4/23/18

****As part of our Expedition, K/1 is in need of a total of 120 toilet paper rolls, to make our own binoculars. Please save your toilet paper rolls, and send them in with students.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS SO FAR! 

On Fridays we leave the building for Community Circle at 8:25.  It would be so helpful if you can have your child here by that time.

Upcoming Dates:

 

April 23-27- Outward Bound

May 17- Field Work Experience to Joslin Gardens (be on the look out for a Sign up Genius for drivers ONLY for this experience!)

****MAY 23 SAVE THE DATE!!!!! Final Culminating Event for our final Expedition

May 25th – Teacher Workday

Executive Director’s Reminders:

Calendar Update for 2018-2019: The first day for students will be August 15th. Charter school funding is impacted by student attendance.  Each student must be in attendance on the first day of school to be considered “enrolled.” Students are expected to be in attendance each day thereafter, barring illness or emergency situations. The full calendar is expected to be approved by the board at the end of February.

YEARBOOKS FOR SALE Click here to purchase your 2017-2018 yearbook; It’s not too late! They are $40.

EOG Proctor Sign Up It’s that time of year where we are starting to plan for administering EOGs this spring. If you are Exploris Veterans, you’ve heard this all before. If you are a newbie, now’s the time in which we tell you that we rely heavily on volunteers to serve as proctors during EOGs. As a proctor, YOU ARE NOT responsible for administering the tests. The state requires two adults to be in the room during the test and as a proctor, you will be that second person. Many parents take off work to help out, so we like to give you as much notice as possible. If you are willing and able to help at either the middle or elementary campuses, please click on the sign up genius to sign up! You may sign up to help at any grade. In fact, it’s probably better if you sign up for a grade in which you do not have a child, as you will not be assigned to a room in which your child is testing. K-2 parents, you can help too, even though your children don’t take EOGs yet, they will some day! There will be a short training in May (date/time TBA) in which you’ll learn all you need to know once we get closer to the testing window! Thank you in advance for your help. The support of our families is one of the things that makes Exploris so amazing! ~ Jill

Language Arts and Writing:

This week we will begin our integrated curriculum of local birds. Each ELA crew will be reading Fiction and Non-fiction books about birds. Students will also be writing different facts about birds. Each week in “word work” your child is participating in appropriate lessons that support their practice of letter sounds, short vowel word families or irregular patterns/long vowel word families.

We hope that you have enjoyed your bag of take home books. Please make sure to return the books each Tuesday morning in order to get a new set of books Tuesday afternoon.These books are to be read aloud by parents. Students can then answer the questions that go along with each book bag. These take home bags will allow students to hear authentic reading, and answer comprehension questions. The bags will come home on Tuesdays, and don’t need to come back to school until the following Tuesday.

MATH

This week we will combine both addition and subtraction. Students are working to become fluent in math facts (partners or fact families) through 10.

Expedition

Students are finishing up learning about different species of ants. As part of our work with the Citizen Scientist program, students have been participating in Ant Picnics. We use the data from the Ant Picnics to determine what types of food ants in our school area like best. We will continue working with ants, before moving into our study on the similarities and differences between our local birds. We will have a Field Work Experience at Joslin Gardens on May 17th to enhance our study of birds. Keep an eye out for a sign up to help transport our crews!.

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4/16/18

****As part of our Expedition, K/1 is in need of a total of 120 toilet paper rolls, to make our own binoculars. Please save your toilet paper rolls, and send them in with students!! 

On Fridays we leave the building for Community Circle at 8:25.  It would be so helpful if you can have your child here by that time.

Upcoming Dates:

April 14- PTO Family Day Event, 4PM-7PM at Pullen Park, Shelter #5

April 16-20- Exploris Green Week

April 23-27- Outward Bound

May 17- Field Work Experience to Joslin Gardens (be on the look out for a Sign up Genius for drivers ONLY for this experience!)

