The Jungle Beat

November 13, 2015

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

News and Notes

Parents-Thank you for helping make our first field trip a success! We had everything we needed and plenty of extra hands. I am looking forward to talking with the children on Monday about the trip. Please take a look at the What's Coming Up section of the newsletter for important information regarding this week. Included in the newsletter is the new Dress Code Revision. I also want to thank everyone for sending back our first set of journals/books. I am looking forward to another great week.

Think + Innovate + Create=New Project?

It has been great hearing the learners use the knowledge they gained from our Habitat Project. On Thursday, during free choice center time, I noticed those in the art area making eagles out of play dough. I heard another learner say they needed to make the meadow area for their butterfly. Different ones have even been talking about the long vowel sounds we hear in "eagle". Our trip to Lanark gave the children an authentic physical experience with habitats. I am looking forward to talking with the children on Monday about their experience at Lanark and seeing if I hear what interest they may have that might lead us to our next project.

Habitat Project leads to a School/Home Learning Connection

Luca discovered a bird nest at home!! He told his parents we had been learning about birds and asked to bring it to school to share. Thank you Luca for this authentic learning experience.

Southeastern Raptor Presentation

The Auburn University Southeastern Raptor Presentation on Monday was amazing. We learned so much about the birds that actually live right in our area. The children have been noticing large birds soaring as we play at recess. It was great to have an expert came to talk to us about the birds we have been seeing in our environment everyday.
Raptor Program

Veterans Day

In honor of Veterans Day, Colonel Bill Allison spoke to our class on Tuesday. We presented him with the following poem and "thank you" cards.

"Although my hands are very small

I made this flag to fly for all.

I may be too young to understand

But I know these colors are something grand.

The Red, White, and Blue, Forever Stand."

The children listened intently as Colonel Allison spoke about our country's flag, his medals, and the tank he drove. The large flag proved to be of great interest to the children. Colonel Allison patiently honored their desires by allowing them to each have a moment with him and the flag. It was hard to not get a little emotional as I saw these two generations come together, each with a hand on the flag of the United States of America. Thank you to all those who have served and are presently serving to protect what this flag symbolizes. I hope you enjoy watching the video from this special visit.

Colonel Bill Allison

Learning Areas Update

Blocks-Next Learning Area to Transition

I continue to learn so much from the book study Ramps and Pathways . I have included another link that gives more information about this STEM approach to teaching physics. The "Program in Action" section contains videos demonstrating the learning and educational value of ramps and pathways.

Below is a list of the needed materials. If you can help us acquire this specific molding please let me know. I am excited about implementing this with our children.

Materials List:

• Cove Molding-common material found in many supply stores (1 3⁄4 width and varying lengths 1, 2, 3, and 4 feet sections)

• Most classrooms need 18 of each length...

• Marbles of different sizes move easily down

cove ramps

*garbage can to hold all molding.

Link to Amazon Classroom Wishlist

Below is a link to a pdf that contains information about benefits of jumping rope. I would like to provide this experience for our children. If you are interested in helping with this, I have placed on the Amazon Classroom Wishlist the size jumprope that we need. Thank you for your continued support!

What's Coming up?

November 16th-20th In math we will be finishing up measurement skills and begin working with 10 frames. Due to the previous short week we will continue our leaf investigation into this week. Please let your child gather leaves of various sizes and colors to bring in. We will attempt to identify them. In addition to identifying the leaves, we will use them to make creations similar to those from the book we read, Leaf Man. Ben's dad will also be coming to talk to us about trees.

One way we work on High Frequency Word recognition is reading poems. I will be sending home their poem journals this week. This is a good opportunity for you to see how their High Frequency Word recognition skills are progressing. This is a standard I will be looking at this week for all children.

Already introduced: a, am, can, go, I, me, my, play, the, to, you, and

Currently Working on: blue, for, went, is, it in, little, red, yellow, look

Words remaining:

-big, help, come, make, not, one, two, three, we, see, said

-where, jump, they, what, up, down, here, he, she, have, like

Friday, November 20th-We will cook vegetable soup in class and enjoy a meal together in honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Be looking for a letter in your child's bag concerning an item they can bring to contribute to our vegetable soup.

Friday, November 20th-Ending date for Samaritan's Purse Collection.

November 23rd-27th Fall Break-Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you all enjoy some special time with your family and loved ones.

What's ahead In December we will be doing activities where children are involved with making a class alphabet. We will also be reading many versions of the Gingerbread Man. We will be comparing the similarities and differences in each version. We will also enjoy making a gingerbread houses.

Community 7 & 8 Samaritan's Purse Shoe Box Project

What: Give a child a delightful holiday gift this year. For their service project “Giving Back 2015” the 7/8 Community is collecting items to package in a shoebox to send to a child around the world.

Who: All PRS Students

When: Collection date begins: Monday, 11/9/15
Collection date ends: Friday, 11/20/15

Where: Collection location - PRS front hallway in front of the chalkboard

Items needed for service project: empty shoe boxes and wrapping paper

Items requested to pack in shoeboxes:
1. bar soap with protective plastic
2. toothbrush
3. toothpaste
4. yo yos or balls
5. socks
6. pencils and pens
7. flashlights with batteries
8. notebooks
9. stuffed animals
10.small hand-held toys supplies such as crayons, markers, stickers, coloring books brush accessories
14.hard candy
15.flip flops
16.unused/ small clothes
18.small bags
19. Life Straws (water filter straw)

1. used or broken items
2. war- related items
3. chocolate or foods
4. liquids or lotions
5. medicines
6. breakable items such as glass
7. aerosol cans

Dress Code Revisions

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

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!

Thank you PTA for a Special treat

Coach Hines joined us for a PTA membership drive popsicle treat. The children enjoyed the treat and really enjoyed having the attention of Coach Hines. Thank you for taking part in our school by joining the PTA.

Scholastic Book Order

Our books have come and been delivered form the last order. I will send home the new flyer on Monday. There are some great books in this next flyer you may want to consider for gifts.