April 3, 2009
From the Desk of Mrs. Myers,
The students finished both reading and math MSA last week and worked very hard each day. We are proud
of each student’s effort to concentrate, persevere, and do their best. Science MSA will be administered to the
fifth grade only on April 28th and April 29th. Attached to this newsletter are the results from the 2008
administration of MSA. If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call.
The fall after school clubs were a huge success. Beginning April 22nd, the Spring session of the afterschool
clubs will begin. We appreciate the support of our PTA for providing funding with regard to the busses as
well as the parents who are volunteering to teach a club.
Prekindergarten and kindergarten registration for the 2009 - 2010 school year will be held during the week of
April 14, 2009, daily from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eligible students for prekindergarten need to be 4 years old
on or before September 1, 2009 and eligible students for kindergarten need to be 5 years old on or before
September 1, 2009. To register your student you will need the following items: original birth certificate, a
copy of the immunization record, and two proofs of residency (rental agreement, lease, or mortgage and a
current utility bill). For students entering prekindergarten, a 1040 tax form for income verification is needed
to apply under the income category eligibility.
Out of Area Students
All students currently enrolled at Annapolis Elementary attending as an Out-of-Area Student MUST reapply each year
by May 1st. In April, a letter will be sent home with an application to reapply. All applications must be posted by May 1st,
per the Board of Education Policy. An application is attached to this newsletter.
Anne Arundel County Public Schools Non-Discrimination Statement
The Anne Arundel County Public School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, national origin, religion,
disability, sexual orientation, or familial status in matters affecting employment or in providing access to programs. Questions
regarding non-discrimination should be directed to Mr. Leslie N. Stanton, Specialist in Human Relations, Anne Arundel County
Public Schools, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401; telephone 410-222-5318; TDD 410-222-5500.
Annapolis Elementary School presents: Aladdin
Everyone is invited to attend our production of Aladdin, Jr. Directed by Mike
Morrison. The students have been working very hard studying their lines and
coming to practice every Thursday and Saturday. Our fourth and fifth grade
students shine as the major characters in Aladdin, as well as some second and
third grade students chosen to be a part of song numbers and extras.
Mark your calendars for dress rehearsal on Thursday, April 16th during the day at
1:45 p.m. The Evening performance is on Thursday, April 16th at 7:00 p.m. and a
bonus performance will be held on Friday, April 17th at 7:00 p.m. Hope to see
Miss Sharp and Mrs. Ragland
We will continue to focus on The Senses during the first half of the month. Once we wrap
up the current theme, we will begin the theme “At the Farm.” Children are naturally
curious about the world around them. One place that is of particular interest is the farm. From the beginning,
children are exposed to stories, sounds, and songs that focus on animals that live on the farm. In spring, the
farm is a busy place because farmers plant seeds and welcome new animals. The goal of this unit is to help
increase each child’s awareness of the farm and widen his/her understanding of the world. We will listen to
selections and engage in activities that allow the children to explore planting and understand various life
In Math, we will continue number awareness. We have focused on the numbers 1-8 in school thus far. Please
be sure to practice counting with your child and ensure that he/she does not skip numbers when rote
counting. The children will continue to have many opportunities to recognize numbers, write them, count,
and correspond appropriately.
Please continue to check your child’s folder each night. Ask your child to tell you about the various activities
that he/she engaged in throughout the day. You can discuss work that focuses on letters and sounds as well
as the projects that center around our theme. The Pre-K students continue to learn each day and are very
excited about their accomplishments in school. We are also proud of them!
As always, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
First Grade News
Mrs. Flavell and Mrs. Martin
As we move into April we will be ending our “Keep Trying” unit. During this unit we discussed how important it
is to persevere through hard times and how having a good attitude is very important when trying to reach a
goal. Our next unit will be “Games”. We will be reading and studying about different games. We will discuss
different games that are popular around the world.
In phonics we are working on reviewing all the new sounds and spellings we have learned in first grade. We
are also emphasizing the importance of reading fluently and understanding the content in the text.
Counting coins is a skill that is challenging for first grade students. You can help reinforce this skill at home be
counting change with your child. By this time in first grade they should be counting pennies, nickels and dimes.
As we move into the fourth marking period we will begin telling time on digital and analog clocks. We will also
be working on addition facts.
Our fourth quarter Science skills include how things move, working with magnets, and exploring different
sounds. We will also be studying how animals grow and change.
First grade continues to work on a list of weekly spelling words. Please make sure your child reviews their
spelling list nightly.
Thank you for your continued support!!
Congratulations to the following students who have read 100 Books!!
Matthew Hanford-Garcia and Mia Cregan
Congratulations to the following students who have read at least 25 books!!
Second Grade News
Mrs. Barkhymer and Ms. Moran
Spring is bringing many new things to second grade! Our most exciting new skill is learning cursive letters!
Second graders are not expected to write in cursive as this is just the introduction, but neat printing is always
encouraged! Please also make sure that when your child is writing, they are writing in complete sentences
with expected mechanics and conventions (punctuation, capital letters, and correct spelling).
