Check the Weekly Calendar for assignments, due dates, and our class schedule!
#DoGoodFromHome Challenge – Design for Change and Hasbro are leading a national campaign to capture how kids are trying to support those in need at this difficult time. How are you “doing good from home?” Post your how you might be supporting neighbors, health care workers, family, or friends.
Reminder: Next week is Spring Break! Online classes will resume Monday, April 13th.
During these uncertain times, lots of information is everywhere on the Internet about COVID-19 and what to do and where to go. It can be very overwhelming to find what you are looking for. We created a site to help families navigate family resources and social/emotional support during this time.
You can click on the link above or access it from The Exploris Website under: Student Services
Please reach out to us directly by email for questions:
We hope that you are well and enjoying some downtime together! We miss you already and are thinking of you always!
Your 6th-grade teachers have been working hard to transition to a digital learning environment and we are excited to begin! Please read the attached Digital Learning Plan document (including ALL hyperlinks!) Hopefully it will outline the requirements and expectations as we sail these unchartered waters. Please understand that in these times of uncertainty, we are evolving and will continue to modify plans as needed.
The word of the day is “grace” as we all move forward and work through these plans.
Please email your crew teacher with any questions and we will also go over these expectations on our first Digital Learning Day (Thursday 3/19/20).
The impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has had significant impacts worldwide and is causing us to take unprecedented steps to balance our educational mission with the health, safety and well-being of our entire community. It is with a heavy heart that I am writing this morning to inform our school community that together with the Exploris School Board we have determined that we will be transitioning from in-person instruction to a digital learning environment next week. While there are not any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our school community, we believe that it is important for us to be proactive in supporting the community effort to reduce the spread of the virus and implement policies that will protect our students, staff, and community.
Public health officials and the CDC have recommended social distancing strategies and the cancellation of large group gatherings in an effort to curtail the exponential growth of the pandemic. Our school has been preparing for this possibility over the last two weeks and begun the process for developing digital learning plans and identifying family needs for technology and other school supports needed during a transition away from in-person instruction. Today, teachers will practice digital learning instruction to ensure students are familiar with some of the digital tools that will be utilized, understanding that technology strategies will continue to evolve.
Friday, March 13, 2020 will be the last in-person school day for students. Online learning will begin on Thursday, March 19, 2020 for students and continue digitally through April 3, 2020. School will be closed as scheduled for spring break from April 6, 2020 through April 10, 2020. At this time, we anticipate resuming in-person instruction for students on April 13, 2020. We will continue to monitor and evaluate the timing based on how the situation evolves.
School will be open for staff from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Wednesday, March 18, 2020 for teacher workdays so that we can offer professional development on digital learning tools and allow our teachers to more fully prepare lessons for the transition to digital learning. Crew teachers will be communicating directly with students and parents to discuss the plans, instructional strategies, and timing for the online learning experiences and expectations. Teachers will be delivering instruction, grading student work, monitoring student attendance, and communicating with families throughout this digital learning process to ensure that we collaborate together to support your child.
We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate through this transition. The firstname.lastname@example.org email and email@example.com will be monitored for general questions and attendance reporting needs. We recognize that this will be a challenge for many families and appreciate your support and cooperation. We are confident that together we will weather through this storm and bond together to support one another. Please feel free to reach out to your crew teacher, school counselor, or an administrator if you need additional support for your student or family. My deepest wish for the health and well-being of your entire family. I look forward to seeing everyone again soon.
Hello parents! In light of recent events the administration is asking that we have an understanding of each families unique technology needs in the event school is closed. While we are not certain that there will or will not be school closures, it is important that we have a plan in place if school is closed. Even if school is closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 learning will still take place on digital platforms. That said, we need to know if families will have access to specific types of technology. Please complete the survey below ASAP!!!
STEM FAIR: The 100 Black Men Triangle East Chapter, MBK Durham and PAGE of Wake County are presenting a STEM Fair on Saturday, March 21, 2020 @ 9:30 AM – 4 PM for students in grades K-12. This will be an exciting and informative day of STEM lessons and activities, informative panel discussions from educators, engineers and medical professionals, and an inspiring message from Tony Parham, Fidelity investments VP for Innovation and Strategy. Registration is open to the public at a cost of $18 for each session including lunch. Scholarships are available. Contact Dereck Rabun (firstname.lastname@example.org) before registering to receive a promo code which provide a 100% discount for each ticket. To register for the event go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/super-saturday-academy-2020-tickets-86286785097
8TH GRADE SERVICE LEARNING HELPING REFUGEE FAMILY/DONATIONS NEEDED: An 8th Grade service learning group has taken on a refugee family from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It has been hard for them since they have been in a refugee camp for 20 years as well as being stuck in a country that has some very bad war and political issues. The DRC has also been ravaged with major diseases, which is why it is important that we get them everything they need to have a healthy home life when they arrive here in the U.S.
We have created a Sign Up Genius with the stuff they need, if you have any of these please donate and get this family what they need. If you have an item that has already been donated, please pay it forward to other Raleigh families and donate to the Green Chair Project.
PLEASE HELP KEEP THE GERMS OUT OF OUR CLASSROOM! Help keep our classrooms clean and germ-free!!! There are many slots open for classroom cleaning on Friday afternoons. This would take 20-25 minutes after school on Fridays. Sign up here!
Sixth Grade Lunch Coverage: The PTO is trying something new! As you know, at Exploris our teachers don’t get a break from supervising children during lunch. We would like to give them a chance to eat in peace/ do something else/ have a meeting/ or catch up on paperwork during lunch sometimes! For this to work out we would need 4 adults to volunteer to be with the kids from 12:15-1:15 on duty free lunch days. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050849aeaf2da4fa7-6thgrade
Headphones: This is another reminder that students should have headphones/earbuds at school with them each day. Please check in with your child to ensure that they have them!!!!