learning community. We hope that this year you will be a partner in your child"s education. Your child will have greater success if we work together to make this the best year yet!

Stay Tuned: Ask your child what he or she learned each day at school. Be sure to check the homework folder, agenda book, and Class Dojo EVERY night! This is where homework to be completed will be stored, as well as any newsletters, notes, or completed work. Our newsletter will help keep you informed of classroom happenings, as well as school spirit events!

In Language Arts, students will begin Unit 2, How can we work together?, and in Math, students will continue to learn number operations and algebraic thinking.
Thank you for your continued support!

Ms. Hartmann, Ms. Nick, Mr. Olatunji, and Mr. Trippe

Technology News for Grade K-2

So far we learned about

1) Select, Drag, and Double-click: Students learned how to use a computer mouse. Students learned to select, drag, and double-click objects.

2) Desktop: Students practiced with basic computer concepts, such as using the desktop, working with files and folders, and navigating file structures.

3) Windows and Controls: Students learned to use dialog boxes and options windows and to make selections with tools such as checkboxes, radio buttons, text boxes, scroll bars, dropdown menus, and general window controls.

Mrs. Avsar
Technology Teacher
Technology News for Grade 3-5

So far we learned about

1) Cyber Bullying: Students learned to prevent, stop, and not participate in cyber bullying.

2) Sending and Responding Email Messages: Students are introduced to email addresses and messages. Students also practiced writing and sending email messages.

3) Community Sites: Students learned how to synthesize, publish, and share information on a web page in an online community. Students learned how technology and online communication skills can be used to present rich communication for an audience.

4) Online Searches: Students learned how to use search engines more effectively by using keywords and categories in search engines.

Mrs. Avsar

PE News

We will be kicking off our Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser on Tuesday, October 20, 2015. This fundraiser is sponsored by the American Heart Association. The purpose of this fundraiser is to raise awareness and to help people with heart disease. Information will be sent home on Tuesday.

Reminder: Please send your child to school with appropriate footwear on PE days.

Thank you!

Coat/Food Drive!
Since we are nearing the holiday season we would like to give back to those in need. We have decided to have a coat and food drive. Please donate clean coats and non-perishable food items in one of the boxes located at the front office. Look for Toys for tots boxes to be coming in the next few weeks as well. Thank you for all your support! Together we can make a difference!

Papa Johns spirit night!
Thank you for all your support with our Papa John's spirit night. Please be sure to return the receipts off the pizza boxes that have the amount of the order. Only receipts dated October 14, 2015 will result in proceeds given to the school. Please return your receipts no later than Monday October 19, 2015! Please given them to Mrs, McCain in room 294! Thank you!

Claire's Gourmet Fundraiser
Thank you to all those who sold items in our first school fundraiser. We are very happy to have such a great group of families. Thank you for all your support. We have sold $10,000 worth of items.

October 16th News From Your PTO
Hi everyone!!

Donuts for Dads : This event happened last Monday, October 12, 2015 at 8:00 am in the cafeteria. We had an amazing turnout with over 150 Dads, Grandparents, Uncles and other male role models in our kids' lives! Huge thank you to all of the Dads for coming, to Erika Kelley for coordinating and all the volunteers for helping make this happen, and to the teachers for welcoming the Dads into the classrooms!! Teamwork made an fabulous event!!

Pennies for PTO - Penny Wars : This is in full swing! Each classroom will be collecting loose change/dollars (we won't turn any denomination of money away) to donate to the PTO. The class which collects the most will win a special treat from the PTO! Last year it was an ice cream treat. Help your kids win a fun treat!!

Spirit Night : October 20th, 2015 Spirit Night will be at the Chick-Fil-A located at the Centre at Laurel (Contee and Rt 1), 13600 Baltimore Ave St 600, Laurel, MD 20724. This starts at 3pm to 7pm. Be sure to stop by on the way home to pick up an afterschool snack or dinner!! When you order, please let them know that your child attends CMIT Elementary and you are participating in the Spirit Night.

Hospitality Committee: Chairs:
Damita Wray ( ) and Linda Caler ( ). CMIT parents are stocking the Staff Lounges with items from teacher wishlists. Please view the lists online here and indicate if you would like provide an item. Check the list regularly as it will be updated throughout the year. The teachers and staff thank you for your contributions.

Link to Teacher Wislists: go/70a054cafae2bab9-teacher

Items can be brought in and dropped up with Ms Virgil. Remember there are two teacher lounges - Blue and Green. Be sure to bring in supplies for both lounges and to let Ms Virgil know that they are go in both lounges. If you feel comfortable enough, you can deliver the supplies, yourself, to both lounges!


