December 11th Newsletter

Dear Parents,

 

We had a great time last week for spirit week with our students! This week is the final week before winter break! We hope that if you are traveling you have safe trips to your destinations and have time to relax and enjoy friends and family!

 

Please be sure to sign-up for Explorations! Sign-ups are due by tomorrow evening at midnight! See the emails from Marie/Eugene!

 

All students are beginning an ELA unit which studies the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  We will also be reading aloud Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan.  It may be very helpful for your child to have their own copy.  They may order it from Scholastic for only $3 or from Amazing for $5.  Please consider ordering them their own copy to have when we return from break.

 

Thank you so much,

The 4/5 Team (Leah, Annah, Laura, Sonja, Koren)

 

Table-Talk:

 

  • On Wednesday: What topics did you learn about in expedition? What topic do you think you will choose?

 

IMPORTANT!  Overnight Field Experience!

We are excited to share we will be going to Don Lee Environmental Education Center for our overnight field experience on March 6th and 7th.  We will ask for parent chaperones at a later date. THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE SENT IN YOUR PAYMENT ALREADY!

    • The trip includes chartered buses to and from Don Lee, 3 meals, and one overnight stay for a total cost of $150.00.

 

  • You may pay the entire amount by winter break, December 15th, or break it into two payments of $75.  First payment due by winter break, December 15th,  and second payment due by January 19th.  

 

 

SCHOLARSHIP: Scholarships for our overnight field experience are available.  For more information, please contact Mae or your child’s crew teacher.

 

Reminders:

Marie in art needs more 20 more packs of sidewalk chalk by December 13th.  If you can assist just send it in!

 

 

Scholastic Book Orders

Look for the holiday/December book fliers in this Tuesday’s folders. In order for books to arrive before break the next order will be placed on Friday, January 12th

 

Scholastic Reading Club is a wonderful place to look for great books at affordable prices. Plus your order will help our classrooms earn FREE books and resources!

 

  • To order online, sign in or register at: scholastic.com/readingclub
  • For first-time orders, enter the Class Activation Code: HNMM7
  • Orders will be placed every two weeks as long as the total grade level order meets the $25 minimum.
  • Please submit your order by Friday, January 12th .

 

Important dates coming up:

  • Friday, December 15th: First installment of overnight field trip money due
  • Saturday, December 16th – Tuesday, January 2nd: Winter Break
  • Wednesday, January 3rd: School Resumes
  • Friday, January 12th: Scholastic Orders Due
  • Friday, January 19th: 2nd Installment of Don Lee Field Trip Money Due

 

4th Grade Updates

    • 4th Grade – Mathematics: We are assessing addition and subtraction this week. We are beginning our next unit on multiplication.
    • TenMarks: Please remember, we are asking students to work in TenMarks at home for approximately 30 minutes three times per week.
      • This week: Students have one assessment and one assignment

 

  • 4th Grade – Studies Weekly: This week’s Studies Weekly will focus on The Lost Colony. Students will also be completing a reading response this week to accompany their reading.
  • 4th Grade – Vocabulary: This week students will not have new words. We will begin with new words as they relate to Esperanza Rising.

 

  • 4th Grade – Science: We will not be doing science this week, but will begin a new unit after winter break.

 

5th Grade Updates

  • 5th Grade – Math: This week we will continue with Mission 3: Adding and Subtracting Fractions. We will work on identifying equivalent fractions and training students to solve using a variety of models. Annah & Sonja are super excited as fractions are our favorite topic. We will spend all of the second trimester working to build an understanding of fractions and fraction computation.

 

    • Lessons 5-9 of Mission 3 are due on Friday 12/15. If your child is done through lesson 9 they have no homework for math over break; however, if they have not completed lesson 9 they will be expected to complete it over break.  Please help your student by checking in on their Zearn progress at home. See your student’s reflection log for updates on Zearn progress. Also, if your child forgets their notebook you can access any print outs through the Zearn online portal.
    • A few students have mentioned that they don’t feel like Zearn is saving their progress. Please read the article at this link to learn more about this issue and why students may experience this. Let us know If you continue to have questions.

 

 

  • 5th Grade – Target Time- This week we will return Target Time assessments via Tuesday folders and ask for parent’s signature. This week 5th grade will begin our study this Friday on Materials and Heat Transfer. This month long study will prepare out students for a unit on Weather and Climate in the spring!

 

 

  • 5th Grade – ELA This week students will wrap up their opinion writing piece. Teachers will be pulling small groups to help students through the writing process.

 

  • 5th Grade – Scholastic Weekly News: Close reading of Scholastic articles continues. Remember, students can access Scholastic News via the web. Students should see their email for more information about how to access Scholastic News online.

Expedition 2 Update

Last week we launched our second expedition currently called “Redefining Community”.  Here is a link to our expedition snapshot, a quick overview of our upcoming work.

 

Class Pets

Don’t forget about our animal friends! Lenny and Blizzard are looking for weekend travel destinations!

Lenny the Guinea-Pig sign-up (Sonja’s & Annah’s Crews ONLY) Sign Up to Take Lenny Home

 

Blizzard the Hedgehog sign-up (Leah’s & Laura’s Crew ONLY), more dates will be added next week for after Winter Break! – SIGN UP TO TAKE BLIZZARD HOME HERE!

 

YEARBOOKS ON SALE: Yearbooks are on sale! Click HERE to purchase your 2017-2018 yearbook.

 

Do you have pictures from school activities and field trips?  We need them!

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!

 

Global Arts Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Annah Movement Walking Classroom Art Music
Laura Walking Classroom Art Music Movement
Leah Art Music Movement Walking Classroom
Sonja Music Movement Walking Classroom Art
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December 4, 2017

Dear Parents,

 

We hope everyone had a great weekend and is super excited about Spirit Week!  Please see details below for Crew Day themes happening this Friday.  All parents, and students, should have received their Achievement Reports by email on Friday afternoon.  If you have not received your child’s report, please email your child’s crew teacher.  

 

4th grade students have a trip to the Science and History museums on Friday afternoon!  Please sign up as a chaperone below, we could really use a few more amazing adults.

 

All students are beginning an ELA unit which studies the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  We will also be reading aloud Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan.  It may be very helpful for your child to have their own copy.  They may order it from Scholastic for only $3 or from Amazing for $5.  Please consider ordering them their own copy to have.

 

Thank you so much,

The 4/5 Team (Leah, Annah, Laura, Sonja, Koren)

 

Table-Talk:

 

  • How does Wake County Schools compare to Exploris School demographics?
  • How has the definition of race changed over time in the US Census?
  • How would my/our family fill out the US Census (paper copies were given to students last week!).

 

IMPORTANT!  Overnight Field Experience!

We are excited to share we will be going to Don Lee Environmental Education Center for our overnight field experience on March 6th and 7th.  We will ask for parent chaperones at a later date. THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE SENT IN YOUR PAYMENT ALREADY!

    • The trip includes chartered buses to and from Don Lee, 3 meals, and one overnight stay for a total cost of $150.00.

 

  • You may pay the entire amount by winter break, December 15th, or break it into two payments of $75.  First payment due by winter break, December 15th,  and second payment due by January 19th.  

 

 

SCHOLARSHIP: Scholarships for our overnight field experience are available.  For more information, please contact Mae or your child’s crew teacher.

 

Reminders:

Marie in art needs more 20 more packs of sidewalk chalk by December 13th.  If you can assist just send it in!

 

Spirit Week: December 4th – 8th

Announcing that Spirit Week is THIS WEEK!

 

  • Monday, December 4th: Pajama Day
  • You can start off what would be a hectic beginning of the week wearing your cozy pajamas.
  • Tuesday, December 5th: Character Day
  • You can dress as a character from a favorite book, movie, show,or any other type of media.  
  • Wednesday, December 6th: Swap Places Day
  • You can get a friend and dress like them and they can dress like you! It’s like being in someone else’s shoes (literally).
  • Thursday, December 7th: Favorites Day
  • Dress like your favorite food, movie, book, etc.- basically anything that you like!
  • Friday, December 8th: Crew Day
  • Leah’s Crew: Ninjas!
  • Wear all black!
  • Sonja’s Crew: Exploris Athletes!