****MAY 23 SAVE THE DATE!!!!! Final Culminating Event for our final Expedition

Executive Director’s Reminders:

Calendar Update for 2018-2019: The first day for students will be August 15th. Charter school funding is impacted by student attendance.  Each student must be in attendance on the first day of school to be considered “enrolled.” Students are expected to be in attendance each day thereafter, barring illness or emergency situations. The full calendar is expected to be approved by the board at the end of February.

YEARBOOKS FOR SALE Click here to purchase your 2017-2018 yearbook; It’s not too late! They are $40.

EOG Proctor Sign Up It’s that time of year where we are starting to plan for administering EOGs this spring. If you are Exploris Veterans, you’ve heard this all before. If you are a newbie, now’s the time in which we tell you that we rely heavily on volunteers to serve as proctors during EOGs. As a proctor, YOU ARE NOT responsible for administering the tests. The state requires two adults to be in the room during the test and as a proctor, you will be that second person. Many parents take off work to help out, so we like to give you as much notice as possible. If you are willing and able to help at either the middle or elementary campuses, please click on the sign up genius to sign up! You may sign up to help at any grade. In fact, it’s probably better if you sign up for a grade in which you do not have a child, as you will not be assigned to a room in which your child is testing. K-2 parents, you can help too, even though your children don’t take EOGs yet, they will some day! There will be a short training in May (date/time TBA) in which you’ll learn all you need to know once we get closer to the testing window! Thank you in advance for your help. The support of our families is one of the things that makes Exploris so amazing! ~ Jill

Language Arts and Writing:

This week we are continuing with the comparison of Fiction and Non-fiction text. To tie in our Expedition unit on ants, each ELA crew will be reading Fiction and Non-fiction books about ants. Students will also be writing different facts about ants, and after determining their “Spirit Ant”, they will write All About their “Spirit Ant”.  Each week in “word work” your child is participating in appropriate lessons that support their practice of letter sounds, short vowel word families or irregular patterns/long vowel word families.

We hope that you have enjoyed your bag of take home books. Please make sure to return the books each Tuesday morning in order to get a new set of books Tuesday afternoon.These books are to be read aloud by parents. Students can then answer the questions that go along with each book bag. These take home bags will allow students to hear authentic reading, and answer comprehension questions. The bags will come home on Tuesdays, and don’t need to come back to school until the following Tuesday.

MATH

This week we will begin our work with subtraction. We will strengthen out knowledge of “number stories” and strategies, and use words like, “take away”, “minus”, “subtract”, “left over”, “how many more”, “difference”.

Expedition

Students have begun diving into learning about different species of ants. As part of our work with the Citizen Scientist program, students have been participating in Ant Picnics. We use the data from the Ant Picnics to determine what types of food ants in our school area like best. We will continue working with ants, before moving into our study on the similarities and differences between our local birds. We will have a Field Work Experience at Joslin Gardens to enhance our study of birds.

3/26/18

We welcomed Ms. Donna to our K/1 Crew a couple of weeks ago as our new teaching partner. She has been a wonderful addition and the students just love working with her!

On Fridays we leave the building for Community Circle at 8:25.  It would be so helpful if you can have your child here by that time.

UPCOMING DATES

March 27 – Board Meeting

March 29 – April 6 –School Closed for Spring Break

April 13 STEM Expo

April 14 PTO Family Day Event

MAY 24 SAVE THE DATE!!! Final Culminating Event for our last Expedition

Executive Director’s Reminders:

Calendar Update for 2018-2019: The first day for students will be August 15th. Charter school funding is impacted by student attendance.  Each student must be in attendance on the first day of school to be considered “enrolled.” Students are expected to be in attendance each day thereafter, barring illness or emergency situations. The full calendar is expected to be approved by the board at the end of February.

YEARBOOKS FOR SALE Click here to purchase your 2017-2018 yearbook; It’s not too late! They are $40.

