Field Trip Reminders

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Here are a few important field trip reminders: 

  1. Make sure you pack a bag lunch and reusable water bottle.
  2. Wear layers! It’s going to be chilly. The high on Wednesday is 61 and the low is 44. The high on Thursday is 65. We will be outside for majority of the trip so pack appropriately. 
  3. Don’t forget your sleeping bag and a pillow!
  4. Review other items on the packing list and make sure you’ve read the itinerary. Click here for the itinerary and the packing list. Scroll to the last page to see the packing list.
  5. Parents, if your child takes any kind of medication, please drop it off tomorrow morning from 7:55-8:15am.
  6. Chaperones, we will have a brief chaperone meeting at 9:30am tomorrow.
  7. Parents, please make sure your child knows how they’re getting home on Thursday. We will be back at school in time for our normal 3:15 dismissal.

 

We are looking forward to a great trip! A huge thank you to all of our parent drivers and chaperones!

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Weekly Letter

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November 13, 2017

Dear Parents,

It’s a busy week! We are looking forward to our overnight field trip at Camp Don Lee. Please review the itinerary and packing list here. No need to pack toothpaste thanks to a generous donation from The Lettie family! Contact your Crew teacher if you have any questions. Chaperones, we will see you at 9:30am on Wednesday for a brief meeting before we leave.

Also, please remember that Friday, November 17th is an early release day. School will dismiss at 12:15.

Here is our schedule for Friday, November 17th:

8:15-9:30-Catch Up/Cleaning/Organizing

9:30-9:45-Snack

9:45-11:45- “October Sky” movie

11:45-12:15-Gogo

8TH GRADE FOOD DRIVE: Low income elderly residents of Glenwood Towers often receive food from the program Meals on Wheels. However, on Thanksgiving, the staff of Meals on Wheels is on holiday break, so the residents don’t receive their service. 8th grade students in the Glenwood Towers service learning are conducting a food drive this week for the residents on the day of Thanksgiving. They request the following from each grade:
From 6th grade we request anything they have (preferably silverware, cups, etc.)

Friday Cleaning Volunteers Needed: Help keep our classrooms clean and germ-free!!! We would like 2 volunteers a week to help with disinfecting and cleaning our two classroom spaces! This would take 20-25 minutes after school on Fridays. Sign up here if you can help!

AGENDAS: Students have their own agenda that is in their homework binder. Students should be bringing their homework binder home every night. Please check their agenda as teachers will use this as a method of communicating with parents.

Fossil Club- Next Wednesday the Fossil club will not meet; the 6th graders and I will be out on a field trip. The week after is Thanksgiving so we will meet again on Wednesday Nov. 29. That day we will be going to the Science Museum to meet Dr. Terry Gates (Paleontologist)  at the Paleo lab. Fossil club will end at 4:45pm that day- pick up students at that time at the school.

HELPFUL LINKS:

  • My Hot Lunchbox LINK (Hot lunch available on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday)
  • Back to School Forms LINK (we are requesting all forms be completed online)
  • Raleigh GO Card $1.50 and FORM needed.
  • Before Care and Aftercare SIGNUP FORM
  • 2017-2018 Carpool FORM; 2017-2018 Carpool MAP  (Password: 1997*)
  • Spiritwear – LINK (orders due 8/31)
  • PTO TO DO LIST – Join PTO – much, much help still needed! LINK

 

Homework – Weekly Requirements:

 

The Lightning Thief reading calendar can be found here.

