The Eagles' Nest March 14, 2021

The Community Newsletter of EXCEL Academy PCS

Volume 2, Issue 17

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Happy Pi Day!

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Pi Day is an annual opportunity for math enthusiasts to recite the infinite digits of Pi, talk to their friends about math, and eat pie.

Since Pi day is on a weekend this year we wanted to share some activities with you to celebrate the love of mathematics and pi(e) with your scholar! Let us know if you try some of them and if so, how you like them. Happy celebrating!

Primary (K-2) Student Activities:

  • Read Happy Pi Day to You! by Bonnie Worth is an engaging and interactive read-aloud to get kids thinking about and measuring circles. For extra fun, grab a stack of disposable pie plates to recreate the amazing Pi Day hats the characters all wear!
  • Just like pi, paper chains can be endless in activity time, length, and fun! As a family, create a Pi Day chain with loops of colored paper using a different color for each of the 10 digits. Each colored chain link represents a decimal place or a digit. See if you can make one link for each member of your immediate or extended family. How long can you make it?
  • Little ones may not be ready to understand the concept of pi itself, but they can get in on the fun with this activity that introduces them to circles and ratios. All you need are some paper plates, construction paper, and a few other basic supplies. Kids mix and match the pieces to make a complete “pie,” learning more about circles along the way.

Intermediate (3-5) Student Activities:

  • An engaging read-aloud about math? Yes, please! In Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi: A Math Adventure, Sir Circumference has been changed into a fire-breathing dragon. His son Radius and Lady Di of Ameter search for clues to the magic number that is the same for all circles in order to change him back! If you love Sir Cumference’s adventures, you’ll be happy to know this book is part of a much larger series.
  • Provide plenty of circular objects like coffee cans, soup cans, pie tins, paper plates, bowls, CDs, and candles. Then have kids measure the diameter and circumference, divide the circumference by the diameter, and watch their amazement as the number comes out to about 3.14 every single time. Then, maybe finish up by measuring some round treats (chocolate chip cookies, anyone?).
  • In this simple card game, kids race to see who can get rid of all their cards as they lay out the digits of pi. You can print out the digits in advance for reference or challenge older students to recall them from memory as they go. Get the full instructions at Math Geek Mama.

Middle School Student Activities:

  • Are you a Pi expert? Take this quiz and test your skills!
  • Music lovers - Turn pi into music! Start by experimenting with pi10k, which turns pi into music you’ve never heard before. Then, create your own family symphony using pi to structure the composition. Assign each member of the family a number from one through nine and have them come up with a musical sound associated with their number. Think claps, hums, whistles, knocks, beats on a drum or tambourine, or notes on a kazoo, recorder, triangle, or another available musical instrument. Write the first 20 digits of pi on a piece of paper and direct family members to make their chosen sound when you point to their number. Zero can be a rest. Repeat the sequence several times until you get the hang of it and have a rhythmic tune to show for your effort!
  • Have your scholars write their own "pi-ku" poems. Inspired by haiku, these quick poems have a different number of syllables in each line, based on the digits of pi.
* First line: 3 syllables

* Second line: 1 syllable

* Third line: 4 syllables

Hybrid Instruction Begins Next Month!

Next month we are prepared to receive 135 of our scholars, grades K-8, back into the building for hybrid instruction! We want to acknowledge that the decision to send or not to send is very personal, and parents make the best decision they can make, based on the individual child and family needs. We want to remind you that whether your child is at home or in school, all students will get the absolute best instruction we can give them under these circumstances.

There WILL be a mandatory parent meeting for parents of hybrid students on Thursday, March 25th at 6:00 p.m. During this meeting, we will discuss additional details and expectations that must be in place in order for students to remain in hybrid throughout the end of the school year. We are looking forward to having a transparent and collaborative conversation. In the meantime, if your child takes medications during the day, please use this link to access the appropriate medication forms to get your physician to complete before April.

An email with the Zoom information was sent to all participating families yesterday. If you have reported that your child will be returning for hybrid instruction and did not receive it, please let us know.

Staff Returns to the Building This Week

Staff will be returning to the building on Wednesday of this week. As a result, all classes on Wednesday will be asynchronous, so that staff will have the opportunity to prepare classrooms for hybrid instruction and receive professional development. Special Education small groups will still meet.

EXCEL-ling In the Kitchen - Tuesday March 23, 2021@ 6:00 p.m.

We invite you to join us for our 5th series of: “EXCEL-ling In The Kitchen.” Together, we will create a delicious meal for dinner. This fun activity is for all!

If a student is participating they will need parental supervision as we will be using the stove and other kitchen tools. Please make adjustments to the items based on the size of your family. If you have any questions about substitutions (prior to us cooking together) please contact Mrs. Reese at Happy cooking! We can’t wait to have you EXCEL-ling In The Kitchen with us!

Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Time: 6:00pm

Zoom Link:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 882 7081 3126 Passcode: 993427

Chicken and Green Bean Stir Fry

(This recipe serves 4. Please make adjustments based on the size of your family.)


  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs (Estimate 1-2 thighs per person)

  • Cornstarch

  • Vegetable oil

  • 2 Bell Peppers (Feel free to have different color peppers, such as red or yellow.)

  • White Onion

  • Steamed Green Beans In A Bag (If you decide to use fresh green beans please prep them before we begin.)

  • Garlic Cloves

  • Ginger (Fresh or Dry)

  • Garlic Powder

  • Onion Powder

  • Crushed Red Pepper

  • Salt & Pepper

  • Sesame Oil

  • Sweet Chili Sauce

  • White or Brown Rice (I will be using Jasmine Rice.)

  • Cutting Board

  • Knife

  • Pot to cook the rice in.

  • Large Skillet

Welcome Baby Riley!

Congratulations to Mr. Boysaw on the birth of his baby girl last Sunday. Mommy, baby, and Daddy are doing very well!


SEED/EXCEL Governing Board Meeting March 18th, 6:30 pm - 8 pm.

Meeting link:

Meeting ID: 860 0075 8117

Passcode: 971074

Via phone: +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)

Meeting ID: 860 0075 8117

Passcode: 971074

Technical Support

Teachers are not able to give technical support for students during the instructional day. But good news - the district is formulating a protocol so that students can receive timely support when there are access issues. Please stay under for updates which will be sent directly to you as soon as they are finalized.

Until then, if you continue to need assistance with your device, please contact the Parent Support Center closest to you. Make an appointment to take your device in so they may work directly with you to troubleshoot for you onsite. The information for Tech Support Centers can be found below. Remember that if your child is having a technical issue you MUST email the teacher the day of the incident. Thank you for understanding.


UPDATED Days/Times: Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Parents may call 240-696-3315 during these hours to receive live assistance.

Sign up for an appointment **An email address is required to book an appointment online. If you do not have an email address, please book an appointment through the Parent Hotline at 240-696-3315. To book an appointment online:

1. Select the “Book an Appointment” link below for the specific location you would like to visit. 2. Select the service you need. 3. Select an available time from the list. *Appointments must be made more than 90 minutes in advance. 4. Complete the appointment form. 5. A confirmation email will be sent to the email they use to register.


Important Dates to Remember: March 14th - April 3rd

The next edition of the Eagle's Nest will be released on Sunday, April 4th!

  • Thursday, March 18th: SEED/EXCEL Board Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 23rd: EXCEL-ling In the Kitchen @ 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 25th: Hybrid Instruction MANDATORY parent meeting @ 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, March 26th: SPRING BREAK BEGINS!!
  • Monday, March 29th - Monday, April 5th: Spring break- no instruction for students

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