August 21-25 Newsletter (Week 2)

Dear Parents,

Last week was such an exciting one with many activities in class and opportunities to get to know all of the students better.  Some of these included: daily games at recess in crews, STEM challenges in Expedition, eclipse discoveries, podcasts, and myth busting, and reflecting on hopes and dreams for this school year.  We have more exciting things planned for this week so please read all about it below.

A couple of reminders:

  • Please send in $11 ($5 donation for your child’s planner, $6 for the viewing of Dream Big – details below).  
  • Water bottles every day are incredibly important.  We are outside daily and it is still very hot this time of year.
  • Closed toe shoes good for all activities every day.
  • Poncho – we often go outside even if it’s raining a little to make sure we have some run around time!
  • Please email your student’s crew teacher, and copy Mae and Koren, to let them know when/why your student will be absent.

We hope everyone had a safe and exciting eclipse viewing today!!

Thank you so much,

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

 

Expedition 1 Snapshot

Our first expedition, Every(body), is underway with STEM challenges each week.  Students are exploring the engineering design process, focusing on collaboration, engagement, and being risk takers!

Dream Big IMAX Viewing

As part of our expedition, we will be attending a viewing of Dream Big at the IMAX theater at Marbles on September 5th. We would like to invite parents to come. If you are interested please email your child’s crew teacher!!

The cost of viewing the film Dream Big is $6.00 per student. View the trailer of Dream Big here!

Ways You Can Help:

  • Share contact information for healthcare professionals, scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers, and designers.  Email any contacts you may have to your child’s crew teacher!
  • Volunteer to drive for field experiences

STEM Supplies

We are still collecting STEM supplies for our first expedition. Please consider donating some of necessary items. See the Sign Up Genius for details.  Thank you to everyone who has been sending in materials!!

STEM Supplies Sign-up

Art Class Supplies Needed

Students need a small-ish sketchbook for art class this year. The ideal size is approximately 5 x 7 inches.  Yes, this is in addition to the sketchbook which was on their supply list.  

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 LUNCHES

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!

Weekly folders will come home on Tuesdays. Please go through them on Tuesday nights and return them on Wednesday morning. We often send home student work that needs to be returned for portfolios, and that work will be marked as such. Thank you for reminding your student to bring their folders back right away.

Forms

All back to school forms are online this year. Please complete them ASAP. LINK

Global Arts Schedule

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

 

Lenny the Guinea-Pig sign-up (Annah’s Crew ONLY) – coming soon!!

Blizzard the Hedgehog sign-up (Leah’s Crew ONLY) – coming soon!!

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

August 20-27, Shinonome Visit from Hiroshima, Japan

Saturday, August 26 – Family Picnic at Pullen, Shelter #3 (5:30-7pm)

Monday, Sept 4 Labor Day – Holiday – No School

Thursday, Sept 7 – Curriculum Parent Night 5:30pm or 6:30pm (two times to accommodate families with multiple children)

Communication is Key: STAY CONNECTED

 

  • Remind 101

 

Remind 101 is a texting service where you can receive last minute reminders from the ⅘ team. Majority of our communication will come through our weekly blog. There are two options for signing up.

  • Option 1: Go online and fill out rmd.at/45tea The classroom code is @45tea
  • Option 2: Alternatively you can text @45tea to 81010

2)  4/5 Blog

Our blog is the main way to stay connected with the 4/5 team and classrooms. Using this link you can subscribe to our weekly blog. Starting September, 18th we will only be sent to those who have subscribed. Please go to exploris45.wordpress.com and subscribe to our blog! If you are a 5th grade parent it is the same as last year!

4th/5th Grade Contacts

Annah Riedel areidel@exploris.org

Koren Morgan kmorgan@exploris.org

Leah Ruto lruto@exploris.org

Laura Shelton laura@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

First Weekly Newsletter 2017-2018

Dear Parents,

We had a great first day with the students. Today we did some team building activities and organized our supplies. Students came into school ready to work and enthusiastic about the new school year. We will continue the team building activities for the rest of the week, and start our STEM activities for expedition. Please see the additional links below for more announcements and information about the upcoming school year.