EOG Proctor Sign Up

It’s that time of year where we are starting to plan for administering EOGs this spring.  If you are Exploris Veterans, you’ve heard this all before. If you are a newbie, now’s the time in which we tell you that we rely heavily on volunteers to serve as proctors during EOGs.  As a proctor, YOU ARE NOT responsible for administering the tests. The state requires two adults to be in the room during the test and as a proctor, you will be that second person. Many parents take off work to help out, so we like to give you as much notice as possible. If you are willing and able to help at either the middle or elementary campuses, please click on the sign up genius to sign up!  You may sign up to help at any grade. In fact, it’s probably better if you sign up for a grade in which you do not have a child, as you will not be assigned to a room in which your child is testing. K-2 parents, you can help too, even though your children don’t take EOGs yet, they will some day! 🙂 There will be a short training in May (date/time TBA) in which you’ll learn all you need to know once we get closer to the testing window! Thank you in advance for your help. The support of our families is one of the things that makes Exploris so amazing!  ~ Jill

Language Arts and Writing:

This week we are continuing with the comparison of Fiction and Non-fiction text.   Each week in “word work” your child is participating in appropriate lessons that support their practice of letter sounds, short vowel word families or irregular patterns/long vowel word families.

We hope that you have enjoyed your bag of take home books. Please make sure to return the books each Tuesday morning in order to get a new set of books Tuesday afternoon.These books are to be read aloud by parents. Students can then answer the questions that go along with each book bag. These take home bags will allow students to hear authentic reading, and answer comprehension questions. The bags will come home on Tuesdays, and don’t need to come back to school until the following Tuesday.

Students continue to build stamina in writing! Labeling, letter strands, one and two sentences, front page/back page!  We are so proud of are little writers!  Look for ways to make writing purposeful at home!

MATH

This week we will finish up our work with addition. We will strengthen our knowledge of “number stories” and use words like, “and”, “more”,”plus”, “add”, and “all together” when using addition. Ask your child to show you some of the strategies we are learning at school.

Expedition

We are putting some finishing touches on our expedition work around the elementary buildings this week.  Look for fun changes in the girls and boys bathrooms on the k-3 hall, organized lost and found areas and updates on the recycling areas.  Our next expedition work will be motivated by investigating similarities and differences in local bird species native to our community.  We will also be working with a local scientist, Dr. Magdalena, to learn more about the ants in our community as part of the  citizen scientists program.

3/19/18

Portfolio Conferences begin this week! Make sure to check your child’s teacher’s Sign up Genius for your conference time. 

On Fridays we leave the building for Community Circle at 8:25.  It would be so helpful if you can have your child here by that time.

UPCOMING DATES

March 19-Achievement reports sent home to families

March 20-Student led portfolio conferences-Maggie

March 21-Student led portfolio conferences-Wendy

March 22-Student led portfolio conferences-Laura

March 22– Substitute Training @ ES, 4:00pm

March 27 – Board Meeting

March 29 – April 6 –School Closed for Spring Break

Executive Director’s Reminders:

Calendar Update for 2018-2019: The first day for students will be August 15th. Charter school funding is impacted by student attendance.  Each student must be in attendance on the first day of school to be considered “enrolled.” Students are expected to be in attendance each day thereafter, barring illness or emergency situations. The full calendar is expected to be approved by the board at the end of February.

YEARBOOKS FOR SALE Click here to purchase your 2017-2018 yearbook; It’s not too late! They are $40.

EOG Proctor Sign Up

It’s that time of year where we are starting to plan for administering EOGs this spring.  If you are Exploris Veterans, you’ve heard this all before. If you are a newbie, now’s the time in which we tell you that we rely heavily on volunteers to serve as proctors during EOGs.  As a proctor, YOU ARE NOT responsible for administering the tests. The state requires two adults to be in the room during the test and as a proctor, you will be that second person. Many parents take off work to help out, so we like to give you as much notice as possible. If you are willing and able to help at either the middle or elementary campuses, please click on the sign up genius to sign up!  You may sign up to help at any grade. In fact, it’s probably better if you sign up for a grade in which you do not have a child, as you will not be assigned to a room in which your child is testing. K-2 parents, you can help too, even though your children don’t take EOGs yet, they will some day! 🙂 There will be a short training in May (date/time TBA) in which you’ll learn all you need to know once we get closer to the testing window! Thank you in advance for your help. The support of our families is one of the things that makes Exploris so amazing!  ~ Jill

Language Arts and Writing:

This week we are continuing with the comparison of Fiction and Non-fiction text.   Each week in “word work” your child is participating in appropriate lessons that support their practice of letter sounds, short vowel word families or irregular patterns/long vowel word families.