 

Monday

11/13

  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Chapter 5-The Lightning Thief due
  • XtraMath
  • Minecraft
  • Improv
Tuesday

11/14

  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Chapter 6-The Lightning Thief due
  • XtraMath
  • Math Counts
Wednesday

11/15

  • Field Trip! Wear layers and bring a bag lunch.
  • Science Olympiad
Thursday

11/16

  • Field Trip! We will be back in time for normal dismissal. Please make sure your child knows how they are getting home on Thursday.
  • Allies
  • Yearbook
Friday

11/17

  • Chapter 7-The Lightning Thief due
  • Early Release-12:15 dismissal, no lunch is served!
  • End of First Trimester
Next Week:

  • No school! Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Important Dates (Exploris CALENDAR):

Wednesday, Nov. 15-Thursday, Nov.16-Camp Don Lee Overnight Field Trip

Friday, November 17 – End of First Trimester/Early Dismissal at 12:15pm

Thanksgiving Break -November 20th-November 24th

Friday, December 1- Middle School Dance, 7-9pm @ the elementary school

Winter Break – December 18th-January 2nd

Monday, Jan 22 – Holiday

Monday, Feb 20 – Teacher Workday

Friday March 9 – End of Second Trimester/Early Dismissal at 12:15pm

Monday, March 12 – Teacher Workday

Thursday, March 29-April 6-Spring Break

Friday, May 25 – Teacher Workday

Monday, May 28- Memorial Day Holiday

Friday, June 8 – End of Third Trimester/Early Dismissal at 12:15pm

 

How to Contact Current Sixth Grade Teachers:

Loren Kent lkent@exploris.org

Devon Rose drose@exploris.org

Shawna Scipione sscipione@exploris.org

Juliana Thomas   jthomas@exploris.org

Scarlet Fisher: Art scarlet@exploris.org

Eugene Wheeler: World Cultures  ewheeler@exploris.org

Lisa Ferrando : Health & Wellness   lisa@exploris.org

 

RESOURCES:

Parent and Teacher Organization

  • Join PTO – much, much help still needed! LINK
  • 2017-2018 Carpool FORM; 2017-2018 Carpool MAP  (Password: 1997*)
  • Lunch Orders – LINK

 

Clubs and Extended Care:

 

Field Trip Updates

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Important Field Trip Updates–Please read carefully. 

1.Click here for our Camp Don Lee Itinerary and Packing List. Contact your Crew teacher if you have any questions!

2. Student AND chaperone permission slips will be sent home today. Please complete the form and return it tomorrow. 

3. Parent chaperones: Make sure you have completed the volunteer transportation forms. Click here for the Volunteer Transportation form and the Vehicle Insurance Declaration form.The school will also need a copy of your driver’s license and insurance card. Please turn these forms tomorrow!

4. Please remember that final field trip payments are due by Thursday, November 9th!

Thanks so much!

Weekly Letter

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November 6, 2017

Dinner Table Questions: Ask your student these questions to hear about what they’ve been learning at school:

  • What’s happening in The Lightning Thief?
  • Are you ready for your Global Cultures presentation?

FIELD TRIP UPDATE: Each student needs a white t-shirt for the field trip. This shirt will be used for an arts and craft activity. We will post the field trip schedule and packing list this week! Final payments are due by Thursday, 11/9.

NEW EC TEACHER: We are excited to welcome Chris Duncan to the Exploris family! Chris is our new 6th grade EC teacher. Please help us make him feel welcome!

ELA READING UPDATE: The Lightning Thief reading calendar can be found here.

EXPLORIS STRING ORCHESTRA: Wednesdays after school at the elementary building beginning November 29th. You must have at least 6 months experience or private lessons prior to joining (this may change in the future). Instruments and rides from the middle school to the elementary campus can be negotiated. Please fill out the form if you are interested in joining and email Gwen Holt (gwenLholt@gmail.com) if you’d like to volunteer to help with this club. Parents who play are welcome as well! Thank you!

Form: http://bit.ly/ExplorisOrchestra

8TH GRADE FOOD DRIVE: Times are tough, especially for the elderly. Eighth grade students helping senior citizens at Glenwood Towers are collecting food for the residents to get them through the week of Thanksgiving. The residents usually have meals delivered through Meals on Wheels, but the Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving week, there will be no food delivered. With your help, we are collecting food to give to the residents to help make their Thanksgiving bright and cheery.Please complete this form and bring your donation to the school no later than Thursday, November 16, 2017.

