Weekly Letter

Friday, May 20, 2022

Dear Parents and Students,

We can’t thank you…our sixth-grade parents enough!  You have been extraordinary! Beyond chauffeuring for the Global Religion Tour, we have appreciated how you have modeled curiosity about different Judaism, Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam. Our good spiritual vibes were then lived out on the dance floor!  The best Exploris dance Shannon and Loren can remember!  It was amazing!  Joy….joy…joy!  Dance Photos HERE!  Feel free to upload your pics into the album.

Portfolios this week!

The math Map NWEA test went really well!  Emily and Shannon are holding their breath for EOG’s. 🙂  A few things to tweak, and kids SHOULD be studying.  With so many gaps at the beginning of the year, we are very excited to see our 6th graders really are on target and ready for 7th grade.  We are not done…fourth quarter.  Keep your kids in the grind!  Passing 2 lessons or more of iReady is one of the BEST ways to review.

The Reading and Language MAP tests were completed this week. Students will have EOG review assignments beginning Monday. Each night, students will have a short passage to read along with a few questions to answer.  It is essential that students complete the practice using their strategies and unassisted by adults, so they will be prepared to review the passage the next day. These assignments will be posted in the Weekly Overview. 

EcoJourneys is a pilot for NCSU and Indiana State.  With all good pilots it has been littered with error messages, bandwidth fails and confusing next steps.  Those kids participating have been wonderful, patient, guinea pigs.

Volunteers Needed –  Sign Up

  • 4 Walking chaperones for museums – Wednesday, June 2 8:30-11:30 am
  • Bowling in Garner! – Thursday, June 9th 9:30 am-12:00 pm (3 drivers needed)

$$$ – Donation Needed – Parents, the Exploris PTO has reserved $400 to sponsor a 6th-grade activity which we plan to put toward bowling.  However, the cost is $132, and we prefer to avoid collecting money at this juncture.  We are seeking a few parents to make donations and sponsor the remaining cost of the event with donations. Any amount is appreciated.  Email Shardy@exploris.org


EOG’s – Perfect attendance needed! (No virtual days!)

  • Wed. June 1, Reading EOG
  • Friday, June 3, Math EOG
  • Calculators will be collected. The school has some, but not enough for ALL 6th graders.

SCHOOL DEVICES MUST BE RETURNED: All school devices must be returned to school, including chargers. Devices and computers can be returned as early as next week or before EOGs begin.

SIXTH GRADE LIBRARY: Please check around your house, cars, bedrooms, backpacks, etc. for our class library books. Most are labeled with EMS or EMS-6. Please return our books so we can refill and refresh our library!

NC Museum of Natural Sciences will be hosting a week of residential Girls in Science: 

Summer Ed-Venture at Blue Jay Point County Park for rising 6th & 7th grade students in July. Interested students need to both apply and secure a teacher recommendation to be considered for the camp. I’m inviting you to share camp information with students you think would enjoy this opportunity and, if possible, offer to complete the recommendation form as well. Full camp details are found here and the application deadline is Monday, June 6. 

ASTROCAMP REFUND UPDATE: Exploris is preparing refund checks for payments made for Astrocamp. Exploris is waiting to receive the refund of the payment made to Astrocamp, which we expect to receive around May 20. As soon as we receive the check from Astrocamp, refund checks will be sent out to the families. Thank you for your patience as we await this final refund from Astrocamp. 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month: The week of May 23rd-May 27th all grades will participate in activities surrounding Mental Wellness and social-emotional learning. 

  • Wear green on Mental Health Monday May 23rd and look for details to follow in next week’s updates.
  • Students grades 3-7 take the Social and Emotional screener. The online assessment is a universal screener given to all students in third through 8th grade that will identify areas of strength and emotional behavioral concerns in order to inform counselors, teachers, and leadership in planning SEL instructional and programmatic support for students as a whole. The individual student assessment provides information about a student’s current social-emotional learning levels. The results of the assessment will be used to guide instruction for all students and identify students who might need additional social-emotional support. If you would like to opt-out of this assessment or have further questions please contact our counselors at counselor@exploris.org. If you are interested in learning more about this assessment click here.

