Weekly Letter

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January 14, 2019

Exploris Grade 6 Weekly Letter

FIELD TRIP:  OUR FIELD TRIP IS NEXT WEEK!

 

 

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

https://explorispto.wordpress.com/

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:

https://www.facebook.com/explorispto/

If you have any questions, contact Dana at explorisptonews@gmail.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.

Complete Parent Survey Here

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 attendance@exploris.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:

Monday

1/14

  • Work on No Red Ink
  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Chapter 21 of The Lightning Thief/focus question response due
  • Khan Academy/Problem Solving Math HW
  • Cafe de Matematicas due
  • ELA graphic organizer due
Tuesday

1/15

  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Work on No Red Ink
  • Chapter 22 of The Lightning Thief/focus question response due
  • Khan Academy/Problem Solving Math HW
  • Bring independent reading book to school today!
  • Fossil Club
  • Nash Square for lunch/weather permitting (ARMS AND LEGS COVERED IF BELOW 40 DEGREES!)
Wednesday

1/16

  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Work on No Red Ink
  • Khan Academy/Problem Solving Math HW
  • Service Learning
  • Analytics Club
Thursday

1/17

  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Work on/finish No Red Ink assignment
  • Khan Academy/Problem Solving Math HW
  • Allies Club
  • Dungeons and Dragons Club
Friday

1/18

  • FIELD TRIP PERMISSION FORMS DUE!
  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • No Red Ink assignment due
  • No Red Ink quiz
  • Khan Academy/Problem Solving Math HW
  • Mid-Unit Math Assessment Corrections and signature DUE
  • Expedition Assessment-layers of the Earth/plate tectonics
  • Expressions Day 1:30-3:00pm, Christ the King church
  • Nash Square for lunch/weather permitting (ARMS AND LEGS COVERED IF BELOW 40 DEGREES!)
NEXT WEEK:

  • No school on Monday!
  • Extended Day Trip on Wednesday, January 23rd! STUDENTS AND CHAPERONES MUST ARRIVE BY 7:15AM ON WEDNESDAY.
  • Author’s Tea Celebration on Friday from 8:30-9:30!

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

 

Who’s Who?

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

 

RESOURCES:

Parent and Teacher Organization

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 info@raleigh-crossfit.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

 

Weekly Letter

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January 7, 2019

Exploris Grade 6 Weekly Letter

FIELD TRIP:  WE HAVE RESCHEDULED OUR FIELD TRIP TO WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23RD. 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 .

Model UN is accepting applications! Do you like learning about other countries? Are you curious about global attitudes regarding hunger, health, and the economy? Do you want to strengthen your skills in public speaking? Consider joining our award-winning Model United Nations Delegation- we are looking for nine eager students to represent Exploris! Starting January 19th, we will meet every Friday afterschool to prepare for the 2019 Triangle Model United Nations conference at UNC. Last year, Exploris won awards in Best Diplomat, Most Compassionate, and Best Delegate. Complete your application here; the deadline to submit your application is Friday, January 11th.

EXPRESSIONS DAY:  It’s time to share your talents with the Exploris Community! We are looking for crews, small groups, and individuals to perform at Expressions Day on January 18th from 1:30-3:00 at Christ the King Presbyterian Church located at 117 S. West St. Each grade level will have equal time to show off of their talent and school spirit. Crew teachers will share details about getting your act approved. Parents are welcome to join us! Six acts will be selected to represent sixth grade.

EXPRESSIONS DAY TRYOUTS: Tryouts will take place Wednesday, Friday, and next Monday during Gogo. Six acts will be selected to represent sixth grade.  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR A TRYOUT.

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.

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.

Yearbooks for Sale – Click here to purchase your 2018-2019 yearbook. The price is $35.

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 attendance@exploris.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:

Monday

1/7

  • Work on No Red Ink
  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Cafe de Matematicas
Tuesday

1/8

  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Work on No Red Ink
  • Chapter 17 of The Lightning Thief activity due
  • Cafe de Matematicas
  • Fossil Club
  • Nash Square for lunch/weather permitting (dress appropriately)
Wednesday

1/9

  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Work on No Red Ink
  • Chapter 18 of The Lightning Thief activity due
  • Cafe de Matematicas
  • Analytics Club
Thursday

1/10

  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Work on/finish No Red Ink assignment
  • Chapter 19 of The Lightning Thief activity due
  • Cafe de Matematicas
  • Allies Club
  • Dungeons and Dragons Club
Friday

1/11

  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Chapter 20 of The Lightning Thief activity due
  • No Red Ink assignment due
  • No Red Ink quiz
  • $25 field trip payment due (if you chose the 5 payment option)
  • Cafe de Matematicas DUE MONDAY!
  • FINAL COPY NON-FICTION BOOK DUE
  • $25 field trip payment due (if you chose the 5 payment option)
NEXT WEEK:

  • Expressions Day Friday, January 18th 1:30-3:00pm, parents are invited!