Next PTO Meeting : November 5, 2015 from 6-8pm (this is a corrected date) School Cafeteria. Dinner and child care is available. Call in option ~ (712) 775-7031 , Access Code: 177-042

Muffins for Mom: November 9, 2015, at 8:00 am in the Cafeteria. We are in need of volunteers (Dads....) to help serve the Moms (Aunts, Grandmas, etc). If you would be interested in helping out, please contact Erika Kelley at If you are Mom and plan to attend, you may RSPV by emailing

Scholastic Book Fair: November 11th-20th. Benora McCain need volunteers for the book fair! The hours will be 7:30pm-3:00pm! If you are interested in helping out during the day to keep the book fair open (this allows the Book Fair to remain open and the kids are able to shop throughout the day, increasing our sales!!), please contact Ms McCain at

American Education Week: Be on the look out for more information on this! It is the same week as the Scholastic Book Fair.

Holiday Bazaar: November 21, 2015. Please contact Kathryn Ottman if you'd like to help out or be a vendor to this event. This event is in November and there is a lot to do to have a successful event! Please considering helping out on this Saturday!!

Skate Night Committee: If you signed up or are interested in helping out on this event, please contact: Caryn Pierce The event will happen on January 29, 2015.

Committee Chairs: If you need anything in the weekly PTO emails, please contact us at

Box Tops : We are will be collecting the box tops through out the year. Please remember to collect them and send them in with your student. Jamise Dixon is in charge of this venture and doing a great job!!

Giant A+ numbers : This is an easy way to get money for the PTO. If you shop at Giant, every time you shop, Giant will donate to us. Please encourage your friends, neighbors, and family to switch their cards over to CMIT Elementary.

To register your card to go: register-card/ Our school code is 18383.

Volunteer Opportunities : There are many options to volunteer with the PTO. Before you can volunteer in the classroom, there will be a training done by the PTO that all of us will need to participate in to work in the classrooms. If you have a skill or talent you'd like to help out, please let us know.

Classroom Parent Liaisons : Please check in with your teachers to see what they anticipate their needs being. What supplies are they needing in the classroom? With the cooler weather, you know Kleenex and sanitizers will be needed! Teachers' initial supplies they bought themselves will be dwindling down as school goes forward. What help can parents do that does not involve being in the classroom until we get the training up? Some teachers need copies made. Other might need laminate cut out. You may also want to find out what celebrations your teacher would like to have in their classroom and how they would like to see/have these done. Reach out to the parents of the classroom to start planning/coordinating! I know the teachers are looking forward to the help!!

Background Checks/Finger prints: Please remember if you want to chaperone field trips, recess coverage (we do this for the Teacher Appreciation Week), or Classroom Parent Liaisons, you'll need to have this done. You can not be alone with the kids unless you have done the fingerprints. There is one more Regional Fingerprinting Session:

PGCPS has announced 3 Regional Fingerprinting Sessions.

These Regional Fingerprinting Sessions are hosted by the Prince George's County Public Schools' Division of Human Resources Employee Services Center and provides parents, guardians and community volunteers an opportunity to complete the full Fingerprinting Background Check at a location more convenient to home or work. The sessions will occur at the locations and times listed below; pre-registration for these events is mandatory. Due to the volume of attendees, walk-ins are not permitted.

You can register for these sessions:

October 7, 3pm - 7pm - Eleanor Roosevelt HS - Regional Fingerprint Session
October 15, 3pm - 7pm - Laurel ES - Regional Fingerprint Session
October 22, 3pm - 7pm - Hyattsville ES - Regional Fingerprint Session

To register visit:

Please direct all questions and concerns to the Human Resources Employee Services Center at 301-780-2191 or hr.employeesupportcenter@ .

For more information on the fingerprinting process, visit the Fingerprinting and Background Services website. Please turn in the receipt to Ms Virgil. If you have lost your copy of the receipt, you can get a copy.


Contact us:

Like our FB Page: CMITElementaryParentTeacherOrganization/timeline - hover over "liked" once you've clicked and you'll get a drop down box - click on "get notifications" so you'll receive updates.

Text Updates via Text @cmite to 81010

Have a great weekend!

OCTOBER 29, 2015 - Picture Day Attire
The picture day is scheduled for October 29, 2015. All students in Grades K-2 should wear the burgundy or royal blue CMIT-ES polo. All students in Grades 3-5 should wear the white Oxford CMIT-Elementary shirt the with the tie or the burgundy polo. Students will receive price lists soon. If the students in Grades 3-5 are scheduled for PE on October 29, 2015, then students should bring the PE uniform to change.

