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Issue 41
Sunday, November 15, 2015



Fundraiser items





American Education Week—November 16-20, 2015—presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. This year’s theme is "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility," and will be reflected in special observances at CMIT-ES by launching STEM-focused College and Career Ready activities.

MONDAY: November 16, 2015 - Teacher Alma Mater Day
TUESDAY: November 17, 2015 - STEM Higher Ed Institution Spotlight Part I
WEDNESDAY: November 18, 2015 - STEM Higher Ed Institution Spotlight Part II
THURSDAY: November 19, 2015 - COLLEGE DAY - Students may wear college gear.
FRIDAY: November 20, 2015 - 1st Quarter Awards Assembly - Individual invitations will announce times.

Special Events Committee

Fundraiser items
All fundraiser items should have been picked up. If you still need to get your Claires Gourmet fundraiser items you may email Mrs. Mccain at to schedule a time to pick up your items. Thank you for your support. Winners from last year enjoyed a trip to Chuckie cheese. Our top seller from this year was rewarded with a check for $100!

Our book fair will run from November 11-20, 2015 from 7:30am-3:00pm! Please sign up if you are able to help out for ANY amount of time. Your support is always appreciated. We are asking all families to purchase books for their children! Scholastic books make a great holiday gift.

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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:

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 invitation.



Winter Bazaar: Saturday, November 21, 2015 from noon to 6pm.

The event will feature Children's Holiday Shoppe, Family Photos, Live Music, Food, Kid's Crafts, Silent Auctions, Vendors, Baked Goods Sale and more! Open to the public so share with friends and family! Don't forget to send in your themed items for your class basket. Sign up to volunteer:

PAPA JOHN'S PIZZA CARDS: The PTO has Buy One Pizza Get One Free Pizza cards for sale. They are $15 and can be used through the end of 2016. If you would like to purchase one please send in payment with your student in an envelope marked PTO/Papa John's Card. Please be sure to include your name.

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. Items can be brought in and dropped off with Ms Virgil. Link to Teacher Wislists: go/70a054cafae2bab9-teacher

REMINDER - Kidstuff Books can still be turned in. If you have not sent yours back to the school or provided payment, please do so. Congratulations to Ms. Rhodes Class! They won a pizza party for raising $284 for Pennies 4 PTO. Well done!

Next PTO Meeting: December 3rd at 6PM


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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