We hope that you have enjoyed your bag of take home books. Please make sure to return the books each Tuesday morning in order to get a new set of books Tuesday afternoon.These books are to be read aloud by parents. Students can then answer the questions that go along with each book bag. These take home bags will allow students to hear authentic reading, and answer comprehension questions. The bags will come home on Tuesdays, and don’t need to come back to school until the following Tuesday.

Students continue to build stamina in writing! Labeling, letter strands, one and two sentences, front page/back page!  We are so proud of are little writers!  Look for ways to make writing purposeful at home!  Grocery lists, birthday wishes, to-do list, labels around the house, and set-up a designated writing place at home.  Let us know if you need any “writing tools”, letter charts or word walls to use at home!

MATH

This week we will continue working with addition. The crews will also be working on reviewing numbers, counting and base ten concepts.  We will strengthen our knowledge of “number stories” and use words like, “and”, “more”,”plus”, “add”, and “all together” when using addition.

Expedition

We are putting some finishing touches on our expedition work around the elementary buildings this week.  Look for fun changes in the girls and boys bathrooms on the k-3 hall, organized lost and found areas and updates on the recycling areas.  Our next expedition work will be motivated by investigating similarities and differences in local bird species native to our community.  We will also be working with a local scientist, Dr. Magdalena, to learn more about the ants in our community as part of the  citizen scientists program.

3/12/18

Exploris has reached Japan! Follow along to see what Tom, Lisa, Ellie and middle school students are up to in their learning and field experiences HERE.

Reminders:

If you have not signed-up for your child’s portfolio conference please checkout sign-up genius or email your crew teacher right away.  Conferences will begin the week of March 19th.  Very exciting!

On Fridays we leave the building for Community Circle at 8:25.  It would be so helpful if you can have your child here by that time.

UPCOMING DATES

March 12 – No School (teacher work day)

March 19- Achievement reports sent home to families

March 20-Student led portfolio conferences-Maggie

March 21-Student led portfolio conferences-Wendy

March 22-Student led portfolio conferences-Laura

March 22– Substitute Training @ ES, 4:00pm

March 27 – Board Meeting

March 29 – April 6 – School Closed for Spring Break

Executive Director’s Reminders:

Calendar Update for 2018-2019: The first day for students will be August 15th. Charter school funding is impacted by student attendance.  Each student must be in attendance on the first day of school to be considered “enrolled.” Students are expected to be in attendance each day thereafter, barring illness or emergency situations. The full calendar is expected to be approved by the board at the end of February.

YEARBOOKS FOR SALE Click here to purchase your 2017-2018 yearbook; It’s not too late! They are $40.

EOG Proctor Sign Up

It’s that time of year where we are starting to plan for administering EOGs this spring.  If you are Exploris Veterans, you’ve heard this all before. If you are a newbie, now’s the time in which we tell you that we rely heavily on volunteers to serve as proctors during EOGs.  As a proctor, YOU ARE NOT responsible for administering the tests. The state requires two adults to be in the room during the test and as a proctor, you will be that second person. Many parents take off work to help out, so we like to give you as much notice as possible. If you are willing and able to help at either the middle or elementary campuses, please click on the sign up genius to sign up!  You may sign up to help at any grade. In fact, it’s probably better if you sign up for a grade in which you do not have a child, as you will not be assigned to a room in which your child is testing. K-2 parents, you can help too, even though your children don’t take EOGs yet, they will some day! 🙂 There will be a short training in May (date/time TBA) in which you’ll learn all you need to know once we get closer to the testing window! Thank you in advance for your help. The support of our families is one of the things that makes Exploris so amazing!  ~ Jill

Language Arts and Writing:

This week we are continuing with the comparison of Fiction and Non-fiction text.   Each week in “word work” your child is participating in appropriate lessons that support their practice of letter sounds, short vowel word families or irregular patterns/long vowel word families.

