CSMA December 2021 News!
A brief newsletter to share big news!
I would also like to wish you a very happy and peaceful holiday season It's a wonderful time of year to celebrate and be thankful for all the wonderful people in our lives. Thank you for all of your support.
Wishing you the happiest of all holidays... Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy New Year and a Joyous Three Kings Day!
Dates To Remember
Dec. 7th - 1st Marking Period Award Ceremony (for students only)
Dec. 8th - One Session Day 12:50 Dismissal
Dec. 14th - PAC Meeting 5:15-6:30 PM @ Linwood Cafe (all families invited)
Dec. 15th - No Extended Day 3:10 Dismissal
Dec. 16th - Hispanic Health Council Puppet Show (Beechwood)
Dec. 17th - 2nd Marking Period Progress Report (will be sent via email)
Dec. 22nd - Field Trip to S.H.U. Grades 3-8
Dec. 23rd - One Session Day 12:50 Dismissal
Dec. 23rd - Dress Down Day $1 to participate
Dec. 24th-Jan. 3rd - Winter Recess - No School
Jan. 4th - School Back In-Session
Jan. 6th - Three Kings Day - No School
Mr. Volpe, Music Teacher
This was a very exciting month in the music room. Classes at the Linwood Campus
began to learn about the notes on the treble staff. We have worked on tasks where we
learn how to play songs on the xylophone by reading music as well as using the note
names to spell words. Some of the older classes have had the opportunity to create
music on the xylophone and use their knowledge of the notes names to write their
creations down on the staff. At the Beechwood campus, students have been learning
about what it takes to participate in circle games. A couple of the songs we have been
learning have games that can be played in a circle and it has been a challenge for some
of the classes to get and stay in a circle while singing and walking around it. It has
definitely been an exciting time getting back into the music room this year, we have
many more interesting tasks ahead of us. Thank you for your continued support of the
arts at this school! Keep them singing!
P.S. If you want to keep your scholar active in their music learning at home, have them
go on “Chrome Music Lab.” This website is a place where anyone can explore, create
and learn about music. Just search “Chrome Music Lab” in Google or another search
engine to find it and let your scholar explore and create. Let them show you what they
Miss Curri, Media Specialist
Second and third grades will listen to, compare, and contrast award-winning picture book versions of fairy tales.
Fourth, fifth, and sixth grades have been learning how to be good digital citizens - taking care of themselves by learning to recognize healthy media choices, and taking care of others by learning strategies for dealing with cyberbullying. We will practice media literacy by identifying parts of an online news article and the difference between news and advertisements. Seventh and eighth grades have been practicing how to summarize, quote, paraphrase, and cite their sources to help avoid plagiarism.
As we wrap up these units, fourth through eighth grades will celebrate Computer Science Education Week with coding activities.
Mrs. Smart, Art Teacher
Dr. DeAngelis, PE Teacher at Linwood
Our CSMA scholars have been working diligently in the Physical Education classroom. We have had the chance to work on a number of activities and lifelong skills. For example, students have learned how to check their heart rate, make independent activity choices, and even refine their soccer skills. Additionally, our scholars in grades 4-8 were all tested on the Connecticut State Fitness Test, with many achieving passing scores! Pease make sure to keep an eye on PowerSchool to monitor your scholar's performance in Physical Education!
(Click link above to view award ceremony photos)
Our November "TikTok, On Time, On Target" Attendance Challenge has come to an end.
Our November winners are: Rooms 8, 202, 305, & 306
We started our next challenge on December 1st. We are announcing and tracking classes with perfect attendance daily. In order to earn a point for the class for the day all students must be present and on time. On time is arriving to school between 8:40 - 8:50 AM. Homeroom teachers take attendance at 9:00 AM sharp. If your child isn't in homeroom by then they are marked TARDY. Classes with the most days of perfect attendance for the month will be rewarded!
Basketball Team Practices
Girls: THURSDAYS - 3:15-5:00 PM
Boys: FRIDAYS - 3:15-5:00 PM
**NO LATE BUS ON FRIDAYS. PLEASE MAKE APPROPRIATE ARRANGEMENTS FOR PICK-UP AT 5:00 PM**
If you haven't done so already, please complete the registration online. Go to BCYL.ORG
There will be a parent meeting at the end of December (more information to come).
Basketball season will take place January 15 - March 12.
Magnet School Lottery
If you currently have a child at CSMA in grades K to 7 and have another child you would like to enter CSMA, you must complete the application online and include current CSMA student information under sibling section of the application. If you do not complete the application and include sibling info, they will not receive sibling priority or be added to the lottery list.
Please read information above on the Lottery Process Flyer for more information. If you have any questions, please contact the office.
Lottery applications: www.bpsapply.com
Parent Square to Replace School Messenger
Additionally, students will not be called for dismissal between 2:10 PM-2:50 PM as we are preparing for dismissal. If you know your child must be picked up early please inform the office so we can have them ready for you and so we do not disrupt the educational process in the classrooms.
Dismissal takes place between 2:50 - 3:10 PM, please make the appropriate arrangements to pick up your child from school on time, or be at the bus stop at least 10-15 minutes prior to the designated time. Elementary scholars must be met at the bus stop by a responsible adult unless a drop off waiver has been submitted. Thank you in advance for your support, your child's safety is our concern.
CSMA Dress Code
**DISTRICT POLICY UPDATE: No CROCS are allowed in school. We have had many injuries during PE and during recess. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation to keep our students safe.
Health and Wellness Announcement
- Please check your child/children for symptoms of illness daily.
- If your child is feeling sick or has been in contact with a COVID-19 positive individual STAY HOME. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL IF THEY WERE IN CONTACT WITH A POSITIVE INDIVIDUAL. YOUR CHILD MUST QUARANTINE FOR 10 DAYS.
- Contact Mrs. Davis and Nurse Bristhole/Nurse Teri with any health related questions or concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org