MODEL UN CLUB is a fun and rigorous club that challenges you to learn about other cultures, present in front of an audience, and perfect your skills of persuasion. We are recruiting six eager students who want to learn about other countries and their perspectives on global issues. We will meet Wednesdays after school at the middle campus. Complete this application by Friday, November 10th if you are interested in joining.

PORTFOLIO CONFERENCES: We are looking forward to portfolio conferences! Your student has worked hard on their portfolio. Time is limited during these conferences, so please hold all questions until the end of the conference. This is a celebration of your student’s hard work!

Devon

Loren

Juliana

Shawna

Do you want to order green t-shirts to advertise our NEW GREEN building? $10 a piece: Checks due by Thurs, Nov. 9 made out to Exploris.  Payments should be given to Mae at the elementary, or Shannon (8th grade) at the middle school. shardy@exploris.org

“Striving to be, FOSSIL FUEL FREE, because there is no, PLANET B”  LINK

“GreenSTEM because there is no PLANET B” LINK

Friday Cleaning Volunteers Needed: Help keep our classrooms clean and germ-free!!! We would like 2 volunteers a week to help with disinfecting and cleaning our two classroom spaces! This would take 20-25 minutes after school on Fridays. Sign up here if you can help!

FIELD TRIP PAYMENT INFORMATION: The combined total cost of both trips is $95.

Payment Options:

  • You may send in a full payment of $95 after fall break.
  • You can pay $40 by October 13th and $55 by November 9th.
  • Scholarships are available! Please contact your Crew teacher if you have questions or want to learn more about field trip scholarships

AGENDAS: Students have their own agenda that is in their homework binder. Students should be bringing their homework binder home every night. Please check their agenda as teachers will use this as a method of communicating with parents.

HELPFUL LINKS:

  • My Hot Lunchbox LINK (Hot lunch available on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday)
  • Back to School Forms LINK (we are requesting all forms be completed online)
  • Raleigh GO Card $1.50 and FORM needed.
  • Before Care and Aftercare SIGNUP FORM
  • 2017-2018 Carpool FORM; 2017-2018 Carpool MAP  (Password: 1997*)
  • Spiritwear – LINK (orders due 8/31)
  • PTO TO DO LIST – Join PTO – much, much help still needed! LINK

 

Homework – Weekly Requirements:

 

The Lightning Thief reading calendar can be found here.

 

Monday

11/6

  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Daily Math Problems / XtraMath/Khan Academy
  • Minecraft
Tuesday

11/7

  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Daily Math Problems/ XtraMath/Khan Academy
  • Math Counts
Wednesday

11/8

  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Daily Math Problems/ XtraMath/Khan Academy
  • ELA HW: Read “The Hero’s Journey.” Make some gist notes in the margins. (You don’t have to fill out the recording form for Acts 2 or 3 yet.) As you read, begin to consider how these stages of the hero’s journey apply to Percy Jackson.  
  • Fossil Club
  • Science Olympiad
  • Nash Square for lunch
Thursday

11/9

  • Field Trip payment due
  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Daily Math Problems/ XtraMath/Khan Academy
  • Chapter 5-The Lightning Thief and focus question due
  • Allies
  • Yearbook
Friday

11/10

  • No school–Veteran’s Day
Next Week:

  • Field trip next Wednesday/Thursday!
  • Early Release next Friday!

