10/16/17

WOW!  Our K/1 kiddos did an amazing job walking to the City of Raleigh Museum and Fire Station #3 last week!  Great learning right in our own backyard!  Thank you parents for your support!

IMPORTANT MESSAGE:

Hi Exploris parents and staff,

Pictures are tomorrow (middle) and Wednesday (elementary) and the weather report needs to be taken Very seriously when planning their school picture outfit!!!   It will be very very cold feeling before 1pm both days.  Fingers that are stiff and frozen feeling are a given at these temperatures.  The reason I am sounding all “Doom and Gloom” when making these statements and outfit requests is because of the vast number or people who do not take heavy dress recommendations seriously both in school photos and most photographers regular fall clients.  Sincere smiles and expressions are hard to get out of young kids and especially the older kids when they are not comfortable.  We encourage gloves or other hand coverings and will try do crop pictures so they don’t show or take them off for just a pose.
It isn’t very practical or advisable to wear a jacket or hoodie and take it off for the actual pictures.  It can actually make someone feel colder.  Layers of clothes is much better and they can take the top layer off at their next bathroom break or be nice and comfy warm all day.  Even hot natured kids will likely be cold the next two mornings.
**Note on hoodies.  Please be very clear with your child if they are allowed to wear hoodies or jackets for their pictures
Below are tips based on grade level as they will be coming outside for pictures at different times.  Wear socks and athletic shoes at a minimum.  More like two pairs of socks if they are having pictures done before lunch.  Their individual pictures will be waist up and the elementary class pictures will not focus on footwear.
Elementary – Wednesday morning before lunch
EVERYONE should wear clothing they are comfortable in WITHOUT a jacket or hoodie for over 30 minutes in the shade standing still.
K/1 & Leah Ruto’s crews are first at 8:30 am.  It will only be in the low 40’s with about 50% humidity making it feel colder.  This is see your breath weather so cover all skin possible.  This includes shirts under button ups for boys and leggings (not thin tights) under dresses for girls.

Upcoming Dates

 October 18 – Elementary picture day

October 18 –Exploris 20th Anniversary Celebration and Capital Campaign Kick-Off

Join us for a family friendly event at Marbles!

 

October 26 – Parent Mingle event @ 9:00am

October 26 – Substitute Training @ 4:00

October 26 – Parent University: Transition to High School @ 6:00

November 10 – No School, Veteran’s Day

November 15 & 16 – 6th Grade Overnight to Camp Don Lee

 

WANTED – Recycled materials for the 4-5 Instrument Design Project: 4th and 5th graders will use the Engineering Design Process to create unique instruments from recycled and repurposed materials. We need items from home such as (but not limited to): shoe boxes, Styrofoam boxes, boxes, cardboard tubes, metal grates, plastic bottles, rubber bands, fishing line, duct tape, bottle tops. Please leave on the table in the music space. Thank you!

Donors Choose: Leah (Perry) has set up a Donors Choose project for some temporary fencing and more sturdy playground equipment for the elementary school. Check it out:https://www.donorschoose.org/project/lets-go-play-outside/2820184/

Please remember that our learning day begins at 8:30 am and we LOVE and cherish every minute we get to spend with our Exploris learners.  Thank you for your efforts to get students to school on time!

Yearbooks are on sale! Click here to purchase your 2017-2018 yearbook. The price is $30. Price increases after September 30, so don’t wait!

REPLAY IT APP – Parents and students, can you please download the replay it app to your phones or use the website to submit pictures for yearbook! Thank you!

Codes for Scholastic book orders:

Maggie: Phhzd

Wendy: Q92QY

Laura: RDPTJ

Language Arts and Writing:

Work in our ELA blocks is humming right along!  Each crew teacher has been working hard to develop a classroom structure and engaging lessons that support your child at their developmental reading, writing and spelling stage.  We continue to have whole group mini-lessons, small group instruction, read alouds, Handwriting Without Tears and word work.

MATH

We love the opportunity to work with all the students in our k/1 crews, and are continuing to work with our math groups.  We are continuing with understanding counting.  Where appropriate, students will be counting objects either building one to one correspondence or enhancing their skills of counting by groups (2’s,5’s,10’s) up to 120.  Students will be working to write or draw objects in at least one way, or the same number in different ways.  You can have fun at home with math!  Ask your child, “How many?”  Then challenge them with, “What is one more? and One less?”  Students are comparing numbers as they continue to better understand the process of “comparing” (How is something the same?  Different?)

