September 16-30



  • Edmodo-Weekly Assignments, Resources and dates for upcoming Assessments
  • FreshGrade-Standards and student work will be put into FreshGrade AFTER they are assessed. Announcements and newsletters will also be emailed through FreshGrade.


  • Students may not have cell phones out in class unless the lead learner has given permission. We will take up any phones we see out.
  • Please do not text or email your student during school. In the event of an emergency, please contact the office.
  • Students may only use earbuds during class times designated by the lead learner. Headphones are not allowed. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR LEARNER HAS EARBUDS EVERYDAY.
  • Students may not wear hats in the building.
  • Gum is not allowed in C5.
  • Please send a healthy snack to school everyday. Do not send candy or soda for your child's snack.
  • Students need to bring fully charged macbook to school everyday. Do not send a charger. They will not be allowed to charge MacBooks at school.
  • Please be sure you child has pencils everyday! We want to encourage responsibility and ownership by having learners carry their own pencils.

What's Happening @ Pike Road Schools...

Pike Road School Calendar:

PTSA is hosting our Book Fair this year! The fall Book Fair is scheduled for October 11-13.

Below is the menu for the Snack Store for the week of 9/19:

Monday: Papa Johns pizza (pepperoni with a limited selection of cheese only) $4.00

Tuesday: Slushie $1.25

Wednesday: Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich $3.75 OR Combo (with snack and small water or milk) $5.00

Thursday: Slushie $1.25

Friday: Chick-fil-A SAUSAGE biscuits @ breakfast $3.00


Over the next two weeks C5 will be working on a multiplication unit. We will begin with multiplying decimals by 10, 100, and 1,000. Next we will multiply by a two-digit number, and finish up with multiplying with decimals.

5.) Explain patterns in the number of zeros of the product when multiplying a number by powers of 10, and explain patterns in the placement of the decimal point when a decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of 10. Use whole-number exponents to denote powers of 10. [5-NBT2]

8.) Fluently multiply multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm. [5-NBT5]

If your child struggles with their multiplication facts, please have them practice them at home. Here is a good resource with games to practice their facts.

We will be working on different ways to solve multiplication problems with two and three digit numbers. One of the ways is the “Box Method”. Please view the following video for instructions on the box method.

Please make sure to check your child’s journals to see what we are doing in class and remind them to bring them back and forth to school everyday.


Welcome to the World of Science!! This week we have been studying (ALCOS 5.4) which consist of mixtures. The students were mixing salt, sugar, lemon juice, gravel, and sand with water. They were investigating to see which one dissolved evenly and unevenly. They also identified which ones had a unique smell. Some of the learners even noticed the color change. Today they made lava lamps using vegetable oil, effervescent tablets, water, and food coloring.

During these next two weeks we will be studying the difference between acids and bases (ALCOS 5.3). Also, we will try out different items to see if they will sink or float (ALCOS 5.5). I am delighted to be your child science lead learner. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me via e-mail at


Adventures await each day in C5 history...Over the past two weeks we have been discovering the causes and effects of the early migration and settlement into the America’s. (ALCOS 2.1) This past week the students took turns reading the book ‘You Wouldn’t Want To Be An American Colonist’ as a ‘read-aloud’ during our carpet time. This fact-based fun book takes the reader back into the days of the early migration and settlement in the America’s. Students became the characters and faced many hardships including sickness, homes being destroyed by fire, famine and starvation. Those who survived went on to discover that tobacco was a profitable crop and how to flourish in the New World. We also celebrated ‘Constitution Day’ and celebrated our freedoms. Our focus was primarily on our First Amendment: Freedom of Speech. During our ‘celebration’ of our Constitution, C5 learned about the greatest attack in our Nation’s history...9/11. C5 students researched and studied news articles learning about 9/11. Then they ‘exercised’ their freedom of speech by creating a news article with pictures and facts about 9/11. Over the new two weeks, C5 students will begin the adventure of thinking, creating, and developing their own colonies during project time. I can’t wait to see how our C5 students problem-solve, implement and present their colonies! C5 will also begin to dive into our next standard: Distinguish differences among major American Indian cultures in North America according to geographic region, natural resources, community organization, economy, and belief systems. (ALCOS 3.1) For more information regarding C5 History, please refer to Edmodo or email me at


Over the past two weeks C5 has been learning about figurative language. We were able to work in whole groups, small groups, and individually while practicing this skill. This upcoming week we will be focusing on identifying main ideas and supporting details in informational texts. Resources for these skills can be found on Edmodo and in your child’s english notebook.

Don't forget we are starting our novel study of Wonder on September 26th! I need each child to have a copy of their own book so they will be able to read it at home. If for some reason you are unable to purchase a copy of the book, please let me know. I really feel like our learners will love this story and I can't wait to hear their feedback. Below is a book trailer that I think you will enjoy!

Wonder by R. J. Palacio


Physical Fitness Testing

Purpose and Content

The State Board of Education designated the FITNESSGRAM® as the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) for students in Alabama public schools. The FITNESSGRAM® is a comprehensive, health-related physical fitness battery developed by The Cooper Institute. The primary goal of the FITNESSGRAM® is to assist students in establishing lifetime habits of regular physical activity.

The PFT will be used by our students to assess and plan personal fitness programs. For myself, it will help me design the curriculum for our physical education class. Parents and guardians will be able to use the results of the test to understand their children’s fitness levels. Testing procedures, scores and results can be found on your son's or daughter's fresh grade account.

The FITNESSGRAM® uses objective criteria to evaluate performance for each fitness area 1.) body composition 2.) abdominal strength 3.) Endurance 4.) Flexibility 5.) Muscular Strength. The test's results will give our learners a representation of what level fitness they have. Being successful in the program offers some protection against diseases associated with physical inactivity.

Aerobic Capacity

• PACER (Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run)

• One-Mile Run

Abdominal Strength and Endurance

• Cadence Curl-Up Test

Upper Body Strength and Endurance

• Cadence Push-Up test

Body Composition

• Body Mass Index (BMI)

Trunk Extensor Strength and Flexibility

• Trunk Lift

• Back-Saver Sit and Reach

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