 

      • Wear white t-shirts. Bring or wear medals – real or fake – if you have them. Purple and green wristbands & headbands will be provided (Optional donation of $3, but not required.). Students will get to keep their wristbands & headbands. Please send in safety pins by Thursday if you any extras at home.
    • Annah’s Crew: Emojis!
      • The students have self selected their emojis, if you have questions about what they signed up for please email Annah. *Note: School appropriate emojis only!
    • Laura’s Crew: TBD – it will be revealed Tuesday or Wednesday!

 

Scholastic Book Orders

Look for the holiday/December book fliers in this Tuesday’s folders. In order for books to arrive before break the next order will be placed on WEDNESDAY, December 6th.

 

Scholastic Reading Club is a wonderful place to look for great books at affordable prices. Plus your order will help our classrooms earn FREE books and resources!

 

  • To order online, sign in or register at: scholastic.com/readingclub
  • For first-time orders, enter the Class Activation Code: HNMM7
  • Orders will be placed every two weeks as long as the total grade level order meets the $25 minimum.
  • Please submit your order by Wednesday 12/6.

 

Mark Your Calendar!!

Exploris CALENDAR: Please connect your personal calendar to the Exploris Google Calendar by following the link above!

 

Lots of important dates coming up:

 

  • Monday, December 4th: 5th Grade only – Math Assessment for Mission 2
  • Monday, December 4th: Spirit Week – Pajama Day
  • Tuesday, December 5th: Spirit Week – Character Day
  • Wednesday, December 6th: Spirit Week – Swap Places Day

 

    • Wednesday, December 6th: Scholastic Order Placed

 

  • Thursday, December 7th: Spirit Week – Favorites Day
  • Friday, December 8th: Spirit Week – Crew Day

 

  • Friday, December 8th: 5th Grade only – Target Time Assessment: Forces & Motion
  • Friday, December 8th: 4th Grade Field Work at the NC Museum of Science and NC Museum of History
  • Friday, December 15th: First installment of overnight field trip money due
  • Saturday, December 16th – Tuesday, January 2nd: Winter Break
  • Wednesday, January 3rd: School Resumes

 

4th Grade Updates

    • 4th Grade Field Work to the Museum has been rescheduled to Friday, December 8th. Click here to sign up to chaperone.
    • 4th Grade – Mathematics: We are completing our addition and subtraction strategies this week.  Students will be working on multi-step word problems as they put into practice strategies learned.
    • TenMarks: Please remember, we are asking students to work in TenMarks at home for approximately 30 minutes three times per week.
      • This week: Students do not have additional lessons assigned this week.  They need to be sure all Class Work and Personal Work is accomplished!

 

  • 4th Grade – Studies Weekly: This week’s Studies Weekly will focus on Europeans coming to NC (again), it is Week 13.
  • 4th Grade – Vocabulary: This week students will not have new words. We will begin with new words as they relate to Esperanza Rising.

 

  • 4th Grade – Science: Friday, December 8th is our culminating field experience where we will be viewing rocks, the 3 regions of NC in the science museum and the historical exhibit of NC in the history museum.. Click here to sign up to chaperone.

 

5th Grade Updates

  • 5th Grade – Math: Today we begin Mission 3: Adding and Subtracting Fractions. Annah & Sonja are super excited as fractions are our favorite topic. We will spend all of the second trimester working to build an understanding of fractions and fraction computation.

 

    • Lessons 1-4 of Mission 3 are due on Friday. Please help your student by checking in on their Zearn progress at home. See your student’s reflection log for updates on Zearn progress. Also, if your child forgets their notebook you can access any print outs through the Zearn online portal.
    • A few students have mentioned that they don’t feel like Zearn is saving their progress. Please read the article at this link to learn more about this issue and why students may experience this. Let us know If you continue to have questions.

 

 

  • 5th Grade – Target Time- After a few Fridays without Target Time, students will wrap up our Forces & Motion unit this week with lessons on distance and time graphs. Our Forces & Motion assessment will take place after a brief review on Friday, December 8th. This Friday students will receive the Students are expected to study using Quizlet outside of school three times prior to the assessment on Friday, December 8th. Annah add the proper- Quizlet Link https://quizlet.com/_445xgz

 

 

  • 5th Grade – ELA This week students will wrap up their opinion writing piece. Teachers will be pulling small groups to help students through the writing process.

 

  • 5th Grade – Scholastic Weekly News: Close reading of Scholastic articles continues. Remember, students can access Scholastic News via the web. Students should see their email for more information about how to access Scholastic News online.

Expedition 2 Update

Last week we launched our second expedition currently called “Redefining Community”.  Here is a link to our expedition snapshot, a quick overview of our upcoming work.

 

Class Pets

Don’t forget about our animal friends! Lenny and Blizzard are looking for weekend travel destinations!

Lenny the Guinea-Pig sign-up (Sonja’s & Annah’s Crews ONLY) Sign Up to Take Lenny Home

 

Blizzard the Hedgehog sign-up (Leah’s & Laura’s Crew ONLY), more dates will be added next week for after Winter Break! – SIGN UP TO TAKE BLIZZARD HOME HERE!

 

YEARBOOKS ON SALE: Yearbooks are on sale! Click HERE to purchase your 2017-2018 yearbook.

 

Do you have pictures from school activities and field trips?  We need them!

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!

Weekly Folders

Weekly folders are purple and will come home on Tuesdays. Please go through them on Tuesday nights and return them on Wednesday morning. Read, sign, and return the weekly Reflection Log. Also, we often send home student work that needs to be returned for portfolios. Thank you for reminding your student to bring their folders back right away.

 

Global Arts Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Annah Movement Walking Classroom Art Music
Laura Walking Classroom Art Music Movement
Leah Art Music Movement Walking Classroom
Sonja Music Movement Walking Classroom Art

 

My Hot Lunchbox

If you would like to order your child’s lunch through My Hot Lunchbox please see the directions linked here: Hot Lunchbox Instructions

 

Lunch: WASTE FREE

Exploris is a Waste Free Lunch school, which means minimizing trash. Some creative solutions include sending a ziploc for messy food items or transferring yogurt into reusable container with a lid at home to keep lunch-boxes from getting messy. Our goal is to minimize trash. This model aligns with our Green School mission. Thank you for helping with this!

 

4th/5th Grade Contacts

Annah Riedel ariedel@exploris.org

Koren Morgan kmorgan@exploris.org

Leah Ruto lruto@exploris.org

Laura Shelton laura@exploris.org

Lori Ellis- Beard lori@exploris.org

Sonja McKay smckay@exploris.org

 

Global Arts Team

Lisa – Movement lisa@exploris.org

Marie – Art marie@exploris.org

Marg – Music marg@exploris.org

Weekly News – 11/27/17

Dear Parents,

 

Welcome to the second trimester! We hope everyone had a nurturing Thanksgiving break.

This week we will launch our second expedition currently called “Redefining Community”.  Here is a link to our expedition snapshot, a quick overview of our upcoming work.

 

Over break the teachers were working on Achievement Reports. ARs will be emailed home this Friday afternoon, December 1st. Please be on the lookout for an email from Jumprope.

 

Thank you so much,

The 4/5 Team (Leah, Annah, Laura, Sonja, Koren)

 

Table-Talk:

 

  • What is your work and reading plan for this week? What assignments do you have?
  • How are you dividing up tasks to help you meet your deadlines?
  • How are you able to use your agenda to help you track your work completion?

 

IMPORTANT!  Overnight Field Experience!

