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Newton D. Baker School of Arts Family Newsletter - Apr. 2021

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School Choice Portal, Make Choices by April 23

CMSD’s online school choice portal is open again, this time offering an opportunity to select PreK- and K-8 schools as well as high schools for the 2021-2022 school year.

The portal,, will remain open until April 23, when it will close and the District will make the second round of school assignments. Those assignments will be announced on May 7. The first assignments were released in February.

As part of The Cleveland Plan for education reform, CMSD offers a variety of school models. The District allows families to choose the schools that best fit their children’s needs, if space is available and, in a few cases, they meet admissions criteria.

Parents of children who are in kindergarten through seventh grade or ninth through 11th grades this year do not have to submit applications. The students will remain at their current schools for 2021-2022.

Note: Students who graduate from CMSD high schools receive Say Yes to Education scholarships, which pay up to the full value of tuition, minus federal and state aid, to all public colleges and universities and Pell-eligible training programs in Ohio and more than 100 private colleges and universities across the country. But to qualify, students must be continuously enrolled in a CMSD high school and live in the District or City of Cleveland from ninth grade until graduation.

P-EBT Funds Available Only On Remote Learning Days

Under federal rules, students in hybrid learning will not be eligible for Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer, or P-EBT, funds on the days they attend classes in their school buildings. They will be eligible for the benefits on the days they attend school remotely.

Students who are fully in remote learning will continue to receive the benefits on all days when school is in session.

The benefits are for students in preschool through 12th grade who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program. P-EBT is part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

Enrollment lists are sent to the Department of Job and Family Services on a regular basis, and any questions or concerns about benefits should be directed to DJFS at 1-866-224-0071. The school or District will not be able to address the situation.

Benefits are mailed out or loaded on cards in waves. Not every family will receive benefits on the same day.

April In-Person Menus

Breakfast and lunch will be served at the school for in-person scholars for the remainder of the school year. Below are the menus for breakfast and lunch for the month of April.

NWEA Reading - Third Grade

Third Grade will be taking the Reading NWEA on the following dates:

  • Hybrid - Group A Students: Monday, May 3
  • Hybrid - Group B Students: Thursday, May 6
  • Fully REMOTE Students - To Be Announced (Week of May 3-7)

*** Reminder: Please make sure that devices are fully charged for the test, and if students wear prescription glasses - - please bring them too. ***

THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all our third grade families for making testing possible and encouraging your child to take their time and do their BEST work. We appreciate everything that you're doing to support our students in preparing for 4th grade!

April Testing Update

The following tests are conducted in April. Reach out to your scholar's teacher with any questions in regard to testing.

  • Ohio State Test (OST) ELA (Grades 3-8) April 6-23
  • Ohio State Test (OST) Math (Grades 3-8) April 19- May 7
  • Ohio State Test (OST) Science (Grades 5 & 8) April 19-May 7
  • Aimsweb Benchmark (K-3) April 26 - May 14
  • Early Learning Assessment (PreK) Feb. 16 - May 14

Be sure your scholar is able to perform to the best of his or her ability by having your scholar follow these tips:

  • Log into class on time and every day!
  • Complete synchronous and asynchronous assignments
  • Get a good night sleep.
  • Have a healthy and nutritious breakfast.
  • Practice every day!
  • Relax!

Mark Your Calendars

  • April 6 - Students Return From Spring Break
  • April 6 - First Day of MP4
  • April 14 - PreK Professional Development (No School for PreK)
  • April 28 - P/T Conference Day

**Wednesdays will remain asynchronous learning days. The school building will be closed for cleaning and sanitation.**

Virtual Learning Opportunities for Parents/Caregivers

There are many community partners, agencies and organizations offering FREE online learning opportunities. Please check out the offerings below to attend a variety of workshops on topics which will assist you with supporting your family and gain new skills. These offerings include Online Computer Training, free high-quality courses, and career training programs online, and SEL and academic workshops to support scholars and families. Check them out on our Parent University webpage.

Cleveland Public Library Delivery Service

Adult residents of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District may now have Cleveland Public Library books and movies shipped to their homes. Learn more about Words on Wheels at and Cleveland Public Library.

P-EBT Produce Perks Matching at Kamms Corner

Wonderful news – as of Monday, the USDA has extended the Pandemic EBT program through the summer! At Kamm’s Corners Farmers Market, families can see dollar-for-dollar returns at the market: spend $25 dollars with your P-EBT card at the Market and you can get $25 credit towards fresh fruits & vegetables!

