CBMES Events, Updates and Announcements
Proposal directs Superintendent to plan for a central middle school.
The GEB recently passed a resolution which approved for redistricting of various attendance areas for elementary and high schools. In the resolution, it also allows for the Superintendent to begin plans to convert Chief Brodie Memorial Elementary School into a central middle school possibly by SY 2019-2020. For more information, please see the attachments.
2nd Semester Parent Teacher Conference is scheduled for Thursday, April 5, 2018, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There are no classes on this date.
We've got a whole lot of things going on! Visit your child's homeroom teacher to get:
Our EOY Luncheon Committee will also be hosting a Bake Sale! Grab some snacks for you and your family as you wait to meet your child's teachers. Item costs begin at $1 and up.
We look forward to seeing you there!
From Taling M. Taitano:
"Please see attached survey. I would ask for your assistance in making the survey available to parents.
Note that the survey is also available electronically. You are welcomed to forward the electronic survey to parents; will resend link in separate email. I have also asked FSAIS to post to the website.
Please work with Charleen Hadap if you have any questions or if you need to arrange to have surveys picked up.
We are currently working on menus for next school year and hope to have the surveys to provide feedback for this process."
Please click the picture below to download the survey.
Complete and turn into the front office as soon as possible. Thank you!
Håfa Adai Busy Bees!
On Friday, October 6, 2017, our intermediate students received a wonderful visit from the Community Affairs division of the Guam Police Department. Based on an initiative started last October 2016, GPD looked into having lunch with students at the elementary level as part of the Community-Oriented Police Week. Their goal with the visit was to interact with students in an informal setting to talk about topics such as bullying and other questions the students may have had. The officers wanted to bridge the gap between the youth and officers, as well as to create a trusting relationship with them.
We are very thankful for their efforts, and our Busy Bees students definitely enjoyed their visit!
Nurse Dave has relayed the following information to the CBMES Faculty and Staff. Parents, please click the link below and read Nurse Dave's instructions for emergency procedures.
In summary, for the purpose of emergency procedures:
Each student should provide their own water and wrapped snack in labelled bag with clothes.
Click the link below for pictures of our first day of school courtesy of GuamPDN:
Here is an article courtesy from GuamPDN featuring our Busy Bees:
Have an amazing year, Busy Bees!
Each month CBMES recognizes a student from each classroom for displaying exemplary academics and behavior at school. He or she recognized for effectively practicing the 6 C's: caring, courtesy, cooperation, communication, commitment, and compassion; the 3 B's: be respectful, be responsible, and be safe; good character towards peers, teachers, and others, as well as having good attendance, a positive attitude, perseverance, good citizenship and putting forth his or her best. For April 2017, the following recipients were:
On May 4, 2017, CBMES surprised its employees with a special presentation from the 34th Guam Legislature. Senator Joe San Agustin, chairman of the Committee on Education, presented our wonderful employees with a resolution recognizing their hard work and dedication to CBMES. We are very proud of our Busy Bees faculty and staff. BIBA BUSY BEES!
04/24/2017 - 05/05/2017: District-Wide Assessment
05/01/2017 - 05/05/2017: Employee Appreciation Week
05/04/2017: Resolution Presentation (15:00 @ Cafeteria)
05/05/2017: Dress Down Day, Sports Day
05/10/2017: Parent-Teacher Association Spaghetti Night (15:30 - 18:30 @ Cafeteria - Pick up dinner for the family!)
05/12/2017: Student of the Month and KidBiz3000 Awards (08:15 @ Courtyard)
05/12/2017: Turn in ALL Scentsy Fundraiser forms
05/15/2017 - 05/18/2017: Awards Week
05/15/2017: 5th Grade Promotion (09:30 @ Lotte Hotel)
05/16/2017: Kindergarten Promotion
05/17/2017: 1st and 2nd Grade Awards Ceremony
05/18/2017: 3rd and 4th Grade Awards Ceremony
05/19/2017: End-of-the-School-Year Dance ($3.00)
05/19/2017: Dress Down Day, Grade Colors ($1.00)
05/26/2017: Last Day of Classes
05/29/2017: Memorial Day
05/30/2017: Professional Development Day #7
05/31/2017: Professional Development Day #8
Each month CBMES recognizes third through fifth grade students for scoring a minimum of 75% on average on their first try on Activity Items on KidBiz 3000. For March 2017, the following recipients were:
Each month CBMES recognizes a student from each classroom for displaying exemplary academics and behavior at school. He or she is recognized for effectively practicing the 6 C's: caring, courtesy, cooperation, communication, commitment, and compassion; the 3 B's: bee respectful, bee responsible, and bee safe; good character towards peers, teachers, and others, as well as having good attendance, a positive attitude, perseverance, good citizenship and putting forth his or her best. For March 2017, the following recipients were:
In celebration of the end of Mes Chamorro (Chamorro Month), some of our Busy Bees performed for the school in song and dance, while selected students were part of our Parade of Villages!
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On Monday, March 27, 2017, CBMES welcomed jiu-jitsu world champion Bryant Pangelinan, who came to present his anti-bullying talk to the students. Mr. Pangelinan told the students different ways to handle bullies and shared stories of the futures of bullies that he has dealt with in the past. We at CBMES thank him for a wonderful visit and look forward to seeing him back here again!
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"The first Achieve3000 all-star literacy celebration took place at the St. Paul Christian School gym in Harmon on Thursday evening. The event recognized outstanding student achievement, teacher involvement, and district leadership relative to the literacy program.