We are excited to share we will be going to Don Lee Environmental Education Center for our overnight field experience on March 6th and 7th.  We will ask for parent chaperones at a later date. The trip promises engaging and exciting activities centered around ecosystems and the Neuse River!  Possible activities: canoeing while studying a pond, seining the Neuse River, salt marsh study, and much much more!

  • The trip includes chartered buses to and from Don Lee, 3 meals, and one overnight stay for a total cost of $150.00.

 

  • You may pay the entire amount by winter break, December 15th, or break it into two payments of $75.  First payment due by winter break, December 15th,  and second payment due by January 19th.  

 

 

Spirit Week: December 4th – 8th

Announcing that Spirit Week is NEXT WEEK!

 

  • Monday, December 4th: Pajama Day
    • You can start off what would be a hectic beginning of the week wearing your cozy pajamas.

  • Tuesday, December 5th: Character Day
    • You can dress as a character from a favorite book, movie, show,or any other type of media.  

  • Wednesday, December 6th: Swap Places Day
    • You can get a friend and dress like them and they can dress like you! It’s like being in someone else’s shoes (literally).

  • Thursday, December 7th: Favorites Day
    • Dress like your favorite food, movie, book, etc.- basically anything that you like!

  • Friday, December 8th: Crew Day
    • Crews get to decide on a theme. Once your theme is decided you all dress up as one group and maybe do some fun activity. 😉

 

 

Scholastic Book Orders

Look for the holiday/December book fliers in this Tuesday’s folders. In order for books to arrive before break the next order will be placed on WEDNESDAY, December 6th.

 

Scholastic Reading Club is a wonderful place to look for great books at affordable prices. Plus your order will help our classrooms earn FREE books and resources!

 

  • To order online, sign in or register at: scholastic.com/readingclub
  • For first-time orders, enter the Class Activation Code: HNMM7
  • Orders will be placed every two weeks as long as the total grade level order meets the $25 minimum.
  • Please submit your order by Wednesday 12/6.

 

Mark Your Calendar!!

Exploris CALENDAR: Please connect your personal calendar to the Exploris Google Calendar by following the link above!

 

Lots of important dates coming up:

  • Friday, December 1: ARs emailed

 

  • Monday, December 4th: 5th Grade only – Math Assessment for Mission 2
  • Monday, December 4th: Spirit Week – Pajama Day
  • Tuesday, December 5th: Spirit Week – Character Day
  • Wednesday, December 6th: Spirit Week – Swap Places Day

 

  • Wednesday, December 6th: Scholastic Order Placed

 

  • Thursday, December 7th: Spirit Week – Favorites Day
  • Friday, December 8th: Spirit Week – Crew Day

 

  • Friday, December 8th: 5th Grade only – Target Time Assessment: Forces & Motion
  • Friday, December 8th: 4th Grade Field Work at the NC Museum of Science and NC Museum of History
  • Friday, December 15th: First installment of overnight field trip money due
  • Saturday, December 16th – Tuesday, January 2nd: Winter Break
  • Wednesday, January 3rd: School Resumes

 

4th Grade Updates

  • 4th Grade Field Work to the Museum has been rescheduled to Friday, December 8th. Click here to sign up to chaperone.
  • 4th Grade – TenMarks: Please remember, we are asking students to work in TenMarks at home for approximately 30 minutes three times per week.
    • This week: Students have one review assessment for rounding and place value. We encourage every child to take their time and demonstrate mastery of these concepts.
    • Move on to Personal Work once the above assignments are complete.

 

  • 4th Grade – Studies Weekly: This week’s Studies Weekly will focus on Europeans coming to NC.
  • 4th Grade – Vocabulary: This week students will not have new words

 

  • 4th Grade – Writing: Recipe writing is due on Friday. We had final in class writing time today, and if your child is still working on their writing, they need to finish it at home.
  • 4th Grade – Science: We will be finishing our study of rocks this Friday. Next Friday, December 8th is our culminating field experience where we will be viewing rocks. We will do some nature journaling and sketching during that time. Click here to sign up to chaperone.

 

5th Grade Updates

  • 5th Grade – Math: This week we wrap up our work on Mission 2: Base 10 Operations which includes adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing both whole numbers and decimals. Lessons 26-29 are due by Friday, December 1st (Please note that lesson 29 is the last lesson of this unit.). Also, please help your student by checking in on their Zearn progress at home. See your student’s reflection log for updates on Zearn progress. Also, if your child forgets their notebook you can access any print outs through the Zearn online portal.
    • Click on Grades 1-5
    • Click on Grade 5
    • Click on Grade 5 Mission 2
    • Click on Student Notes and Exit Tickets

 

 

  • 5th Grade – Target Time- After a few Fridays without Target Time, students will wrap up our Forces & Motion unit this week with lessons on distance and time graphs. Our Forces & Motion assessment will take place after a brief review on Friday, December 8th. This Friday students will receive the Quizlet study link. Students are expected to study using Quizlet outside of school three times prior to the assessment on Friday, December 8th.

 

 

  • 5th Grade – ELA This week students will wrap up their opinion writing piece. Teachers will be pulling small groups to help students through the writing process.

 

  • 5th Grade – Scholastic Weekly News: Close reading of Scholastic articles returns this week. Remember, students can access Scholastic News via the web.
  • To access the website you will need to:

– Visit www.scholastic.com/sn56

– Click “Log In” and select “I am a student.”

– Use your classroom password TES-5th

  • Once you are in the website you can:

– Have articles read aloud to you.

– Watch videos that correspond to most of the articles.

– Play games related to the issue.

– Read & watch videos about breaking news stories,  

  • Please note that we aren’t always reading the most current issue. Sometimes you might have to scroll down to “Recent Issues” towards the bottom of the page in order to find the issue that we are reading together.

 

Expedition 2 Update

This week we will launch our second expedition currently called “Redefining Community”.  Here is a link to our expedition snapshot, a quick overview of our upcoming work.

 

Invitation to 8th Grade’s Culminating Event

On December 1, 2017 from 1-2 PM Exploris 8th graders will be hosting a panel of water experts to discuss and try to answer our big question “Should all U.S. citizens have the right to clean, accessible water?” We will be located at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in the William G. Ross Jr. Environmental Conference Nature Research Center on the fourth floor. Some of the panel members are Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha (the pediatrician who identified elevated lead levels in Flint, Michigan children) and Thomas McKinney (an Environmental Engineer with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality). For more information please email Willow at wigrossmann@exploris.org or look at our press release. Please RSVP if you would like to attend here.

 

Milburnie Dam Update

Our 5th grade families will remember the shad hatch and release experience from last year. We wanted to share an update that the Milburnie Dam, the site where we released our shad fry,  is currently being removed. The dam removal began November 15th and is expected to be fully removed within a month, then the hydro-structure out within the following month, and the grading and filling done by the third month. They are expecting to be done with the entire project by the end of February. You can visit the Milburnie site on your own when you have a chance.  More information can be found here and here.

 

Class Pets

Don’t forget about our animal friends! Lenny and Blizzard are looking for weekend travel destinations!

Lenny the Guinea-Pig sign-up (Sonja’s & Annah’s Crews ONLY) Sign Up to Take Lenny Home

 

Blizzard the Hedgehog sign-up (Leah’s & Laura’s Crew ONLY) – SIGN UP TO TAKE BLIZZARD HOME HERE!

 

Message from Art:

We are working on a unit in Abstract Art.  Our culminating project is going to be a collaborative piece that is also a competition.  It’ll be small groups outside chalking their final designs to be judged by all other grade levels.  Think street painting like they do for Artspark downtown.  I’m hoping parents can donate the chalk, here is a link to what I’m looking for.   We will need a minimum of 15 sets.  

https://www.amazon.com/Mungyo-Square-Pastel-Assorted-B441R078-7003A/dp/B01HFJJLNU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1508942386&sr=8-2&keywords=chalk+pastels’

Update:  Thank you for your chalk donations. 8 more sets are needed. They can also be found at a local store – Jerry’s Artarama. Please see the link below.

http://www.jerrysartarama.com/soho-urban-artist-jumbo-artists-street-pastels

 

YEARBOOKS ON SALE: Yearbooks are on sale! Click HERE to purchase your 2017-2018 yearbook.

