Weekly Letter

Friday, May 20, 2022

Dear Parents and Students,

We can’t thank you…our sixth-grade parents enough!  You have been extraordinary! Beyond chauffeuring for the Global Religion Tour, we have appreciated how you have modeled curiosity about different Judaism, Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam. Our good spiritual vibes were then lived out on the dance floor!  The best Exploris dance Shannon and Loren can remember!  It was amazing!  Joy….joy…joy!  Dance Photos HERE!  Feel free to upload your pics into the album.

Portfolios this week!

The math Map NWEA test went really well!  Emily and Shannon are holding their breath for EOG’s. 🙂  A few things to tweak, and kids SHOULD be studying.  With so many gaps at the beginning of the year, we are very excited to see our 6th graders really are on target and ready for 7th grade.  We are not done…fourth quarter.  Keep your kids in the grind!  Passing 2 lessons or more of iReady is one of the BEST ways to review.

The Reading and Language MAP tests were completed this week. Students will have EOG review assignments beginning Monday. Each night, students will have a short passage to read along with a few questions to answer.  It is essential that students complete the practice using their strategies and unassisted by adults, so they will be prepared to review the passage the next day. These assignments will be posted in the Weekly Overview. 

EcoJourneys is a pilot for NCSU and Indiana State.  With all good pilots it has been littered with error messages, bandwidth fails and confusing next steps.  Those kids participating have been wonderful, patient, guinea pigs.

Volunteers Needed –  Sign Up

  • 4 Walking chaperones for museums – Wednesday, June 2 8:30-11:30 am
  • Bowling in Garner! – Thursday, June 9th 9:30 am-12:00 pm (3 drivers needed)

$$$ – Donation Needed – Parents, the Exploris PTO has reserved $400 to sponsor a 6th-grade activity which we plan to put toward bowling.  However, the cost is $132, and we prefer to avoid collecting money at this juncture.  We are seeking a few parents to make donations and sponsor the remaining cost of the event with donations. Any amount is appreciated.  Email Shardy@exploris.org

EOG’s – Perfect attendance needed! (No virtual days!)

  • Wed. June 1, Reading EOG
  • Friday, June 3, Math EOG
  • Calculators will be collected. The school has some, but not enough for ALL 6th graders.

SCHOOL DEVICES MUST BE RETURNED: All school devices must be returned to school, including chargers. Devices and computers can be returned as early as next week or before EOGs begin.

SIXTH GRADE LIBRARY: Please check around your house, cars, bedrooms, backpacks, etc. for our class library books. Most are labeled with EMS or EMS-6. Please return our books so we can refill and refresh our library!

NC Museum of Natural Sciences will be hosting a week of residential Girls in Science: 

Summer Ed-Venture at Blue Jay Point County Park for rising 6th & 7th grade students in July. Interested students need to both apply and secure a teacher recommendation to be considered for the camp. I’m inviting you to share camp information with students you think would enjoy this opportunity and, if possible, offer to complete the recommendation form as well. Full camp details are found here and the application deadline is Monday, June 6. 

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. 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month: The week of May 23rd-May 27th all grades will participate in activities surrounding Mental Wellness and social-emotional learning. 

  • Wear green on Mental Health Monday May 23rd and look for details to follow in next week’s updates.
  • Students grades 3-7 take the Social and Emotional screener. The online assessment is a universal screener given to all students in third through 8th grade that will identify areas of strength and emotional behavioral concerns in order to inform counselors, teachers, and leadership in planning SEL instructional and programmatic support for students as a whole. The individual student assessment provides information about a student’s current social-emotional learning levels. The results of the assessment will be used to guide instruction for all students and identify students who might need additional social-emotional support. If you would like to opt-out of this assessment or have further questions please contact our counselors at counselor@exploris.org. If you are interested in learning more about this assessment click here.



  • 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)

6th Grade

What’s Happening?

Sixth Grade THIS WEEK’S Overview  LINKSchool Calendar  LINK
Friday, May 20 Portfolio Conferences – No School
Monday, May 23Mental Health Day – Wear green.
Monday, May 30 Holiday – Memorial Day
Wed, June 1 Reading EOG
Friday, June 3 Math EOG
Thursday, June 9Bowling!  9:30-12pm
Friday, June 10Last Day of School – Dismissal 12:15pm

Your Team,

Devon, Emily, Loren, and Shannon

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