Expedition

During our field work at the COR Museum, students enjoyed three rotations of learning with the museum instructors that highlight the meaning of “The City of Oaks”, How the Skyline has changed over time, and Planning a City.  We are so thankful to the COR Museum for their efforts to plan, execute and instruct curriculum that supports our expeditionary work!  The COR Museum ROCKS!  Great staff and engaging learning!

Please come out and support Exploris this week at Marbles as we will showcase the work we have done so far on our expedition, Whoever You Are.  You can expect to see the flags that students designed with symbols that represent who they are, student created timelines, a slide-show of pictures from our expeditionary work, examples of our “good vibes” rock collection, and some of the great literature we have been enjoying as we learn more about our similarities and differences.

Whoever You Are

Grade Level: K/1

Duration: 12 weeks

Driving Question:  How can we be a community that supports our similarities and differences?

Summary: Students will explore who they are and how they are similar and different from their peers. Then, students will explore the elements of  their community and environment, and how those elements have changed over time. They will examine roles in the community and how their personal skills can contribute to the learning community through the lens of our core values. Students will give speeches and present information about their personal skills and contributions to the community.

Ways You Can Help:

  • Volunteer to walk on field work
  • Volunteer to present about your role in our community
  • Share information related to the content we’re learning
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10/9/17

Welcome back K/1 Families! We hope that everyone had a restful, and fun-filled Fall Break.

REMINDERS:

October 10-  We are going on our first walking field trip this Tuesday to Fire Station #3 on East Street.  We have big plans to partner with the firefighters as part of our service work this year.  During our walk to the firehouse we will be looking for signs of change in the neighborhood including old architecture and new architecture as well as how the skyline has changed over time. Please make sure your child is wearing appropriate walking shoes, and there may be a chance for rain, so please make sure they have either a rain jacket, or a poncho. Please no umbrellas!

October 12th-COR Museum Walking Field Experience  9:15-1:15                                    (NO HOT LUNCH ORDERS PLEASE)  We will be walking to the City of Raleigh Museum for three different activities at the museum and then we will enjoy a bag lunch on the lawn of the capital building.  (Thank you to the parents that signed-up to help out on sign-up genius!) Please make sure your child is wearing appropriate walking shoes, and there may be a chance for rain, so please make sure they have either a rain jacket, or a poncho. Please no umbrellas!    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4ba9ac2da1f58-city  

October 18- Picture Day

October 23- Make up Picture Day

Exploris 20th Anniversary Celebration and Capital Campaign Kick-Off
Join us for a family friendly event at Marbles on October 18. Mark you calendars now. More details coming soon!

WANTED – Recycled materials for the 4-5 Instrument Design Project: 4th and 5th graders will use the Engineering Design Process to create unique instruments from recycled and repurposed materials. We need items from home such as (but not limited to): shoe boxes, Styrofoam boxes, boxes, cardboard tubes, metal grates, plastic bottles, rubber bands, fishing line, duct tape, bottle tops. Please leave on the table in the music space. Thank you!

Donors Choose: Leah (Perry) has set up a Donors Choose project for some temporary fencing and more sturdy playground equipment for the elementary school. Check it out: https://www.donorschoose.org/project/lets-go-play-outside/2820184/

Please remember that our learning day begins at 8:30 am and we LOVE and cherish every minute we get to spend with our Exploris learners.  Thank you for your efforts to get students to school on time!

Yearbooks are on sale! Click here to purchase your 2017-2018 yearbook. The price is $30. Price increases after September 30, so don’t wait!

REPLAY IT APP – Parents and students, can you please download the replay it app to your phones or use the website to submit pictures for yearbook! Thank you!

Codes for Scholastic book orders:

Maggie: Phhzd

Wendy: Q92QY

Laura: RDPTJ

Language Arts and Writing:

Students are transitioning smoothly as they now have a different schedule for their ELA block.   Each group is working on the same content and standards, but Guided Reading, Word Work, Word Study and Writing, will be geared towards the specific needs of the group.  Students are receiving books in their small group instruction which they are keeping in their book bins as “familiar books”.  These familiar books are used in buddy reading with a peer or a different grade level.   Our friends that are early emerging readers are using familiar or interesting books to “touch and tell” the story using the pictures in the book.