Important Dates (Exploris CALENDAR)

Friday, January 11- $25 field trip payment due (if you chose the 5 payment option)

Friday, January 18-Expressions Day 1:30-3:00, Christ the King Church

Monday, Jan 21 – MLK Holiday; no school

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

 

Who’s Who?

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

 

RESOURCES:

Parent and Teacher Organization

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 info@raleigh-crossfit.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

 

Sixth Grade Announcements

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Happy New Year! We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday! Here are a few announcements:

  1. SCHOOL SUPPLIES: ALL STUDENTS NEED TO REPLENISH THEIR SUPPLY OF PENCILS AND PAPER. STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE PENCILS AND PAPER WHEN THEY RETURN ON MONDAY. 
  2. TISSUES NEEDED: We are out of tissues in sixth grade! Please send in a box or two of tissues if you can!
  3. CRAFT SUPPLIES: Students will begin creating their books on Monday, January 7th. Please remind your students to bring in any supplies they think they may need for their book. Examples of supplies are construction paper, markers, colored pencils, glue, and craft supplies, etc.
  4. EXPRESSIONS DAY: Get ready to share your talents with the Exploris Community! We are looking for crews, small groups, and individuals to perform at Expressions Day on January 18th from 1:00-3:00. Each grade level will have equal time to show off of their talent and school spirit. Crew teachers will review guidelines for acts this week so you can work on perfecting your performance over break. Tryouts will take place Wednesday, Friday, and next Monday during Gogo. Six acts will be selected to represent sixth grade! CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR A TRYOUT.

Weekly Letter

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December 17, 2018

Exploris Grade 6 Weekly Letter

FIELD TRIP:  WE HAVE RESCHEDULED OUR FIELD TRIP TO WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23RD. CHAPERONES, IF YOU CAN NO LONGER ATTEND, PLEASE DELETE YOUR NAME OFF OF THE SIGN UP IF YOU CAN NO LONGER ATTEND.

EXPRESSIONS DAY: Get ready to share your talents with the Exploris Community! We are looking for crews, small groups, and individuals to perform at Expressions Day on January 18th from 1:00-3:00. Each grade level will have equal time to show off of their talent and school spirit. Crew teachers will review guidelines for acts this week so you can work on perfecting your performance over break.

Exploris Capital Campaign

As we wrap up 2018 I invite you to think back on your experiences with Exploris. What impressed you about the school? What did your student learn at Exploris that they might not have learned at a traditional school? What field experiences did they take that opened their eyes to things that didn’t know before?

Think about those things as you consider contributing to the Exploris Capital Campaign. Your contributions will help us open the doors for the new building and ensure that many more students can take advantage of those same experiences that your student had.

We know that December is a tough time to make a contribution. You’ve got the holidays, and teacher gifts, and possibly travel or extra child care expenses because of the school break. If you can’t make a contribution now, please make a pledge! You can do both at https://www.exploris.org/capital-campaign-giving/.

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.

Yearbooks for Sale – Click here to purchase your 2018-2019 yearbook. The price is $35.

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 attendance@exploris.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.

TEEN SCIENCE CAFE: ASK AN ASTRONOMER

FRIDAY, JAN. 4, 6-7PM-In this Teen Science Café, Dr. Patrick Treuthardt will discuss the oddities of outer space and what they can tell us about our Universe.

Homework – Weekly Requirements:

Monday

12/17

  • Work on No Red Ink
  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Chapter 12 of The Lightning Thief activity due
  • Cafe de Matematicas
Tuesday

12/18

  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Work on No Red Ink
  • Chapter 13 of The Lightning Thief activity due
  • Rough draft of essay due by 11:15
  • Cafe de Matematicas
  • Fossil Club
  • Nash Square for lunch/weather permitting (dress appropriately)
Wednesday

12/19

  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Work on No Red Ink
  • Chapter 14 of The Lightning Thief activity due
  • Cafe de Matematicas due
  • Analytics Club
Thursday

12/20

  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Work on/finish No Red Ink assignment
  • Chapter 15 of The Lightning Thief activity due
  • Allies Club
  • Dungeons and Dragons Club
Friday

12/21

    • Read for 20-30 minutes
    • Chapter 16 of The Lightning Thief activity due
    • Final essay and bibliography due
    • No Red Ink assignment due
    • No Red Ink quiz
  • Early Release-12:15 dismissal; no lunch served
  • Early Release; no lunch served
NEXT WEEK:

  • Winter break! Students return on Monday, January 7th!