We hope that you have enjoyed your bag of take home books. Please make sure to return the books each Tuesday morning in order to get a new set of books Tuesday afternoon.These books are to be read aloud by parents. Students can then answer the questions that go along with each book bag. These take home bags will allow students to hear authentic reading, and answer comprehension questions. The bags will come home on Tuesdays, and don’t need to come back to school until the following Tuesday.

Students continue to build stamina in writing! Labeling, letter strands, one and two sentences, front page/back page!  We are so proud of are little writers!  Look for ways to make writing purposeful at home!  Grocery lists, birthday wishes, to-do list, labels around the house, and set-up a designated writing place at home.  Let us know if you need any “writing tools”, letter charts or word walls to use at home!

MATH

This week we will continue working with addition. The crews will also be working on reviewing numbers, counting and base ten concepts.  We will strengthen our knowledge of “number stories” and use words like, “and”, “more”,”plus”, “add”, and “all together” when using addition.

Expedition

We are putting some finishing touches on our expedition work around the elementary buildings this week.  Look for fun changes in the girls and boys bathrooms on the k-3 hall, organized lost and found areas and updates on the recycling areas.  Our next expedition work will be motivated by investigating similarities and differences in local bird species native to our community.  We will also be working with a local scientist, Dr. Magdalena, to learn more about the ants in our community as part of the  citizen scientists program.

 

3/5/18

This Friday some of our staff and middle school students will be leaving for Japan. You can follow along with their learning and field experience HERE.

Reminders:

Please make sure to label your children’s clothing, jackets, water bottles and lunch containers. 

Your student should be bringing home “familiar books” at night. These books are to be read at home by your child. Please help your child remember to bring the book baggies back to school the following day so that students can practice books at school and get new books.

K/1 is STILL collecting pennies for the Ronald McDonald House. We have extended our collection time through the end of the month.  Students are doing a great job counting and rolling pennies with their crews.

On Fridays we leave the building for Community Circle at 8:25.  It would be so helpful if you can have your child here by that time.

UPCOMING DATES

March 9 – End of Second Trimester Early Release

March 12 – No School (teacher work day)

March 19 – Achievement Reports

Save the date:   Student led portfolio conferences.  March 20-Maggie, March 21-Wendy, March 22-Laura

Executive Director’s Reminders:

Calendar Update for 2018-2019: The first day for students will be August 15th. Charter school funding is impacted by student attendance.  Each student must be in attendance on the first day of school to be considered “enrolled.” Students are expected to be in attendance each day thereafter, barring illness or emergency situations. The full calendar is expected to be approved by the board at the end of February.

YEARBOOKS FOR SALE  Click here to purchase your 2017-2018 yearbook.

Language Arts and Writing:

This week we will celebrate Dr. Seuss. The crews will be reading a handful of Seuss books and working on a variety reading and writing extensions for each book. Each week in “word work” your child is participating in appropriate lessons that support their practice of letter sounds, short vowel word families or irregular patterns/long vowel word families.

We hope that you have enjoyed your child’s first bag of take home books. Please make sure to return the books tomorrow in order to get a new set of books. Students will be coming home each Tuesday with a bag of 5 books and some comprehension questions to go along with them. These books are to be read aloud by parents. Students can then answer the questions that go along with each book bag. These take home bags will allow students to hear authentic reading, and answer comprehension questions. The bags will come home on Tuesdays, and don’t need to come back to school until the following Tuesday.

Students continue to build stamina in writing! Labeling, letter strands, one and two sentences, front page/back page!  We are so proud of are little writers!  Look for ways to make writing purposeful at home!  Grocery lists, birthday wishes, to-do list, labels around the house, and set-up a designated writing place at home.  Let us know if you need any “writing tools”, letter charts or word walls to use at home!