 

Do you have pictures from school activities and field trips?  We need them!

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!

Weekly Folders

Weekly folders are purple and will come home on Tuesdays. Please go through them on Tuesday nights and return them on Wednesday morning. Read, sign, and return the weekly Reflection Log. Also, we often send home student work that needs to be returned for portfolios. Thank you for reminding your student to bring their folders back right away.

 

Global Arts Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Annah Movement Walking Classroom Art Music
Laura Walking Classroom Art Music Movement
Leah Art Music Movement Walking Classroom
Sonja Music Movement Walking Classroom Art

 

My Hot Lunchbox

If you would like to order your child’s lunch through My Hot Lunchbox please see the directions linked here: Hot Lunchbox Instructions

 

Lunch: WASTE FREE

Exploris is a Waste Free Lunch school, which means minimizing trash. Some creative solutions include sending a ziploc for messy food items or transferring yogurt into reusable container with a lid at home to keep lunch-boxes from getting messy. Our goal is to minimize trash. This model aligns with our Green School mission. Thank you for helping with this!

 

4th/5th Grade Contacts

Annah Riedel ariedel@exploris.org

Koren Morgan kmorgan@exploris.org

Leah Ruto lruto@exploris.org

Laura Shelton laura@exploris.org

Lori Ellis- Beard lori@exploris.org

Sonja McKay smckay@exploris.org

 

Global Arts Team

Lisa – Movement lisa@exploris.org

Marie – Art marie@exploris.org

Marg – Music marg@exploris.org

November 13 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

 

Friday is the last day of the trimester, so we are wrapping things up for our current units and expedition projects. Students will share their expedition projects with the grade level on Thursday, and then we will prepare to move into expedition two after break. Please remember we have a half day on Friday. We will dismiss at 12:15 PM. Please remember we do not have school next week. We will return to school on Monday, November 27th.

 

Thank you so much,

The 4/5 Team (Leah, Annah, Laura, Sonja, Koren)

 

Table-Talk:

 

  • How do you plan to share your expedition project with the grade level?
  • How is the 40 Book Challenge going for you? How are response forms coming?

 

4th Grade Updates

  • TenMarks: We will continue to attach a report of your child’s time spent in TenMarks. We hope this helps you as you work with your child to complete weekly requirements. Please remember, we are asking students to work in TenMarks at home for approximately 30 minutes three times per week.
    • This week: Students have three assignments focused on rounding and addition and subtraction.
    • Move on to Personal Work once the above assignments are complete.

 

 

  • Studies Weekly: This week’s Studies Weekly will focus on the Native American tribes of the piedmont. Students will also be comparing what they have learned about Andrew Jackson and the Indian Removal Act to how he is represented in Studies Weekly. We will be discussing the importance of exploring multiple perspectives to get a full picture of historical figures. Towards the end of the week, we will begin exploring the Native American perspective of Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

  • Vocabulary: This week students will not have new words nor a quiz since we have an early release on Friday.

 

 

  • Writing: Students will be finalizing their recipe narratives and will be peer editing this week. We will begin our Native American poetry after break.

 

  • Science: We will not have science this week because of the shortened week. Please look for a sign-up for Friday, December 1st, 4th grade trip to the Science Museum.  We will be spending the afternoon exploring the rocks and minerals exhibits as well as the 3 regions of NC and doing some nature sketching of the regions.  We will also go over to the history museum and explore the exhibits as related to Native American history in NC.

 

5th Grade Updates

  • Math: This week we will continue our work in Mission 2. Students should be working through lessons 21-25 on Mission 2 of Zearn! Please help your student by making sure they are on pace to finishing by the end of the week, any unfinished work will need to be completed over Thanksgiving Break to get caught back up. See your students reflection log for updates on Zearn progress. Also, if your child forgets their notebook you can access any print outs through the Zearn online portal.
    • Click on Grades 1-5
    • Click on Grade 5
    • Click on Grade 5 Mission 2
    • Click on Student Notes and Exit Tickets

 

 

  • Target Time- There will be no Friday Target Time this week; however, students will meet with teachers to work on creating definitions together for force and motion words!

 

 

  • ELA This week students will continue working on a short persuasive writing piece they will construct an argument on why the book or movie is better. Teachers will be pulling small groups to help students through the writing process. They will write 2 drafts, independently check, peer check, teacher check, and then turn in their final work! The goal is to wrap this up by the end of the week! We will be spending all of our ELA block working on this, this week.

 

  • Scholastic Weekly News: Enjoy the week off of Scholastic! We will continue working on a writing piece that compares the Wonder movie and book.

 

Expedition 1 Update

Students are working in one of four groups for the final case study for this expedition. The group topics include: knee braces, concussions, shoe design, and wheelchair design/accessibility. We will be sharing our work with the grade level on Thursday and then moving on to our second expedition after the break.

 

Class Pets

Don’t forget about our animal friends! Lenny and Blizzard are looking for weekend travel destinations!

Lenny the Guinea-Pig sign-up (Sonja’s & Annah’s Crews ONLY) SIGN UP TO TAKE LENNY HOME HERE  

 

Blizzard the Hedgehog sign-up (Leah’s & Laura’s Crew ONLY) – SIGN UP TO TAKE BLIZZARD HOME HERE!

 

Overnight Field Experience!

We are excited to share we will be going to Don Lee Environmental Education Center for our overnight field experience in March 2018.  We will ask for parent chaperones at a later date.  The trip promises engaging and exciting activities centered around ecosystems and the Neuse River!  Possible activities: canoeing while studying a pond, seining the Neuse River, salt marsh study, and much much more!

  • The trip includes chartered buses to and from Don Lee, 3 meals, and one overnight stay for a total cost of $150.00.
  • You may pay the entire amount by winter break, December 15th, or break it into two payments of $75.  First payment due by winter break, December 15th,  and second payment due by January 19th.  

 

Message from Art:

We are working on a unit in Abstract Art.  Our culminating project is going to be a collaborative piece that is also a competition.  It’ll be small groups outside chalking their final designs to be judged by all other grade levels.  Think street painting like they do for Artspark downtown.  I’m hoping parents can donate the chalk, here is a link to what I’m looking for.   We will need a minimum of 15 sets.  

https://www.amazon.com/Mungyo-Square-Pastel-Assorted-B441R078-7003A/dp/B01HFJJLNU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1508942386&sr=8-2&keywords=chalk+pastels’

Update:  Thank you for your chalk donations. 8 more sets are needed. They can also be found at a local store – Jerry’s Artarama. Please see the link below.

http://www.jerrysartarama.com/soho-urban-artist-jumbo-artists-street-pastels

 

News From Movement
Greetings,
Students have completed a flag football unit and are embarking on a badminton unit.  They have been playing collaborative games to build community as well. Our units are designed around a modified version of the Sports Education Model in which students develop the team rosters and each member of a team has a job like: captain, coach, scorekeeper and equipment manager. In our flag football unit, coaches with more football experience helped teammates with less experience learn techniques and rules.  Four teams competed for the joy of the game and skill development was apparent in all students.
Students have also completed their first round of Fitness Gram testing.  They have used this data to develop a personal fitness goal.  Next week I will conference with them about their goals.  Students should expect to take these same tests about 3 more times this year to be able to track their development.  
The next unit will be badminton and maybe another type of striking activity.  I am trying to design outdoor activities until the weather draws us inside, so therefore, dance, yoga, ping pong and other indoor programs will take place during the second trimester.
Don’t forget to send your student in the appropriate shoes on movement day!  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Sincerely,  Lisa

 

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! Marg

 

YEARBOOKS ON SALE: Yearbooks are on sale! Click HERE to purchase your 2017-2018 yearbook.