Students have dove more into story elements, by talking about problem and solution. Through read alouds and independent reading, students will have authentic discussions of the characters, setting, problem and solution of stories they read and hear. We will also be continuing to discuss and write about the BME(Beginning/Middle/End) of stories using read aloud books and independent reading with students.  Using the vocabulary words; First, Then/Next and Finally/At the end students are sequencing story pictures, retelling text and writing about stories they hear.  Please encourage this sequential vocabulary with students at home as they retell or recount events in their day.

We continue to enjoy whole group read alouds as we give mini-lessons on reading strategies and share stories that build awareness of the our core values and beliefs of our crew.  Along with the story elements already taught, we are also talking about what characters do and say.  Helping students make connections to characters feelings will draw students deeper into understanding the characters actions and plot.

We also have started back up with our 8th Grade Reading Buddies. Every Thursday, 8th graders from the middle school campus, come and read with our K/1 students during lunch. Teachers have loved seeing the relationships that have blossomed between our K/1 students and their 8th Grade Buddies!

MATH

We love the opportunity to work with all the students in our k/1 crews, and are continuing to work with our math groups.  We are continuing with understanding counting.  Where appropriate, students will be counting objects either building one to one correspondence or enhancing their skills of counting by groups (2’s,5’s,10’s) up to 120.  Students will be working to write or draw objects in at least one way, or the same number in different ways.  You can have fun at home with math!  Ask your child, “How many?”  Then challenge them with, “What is one more? and One less?”  Students are comparing numbers as they continue to better understand the process of “comparing” (How is something the same?  Different?)

Expedition

We are SUPER excited to be partnering with the City of Raleigh Museum as we plan stimulating and interactive activities for our k/1 crews to learn more about Raleigh.  Students will be enjoying three rotations of learning with the museum instructors that highlight the meaning of “The City of Oaks”, How the Skyline has changed over time, and Planning a City.  We are so thankful to the COR Museum for their efforts to plan, execute and instruct curriculum that supports our expeditionary work!

**Please SAVE THE DATE for our field work on October 12th.  We will be sending a sign-up genius out soon!

Students are continuing to work on creating their timelines, and talking about their similarities and differences.  We will be looking into the area right around our school as we begin to identify community members, architecture and other elements that will help us better understand our community and change over time.

Whoever You Are

Grade Level: K/1

Duration: 12 weeks

Driving Question:  How can we be a community that supports our similarities and differences?

Summary: Students will explore who they are and how they are similar and different from their peers. Then, students will explore the elements of  their community and environment, and how those elements have changed over time. They will examine roles in the community and how their personal skills can contribute to the learning community through the lens of our core values. Students will give speeches and present information about their personal skills and contributions to the community.

Ways You Can Help:

  • Volunteer to walk on field work
  • Volunteer to present about your role in our community
  • Share information related to the content we’re learning

9/25/17

Hello K/1 Families!

We are excited to give  you a “SAVE THE DATE” for our field experience at the City of Raleigh Museum (COR) scheduled for Thursday, October 12th from 9:15-1:15.  A SIGN-UP GENUIS will be coming out on Tuesday for parents who can help our crews WALK to the COR on Fayetteville Street.  We are SUPER excited!!!  Thank you in advance!!!!

REMINDERS:

October 2-6 – Fall Break!

October 10-Picture Day  K/1   8:30 am 

October 12th-COR Museum Walking Field Experience  9:15-1:15                                    (NO HOT LUNCH ORDERS PLEASE)

Exploris 20th Anniversary Celebration and Capital Campaign Kick-Off
Join us for a family friendly event at Marbles on October 18. Mark you calendars now. More details coming soon!
Capital Campaign Volunteers Needed!
Do you want to be part of making the new building extra special? We are looking for volunteers to help with the capital campaign. Contact Kristi Pettibone at kristipettibone@gmail.com.

The sandbox on our playground is in desperate need of a sand refill! If you have any sand you would like to donate, please bring it in to your child’s crew teacher! It is greatly appreciated.

Please remember that our learning day begins at 8:30 am and we LOVE and cherish every minute we get to spend with our Exploris learners.  Thank you for your efforts to get students to school on time!