This year, the Farmer’s Market will begin on Sunday, June 13th and continue through Sunday, October 17th at the corner of Albers Avenue and W. 168th St (right behind Walgreens with convenient access to the bus line as well as ample parking). In addition to the nutrition supplement programs that we are super excited to host again, we hope to bring back more family-oriented activities that can enrich the experience for everybody, plus sustainability activities, health screenings, and more.

Baker Highlights

Remote Learning at Baker

We understand that families may still be uncomfortable sending their scholars back to in-person learning. For this reason, CMSD has given families the opportunity for scholars to remain in remote learning for the remainder of the school year. Below are some pictures of our Baker teachers providing virtual instruction to our scholars learning remotely.

Back to Kindergarten!

Ms. Zelenskas' kindergarten students had fun building CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words. After writing CVC words with a white crayon they became magicians as they made the hidden words appear by using watercolor paints. Then they tapped each sound out and read the CVC words by isolating and pronouncing the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds. The students enjoyed this hands on learning experience.
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Hands-on in Second Grade

During remote learning, second graders in Ms. Masuga's class studied all types of weather. A tornado was voted as the favorite type of weather we learned about. During the first week of school, students created their own tornados, using an empty water bottle, glitter, and water. The second-grade students were able to experience that a tornado must spin violently to be destructive.

Second graders in Ms. Masuga's class have also been busy learning the attributes of 2D and 3D shapes. Students showed off their knowledge of our math vocabulary: sides, vertices, edges, faces, and vertex, while describing and creating shapes with toothpicks and mini marshmallows. The students agreed that the easiest shape to make is a triangle and the hardest shape to create was a 3D pentagon. Check out the pictures below!

Delicious Fractions!

The fifth grade students in Ms. Campion's class worked on making equivalent fractions like 4/12 = 1/3 with their own Hershey's Bar. After their exploration of the book, The Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar Fractions Book, video, and equivalent fractions, they were able to eat their math work. Who knew Math could also be delicious? Below are pictures of the students demonstrating how 6/12 is equivalent to 1/2.

The Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar Fractions Book by Jerry Pallotta

Attention Band & String Students

From Mr. Cummings - Attention BAND and STRING students, please return all school band instruments to Mr. Cummings or the music room ASAP. Let Mr. Cummings know if you have any questions. Thank you!

Back to Baker in Second Grade

Second graders were excited to be back in Ms. Dickerson's classroom. They even received a certificate marking their return to in-person learning. We're so glad you're back!

Stay Connected With Baker

Strong communication is the key to making a partnership work. While our staff will reach out in a number of ways (robo-calls, Schoology, Remind and ClassDojo as some examples), one of the best ways to stay up-to-date with the happenings at Newton D. Baker is through our Facebook page. Be sure to follow us! Access Newton D. Baker School of Arts on Facebook @ndbsoa.

Synchronous (On-Stage) vs. Asynchronous (Off-Stage)

Synchronous time is the live instruction held on Zoom or Teams that your scholar participates in at a set time on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Links to all live sessions are on the Seesaw/Schoology pages of the teacher.

Asynchronous learning is student-centered and student-guided learning. Examples of asynchronous learning include self-guided lesson modules, pre-recorded video content, virtual libraries, and discussion boards.

As much as your scholar would like you to believe - Wednesdays are not "free" days. On the contrary, they are strictly dedicated to asynchronous time. There is assigned classwork on your teacher's Seesaw/Schoology page. Office hours are held in the morning where your scholar is able to meet with the teacher to receive extra help. This is also a good time for parents/guardians to meet with teachers as well!

As always, reach out to your scholar's teacher if there are any questions about what is assigned during asynchronous time!

Tech Respect & Responsibility

Families, we need your help with talking to your children about being respectful and responsible digital citizens. There have been a few items that have come up this year that teachers and administration have been and will continue to be addressing in class, but we would appreciate your help with reinforcing and monitoring at home. Thank you for partnering with us in creating amazing and safe digital citizens!

In Need of Tech Support?

If you have technology challenges, please call the CMSD Help Desk at 216.838.0440. They are there and eager to support!

If the problem has not been resolved through the Help Desk, then give us a call at the school. We are willing and eager to assist! Please call the CMSD Help Desk at 216-838-0440 before coming to the school with technology issues.

Need to Enroll?

If you are interested in enrolling a student at Newton D. Baker, please reach out to our secretary, Ms. Lee, directly at 216-838-6650.

If you would like more information about PK enrollment, please see the flyer below.

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Family Resources

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COVID-19 Assistance

If you or someone you know is in of need support because of the COVID-19 pandemic, please call the district's COVID-19 hotline at 216.838.WELL.

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