 

Do you have pictures from school activities and field trips?  We need them!

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!

 

Scholastic Book Orders

This year, our students will continue to grow as readers. One of the best ways to get your child excited about reading is to let them pick their own books. Scholastic Reading Club is a wonderful place to look for great books at affordable prices. Plus your order will help our classrooms earn FREE books and resources!

 

  • To order online, sign in or register at: scholastic.com/readingclub
  • For first-time orders, enter the Class Activation Code: HNMM7
  • Orders will be placed every two weeks as long as the total grade level order meets the $25 minimum.
  • Please submit your order by Friday, November 17th.

Weekly Folders

Weekly folders are purple and will come home on Tuesdays. Please go through them on Tuesday nights and return them on Wednesday morning. Read, sign, and return the weekly Reflection Log. Also, we often send home student work that needs to be returned for portfolios. Thank you for reminding your student to bring their folders back right away.

 

Global Arts Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Annah Movement Walking Classroom Art Music
Laura Walking Classroom Art Music Movement
Leah Art Music Movement Walking Classroom
Sonja Music Movement Walking Classroom Art

 

My Hot Lunchbox

If you would like to order your child’s lunch through My Hot Lunchbox please see the directions linked here: Hot Lunchbox Instructions

 

Lunch: WASTE FREE

Exploris is a Waste Free Lunch school, which means minimizing trash. Some creative solutions include sending a ziploc for messy food items or transferring yogurt into reusable container with a lid at home to keep lunch-boxes from getting messy. Our goal is to minimize trash. This model aligns with our Green School mission. Thank you for helping with this!

 

Mark Your Calendar!!

Exploris CALENDAR: Please connect your personal calendar to the Exploris Google Calendar by following the link above!

 

  • Friday, November 17: Early Dismissal at 12:15 PM and the End of the 1st Trimester!
  • Monday through Friday, November 20-24: Thanksgiving Break
  • Friday, December 1: 4th Grade Field Work at the NC Museum of Science and NC Museum of History

 

4th/5th Grade Contacts

Annah Riedel ariedel@exploris.org

Koren Morgan kmorgan@exploris.org

Leah Ruto lruto@exploris.org

Laura Shelton laura@exploris.org

Lori Ellis- Beard lori@exploris.org

Sonja McKay smckay@exploris.org

 

Global Arts Team

Lisa – Movement lisa@exploris.org

Marie – Art marie@exploris.org

Marg – Music marg@exploris.org

 

November 7th Newsletter

Dear Parents,

This week we have a four day week, we are also getting close to the end of Trimester 1. This week students will complete their Trimester 1 Reflections. At home encourage your student to work on response forms and stay on top of their weekly work assignments!

Thank you so much,

The 4/5 Team (Leah, Annah, Laura, Sonja, Koren)

Table-Talk:

  • What is your expedition project group working on this week?
  • How is the 40 Book Challenge going for you? How are response forms coming?

4th Grade Updates

  • TenMarks: Starting this week, we will begin to have them attach a weekly review of their TenMarks work to their Reflection Log each week for parents to view, sign and return with their logs.  We hope this helps you as you work with your child to complete weekly requirements. Please remember, we are asking students to work in TenMarks at home for approximately 30 minutes three times per week.
    • This week:
    • Move on to Personal Work once the above assignments are complete.

 

  • Studies Weekly: We will not be doing a Studies Weekly this week. Instead, we will be reading from Soft Rain, a story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears by Cornelia Cornelissen. To build background knowledge for the events in the novel, we will also be reading passages about Andrew Jackson and the Indian Removal Act and exploring how it affected Native Americans in NC.

 

 

  • Vocabulary: Students have a weekly quiz on vocabulary words. During the week, students write the definition of the words, an example, a non-example, and a picture illustrating the words. The quizzes are cumulative, so they include words we use from the week before – studying vocabulary words on Thursday evenings is recommended!

 

    • This week students will not have new words nor a quiz as there is no school on Friday!

 

  • Writing: Students will be finalizing their recipe narratives this week. For our next writing project, students will write poems about Native Americans.
  • Science: We will not have science this week because of the shortened week. Please look for a sign-up for Friday, December 1st, 4th grade trip to the Science Museum.  We will be spending the afternoon exploring the rocks and minerals exhibits as well as the 3 regions of NC and doing some nature sketching of the regions.  We will also go over to the history museum and explore the exhibits as related to Native American history in NC.

 

5th Grade Updates

  • Math: This week we will continue our work in Mission 2. Students should be working through lessons 16-20 on Mission 2 of Zearn! Please help your student by making sure they are on pace to finishing by the end of the week, and at the latest the following Monday! See your students reflection log for updates.

 

  • Target Time- There will be no Friday Target Time this week; however, students will meet with teachers to work on creating definitions together.

 

  • ELA This week students will work on a short persuasive writing piece they will construct an argument on why the book or movie is better. Teachers will be pulling small groups to help students through the writing process.
  • Scholastic Weekly News: Enjoy the week off of Scholastic! We will continue working on a writing piece that compares the Wonder movie and book.

 

Expedition 1 Update

Students are working in one of four groups for the final case study for this expedition. The group topics include: knee braces, concussions, shoe design, and wheelchair design/accessibility. If you know of any powerful field experiences or knowledgeable experts, please contact your child’s crew teacher. Some groups will have some off campus field experiences coming up in the near future.

 

Shoe Design Group

 

  • November 7th, Tuesday (12:00-2:00) we will walk to Runologie on Hillsborough Street to interview the owners about finding “good fit” shoes.
  • November 8th, Wednesday (12:00-2:00) we will take the city bus to the Gregg Museum located right near the NCSU Bell Tower. We will study global shoe design and students will share facts on their assigned expert shoe topic.

 

 

School Photos

The school pictures are ready to view and order!! Online ordering is available in the gallery.
*****Remember to choose “Studio Pick Up” for “school delivery” when checking out online***** Images ordered with Studio Pick up will be delivered to the school and sent home with your oldest Exploris student images were ordered for.

The DEADLINE to order is Tuesday November 7, 2016 by the end of the day.

The link to view the images is: http://www.gallery.lifelongimpressions.com/gallery/Exploris
The password is: exp17

 

Exploris “Green” T-shirts for Sale

GREEN TSHIRTS $10 a piece

Checks due by Thurs, Nov. 9 made out to Exploris.  Payments should be given to Mae at the elementary, or Shannon (8th grade) at the middle school (shardy@exploris.org)

T-shirt Option 1: “Striving to be FOSSIL FUEL FREE because there is no PLANET B”  LINK

T-shirt Option 2: “GreenSTEM because there is no PLANET B” LINK

 

Class Pets

Don’t forget about our animal friends! Lenny and Blizzard are looking for weekend travel destinations!

Lenny the Guinea-Pig sign-up (Sonja’s & Annah’s Crews ONLY) SIGN UP TO TAKE LENNY HOME HERE  

Blizzard the Hedgehog sign-up (Leah’s & Laura’s Crew ONLY) – SIGN UP TO TAKE BLIZZARD HOME HERE!

 

Overnight Field Experience!

We are excited to share we will be going to Don Lee Environmental Education Center for our overnight field experience in March 2018.  We will ask for parent chaperones at a later date.  The trip promises engaging and exciting activities centered around ecosystems and the Neuse River!  Possible activities: canoeing while studying a pond, seining the Neuse River, salt marsh study, and much much more!

  • The trip includes chartered buses to and from Don Lee, 3 meals, and one overnight stay for a total cost of $150.00.
  • You may pay the entire amount by winter break, December 15th, or break it into two payments of $75.  First payment due by winter break, December 15th,  and second payment due by January 19th.  