Yearbooks are on sale! Click here to purchase your 2017-2018 yearbook. The price is $30. Price increases after September 30, so don’t wait!

REPLAY IT APP – Parents and students, can you please download the replay it app to your phones or use the website to submit pictures for yearbook! Thank you!

Codes for Scholastic book orders:

Maggie: Phhzd

Wendy: Q92QY

Laura: RDPTJ

Language Arts and Writing:

Students are transitioning smoothly as they now have a different schedule for their ELA block.   Each group is working on the same content and standards, but Guided Reading, Word Work, Word Study and Writing, will be geared towards the specific needs of the group.  Students are receiving books in their small group instruction which they are keeping in their book bins as “familiar books”.  These familiar books are used in buddy reading with a peer or a different grade level.   Our friends that are early emerging readers are using familiar or interesting books to “touch and tell” the story using the pictures in the book.

Students have dove more into story elements, by talking about problem and solution. Through read alouds and independent reading, students will have authentic discussions of the characters, setting, problem and solution of stories they read and hear. We will also be continuing to discuss and write about the BME(Beginning/Middle/End) of stories using read aloud books and independent reading with students.  Using the vocabulary words; First, Then/Next and Finally/At the end students are sequencing story pictures, retelling text and writing about stories they hear.  Please encourage this sequential vocabulary with students at home as they retell or recount events in their day.

We continue to enjoy whole group read alouds as we give mini-lessons on reading strategies and share stories that build awareness of the our core values and beliefs of our crew.  Along with the story elements already taught, we are also talking about what characters do and say.  Helping students make connections to characters feelings will draw students deeper into understanding the characters actions and plot.

We also have started back up with our 8th Grade Reading Buddies. Every Thursday, 8th graders from the middle school campus, come and read with our K/1 students during lunch. Teachers have loved seeing the relationships that have blossomed between our K/1 students and their 8th Grade Buddies!

MATH

We love the opportunity to work with all the students in our k/1 crews, and are continuing to work with our math groups.  We are continuing with understanding counting.  Where appropriate, students will be counting objects either building one to one correspondence or enhancing their skills of counting by groups (2’s,5’s,10’s) up to 120.  Students will be working to write or draw objects in at least one way, or the same number in different ways.  You can have fun at home with math!  Ask your child, “How many?”  Then challenge them with, “What is one more? and One less?”  Students are comparing numbers as they continue to better understand the process of “comparing” (How is something the same?  Different?)

Expedition

We are SUPER excited to be partnering with the City of Raleigh Museum as we plan stimulating and interactive activities for our k/1 crews to learn more about Raleigh.  Students will be enjoying three rotations of learning with the museum instructors that highlight the meaning of “The City of Oaks”, How the Skyline has changed over time, and Planning a City.  We are so thankful to the COR Museum for their efforts to plan, execute and instruct curriculum that supports our expeditionary work!

**Please SAVE THE DATE for our field work on October 12th.  We will be sending a sign-up genius out soon!

Students are continuing to work on creating their timelines, and talking about their similarities and differences.  We will be looking into the area right around our school as we begin to identify community members, architecture and other elements that will help us better understand our community and change over time.

Whoever You Are

Grade Level: K/1

Duration: 12 weeks

Driving Question:  How can we be a community that supports our similarities and differences?

Summary: Students will explore who they are and how they are similar and different from their peers. Then, students will explore the elements of  their community and environment, and how those elements have changed over time. They will examine roles in the community and how their personal skills can contribute to the learning community through the lens of our core values. Students will give speeches and present information about their personal skills and contributions to the community.

Ways You Can Help:

  • Volunteer to walk on field work
  • Volunteer to present about your role in our community
  • Share information related to the content we’re learning

9/18/17

 

REMINDERS:

September 21 – Hiroshima University students tour, Middle @ 9:00, Elementary @ 1:00

October 2-6 – Fall Break!

October 18 – 20th Anniversary event and Capital Campaign kickoff at Marbles at 6:30PM

The sandbox on our playground is in desperate need of a sand refill! If you have any sand you would like to donate, please bring it in to your child’s crew teacher! It is greatly appreciated.

Please remember that our learning day begins at 8:30 am and we LOVE and cherish every minute we get to spend with our Exploris learners.  Thank you for your efforts to get students to school on time!