ADMIN UPDATE:

CLUBS

  • Yu-Gi- Oh Card Club (every other Tuesday after school 3:15-4:15) Michelle Duncan
  • Pride Club (Every other Tuesday)  Cori and Mary
  • SAVE Club (Every other Tuesday) Michelle Duncan
  • Magic the Gathering Club 3:15-4:15 Kelly (Mondays)
  • Drama Club (Wednesdays 3:15-5:00 Kim Nilsen 919-308-7214)

6th Grade

What’s Happening?

Sixth Grade THIS WEEK’S Overview  LINKSchool Calendar  LINK
Friday, May 20 Portfolio Conferences – No School
Monday, May 23Mental Health Day – Wear green.
Monday, May 30 Holiday – Memorial Day
Wed, June 1 Reading EOG
Friday, June 3 Math EOG
Thursday, June 9Bowling!  9:30-12pm
Friday, June 10Last Day of School – Dismissal 12:15pm

Your Team,

Devon, Emily, Loren, and Shannon

Weekly Letter

Friday, May 13, 2022

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your help in making our Global Religion Tour a success! We appreciate all of our parent drivers and chaperones! We look forward to seeing students at the PTO-sponsored dance tonight at the NC State University Club from 7pm-9pm. For more details on the dance, click here.

 In other news, we have received our EOG dates so please mark your calendars:

Wednesday, June 1st: Reading EOG 

Friday, June 3rd: Math EOG

There will not be any virtual days. 

Bowling Trip 6/9/13 9:30-12:00:  Drivers needed! Sign Up

  • Thursday, June 9th 9:30 am-12:00 pm – Bowling in Garner!

SCHOOL DEVICES MUST BE RETURNED: All school devices must be returned to school, including chargers. Devices and computers can be returned as early as next week or before EOGs begin.

ASTROCAMP REFUND UPDATE: Exploris is preparing refund checks for payments made for Astrocamp. Exploris is waiting to receive the refund of the payment made to Astrocamp, which we expect to receive around May 20. As soon as we receive the check from Astrocamp, refund checks will be sent out to the families. Thank you for your patience as we await this final refund from Astrocamp. 

NEXT WEEK: Portfolio Conferences, May 19-25

May is Mental Health Awareness Month: This year, the theme of Mental Health Month is “Back to Basics.” After the last two years of pandemic living, many people are realizing that stress, isolation, and uncertainty have taken a toll on their well-being. The goal is to provide foundational knowledge about mental health & mental health conditions and information about what people can do if their mental health is a cause for concern.

The week of May 23rd-May 27th all grades will participate in activities surrounding Mental Wellness and social-emotional learning. 

  • Wear green on Mental Health Monday May 23rd and look for details to follow in next week’s updates.

During the month of May students will take the Social-Emotional Screener again

  • Who takes the survey?
    • Students grades 3-7 take the survey
    • Parents who have a K-2nd grader will take the survey

The online assessment is a universal screener given to all students third through 8th grade that will identify areas of strength and emotional behavioral concerns in order to inform counselors, teachers, and leadership in planning SEL instructional and programmatic supports for students as a whole. The individual student assessment provides information about a student’s current social-emotional learning levels. The results of the assessment will be used to guide instruction for all students and identify students who might need additional social-emotional support. If you would like to opt-out of this assessment pr have further questions please contact our counselors at counselor@exploris.org. If you are interested in learning more about this assessment click here.

MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCE ON FRIDAY, MAY 13TH: The PTO is excited to sponsor the 2022 Spring Middle School Dance! This will be the first dance our middle schoolers have been able to have since Fall 2019 (when the 8th graders were in 6th grade)! We hope everyone will be able to attend this special event, held at the NC State University Club ballroom and outdoor courtyard.

Tickets:

  • $8 in advance, $10 cash at the door.

Buy your tickets now! (Names will go on a list and students can check in at the dance.)

https://exploris-school-pto.square.site/

Volunteers:

  • In addition to the Exploris teacher chaperones, we need parents to help. Sign up here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084fa5a62ca1f94-exploris10

More information and FAQs here:  https://explorispto.org/middle-school-dance/

SIXTH GRADE LIBRARY: Please check around your house, cars, bedrooms, backpacks, etc. for our class library books. Most are labeled with EMS or EMS-6. Please return our books so we can refill and refresh our library!

