Weekly Letter



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:



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


    • 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)


  • 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


  • 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


  • $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)

  • 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



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


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