PATRIOT POW WOW

1/10/16

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PRS is in the beginning stages of launching Pike Road Papas. This is an opportunity for Dads to get involved in the lives of our students. In conjunction with Pike Road Papas, we are inviting families to breakfast every Friday morning. You can eat with your children and with others who tend to gather around visiting Dads and Moms. Come share your family's love with the Pike Road Family. Breakfast for adults costs $2.50 and breakfast for learners cost $2.00.

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Mrs. Napier was the classroom of the week!

Learners in Community 4 are investigating the properties of soil and collaborating to determine what we need to know about the soil for our school butterfly garden project.

Community 4 brainstorming about ways to impact the world around them!

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Learners engineered a device that protected an egg when dropped from the second story of our school with ONLY the materials provided. Learners investigated increases and decreases of speed to see what occurs when objects collide. They designed, tested, revised, and tested again! Check out all the survivors! PRS has some AMAZING engineers!

THIS WEEK AT PRS...

Tuesday:

  • 8:00 PTSA Board Meeting in the conference room
  • 1:00 SGA Meeting in the CLC


Thursday:

  • 6:00 PRS to Host Alabama Association of School Boards (AASB) District 4 Meeting


Friday:

  • 2:00-4:30 Reflections Reception in the CLC *All art work submissions will be on display in the Collaborative Learning Center. Come and celebrate these beautiful works of art created by Pike Road Patriots.
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PRS HEALTH AND WELLNESS EQUIPMENT DRIVE

Donated items can be delivered to Coach Klinger in the Gym! - Thanks so much!!!!! Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Footballs, Volleyballs, Kickballs, Yoga Mats, Wiffle Golf Balls, 14 foot jump ropes, Ping Pong Balls, Bean Bags, Hula Hoops, and Stacking Cups


*Don't forget to always wear appropriate footwear to Health and Wellness!

Math/Literacy/PE Schedule for January

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MAYOR'S MARATHON CHALLENGE (MONTGOMERY)

The City of Montgomery, Montgomery Multisport and Publix are partnering to bring

the Publix Mayor’s Marathon Challenge to the Montgomery Marathon on March

12th at Riverwalk Stadium. Each student who wants to participate will run a cumulative 25.2 miles during their PE class or at home and then run the last one mile of the marathon on March 12th in downtown Montgomery finishing inside Riverwalk Stadium. Each participant will receive a shirt, personalized bib and a finisher’s medal commemorating their marathon accomplishment. Each student will have their face on the big screen as they run inside Riverwalk Stadium to the finish line in centerfield!


Registration fee is $15 and due to Coach Klinger by February 8th. Please make cash payment. Parent/Guardian must sign a waiver to participate.

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What will your C4 Learner be working on this week? 1/10/16

Thinking, Innovating, and Creating The Pike Road Way!

Science:

We will investigate the following science standards in relation to our butterfly garden and school improvement projects.


*Plan and carry out investigations to examine properties of soils and soil types (e.g., color, texture, capacity to retain water, ability to support growth of plants).Construct explanations by citing evidence found in patterns of rock formations and fossils in rock layers that Earth changes over time through both slow and rapid processes (e.g., rock layers containing shell fossils appearing above rock layers containing plant fossils and no shells indicating a change from land to water over time, a canyon with different rock layers in the walls and a river in the bottom indicating that over time a river cut through the rock).


Literacy

*Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.


We will be writing a chapter to insert into Kensuke's Kingdom about how Michael's parents reacted when they discovered him missing. The narrative will be written from the perspective of his parents. The chapter will include sequence, dialogue, description of experiences, a variety of transitional words and phrases, sensory details, and a conclusion.


Mrs. Napier's Literacy class are working on a project to propose a piece of work that our school will really use. We aim to encourage recycling at PRS. To do this, students will produce an item, spearhead an effort, and participate in a campaign that meets a real and current need at PRS. They will work in teams to generate ideas, refine drafts, showcase work, and share feedback. The final product will be meaningful, and will benefit the whole school.


History:

*Analyze political and economic issues facing Alabama during Feconstruction for their impact of various social groups.


This week learners will be educating their audience about the group's research question using images and create an oral Presentation: Students must create a game show, skit, song, rap or other creative medium to educate the class about their research topic.


Math:

*Within a single system of measurement, express measurements in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit including km, m, cm; kg, g; lb, oz; l, ml.

***Introduce the measurement project***

We will be working on building picnic tables, benches, and mapping out our butterfly garden designs for the next few weeks. Learners will be applying their knowledge to real-world situations using measurement. Learners will have to convert between larger and smaller units of measurement in order to design and build the picnic tables, benches and butterfly garden. It's time to get down and dirty!


Link to the Measurement Project that we discussed last week:

https://docs.google.com/a/pikeroadschools.org/document/d/1XI8x2dOLmloGMAhJxbz8zxP1toYMZn4pMvg-T7XSNys/edit?usp=sharing


Measurement Project

TIMELINE OF DUE DATES:

*Note: Feel free to submit this BEFORE your due date J!