ADMIN UPDATE:

CLUBS

  • Yu-Gi- Oh Card Club (every other Tuesday after school 3:15-4:15) Michelle Duncan
  • Pride Club (Every other Tuesday)  Cori and Mary
  • SAVE Club (Every other Tuesday) Michelle Duncan
  • Magic the Gathering Club 3:15-4:15 Kelly (Mondays)
  • Drama Club (Wednesdays 3:15-5:00 Kim Nilsen 919-308-7214)

Camps

6th Grade

What’s Happening?

Sixth Grade THIS WEEK’S Overview  LINKSchool Calendar  LINK
Friday, May 13Middle School Dance 7-9pm CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
Friday, May 20 Portfolio Conferences – No School
Wednesday, June 1Reading EOG
Friday, June 3Math EOG
May 27-June 10EOG Testing Window
Monday, May 30 Holiday – Memorial Day
Friday, June 10Last Day of School – Dismissal 12:15pm

Your Team,

Devon, Emily, Loren, and Shannon

Dance Reminder

The PTO is excited to sponsor the 2022 Spring Middle School Dance!

We hope everyone will be able to attend this special event at the NC State University Club ballroom and outdoor courtyard. The dance floor will be outside.

Tickets:

  • $8 in advance, $10 cash at the door.

Buy your tickets now! (Names will go on a list and students can check in at the dance.)

Buy Tickets

Volunteers:

  • In addition to the Exploris teacher chaperones, we need parents to help. Sign up here:

Volunteer

Photos and Phones:

  • No cell phone policy – Cell phones must be checked in at the registration table and will be returned after the dance
  • There will be a photo booth for free event souvenirs.

Weekly Letter

Friday, May 6, 2022

Dear Parents,

The students have wrapped up their ancient government and social structures projects.  If you have a chance, peek in on their ancient leader exhibition “The Writing is on the Wall.”  Imagine ancient social media!  Some really clever work!  The UN Summit was a timeless reflection on war, power, and leaders’ responsibility to their people and humanity. Please see their adorable costumes – Google Album

After learning about social structures and different global religions, students also created virtual museum exhibits on how social structures and culture influence art and architecture. Check out their museum exhibits on this Padlet and take a tour through different civilizations both past and present!

Thank you to our drivers for accompanying us to Temple Beth Or!  It was a wonderful afternoon – PICTURES here! Special thanks to Mira’s mom, Lexie Null, for all of her work to help us coordinate.

We need drivers for Tuesday and Thursday!

Global Religion Tour:  Drivers are needed for Tuesday and Thursday! Sign Up

  • Tuesday, May 10th  10:30am -1:30 pm – Sri Venkateswara Temple of North Carolina – Hinduism
  • Wednesday, May 11th 1:30-2:45-Edenton Street United Methodist Church (Parents, we don’t need drivers, but you are welcome to meet us at school at 1:30 and walk over with us!) 
  • Thursday, May 12th 12:30 pm-3:15 pm – Islamic Association of Raleigh
  • Thursday, June 9th 9:30 am-12:00 pm – Bowling in Garner!

ASTROCAMP REFUND UPDATE: Exploris is preparing refund checks for payments made for Astrocamp. Exploris is waiting to receive the refund of the payment made to Astrocamp, which we expect to receive around May 20. As soon as we receive the check from Astrocamp, refund checks will be sent out to the families. Thank you for your patience as we await this final refund from Astrocamp. 

SAVE THE DATE: Portfolio Conferences, May 19-25

MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCE ON FRIDAY, MAY 13TH: The PTO is excited to sponsor the 2022 Spring Middle School Dance! This will be the first dance our middle schoolers have been able to have since Fall 2019 (when the 8th graders were in 6th grade)! We hope everyone will be able to attend this special event, held at the NC State University Club ballroom and outdoor courtyard.

Tickets:

  • $8 in advance, $10 cash at the door.

Buy your tickets now! (Names will go on a list and students can check in at the dance.)

https://exploris-school-pto.square.site/

Volunteers:

  • In addition to the Exploris teacher chaperones, we need parents to help. Sign up here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084fa5a62ca1f94-exploris10

More information and FAQs here:  https://explorispto.org/middle-school-dance/

ADMIN UPDATE:

CLUBS

  • Yu-Gi- Oh Card Club (every other Tuesday after school 3:15-4:15) Michelle Duncan
  • Pride Club (Every other Tuesday)  Cori and Mary
  • SAVE Club (Every other Tuesday) Michelle Duncan
  • Magic the Gathering Club 3:15-4:15 Kelly (Mondays)
  • Drama Club (Wednesdays 3:15-5:00 Kim Nilsen 919-308-7214)

Camps

6th Grade

What’s Happening?

