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.
May 7- May 11- Teacher Appreciation Week
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 22 – Board Meeting at MS
May 25 – Teacher Workday-No school!
May 28 – Memorial Day- No school!
May 7- May 29 – End of year assessments will be on-going
****MAY 23 SAVE THE DATE!!!!! Final Culminating Event for our final Expedition
The next “Let’s Go For a Hike” will be held on Saturday, May 12th at Bond Park in Cary, NC we will meet in the parking lot by the boat house at 10:00 AM and walk around the lake. It is a 2-mile partially shaded hike through the woods. Much of the trail is unpaved. After our walk we if you would like to stay to go boating at Bond Lake there are boat rentals starting at 10 AM! I will be staying for this and hoping to enjoy a picnic lunch in the shade by the boat house!
Dear Exploris Parents,
As you may know, our school prides itself in solving problems across the street and around the world. Early in the year, eighth grade was studying water and our water impact on the ocean. One of the many problems we have found is that all of the stormwater runoff is going into local streams and eventually to the ocean. Though this may seem like a small issue, due to all of the impermeable concrete we have in the city, most pollution gets washed into these streams.
One of our Design For Change groups recognized this issue and set out on a mission to solve it. After a lot of planning and hard work, a service learning group has taken on the task of starting a rain garden on the elementary school campus. Rain gardens help absorb and purify extra runoff coming off the streets and buildings. Though this rain garden is a great idea, we need your help to make it a reality.
Currently, we are working to buy the necessary plants and materials to create this rain garden. Any donations would be appreciated. If you would like to donate plants or money toward plants, please sign up on this Sign-Up Genius:
Thank you for your support,
The Eighth Grade Gardening Group
Vivian, Quinn, Mattie, Hastings, Zach, Daniel, Jason, Zander, Cameron, Aiden, Savannah, Ben, and Isabella
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.
- Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and is well-rested.
- Feed them a good breakfast!
- NO smart watches are allowed in the testing room. If your child has a smart watch or watch with an alarm, please leave them at home!
Language Arts and Writing:
This week we will continue with 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.~JILL
This week we will finish up our unit on Addition and Subtraction. We will then begin a new unit on measurement and data. Students will look at measuring objects, measurement vocabulary, and comparing the lengths and weight of two objects. We will also have a focus on gathering data and graphing our findings.
This week we are continuing field work on learning about birds. We will be switching crews for lessons on native birds that we might find on the water, in the mountains or the coastal plains of North Carolina. Don’t forget 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!.