MATH

This week we will introduce addition to students. The crews will also be working on reviewing number and base ten concepts.

Expedition

As We Grow!

Grade Level: K/1

Driving Question:  How can we be learners that support our community as it grows and changes?

Summary: Students will explore and assess how their school community is changing.  Students will collaboratively design solutions to the problems they identify.  Students will be design committees and research innovative ideas and implement positive changes to the identified areas around the school.  Students will access experts in the community and parent volunteers to support their learning. Families and our community will be invited to a celebration that highlights the changes made to our school community.  The celebration will illustrate how students helped support the community as it has grown and changed.

Ways You Can Help:

  • Volunteer to work with a committee in gardening/landscaping or woodwork.
  • Volunteer to present about your expertise in gardening/landscaping or woodwork
  • Share information related to the content we’re learning

2/26/18

Reminders:

Please make sure to label your children’s clothing, jackets, water bottles and lunch containers. 

Your student should be bringing home “familiar books” at night. These books are to be read at home by your child. Please help your child remember to bring the book baggies back to school the following day so that students can practice books at school and get new books.

K/1 is STILL collecting pennies for the Ronald McDonald House. We have extended our collection time through the end of the month.  Students are doing a great job counting and rolling pennies with their crews.

On Fridays we leave the building for Community Circle at 8:25.  It would be so helpful if you can have your child here by that time.

UPCOMING DATES

February – We Love Exploris Campaign

February 26- Parent University, 6:00-7:00pm @ ES,

February 27- Author, Scott Reintgen visits MS

March 2- Read Across America Day

March 9 – End of Second Trimester

Save the date:   Student led portfolio conferences.  March 20-Maggie, March 21-Wendy, March 22-Laura

Executive Director’s Reminders:

Calendar Update for 2018-2019: The first day for students will be August 15th. Charter school funding is impacted by student attendance.  Each student must be in attendance on the first day of school to be considered “enrolled.” Students are expected to be in attendance each day thereafter, barring illness or emergency situations. The full calendar is expected to be approved by the board at the end of February.

YEARBOOKS FOR SALE  Click here to purchase your 2017-2018 yearbook; deadline to purchase for $35 is February 23.

Language Arts and Writing:

This week students will continue to look at comparing fiction vs. informational texts. They will be exposed to the structures of fiction and informational texts across multiple activities throughout the ELA block. Each week in “word work” your child is participating in appropriate lessons that support their practice of letter sounds, short vowel word families or irregular patterns/long vowel word families.

Starting this week, students will be coming home each Tuesday with a bag of 5 books and some comprehension questions to go along with them. These books are to be read aloud by parents. Students can then answer the questions that go along with each book bag. These take home bags will allow students to hear authentic reading, and answer comprehension questions. The bags will come home on Tuesdays, and don’t need to come back to school until the following Tuesday.

Students continue to build stamina in writing! Labeling, letter strands, one and two sentences, front page/back page!  We are so proud of are little writers!  Look for ways to make writing purposeful at home!  Grocery lists, birthday wishes, to-do list, labels around the house, and set-up a designated writing place at home.  Let us know if you need any “writing tools”, letter charts or word walls to use at home!

MATH

This week, students will be finishing up their unit on Geometry. They will do some review work with shapes, and take a final Geometry check in of their learning.

Expedition

As We Grow!

Grade Level: K/1

Driving Question:  How can we be learners that support our community as it grows and changes?

Summary: Students will explore and assess how their school community is changing.  Students will collaboratively design solutions to the problems they identify.  Students will be design committees and research innovative ideas and implement positive changes to the identified areas around the school.  Students will access experts in the community and parent volunteers to support their learning. Families and our community will be invited to a celebration that highlights the changes made to our school community.  The celebration will illustrate how students helped support the community as it has grown and changed.

Ways You Can Help:

  • Volunteer to work with a committee in gardening/landscaping or woodwork.
  • Volunteer to present about your expertise in gardening/landscaping or woodwork
  • Share information related to the content we’re learning