Sixth Grade THIS WEEK’S Overview  LINKSchool Calendar  LINK
Friday, May 13Middle School Dance 7-9pm CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
Friday, May 20 Portfolio Conferences – No School
May 27-June 10EOG Testing Window
Monday, May 30 Holiday – Memorial Day
Friday, June 10Last Day of School – Dismissal 12:15pm

Your Team,

Devon, Emily, Loren, and Shannon

A Few Friday Reminders!

  1. Our Global Religion Tour kicked off today! A HUGE THANK YOU to our drivers and Temple Beth Or staff! It was a fantastic afternoon! If you’d like to join in on the tour, we still have slots open for drivers on Tuesday and Thursday and walkers on Wednesday. Sign Up
  • Tuesday, May 10th  10:30am -1:30 pm – Sri Venkateswara Temple of North Carolina – Hinduism
  • Wednesday, May 11th 1:30-2:45-Edenton Street United Methodist Church (Parents, we don’t need drivers, but you are welcome to meet us at school at 1:30 and walk over with us!) 
  • Thursday, May 12th 12:30 pm-3:15 pm – Islamic Association of Raleigh

2. She Persisted! needs your donations! ...and She Persisted to Rock! Women’s elective is gathering items to donate to The Women’s Center. Each grade is responsible for donating the following items:

  • 6th grade- Bottled Water
  • 7th grade- Sunscreen
  • 8th grade- Mosquito Repellent & Socks

Please send in any items by tomorrow!

See you all tomorrow! We will have more updates and announcements in our weekly letter tomorrow afternoon.

Weekly Letter

Friday, April 29, 2022

Dear Parents,

Please remember that students will not come to our campuses on Monday and Tuesday! Eid is on Monday. We have designated a Flex Day to also occur alongside this holiday, which means the next time students will be on campus will be Wednesday of next week. There is a slight typo on our calendar that lists Eid as occurring on Tuesday. We apologize for that. The goal was to have a flex day alongside Eid, so please know that all asynchronous work can be done by students either on Monday or Tuesday. Please refer to grade level emails for expectations and remote assignments.

DRIVERS NEEDED FOR THURSDAY AFTERNOON: 

Global Religion Tour:  Drivers needed! Sign Up

  • Thursday, May 5th 1:00 -3:15pm – Afternoon at Temple Beth Or
  • Tuesday, May 10th  10:30am -1:30 pm – Sri Venkateswara Temple of North Carolina – Hinduism
  • Wednesday, May 11th 1:30-2:45-Edenton Street United Methodist Church (Parents, we don’t need drivers, but you are welcome to meet us at school at 1:30 and walk over with us!) 
  • Thursday, May 12th 12:30 pm-3:15 pm – Islamic Association of Raleigh
  • Thursday, June 9th 9:30 am-12:00 pm – Bowling in Garner!

Eco Journey –  Parents, Shannon is an I-ACT Fellow, and as part of this program our 6th graders are invited to pilot a new virtual simulation called ECO JOURNEYS. The pilot is being led by NCSU and Indiana State University with a focus on science and collaboration.   My hope is that at least 40 sixth graders participate. In order to participate I need the following consent forms signed.  One for a parent, and the other for the student.  The game will be played during “study hall” the last half hour of each day.  Students that do not play will have time for other school work. I will need ALL forms by Thursday, May 5.  Our goal is to kickoff the program Monday May 9!  Questions reach out to Shannon shardy@exploris.org.

ASTROCAMP REFUND UPDATE: Exploris is preparing refund checks for payments made for Astrocamp. Exploris is waiting to receive the refund of the payment made to Astrocamp, which we expect to receive around May 20. As soon as we receive the check from Astrocamp, refund checks will be sent out to the families. Thank you for your patience as we await this final refund from Astrocamp. 

EOG TESTING CALENDAR: The Exploris School is considering a change to the testing calendar that will impact scholars grades 3-8 during the school days from May 27th to June 7th.