 

Message from Art:

We are working on a unit in Abstract Art.  Our culminating project is going to be a collaborative piece that is also a competition.  It’ll be small groups outside chalking their final designs to be judged by all other grade levels.  Think street painting like they do for Artspark downtown.  I’m hoping parents can donate the chalk, here is a link to what I’m looking for.   We will need a minimum of 15 sets.  

https://www.amazon.com/Mungyo-Square-Pastel-Assorted-B441R078-7003A/dp/B01HFJJLNU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1508942386&sr=8-2&keywords=chalk+pastels

 

News From Movement
Greetings,

Students have completed a flag football unit and are embarking on a badminton unit.  They have been playing collaborative games to build community as well. Our units are designed around a modified version of the Sports Education Model in which students develop the team rosters and each member of a team has a job like: captain, coach, scorekeeper and equipment manager. In our flag football unit, coaches with more football experience helped teammates with less experience learn techniques and rules.  Four teams competed for the joy of the game and skill development was apparent in all students.
Students have also completed their first round of Fitness Gram testing.  They have used this data to develop a personal fitness goal.  Next week I will conference with them about their goals.  Students should expect to take these same tests about 3 more times this year to be able to track their development.  

The next unit will be badminton and maybe another type of striking activity.  I am trying to design outdoor activities until the weather draws us inside, so therefore, dance, yoga, ping pong and other indoor programs will take place during the second trimester.

Don’t forget to send your student in the appropriate shoes on movement day!  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Lisa

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! Marg

 

YEARBOOKS ON SALE: Yearbooks are on sale! Click HERE to purchase your 2017-2018 yearbook.

Do you have pictures from school activities and field trips?  We need them!

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!

Scholastic Book Orders

This year, our students will continue to grow as readers. One of the best ways to get your child excited about reading is to let them pick their own books. Scholastic Reading Club is a wonderful place to look for great books at affordable prices. Plus your order will help our classrooms earn FREE books and resources!

  • To order online, sign in or register at: scholastic.com/readingclub
  • For first-time orders, enter the Class Activation Code: HNMM7
  • Orders will be placed every two weeks as long as the total grade level order meets the $25 minimum.
  • Please submit your order by Friday, November 10th.

Weekly Folders

Weekly folders are purple and will come home on Tuesdays. Please go through them on Tuesday nights and return them on Wednesday morning. Read, sign, and return the weekly Reflection Log. Also, we often send home student work that needs to be returned for portfolios. Thank you for reminding your student to bring their folders back right away.

 

Global Arts Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Annah Movement Walking Classroom Art Music
Laura Walking Classroom Art Music Movement
Leah Art Music Movement Walking Classroom
Sonja Music Movement Walking Classroom Art

 

My Hot Lunchbox

If you would like to order your child’s lunch through My Hot Lunchbox please see the directions linked here: Hot Lunchbox Instructions

 

Lunch: WASTE FREE

Exploris is a Waste Free Lunch school, which means minimizing trash. Some creative solutions include sending a ziploc for messy food items or transferring yogurt into reusable container with a lid at home to keep lunch-boxes from getting messy. Our goal is to minimize trash. This model aligns with our Green School mission. Thank you for helping with this!

 

Mark Your Calendar!!

Exploris CALENDAR: Please connect your personal calendar to the Exploris Google Calendar by following the link above!

  • Friday, November 10: No school. Veteran’s Day Holiday
  • Friday, November 17: Early Dismissal at 12:15 PM and the End of the 1st Trimester!
  • Monday through Friday, November 20-24: Thanksgiving Break
  • Friday, December 1: 4th Grade Field Work at the NC Museum of Science and NC Museum of History

 

4th/5th Grade Contacts

Annah Riedel ariedel@exploris.org

Koren Morgan kmorgan@exploris.org

Leah Ruto lruto@exploris.org

Laura Shelton laura@exploris.org

Lori Ellis- Beard lori@exploris.org

Sonja McKay smckay@exploris.org

 

Global Arts Team

Lisa – Movement lisa@exploris.org

Marie – Art marie@exploris.org

Marg – Music marg@exploris.org

October 30, 2017 Weekly Update!

Dear Parents,

 

This week is an exciting one because of Halloween.  We hope you all are being safe and secure in whatever your Halloween activities may be.  Please remember that we do not wear costumes to school and that candy must remain at home and not come to school.  Candy is not a snack, please make sure your child has a healthy snack and lunch every day.  Enjoy that candy at home!  Candy donations to your child’s crew teacher are always welcome, however!

 

Thank you so much,

The 4/5 Team (Leah, Annah, Laura, Sonja, Koren)

 

Table-Talk:

 

  • What is your expedition project group working on this week?
  • How is the 40 Book Challenge going for you? How are response forms coming?

 

Batteries needed: We are in need of AAA batteries for our Walking Classroom devices. If you have any at home or could pick up a pack to donate, they will be put to good use right away.  Thank you!

 

4th Grade Updates

  • TenMarks: We have been reviewing student work in TenMarks and have found that ⅔ of our students are not completing their weekly requirements of math work outside of class.  Starting next week we will begin to have them attach a weekly review of their TenMarks work to their Reflection Log each week for parents to view, sign and return with their logs.  We hope this helps you as you work with your child to complete weekly requirements.
    • This week: 3 assignments on forms of a number and rounding.
    • Move on to Personal Work once the above assignments are complete.

 

 

  • Studies Weekly: We are completing a Studies Weekly on the Cherokee Tribe. They should have three “I wonder” statements, and complete the crossword. As they are reading, students should highlight proper nouns and circle many verbs to help them with the crossword.  We are also beginning a shared read aloud of Soft Rain, a story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears by Cornelia Cornelissen.

 

  • Writing: Students have begun adapting their interviews into narratives. As they continue this work, students will be influenced by the information from their interviews, and will be asked to reflect on their family’s culture and how it has influenced them.
  • Science: We have completed our study of the rock cycle and will wrap that up this Friday.  We will also be watching a video on Rocks and Minerals.  Please look for a sign-up for Friday, December 1st, 4th grade trip to the Science Museum.  We will be spending the afternoon exploring the rocks and minerals exhibits as well as the 3 regions of NC and doing some nature sketching of the regions.  We will also go over to the history museum and explore the exhibits as related to Native American history in NC.

 

5th Grade Updates

  • Math: This week we will continue our work in Mission 2. Students should be working through lessons 12-15 on Mission 2 of Zearn! Please help your student by making sure they are on pace to finishing by the end of the week, and at the latest the following Monday! See your students reflection

 

 

  • Target Time- This Friday, 5th graders will to complete labs that will help them understand principles of force and motion. We are excited to have this hands on learning experience with our students to bring science to life.

 

 

  • Scholastic Weekly News: Enjoy the week off of Scholastic! We will be working on a writing comparing the Wonder movie and book.

 

Expedition 1 Update

Students are working in one of four groups for the final case study for this expedition. The group topics include: knee braces, concussions, shoe design, and wheelchair design/accessibility. If you know of any powerful field experiences or knowledgeable experts, please contact your child’s crew teacher. Some groups will have some off campus field experiences coming up in the near future.

 

School Photos

The school pictures are ready to view and order!! Online ordering is available in the gallery.
*****Remember to choose “Studio Pick Up” for “school delivery” when checking out online***** Images ordered with Studio Pick up will be delivered to the school and sent home with your oldest Exploris student images were ordered for.

The DEADLINE to order is Tuesday November 7, 2016 by the end of the day.

The link to view the images is: http://www.gallery.lifelongimpressions.com/gallery/Exploris
The password is: exp17

 

Exploris “Green” T-shirts for Sale

GREEN TSHIRTS $10 a piece

 

Checks due by Thurs, Nov. 9 made out to Exploris.  Payments should be given to Mae at the elementary, or Shannon (8th grade) at the middle school (shardy@exploris.org)

 

T-shirt Option 1: “Striving to be FOSSIL FUEL FREE because there is no PLANET B”  LINK

T-shirt Option 2: “GreenSTEM because there is no PLANET B” LINK

 

Class Pets

Don’t forget about our animal friends! Lenny and Blizzard are looking for weekend travel destinations!

