Leonardtown Elementary Osprey News
Principal: Mrs. Denise Eichel Volume 11, No.2
Assistant Principal: Mrs. Jamie Jameson November 2010
PRINCIPAL’S appointment if you have something on events through the year will raise help funds
your mind. You can also contact me and we hope to beat last year’s total.
PEN through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. At Some of the activities planned are: after
Denise Eichel LES we want every student to Learn, school Movie Matinees, a Lia Sophia
Experience, and Succeed. Together, we jewelry drawing, A Tastefully Simple Sale,
Welcome to the second can achieve this. Have a wonderful 2nd Pajama Day, Sock Day, and No Sweat!
quarter of the 2010-2011 school quarter! Day. Let’s not forget the favorite Pie in the
year! We spent the first quarter practicing Face Cash Drive.
routines, getting back into the school RELAY FOR LIFE
schedule, and learning, learning, learning! LES Osprey’s Team Raises Record Funds REPORT CARDS
All that hard work made the first quarter fly
by! We celebrated fun events such as Last year, our Relay For Report card day was Nov. 10! The primary
Back to School Night, Fall Carnival, and Life team raised an report card will report information
PTA’s Reflection Gala. The second quarter incredible $7,300.06 for regarding individual student performance
will also be filled with learning and family the American Cancer based on a scale appropriate to the grade
focused events. You won’t want to miss Society’s battle against level. The intermediate report card will
out on our upcoming Donuts for Dads, and cancer. We thank our report information regarding individual
Candy Corn Cinema programs. Please entire school community for their student performance based on a letter
continue to check the monthly calendar generosity. Over the past 5 years, we have grade scale along with comments to clarify
and website for information regarding raised nearly $30,000. A good share of that the grade. Please take time to review your
these events. money comes right back to our county to child’s progress and sign and return the
fund ACS’ programs offered through the report card envelope.
LES is such a great school due to the Cancer Support Center at St. Mary’s
continuous communication between
administrators, teachers, and parents
Hospital. Last year, an 18 yr. old St Mary’s MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Co. student undergoing chemo and
regarding school improvement. Our radiation treatments was provided with November 24 – 26 Holiday
School Improvement Team (S.I.T.) meets wigs, scarves, and makeup tips to combat December 20: Interim Distribution
quarterly. If you have not joined our team the appearance-related effects of December 23 – 31: Winter Break
yet, please consider doing so. The next treatment. While undergoing this grueling All Schools and Offices Closed
S.I.T. meeting is Nov. 22. @ 5:00 pm in the treatment, she maintained a positive January 3: Schools Re-open
media center. Joining PTA is another way attitude while she tried out being a red- January 17: Holiday
to communicate about school head, a blond, and a brunette. January 21: End of 2nd Marking Period
improvement. Of course, I am always This year we again will participate in Relay January 24: No School for Students
available to meet and discuss ideas, issues, For Life. Classroom and school activities will
or concerns with you individually. Please emphasize healthy habits our student can
contact the office to set up an develop that help prevent cancer. Various
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SPECIAL EDUCATION TIME FOR SCHOOL SAFETY AND SECURITY
Introducing Partners for Success Every Minute Counts!
You can help us be vigilant about
The Partners for Success Program offers Our instructional program is providing a safe and secure atmosphere
great programs and resources for families filled with richness and rigor. In for all of our children!
of children receiving special education order to sustain the quality of
services. The next 2 free seminars our program, every minute Drive with caution in our parking lots.
sponsored by Partners for Success are: counts. Please keep this in mind when Use sidewalks for student drop-off and
transporting your children to and from pick-up. Do not allow children to walk
school. through the parking lot unattended.
Parents Basic Rights in Special Escort students into the building when
Students enter the building at 8:35 with the no adult staff member is present in the
expectation being that they will be in class drop-off area.
by 8:40 with instruction beginning at 8:45. Familiarize yourself with our bus rules
Wednesday, November 17. Students arriving as parent drop offs must and talk to you children about
6:30 – 8:30 pm be greeted by an adult staff member. If appropriate bus behavior.