Yearbooks are on sale! Click here to purchase your 2017-2018 yearbook. The price is $30. Price increases after September 30, so don’t wait!

REPLAY IT APP – Parents and students, can you please download the replay it app to your phones or use the website to submit pictures for yearbook! Thank you!

Codes for Scholastic book orders:

Maggie: Phhzd

Wendy: Q92QY

Laura: RDPTJ

Language Arts and Writing:

Monday we will be kicking off our new ELA block. Students will be switching teachers for Reading and Writing, so that they can continue to work with all the K/1 teachers. Each group will be working on the same content and standards, but Guided Reading, Word Work, Word Study and Writing, will be geared towards the specific needs of the group.

Students have dove more into story elements, by talking about problem and solution. Through read alouds and independent reading, students will have authentic discussions of the characters, setting, problem and solution of stories they read and hear. We will also be continuing to discuss and write about the BME(Beginning/Middle/End) of stories using read aloud books and independent reading with students.  Using the vocabulary words; First, Then/Next and Finally/At the end students are sequencing story pictures, retelling text and writing about stories they hear.  Please encourage this sequential vocabulary with students at home as they retell or recount events in their day.

We continue to enjoy whole group read alouds as we give mini-lessons on reading strategies and share stories that build awareness of the our core values and beliefs of our crew.  Students have been enjoying “good fit” books during quiet reading time and buddy reading.  We are encouraging students to read books 3 ways:  use the pictures, use the words and retell the story.

We also have started back up with our 8th Grade Reading Buddies. Every Thursday, 8th graders from the middle school campus, come and read with our K/1 students during lunch. Teachers have loved seeing the relationships that have blossomed between our K/1 students and their 8th Grade Buddies!

MATH

We love the opportunity to work with all the students in our k/1 crews, and are continuing to work with our math groups.  We are continuing with understanding counting.  Where appropriate, students will be counting objects either building one to one correspondence or enhancing their skills of counting by groups (2’s,5’s,10’s) up to 120.  Students will be working to write or draw objects in at least one way, or the same number in different ways.  You can have fun at home with math!  Ask your child, “How many?”  Then challenge them with, “What is one more? and One less?”

Expedition

Thank you so much to all the parent volunteers that came in on Friday to speak with our students about their role in our community! It was great for our students to hear first hand about many different community roles, from the following experts:

Michelle D.- our school counselor

Pat F.- local artist; professor at NCSU

Beth G. – Assistant Secretary, NC Dept. of Commerce

Darren R.- EMT

Patrick G.- Manufacturer

Jessie- Fashion design professor at NCSU

Students are continuing to work on creating their timelines, and talking about their similarities and differences.

Whoever You Are

Grade Level: K/1

Duration: 12 weeks

Driving Question:  How can we be a community that supports our similarities and differences?

Summary: Students will explore who they are and how they are similar and different from their peers. Then, students will explore the elements of  their community and environment, and how those elements have changed over time. They will examine roles in the community and how their personal skills can contribute to the learning community through the lens of our core values. Students will give speeches and present information about their personal skills and contributions to the community.

Ways You Can Help:

  • Volunteer to walk on field work
  • Volunteer to present about your role in our community
  • Share information related to the content we’re learning

9/11/17

Thank you to all of the families that were able to come to Curriculum Night on Thursday.  We are happy  to share the agenda with absent parents and answer any questions you may have.  Thank you for your support!

REMINDERS:

September 14 – Middle Curriculum Night, 5:15-7:15

September 21 – Hiroshima University students tour, Middle @ 9:00, Elementary @ 1:00

October 2-6 – Fall Break!

October 18 – 20th Anniversary event and Capital Campaign kickoff

The sandbox on our playground is in desperate need of a sand refill! If you have any sand you would like to donate, please bring it in to your child’s crew teacher! It is greatly appreciated.

Please remember that our learning day begins at 8:30 am and we LOVE and cherish every minute we get to spend with our Exploris learners.  Thank you for your efforts to get students to school on time!

Yearbooks are on sale! Click here to purchase your 2017-2018 yearbook. The price is $30. Price increases after September 30, so don’t wait!

We would also like a rock, the size of your child’s hand and somewhat flat, to be used in our “good vibes” garden. We are still missing some pictures and rocks from some students, so please make sure to send them in, if you haven’t already!