Lenny the Guinea-Pig sign-up (Sonja’s & Annah’s Crews ONLY) SIGN UP TO TAKE LENNY HOME HERE  

 

Blizzard the Hedgehog sign-up (Leah’s & Laura’s Crew ONLY) – SIGN UP TO TAKE BLIZZARD HOME HERE!

 

Overnight Field Experience!

We are excited to share we will be going to Don Lee Environmental Education Center for our overnight field experience in March 2018.  We will ask for parent chaperones at a later date.  The trip promises engaging and exciting activities centered around ecosystems and the Neuse River!  Possible activities: canoeing while studying a pond, seining the Neuse River, salt marsh study, and much much more!

  • The trip includes chartered buses to and from Don Lee, 3 meals, and one overnight stay for a total cost of $150.00.
  • You may pay the entire amount by winter break, December 15th, or break it into two payments of $75.  First payment due by winter break, December 15th,  and second payment due by January 19th.  

 

Message from Art:

We are working on a unit in Abstract Art.  Our culminating project is going to be a collaborative piece that is also a competition.  It’ll be small groups outside chalking their final designs to be judged by all other grade levels.  Think street painting like they do for Artspark downtown.  I’m hoping parents can donate the chalk, here is a link to what I’m looking for.   We will need a minimum of 15 sets.  

https://www.amazon.com/Mungyo-Square-Pastel-Assorted-B441R078-7003A/dp/B01HFJJLNU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1508942386&sr=8-2&keywords=chalk+pastels

 

News From Movement
Greetings,

Students have completed a flag football unit and are embarking on a badminton unit.  They have been playing collaborative games to build community as well. Our units are designed around a modified version of the Sports Education Model in which students develop the team rosters and each member of a team has a job like: captain, coach, scorekeeper and equipment manager. In our flag football unit, coaches with more football experience helped teammates with less experience learn techniques and rules.  Four teams competed for the joy of the game and skill development was apparent in all students.
Students have also completed their first round of Fitness Gram testing.  They have used this data to develop a personal fitness goal.  Next week I will conference with them about their goals.  Students should expect to take these same tests about 3 more times this year to be able to track their development.  

The next unit will be badminton and maybe another type of striking activity.  I am trying to design outdoor activities until the weather draws us inside, so therefore, dance, yoga, ping pong and other indoor programs will take place during the second trimester.

Don’t forget to send your student in the appropriate shoes on movement day!  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Lisa

 

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! Marg

 

YEARBOOKS ON SALE: Yearbooks are on sale! Click HERE to purchase your 2017-2018 yearbook.

 

Do you have pictures from school activities and field trips?  We need them!

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!

 

Scholastic Book Orders

This year, our students will continue to grow as readers. One of the best ways to get your child excited about reading is to let them pick their own books. Scholastic Reading Club is a wonderful place to look for great books at affordable prices. Plus your order will help our classrooms earn FREE books and resources!

 

  • To order online, sign in or register at: scholastic.com/readingclub
  • For first-time orders, enter the Class Activation Code: HNMM7
  • Orders will be placed every two weeks as long as the total grade level order meets the $25 minimum.
  • Please submit your order by Friday, November 10th.

Weekly Folders

Weekly folders are purple and will come home on Tuesdays. Please go through them on Tuesday nights and return them on Wednesday morning. Read, sign, and return the weekly Reflection Log. Also, we often send home student work that needs to be returned for portfolios. Thank you for reminding your student to bring their folders back right away.

 

Global Arts Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Annah Movement Walking Classroom Art Music
Laura Walking Classroom Art Music Movement
Leah Art Music Movement Walking Classroom
Sonja Music Movement Walking Classroom Art

 

My Hot Lunchbox

If you would like to order your child’s lunch through My Hot Lunchbox please see the directions linked here: Hot Lunchbox Instructions

 

Lunch: WASTE FREE

Exploris is a Waste Free Lunch school, which means minimizing trash. Some creative solutions include sending a ziploc for messy food items or transferring yogurt into reusable container with a lid at home to keep lunch-boxes from getting messy. Our goal is to minimize trash. This model aligns with our Green School mission. Thank you for helping with this!

 

Mark Your Calendar!!

Exploris CALENDAR: Please connect your personal calendar to the Exploris Google Calendar by following the link above!

 

  • Friday, December 1: 4th Grade Field Work at the NC Museum of Science and NC Museum of History

 

4th/5th Grade Contacts

Annah Riedel ariedel@exploris.org

Koren Morgan kmorgan@exploris.org

Leah Ruto lruto@exploris.org

Laura Shelton laura@exploris.org

Lori Ellis- Beard lori@exploris.org

Sonja McKay smckay@exploris.org

 

Global Arts Team

Lisa – Movement lisa@exploris.org

Marie – Art marie@exploris.org

Marg – Music marg@exploris.org

 

Newsletter 10/23/17

Dear Parents,

 

This week is shaping up to be another important and exciting week. Exploris is sponsoring its first ever Bullying Prevention Week organized by our school counselor, Michelle Duncan. This is well timed as our students are finishing up our reading of the book Wonder where the students and characters are encouraged to #ChooseKind. Also, thank you to Lionsgate, the Exploris PTO, and our parent drivers for making it possible for us to see an advanced screening of the movie Wonder this Thursday. The movie doesn’t open until November 17th and we are incredibly fortunate that we won this contest for a free advanced screening! You can check out the movie trailers here and here. I wish you could have heard the shrieking and excitement in the room when we announced this movie opportunity to our students! And then I wish you could have heard our excitement when we realized that our driver request was full within 24 hours! A huge thank you! We wouldn’t be able to take advantage of these opportunities without you! We can’t wait for Thursday!

 

Thank you so much,

The 4/5 Team (Leah, Annah, Laura, Sonja, Koren)

 

Table-Talk:

 

  • What is your expedition project group working on this week?
  • How did the book version of Wonder compare to the movie version?   
  • How is the 40 Book Challenge going for you? How are response forms coming?

 

Batteries needed: We are in need of AAA batteries for our Walking Classroom devices. If you have any at home or could pick up a pack to donate, they will be put to good use right away. We have completely exhausted our battery supply. Thank you!

 

WONDER Advanced Movie Screening -Thursday!

The ⅘ team has WON an advanced screening of the new movie WONDER for our class.

Screening Date: October 26, 2017 (NEXT WEEK!)

Doors Open: 12:00 p.m.

The screening begins promptly at 12:30 p.m.

Return to school: 3:45 p.m. (After carpool)

Cost: FREE for students and parent drivers

 

Important: We will not return to school on Thursday, 10/26 until 3:45. This is after carpool is over! ⅘ will run our own carpool upon our return from 3:45 – 4:00. Please drive through the carpool line. A teacher will be outside with a walkie talkie and students will be dismissed from classrooms. We hope this doesn’t cause any hardship for families and we appreciate your flexibility.  

 

A huge thank you to Lionsgate & the Exploris PTO for covering costs! We are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to view this film before it is released to the public.

 

Note: Cancel/ Do not order from My Hot Lunch Box on Thursday, 10/26.

 

Expedition 1 Update

Students are working in one of four groups for the final case study for this expedition. The group topics include: knee braces, concussions, shoe design, and wheelchair design/accessibility. If you know of any powerful field experiences or knowledgeable experts, please contact your child’s crew teacher.

 

Please Note: If your child is in Laura’s knee brace project, your child should bring one school-appropriate camping item to school on Tuesday, October 24th. The item should be light and easy to carry. We will be having a visitor to demonstrate how to build a splint in an emergency situation in the wilderness.