Board of Education Meeting Room there is no adult staff member outside, Ask your child to tell you about the
parents must come in and sign in their safety drills that occur throughout the
children. school year. You may want to ask
specific questions, such as, “What you
Behavior Basics for Challenging The occasional late arrival and early pick- would do if there was a fire drill, and
Behaviors up are unavoidable; however, as these you were in the bathroom?”
continue, students begin to miss important
instructional information. We believe it is in
Wednesday, December 8
the best interest of our students to be in
6:30 – 8:30 pm
school for the whole instructional
Board of Education Meeting Room
day. Students who have met this criterion
will be awarded monthly for their perfect
attendance. Students who have not missed
For more information on these seminars, as a day of school during the quarter (but
well as other programs and resources, DRESS FOR SUCCESS
may have a tardy or early sign-out) will be
follow the link below. recognized for outstanding attendance at
Please make sure that your child is wearing
the quarterly assemblies. Thank you!
http://divisions.smcps.org/se/popular- appropriate shoes for physical education!
links/partners-success-program Boots are NOT ideal footwear on the days
that your child goes to PE.
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SPECIAL HONORS OCTOBER
PreK—Aoife Gill, Angel Daniel, Seth Dyson,
AND RECOGNITIONS Grace Gutierrez, Sheryl Joe We would also like to extend a special
K—Trent Gerhardt, Peyton Han, Sydni “Thank You!” to all of the LES families, staff,
CONGRATULATIONS OUTSTANDING CITIZENS
Kronenwetter, Cal Mattei, Eddie Nelson, and friends that rallied to make our
Alyssa Shelton, Emily Smetana Veteran’s Day Parade Float a
These students demonstrate the Six Pillars of 1—Michael Davis, JR Gawal, Eva Herbert,
Character (caring, citizenship, fairness, FABULOUS SUCCESS!
Wyatt Hixon, Campbell Jameson, Cate
respect, responsibility, and trustworthiness) Kinslow, Webb Kosich, Damian Michaud,
in their classrooms and on their buses. Carys Modlin, Austin Simmons, Faith Tucker
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! 2—Lucas Ausenbaugh, Jack Bush, Marissa
Jarrett, Ryan Lack, Grace Masiello, Jontae
SEPTEMBER Procter, Isabele Trujillo-Castro, Gavin COLORING CONTEST WINNERS
PK—Angel Daniels, Ivan Chiu, Sam Walls, Wathen ANNOUNCED
Jason Zegarski 3—Hunter Barsness, Alisha Carter, Caleb
K—Sincear Frederick, Sean Foster, Bridget The Southern Maryland Resource
Novinger, Ben Raley, Caroline Riffe, Kerri Conservation & Development
Cory, Kerri Thompson, Aaron Wathen, Unkle, Maria Webster
KaLaya Gross, Miguel Graham, Chelse hosted a coloring contest during
4—Matthew Emery, Jessica Henderson, its National RC&D week. The
Stevens Andrew Hor, Ritchie Jones, Scott
1—Caden Byers, Faith Tucker, TJ Johnson, following students were selected as
McCloskey, Kaitlyn Ng winners in their grade levels:
Emma Guy, Michael Davis, Liz Guy, Stacey 5—Brittany Bender, Steven Combs, Brooke
Ramirez-Llamas, Matthew Lange, Abigail Group A (K – 1st Grades):
Higgs, Lauren Ridley, Brittany Stewart 1st place: Nicholas Nosko
McCauley, Zachary Swartzwelder P.E.—Micah Fudge, Cianna Olea
2—Selena Holguin, Lauren Thorsen, 2nd place: Emma Guy
Art—Dylan Hill Group B (2nd – 3rd Grades):
Brendan Unkle, Hanah Crowder, Andrew Buses--Rachel Matthews, Kaylyn Curtis,
Ng, Alina Massey, Anthony Russell, Olivia 3 rd place: Darnika Woodland
Nathan Dean, Adam Cory, Zach Yowell,
Wolt Maria Webster, Kerri Unkle, Madelyn Owen,
3—Jai Duval, Christian Cato, Eric Guy, Olivia Johnson
Laura Praktish, Andres Ramirez ♪♪ Congratulations!!! ♬♩
4—Isabella Hawkins, Madison McCauley,
Leonardtown Elementary School’s
Ryan Abell, Kaitlin Zelonis, Justin Fenwick,
Owen Ziemba 2010 SMCPS All-County Honor Chorus
5—Hannah Varner, Christian Erdolino, Eloisa Participants
Chubb, Chip Mills VETERAN’S DAY
P.E.—Josh Gilbert, Cianna Olea Please congratulate the 5th Graders who Emily Zawada
Buses—Ryan Lack, Layne Wright, Garnett were selected as this year’s Veteran’s Day Laura Ponturiero
Davis, Steven Combs, RJ McDowell, Jordan Speech Winners:
Ellis, Lauren Thorsen, Anthony Burch, Jane Bryce Evans, Eloisa Chubb, Sydney Smith,
and Madeleine Sawicki Lauren Davey
Bailey, Rebecca Arnold, Collin Joseph
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CLOTHING DRIVE RESULTS
There are some basic rules that all children Respect is one of the key character traits
are expected to follow when riding the we are focusing on. I am asking that you
help your child understand that being Thanks to everyone who cleaned out their
school bus. closets and bagged items for our clothing
respectful towards others has many
benefits, such as making new friends, drive. LES donated 3,996 pounds of
All students should: keeping friends; others will want to help clothing items. We will receive a check for