Mrs. Respass

Pastries with the Principal is an opportunity for parents to converse with the principal. Parents and the principal will brainstorm new ideas and voice concerns about CMIT-Elementary while enjoying breakfast refreshments.

The following dates/classes have been scheduled:

October 27, 2015 - 5th Grade
October 28, 2015 - Santiago & Snyder
October 29, 2015 - Cooper & Leslie
November 3, 2015 - 4th Grade
November 4, 2015 - Hutchins & Marsh
November 5, 2015 - Rhodes & Starks
November 16, 2015 - 3rd Grade
November 17, 2015 - Hartman & Nick
November 18, 2015 - Olatunji & Trippe

Breakfast treats will be available at 8 a.m. All conversations will begin promptly at 8:15 a.m. and the location will be sent via email or Class Dojo depending on the amount of RSVPs or announced upon arrival. All parents should RSVP via emailed invite.

Mrs. Respass

October 20, 2015------ Jump Rope for Heart Assemblies.**
October 20, 2015------ Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night PTO sponsored 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
October 27, 2015------ Pastries with the Principal - 5th Grade
October 28, 2015------ Pastries with the Principal -Santiago/Snyder
October 29, 2015------ Pastries with the Principal -Cooper/Leslie
October 30, 2015------ Storybook Character Day & 2 hour Early Dismissal (12:30 p.m. - 12:55 p.m.)

Mrs. Respass

Fabulous Fourth Grade!
Much appreciation to all the DADS who visited our classrooms on Monday. Your presence made a difference. Thank You!

Current Learning:-Reading-Main Idea, SS- Regions, Math- Rounding, Science-Energy
Book reports - Nonfiction

Please encourage/support students:
-to complete work on Study Island-We have missing data for some students.
-practice ROAR
Thanks for all that you do to ensure student success.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

CMIT Testing Schedule for the SY2015-2016


*Schedule is tentative, because dates are subject to change.

MAP TESTING ELA- 1st Grade (Marsh & Hutchins) @08:15 am

MAP TESTING ELA -1st Grade (Starks & Rhodes) @08:15 am

MAP TESTING ELA -2nd Grade (Hartman & Nick) @08:15 am

MAP TESTING ELA -2nd Grade (Olatunji & Trippe) @08:15 am




Dear Parents/Guardians,

CMIT ELEMENTARY ( K-5) is implementing study island program in every grade levels. Please contact homeroom teachers for more details.

- Rigorous test preparation and standards mastery

- Mobile-optimized standards mastery and test preparation programs built specifically from state and Common Core standards

- Readily available reporting, class management, and content from any mobile device that can easily fit into your school’s or district’s existing mobile-initiatives

- Dynamic mobile games and interactive content that keeps your students engaged in their learning

- Real-time progress monitoring that quickly identifies student strengths and areas needing improvement


Free & Reduced Lunch Forms
The free and reduced lunch forms are online and are due October 26, 2015.
Please use the following link, to apply.

ApplyforLunch is an easy and convenient way for parents and guardians to submit applications for school meal benefits online. There is no fee for using the ApplyforLunch website to submit your application for benefits. This service is provided to you free of charge by your School District.

Entering your application online is quicker, easier, and more accurate than filling out a paper application. Our step-by-step process and guided help makes applying for school meals simpler and easier to understand than ever before.

Cafeteria Staff


Transportation: Student Drop Off /Pick Up and Early Departure
Note: The parents/guardians are responsible for the daily transportation of their child(ren). CMIT-Elementary does not provide transportation during student arrival or student dismissal. Please update the authorized person(s),including the bus company or the childcare business, that will pick up your child(ren)by submitting an email or written notice to the School Registrar, and the Principal’s Secretary,

Q: What is the earliest that I may drop off my child?
A: 7:30 a.m.

Q: Where should we drop off students in the morning?
A: All car riders should be driven to the rear of the building and dropped off at the cafeteria entrance. Parents must remain in the car in order to keep the process constant and mobile. Carpoolers that include 3 or more students may be dropped off at the main office entrance along with the bus riders.

Q: What is the earliest time that I may pick up my student?
A: Student dismissal begins around 2:30 p.m.

Q: What is the latest time that I may pick up my student?
A: Student dismissal ends at 2:55 p.m. Otherwise, students will be sent to Enrichment and charged Enrichment late fees.

Q: Where should we pick up students in the afternoon?
A: All car riders should be picked up in the rear of the building at the cafeteria entrance. Parents must remain in the car in order to keep the process mobile. Please notice the flow of traffic and refrain from stopping in the middle of the pathway. If you need to buckle in your students we ask that you do not block the flow of pick up so that we can dismiss all students in a timely manner.

