PATRIOT POW WOW

11/16/15

C4 PARENTS ARE THE BEST!

Thank you ALL so much for all the continued support you've shown over the past few weeks! We had an abundance of chaperones for our last field trip and it made all the difference. Honestly, we couldn't have done it without you! The water bottles you donated were perfect for our C4 learners to cool off with during the field trip! Be sure to check out the pictures below! You guys rock! We are so glad that you have chosen to partner with us on this amazing journey! #C4PARENTSROCK

Our Learners Sharing about National Kindness Day- November 13th

THIS WEEK AT PRS...

Monday, November 16:

  • November 16-19 - Girls Soccer tryouts at St. James UMC
  • Patriots vs. Holtville at Holtville


Tuesday, November 17:


  • POP for Community 4


Thursday, November 19:

  • Patriots vs. Tallassee at Tallassee
  • 7:00 – PTSA Meeting (Teacher Panel)


Friday, November 20:

  • SGA Student Dance 4th through 6th from 4:30 to 6:00 and 7th and 8th from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Pictures from our 'simple circuits' and 'energy transference' exploration activities from last week!

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What will your C4 Learner be working on this week? 11/16

Science:


* Design, construct, and test a device that changes energy from one form to another (ex. electric circuits converting electrical energy into motion, light, or sound energy)


After exploring the transference of energy through videos, interactive websites, squishy circuits, and littleBits circuit kits, the students will be challenged to design “Something That Does Something.” Using littleBits circuit kits and a variety of building materials, students will follow the engineering design process to plan, design, test, and improve an object that converts electrical energy into motion, light, or sound energy.


*Describe the relationship between energy and speed; Investigate to determine changes in energy resulting from increases and decreases in speed that occur when objects collide.


Students will explore these relationships by predicting, testing, and investigating in centers:

*Water bottle bowling- Does the energy transferred to the "bowling ball" have any effect on the outcome?

*Designing, creating, and testing spool racers- Does the speed have any effect on the distance the spool racer travels

*Experiment: Energy transfer with 3 simple items: Penny, notecard, cup

*Real-life connection: See the science behind "crash test dummies"


Literacy


*Conduct short research projects

*Collect information from a variety of digital sources

*Determine credibility and cite sources

*Write routinely over extended time frames, including time for research, reflection, and revision


Continuing with our novel study of Kensuke’s Kingdom, our learners will be challenged to help a travel agent create brochures, posters, and digital resources for Michael’s family to learn about all the amazing places they plan to visit during their year long voyage around the world.


Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

Apply Grade 4 Reading standards to literature (e.g., "Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text [e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions]"). [W.4.9a]


Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.

We will be reading more of 'Sarah, Plain and Tall. We are going to take advantage of the beautiful weather and work outdoors using chalk!


History:


Students will evaluate the role of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in the context of its place and time in history.

Students will examine how The Gettysburg Address is relevant in today’s society.


Objectives:

1. Students will be able to list at least two events that led up to Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
2. Students will be able to present an argument as to why Lincoln gave The Gettysburg Address.
3. Students will be able to summarize portions of the Gettysburg Address in their own words or present an overall summary of the document.
4. Students will be able to discuss why they believe the Gettysburg Address is still relevant in today’s society.


*Describe Alabama's entry into statehood and establishment of its three branches of government and the constitutions.

*Explaining political and geographic reasons for changes in location of Alabama's state capital


Objectives:

Learners will continue their study of Alabama’s entry into Statehood and be able to state steps that led to statehood.

Learners will finish their posters showing the steps Alabama took to become a state.


Learners will have a choice to use Pages, Keynote or their journals to organize their findings about Alabama’s different capital locations and the reasons behind these relocations.


These activities will be completed during our class time.


Math:


*Multiplying a whole number of up to four digits by one-digit whole numbers and two digit whole numbers multiplied by two digits.


Students will be rotating in small groups at various multiplication centers. We will be exploring various multiplication strategies. Memorizing their basic facts is what is going to make them successful with this standard.


Technology:

*Use digital environments to collaborate and communicate.

*Using word-processing to revise and edit.

Veteran's Day Visitor

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Black and White Ball Nov. 20th 4:30 - 6:00 PM

Click link below to see how you can help!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4ba8ae29a2fa7-black1


  • Dress code for 4th-6th will be casual dress. Please remain in dress code with the following exceptions:

    · Learners may wear printed tops (shirts, sweaters, jackets) and bottoms (pants, shorts, skirts) that have patterns (multiple colors, plaids, polka dots, chevron, stripes, appropriate logos and graphics, etc.

    · Girls may wear leggings with long tops that must be 4-inches above their knee.

    · Girls may wear sheer tops as long at there is a tank-top (3-inches on the shoulder) under the sheer top.

How can I best SUPPORT my learner at home?

*Get your child's account information and check to see what information and resources are being sent daily. Accounts to check: EDMODO/ GMAIL/ FRESH GRADE


HOW TO GET A GMAIL ACCOUNT TO YOUR PHONE:


IPHONE:http://www.imore.com/how-add-gmail-or-google-apps-account-your-iphone-or-ipad-using-app-specific-password


ANDROID https://support.google.com/mail/answer/4570255?hl=en


*Ask your child SPECIFIC questions about their learning.