 

Important Dates (Exploris CALENDAR):

Thursday, Nov. 9-Second field trip payment of $55 due

Friday, Nov. 10 – Veteran’s Day – Holiday

Wednesday, Nov. 15-Thursday, Nov.16-Camp Don Lee Overnight Field Trip

Friday, November 17 – End of First Trimester/Early Dismissal at 12:15pm

Thanksgiving Break -November 20th-November 24th

Friday, December 1- Middle School Dance, 7-9pm @ the elementary school

Winter Break – December 18th-January 2nd

Monday, Jan 22 – Holiday

Monday, Feb 20 – Teacher Workday

Friday March 9 – End of Second Trimester/Early Dismissal at 12:15pm

Monday, March 12 – Teacher Workday

Thursday, March 29-April 6-Spring Break

Friday, May 25 – Teacher Workday

Monday, May 28- Memorial Day Holiday

Friday, June 8 – End of Third Trimester/Early Dismissal at 12:15pm

 

How to Contact Current Sixth Grade Teachers:

Loren Kent lkent@exploris.org

Devon Rose drose@exploris.org

Shawna Scipione sscipione@exploris.org

Juliana Thomas   jthomas@exploris.org

Scarlet Fisher: Art scarlet@exploris.org

Eugene Wheeler: World Cultures  ewheeler@exploris.org

Lisa Ferrando : Health & Wellness   lisa@exploris.org

 

RESOURCES:

Parent and Teacher Organization

  • Join PTO – much, much help still needed! LINK
  • 2017-2018 Carpool FORM; 2017-2018 Carpool MAP  (Password: 1997*)
  • Lunch Orders – LINK

 

Clubs and Extended Care:

 

Weekly Letter

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October 30, 2017

Dinner Table Questions: Ask your student these questions to hear about what they’ve been learning at school:

  • Who is the main character in The Lightning Thief?
  • What planet are you most interested in? Why?
  • Are you going to dress up at your Superhero Element on Tuesday?

PARENTS, PLEASE SIGN UP FOR A PORTFOLIO CONFERENCE: Don’t forget to sign up for a portfolio conference with your Crew teacher!

Devon

Loren

Juliana

Shawna

Attendance/Tardy Policy: This is just a reminder that classes begin promptly at 8:15am. Students transition to their first Global Arts at 8:15am. Global Arts classes often leave campus and if your child arrives after 8:15, they are missing instructional time.

EXPLORIS TARDY POLICY

Tardiness can disrupt the learning process, for both the tardy student and his/her classmates. Parents are encouraged to drop their students off at school prior to 8:15 to avoid a loss of instructional time.

Please Note: Three (3) unexcused tardies will count as an unexcused absence. Students arriving after the start time must sign in at the school office.

The following are examples of excused tardies:

  1. Medical Appointment
  2. Dental Appointment

The complete absence/tardy policy can be found here.

Lunch Orders: This is just a reminder that we will be on our field trip on Thursday, November 16th so please don’t order a hot lunch that day.

Math Counts: There will be no MathCounts club this week. We will be back on schedule Tuesday, November 7th.

REMINDER: If you would like your child to participate in the AMC 8 Math test on Tuesday, November 14th, please send $3 (cash or check, made out to Exploris) and the name of your child in an envelope addressed to Remi Wingo. Your child may give this to their crew teacher to put in Remi’s mailbox at school. Please send in your payment by Tuesday, October 31st. Email Remi at rwingo@exploris.org with any questions.

Do you want to order green t-shirts to advertise our NEW GREEN building? $10 a piece: Checks due by Thurs, Nov. 9 made out to Exploris.  Payments should be given to Mae at the elementary, or Shannon (8th grade) at the middle school. shardy@exploris.org

“Striving to be, FOSSIL FUEL FREE, because there is no, PLANET B”  LINK

“GreenSTEM because there is no PLANET B” LINK

Friday Cleaning Volunteers Needed: Help keep our classrooms clean and germ-free!!! We would like 2 volunteers a week to help with disinfecting and cleaning our two classroom spaces! This would take 20-25 minutes after school on Fridays. Sign up here if you can help!

Fossil club will meet this Wednesday, Nov.1st. We will have a guest speaker- paleontologist.

FIELD TRIP PAYMENT INFORMATION: The combined total cost of both trips is $95.

Payment Options:

  • You may send in a full payment of $95 after fall break.
  • You can pay $40 by October 13th and $55 by November 9th.
  • Scholarships are available! Please contact your Crew teacher if you have questions or want to learn more about field trip scholarships

AGENDAS: Students have their own agenda that is in their homework binder. Students should be bringing their homework binder home every night. Please check their agenda as teachers will use this as a method of communicating with parents.

