January 14, 2019
Exploris Grade 6 Weekly Letter
FIELD TRIP: OUR FIELD TRIP IS NEXT WEEK!
- Students will be bringing home permission forms today. Please complete the forms and send them back in by this FRIDAY!
- Please send payment ($10) if you haven’t done so.
- CHAPERONES, IF YOU CAN NO LONGER ATTEND, PLEASE DELETE YOUR NAME OFF OF THE SIGN UP .
STILL NEED DRIVERS/CHAPERONES THIS WEDNESDAY FOR FOOD BANK SERVICE GROUP! PLEASE CLICK THE LINK TO SIGN UP TO DRIVE IF YOUR CHILD IS IN THIS SERVICE GROUP-https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c49aba828a1f85-field1
NASH SQUARE REMINDER: Students must be dressed for the weather in order to go to Nash Square. This means that arms and legs must be covered if it is below 40 degrees.
SIXTH GRADE AUTHOR’S TEA CELEBRATION: Please join us on 1/25/19 from 8:30-9:30 as we celebrate and showcase student-created books based on recent Expedition topics. RSVP HERE IF YOU CAN ATTEND.
PTO UPDATES: Please subscribe to the PTO Blog and receive the “Monday Minute”:
The PTO maintains a wordpress blog, which is the same format as most of the Exploris grade level webpages. Much like the teachers, the PTO has started publishing a weekly parent update called the “Monday Minute”. You can read it online on the PTO website, or you can subscribe to the blog and receive it by email. The Monday Minute is also posted to the PTO Facebook page each week.
The link to the PTO website is
To subscribe, please go to the page and “follow” the WordPress blog to receive emails. There is a link in the right column of the page.
Please follow the PTO on Facebook, too:
If you have any questions, contact Dana at email@example.com
Show Your Love for Exploris!-Let’s get to 100% participation in the Capital Campaign by February 14. Pajama Day for all grades that get to 100%. All contributions and pledges made up to this point count towards the goal! Remember that all contributions up to $1 Million are being matched by the developer.
No contribution is too small (or too big)! To make a pledge or a contribution, visit www.exploris.org and click on the Capital Campaign button.
Participation Percentages as of January 11:
Kindergarten = 40%
1st Grade = 60%
2nd Grade = 67%
3rd Grade = 79%
4th Grade = 87%
5th Grade = 90%
6th Grade = 62%
7th Grade = 74%
8th Grade = 62%
YEARBOOKS FOR SALE: Click here to purchase your 2018-2019 yearbook. The price is $35. February 22 is the last day to personalize your yearbook and last day before the price increases to $40.
Battle of the Books meetings will be the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month (until we get closer to competition time in the Spring. FIRST MEETING IS JANUARY 15th.
Description: Supplies Needed: Books from the book list. Can be from school library, public library, borrowed or purchased. Are you a voracious reader with a great memory? Interested in some fun competition? Join Battle of the Books where we will compete against other charter schools showing our knowledge of the books we are challenged to read. 12 students will ultimately represent in competition, but more members can join to serve as alternates, question writers, trainers, and enjoy in the fun of reading! Our time will be spent reading, creating practice questions for competition, and practicing. Click here for the book list.
Authors Only meetings will be 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. FIRST MEETING IS JANUARY 22nd.
Supplies Needed: a creative mind, a pen, paper, computer (optional for writing).
Do you write stories? Create poetry? Working on a novel? Let the words flow and join other young writers to practice the craft of writing, share your creations and learn from others.
Strategic Plan Parent Input Needed: We are embarking on a new 5 year strategic plan and we want to include all parent, student, and staff input. Student and parent input is critical to ensure we incorporate ideas from all Exploris partners. Students will be completing their student survey during the school day. We would like all parents to share their thoughts about their child’s Exploris educational experience, how we’re doing with fulfilling our mission, and what you think we can do to continuously improve and grow in the future. We would be thrilled to have 100% of our families complete the brief survey linked below to share your input. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete but will provide valuable parent insight into our future plan. Please complete the survey linked below by January 17, 2019.