 

School Photos

The school pictures are ready to view and order!! Online ordering is available in the gallery.
*****Remember to choose “Studio Pick Up” for “school delivery” when checking out online***** Images ordered with Studio Pick up will be delivered to the school and sent home with your oldest Exploris student images were ordered for.

The DEADLINE to order is Tuesday November 7, 2016 by the end of the day.

The link to view the images is: http://www.gallery.lifelongimpressions.com/gallery/Exploris
The password is: exp17

 

**Note teachers will send home an example copy of response forms electronically this week by grade level! Be on the lookout for this email.

 

Exploris “Green” T-shirts for Sale

GREEN TSHIRTS $10 a piece

 

Checks due by Thurs, Nov. 9 made out to Exploris.  Payments should be given to Mae at the elementary, or Shannon (8th grade) at the middle school (shardy@exploris.org)

 

T-shirt Option 1: “Striving to be FOSSIL FUEL FREE because there is no PLANET B”  LINK

T-shirt Option 2: “GreenSTEM because there is no PLANET B” LINK

 

5th Grade Updates

  • Math: This week we will continue our work in Mission 2. Students should be working through lessons 5-11 on Mission 2 of Zearn! Please help your student by making sure they are on pace to finishing by the end of the week, and at the latest the following Monday!

 

 

  • Target Time- This Friday, 5th graders will continue to use the cars they designed to learn concepts of force and motion. We are excited to have this hands on learning experience with our students to bring science to life.

 

 

  • Scholastic Weekly News: This will be our fifth week using Scholastic Weekly News.  Remember, students can access Scholastic News via the web.
  • To access the website you will need to:

– Visit www.scholastic.com/sn56

– Click “Log In” and select “I am a student.”

– Use your classroom password TES-5th

  • Once you are in the website you can:

– Have articles read aloud to you.

– Watch videos that correspond to most of the articles.

– Play games related to the issue.

– Read & watch videos about breaking news stories,  

  • Please note that we aren’t always reading the most current issue. Sometimes you might have to scroll down to “Recent Issues” towards the bottom of the page in order to find the issue that we are reading together.

 

4th Grade Updates

  • TenMarks: We have been working hard in class to help the students plan out when they will do TenMarks 3 times a week at home.  Please help them find the space and time to do this work.
    • This week: 3 assignments on place value.
    • Move on to Personal Work once the above assignments are complete.

 

 

  • Studies Weekly: We are completing a Studies Weekly Native American tribes in Eastern NC. They should have three “I wonder” statements, and complete the crossword. As they are reading, students should highlight proper nouns to help them with the crossword.  

  • Writing: Students have begun adapting their interviews into narratives. As they continue this work, students will be influenced by the information from their interviews, and will be asked to reflect on their family’s culture and how it has influenced them.

  • Science: We are still exploring different rocks and minerals this week.
  • Science Friday: We recognize that this is an area of particular interest for some kids. If your child is especially interested in geology, Science Friday is doing a communal inquiry of “neat rocks” where anyone can share a photo of a “neat rock” they have found and experts will provide you with interesting facts about your submission. Please know this is not a class assignment and participating would be solely extracurricular, this project simply overlaps with what we are studying in class right now and may be a fun way to engage in scientific inquiry with your child. If you are interested in participating, you can find more information here.

 

 

Class Pets

Don’t forget about our animal friends! Lenny and Blizzard are looking for weekend travel destinations!

Lenny the Guinea-Pig sign-up (Sonja’s & Annah’s Crews ONLY) SIGN UP TO TAKE LENNY HOME HERE  

 

Blizzard the Hedgehog sign-up (Leah’s & Laura’s Crew ONLY) – SIGN UP TO TAKE BLIZZARD HOME HERE!

 

Overnight Field Experience!

We are excited to share we will be going to Don Lee Environmental Education Center for our overnight field experience in March 2018.  We will ask for parent chaperones at a later date.  The trip promises engaging and exciting activities centered around ecosystems and the Neuse River!  Possible activities: canoeing while studying a pond, seining the Neuse River, salt marsh study, and much much more!

  • The trip includes chartered buses to and from Don Lee, 3 meals, and one overnight stay for a total cost of $150.00.
  • You may pay the entire amount by winter break, December 15th, or break it into two payments of $75.  First payment due by winter break, December 15th,  and second payment due by January 19th.  

 

News From Movement
Greetings,

Students have completed a flag football unit and are embarking on a badminton unit.  They have been playing collaborative games to build community as well. Our units are designed around a modified version of the Sports Education Model in which students develop the team rosters and each member of a team has a job like: captain, coach, scorekeeper and equipment manager. In our flag football unit, coaches with more football experience helped teammates with less experience learn techniques and rules.  Four teams competed for the joy of the game and skill development was apparent in all students.
Students have also completed their first round of Fitness Gram testing.  They have used this data to develop a personal fitness goal.  Next week I will conference with them about their goals.  Students should expect to take these same tests about 3 more times this year to be able to track their development.  

The next unit will be badminton and maybe another type of striking activity.  I am trying to design outdoor activities until the weather draws us inside, so therefore, dance, yoga, ping pong and other indoor programs will take place during the second trimester.

Don’t forget to send your student in the appropriate shoes on movement day!  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Lisa

 

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! Marg

 

YEARBOOKS ON SALE: Yearbooks are on sale! Click HERE to purchase your 2017-2018 yearbook.

 

Do you have pictures from school activities and field trips?  We need them!

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!

 

Scholastic Book Orders

This year, our students will continue to grow as readers. One of the best ways to get your child excited about reading is to let them pick their own books. Scholastic Reading Club is a wonderful place to look for great books at affordable prices. Plus your order will help our classrooms earn FREE books and resources!

 

  • To order online, sign in or register at: scholastic.com/readingclub
  • For first-time orders, enter the Class Activation Code: HNMM7
  • Orders will be placed every two weeks as long as the total grade level order meets the $25 minimum.
  • Please submit your order by Friday, October 28th.

Weekly Folders

Weekly folders are purple and will come home on Tuesdays. Please go through them on Tuesday nights and return them on Wednesday morning. Read, sign, and return the weekly Reflection Log. Also, we often send home student work that needs to be returned for portfolios. Thank you for reminding your student to bring their folders back right away.

 

Global Arts Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Annah Walking Classroom Art Music n/a – Wonder
Laura Art Music Movement n/a – Wonder
Leah Music Movement Walking Classroom n/a – Wonder
Sonja Movement Walking Classroom Art n/a – Wonder

 

My Hot Lunchbox

If you would like to order your child’s lunch through My Hot Lunchbox please see the directions linked here: Hot Lunchbox Instructions

 

Lunch: WASTE FREE

Exploris is a Waste Free Lunch school, which means minimizing trash. Some creative solutions include sending a ziploc for messy food items or transferring yogurt into reusable container with a lid at home to keep lunch-boxes from getting messy. Our goal is to minimize trash. This model aligns with our Green School mission. Thank you for helping with this!

 

Mark Your Calendar!!

Exploris CALENDAR: Please connect your personal calendar to the Exploris Google Calendar by following the link above!

 

  • October 16/17 Annah & Sonja Fall Conferences
  • October 18/19 Laura & Leah Fall Conferences
  • October 18- Elementary School Picture Day
  • October 18 Exploris Capital Campaign Kick-Off Event at Marbles
  • October 21- Let’s Go For A Hike @ Umstead State Park

 

4th/5th Grade Contacts

Annah Riedel ariedel@exploris.org

Koren Morgan kmorgan@exploris.org

Leah Ruto lruto@exploris.org

Laura Shelton laura@exploris.org

Lori Ellis- Beard lori@exploris.org

Sonja McKay smckay@exploris.org

 

Global Arts Team

Lisa – Movement lisa@exploris.org

Marie – Art marie@exploris.org

Marg – Music marg@exploris.org