Codes for Scholastic book orders:

Maggie: Phhzd

Wendy: Q92QY

Laura: RDPTJ

Language Arts and Writing:

We are continuing to discuss and write about the  BME(Beginning/Middle/End) of stories using read aloud books and independent reading with students.  Using the vocabulary words; First, Then/Next and Finally/At the end students are sequencing story pictures, retelling text and writing about stories they hear.  Please encourage this sequential vocabulary with students at home as they retell or recount events in their day.

We continue to enjoy whole group read alouds as we give mini-lessons on reading strategies and share stories that build awareness of the our core values and beliefs of our crew.   Each Kindness  is a story we will be sharing with students this week that talks about the impact that kindness has on others in the world.  We have also enjoyed the story,  The Color of Us  and Whoever You Are  as we continue to learn about our similarities and differences.  Students have been enjoying “good fit” books during quiet reading time and buddy reading.  We are encouraging students to read books 3 ways:  use the pictures, use the words and retell the story.

Students have been matched with a “book buddy” from a 2/3 crew room!  We enjoy reading our “good fit” books with our buddies on Friday afternoons.  Our 2/3 buddies have set questions that they use for comprehension checks with our k/1 crews!  We love our book buddy time!

MATH

We have started switching for math groups this week!  We love the opportunity to work with all the students in our k/1 crews!  We are working on understanding counting.  Where appropriate, students will be counting objects either building one to one correspondence or enhancing their skills of counting by groups (2’s,5’s,10’s) up to 120.  Students will be working to write or draw objects in at least one way, or the same number in different ways.  You can have fun at home with math!  Ask your child, “How many?”  Then challenge them with, “What is one more? and One less?”

Expedition

Crew teachers will be modeling the concept of a timeline with their own personal pictures as students prepare to use their own pictures to form a timeline too! We have also enjoyed the stories,  The Color of Us  and Whoever You Are  as we continue to learn more about our similarities and differences.

Whoever You Are

Grade Level: K/1

Duration: 12 weeks

Driving Question:  How can we be a community that supports our similarities and differences?

Summary: Students will explore who they are and how they are similar and different from their peers. Then, students will explore the elements of  their community and environment, and how those elements have changed over time. They will examine roles in the community and how their personal skills can contribute to the learning community through the lens of our core values. Students will give speeches and present information about their personal skills and contributions to the community.

Ways You Can Help:

  • Volunteer to walk on field work
  • Volunteer to present about your role in our community
  • Share information related to the content we’re learning

9/4/17

Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed their three day weekend!

REMINDERS:

Elementary Curriculum Night 9/7/17 5:30PM-7:15PM–Adults only, please no children 

The sandbox on our playground is in desperate need of a sand refill! If you have any sand you would like to donate, please bring it in to your child’s crew teacher! It is greatly appreciated.

After our rainy Expedition launch on Friday, students were sent home with wet clothes and towels. If you haven’t already, please remember to send their extra, dry, clothes and towel back to school!

Please remember that our learning day begins at 8:30 am and we LOVE and cherish every minute we get to spend with our Exploris learners.  Thank you for your efforts to get students to school on time!

Yearbooks are on sale! Click here to purchase your 2017-2018 yearbook. The price is $30. Price increases after September 30, so don’t wait!

Please remember to send in 5-7 photos or drawings of your child’s important life events.  We would also like a rock, the size of your child’s hand and somewhat flat, to be used in our “good vibes” garden. We are still missing some pictures and rocks from some students, so please make sure to send them in, if you haven’t already!

Codes for Scholastic book orders:

Maggie: Phhzd

Wendy: Q92QY

Laura: RDPTJ

Language Arts and Writing:

We have started our beginning of the year assessments in phonics, reading and spelling as we begin to collect data that we will use to design appropriate instruction for our students.  We have also begun our “Writing Without Tears” writing program.  This writing program incorporates the explicit instruction of using curved and straight lines to form letters.  Students are instructed on how to form their pencil grip and a systematic way of forming letters.

We continue to enjoy whole group read alouds as we give mini-lessons on the story elements including character (who?), setting (where?/when?) and sequence of events(beginning/middle/end).  Students have been enjoying “good fit” books during quiet reading time and buddy reading.  We are encouraging students to read books 3 ways:  use the pictures, use the words and retell the story.

