Mrs. Hernandez's Family News
The week of April 11, 2016
Important Dates & Information
April 10-Last Day to purchase a yearbook for $45.00
April 11-18- Yearbook sales, cost is $55.00
April 13-Last Day to purchase a Patriot Games T-shirt (order forms were sent home in folders this last week)
April 15-Come take a closer look at the night sky with our learning family (more info below)April 20-C1's Field Trip to Lanark (see more information below)
April 25-Professional Learning Day for Lead Learners-No School for Learners!
April 29- Patriot Games & Spring Fling- C1 will participate at 8:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
May 13-C1 Market Day! (see more information below)
May 20-Crawfish Boil at The Waters, 12:00 noon-7:00 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Pike Road Patriot Fund.
May 26-Last Day for Learners
Some thoughts from Mrs. Hernandez
I just wanted to share some reflections that I had after viewing the documentary, "Most Likely to Succeed." This was the documentary that was shown this last week as a community event sponsored by AUM Outreach, St. James United Methodist Church, Pike Road Schools, and Montgomery Public Schools in order to stimulate a conversation about how we look at education and how it must change in order to prepare our learners for the 21st century.
To say that I was inspired by the documentary would be somewhat of an understatement. You all are very aware of how I am so passionate about what we are doing here at Pike Road School, but to see this sort of passion and mindset through some one else's eyes was absolutely astounding. Please believe me when I say that what our learners do everyday in school is so much more than just learning. We are inspiring learners that will be prepared to face the unknown in 15-20 years, when our little ones enter the workforce.
The documentary painted a very clear picture that formal education began over 100 years ago and the truth is that the "model" that was presented then has not changed that much. It also discussed that during the 20th century, the Industrial Age, that jobs and employment opportunities were predictable and did not change that much from generation to generation. However, times have drastically changed and in the 21st century, the age of Information and technology, changes to the work force and employment opportunities are happening at a record-breaking rapid pace. In other words, the jobs that are available today will more than likely not be available in 10-20 years. This means that just filling our learners with a bunch of facts to memorize and regurgitate on a test is not beneficial in preparing them for their future. We must create learners that are able to think critically, creatively, and cooperatively. Therefore, what we are doing here at PRS is right on track, because we are inspiring our learners to solve problems, invent, create, and to build a sense of character that understand how to handle the unknown by instilling a sense of curiosity in each of them. We are instilling a passion for learning that goes beyond the school day. So just imagine how our learners will be able to adapt and respond to whatever they encounter in the future.
I am thrilled to be a small part of such a movement and thrilled that you have trusted me with your precious children. The truth is, and as the documentary reiterated, it is about learning more deeply, not so much about learning more stuff superficially.
If you would like to take a closer look, I encourage you to visit the website http://mltsfilm.org and if you ever get the opportunity to see this film, please take it. Our world is changing, and so must we!
Let's Take a Closer Look at The Night Sky
- The event begins around 8p.m.
- You may want to bring some chairs or a ground cloth and snacks for your family.
- All learners must be accompanied by an adult.
- Please make sure to thank Greg and Karen Lipscomb for this amazing opportunity.
Lanark Field Trip Information
- We will leave the school promptly at 8:20 a.m. and are expected to return around 2:15 p.m.
- Learners should wear their red PRS field trip or a red shirt, closed-toed shoes, sunscreen, and comfortable clothes.
- Those learners that are bringing lunches from home must place them in a sack, not lunch boxes. Space is limited.
- We will be there all day, so I will place a sign-up sheet on Sign-up Genius for parents to help donate iced bottled water in a cooler and snacks for our learners.
- Some of the learning opportunities that our learners will experience are fishing, fish habitats, rocks, soil composition, natural resources, human-made resources, and recreation opportunities for our community.
PRS Patriot Games & Spring Fling
Our first PRS Patriot Games & Spring Fling has been scheduled for Friday, April 29th. Our Learning Family's schedule is as follows:
8:15 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. Meeting in the Gym to discuss the day and to review rules and the importance of good sportsmanship
8:30 a.m.- 8:45 a.m. Playground play
8:45 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Snack at the Picnic Tables
9:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Spring Fling Activities (inflatables and fun activities)
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Patriot Games on the Hill near The Waters
10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Tug of War Activities in Gym
11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Lunch
11:30a.m.-3:00 p.m. Back to learning in our classroom
- You should have received an email from C1's PTSA Representative, Jessica Shaw. Here is some of the information that she provided:
- The Spring Fling is being sponsored by PRS PTSA and Frazer United Methodist Church and the Pike Road Volunteer Fire Department will be on sight with a fun activity for our learners.