We will be offering three informal listening sessions through a Zoom call at the following days and times: 

● Sunday, May 1st at 5:00 pm 

● Monday, May 2nd at 8:00 am 

● Tuesday, May 3rd at noon 

All of the Zoom calls will use the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8856217609

Details about the testing plan were emailed to families on April 27th at 10:39 AM.  The information and proposed calendar can be found here:  Proposed EOG Testing Calendar

CITY NATURE CHALLENGE THIS WEEKEND: Click here for more information!

She Persisted! needs your donations! ...and She Persisted to Rock! Women’s elective is gathering items to donate to The Women’s Center. Each grade is responsible for donating the following items:

  • 6th grade- Bottled Water
  • 7th grade- Sunscreen
  • 8th grade- Mosquito Repellent & Socks

Bring these items to school by Friday, May 6th. 

SAVE THE DATE: Portfolio Conferences, May 19-25

  • Devon Sign Up
  • Emily Sign Up (will be sent via email next week)
  • Loren Sign Up (will be sent via email) 
  • Shannon Sign Up – Coming – will Email link.

ADMIN UPDATE:

CLUBS

  • Yu-Gi- Oh Card Club (every other Tuesday after school 3:15-4:15) Michelle Duncan
  • Pride Club (Every other Tuesday)  Cori and Mary
  • SAVE Club (Every other Tuesday) Michelle Duncan
  • Magic the Gathering Club 3:15-4:15 Kelly (Mondays)
  • Drama Club (Wednesdays 3:15-5:00 Kim Nilsen 919-308-7214)

Camps

6th Grade

What’s Happening?

Sixth Grade THIS WEEK’S Overview  LINKSchool Calendar  LINK
Mon, May 2Flex Day: Students learning from home
Tues, May 3 Holiday – Eid al Fitr
Wed. May 4Eco Journey KICKOFF in Study Hall
Friday, May 13Middle School Dance
Friday, May 20 Portfolio Conferences – No School
May 27-June 10EOG Testing Window
Monday, May 30 Holiday – Memorial Day
Friday, June 10Last Day of School – Dismissal 12:15pm

Your Team,

Devon, Emily, Loren, and Shannon

PLEASE READ: Weekly Letter

Friday, April 22, 2022

Dear Parents,

Unfortunately, Astrocamp VA has made the decision to close down permanently. They just informed us yesterday of this decision. We are working on an alternative field trip that will take place during the school day on Thursday, May 5th, and will update everyone once we have more details. We are all very disappointed. COVID  had a huge impact on Astrocamp and they have not been able to fill staff positions to safely operate the camp. Stay tuned for more information and details about refunds!

WATER BOTTLES: Please make sure your scholar has a reusable water bottle every day!  Our water fountains are open for refills!  Please help us display our core value of Connections to Nature by reducing the number of single-use plastics we are seeing on our campuses.  Thank you!

Girls in Science Summer Ed-Venture – North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences: Girls Grades (rising) 6 & 7 (2022–23 school year) Dates: July 18–23, 2022 Camp starts at 1:00pm on Monday, July 18 and ends at noon on Saturday, July 23, 2022. Fee: $650 includes all activities and program materials, lodging, meals, field trip transportation, T-shirt and certificate. Scholarships are available!  naturalsciences.org

Parent and Family Engagement Survey: The Rethink Education team is seeking parents and guardians to help learn how to improve virtual and hybrid learning in their Parent and Family Engagement Survey. The Rethink team hopes to hear from parents school communities across the state to gain valuable and impactful information to support better virtual and hybrid learning for students. PIOs and other district communication leaders can find a toolkit on the survey here.

Parents and guardians can complete the survey here

ADMIN UPDATE:

CLUBS

  • Yu-Gi- Oh Card Club (every other Tuesday after school 3:15-4:15) Michelle Duncan
  • Pride Club (Every other Tuesday)  Cori and Mary
  • SAVE Club (Every other Tuesday) Michelle Duncan
  • Magic the Gathering Club 3:15-4:15 Kelly (Mondays)
  • Drama Club (Wednesdays 3:15-5:00 Kim Nilsen 919-308-7214)

6th Grade

What’s Happening?

