Weekly Letter

Friday, April 29, 2022

Dear Parents,

Please remember that students will not come to our campuses on Monday and Tuesday! Eid is on Monday. We have designated a Flex Day to also occur alongside this holiday, which means the next time students will be on campus will be Wednesday of next week. There is a slight typo on our calendar that lists Eid as occurring on Tuesday. We apologize for that. The goal was to have a flex day alongside Eid, so please know that all asynchronous work can be done by students either on Monday or Tuesday. Please refer to grade level emails for expectations and remote assignments.

DRIVERS NEEDED FOR THURSDAY AFTERNOON: 

Global Religion Tour:  Drivers needed! Sign Up

  • Thursday, May 5th 1:00 -3:15pm – Afternoon at Temple Beth Or
  • Tuesday, May 10th  10:30am -1:30 pm – Sri Venkateswara Temple of North Carolina – Hinduism
  • Wednesday, May 11th 1:30-2:45-Edenton Street United Methodist Church (Parents, we don’t need drivers, but you are welcome to meet us at school at 1:30 and walk over with us!) 
  • Thursday, May 12th 12:30 pm-3:15 pm – Islamic Association of Raleigh
  • Thursday, June 9th 9:30 am-12:00 pm – Bowling in Garner!

Eco Journey –  Parents, Shannon is an I-ACT Fellow, and as part of this program our 6th graders are invited to pilot a new virtual simulation called ECO JOURNEYS. The pilot is being led by NCSU and Indiana State University with a focus on science and collaboration.   My hope is that at least 40 sixth graders participate. In order to participate I need the following consent forms signed.  One for a parent, and the other for the student.  The game will be played during “study hall” the last half hour of each day.  Students that do not play will have time for other school work. I will need ALL forms by Thursday, May 5.  Our goal is to kickoff the program Monday May 9!  Questions reach out to Shannon shardy@exploris.org.

ASTROCAMP REFUND UPDATE: Exploris is preparing refund checks for payments made for Astrocamp. Exploris is waiting to receive the refund of the payment made to Astrocamp, which we expect to receive around May 20. As soon as we receive the check from Astrocamp, refund checks will be sent out to the families. Thank you for your patience as we await this final refund from Astrocamp. 

EOG TESTING CALENDAR: The Exploris School is considering a change to the testing calendar that will impact scholars grades 3-8 during the school days from May 27th to June 7th.

We will be offering three informal listening sessions through a Zoom call at the following days and times: 

● Sunday, May 1st at 5:00 pm 

● Monday, May 2nd at 8:00 am 

● Tuesday, May 3rd at noon 

All of the Zoom calls will use the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8856217609

Details about the testing plan were emailed to families on April 27th at 10:39 AM.  The information and proposed calendar can be found here:  Proposed EOG Testing Calendar

CITY NATURE CHALLENGE THIS WEEKEND: Click here for more information!

She Persisted! needs your donations! ...and She Persisted to Rock! Women’s elective is gathering items to donate to The Women’s Center. Each grade is responsible for donating the following items:

  • 6th grade- Bottled Water
  • 7th grade- Sunscreen
  • 8th grade- Mosquito Repellent & Socks

Bring these items to school by Friday, May 6th. 

SAVE THE DATE: Portfolio Conferences, May 19-25

  • Devon Sign Up
  • Emily Sign Up (will be sent via email next week)
  • Loren Sign Up (will be sent via email) 
  • Shannon Sign Up – Coming – will Email link.

ADMIN UPDATE:

CLUBS

  • Yu-Gi- Oh Card Club (every other Tuesday after school 3:15-4:15) Michelle Duncan
  • Pride Club (Every other Tuesday)  Cori and Mary
  • SAVE Club (Every other Tuesday) Michelle Duncan
  • Magic the Gathering Club 3:15-4:15 Kelly (Mondays)
  • Drama Club (Wednesdays 3:15-5:00 Kim Nilsen 919-308-7214)

Camps

6th Grade

What’s Happening?

Sixth Grade THIS WEEK’S Overview  LINKSchool Calendar  LINK
Mon, May 2Flex Day: Students learning from home
Tues, May 3 Holiday – Eid al Fitr
Wed. May 4Eco Journey KICKOFF in Study Hall
Friday, May 13Middle School Dance
Friday, May 20 Portfolio Conferences – No School
May 27-June 10EOG Testing Window
Monday, May 30 Holiday – Memorial Day
Friday, June 10Last Day of School – Dismissal 12:15pm

Your Team,

Devon, Emily, Loren, and Shannon

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