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

Hello all,

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 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

Please join us this upcoming Friday Night in the School Parking Lot for a special opportunity to observe the moon and the night sky with enthusiast Dr. Greg Lipscomb.

  • 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 go to Lanark and the Alabama Wildlife Federation Headquarters on April 20th and there are some things you should know:

  • 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 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!

In an effort to extend our learning from the aquarium, our learners will work for the next for the next couple of weeks to develop a souvenir shop for our aquarium. This will give our learners the opportunity to decide on several products to make, price, market and sell to other C1 learners. They will also learn about the value of earning money because for every product they produce to sell, they will earn a wage. All of which will be designed and determined by them. We are in the very early stages of this project and more information will come in the next weeks. We will need your support with materials and I am asking that each family donate $1.00 in pennies and $1.00 in dimes. We will use this money for the children to earn wages, exchange denominations, calculating, and then use their wages to make purchases from the market on market day. Please note that all collected monies will be donated to a charity of the learners' choosing at the end of the Market. Please send money to school by Friday, April 15th if possible. We are very excited about this opportunity and can't wait to get started! More information will be coming soon.

Check Out Our Learning

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What I absolutely loved about this video is that Jake went to the book fair and made his wish list and then came back and asked his friend Michael to help him add up all of the amounts to determine a total cost. So the two of them sat down and began calculating this authentic problem as we waited for all of our friends to come back from the Book Fair. This is a true example of the Pike Road Way, learners taking ownership of their learning to solve real world problems!

Our Learners Visited LC4 for their 1920's Exhibition

Rainy Days Do Not Keep Us From Moving!

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What Does One Find in the Midnight Zone?

Learners researching their animal from the Midnight Zone in their project groups!

We completed our last animal for the Aquarium. The Anemone! Accompanied by a little clown fish too!

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We All Now Have Our L.E.A.D. Cards!

Our learners know what qualities it takes to be great Patriots and to Lead others, Encourage responsibility, Achieve greatness, and Discover the best version of ourselves! Each learner received their card and placed it into our magic basket signifying that they exhibit the traits to be a good leader.