1. Remain seated and face forward at all over $300.
those who are respectful, etc. Using
times. respectful behavior all the time now will
2. Talk quietly to their seatmates. also help when they grow up and need to WAY TO GO!
3. Keep their hands and feet to themselves get a job and keep a job. Employers tend
and inside the bus, and out of the isle. to hire people who are more respectful,
4. No eating or drinking on the bus. rather than disrespectful. Staff members at
school are using the word “respect” often
Riding the bus is a privilege. We want all in their daily language with students.
children riding the bus to be safe and to
behave in a polite and dignified manner. Mix-It-Up Day was on November 9th. This is
the day when students are encouraged to
FALL CARNIVAL AND FALL FUNDRAISER
sit near someone new in the cafeteria,
TALENT SEARCH during lunch. By doing this, students get to
Seeking 4th and 5th Grade Students! meet someone new or maybe renew a Thank you again to all the families, staff
friendship with someone they haven’t really and friends that helped with the PTA Fall
The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented associated much with this year. Carnival. The carnival was a huge success;
Youth (CTY) is once again conducting its thanks to the many volunteers and
Global Talent Search. Students currently in Soon I will be sending out information participants!
grades four and five who scored regarding our holiday drive. We will have a
advanced on MSA in Reading and/or Math wreath in the main office with paper Additional thanks go out to all families who
for the 2009 – 2010 school year are eligible ornaments. Each paper ornament will list a participated in the Fall Fundraiser. With
to participate. If you have any questions or gift we are seeking for a child in our your support the fundraiser was a huge
are interested in receiving further community. If you wish to purchase an success and the money raised will benefit
information, please contact Mrs. Wood at item, you may take an ornament from the our students and school. Information
email@example.com and put Talent Search wreath. We are also accepting monetary about the Big Blast Party will be
in the subject line or call 301-475-0250 ext donations to purchase some of the gifts forthcoming.
126. More information is also available on and gift cards to grocery stores or
the CTY website at department stores. More details will be
www.cty.jhu.edu/discover. sent home via your child(ren).
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PRE-K nutrition and the food groups, we have a
few stuffed animal farm friends joining us in
kindergarten. Each night, a farm friend will
Your children have matured in so many visit a kindergartener and have dinner with
wonderful ways in the few months that we their family. The family will write about their
have been together. delicious dinner at their home, focusing on
the foods from the different food
In math they are learning to construct groups, and then return the farm friend to
graphs and interpret the results of the school the following day.
graphs. The children are also working on
constructing and extending simple We have begun our Alpha Picks
patterns. In reading the children are KINDERGARTEN homework. Each week students are
learning to sequence story events, identify assigned a letter of the week. In their
story characters, and predict possible story Alpha Picks Homework Journals students
outcomes. Our kindergartners have just celebrated 2 are to 2 assignments to complete and turn
special field trip events! We concluded our in on Friday along with their Reading
During September and October, each study of fire safety by taking a walking field sheets.