Individual Deliverable (this document) due: January 12th

Digital Presentation posted to Edmodo by January 15th to receive 2 stars and a wish

Final DIGITAL product due: January 19th


Questions to ask your learner:

How did you use different measurements when you were planning to build the picnic tables and benches?


What two units of measurements did you have to convert between in order to determine what the butterfly garden would look like on the property?


Why do we have different measurement units?


Technology:


*Use digital environments to collaborate and communicate.

*Using word-processing to revise and edit.

HOW CAN I BEST SUPPORT MY LEARNER AT HOME?

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*Get your child's account information and check to see what information and resources are being sent daily. Accounts to check: EDMODO/ GMAIL/ FRESH GRADE


HOW TO GET A GMAIL ACCOUNT TO YOUR PHONE:


IPHONE:http://www.imore.com/how-add-gmail-or-google-apps-account-your-iphone-or-ipad-using-app-specific-password


ANDROID https://support.google.com/mail/answer/4570255?hl=en


*Ask your child SPECIFIC questions about their learning.

Example: "I read in your email that you are learning about speed and energy, what activities did you do to learn about this? Which activity did you enjoy the most? Can you tell me how speed and energy are related?" Ask them what their "TWEET FOR THE DAY" would be if they were going to sum up their day. This is a few powerful, but brief words about their day.


*READ! READ! READ!

Find something your child is passionate about and fuel that passion by encouraging them to read about it. The more they read, the more they will learn new vocabulary words. Get the to describe what they've read to you in detail. You might even read a book together and discuss it.

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MATH RESOURCES

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What is Edmodo?

Learners and Lead Learners can reach out to one another and connect by sharing ideas, problems, and helpful tips. A lead learner can assign and assess work on Edmodo; students can GET and GIVE feedback from the entire class on Edmodo. Ask your child about "Two STARS and a WISH." Think of it as a "walled garden" where collaboration and learning can take place in a safe environment.


What is Fresh Grade?

"As parents, we know everything about our children’s habits. We know what gives them nightmares and why at 4:00pm they get a bit cranky. We know it all, right? Nothing is more important to us than our child’s development, yet we have a blind spot – the classroom.

FreshGrade gives parents a window into the classroom through a secure digital portfolio for your child. Capturing their learning as it happens, and tracking their progress." It also increases communication and collaboration between parents, learners and Lead Learners through digital portfolios.


How can my child move from "not meeting expectations to meeting expectations? While we continue to support and facilitate you child's learning during the school day, you can help at home too. Work with your learner on areas where they are struggling by using the individual Lead Learner feedback (that was given specifically to you child) on Fresh Grade to facilitate their learning at home. Once your child feels they are ready to be re-assessed, just have them drop us and email.


How can I understand what the standard is asking and where can I get extra resources for the standards?

Below is a link to the Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX) website that you can use to get both the explanation of the standard AND resources to go along with them. It will also help you go above and below the 4th grade standard.

http://alex.state.al.us/browseMath.php

BREAKFAST MENU

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LUNCH MENU

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • January 18 - No school in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • January 19 - Called Board Meeting at 6:45 a.m. in the conference room
  • January 22 - Susan Hoitt from the Mobile Singing Children’s Choir performing for 4-8
  • January 28 - Group Picture Day
  • February 1 – School Board Meeting at 6:00 P.M. in the conference room

4th Annual Pike Road Father Daughter Dance

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COME SUPPORT OUR SPRING PATRIOT SPORTS

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Don't Forget..

*PLEASE REMIND YOUR LEARNER TO BRING HEADPHONES AND CHARGE THEIR COMPUTER EVERY NIGHT.


*Students need to be responsible for checking Edmodo and email on a daily basis. They do this at school and need to continue at home. Thanks for your help on this!


*If you are still not receiving emails via School Cast (Info@PikeRoad) or FreshGrade issues. Please let us know.


*Check your learner's Edmodo account and email daily to stay up to date.

A day in the life of a C4 Patriot...

8:00-8:30 - House keeping/Homeroom
8:30-11:30 - Literacy block: Mrs. Kenny/Mrs. Napier OR
  • Math block: Fureigh/Hardin
  • Your learner knows which lead learner they are with.
  • (PE falls in this time block)
11:30-2:45 - Project Based Learning Time (PBL)
  • (Lunch falls in this block beginning at 12:06 pm)
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CONTACT YOUR C4 LEAD LEARNERS ANYTIME!

LINK TO THE PIKE ROAD SCHOOLS NEWSLETTER

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THE MISSION OF PIKE ROAD SCHOOLS

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

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ADDRESS: 500 Avenue of Learning, Pike Road, AL

PHONE NUMBER: 334-420-5310

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