Important Dates (Exploris CALENDAR)

Friday, December 21 – Early Dismissal

Winter Break – Friday Dec 21 (12:15pm) – Monday, Jan 7 (8am)

January 11- $25 field trip payment due (if you chose the 5 payment option)

Monday, Jan 21 – MLK Holiday

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

 

Who’s Who?

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

 

RESOURCES:

Parent and Teacher Organization

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 info@raleigh-crossfit.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

 

Weekly Letter

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December 12, 2018

Exploris Grade 6 Weekly Letter

An email was sent on Monday afternoon with the following information: We have decided to postpone our field trip to the NC Estuarium and Aurora Fossil Museum. We are looking to reschedule this trip for January 2019. We will be in touch with a new date for the trip soon.  Parents, if you did not receive an email from us on Monday, please email your Crew teacher so we can make sure you’re on the distribution list.

DANCE INFORMATION/VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!: The Middle School dance is on 12/14/18 at the Junior League of Raleigh space on Hillsborough Street. The dance is from 7-9pm and it costs $5 per student. Donations are also being accepted for the SPCA! Click here for more information! Click here to view the invitation!

Exploris Capital Campaign– It’s Spirit Week at Exploris! A great way to show your school spirit is by making a contribution to the Exploris Capital Campaign! This new building will allow us to expand our local and global reach, while also reducing our environmental footprint. For more information about how your contribution will make a difference, check out this flyer: www.exploris.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Capital-Campaign-Brochure.pdf

To make your donation, visit: www.exploris.org/capital-campaign-giving/.

Stay tuned for a class competition during the month of January! Followed by our wrap up event for this year in February where we Show our Love for Exploris! If you have any questions about the Capital Campaign, contact Kristi Pettibone at kristipettibone@gmail.com

CLUB PHOTOS: Yearbook is planning to take club photos on Thursday, December 13 starting at 1:30. Clubs will meet in the Blue Space

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.

Yearbooks for Sale – Click here to purchase your 2018-2019 yearbook. The price is $35.

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 attendance@exploris.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:

 

Monday

12/10

  • No School
  • Work on No Red Ink
Tuesday

12/11

  • No School
  • Work on No Red Ink
  • Fossil Club
  • Nash Square for lunch/weather permitting (dress appropriately)
Wednesday

12/12

  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Work on No Red Ink
  • Cafe de Matematicas work due
  • Completed notes and research due
  • New Math Homework Menu Choice Board assigned
  • Analytics Club
Thursday

12/13

  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Work on/finish No Red Ink assignment
  • Math Homework Menu Choice Board
  • Club Photos
  • The Lightning Thief HW (Chapter 10 focus activity due)
  • Club photos
  • Allies Club
  • Dungeons and Dragons Club
Friday

12/14

    • Read for 20-30 minutes
    • The Lightning Thief HW (Chapter 11 focus activity due)
    • Math Homework Menu Choice Board
    • No Red Ink assignment due
    • No Red Ink quiz
    • FInal elective!
  • $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)  
  • Nash Square for lunch/weather permitting (dress appropriately)
  • School Dance (see above for details) $5 per student
NEXT WEEK:

  • Cafe De Matematicas Math Homework due Wednesday 12/19
  • Early release (12:15pm) on 12/21!  

Important Dates (Exploris CALENDAR)

December 14th-$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, December 21 – Early Dismissal

Winter Break – Friday Dec 21 (12:15pm) – Monday, Jan 7 (8am)

January 11- $25 field trip payment due (if you chose the 5 payment option)

Monday, Jan 21 – MLK Holiday

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

 

Who’s Who?

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

 

RESOURCES:

Parent and Teacher Organization

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 info@raleigh-crossfit.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

 

Weekly Letter

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December 3, 2018

Exploris Grade 6 Weekly Letter

ACHIEVEMENT REPORTS WILL BE EMAILED HOME TODAY: Parents, please be on the lookout for an email from JUMPROPE! This is our online grading system.  If you do not receive a report, please check your SPAM folder. Please contact your Crew teacher with any questions.

OUR EXTENDED DAY FIELD TRIP IS NEXT WEEK!: We will have an extended day field trip to Aurora Fossil Museum and the North Carolina Estuarium on December 12th. We will be leaving Exploris Middle School at 7:30am and returning to school at 5:00pm. Students must be at school by 7:30am. Any student arriving late will not be going on the trip. This field trip will cost $10 per student. Please send in $10 cash or check (made payable to The Exploris School) by Friday, December 7th.