Students have been matched with a “book buddy” from a 2/3 crew room!  We enjoy reading our “good fit” books with our buddies on Friday afternoons.  Our 2/3 buddies have set questions that they use for comprehension checks with our k/1 crews!  We love our book buddy time!

MATH

We have started switching for math groups this week!  We love the opportunity to work with all the students in our k/1 crews!  We are working on understanding counting.  Where appropriate, students will be counting objects either building one to one correspondence or enhancing their skills of counting by groups (2’s,5’s,10’s) up to 120.  Students will be working to write or draw objects in at least one way, or the same number in different ways.  You can have fun at home with math!  Ask your child, “How many?”  Then challenge them with, “What is one more? and One less?”

Expedition

Crew teachers will be modeling the concept of a timeline with their own personal pictures as students prepare to use their own pictures to form a timeline too!

Whoever You Are

Grade Level: K/1

Duration: 12 weeks

Driving Question:  How can we be a community that supports our similarities and differences?

Summary: Students will explore who they are and how they are similar and different from their peers. Then, students will explore the elements of  their community and environment, and how those elements have changed over time. They will examine roles in the community and how their personal skills can contribute to the learning community through the lens of our core values. Students will give speeches and present information about their personal skills and contributions to the community.

Ways You Can Help:

  • Volunteer to walk on field work
  • Volunteer to present about your role in our community
  • Share information related to the content we’re learning

8/28/17

Thank you to the PTO for hosting the family picnic at Pullen Park over the weekend! Many families enjoyed food and fun as they had the chance to visit and spend time together.

REMINDERS:

Please remember that our learning day begins at 8:30 am and we LOVE and cherish every minute we get to spend with our Exploris learners.  Thank you for your efforts to get students to school on time!

Yearbooks are on sale! Click here to purchase your 2017-2018 yearbook. The price is $30. Price increases after September 30, so don’t wait!

Please remember to send in 5-7 photos or drawings of your child’s important life events.  We would also like a rock, the size of your child’s hand and somewhat flat, to be used in our “good vibes” garden.

Language Arts and Writing:

We have started our beginning of the year assessments in phonics, reading and spelling as we begin to collect data that we will use to design appropriate instruction for our students.  We have also begun our “Writing Without Tears” writing program.  This writing program incorporates the explicit instruction of using curved and straight lines to form letters.  Students are instructed on how to form their pencil grip and a systematic way of forming letters.

We continue to enjoy whole group read alouds as we give mini-lessons on the story elements including character (who?), setting (where?/when?) and sequence of events(beginning/middle/end).  Students have been enjoying “good fit” books during quiet reading time and buddy reading.  We are encouraging students to read books 3 ways:  use the pictures, use the words and retell the story.

Students have been matched with a “book buddy” from a 2/3 crew room!  We enjoy reading our “good fit” books with our buddies on Friday afternoons.  Our 2/3 buddies have set questions that they use for comprehension checks with our k/1 crews!  We love our book buddy time!

MATH

We have started switching for math groups this week!  We love the opportunity to work with all the students in our k/1 crews!  We are working on understanding counting.  Where appropriate, students will be counting objects either building one to one correspondence or enhancing their skills of counting by groups (2’s,5’s,10’s) up to 120.  Students will be working to write or draw objects in at least one way, or the same number in different ways.  You can have fun at home with math!  Ask your child, “How many?”  Then challenge them with, “What is one more? and One less?”

Expedition

Friday our crew will be doing a “launch” of our expedition,  “All People Matter” on the playground as we play a grade-wide game of Cross The Line.  Students will spend time this week looking at how they are similar and different.  Crew teachers will be modeling the concept of a timeline with their own personal pictures as students prepare to use their own pictures to form a timeline too!

All People Matter

Grade Level: K/1

Duration: 12 weeks

Driving Question:  How can we be a community that supports our similarities and differences?

Summary: Students will explore who they are and how they are similar and different from their peers. Then, students will explore the elements of  their community and environment, and how those elements have changed over time. They will examine roles in the community and how their personal skills can contribute to the learning community through the lens of our core values. Students will give speeches and present information about their personal skills and contributions to the community.

Ways You Can Help:

  • Volunteer to walk on field work
  • Volunteer to present about your role in our community
  • Share information related to the content we’re learning