# What's New in C2

## Battle of the Books

C2 and C3 have come together for Battle of the Books. Similar to March Madness for basketball, we have started with the sweet 16 books that were selected by C2 and C3 lead learners and our administrators. We will use the bracket to narrow down and find the 2017 Book of the Year! We are on our final 4! Take a look below:

## Literacy

Moorelin

This Week

• I can tell form and write my own opinion
• I can determine the main idea as well as refer back to the text to find the who, what, where, when, why and how from a passage

Next Week

• RI 2.6 - I can tell the author's main purpose in fiction and nonfiction writing.
• RL 2.5 - I can describe how a story is written including the important parts of a beginning and an ending.

Davis

This Week:

• RI 2.9 - I can tell how two nonfiction books on the same topic are alike or different.

Next Week:

• RL 2.6 - I can tell about the different view points of each character in the story, including using a different voice for each character within dialogue.

Steindorff

This Week:

• RI 2.9 - I can compare and contrast the most important points by two texts on the same topic

Next Week:

• RL 2.6 - I can acknowledge the differences in the point of view of characters

Whiten

This Week:

I can determine the author's purpose by using details from the text.

I can recall the main idea from a story as well as identify supporting details.

Next Week:

I can acknowledge the difference in point of view of characters.

Daniel

This Week:

I can recall the main idea and important details.

Next Week:

I can recall the main idea and important details in a text.

## Math

Moorelin

This Week

• I can identify rows and columns and understand that an array can be represented as repeated addition
• I can partition a shape
• I can subtract within 1,000

Next Week

• I can solve world problems involving measurement
• I can identify the appropriate tool in measurement
• I can partition a shape into equal parts
• I can subtract fluently within 1,000.

Davis

This Week:

• I can name strategies for estimating length
• I can recognize the size of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters.
• I can estimate lengths in units of inches, feet, centimeters and meters.
• I can determine if an estimate is reasonable.

Next Week:

• I can describe the characteristics of a number line
• I can explain length as the distance between zero and another mark on the number line diagram within 100.
• I can use a number line to represent the solution of whole number sums related to length within 100
• I can represent whole numbers on a number line within 100 with equally spaced points.

Steindorff

This Week:

• I can subtract within 1000
• I can measure objects of various lengths
• I can estimate and measure objects

Next Week:

• I can subtract within 1000
• I can estimate and measure objects
• I can solve measurement word problems

Whiten

This Week:

• I can identify rows and columns and understand that an array can be represented as repeated addition
• I can subtract within 1,000
• I can solve addition and subtraction word problems.

Next Week:

• I can estimate and measure objects.
• I can solve measurement word problems.

Daniel

This Week:

I can estimate and measure objects.

I can solve word problems involving measurement.

Next Week:

I can estimate and measure objects using inches, feet, yards, centimeters and meters.

I can solve word problems involving measurement.

## Projects

Davis

We wrapped our study of motorized aircraft and have moved into the last part of our flight web - "Animals that Fly." We began our inquiries by studying insects. Our first learning target was "What makes something an insect?" We observed dead insects, then went outside on a bug hunt to learn about an insect's habitat and what live insects look like up close. The children discovered what ALL insects have in common. After that, our next learning target was "What makes a caterpillar an insect?" I brought in eastern tent caterpillars and the children each got one to observe up close and create scientific drawings of their caterpillars. They learned that the caterpillars had the same body parts of all the other insects they had seen earlier in the week. They finished the learning target by working together with their classmates to create a giant sized monarch caterpillar and then taking a Google quiz on their newly acquired learning.

Daniel
Steindorff

We are transitioning our project to focus on clean water. We started this week discussing what we know and the questions we have about clean water. We will be looking into how water gets cleaned and how WE can make dirty water clean.

Whiten

We are now transitioning into how we can use food to unite people in our school and community. We have created a web of ideas, and are currently determining what directions we will go. The learners have expressed so many ideas, and I am excited to use the remainder of the school year spreading unity.

Moorelin

As we continue to study Bees we are wrapping up our phase "Becoming the Bee" and are beginning our next stage which is "Becoming the BeeKeeper." We have been hard at work learning the important role bees have in pollinating. We are SO pumped to have watched our bees get dropped into the hive today and look forward to watching the colony grow!