Sixth Grade THIS WEEK’S Overview  LINKSchool Calendar  LINK
Mon, May 2Flex Day: Students learning from home
Tues, May 3 Holiday – Eid al Fitr
Wed. May 4Eco Journey KICKOFF in Study Hall
Friday, May 13Middle School Dance
Friday, May 20 Portfolio Conferences – No School
May 27-June 10EOG Testing Window
Monday, May 30 Holiday – Memorial Day
Friday, June 10Last Day of School – Dismissal 12:15pm

Your Team,

Devon, Emily, Loren, and Shannon

Weekly Letter (Please read for Astrocamp updates!)

Friday, April 8, 2022

Dear Parents,

Happy Spring Break!  Please remember we come back Tuesday, April 19.  (April 18th is a teacher workday!)

Astrocamp will be here very soon! Please review the below student expectations: 

  • Students will be expected to serve themselves appropriate portions of food and drinks (to limit waste) in the cafeteria. It may be helpful to discuss how a buffet line or family style meal works. 
  • Students will be expected to clean up after themselves after meals and also clean up their cabin before leaving. 
  • Students will be expected to dress themselves, setup their bed, and practice appropriate personal hygiene.
  • Students will be expected to stay quietly in their bed and go to sleep during Astrocamp’s quiet hours (9:30pm-7:00am).
  • No technology is allowed. Students must leave cell phones, laptops, etc. at home. This is Astrocamp’s policy. 
  • Students will be expected to demonstrate respectful, safe behavior to teachers, chaperones, students, and all Astrocamp staff. If there are ANY behavior issues, parents will be contacted immediately and expected to drive to Clover, Virginia to pick up their child. 

If you have any questions or concerns about the above expectations, please reach out to your Crew teacher. These are firm expectations necessary for all to enjoy the Astrocamp experience. We are looking forward to our trip! 

Astrocamp Payments  – Last Call!  Shannon@exploris.org

Cost

  • $165 per student
  • $65 per chaperone

Methods for Payment

  • Send a check made out to The Exploris School.
  • Use  PAYPAL please indicate in the notes it is for Astrocamp.

In need of a scholarship?  Please make a copy of this form and complete it.  Turn in to counselor@exploris.org by Friday, April 1.

ASTROCAMP PACKING LIST: CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PACKING LIST.  Please note that students are not allowed to bring any electronic devices on the trip. We will send home a paper copy of the packing list AND permission slip after break. 

WATER BOTTLES: Please make sure your scholar has a reusable water bottle everyday!  Our water fountains are open for refills!  Please help us display our core value of Connections to Nature by reducing the number of single-use plastics we are seeing on our campuses.  Thank you!

YEARBOOKS: The yearbook final order has been placed, and only 12 books remain available for sale! Don’t miss out on the memories! Link: Yearbook at Jostens

RESTORATIVE PRACTICE WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS/CAREGIVERS:  Free Virtual workshop for Parents and Caregivers:  Restorative Practices for Parents and Caregivers Sponsored by Peaceful Schools

LUNCH VOLUNTEERING:  The Exploris Elementary and Middle School have a new opportunity for parents to volunteer.  We are looking for parents/grandparents/caregivers to come and cover a lunch/recess session at the school.  This is on Tuesdays and Thursdays right now, please see the signup below to participate! 

ADMIN UPDATE:

CLUBS

  • Yu-Gi- Oh Card Club (Tuesdays after school 3:15-4:15) Michelle Duncan
  • Pride Club (Every other Tuesday)  Cori and Mary
  • SAVE Club (Every other Tuesday) Michelle Duncan
  • Magic the Gathering Club 3:15-4:15 Kelly (Mondays)
  • Drama Club (Wednesdays 3:15-5:00 Kim Nilsen 919-308-7214)

6th Grade

What’s Happening?

Sixth Grade THIS WEEK’S Overview  LINKSchool Calendar  LINK
April 9-17, 18Spring Break, Teacher Workday on 18th
Mon, May 2Flex Day: TBA
Tues, May 3 Holiday – Eid al Fitr
May 5-6Astrocamp!  Depart Thursday morning (8:15) and back for Friday afternoon carpool!
Friday, May 13Middle School Dance
Friday, May 20 Portfolio Conferences – No School
May 27-June 10EOG Testing Window
Monday, May 30 Holiday – Memorial Day
Friday, June 10Last Day of School – Dismissal 12:15pm

Your Team,

Devon, Emily, Loren, and Shannon

Weekly Letter

Friday, April 1, 2022

Dear Parents,

Astrocamp Payments were due today! Students who have not paid or applied for a scholarship, or organize a payment plan with Shannon. Perhaps the check is sitting in your child’s backpack?  Perhaps   Directions for payment options or scholarships are below.  Questions: Shannon@exploris.org.

