1/15/18

Please make sure you have labeled any coats, jackets, or extra clothing items you send to school.  Our Lost and Found is VERY full and none of it is labeled.  If have a chance please come by and take a look through the items that have been lost but still not found.

K/1 is collecting pennies for the Ronald McDonald House. Donations will be taken to the house on February 14th.

PLEASE REMEMBER: OUR LEARNING DAY STARTS AT 8:30AM, AND THE TIME SPENT ON MORNING WORK ALLOWS FOR STUDENTS TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS, AND EASE THE TRANSITION INTO THE SCHOOL DAY. PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHILDREN ARRIVE AT SCHOOL PRIOR TO 8:30AM.

UPCOMING DATES

January 23- K-3 Field Experience to the NC Symphony at 10:30AM (Sign up Genius coming)

January 25 – Substitute Teacher Training @ 4:00

February 19- No school; teacher workday

Executive Director’s Reminders:

YEARBOOKS FOR SALE

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

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!

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.

Last week in writing,  students started their How To writing unit. They will learn about an opening and closing sentences, and using transition words between each step. Students will then use those skills to write their own How To piece, with an opening and closing sentence, and transition words between each step. ELA groups will also be doing a mini unit book study on the book “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. We will be reading different variations of ‘The Mitten’ and comparing and contrasting each book.

MATH

This week we will continue work in our Geometry unit.  In the Geometry unit, students will be learning about attributes of shapes, 2d and 3d shapes, putting shapes together to make a new shape,  and partitioning circles and rectangles into equal parts (one fourth/one third).

Expedition

We are continuing to highlight the Core Values and what our core values look like and feel like in our learning community.  We are beginning to shift our focus to how can we support our community as we search for ways that students can do service in our learning community.  This week we will begin working in crews to discuss problems and brainstorm solutions for the specific areas of lost and found/hallway, garbage/recycling/compost and bathroom areas.  Please ask your student about the area of concentration they are working on.

 Part of our service work this quarter is to look closer at our school community and surrounding community for ways that we can make a positive impact. We have chosen the Ronald McDonald House to donate loose change to.  Our goal is to collect pennies and make a donation on February 14th.
   We have asked students to look for loose pennies to collect and bring into school.  We will put the pennies into collection jars as they come into school and eventually enjoy some great math activities as we count and roll the coins for collection.
   With your help, we have asked students to clean out car seats, recliners, and the bottom of your purses as we have talked about how, “YOUR SMALL CHANGE CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE”  We have been emphasizing this message to students in all realms of learning as we feel this is a great way for our little learners to feel empowered to make change!
   Please let us know if you have any questions and thank you for your part in making a big difference!

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
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1/8/18 Happy New Year!

We hope that everyone enjoyed a holiday break filled with family, laughter and moments of rest!  Thank you for all of the thoughtful holiday gifts, homemade cards, kind words and fond wishes for a great New Year!  We love teaching at Exploris and we are all glad to be back!

PLEASE REMEMBER: OUR LEARNING DAY STARTS AT 8:30AM, AND THE TIME SPENT ON MORNING WORK ALLOWS FOR STUDENTS TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS, AND EASE THE TRANSITION INTO THE SCHOOL DAY. PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHILDREN ARRIVE AT SCHOOL PRIOR TO 8:30AM.

Marie is in need of wire hangers for an art project. If you have any wire hangers to donate, please send them in with your student ASAP!

UPCOMING DATES

January 5 – PTO Board Meeting, 11:30

January 12 – Expressions Day ( 6-8) @ 2:00

January 15 – MLK Holiday, no school

January 23- K-3 Field Experience to the NC Symphony at 10:30AM (Sign up Genius coming)

January 25 – Substitute Teacher Training @ 4:00

February 19- No school; teacher workday

Executive Director’s Reminders:

The parent and student code has been discontinued and all parents will need to come to the main entrance and be buzzed in and sign in to the school.  Students will be welcomed by a door monitor during opening and dismissal times.  We are also ordering additional security equipment to assist in monitoring our campus.