child wrote a book about trip to the Leonardtown Fire House. We
themselves, Magnificent Marvelous Me. also traveled to the Friendly Hall Farm in
The children are using songs to help them Helen, MD, to conclude our study of the FIRST GRADE
learn alliteration, rhyming words, like pumpkin life cycle. We went on a
sounds, and new vocabulary words. We wonderful hay ride to see all the workings This month the first grade has been very
are learning about our five senses and we of the farm, and even got a pumpkin to busy learning about the seasons, fall
are using related vocabulary words to take home. Thanks to all of the parents harvest and the farm. We went to Bowles
learn about the world around us. who were able to join us in chaperoning Farm to enhance this study and had a
both trips! Hands-on learning is definitely wonderful experience. Our focus for
In science, we are learning about the something to celebrate in Kindergarten! phonetic instruction has been short vowels
many changes autumn brings to the and digraphs. We continue to work on our
weather, plants, trees and animals. We are In literacy, we are focusing on sounds in writing skills targeting the correct use of
learning about animals that hibernate, words, as we do exercises breaking words capital letters and ending punctuation.
migrate, and stay-put. We are also learning into sounds, and putting sounds into words. We have also been working with getting
the names of baby animals in our farm unit. We are also adding sight words to our word our ideas down on paper. We will be
walls, along with building sentences and working on organization of our writing next.
Ask a pre-K student about WOW Words! becoming better writers. In math, we are In math we have been working with
They may impress you with words like working on learning about CGI story geometry and 2 dimensional shapes. We
commotion, liar, hibernation, migration and problems, and we are completing the will be working on solving story problems
magnificent! Investigations unit on Counting and and expanding our problem solving
Comparing. strategies in our next unit. Please continue
Hip Hip Hooray for Pre-K! to support your child by reading nightly.
In November, our classes will learn all about Thanks!
nutrition. To help us learn about good
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SECOND GRADE subtraction concepts as they work with FIFTH GRADE
different types of collections. In the second
marking period classes will be exploring
We have had a wonderful first quarter in matter and energy in science as they learn In fifth grade, the students were busy
second grade! In the second quarter, we about the scientific process. They will be creating Veterans Day essays. Upon
will continue to focus on developing skills in learning about some of the important completion, the essays went before a
all of the content areas. In reading, we will American symbols as well as exploring the panel of judges. Four fifth grade students
continue to work with literature related to different parts of the government. They will were chosen to read their essays before
the nature theme. We will then move onto be going on their environmental field trip the Board of Education and at the
fables and selections related to this month as well. They will learn about the Veterans Day Parade. Congratulations to
communities. A major emphasis will be wetlands and many of the animals that live Bryce, Eloisa, Sydney and Madeleine!
placed on word study and there when they visit Elms Beach
vocabulary skills as we focus on Environmental Center. In reading we are launching our theme,
homophones, antonyms, compound “Give It All You Got.” The students will be
words, and multiple meaning words. reading stories about Michelle Kwan and
FOURTH GRADE Mae Jemison who have given it all they’ve
Students will also be able to further their got to achieve success in their careers. The
vocabulary development in the areas of Fourth grade has had a very busy and students will continue to use various
science and social studies. We will spend productive first quarter. Our Math units strategies for reading comprehension and
time learning about living things as well as have included Data and Probability, work on fluency when reading aloud.
different cultures. Factors, Multiples and Arrays, Patterns,
Change and Function, Fractions and In math the students are finishing a unit on
In math we will work on place value, data Decimals and now we are exploring multiplication and division and will begin
collection, and measurement. We will Landmarks and Large Numbers. Our exploring geometry. Students will explore
continue to work on skills related to Reading selections included diverse genres attributes of polygons and use geometry to
counting money and telling time. We will and we are gaining fluency as well as solve everyday problems.
also continue to develop efficient becoming strategic readers. Also, we have
strategies for solving math problems. written about personal ideas and are In science the students are finishing a unit
practicing organizing our writing. Our two on Earth and Space science and will begin
Thank you for all of your support. We are Earth Science units were "Weather and the a unit on Motion and Design. They will
looking forward to beginning the second Seasons" and "The Shape of the Land". In explore physics through designing and
quarter! Social Studies we covered Maryland building vehicles and testing them through
Geography and Maryland Native various motion activities.
Americans and now we are beginning to
THIRD GRADE study the Colonization of Maryland. In social studies the students will be learning
about early settlements in the Americas.
November will be a busy month for third
They will learn about the successes and
graders. In reading they will be finishing
failures of early settlements, such as
reading stories about different traditions.
Jamestown, and how the colonization of
Be sure to ask your child about the stories
American came to be.
they are reading. In math, third graders will
continue to explore addition and
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