With the start of the fourth marking period next week, we will also be starting a new reading unit: Our Country
and Its People. This theme explores our country as a place where people have settled from various parts of the
world. This is a perfect time to talk to your child and family about their heritage.
We are currently wrapping up our research reports with the completion of the Fossils reading unit. During the
fourth marking period, students will be writing persuasive paragraphs and letters, creating persuasive posters,
and writing poetry.
Topic 16, in math, focuses on bar graphs, pictographs, and probability. Please be sure to review homework
and class work with students, especially if mistakes have been made. Students are working hard on Mad
Minutes each day to help them add and subtract faster. Students should continue practicing these skills as
well as other previously taught material while at home.
Field Trip to the Maryland Science Center: April 22
Field Trip to the Carrie Weedon Science Center: May 18
More information about these trips will be sent home before each trip.
Please continue to check your child’s agenda each day for notes from the teacher and feel free to use this as a
communication tool at any time! As always, thank you for your continued support!
Third Grade News
Mrs. Cifolilli and Miss Longenette
It is beginning to look like spring! The students worked very hard taking the MSA (Maryland School
Assessment) and participated in an exciting celebration.
In Language Arts, we are still reading stories in our “Money” unit. Near the end of the month, we will begin
our unit called “Country Life”. Please continue to have your child read each evening. Review your child’s
reading assessment each week and read through their writing assignments.
In Math, we will be adding and subtracting decimals. We will be measuring capacity and mass. There will also
be problem solving this month. Continue to practice basic addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts.
In Science, we are finishing our unit on Life Science. We will have a few lessons on Nutrition and then begin
our final science unit on Earth/Space Science and Sound. We will be studying the Earth’s Natural Features.
We are looking forward to seeing Science Fair projects. Please find out if your child needs any school supplies.
Pencils, glue sticks, crayons and new folders are some items that may need to be replaced. Also, you may
want to clean out those backpacks and take home folders regularly.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at school, and we’ll return your call as soon as
possible. Thank you for your continued support.
Fourth Grade News
The fourth grade did a fantastic job on the reading portion of the MSA. I was so impressed by the time and
effort they put into their work. They used many test taking strategies and always double-checked their
responses. WAY TO GO 4th GRADE!! We will now begin our next thematic unit in reading titled “Survival”.
Students will read stories associated with this theme including “Island of the Blue Dolphin” and “Anne Frank,
The Diary of a Young Girl”. Students will sequence story events, identify author’s purpose and point of view,
make inferences, and identify main idea and supporting details. In writing, students are creating a “Survival
Guide” for life on a deserted island. We will also be returning to our nightly journal entries. Students will now
be required to incorporate our weekly “Star Vocabulary” each night. Spelling homework will be biweekly for
the remainder of the year.
The math portion of the MSA was challenging. I was proud of the skills the 4th graders were able to apply to
both the application and the problem solving portion of the MSA. WELL DONE GRADE 4!! This month we will
spend time reviewing skills that students seemed unsure about on the MSA. We will review multiplication of
multi-digit numbers and return to geometry with a review of lines, shapes, and angles. The next topic test will
be Thursday, April 9th.
Students are enjoying our new science topic “Genetics and Heredity”. This topic gives students the
background knowledge for our next subject “Evolution and Diversity of Life”. The next science benchmark
assessment will be in the middle of April.
Please continue to have your child read their nightly journal aloud
Please continue to complete the facts practice on the back of math homework sheets
LA benchmark assessment-May 18th
St Mary’s City extended day field trip, MAY 1
Fifth Grade News
Mrs. Bieber and Mrs. Pyle
We did it!! Our fifth graders worked very hard during our four days of MSA testing and enjoyed a wonderful
celebration on Friday, March 28th. Many thanks to all of our parents for making sure students came to school
well-rested, well-fed, and ready to do their best. We are extremely proud of the perseverance shown by our
This Friday, April 3rd, is the end of the third marking period. Students will be dismissed two hours early so that
we may close out our grade books and begin working on report cards, which will be distributed on April 24th.
Our last marking period will be extremely busy, so please remind your child to record all assignments and
check those take-home folders daily.
Our work in math during the last quarter will include multiplying and dividing decimals, evaluating algebraic
expressions, and solving equations. Now that MSA is over, you should expect students to have some math
homework to complete each night.
In reading, we will begin our unit called "Going West". The stories focus on the people and events which
helped shape our nation as it expanded westward during the 1800's. We will read about Sacajawea, the
Buffalo Hunters, and the building of the first transcontinental railroad.
We are finishing our social studies work on the Revolutionary War by putting together a concluding booklet.
Our next unit of study will be "U.S. Government". Science studies for the final quarter include investigations
into the properties of matter, the states of matter, and physical and chemical changes in matter.
We have an exciting extended-day field trip to Historic St. Mary's City planned for Friday, May 1st. Permission
slips were sent home earlier this week. Please complete and return these as soon as possible. If you have any
questions, please let us know.