HELPFUL LINKS:

  • My Hot Lunchbox LINK (Hot lunch available on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday)
  • Back to School Forms LINK (we are requesting all forms be completed online)
  • Raleigh GO Card $1.50 and FORM needed.
  • Before Care and Aftercare SIGNUP FORM
  • 2017-2018 Carpool FORM; 2017-2018 Carpool MAP  (Password: 1997*)
  • Spiritwear – LINK (orders due 8/31)
  • PTO TO DO LIST – Join PTO – much, much help still needed! LINK

 

Homework – Weekly Requirements:

 

Monday

10/30

  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Daily Math Problems / XtraMath/Khan Academy
  • Chapter 2-The Lightning Thief due
  • Minecraft
Tuesday

10/31

  • Dress like your Superhero Element!
  • RRJ #6 Due
  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Daily Math Problems/ XtraMath/Khan Academy
Wednesday

11/1

  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Daily Math Problems/ XtraMath/Khan Academy
  • Chapter 3-The Lightning Thief and focus question due
  • Fossil Club
  • Science Olympiad
  • Nash Square for lunch
Thursday

11/2

  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Daily Math Problems/ XtraMath/Khan Academy
  • Chapter 4-The Lightning Thief and focus question due
  • Allies
  • Yearbook
Friday

11/3

  • Read for 20-30 minutes
  • Daily Math due/XtraMath/Khan Academy due
  • Crew Journal #8 due
  • Community Meeting Spotlights due (optional)
  • Chapter 5-The Lightning Thief and focus question due
  • Final Elective
  • Nash Square for lunch
Next Week:

  • Final field trip payment due on Thursday!
  • Portfolio conferences!
  • No school on Friday, 11/10!

 

Important Dates (Exploris CALENDAR):

Thursday, Nov. 9-Second field trip payment of $55 due

Friday, Nov. 10 – Veteran’s Day – Holiday

Wednesday, Nov. 15-Thursday, Nov.16-Camp Don Lee Overnight Field Trip

Friday, November 17 – End of First Trimester/Early Dismissal at 12:15pm

Thanksgiving Break -November 20th-November 24th

Friday, December 1- Middle School Dance, 7-9pm @ the elementary school

Winter Break – December 18th-January 2nd

Monday, Jan 22 – Holiday

Monday, Feb 20 – Teacher Workday

Friday March 9 – End of Second Trimester/Early Dismissal at 12:15pm

Monday, March 12 – Teacher Workday

Thursday, March 29-April 6-Spring Break

Friday, May 25 – Teacher Workday

Monday, May 28- Memorial Day Holiday

Friday, June 8 – End of Third Trimester/Early Dismissal at 12:15pm

 

How to Contact Current Sixth Grade Teachers:

Loren Kent lkent@exploris.org

Devon Rose drose@exploris.org

Shawna Scipione sscipione@exploris.org

Juliana Thomas   jthomas@exploris.org

Scarlet Fisher: Art scarlet@exploris.org

Eugene Wheeler: World Cultures  ewheeler@exploris.org

Lisa Ferrando : Health & Wellness   lisa@exploris.org

 

RESOURCES:

Parent and Teacher Organization

  • Join PTO – much, much help still needed! LINK
  • 2017-2018 Carpool FORM; 2017-2018 Carpool MAP  (Password: 1997*)
  • Lunch Orders – LINK

 

Clubs and Extended Care:

 

The Lightning Thief Update

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ELA Homework

Focus Question: What challenges does Percy face in this chapter? How does he respond?

Assignment: Read Chapter 2: “Three Old Ladies Knit the Socks of Death.” As you read, think about the focus question. Use your evidence flags to mark the specific areas in the book that support your answer. Write your answer to the focus question on the paper given to you in class on Friday.