- Community One Parents are asked to donate Powerade by April 20
- Volunteers are needed to help with Spring Fling (8:15-9:30) for first grade and Patriot Games (9:15-10:30) for first grade.
- Contact Jessica Shaw at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know that you are available to volunteer.
- Order forms were sent home this week to purchase a Patriot Games Day T-shirt with your learner's team color highlighted on the form. All shirts are $8.00 and all orders are due in the office by this upcoming Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Please make checks payable to PRS PTSA.
- You may want to consider putting sunscreen and hats or visors on our little ones that morning and please send water bottles labeled with your child's name for this event.
- Let the Games Begin! Our Learners are so excited about this day and the competition has begun! We hope you can join us for this day.
LC1 Market Day is Coming May 13th!
Check Out Our Learning
Mrs. Anderson's daughter, Ella, a LC2 learner at PRS, shared her tadpoles with our learners this week.
The learners observed that the tadpoles have already grown back legs and have begun metamorphosis into a frog! How fascinating!
Learners are helping one another calculate how much money they would need to purchase their wish list items at the PRS Book Fair. Make sure and watch the video below!
We began learning about the weather this last week!
We are monitoring the weather daily and keeping a journal!
Learners have to describe if it is sunny, cloudy, or rainy and note the temperature and the amount of rain each day.
Learners practice their addition skills by playing a math game called Fifty Chips. Learners roll the dice, add the numbers together and place that many chips on the board. They work together to fill up the board.
Learners practice adding double numbers and then adding on one with this math game called Doubles Cover + One. Each player rolls a twelve sided die, basically multiply the number by two and then add one more.
Cason's sister, Kylee from LC2 came to read a book about Hamsters to our class. She chose this activity as a reward for reaching her goal of reading 100 books! What a treat!
Our Learners Visited LC4 for their 1920's Exhibition
We learned about Wall Street and the Great Stock Market Crash
We learned about the Migrant Mothers who moved to find work wherever they could to make sure their children were fed.
We learned about the development of "The Diner" when the common people began to go out and buy their food in local restaurants.
Learners practicing their engineering and architectural skills with Legos
Our learners love to use SumDog to strengthen their reading and math skills.
Our learners have gained a true love for reading!
Rainy Days Do Not Keep Us From Moving!
What Does One Find in the Midnight Zone?
Purple Sea Urchins
Our learners mixed up some salt dough and used toothpicks to make Purple Sea Urchins.
They learned that they are rather tiny with them ranging in between 1 to almost 4 inches.
Our learners have learned that these clear looking fish actually have eyes shaped like a barrel.
Purple Sea Urchins
These learners learned that sword fish can grow up to 13 ft long; but most of the ones that fisherman catch are 6 ft long. So due to space, we decided to make the smaller one.
The coolest thing is that they had to determine how long to make the sword-shaped nose for the 6 foot fish when the nose for the 13 foot one is around 44 inches.
Some of our learners used algebra to solve a problem!
So together we actually solved for "x" in first grade by determining that 6 was almost half of 13 which means that there are two sixes in thirteen. So we worked together to determine that there are 22 twos in forty-four. WOW!!!!!! I was so excited at the level of thinking these kids were able to do with a little scaffolding.
Some of our learners used algebra to solve a problem!
These learners learned that angel sharks are about 5 feet long and actually more ray-like than shark-like.
These learners have learned that giant squids can be as big as 30 meters and Colton was quick to tell me that it wouldn't fit in our classroom. Let's face it, it would barely fit on a football field. WOW! So they decided to make a younger squid that is only six feet long. They determined that the space we were using was 106 inches long. So they worked together to determine that there are 8 feet, or 8 twelves in 106 inches. This is some kind of math!
Project Work is a Great Time!
We took up the entire hall one day trying to get our projects completed. It was a great day!