 

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!

 

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.

This week in writing,  students are starting on their How to writing unit. They will learn about an opening and closing sentences, and using transition words between each step. Students will then use those skills to write their own How to piece, with an opening and closing sentence, and transition words between each step. ELA groups will also be doing a mini unit book study on the book “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. We will be reading different variations of ‘The Mitten’ and comparing and contrasting each book.

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.  This week, math groups will be wrapping up our Comparing Numbers unit, and moving into our Geometry unit.

In the Geometry unit, students will be learning about attributes of shapes, 2d and 3d shapes, putting shapes together to make a new shape,  and partitioning circles and rectangles into equal parts (one fourth/one third).

 

Expedition

We are continuing to highlight the Core Values and what our core values look like and feel like in our learning community.  We are beginning to shift our focus to how can we support our community as we search for ways that students can do service in our learning community.  We are asking students to share their design ideas as we look around our school building, classroom and school yard for “service” work that we can take part in.  Please ask your student what they think about helping out in their learning community.

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

12/11/17

We hope everyone had a restful weekend!!

PLEASE REMEMBER: OUR LEARNING DAY STARTS AT 8:30AM, AND THE TIME SPENT ON MORNING WORK ALLOWS FOR STUDENTS TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS, AND EASE THE TRANSITION INTO THE SCHOOL DAY. PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHILDREN ARRIVE AT SCHOOL PRIOR TO 8:30AM.

UPCOMING DATES

 

December 12 – Prospective Families Information Session @ 6:00pm

Save the Date:  Thursday, December 14th-Fairy Tale Ball 12:00-1:00 (Not a Disney kind-of Ball at all! More to come!)

December 16-January 2: Winter Break!

Executive Director’s Reminders:

The parent and student code has been discontinued and all parents will need to come to the main entrance and be buzzed in and sign in to the school.  Students will be welcomed by a door monitor during opening and dismissal times.  We are also ordering additional security equipment to assist in monitoring our campus.

 

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!

 

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 are starting to use our knowledge of fiction Story Elements to focus our attention of Fairy Tales and Fairy Tale elements.

This week we are digging deeper into fairy tales!  Thank you for the overwhelming response to our Fairy Tales from around the World inquiry!  We will be looking for similarities and differences in fairy tales from different countries as well as identifying the fairy tale elements present in each tale.  Ask your student how to decide if a story is a fairy tale.  If you are looking for tales to read a loud at home you might find an old favorite on: fairy tales of the world .  Students will be enjoying a variety of activities related to fairytales including creating wanted posters for the big bad wolf, grocery lists and recipes for Granny’s basket of goodies, story retellings with props, and eventually creating their own fairy tale versions.

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.  This week, math groups will be wrapping up our Counting Numbers unit, and moving into our Comparing Numbers unit.

Included in our Comparing Numbers unit will be concepts like: more, less and equal.  Students will be comparing one, two or even three digit numbers as well as being introduced to the symbols (<, >, =) as they use their skills of place value and counting.

K/1 teachers enjoy infusing literature and songs into our math lessons to make learning to write, recognize and count numbers more fun and engaging!  Some recent texts enjoyed during math include, 10 Black Dots, What Comes in 2’s, 3’s and 4’s? Mouse Count, and There Were 10 in the Bed.

Expedition

We are continuing to highlight the Core Values and what our core values look like and feel like in our learning community.  We are beginning to shift our focus to how can we support our community as we search for ways that students can do service in our learning community.  We are asking students to share their design ideas as we look around our school building, classroom and school yard for “service” work that we can take part in.  Please ask your student what they think about helping out in their learning community.

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

11/27/17

We hope that our Exploris families had a restful and fulfilling Thanksgiving break!  We are thankful each day for the opportunity to work with you and your precious children!

PLEASE REMEMBER: OUR LEARNING DAY STARTS AT 8:30AM, AND THE TIME SPENT ON MORNING WORK ALLOWS FOR STUDENTS TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS, AND EASE THE TRANSITION INTO THE SCHOOL DAY. PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHILDREN ARRIVE AT SCHOOL PRIOR TO 8:30AM.

