5/7/18

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:

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!

I look forward to “bonding” with you all at the next Let’s Go For a Hike event!
A note from Remi:

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:

Rain Garden Help

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090945a8a92da6f85-help

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.

EOG UPDATE:
Thank you to everyone who has headed the call to proctor for EOGs!  We still need some more help, specifically at the middle school on May 30th and at both campuses on May 31st. Those are the days when most 3rd-8th graders will test. Please click here to sign up to proctor!   If you did sign up, the state requires that you be trained each year before you can proctor.  Please plan to attend one of the following training meetings. Meeting should not last more than 30 minutes.

Proctor Training Dates: 
Tuesday May 8th 8:30 at the Elementary School
Thursday May 10th 3:30 at the Middle School
Helpful Tips for EOGs:
  • 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

MATH

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.

Expedition

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!.

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4/30/18

****We still need more!  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:

May 1 – Parent University: Reading, 6:00-7:00pm

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

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 UPDATE:
Thank you to everyone who has headed the call to proctor for EOGs!  We still need some more help, specifically at the middle school on May 30th and at both campuses on May 31st. Those are the days when most 3rd-8th graders will test. Please click here to sign up to proctor!   If you did sign up, the state requires that you be trained each year before you can proctor.  Please plan to attend one of the following training meetings. Meeting should not last more than 30 minutes.

Proctor Training Dates: 
Tuesday May 8th 8:30 at the Elementary School
Thursday May 10th 3:30 at the Middle School
Helpful Tips for EOGs:
  • 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 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.~JILL

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.  You can have fun at home practicing adding and subtracting!  We use the terms:  “Gus the Plus” he likes everything bigger, and “Linus the Minus” he always takes things away, more, less, difference, and all together.  Have fun and be creative!  What “math stories” can you tell together.

Expedition

Students finished up learning about ants this past week with some fun ant colony art!  Great work crews!  We are starting our 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!.

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!.

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.