Thanks,

⅘ Team

Expedition 1 Snapshot

Driving Question:  How can we use our knowledge of science to improve human health and safety?

Summary: In the first case study students will begin their expedition by completing a series of STEM challenges related to the human body using the engineering design process. Through this process students will explore the efficiency of the form and function of the human body. Students will strengthen their Engineering Habits of Mind including: creativity, optimism, persistence, systems thinking, conscientiousness, and collaboration. In case study two students will investigate the components of several human body systems. Students will select a focus topic related to human health and safety. They will apply their knowledge of human body systems and design thinking as they develop creative solutions to improve the human condition. Students will share their prototypes with local science and design experts at our Health and Safety Symposium. Students will also capture their learning using digital media that will be shared with their parents and school community.

Ways You Can Help:

  • Share contact information for healthcare professionals, scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers, and designers.  
  • Volunteer to drive for field experiences

 

STEM Supplies

We are still collecting STEM supplies for our first expedition. Please consider donating some of necessary items. See the Sign Up Genius for details.  

STEM Supplies Sign-up

 

Art Class Supplies Needed

Students need a small-ish sketchbook for art class this year. The ideal size is approximately 5 x 7 inches.  

 

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

 

Poncho, Good Shoes, and Water Bottles

Please make sure your child comes to school with a reusable water bottle, good walking shoes, and a poncho every day.

 

Forms

All back to school forms are online this year. Please complete them ASAP. LINK

 

Global Arts Schedule

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

 

Class Pets:

Lenny sign-up (Annah’s Pride ONLY) – coming soon!  

Blizzard the Hedgehog sign-up (Leah’s Crew Only) – coming soon!!

 

Communication is Key: STAY CONNECTED

 

  • Remind 101

 

Remind 101 is a texting service where you can receive last minute reminders from the ⅘ team. Majority of our communication will come through our weekly blog. There are two options for signing up.

  • Option 1: Go online and fill out rmd.at/45tea The classroom code is @45tea
  • Option 2: Alternatively you can text @45tea to 81010

2)  4/5 Blog

Our blog is the main way to stay connected with the ⅘ team and classrooms. Using this link you can subscribe to our weekly blog. Starting September, 18th we will only be sent to those who have subscribed. Please go to exploris45.wordpress.com and subscribe to our blog! If you are a 5th grade parent it is the same as last year!

 

4th/5th Grade Contacts

Annah Riedel areidel@exploris.org

Koren Morgan kmorgan@exploris.org

Leah Ruto lruto@exploris.org

Laura Shelton laura@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

 

Important Dates (Exploris CALENDAR):

August 20-27, Shinonome Visit from Hiroshima, Japan

August 26 – Family Picnic at Pullen, Shelter #3 (5:30-7pm)

Monday, Sept 4 Labor Day – Holiday – No School

 

Upcoming Expenditures

We will be charging for agendas this year. Ideally, all students will have an Exploris agenda so that we all have the same format. These agendas will be $5.00.

As part of our first expedition, we will be going to see Dream Big in IMAX.

June 5, 2017

Dear Parents,

We had a wonderful time enjoying skating and a STEM activity at United Skates!  Thank you to Ann Whitehurst who was instrumental in helping us plan and organize this trip.  Huge thank you to our fabulous parents who chaperoned and fared the RAIN with us on the way home!  Such an adventure.  We were so proud of the students behavior, positive attitude through the entire trip and especially through the rain.  

 

We have more activities this week!  Please read closely below so you are aware of all details for your child.  Thank you so much for a fantastic year.  It has been an honor and privilege to work with each of your children this year.  We wish everyone a safe, restful, exciting, and fun summer full of great memories.

 

Leah, Annah, Sonja, Koren and Ann-Marie (and our fantastic subs!)

 

Below is a recap of a the reminder email you should have received last night regarding our end of year events:

 

Wednesday: Crew Day! Do not order your child a lunch, they need a packed lunch this day.

 

Leah & Ann-Marie’s Crews: Mordecai House tours and historic downtown trolley tour! Lunch on the grounds of Mordecai House. Followed by a donut from Krispy Kreme!

Students need to bring:

A backpack with a lunch, snack and water bottle.

Trip time: 9:30-2pm.

There’s still room for a one parent: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4BA9AC2DA1F49-mordecai

 

Sonja’s Crew: Buffalo Road Pool!  Get ready to swim.

Students need to bring a bag with the following:

– lunch

-water bottle

– towel

– change of clothes including underwear

– plastic bag for wet stuff

– goggles (optional)

– pool shoes (optional)

 

To school students should wear:

-swimsuit

-good walking/recess shoes

 

Annah’s Crew: NC State walking tour. We will leave school around 9:30 and be back at school around 1:30-2:00. I went to NCSU and there are several things on campus I would like to them to see and do! Please bring your lunch if you are planning to join! The students will also be getting ice cream/sorbet from the Howling Cow.

 

Thursday: Students may come to school with their year books.  They will have a chance to get signatures from classmates and teachers outside at recess.

Send your child to school with an extra bag – all supplies are coming home!

 

Friday: 5th graders are having their traditional bubble walk from the k-1 students after Community Circle and early release.

Leah and Ann-Marie’s Crews will be having a fun and friendly game of kickball Friday morning and all of ⅘ will enjoy a picnic lunch with our K/1 friends.

 

Please see the link for THIS Google doc. to keep track of important dates and volunteer needs.

This Week’s Global Arts Schedule   

CREW Monday

C

Tuesday

D

Wednesday

A

Thursday

B

Leah Music Movement Walking Classroom Art
Ann-Marie Art Music Movement Walking Classroom
Annah Walking Classroom Art Music Movement
Sonja Movement Walking Classroom Art Music

 

Lenny Care- Sonja/Annah’s Crews Only Lenny is currently looking for cool summer travel plans! Please sign-up to host him for a week or two this summer! He is an adventurous guinea pig and would love to come see your house this summer. Currently there is no one signed up to take care of Lenny this summer.
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090D4FA4AD22A13-lenny3

Koda Care – Leah’s Crew Only Koda will be living with the Lietz’ for the rest of the month of June.  She needs a home for July and August!  You may share this time, sign up for a week or two or for the month.  Thank you!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4ba9ac2da1f49-koda

 

Classroom Books:

Please help your child check their backpack, under the seats of the car, in their closet, and under their beds for books that belong to the school. An easy way to tell is to check if the book has a circle sticker in the upper right or left hand corner of the cover with a number on it. If it has one of these stickers, please return the book to school. Also, if your family has outgrown books or your bookshelves, please consider donating books to the classroom. We like to keep our classroom libraries fresh and updated and donated books are much appreciated!

Summer Reading!

Your child will have information glued into their reading notebook about summer reading recommendations.  Please look for it when all supplies come home on Thursday.

Summer Math!

Students Dreambox accounts will be active until July 25th.  We recommend students do some Dreambox over the summer, suggestion of 45 minutes over the course of a week.

Parents of students in EC – your feedback is being requested!  Please see the below survey:

https://docs.google.com/a/exploris.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0zmPRzTw7uH0nnmnCOkXgfoK57dBw6FtC6_0FqT2Fly6xlw/viewform

Newsletter 5/30/2017

Dear Parents,

We hope you had a great long weekend. Welcome back!

Thank you to all the grown up who were able to attend the DFC portfolio share on Friday. We sure are proud of our students and we hope you enjoyed hearing them.

This week we wrap up EOG testing. Fifth graders take the science EOG on Wednesday (tomorrow!) and make up testing for absent students will take place on Thursday and Friday.

Although we view the EOG as one data point of many, we want students to take this seriously.  Please chat with your student and help alleviate any nerves. The best, Best, BEST thing you can do for them is to make sure they get a good night’s sleep, have a healthy protein-packed breakfast, and get to school on time.

Students are not allowed to wear smartwatches, fitbits, or other exercise monitors during the test.  Phones are also not allowed, nor fidgets.  Please have your child keep those items at home when they are testing.

Please note we need chaperones for tomorrow (Wednesday) to the science museum and next Monday to United Skates of America. Details below. Please sign up if you are able.  

Thank you for all of your support as we wrap up the school year. We know May & June are the busiest times of the year.

We appreciate you!

Sincerely,

The ⅘ Team

 

End of Year Events:

We have several end of year activities, field experiences, and more coming up. Please see the link for THIS Google doc. to keep track of important dates and volunteer needs. For the end of year events we will be collecting $12.00 for end of year trips and activities. Also, two sign ups for volunteers are included later in this newsletter.

 

This Week’s Global Arts Schedule   

CREW Monday Tuesday

D

Wednesday

A

Thursday

B

Leah No School Movement Walking Classroom Art
Ann-Marie No School Music Movement Walking Classroom
Annah No School Art Music Movement
Sonja No School Walking Classroom Art Music

 

4th Grade Field Trip to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences:

On Wednesday, May 31st our fourth grade students will participate in a Nature Journaling inspired field trip at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. (Fifth grade students will be taking the science EOG.) Students will be walking rain or shine. We will depart school shortly after 9:00am and return about 1:00. LUNCH should be packed from home. Anyone that orders My Hot Lunchbox will want to cancel their order for that day.

Fourth grade students must wear good walking shoes. Also, students must bring a poncho, nature journaling supplies, lunch, and a water bottle. A hat and sunscreen are optional, but recommended.

Students are not allowed to bring money or buy stuff!

Please join us! We could use some chaperones to help us manage this field trip. Chaperones will need to pack a lunch. Please sign up using this link:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0945AEA96-nature

United Skates of America STEM Field Trip:

On Monday, June 5th students will participate in a STEM Field Trip at the United Skates of America on Trawick Road. We will take city buses (free for students) to and from the field trip. We will depart school shortly after 9:00am and return about 2:00. LUNCH is included and consists of pizza and juice/water. Anyone that orders My Hot Lunchbox will want to cancel their order for that day. Students will spend the morning completing a roller skating inspired design challenge followed by lunch and free skate time.

Students must wear socks! Students should bring a water bottle.

Students are not allowed to bring money, play arcade games, or buy stuff! Also, outside food is not permitted.

Please join us! We could use some chaperones to help us manage a roller skating party for 85 students. Please sign up using this link:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0945AEA96-united

There is a cost for chaperones and you will pay as you go. You can expect $2.50 for bus fare, $6.00 for skate rental (optional!), and money to buy lunch from the concessions area. Chaperones will be stationed throughout the skating rink to help keep any shenanigans to a minimum.

 

Leah & Ann-Marie’s Crew Day Trip

On Wednesday, June 7th, Leah and Ann-Marie’s Crew will be having a final experiential morning all together!  We will be spending the morning learning about the history of Mordecai House and its impact on our local history as well as receiving a historic trolley tour of downtown Raleigh! We will be leaving school at 9:30am to walk to Mordecai House and enjoying a packed lunch afterwards.  Following this, we will walk to Krispy Kreme and enjoy a glazed donut before returning to school!  We will return to school by 2pm in time for Global Arts.

Trip time: 9:30am-2pm.

What I need from you?

I will need 4 chaperoning adults to accompany us on the trip.  Unfortunately, Mordecai can not accommodate more than that within the building.  If more chaperones attend, they may need to wait outside.

All students need to pack a lunch and water bottle which they can carry in their backpack that morning.  Students will carry their lunch, water bottle and a notebook and pencil for the trip inside their backpack. Do NOT order a lunch for your child on this day!

Sign-Up:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4BA9AC2DA1F49-mordecai

 

Annah’s Crew Day Field Trip

We will be going to NCSU on Wednesday, June 7th. We will leave school around 9:30 and be back at school around 1:30-2:00. I went to NCSU and there are several things on campus I would like to them to see and do! Please bring your lunch if you are planning to join! The students will also be getting ice cream/sorbet from the Howling Cow (part of the $12.00 you have already paid for end of year trips).  I am very excited to share this part of my life with my crew.

Lenny Care- Sonja/Annah’s Crews Only Lenny is currently looking for cool summer travel plans! Please sign-up to host him for a week or two this summer! He is an adventurous guinea pig and would love to come see your house this summer. Currently there is no one signed up to take care of Lenny this summer. 

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090D4FA4AD22A13-lenny3

 

Scholastic Books:
To order books online, sign in or register at www.scholastic.com/readingclub .  For first time orders, enter the class activation code HNMM7 under Sonja McKay. We earn class books whenever you order!

**The last order for this school year is due by Wed., May 31st, so books can arrive before the last day of school!

And speaking of books… Please help your child check their backpack, under the seats of the car, in their closet, and under their beds for books that belong to the school. An easy way to tell is to check if the book has a circle sticker in the upper right hand corner of the cover with a number on it. If it has one of these stickers, please return the book to school.

Also, if your family has outgrown books or your bookshelves, please consider donating books to the classroom. We like to keep our classroom libraries fresh and updated and donated books are much appreciated!

Explorations – Cornelius and Eugene will run field day during the Explorations time on June 2nd.  It will be similar to last year’s where each crew rotated through stations in 15-minute increments.

More information will be given closer to the date, but we will definitely need two types of volunteers:  parents to stay with crews the whole time and assist at each station, and parents to create and run stations.

 

Koda Care – Leah’s Crew Only

This weekend is open! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4ba9ac2da1f49-koda

Newsletter 5/22/2017

Dear Parents,

It’s EOG time! Although we view the EOG as one data point of many, we want students to take this seriously.  Please chat with your student and help alleviate any nerves. The best, Best, BEST thing you can do for them is to make sure they get a good night’s sleep, have a healthy protein-packed breakfast, and get to school on time.

Students are not allowed to wear smartwatches, fitbits, or other exercise monitors during the test.  Phones are also not allowed, nor fidgets.  Please have your child keep those items at home when they are testing.

The dates for the EOG’s are as follows:

Tues., 5/23 – 4th and 5th grade Reading

Wed., 5/24 – 4th and 5th grade Math

Wed., 5/31 – 5th grade Science

 

Friday, May 26 – Design For Change Portfolio Share!

We are greatly looking forward to seeing you all on Friday for the student’s DFC share.  Students are preparing and prepping in class this week.  Please be here for a 12:30-1:30 share with your child.  After the share you are free to leave with your child at 1:30pm. Also, if you are unable to attend please let your student’s crew teacher know. We will work to find an adult for every student to present to.

 

End of Year Events:

We have several end of year activities, field experiences, and more coming up. Please see the link for THIS Google doc. to keep track of important dates and volunteer needs. For the end of year events we will be collecting $12.00 for end of year trips and activities. Also, two sign ups for volunteers are included later in this newsletter.

Thanks ⅘ Team

 

This Week’s Global Arts Schedule   

CREW Monday

D

Tuesday

A

Wednesday

B

Thursday

C

Leah Movement Walking Classroom Art Music
Ann-Marie Music Movement Walking Classroom Art
Annah Art Music Movement Walking Classroom
Sonja Walking Classroom Art Music Movement

 

ELA: This week we are spending some time having some fun Jeopardy review of concepts we have learned.  Students are also working on submitting any final reading responses for the 40 Book Challenge!  Please ask them if they have any responses which need written!  Ann-Marie will be collecting her crew’s reading notebooks on Wednesday, May 24th!!!  (She can’t wait to read their final achievements in the comfort of her home!)

5th Grade Science: We will have target time two afternoons this week, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon during our normal expedition block. There is also an optional tutoring session on Thursday, May 25th afternoon. Pick-up is promptly at 4:30 for this optional after-school study session.

4th & 5th Grade Math:  This week we have given the students the week “off” for Dreambox. We are encouraging them to get good rest and eat a good breakfast. We will be playing math games on Tuesday afternoon. Our Math EOG is being taken on Wednesday, May 24th. Thanks for your support! After the EOG’s we will have 3-4 more class sessions where we hope to give students opportunity for re-testing standards that will appear on their achievement reports.

 

Design for Change

Design for Change Portfolio Share

YOU ARE INVITED! On Friday, May 26th please join us at The Exploris Elementary Site for our DFC Portfolio share. Our share will take place between 12:30pm -1:30pm. Since this is the beginning of a long Memorial Weekend students are free to leave with parents following the event. Please communicate with your child’s crew teacher ASAP if your student will not be present that day. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

 

United Skates of America STEM Field Trip:

On Monday, June 5th students will participate in a STEM Field Trip at the United Skates of America on Trawick Road. We will take city buses (free for students) to and from the field trip. We will depart school shortly after 9:00am and return about 2:00. LUNCH is included and consists of pizza and juice/water. Anyone that orders My Hot Lunchbox will want to cancel their order for that day. Students will spend the morning completing a roller skating inspired design challenge followed by lunch and free skate time.

Students must wear socks! Students should bring a water bottle.

Students are not allowed to bring money, play arcade games, or buy stuff! Also, outside food is not permitted.

Please join us! We could use some chaperones to help us manage a roller skating party for 85 students. Please sign up using this link:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0945AEA96-united

There is a cost for chaperones and you will pay as you go. You can expect $2.50 for bus fare, $6.00 for skate rental (optional!), and money to buy lunch from the concessions area. Chaperones will be stationed throughout the skating rink to help keep any shenanigans to a minimum.

4th Grade Field Trip to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences:

On Wednesday, May 31st our fourth grade students will participate in a Nature Journaling inspired field trip at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. (Fifth grade students will be taking the science EOG.) Students will be walking rain or shine. We will depart school shortly after 9:00am and return about 1:00. LUNCH should be packed from home. Anyone that orders My Hot Lunchbox will want to cancel their order for that day.

Fourth grade students must wear good walking shoes. Also, students must bring a poncho, nature journaling supplies, lunch, and a water bottle. A hat and sunscreen are optional, but recommended.

Students are not allowed to bring money or buy stuff!

Please join us! We could use some chaperones to help us manage this field trip. Chaperones will need to pack a lunch. Please sign up using this link:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0945AEA96-nature

 

Scholastic Books:
To order books online, sign in or register at www.scholastic.com/readingclub .  For first time orders, enter the class activation code HNMM7 under Sonja McKay. We earn class books whenever you order!

**The last order for this school year is due by Wed., May 31st, so books can arrive before the last day of school!

 

And speaking of books… Please help your child check their backpack, under the seats of the car, in their closet, and under their beds for books that belong to the school. An easy way to tell is to check if the book has a circle sticker in the upper right hand corner of the cover with a number on it. If it has one of these stickers, please return the book to school.

Also, if your family has outgrown books or your bookshelves, please consider donating books to the classroom. We like to keep our classroom libraries fresh and updated and donated books are much appreciated!

Explorations – Cornelius and Eugene will run field day during the Explorations time on June 2nd.  It will be similar to last year’s where each crew rotated through stations in 15-minute increments.

More information will be given closer to the date, but we will definitely need two types of volunteers:  parents to stay with crews the whole time and assist at each station, and parents to create and run stations.

cornelius@exploris.org & ewheeler@exploris.org

 

Lenny Care- Sonja/Annah’s Crews Only Lenny is currently looking for cool summer travel plans! Please sign-up to host him for a week or two this summer! He is an adventurous guinea pig and would love to come see your house this summer. Currently there is no one signed up to take care of Lenny this summer.
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090D4FA4AD22A13-lenny3

 

Koda Care – Leah’s Crew Only

This weekend is open! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4ba9ac2da1f49-koda

5/15 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Thank you for all of the wonderful gifts and treats last week for Teacher Appreciation. We felt very loved!

This week we will wrap up many of our DFC projects and work towards preparing for our parent share on May 26th. Two groups (Pollinators and Invasive Species) will be presenting on Friday, May 19th at Joslin Gardens (see info below). Another group, will be volunteering at the Longleaf Pine Festival on Saturday, May 20th (see info below).

We will also be offering a one-hour optional tutoring session on Thursday, May 18th for science review. This help session lasts until until 4:30 and is open to all 5th Grade students. Parents should arrive promptly for pick-up. If you would like your student to attend this Thursday please email Annah, ariedel@exploris.org to confirm your child’s attendance. We request that you confirm so Leah and I can have materials ready for that afternoon for the appropriate number!

We have several end of year activities, field experiences, and more coming up. Please see the link for THIS Google doc. to keep track of important dates and volunteer needs. For the end of year events we will be collecting $12.00 for end of year trips and activities.

One end of year milestone is the completion of our state testing. State testing in reading and mathematics takes place next week. We are confident in our students’ ability to show off all they have learned this year through the use of the strategies taught this year for deep reading and careful problems solving (For example: marking up the text when reading  and drawing quick sketches and showing work on paper when solving math problems.)  You can help by making  sure your child comes to school well rested and well fed.

The 4/5 Team

This Week’s Global Arts Schedule   

CREW Monday

“E” Day

Tuesday

A

Wednesday

B

Thursday

C

Leah Puppet show presentations Walking Classroom Art Music
Ann-Marie Puppet show presentations Movement Walking Classroom Art
Annah Puppet show presentations Music Movement Walking Classroom
Sonja Puppet show presentations Art Music Movement

DONATIONS NEEDED:

  • Old Newspapers (Annah’s Longleaf Pine group)
  • Tissue Boxes (desperate need – we have no tissues!)
  • AAA Batteries – We need these to keep our walking classroom devices powered up!

ELA: We are analyzing poetry this week, and continue to work on informational reading with Scholastic Magazine. We’ll be looking at figurative language (idioms, metaphors, similes)  more in-depth this week. We are also continuing word study (roots.)

5th Grade Science: Target Time will be held during our expedition block on Thursday afternoon (1:00-2:10) we will continue to study force and motion this week! Information in opening paragraph about an optional tutoring/review session on Thursday of this week!

4th Grade Math:  We will wrap up our geometry unit this week and start our review the week of May 15th. The students do daily warm-up problems that are taken directly from past EOG tests. This will give us a good idea of which concepts need the most review. Please continue to practice math facts AND do meet weekly Dreambox goals.

5th Grade Math:  This week we are practicing multiplying and dividing decimals using a variety of strategies.  We are also reviewing key skills and problem solving strategies with word problems.

Please continue to help your student meet their weekly Dreambox goal of 75 minutes. Students have some “assigned” fractions lessons in DreamBox. With AssignFocus, lessons are automatically tailored for every student around an assigned topic. The assigned lessons will be marked with a special blue icon in the student’s Lesson Chooser. A student can have up to two distinct AssignFocus topics at any given time.

Design for Change

Design for Change Portfolio Share

YOU ARE INVITED! On Friday, May 26th please join us at The Exploris Elementary Site for our DFC Portfolio share. Our share will take place between 12:30pm -1:30pm. Since this is the beginning of a long Memorial Weekend students are free to leave with parents following the event. Please communicate with your child’s crew teacher ASAP if your student will not be present that day. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

Longleaf Pine Design for Change Updates:

  • May 20th we have a festival at Harris Lake for the Longleaf Pine over 40 organizations will be present at this event. Please email Annah if your child can attend!
  • Separate email will be sent by Tuesday to all Longleaf parents with information about parking and needs the day of! Thanks for your patience!
  • Event is from 11 am-3 pm!
Pollinator and Invasive DFC Groups Updates:

Friday 12:30 – 2:00 – EVENT!

DRIVERS NEEDED!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4BA9AC2DA1F49-joslin

We need drivers! Right now only 7 of our 32 students have a ride! Please sign up if you can!!!