UPCOMING DATES

 

November 28 – Board Meeting 4:30 MS

November 29 -Elementary clubs begin- If your child is participating in a club this trimester, you should have been notified.  Please let your crew teacher know right away if you have any questions!  Yeah clubs!

November 30 -Substitute Teacher Training, 9:00

December 1 – Middle School Dance, 7:00-9:00

December 1- Achievement Reports sent home

December 4- Spirit Week: Pajama Day; dress in your most comfortable PJs!

December 5- Spirit Week: Character Day; come dressed as your favorite, book, TV show, or movie character!

December 6- Spirit Week: Backwards Day; Wear your shirt backwards, a hat backwards, or challenge yourself to try and talk backwards 🙂

December 7- Spirit Week: Favorites Day; Dress like your favorite food, movie, book, etc.–basically anything you like!

December 8- Spirit Week: Crew Day; each crew will decide what their las Spirit Week day theme will be!

December 5 – Parent University

December 12 – Prospective Families Information Session @ 6:00pm

Save the Date:  Thursday, December 14th-Fairy Tale Ball 12:00-1:00 (Not a Disney kind-of Ball at all! More to come!)

Executive Director’s Reminders:

The parent and student code has been discontinued and all parents will need to come to the main entrance and be buzzed in and sign in to the school.  Students will be welcomed by a door monitor during opening and dismissal times.  We are also ordering additional security equipment to assist in monitoring our campus.

 

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!

 

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 are starting to use our knowledge of fiction Story Elements to focus our attention of Fairy Tales and Fairy Tale elements.

This week we are digging deeper into fairy tales!  Thank you for the overwhelming response to our Fairy Tales from around the World inquiry!  We will be looking for similarities and differences in fairy tales from different countries as well as identifying the fairy tale elements present in each tale.  Ask your student how to decide if a story is a fairy tale.  If you are looking for tales to read a loud at home you might find an old favorite on: fairy tales of the world .  Students will be enjoying a variety of activities related to fairytales including creating wanted posters for the big bad wolf, grocery lists and recipes for Granny’s basket of goodies, story retellings with props, and eventually creating their own fairy tale versions.

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.  This week, math groups will be wrapping up our Counting Numbers unit, and moving into our Comparing Numbers unit.

Included in our Comparing Numbers unit will be concepts like: more, less and equal.  Students will be comparing one, two or even three digit numbers as well as being introduced to the symbols (<, >, =) as they use their skills of place value and counting.

K/1 teachers enjoy infusing literature and songs into our math lessons to make learning to write, recognize and count numbers more fun and engaging!  Some recent texts enjoyed during math include, 10 Black Dots, What Comes in 2’s, 3’s and 4’s? Mouse Count, and There Were 10 in the Bed.

Expedition

We are continuing to highlight the Core Values and what our core values look like and feel like in our learning community.  We are beginning to shift our focus to how can we support our community as we search for ways that students can do service in our learning community.  We are asking students to share their design ideas as we look around our school building, classroom and school yard for “service” work that we can take part in.  Please ask your student what they think about helping out in their learning community.

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

11/6/17

PLEASE REMEMBER: Our learning day starts at 8:30AM, and the time spent on morning work allows for students to build relationships, and ease the transition into the school day. Please have your children arrive at school PRIOR to 8:30AM. 

UPCOMING DATES

November 10 – No School, Veteran’s Day

November 15th-Clubs End

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

November 17th-Early Release 12:15

November 20-24– Thanksgiving Break

Save the Date:  Thursday, December 14th-Fairy Tale Ball 12:00-1:00 (Not a Disney kind-of Ball at all! More to come!)

Executive Director’s Reminders:

The parent and student code has been discontinued and all parents will need to come to the main entrance and be buzzed in and sign in to the school.  Students will be welcomed by a door monitor during opening and dismissal times.  We are also ordering additional security equipment to assist in monitoring our campus.

