Class Announcements

What can you find out about your fossil?

posted Feb 9, 2016, 8:10 PM by Margaret Stay   [ updated Feb 9, 2016, 8:14 PM by Margaret Stay ]

Use the following link to identify your fossil:

Once on the page, click on the shell that looks like yours to find more information.

Did you miss the 3rd Quarter Parent Night?

posted Feb 4, 2016, 7:47 PM by Margaret Stay   [ updated Feb 4, 2016, 7:47 PM ]

The focus for the parent night was Division.  Students will use 2 models to divide multi-digit dividends by single digit divisors:  area model and partial quotients model.  The are similar to area model and partial products for multiplication.

If you would like a copy of the notes showing examples of the models and some games you can play at home, please contact Ms. Lee or Mrs. Stay as we would be happy to send them home.

Stay tuned for the date for our 4th quarter parent night.

2nd Quarter Interims

posted Dec 1, 2015, 7:50 PM by Margaret Stay

2nd Quarter Interims will be available online Friday, December 4th at the end of the school day.  

Woodland Indians

posted Nov 12, 2015, 8:53 PM by Margaret Stay

The attached powerpoint will be used for students to conduct research about the Woodland Indians.

Food Chain Project

posted Nov 6, 2015, 9:52 PM by Dan Stay

Within our Adaptations unit, students have been learning that living things must have basic needs to survive. One of those is energy.  To show the flow of energy among organisms, scientists use food chains to have a visual representation of that transfer of energy.

Student have been assigned the Food Chain project to show their understanding of the transfer of energy from one organism to another, thus creating a system that allows organisms to survive.  Attached you will find the project directions.  The project is due on Wednesday, November 18th.

Please help them to follow the directions and be creative.  They are not allowed to pull chains directly from the internet and projects should not be done in pencil.

Travel Brochure

posted Oct 12, 2015, 8:28 PM by Margaret Stay   [ updated Oct 17, 2015, 6:48 AM by Margaret Stay ]

Students were given their first project in Social Studies.  They are to create a travel brochure for a region or county of Maryland.  If you should need resources, please ask before the project is due.  The due date is Friday, Oct. 30th.  Attached are directions for the project.

All classes have been given permission to use tech resources such as Microsoft Publisher, Google, or other platforms that have brochure templates.  They are also able to create paper brochures if technology is not available.

Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers Resource

posted Oct 9, 2015, 7:33 PM by Margaret Stay

Attached is a video resource that you may view to help your children understand adding and subtracting whole numbers.  We will be working with numbers between the hundreds and ten thousands place values this quarter and then later in the year going to the millions place value.  Please remember that using proper vocabulary is key.  We start out using partial products and then move to the standard algorithm.  If you have questions, please let us know.

We hop you find this useful.

Regions of Maryland

posted Sep 30, 2015, 8:01 PM by Margaret Stay

The power point attached will be used in class to research and discuss the geography of Maryland (Place, Location, Human Environmental Interactions, Regions, Movement) with specific attention to the three regions of Maryland.

Open House

posted Sep 22, 2015, 6:35 PM by Margaret Stay

Thank you to all who were able to attend our Open House last Thursday, Sept. 17th.  We hope that you found it engaging and informative.  For those who were unable to attend you should see the slide show information coming home in their Wed. folders this week.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact one of the 4th grade teachers.  

The presentation is added for your convenience if needed. Thank you again.

Mrs. Stay's Tech Project

posted Sep 14, 2015, 9:18 PM by Margaret Stay   [ updated Sep 16, 2015, 9:55 AM by Dan Stay ]

About Mrs. Stay’s Classroom Technology

For the 2015-16 school year, Mrs. Stay has implemented a 1:1 computer program for her students. So far the program has funded 12 new Chomebooks which complement the existing CCPS classroom PCs and some equipment donations to give us 20 PCs for student use in the classroom.  Mrs. Stay is looking forward to having dedicated computers for her students to use various online resources without having to compete with other classrooms for computer time.  The program was planned at the end of last school year and we were not sure that the funding would come together to make it happen. We are fortunate to have a lot of supporters who have stepped in to get this program started.


What does the program contain?

  • Access to a computer for each student in the classroom.  The current inventory: (14) Chromebooks, (3) Windows 7 desktop PC’s, (3) Windows 10 Laptops.

  • Google Apps for Education accounts for each student.  These are fully featured Google accounts with similar Google features that business users have such as mail, calendar, cloud storage, website production, and office suite apps.  However, these special education accounts are provided free and we have the ability to manage the accessibility to account features.

  • Google Classroom is a learning management system that is part of the Google Apps for Education Suite.  This product is only about a year old and we are going to try to find ways to best use it for classroom collaboration.

  • Reflex for Math fact fluency was introduced last year as part of a 1 year trial grant for Mrs. Stay.  Dreambox is an online learning system for all CCPS students

  • Lanschool Classroom Technology Management system.  Lanschool allows the teacher to see all student PC’s on one screen to keep the students on-task.  The teacher is able to broadcast their screen or student screens to everyone in the room.  Teachers can send content to student screens, keep track of who is doing what, offer remote support and do assessments.  Lanschool has generously extended our free trial period for several months as we learn how to best use these tools.

  • Dedicated onsite support from Mrs. Stay’s husband and CCPS volunteer.  Mr. Stay focuses on the logistics of the technology program so that Mrs. Stay can focus on instruction.

How can parents compliment this program at home?

  • Show your students how to properly use technology at home.  Show them how to carry laptops and keep them clean.  Demonstrate how and when to charge them.

  • When you search the web, talk to your children about where you are searching and how to make decisions about the quality of the information you are getting.  For example if you are searching for recipes, you might discuss the various sites that come up; who creates the sites and why they do it.  Why are you choosing one recipe from a particular site over another.

  • Allow your student to access their Google Apps for Education account at home. You can simply add your student as another person on your Google Chrome browser at home.

  • Contact Mr. Stay if you would like to purchase similar technology for your student to use at home.


How can I support the program?

This program will require ongoing financial support as technology changes, equipment needs replacement, and software licenses need renewal. Current needs:

  • Our Reflex Math subscription expires at the end of the calendar year  
  • LanSchool has been generous, but we will eventually need to pay for it  
  • We do not have any spare PCs if the classroom enrollment increases
  • We need a better charging and storage arrangement
  • The students would prefer mice over the small trackpads
  • Printer ink is always needed

DonorsChoose.Org is the main fundraising vehicle we have used and they have been very helpful in providing matching opportunities for this classroom program.  We will likely continue to use DonorsChoose to raise funds to maintain the classroom technology program.  If you would like to support this classroom please visit DonorsChoose.Org and click “find a classroom to support”, put in the Prince Frederick Zip Code of 20678 and search for “Stay”

DonorsChoose requires that we declare the actual products needed when we put a request up.  If you would like to support the program in a less restricted way, you can simply send a check in with your student.  Please make the check out to Calvert Elementary School and note Mrs. Stay’s Tech in the memo line.  We’ll be able to use these funds as needs arise or perhaps use them to maximize a DonorsChoose match that might come up.  Both DonorsChoose and Calvert Elementary are non-profit organizations that will preserve your tax advantages for donating.  Your donations will be much appreciated by Mrs. Stay and her students.  You can be assured that your donated funds will be used wisely to directly benefit current and future students.

Who has sponsored the program so far?

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The CES Robotics Team, The Stay Family, Horace Mann, Colin Hazard, and anonymous donors.

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