## Cursive Writing

We will learn them in this order:

• Slim 7 Group: P, R, B, H, K
• Umbrella Tops and Eggs: C, E, A, O, Q
• High Hills and Deep Valleys: N, M, U, V, Y
• Sneaky Snake Tops: T, F
• Half Hearts: X, W, I, J
• Fat Bellies: G, S, L, D, Z

## Our Bees are here!!

A hive that will thrive! :)
Tune in as we welcome our bees to their new hive! We are so excited to have them here and look forward to the many learning opportunities they will bring!

Also, a shout out to Mrs. Franklin for being a part of it all!! :)

## What do you know about caterpillars and butterflies?

Before beginning our explorations on insects, caterpillars, and butterflies, our first steps were to gather what information and misconceptions were held by the children already on this topic. You can see a slideshow of some of their finished products here -
What We Know About Caterpillars and Butterflies

## Going on a Bug Safari

After observing dead insects, the kids had the great idea to go outside and try to find LIVE insects. We armed ourselves with clipboards and pencils and were ready to find all kinds of bugs. We sure did! Check out our picture slideshow of our bug safari - the kids did a SUPER job of being entomologists!
Going on a Bug Safari

## YEARBOOKS ON SALE NOW!

Yearbooks will be \$45.00 until 4/13 and \$55.00 after 4/13.

If you purchase a yearbook online please screenshot your confirmation code for proof of purchase and send it in with your learner to give to their teacher.

Pike Road Schools PTSA is hosting its first-ever Plant Sale! You can get gorgeous plants and support Pike Road Schools at the same time! All varieties are locally grown and will be available for pick-up April 12. Check out the flier for all the details and visit: http://tinyurl.com/prsplants for a printable order form!
Make plans to join us for Pike Road Schools first-ever Disability Awareness Fair on Monday April 3! We are excited to partner with some incredible agencies to bring this event to our community! By attending you'll be able to speak with representatives from Auburn University at Montgomery, Montgomery Area Nontraditional Equestrians, Camp ASCCA Easterseals, Brain Pump, Autism Society of Alabama, Kumon, Capell & Howard P.C. Attorneys At Law, Alabama Family Trust, Early Intervention Center, Dream Court, Miracle League, Great Leaps Learning Center, Pike Road Family Eye Care, Down Syndrome Group, Great Leaps Learning Center all in one place! Special Thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible. Inflatables Of Montgomery, Wynlakes Golf & Country Club, Pike Road Family Eye Care, Sommer's Place & Marquirettes Exquisite Jewelry, Montgomery AL! You don't want to miss this fun and informative event!

## Important Dates

April 3 - Disability Awareness Fair

April 14: No school

April 17: Professional learning day for lead learners (NO SCHOOL for students)

April 19: Eat South & Harriet 2 Field Trip (see form below)

April 28: Field Day (CK - C6)

May 2-4: PRS Book Fair

May 6: Crawfish Boil

May 25: Last day of School

## What's for Lunch?

Thanks to feedback from our lead learners and many of you, we are excited to announce some changes that are coming regarding how your child’s learning progress is reported.

We will implement slight changes as to how we use FreshGrade for the last nine weeks of school:

• Eliminate teacher comments unless learner is at an orange or red level of mastery. Comments should be short, specific, and focused on learning to achieve standard mastery.
• Only upload videos and pictures that are necessary to show your learner’s progress. This will allow lead learners more time to focus on teaching and learning. As a result of this change, some of you will see more artifacts coming home with your child.

You will see the biggest changes for next school year; please take a few minutes of your time to watch this important video that will help explain some of these changes and give you a clear picture of what’s to come. Our leadership team and lead learners will work together this summer to fully implement these changes so that we become the best version of Pike Road Schools.

## Family Wish List

Throughout the year, our classes will be doing a variety of activities that will require or be enhanced by certain materials. Some families ask how they help from time to time. Below each lead learner has listed items that would be used for classroom activities and projects. Thank you!

Daniel

• Kleenex tissues
• Expo markers (wide tips)

Davis

Franklin

• Mrs. Franklin's Amazon Wish List- WISH LIST!
• Expo Markers-regular size- color :) and skinny

Moore

Steindorff

Whiten

## Important Info.

Our Vision

Our students are lifelong learners who use their knowledge, skills, and influence to make the world a better place.

Our Mission

To create a culture of intellectual curiosity where all students have ownership over their learning and are inspired to think, innovate, and create.

School Hours

Students may be dropped off beginning at 7:20 AM.

Bell rings at 8:00.

Dismissal begins at 3:00.