Cost

  • $165 per student
  • $65 per chaperone

Methods for Payment

  • Send a check made out to The Exploris School.
  • Use  PAYPAL please indicate in the notes it is for Astrocamp.

In need of a scholarship?  Please make a copy of this form and complete it.  Turn in to counselor@exploris.org by Friday, April 1.

HELP AN EXPLORIS FAMILY IN NEED: One of our Exploris families lost everything in a recent fire.  Please consider donating to help support them in the recovery.  

WATER BOTTLES: Please make sure your scholar has a reusable water bottle every day!  Our water fountains are open for refills!  Please help us display our core value of Connections to Nature by reducing the number of single-use plastics we are seeing on our campuses.  Thank you!

SPRING FAMILY DAY IS THIS SUNDAY! April 3 (2-5pm)The Exploris PTO is excited for the Spring Family Day on April 3 from 2-5 at the Elementary Campus. Bring the entire family to play games, shop the Exploris Craft Fair, experience Sunset Slush and Dinkie’s Mini Donuts Food Trucks and enjoy a beautiful spring day with the Exploris community. We will be hosting a food drive to help stock the Exploris Food Pantry. Please bring non-perishable items!

We will also be selling Papa Murphy’s pizzas. Proceeds will go to the Exploris Food Pantry. Pick one up on your way home. Dinner is already made! 

Exploris Craft Fair during Family Day! If you’ve been around Exploris for a while, you may remember the Exploris Craft Fair that used to be held in November on the day of the Raleigh Christmas Parade. This was an opportunity for Exploris vendors to sell artwork and craft items, as well as a chance for Exploris students to raise money for Outward Bound or other passion projects. We are going to have a Craft Fair during the Spring Festival this year!

Vendors: Exploris families who would like to set up a booth to sell their products can do so for $20, which will be donated to the Exploris Food Pantry.

Student Groups: Students can sell items to raise money for passion projects such as non-profits and charities. Each student group must have a parent sponsor. You will have space to set up your own tent and products.

Look for more information and a craft fair signup form to be included in next week’s Monday Minute.

LUNCH VOLUNTEERING:  The Exploris Elementary and Middle School have a new opportunity for parents to volunteer.  We are looking for parents/grandparents/caregivers to come and cover a lunch/recess session at the school.  This is on Tuesdays and Thursdays right now, please see the signup below to participate! 

ADMIN UPDATE:

CLUBS

  • Yu-Gi- Oh Card Club (Tuesdays after school 3:15-4:15) Michelle Duncan
  • Pride Club (Every other Tuesday)  Cori and Mary
  • SAVE Club (Every other Tuesday) Michelle Duncan
  • Magic the Gathering Club 3:15-4:15 Kelly (Mondays)
  • Ultimate Frisbee (Mon/Wed 3:30-5pm – Michael Reiskind, 734-996-9692)
  • Drama Club (Wednesdays 3:15-5:00 Kim Nilsen 919-308-7214)

6th Grade

What’s Happening?

Sixth Grade THIS WEEK’S Overview  LINKSchool Calendar  LINK
Friday, Mar 25Achievement Reports Sent – Look for Email from Jumprope. 
Sat, Mar 26 Middle School Spring Clean Up
Sun, April 3 Spring Family Day (2-5pm) Link
April 9-17, 18Spring Break, Teacher Workday on 18th
Mon, May 2Flex Day: TBA
Tues, May 3 Holiday – Eid al Fitr
May 5-6Astrocamp!  Depart Thursday morning (8:15) and back for Friday afternoon carpool!
Friday, May 13Middle School Dance
Friday, May 20 Portfolio Conferences – No School
May 27-June 10EOG Testing Window
Monday, May 30 Holiday – Memorial Day
Friday, June 10Last Day of School – Dismissal 12:15pm

Your Team,

Devon, Emily, Loren, and Shannon

Weekly Letter

Friday, March 25, 2022

Dear Parents,

Achievement Reports will be emailed today. Please be on the lookout for a report from “Jumprope.”  If you do not receive your AR Report please reach out to your crew teacher.