6TH GRADE REMIND CLASS: Please join the 6th grade remind class by clicking this link: https://www.remind.com/join/eadaf23! We will use Remind for important reminders, homework updates, etc.
Exploris 6th Grade Wish List Link: http://a.co/2tYQsOL We appreciate your donations to our classroom!
ATTENDANCE REMINDER: When your student is absent, please remember to email firstname.lastname@example.org and your child’s crew teacher. When checking in to the system, be sure to use your child’s legal name.
KODA CARE: Koda is our classroom Hedgehog and she needs families to care for her during the weekends and breaks. She is a cute pet and not demanding. If you can take care of her during a weekend, or a longer break, please sign up here.
Homework – Weekly Requirements:
Important Dates (Exploris CALENDAR)
Friday, January 18-Expressions Day 1:30-3:00, Christ the King church
Monday, Jan 21 – MLK Holiday; school closed
Wednesday, January 23- Sixth Grade Extended Day Trip ARRIVE 7:15am RETURN 5:15pm
Friday, January 25-Sixth Grade Author’s Tea Celebration (see above announcement for information)
February 8th-$50 field trip deposit due (if you chose the three payment option) or $25 field trip payment due (if you chose the 5 payment option)
Friday, February 15 – Early Dismissal
Monday, Feb 18 – Teacher Workday
Friday, March 8 – End of Second Trimester, Teacher Workday
Monday, March 12 – Teacher Workday
Monday, March 18-Tuesday, March 19-Overnight Field Experience
Spring Break – Friday, April 12 (3:15pm) – Tuesday, April 23 (8am)
Friday, May 24 – Teacher Workday
Thursday May 23rd -Friday, June 7th- SPRING TESTING WINDOW (EOG)
Monday, May 27- Memorial Day Holiday
Friday, June 7 – Graduation (10:30 am), early dismissal
Friday, June 8 – End of Third Trimester, last day of school
Jamie Butler – Art
Alyssa Altman- Exceptional Children’s Teacher
Sharon Cuffe – Exceptional Children’s Teacher
Michelle Duncan – School Counselor
Jill Hemingway – Interventionist
Loren Kent – Crew, ELA, Expedition
Paula Mancini – Exceptional Children – Teaching Partner
Carolee McLinnahan – Administrative Assistant – Attendance
Mary Margaret Moffitt – Development Coordinator, but mostly just about anything you need!
Michelle Parkerson – Associate Director of the Middle School (6-8)
Devon Rose- Crew, ELA, Expedition
Ellie Schollmeyer- Executive Director
Shawna Scipione- Crew, Math, Expedition
Oliver Smith – Health and Wellness
Juliana Thomas- Crew, Math, Expedition
Eugene Wheeler – Global Cultures
Parent and Teacher Organization
- Join PTO – much, much help still needed! LINK
- 2018-2019 Carpool Form ; 2018-2019 Carpool MAP (Password: 1997*)
- Spiritwear – LINK
- Lunch Orders – LINK
Clubs and Extended Care Program:
- Allies – Mary McWay
- Basketball – Mary Mcway & Kristi Pettibone
- Cross Country (Aug-Oct) – Adrian Findlay & Sharon Cuffe
- Crossfit for Kids – Chenelle Miller email@example.com
- Contemporary Art Museum docents – Shawna Scipione
- Dungeons & Dragons – Cris Preble
- Science Olympiad – Helene and Emily
- Fossil Club –Juliana Thomas
- Green Team – Devon Rose
- Gaming Club/Minecraft (October 11- Dec)– Jason Stegall
- Model U.N. – Cori Greer-Banks
- Junior Tarheels History Club – Cori Greer-Banks
- Improv (Nov-Jan) – Jeri Donovan Livengood
- Soccer (Jan-Mar) – Shannon Hardy
- Yearbook – Jessie
- Student Ambassadors – Paula Mancini
- Battle of the Books – Devon and Loren
- Japanese Exchange (August Visit) – Cori Greer-Banks, Lisa Ferrando
- Ultimate Frisbee – Sandi Mayo & Prakash Bhave
- German Exchange (Spring Visit) – Maggie Gargan & Emily Felker