RAFFLE PRIZES NEEDED ASAP: Students have earned raffle tickets for good deeds, craftsmanship, helping, kindness, etc. We would like to have our raffle very soon but are in need of more prizes. An Amazon wishlist has been created if you would like to order any prizes for our students. Click here to view the wishlist! Parents are also welcome to send in gift cards (Chargrill, Cupcake Shoppe, Demo’s, Starbucks, Target, etc.) and we can raffle those off as well. Thank you for your help!

SPIRIT WEEK: Spirit week for both campuses will be the week of December 3-7.

Monday, December 3: PJ Day

Tuesday, December 4: Favorite Thing Day (dress like your favorite character or sports team or book, etc)

Wednesday, December 5: Wacky Wednesday

Thursday, December 6: Decade Day (Dress like a certain decade of your choice!)

Friday, December 7: Crew Day (Dress up together with a theme decided by your crew)

Also a reminder to continue to drop those pictures onto the replay it app OR just email them to jfrancese@exploris.org (we especially need elementary photos)! Thank you!

DANCE INFORMATION: The Middle School dance is on 12/14/18 at the Junior League of Raleigh space on Hillsborough Street. The dance is from 7-9pm. Click here to volunteer to chaperone the dance or send in food items/decorations. Click here to view the invitation!

Exploris Capital Campaign– It’s Spirit Week at Exploris! A great way to show your school spirit is by making a contribution to the Exploris Capital Campaign! This new building will allow us to expand our local and global reach, while also reducing our environmental footprint. For more information about how your contribution will make a difference, check out this flyer: www.exploris.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Capital-Campaign-Brochure.pdf

To make your donation, visit: www.exploris.org/capital-campaign-giving/.

Stay tuned for a class competition during the month of January! Followed by our wrap up event for this year in February where we Show our Love for Exploris! If you have any questions about the Capital Campaign, contact Kristi Pettibone at kristipettibone@gmail.com

CLUB PHOTOS: Yearbook is planning to take club photos on Thursday, December 13 starting at 1:30. Clubs will meet in the Blue Space

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.

Yearbooks for Sale – Click here to purchase your 2018-2019 yearbook. The price is $35.

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 attendance@exploris.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:

Monday

12/3

  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Work on No Red Ink
  • Math Homework Menu Choice Board
  • Pajama Day
Tuesday

12/4

    • Read for 20-30 minutes
    • Work on No Red Ink
    • Math Homework Menu Choice Board
    • Favorite Thing Day
  • The Lightning Thief HW
  • Fossil Club
  • Nash Square for lunch/weather permitting (dress appropriately)
Wednesday

12/5

  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Work on No Red Ink
  • Math Homework Menu Choice Board
  • Wacky Wednesday
  • The Lightning Thief Assessment (Chapters 6, 7, and 8)
  • Analytics Club
Thursday

12/6

  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Work on/finish No Red Ink assignment
  • Math Homework Menu Choice Board
  • Decade Day
  • The Lightning Thief HW
  • Allies Club
  • Dungeons and Dragons Club
Friday

12/7

  • $10 field trip payment due!
  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Math Homework Menu Choice Board (DUE MON.)
  • No Red Ink assignment due
  • No Red Ink quiz
  • Crew Day
  • Elective #4
  • Nash Square for lunch/weather permitting (dress appropriately)
NEXT WEEK:

  • December 12th-Field trip to Aurora Fossil Museum and NC Estuarium! We will leave school at 7:30am and return by 5:30pm.
  • December 14th-$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)  

Important Dates (Exploris CALENDAR)

December 3-7-Spirit Week (see announcement above)

December 7-$10 field trip payment due for our Aurora/Estuarium field trip on 12/12/18.

December 14th-$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, December 21 – Early Dismissal

Winter Break – Friday Dec 21 (12:15pm) – Monday, Jan 7 (8am)

January 11- $25 field trip payment due (if you chose the 5 payment option)

Monday, Jan 21 – MLK Holiday

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

 

Who’s Who?

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

 

RESOURCES:

Parent and Teacher Organization

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 info@raleigh-crossfit.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

 

Important Announcements

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It’s been a busy week! Here are a few short announcements:

  1. Koda, our class hedgehog, is still looking for a place to stay this weekend. She is a cute pet and not demanding. Please email Juliana ASAP if you can help take care of Koda this weekend.
  2. We’re still looking for 1-2 more drivers for our field trip on 12/12/18. We will be heading to the Aurora Fossil Museum and NC Estuarium. We will leave around 7:30am and return by 5:30pm. Please sign up here!
  3. The Middle School dance is on 12/14/18 at the Junior League of Raleigh on Hillsborough Street. The dance is from 7-9pm. Click here to volunteer to chaperone the dance or send in food items/decorations. Click here to view the invitation!