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!
Hi Exploris parents and staff,
October 18 – Elementary picture day
October 18 –Exploris 20th Anniversary Celebration and Capital Campaign Kick-Off
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:
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.
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?)
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