Chatham Elementary School

Where We Are Proud To Be SHARKS

Monomoy Regional School District: Our Home Away From Home...Where Everyone has a Voice at the Table

January 17, 2020

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Celebrate and Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. No School Monday, Jan. 20.

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Fin'tastic CES Students Are:

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Important Dates:


January 20:

  • No school-Martin Luther King Day


January 23:

  • MRSD School Committee (MRHS media center; 6:30pm)


January 29:

  • Early Release Wednesday (student dismissal 1:35pm)
  • Parent University-Digital Safety and Social Media (MRHS library-6pm-7pm)


January 31:

  • Save the date: CES PTO Movie Night @Community Center (see flyer below)


February 7:


  • Proud to Be A SHARK event: PTO Cultural Arts Committee presents Brazilian Beats
(CES gymnasium-1pm; all welcome)
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CES PTO Presents: Brazilian Beats!

Acclaimed percussionist, educator, activist and Grooversity maestro Marcus Santos leads an ensemble of drummers and dancers in a high-energy survey of Brazilian drumming styles springing from his native Bahia—the original capital of Brazil. As students are introduced to soul-stirring Afro-Brazilian spirituals, to the jazz that virtuosic street soloists make with instruments as humble as plastic buckets, to the thunderous and gleeful drumming of festival marching bands,to the modern sounds of Samba Funk, they will join in the fun with call-and-response chants and funky dance moves. Volunteers will be called upon to get up on stage and help make some music.


When: Friday, February 7th at 1pm

Where: CES gymnasium

Who: ALL welcome

Dear Caregivers,


On February 7th, your child will enjoy Young Audiences’ Brazilian Beats, a performance by Marcus Santos & Grooverstiy, brought to your school by our PTO. In Brazilian Beats, acclaimed percussionist, educator, activist and Grooversity maestro Marcus Santos leads an ensemble of drummers and dancers in a high-energy survey of Brazilian drumming styles springing from his native Bahia—the original capital of Brazil. Students will join in the fun with call-and-response chants and funky dance moves as they are introduced to soul-stirring Afro-Brazilian spirituals, the jazz that street soloists make with instruments as humble as plastic buckets, the thunderous and gleeful drumming of festival marching bands, and the modern sounds of Samba Funk.

Talk about it! Ask your child about the program. You can use the following open-ended questions to start the conversation:

Tell me about the performance. What was the best part?

What surprised you? How did it make you feel?

What are you still wondering about? How can we learn more about that?

If your child enjoyed this program, we encourage you to reach out about how you can be involved in bringing the arts to schools. Please visit www.yamass.org or contact a member of the PTO committee to learn more about this and other Young Audiences’ Programs.

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Weekly Article: "Ask Me About..."



Each week the grade level teams will publish two to three statements for caregivers to use as conversation starters with their child(ren). Although the Scoop is a great place to see and discuss end-of-learning products, these "ask me about" conversation starters will help promote discussions about current learning. For additional questions to ask your child about school, please visit "Understood's" article:

How to Say It: Better Questions to Ask Your Child About School and keep us updated on how these questions are working!

Ask Me About...From PreK

What are some similarities and differences between the books The Hat, The Mitten, and The Three Snow Bears?


Can they show you two things that are the same and two things that are different?


Can they estimate how many ice cubes fit in a cup?

Ask Me About...From Grade K

Ask me about music class this week.

Ask me about Jake and Annie, and our pirate story.

Ask Me About...From Grade 1

We read the story “Seasons”. Name two things you can do during each season of the year.


Explain the math words and give examples: half, whole, one fourth, equal parts, unequal parts.

Ask Me About About...From Grade 2

Compare the characters Anna from Wednesday Surprise and Irene from Brave Irene. What character traits do they show.


Ask me to add and subtract 9 mentally from a 2 digit number.

Ask Me About...From Grade 3

Ask me about the multiplication facts that "I am still working on..."

Ask me to share something that I was struggling with in my learning this week, and what strategies I used to persevere...

Ask me something I am proud of this week.