Example: "I read in your email that you are learning about speed and energy, what activities did you do to learn about this? Which activity did you enjoy the most? Can you tell me how speed and energy are related?" Ask them what their "TWEET FOR THE DAY" would be if they were going to sum up their day. This is a few powerful, but brief words about the day.


*READ! READ! READ!

Find something your child is passionate about and fuel that passion by encouraging them to read about it. The more they read, the more they will learn new vocabulary words. Get the to describe what they've read to you in detail. You might even read a book together and discuss it.

Frequently asked questions:

What is Edmodo?

Learners and Lead Learners can reach out to one another and connect by sharing ideas, problems, and helpful tips. A lead learner can assign and assess work on Edmodo; students can GET and GIVE feedback from the entire class on Edmodo. Ask your child about "Two STARS and a WISH." Think of it as a "walled garden" where collaboration and learning can take place in a safe environment.


What is Fresh Grade?

"As parents, we know everything about our children’s habits. We know what gives them nightmares and why at 4:00pm they get a bit cranky. We know it all, right? Nothing is more important to us than our child’s development, yet we have a blind spot – the classroom.

FreshGrade gives parents a window into the classroom through a secure digital portfolio for your child. Capturing their learning as it happens, and tracking their progress." It also increases communication and collaboration between parents, learners and Lead Learners through digital portfolios.


How can my child move from "not meeting expectations to meeting expectations? While we continue to support and facilitate you child's learning during the school day, you can help at home too. Work with your learner on areas where they are struggling by using the individual Lead Learner feedback (that was given specifically to you child) on Fresh Grade to facilitate their learning at home. Once your child feels they are ready to be re-assessed, just have them drop us and email.

LUNCH MENU

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BREAKFAST MENU

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NEW DRESS CODE

The Student Dress Code Committee surveyed parents, lead learners, and learners. Thank you for participating in the survey. See survey results:

http://www.pikeroadschools.org/?L=2&PN=MainPage&DivisionID=%2720454%27&DepartmentID=%2724594%27&SubDepartmentID=%27%27&TabNo=2

We want to go ahead and announce the changes to our dress code now that it is getting colder and parents are shopping for winter clothes. These changes (see below) reflect the items that had overwhelming support from parents. On occasion, we will also allow some “relaxed” dress code days. These days will be announced in advance and give clarity as to what is allowed and not allowed.


  • Learners can wear patterns and multiple colors (plaid, polka dots, chevron, stripes, etc.);
  • Learners can wear non-offensive logos on shirts and pants, etc.;
  • Learners can wear tights and leggings under skirts (skirts cannot be shorter than 4 inches above the knee); and
  • Learners can wear scarves (no bandanas).
  • REMINDER: Sweatpants, athletic shorts, and pajamas are not allowed.

A special thanks to our Student Dress Code Committee for their hard work on this project. Through this project, they learned about different perspectives, collecting data, different types of charts and graphs, analyzing data, and team work. This is The Pike Road Way!

Pictures of learners making posters for Alabama History

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • November 23-27 - No School Due to Thanksgiving Holiday
  • November 30 from 5:30 to 8:30 - PRS Spirit Night at No Way Jose. 10% of all sales that night will help fund POP at PRS.
  • December 1 at 8:00 a.m. - PTSA Board Meeting at PRS
  • December 7 - PRS Polar Express (Winter Social for PRS families sponsored by PTSA) - see PRS Newsletter for more details and flyers being sent home with learners.
  • December 7 at 6:00 p.m. - Board of Education Meeting at PRS
  • December 10 at 7:00 p.m. - PRS Band Concert
  • December 18 - Last day of the first semester and last student day prior to Christmas/New Year Holiday
  • November 19 at 7:00 p.m. - PTSA Meeting
  • November 23-27 - No School Due to Thanksgiving Holiday
  • November 30 from 5:30 to 8:30 - PRS Spirit Night at No Way Jose. 10% of all sales that night will help fund POP at PRS.
  • December 1 at 8:00 a.m. - PTSA Board Meeting at PRS
  • December 7 at 6:00 p.m. - Board of Education Meeting at PRS
  • December 10 at 7:00 p.m. - PRS Band Concert
  • December 18 - Last day of the first semester and last student day prior to Christmas/New Year Holiday

COME SUPPORT OUR PATRIOTS

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Important Reminders

*PLEASE REMIND YOUR LEARNER TO BRING HEADPHONES AND CHARGE THEIR COMPUTER EVERY NIGHT.


*Students need to be responsible for checking Edmodo and email on a daily basis. They do this at school and need to continue at home. Thanks for your help on this!


*If you are still not receiving emails via School Cast (Info@PikeRoad) or FreshGrade issues. Please let us know.


*Check your learner's Edmodo account and email daily to stay up to date.

A day in the life of a C4 Patriot...

8:00-8:30 - House keeping/Homeroom
8:30-11:30 - Literacy block: Mrs. Kenny/Mrs. Napier OR
  • Math block: Fureigh/Hardin
  • Your learner knows which lead learner they are with.
  • (PE falls in this time block)
11:30-2:45 - Project Based Learning Time (PBL)
  • (Lunch falls in this block beginning at 12:06 pm)