CSMA December 2021 News!

A brief newsletter to share big news!

Princpal's Message

Season's Greetings! It's hard to believe that it's already December. The time is just flying by. I would like to thank you all for your participation in the virtual report card conferences. Please remember to check PowerSchool regularly for the most up-to-date grades. We are so glad to be in partnership with you and look forward to a very successful year.

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!

Check out our school webpage

Follow & Like us on Facebook

Dates To Remember

Nov. 29th-Dec. 3rd - Scholastic Book Fair

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

Big picture

December PAC Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 14th, 5:15-6:30pm

240 Linwood Avenue

Bridgeport, CT

Please RSVP by completing the form online: RSVP to PAC Meeting

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

Kindergarten, First, and Second grades have been getting used to being back in the library over the last few weeks as we practice checking out books, asking questions and listening for answers during read-alouds, and reviewing parts of a book. In December, Kindergarten and first grade scholars will return to a class project we began before the library was open, practicing the role of authors and illustrators to create a class alphabet book.

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

Art at Classical Studies Magnet Academy is off to an amazing start. September was the month of “ I am”. Students created name tags, plates and bubble monikers that showcased their individuality. October was an introduction to the color wheel. Students learned how warm and cool colors relate. November was the month for black and white projects. Students used stencils and rulers to create projects focused on patterns and designs.

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)

Attendance Matters

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


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.

Big picture

Magnet School Lottery

All magnet programs have opened the applications. Application process will be open Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - Friday, February 25, 2022. Lottery results will be emailed on Friday, March 11, 2022.

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

New Student Handbooks

New (and updated) Student Handbooks have been emailed. Please be sure to complete the handbook form.

NEW Student Handbooks

Student Handbook Form

Parent Square to Replace School Messenger

Please check your email for an invite to join Parent Square. You can download the app to access all school communication. This program will soon replace SCHOOL MESSENGER. Also, keep the office up-to-date with your contact information so that you receive all important school/district information.

Dismissal Reminder

Please remember to send a note or email to the office if there are any changes to your child's dismissal plan. While we understand last minute changes do occur, we will not be taking last minute changes on a regular basis. A note or email is preferred and appreciated so we can plan for more timely dismissal. We appreciate your support!

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

Please see information about our dress code below. All students should be in uniform daily with shirts tucked in. Grey sweatpants and t-shirts are allowed on PE days. NO LOGOS please. Hoodies and non-uniform jackets or sweaters will not be allowed. Please be sure if your child needs an additional layer over their uniform shirt it is uniform color and has no hood or logos. If you have an issue with uniforms or have any questions please feel free to reach out.

**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.

Big picture
Big picture

Health and Wellness Announcement

  1. Please check your child/children for symptoms of illness daily.
  2. 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.
  3. Contact Mrs. Davis and Nurse Bristhole/Nurse Teri with any health related questions or concerns: ldavis@bridgeportedu.net; mbristhole@bridgeportedu.net; tjarzynski@bridgeportedu.net
Big picture