Speaker this past Monday.  This week students (virtually) met Delores Chandler, a soil scientist with Chandler Soil Corporation. Her firm evaluates land for septic sites, wetland and floodplain boundaries, and general land use.  Check out her Facebook page.  Also, open this note catcher to see your kids’ questions and their notes on her responses!  A great discussion about microbes, the water cycle, plants, parent rock, and the need for humans to be good stewards of our soil!

Astrocamp Payments due April 1

It is time to start collecting money for Astrocamp! Please send in your payment for Astrocamp or request a scholarship by Friday, April 1.  If you have any questions please Email Shannon – shannon@exploris.org.

Cost

  • $165 per student
  • $65 per chaperone

Methods for Payment

  • Send a check made out to The Exploris School.
  • Use  PAYPAL please indicate in the notes it is for Astrocamp.

In need of a scholarship?  Please make a copy of this form and complete it.  Turn in to counselor@exploris.org by Friday, April 1.

HELP AN EXPLORIS FAMILY IN NEED: One of our Exploris families lost everything in a recent fire.  Please consider donating to help support them in the recovery.  

SPRING FAMILY DAY April 3 (2-5pm)The Exploris PTO is excited for Spring Family Day on April 3 from 2-5 at the Elementary Campus. Bring the entire family to play games, shop the Exploris Craft Fair, experience Sunset Slush and Dinkie’s Mini Donuts Food Trucks and enjoy a beautiful spring day with the Exploris community. We will be hosting a food drive to help stock the Exploris Food Pantry. Please bring non-perishable items!

We will also be selling Papa Murphy’s pizzas. Proceeds will go to the Exploris Food Pantry. Pick one up on your way home. Dinner is already made! 

Exploris Craft Fair during Family Day! If you’ve been around Exploris for a while, you may remember the Exploris Craft Fair that used to be held in November on the day of the Raleigh Christmas Parade. This was an opportunity for Exploris vendors to sell artwork and craft items, as well as a chance for Exploris students to raise money for Outward Bound or other passion projects. We are going to have a Craft Fair during the Spring Festival this year!

Vendors: Exploris families who would like to set up a booth to sell their products can do so for $20, which will be donated to the Exploris Food Pantry.

Student Groups: Students can sell items to raise money for passion projects such as non-profits and charities. Each student group must have a parent sponsor. You will have space to set up your own tent and products.

Look for more information and a craft fair signup form to be included in next week’s Monday Minute.

LUNCH VOLUNTEERING:  The Exploris Elementary and Middle School have a new opportunity for parents to volunteer.  We are looking for parents/grandparents/caregivers to come and cover a lunch/recess session at the school.  This is on Tuesdays and Thursdays right now, please see the signup below to participate! 

ADMIN UPDATE:

CLUBS

  • Yu-Gi- Oh Card Club (Tuesdays after school 3:15-4:15) Michelle Duncan
  • Pride Club (Every other Tuesday)  Cori and Mary
  • SAVE Club (Every other Tuesday) Michelle Duncan
  • Magic the Gathering Club 3:15-4:15 Kelly (Mondays)
  • Ultimate Frisbee (Mon/Wed 3:30-5pm – Michael Reiskind, 734-996-9692)
  • Drama Club (Wednesdays 3:15-5:00 Kim Nilsen 919-308-7214)

6th Grade

What’s Happening?

Sixth Grade THIS WEEK’S Overview  LINKSchool Calendar  LINK
Friday, Mar 25Achievement Reports Sent – Look for Email from Jumprope. 
Sat, Mar 26 Middle School Spring Clean Up
Sun, April 3 Spring Family Day (2-5pm) Link
April 9-17, 18Spring Break, Teacher Workday on 18th
Mon, May 2Flex Day: TBA
Tues, May 3 Holiday – Eid al Fitr
May 5-6Astrocamp!  Depart Thursday morning (8:15) and back for Friday afternoon carpool!
Friday, May 13Middle School Dance
Friday, May 20 Portfolio Conferences – No School
May 27-June 10EOG Testing Window
Monday, May 30 Holiday – Memorial Day
Friday, June 10Last Day of School – Dismissal 12:15pm

Your Team,

Devon, Emily, Loren, and Shannon