The students recognized had some of the highest scores district-wide. [...] The Achieve3000 has been utilized in schools nationwide for the past sixteen years. it aims to help students follow their dreams by improving their reading and writing skills to ensure they are both college and career ready."
CBMES took part in the celebration as well, where the following individuals were recognized:
Administrator Partner in Literacy Award
Teacher Certificate of Literacy Achievement
Student Certificate of Literacy Achievement
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Maryanne Wolf, head of Tufts University’s Center for Reading and Language Research, says that most children aren’t ready to read until about age five because the visual, auditory, linguistic and conceptual brain functions required for reading aren’t fully integrated until then (this doesn’t mean, however, that there aren’t those who are early bloomers, such as the little girl mentioned above). Plus, studies show that an early advantage these kids have on their peers tends to disappear a few years later.
So, what is the best predictor of how a child will do in school if it’s not reading ability? Well, Ms. Wolf states that it’s the “size and richness of a child’s vocabulary.” But, how do we as parents build our child’s vocabulary, you may wonder? Well, for starters, reading books out loud and making connections between what is on the page and in the child’s own world is the most effective way.
Plus, phonological awareness must be in place before a child will be able to crack the code of reading. This awareness relates to sounds of spoken words. It is the ability to notice, hear, and work with the discrete sounds that make up our spoken language. And, it is the prerequisite to understanding phonics, which relate to the sound and spelling associated with printed words.
Now, for all of us who have been out of school for ages, here’s a phonics refresher: there are 44 phonemes, or individual sounds, in the English language. Some sounds are made from two letters, such as sh and ng. A child who can recognize that the word mat has three sounds (/m/a/t/), or who can change the /m/ sound at the beginning of mat to the /r/ sound and know that the word is rat is demonstrating “phonological awareness.” Resultingly, pre-readers who learn to identify the beginning sound of a word, segments in words such as syllables, and clusters of words that make up rhymes have phonological awareness.
So, what are some activities that you can do with your child to help develop phonological awareness? I recommend the following:
And, remember, by doing this, you’re not teaching reading per se, but you’re focusing on pre-literacy skills. At bedtime (or anytime) when you’re reading, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” for the hundredth time (or reciting it with your eyes closed at that point!), you’re nonetheless helping your child build his vocabulary, while acquiring the ability to retell a story that was read to him, while also helping him understand that words are made of discrete sounds and helping him acquire the ability to work with those sounds (phonological awareness), along with learning print awareness (what text is), as well as knowing names of letters and their sounds and so much more! Whew, that’s a lot…..and it’s so worth it!
This is why experts recommend that you spend time with your child building these pre-literacy skills rather than attempting to teach a child to read who isn’t ready. This is because a strong pre-literacy foundation will help your child learn to read when the time is right. I mean, the last thing you want is for him to start kindergarten lagging in these abilities because research shows that children who start school behind their classmates in language and early literacy skills are unlikely to catch up and are at high risk for reading failure…..scary, right?
So, as a parent, here are some signs to look out for that your child may be at risk for a reading or writing delay:
If you notice any of these signs within your child, monitor his progress as he learns to read, and, if he’s struggling, seek out help as soon as possible.
Now, when it comes to vocabulary, your child should be speaking at least 300 words by the age of three, while understanding at least 2,000 words. By age four, this increases to a speaking ability of roughly 1,000 to 1,500 words, while understanding up to 4,000 words, and by age five, your child should be able to speak 1,500 words or more while understanding roughly 5,000 to 8,000 words! Seems like a lot, but our children our sponges for knowledge, so the more you speak and read to them, the more they will learn and absorb.
And, as Dr. Seuss said, so rhymingly eloquently, in “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,”
“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
You have the knowledge, you have the power, now help steer your child into a love of reading and a lifetime of learning by joining Testing Mom as a Fast Track Member today.
Your partner in learning!
Karen Quinn, The Testing Mom
One of CBMES's new initiatives this school year was exposing students to different members of the community to foster their interest in their futures as professionals and to raise awareness of the world around them. For the month of March, we invited members of the Air National Guard and John F. Kennedy High School's Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JFK AF ROTC) to present to our students. We were lucky enough to get over 30 volunteers, five of whom were former Busy Bees:
The Air National Guard volunteers showcased their presentation in the cafeteria, while JFK AF ROTC presented their flag ceremony, unarmed drill team, and armed drill team in the courtyard for everyone to enjoy! We thank them for their willingness to be role models for our Busy Bees!
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04/01/2017 - Chamorro Song Festival and Competition (11:00 @ Agana Shopping Center)
04/05/2017 - 5th Grade UMS WRAT Assessment (13:15 - 14:30)
04/07/2017 - Spring Dance (13:00 @ Cafeteria)
04/10/2017 to 04/14/2017 - SPRING BREAK (No Classes)
04/17/2017 - CLASSES RESUME
04/19/2017 - 5th Grade UMS Presentation (13:15 - 14:30)
04/20/2017 - Parent-Teacher Association (17:30 @ Cafeteria)
04/21/2017 - Student of the Month / KidBiz 3000 (08:15 @ Courtyard)
04/24/2017 to 05/05/2017 - DISTRICT-WIDE ASSESSMENT
04/28/2017 - 4TH QUARTER PROGRESS REPORTS DUE
Each month CBMES recognizes a student from each classroom for displaying exemplary academics and behavior at school for the current month. He or she is recognized for effectively practicing the 6 C’s (caring, courtesy, cooperation, communication,
commitment and compassion), 3 B’s (bee respectful, bee responsible and bee safe!), good character towards peers, teachers and others, as well as having good attendance, a positive attitude, perseverance, good citizenship and putting forth his or her best. For February 2017, the following recipients were: