Since last week our calendar has been updated to reflect that there is No School on Wednesday, May 16th. This impacted our spring MAP testing dates. See the new schedule below. Thanks for your flexibility.
Also, we are looking for additional mentors for June 5th/6th. Please see information below and let us know if you have any contacts or if you, yourself are interested.
- 5th Grade Mission 6 Zearn Calendar
- May 14 – May 22: MAP Testing
- May 14: MAP Reading Test for 5th grade
- May 15: MAP Reading Test for 4th grade
- May 16: *NEW* School closed. Please see message from Ellie for details.
- May 17: MAP Math Test for 5th grade
- May 22: MAP Math Test for 4th grade
- May 22 and 23: MAP Make Up Test
- May 24: Science EOG (5th grade ONLY)
- May 25th: No School – Teacher Workday
- May 25th: Final Scholastic Book Order
- May 30: Reading EOG (4th & 5th)
- May 31: Math EOG (4th & 5th)
- May 31: Parents – Due today: THIS Google form about Portfolio Conferences
- June 5th-6th: Techstars Event (Information Below)
- June 7th, June 8th- Students may bring yearbooks to school for signing
- June 8: Last Day of School (½ Day – Dismissal at 12:15)
- Community Circle, Expressions Day, and 5th Grade Bubble Walk (Approx. 8:30 – 9:45)
- Portfolio Conferences (Approx. 10:00 -11:00)*More details below
- Picnic Lunch (Approx. 11:00 – 12:00)
- NO AFTER-SCHOOL CARE ON THIS DAY: Dismissal for ALL students from 12:15-12:40 PM.
4th Grade Updates
ELA: This week students will work on writing their paragraphs with structured topic sentences for their informative writing assignment. They are close reading a nonfiction article with a text structure of cause and effect then answering comprehension questions. Students are reviewing root words and working on a paragraph editing.
We will continue to read aloud The Wild Robot. Students are welcome to bring their own copy, but it is not required.
Math: This week, we are continuing our work on measurement using the metric system. We are measuring length, capacity, and mass. Students need to complete their Spiral Review by Thursday (6 questions). There are two new TenMarks lessons this week.
5th Grade Updates
Due this Friday:
- Mission 6: Lessons 14, 15, 24
- Daily Language Review (Assigned Tuesday, Due Friday)
- Scholastic- Wardrobe Wars Issue (8 Words of the Week, No Handout)
- 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 & Koren’s Crews ONLY) – SIGN UP TO TAKE BLIZZARD HOME HERE!
Global Arts Schedule:
|Koren’s Crew||Music||Movement||Rachel time|
|Leah’s Crew||Movement||Rachel time||Art|
|Sonja’s Crew||Rachel time||Art||Music|
Helpful Tips for MAP Testing and EOGs:
- Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and is well-rested.
- Feed them a good breakfast!
- NO smart watches or cell phones are allowed in the testing room. If your child has a smart watch or watch with an alarm, or cell phone please leave them at home!
- Encourage your student to use their strategies to try hard and do their best!
On June 5th and 6th we will partner with Techstars, a worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, to facilitate a Techstars Startup Weekend Schools edition. This event is designed to educate, empower, and inspire children on the topics of business and entrepreneurship. Annah’s sister, Jen, is the Techstars Regional Manager for Startup Programs in the Eastern US and Canada. Jen will come facilitate this event at Exploris in collaboration with community partners and leaders. We are excited to end our current expedition in a unique way. Students will create business models that build their understanding of entrepreneurship and sustainable practices! If you are interested in being a mentor or know someone please let us know!
Friday, June 8th from 10:00 – 10:45ish
(Alternate Date: June 7th from 3:30 – 4:15ish)
Portfolio conferences will be held “en masse” picnic style (on the floor) on Friday, June 8th from approximately 10:00 – 10:45/11:00. This is a student-led portfolio conference. The ⅘ teaching team will be on hand to help, but will not participate in individual conferences. We realize this is the same morning as the 8th grade graduation. We understand that parents and many of the ⅘ siblings of graduates will attend the graduation ceremony instead of portfolio conferences. However, students who are able to hold a portfolio conference Friday, June 8th may invite his/her parents or other adult guest.
If you and your student are not able to attend the portfolio conference on Friday morning, an alternative date and time is Thursday, June 7th from 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
To help us better gauge who will attend conferences on each day, please complete THIS Google form BY Thursday, May 31st. Update: Only 7% (6/84) of families have responded.
8th Grade Project Needs Help
Dear Exploris Parents,
As you may know, our school prides itself in solving problems across the street and around the world. Early in the year, eighth grade was studying water and our water impact on the ocean. One of the many problems we have found is that all of the stormwater runoff is going into local streams and eventually to the ocean. Though this may seem like a small issue, due to all of the impermeable concrete we have in the city, most pollution gets washed into these streams.
One of our Design For Change groups recognized this issue and set out on a mission to solve it. After a lot of planning and hard work, a service learning group has taken on the task of starting a rain garden on the elementary school campus. Rain gardens help absorb and purify extra runoff coming off the streets and buildings. Though this rain garden is a great idea, we need your help to make it a reality.
Currently, we are working to buy the necessary plants and materials to create this rain garden. Any donations would be appreciated. If you would like to donate plants or money toward plants, please sign up on this Sign-Up Genius:
Thank you for your support,
The Eighth Grade Gardening Group
Vivian, Quinn, Mattie, Hastings, Zach, Daniel, Jason, Zander, Cameron, Aiden, Savannah, Ben, and Isabella