Ask Me About...From Grade 4


  • Can you make 1 sentence using all eight parts of speech.

  • How did you “polish” one part of the social studies text from the chapter on immigration?

  • Would you rather have two fourths of a cake or five eights?

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Attendance Matters:

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CES Students Take A Deep Dive Into Learning By Developing our Next "C": Collaboration!

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1st Graders Created A "I Wonder..." Wall about Korea, and Then Learned Some of the Answers From Ms. Heo! More to come with a global partnership opportunity..Thank you Ms. Heo!

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First Graders recently started to learn about citizenship and what it means to be a global citizen. They are learning to care about the world and everyone who lives in it! The students created a “Wonder Wall” about the country of Korea. The wall is filled with questions the students have about Korean foods, schools, currency, clothes, animals, communication, weather, traditions, transportation, and celebrations.

As part of this deep learning experience, the students were very fortunate to have a parent and community member, Mrs. Heo, join Ms. Turco and Mrs. Hanson’s first grade classes for an afternoon of discovery about the country of Korea. Mrs. Heo, a mother of 3 children, 2 who attend Chatham Elementary School, is also a minister at The United Methodist Church in Chatham. Mrs. Heo grew up in Korea and agreed to share her knowledge of this beautiful country with our students. She also offered to send the children’s Wonder Wall questions to a school in Korea so that Korean children could provide us with some answers. Our Chatham Elementary School first graders are eagerly waiting for a response! Mrs. Heo gave our classes 2 Korean games that we will learn to play and she also agreed to visit us again when she has received answers from her Korean friends to our Wonder Wall questions.

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Kindergarten News:

We have packed so much learning into this week. Each day we have been practicing vowel sounds and we are working on breaking apart words and putting sounds together to make words.


We have begun reading our next Magic Tree House Book, Pirates Past Noon. We are beginning to write more sentences in our summaries.



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We have been learning about maps and have practiced identifying the symbols on a compass. We have used the compass app on iPads to help us navigate throughout the school.



The Audubon Society came to school and talked to us about turtles.

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Kindness Club helps out in the food pantry.

Please call or email Ms. Malinowski (jmalinowski@monomoy.edu) or Dr. Millen (rmillen@monomoy.edu) if you are in need of support.
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Family Deep Learning Night! How fun it was to dive deep with our community!

A special SHARK shout out to our community partners:


  • Pleasant Bay Community Boating for donating one week of sailing and science campership ($500. value)
  • Provincetown Art Associaton and Museum for donating a Family Membership
  • Atwood Museum for donating a Family Membership and individual tickets for a family
  • The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy for donating a Family Membership
  • The Marconi-RCA Wireless Museum for donating two Family Memberships


Congratulations the Yates, Baldwin, Dubis, Julin, Luciano, BIerwirthand Austin families for winning these door prizes.


A special SHARK shout out to the teachers that hosted and volunteered to support a student session. Ms. Nyerick, Ms. Ware, Ms. Macomber, Ms. McEntee, and Ms. Barnard-the students loved diving deep into their learning and 6Cs with you. Mr. Toppa, Ms. Johnson-Dreyer, Ms. Flynn, Ms. Finn, Ms. Gula, Ms. Julin, Ms. Turco, Ms. Hanson, Ms. King, Ms. Jennings, Ms. Malinowski, and all others that helped and supported this evening in some way. We could not have done it without all of you!


A special SHARK shout out to the 200 students, caregivers, and community members that attended our event. We hope you have a better understanding of what deep learning looks like, feels like, and sounds like at CES. We appreciate your willingness to dive deep with us!

Complete the reflection and feedback form below and be entered to win additional "door prizes." Submit your ideas today!

Opening Act: Mr. Toppa and His Musicians!

A SHARK shout out to AM, AG, CD, and NU. Click below for video.

What is the most important "C" to Deep Dive Into? Learning Session for the Adults!

What global dimensions-our 6Cs (creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, citizenship, character)-do see happening in these pictures?