 

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!

 

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 are starting to use our knowledge of fiction Story Elements to focus our attention of Fairy Tales and Fairy Tale elements.

This week we are continuing with our “Small Moment” unit of reading mentor texts and student small moment writing.  Small moment writing is a hard concept for our big thinkers!  Students are empowered to take small moments (loosing a tooth, finding a favorite seashell, visiting a favorite place) and give their story detail using character’s feelings, actions and words.

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.  This week, math groups will be wrapping up our Counting Numbers unit, and moving into our Comparing Numbers unit.

K/1 teachers enjoy infusing literature and songs into our math lessons to make learning to write, recognize and count numbers more fun and engaging!  Some recent texts enjoyed during math include, 10 Black Dots, What Comes in 2’s, 3’s and 4’s? Mouse Count, and There Were 10 in the Bed.

Expedition

We are continuing to highlight the Core Values and what our core values look like and feel like in our learning community.  We are beginning to shift our focus to how can we support our community as we search for ways that students can do service in our learning community.  We are asking students to share their design ideas as we look around our school building, classroom and school yard for “service” work that we can take part in.  Please ask your student what they think about helping out in their learning community.

Whoever You Are

Grade Level: K/1

Duration: 12 weeks

Driving Question:   How can we be learners that support our community as we grow and change?

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
  • Help with service projects at Exploris

10/30/17

We are enjoying a SPOOKtacular week in K/1 with lots of fun learning!

UPCOMING DATES

November 10 – No School, Veteran’s Day

November 15th-Clubs End

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

November 17th-Early Release 12:15

November 20-24– Thanksgiving Break

Save the Date:  Thursday, December 14th-Fairy Tale Ball 12:00-1:00 (Not a Disney kind-of Ball at all! More to come!)

 

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!

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!

It is that time of year where the weather is changing and becoming a bit cooler. We will be have more days where it is very cold in the morning, but warms up pretty nicely by the afternoon. Please check the weather in the morning, and make sure your child has either a coat, or has nice warm layers that they can take off when it gets warmer.

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. We are starting to use our knowledge of fiction Story Elements to focus our attention of Fairy Tales and Fairy Tale elements.

New this week is the beginning of our “Small Moment” unit of reading mentor texts and student small moment writing.  Small moment writing is a hard concept for our big thinkers!  Students are empowered to take small moments (loosing a tooth, finding a favorite seashell, visiting a favorite place) and give their story detail using character’s feelings, actions and words.

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?)

K/1 teachers enjoy infusing literature and songs into our math lessons to make learning to write, recognize and count numbers more fun and engaging!  Some recent texts enjoyed during math include, 10 Black Dots, What Comes in 2’s, 3’s and 4’s? Mouse Count, and There Were 10 in the Bed.

Expedition

We are continuing to highlight the Core Values and what our core values look like and feel like in our learning community.  We are beginning to shift our focus to how can we support our community as we search for ways that students can do service in our learning community.  We are asking students to share their design ideas as we look around our school building, classroom and school yard for “service” work that we can take part in.  Please ask your student what they think about helping out in their learning community.

Whoever You Are

Grade Level: K/1

Duration: 12 weeks

Driving Question:   How can we be learners that support our community as we grow and change?

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
  • Help with service projects at Exploris

10/23/17

Welcome back K/1 families! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend, spending time with family and friends!

UPCOMING DATES

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!

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!

It is that time of year where the weather is changing and becoming a bit cooler. We will be have more days where it is very cold in the morning, but warms up pretty nicely by the afternoon. Please check the weather in the morning, and make sure your child has either a coat, or has nice warm layers that they can take off when it gets warmer.

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. We are starting to use our knowledge of fiction Story Elements to focus our attention of Fairy Tales and Fairy Tale elements.

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

 

Starting this week, students will explore what their role is in their community using the Exploris 10 Core Values. We will begin learning about and dissecting the definition of each Core Value, and providing students with rich examples of each Core Value. Students will then take that information and create and art piece that highlights who they are.

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