Many thanks for your continued support as we work to prepare our fifth graders for a smooth transition to
middle school in the fall!
Mrs. Madden’s Musings
Children’s books have more varying and unusual words than prime time TV or children’s TV.
Rarity and variety of words in children’s books is greater than that in adult conversation.
Adult reading materials contain words 2-3 times rarer than those heard on TV.
The amount children read predicts vocabulary and reading comprehension in high school.
Reading volume contributes to verbal intelligence (word definitions, background knowledge, fluency,
Children need to spend time reading!
Hayes & Ahrens (1988), cited in Cunningham & Stanovich, 1998, What Reading Does for the Mind, American Educator
Title I News
Title I News
Happy April! This month we will begin our After School Clubs. The clubs will take place on
Wednesday afternoons from April 22-May13 from 3:55-4:55. Transportation home will be provided. We
would like to thank the following teachers and parents for volunteering to help out. Mrs. Woertz and Mr.
Lozada will be running Chess Club. Reader’s Theater will be run by Miss Moran and Mrs. Brumble. Mrs.
Ross and Mrs. Cooke will be leading History Club. Mrs. Landis and Ms. Macintosh will be leading Literature
and Math Club. Mrs. Gallagher and Mrs. Martin will be heading up Newspaper Club. Mrs. Pyle will help
students with the 24 game. Mrs. Hanford and Mrs. Williams-Simms will teach Spanish, and Mrs. Coppage will
lead the Math Facts Club.
We hope parents will join us on the evening of April 23rd to help plan International Night and brainstorm
what family events we should have next year. This parent input piece is vital to the success of our Title I
Program. We will serve light refreshments. Look for more information in your child’s backpack after Spring
Thanks for you continued support of the Title I program.
Katie Cooke, Pam Coppage & Jamie Landis
Annapolis Elementary accepts the Anne Arundel county Public School’s family involvement policy and has aligned its school-level parent involvement plan
accordingly. As parents and educators, we share the responsibility of shaping the future and have many of the same goals for our children. We want all of our children
to learn in a safe environment and to grow to realize their full potential. Setting clear expectations for all of us is the first step in achieving these goals.
Science Fair Reminders
Just a reminder to the parents of all students that are participating in the Science Fair, please keep in
mind the following dates:
Thursday, April 16, 2009: Projects are due to school so students will have a chance to present
then to their classmates.
Monday, April 20th, 2009: Projects will be judged at school.
Wednesday, May 20th, 2009: Anne Arundel County Public Schools Science fair for first place
winners in grades 3-5. Projects will be displayed and judged on this day.
Thursday, May 21st, 2009 Anne Arundel County Public Schools Science Fair Award Ceremony
Career Month: April and May
During April and May I will schedule Career speakers to visit our classrooms. These speakers will be
scheduled during guidance times. If you are interested in becoming a career speaker at Annapolis
Elementary School, or know someone who would be interested, please fill out the form below. Please
include your name, title, phone number, and availability. Career speakers may choose to speak for one
class period (30 minutes) or numerous class periods. Thank you so much for your support in this
Ms. Amanda Fincher, LCPC, NBCT
Speakers Name ________________________________________________
Phone Number _________________________________________________
Email address _________________________________________________
Days or times available? _________________________________________
Child’s Name __________________________________________________
Sarah Williamson, President
Please join us on April 14th for our P.T.A. meeting. We look forward to seeing you there.
PARENTS AND GUARDIANS:
WE NEED YOUR VOICE---SIGN THE PETITION FOR ANNAPOLIS ELEMENTARY
If you have not signed the PETITION FOR THE REVITALIZATION OF ANNAPOLIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL---Please
find your way to the school main office and sign. The collection of signatures will be sent to the AA County Executive John
Leopold and will ask him to keep the capital budget funds for Annapolis elementary renovations for next year. Leopold
support is essential for our school.
THANK YOU to those who have already signed or have been collecting names. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT NOW.
Vicki Barstow firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Your Calendars
April 3 Two-hour Early Dismissal
April 9 – 13 Easter Break, no school
April 14 PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
April 16 Class Pictures
School Play, day performance, 1:45 p.m., evening performance, 7:00 p.m.
If participating, Science fair projects are due today.
April 17 School Play, evening performance, 7:00 p.m.
April 20 Annapolis Elementary Science Fair
April 21 Annapolis Area Music Festival, 7:30 p.m. at Annapolis High School
April 18 Report Card Distribution
April 22 After School Clubs
April 23 Title I Parent Evening, 6:30 p.m.
April 24 Report Card Distribution
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April 28 & 29 MSA Science, 5 grade only
April 29 After School Clubs
April 30 AES / ASO Strings Side-by-Side Concert at Maryland Hall, 6:00 p.m.
May 1 Third Grade Bowling Trip
PreKindergarten and Kindergarten Walking Field Trip
Fourth and Fifth Grade Field Trip to St. Mary’s City - 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.