Egg Drop Challenge-100% Success

MA Engineering Standards-Forces and Interactions

  • Develop awareness of factors that influence whether things stand or fall; discuss ideas about what is making something move the way it does and how some movements can be controlled (preK).

  • Plan and carry out tests of one or more design features of a given model or prototype in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify which features need to be improved. Apply the results of tests to redesign a model or prototype.*Evaluate relevant design features that must be considered in building a model or prototype of a solution to a given design problem. (gr. 4)

  • Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.

What global dimensions-our 6Cs (creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, citizenship, character)-do see happening in these pictures?

Click below for videos:

Toy Store Challenge

MA Science standards-Energy

  • Discuss ideas about what is making something move the way it does and how some movements can be controlled (preK)

  • Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy (kinetic, potential) of that object (grade 4).

What global dimensions-our 6Cs (creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, citizenship, character)-do see happening in these pictures?

Goofus' Pizza Shop

MA Math Standards-Measurement and Data

  • Describe and compare measurable attributes. B. Classify objects and count the number of objects in each category (preK)

  • Solve word problems involving measurement and simple fractions (grade 4)

What global dimensions-our 6Cs (creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, citizenship, character)-do see happening in these pictures?

Escape Room Challenge

ISTE Standards

  • 1.a - Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes. 1.c - Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues. 4 - Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

MA standards for computational thinking (all grades) and digital tools and collaboration


What global dimensions-our 6Cs (creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, citizenship, character)-do see happening in these pictures?

Souper Salute

MA social and emotional standards

  • Show willingness to take on responsibilities; understand a social/ethical problem (preK)

CASEL

  • Ability to take the perspective and empathize with others

  • Consideration of the well-being of others, ethical responsibility

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PreK News:

This week went so quickly. We had a new friend in our morning group. We watched our mealworms grow bigger. In art, we molded clay.


At the art table, we used watercolors to decorate winter scenes. We decorated igloos and snowflakes.


At the academic table, we learn how to read predictable text. We focused on the concepts the same and different. Later, we counted out more than just the The Three Bears.

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Grade 4 News:

Fourth graders are currently spending an hour a week researching something fascinating to them! Called the Fascination Project, this is an opportunity to go in-depth and explore a fascinating topic of their choice. they will then document their discoveries on a blog, designed by them! As part of their exploration, students are making school community connections!


Topics include STEM Fair research, family dogs, gumball machines, history of math, parts that make up a computer, natural disasters around the world, as well as organizing a shoe-cutting party for SOLE HOPE, helping kids in Uganda live healthier lives!

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Kindergarten Learns to Play the Drums-Click links below for video

General School Information

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2019-2020 CES PTO Meetings Will Be Held on the 2nd THURSDAY of Each Month-ALL Welcome

CES PTO Student Directory 2019-2020

Please click here for the 2019-2020 PTO School Directory.

To add to/change/edit the student directory, CLICK here

Please contact the school office to update our database, and click here to update the CES PTO Directory.

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Stellar Spellers!

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Video of the Week: One expert sharing with another expert information on their passion-the Titanic. Click video below to hear their dialogue.

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2019-2020 School Council Members:

2019-2020 School Council members:

Ms. Meghan Lampert (EL teacher)

Ms. Lenore Chieffo (Gr 3 teacher)

Ms. Lindsay Bierwirth (CES parent)

Ms. Ann Barnard (Gr 2 teacher)

Ms. Kathy Ware (Library Media teacher)

Ms. Maegan Story (MRSD parent and community representative)

Ms. Jessica Rogers (CES parent)

Ms. Deb Lopes (CES parent)

Dr. Millen (Principal)


The CES School Council meets the first Thursday of each month from 2:30-3:30pm.

Meeting agenda and minutes for upcoming and from past meetings online.

Click here for the 2018-2021 Schoolwide Improvement Plan

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Quote of the Issue: Tell me and I forget. Teach m and I remember. Involve me and I learn. -Ben Franklin

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Please Visit the Mini-Libraries at Lake Street Terrace Apartments and out front of CES

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Community News:

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