Q: What is the latest time that I may pick up my student for early departure?
A: Students should be picked up from the Main Office no later than 2:10 p.m. To expedite the process, please send an email to the classroom teacher, the receptionist, Mrs. Virgil, the School Registrar, and the Principal’s Secretary or submit a handwritten note in order to expedite the process. No advanced notice is needed.

Q: What is the process for walkers?
A: CMIT-Elementary does not recognize walkers since there are no residences within walking distance. Please call the Main Office at 240.573.7240 if you have unique circumstances relevant to the pick up of your child. Please consider that CMIT-Elementary does have a student body of 450 and we are unable to accommodate 450 different unique circumstances.

Uniform Policy
Q: How do I order uniforms?
A: All uniform shirts and tops are handled by the Abstractees. Please call 410.360.1527. All khaki or navy uniform bottoms may be purchased at any retail store that sells uniform pants, shorts (except cargo pants), skorts, etc. Full dresses are not allowed for females. The CMIT-ES logo must show during the school day. The website for Abstractees is

Q: When will the uniform policy be enforced?
A: The uniform policy will begin during the first week of school. Please ensure that students are wearing a burgundy or royal blue polo until official uniform tops are received prior to September 21, 2015.

Q: When does the student wear the Physical Education uniform?
A: Please confirm the day of the week that the students enrolled in  Grades 3 – 5 will have the Physical Education class. Then, students report to school and wear the gym uniform all day. Parents may wish to send the students with wipes for sanitary purposes.

Q: Must the uniform shoe have all black?
A: Yes, the shoe worn with the uniform must be black. Students must also wear uninterrupted black during the Physical Education class. No white, no red or any color besides black should appear in the shoes.

Visitations and Volunteers
Q: How does a parent make an appointment to visit a class?
A: Please email to request an appointment. Please allow up to 48 hours for a response to the email. All classroom observations will be limited to 15 minutes.

Q: How does a parent volunteer for classroom assistance, chaperone of field trips, etc?
A: Please email the classroom teacher to express an interest in volunteering. The classroom teacher will contact the parent to establish a date, time, and the nature of the task(s). however, we ask that parents participate in a brief orientation sponsored by the PTO prior to volunteering. Please contact the PTO at for assistance.

Parent’s Corner

Parent Teacher Conferences
Q: How is a Parent Teacher Conference scheduled?
A: Please email the classroom teacher to request a conference date. The parent will have no more than 30 minutes to meet with the teacher. The conference date scheduled by PGCPS is November 11, 2015. Any other conference requests must be scheduled with the teacher.

Parent Teacher Organization
Q: When will the Parent Teacher Organization Meet?
A: The PTO is scheduled to meet the first Thursday of the month from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. except when a holiday, school closing and/or early dismissal has been scheduled. The following dates have been designated for PTO meetings: September 3, 2015; October 8, 2015; November 5, 2015; December 3, 2015; January 7, 2016; February 4, 2016; March 3, 2016; April 7, 2016; May 5, 2016; and June 2, 2016.
Student Academic Performance

Q: How do I know if my student is missing assignments and/or homework? How do I follow up on my student’s progress in the class?
A: Please check the School Max website first. If there are further questions, call 240.573.7240 to leave the teacher a voicemail message and/or email the teacher for information on your child’s academic progress.

Q: To whom do I express my concerns about academics?
A: Please contact the teacher first. If the teacher fails to respond, then contact the Program Coordinator, The next line of communication is the

Home Visits
Q: When will the home visits begin?
A: Parents should submit a request to the teacher. A teacher and/or staff member will contact the parent to schedule a date and time that is convenient for the parent and the CMIT Staff. Note: The home visits are scheduled during afterschool hours if you did not experience a home visit during the summer.

Student Breakfast/Lunch

Q: What time does breakfast begin?
A: Breakfast is served from 7:30 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. in the cafeteria. Students arriving at 7:50 a.m. or later should have breakfast prior to being dropped off.

Q: How much are the breakfast/lunch?

ELEMENTARY (Kindergarten -  5)





Reduced Price Breakfast




Full Price Breakfast




Reduced Price Lunch




Full Price Lunch




Q: How do I pay for the breakfast/lunch?



Send Cash payment to the school cafeteria so your child’s account can be updated.

Online Payments using a debit or credit card

Visit to set up, review, and add money to your child’s account.

The account balance follows the student as long as they are enrolled in a Prince George’s County Public School.

Q: Where can I find the menu for the breakfast/lunch?
A: Please click on the link for the School Menu.

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