We will be participating in a public share at Joslin Gardens on May 19th from 12:30-2:30pm.  We are teaming up with K-1 and sharing about pollinators and invasive species.  Our students will lead activities for the public.  Please join us!  (Flooding and Longleaf DFC groups are continuing their DFC work at school!)  Please sign up to drive students using this link:

Scholastic Books:

To order books online, sign in or register at www.scholastic.com/readingclub .  For first time orders, enter the class activation code HNMM7 under Sonja McKay. We earn class books whenever you order!

Other:

Art Supplies Needed:

Paper towel rolls, cardboard egg cartons (not plastic or styrofoam).

ExplorationsCornelius and Eugene will run field day during the Explorations time on June 2nd.  It will be similar to last year’s where each crew rotated through stations in 15-minute increments.

More information will be given closer to the date, but we will definitely need two types of volunteers:  parents to stay with crews the whole time and assist at each station, and parents to create and run stations.

cornelius@exploris.org & ewheeler@exploris.org

Lenny Care- Sonja/Annah’s Crews Only Lenny is currently looking for cool summer travel plans! Please sign-up to host him for a week or two this summer! He is an adventurous guinea pig and would love to come see your house this summer.
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090D4FA4AD22A13-lenny3

Koda Care – Leah’s Crew Only

This weekend is open! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4ba9ac2da1f49-koda

Room Cleaning Volunteer Need- Leah/Ann Marie’s Crews Only

Leah-Marie’s Crews need your help with cleaning (disinfecting) on Friday afternoons!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d44a8ae23a1f58-crew1

May 8, 2017

Dear Parents,

YOU ARE INVITED! On Friday, May 26th please join us at The Exploris Elementary Site for our DFC Portfolio share. Our share will take place between 12:30pm -1:30pm. Since this is the beginning of a long Memorial Weekend students are free to leave with parents following the event. Please communicate with your child’s crew teacher ASAP if your student will not be present that day. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

Also, we have several end of year activities, field experiences, and more coming up. Please see the link for THIS Google doc. to keep track of important dates and volunteer needs.  

The 4/5 Team

This Week’s Global Arts Schedule   

CREW Monday

A

Tuesday

B

Wednesday

C

Thursday

D

Leah Walking Classroom Art Music Movement
Ann-Marie Movement Walking Classroom Art Music
Annah Music Movement Walking Classroom Art
Sonja Art Music Movement Walking Classroom

 

DONATIONS NEEDED:
Please send in a box of sheet protectors if you are able. We need several hundred of these ASAP to assemble our Design for Change portfolios. Thank you!

MAP TESTING:
Spring MAP testing continues this week with the math portion of the test. Students will be pulled from class on a rotating basis until testing is completed. Please make sure they are at school on time and have healthy breakfasts!  

ELA: We are analyzing poetry this week, and continue to work on informational reading with Scholastic Magazine. We’ll be looking at figurative language (idioms, metaphors, similes)  more in-depth this week. We are also continuing word study (roots.)

5th Grade Science: Student’s weather assessments are coming home in their Tuesday folders tomorrow.  This is so they can use them to study and assist them for end of grade preparation.  Please do not send them back to school.

4th Grade Math:  We will wrap up our geometry unit this week and start our review the week of May 15th. The students do daily warm-up problems that are taken directly from past EOG tests. This will give us a good idea of which concepts need the most review. Please continue to practice math facts AND do meet weekly Dreambox goals.

 

5th Grade Math:  This week we are practicing multiplying and dividing decimals using a variety of strategies.  

Please continue to help your student meet their weekly Dreambox goal of 75 minutes. Students have some “assigned” fractions lessons in DreamBox. With AssignFocus, lessons are automatically tailored for every student around an assigned topic. The assigned lessons will be marked with a special blue icon in the student’s Lesson Chooser. A student can have up to two distinct AssignFocus topics at any given time.

 

Design for Change

Design for Change Portfolio Share

YOU ARE INVITED! On Friday, May 26th please join us at The Exploris Elementary Site for our DFC Portfolio share. Our share will take place between 12:30pm -1:30pm. Since this is the beginning of a long Memorial Weekend students are free to leave with parents following the event. Please communicate with your child’s crew teacher ASAP if your student will not be present that day. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

 

Invasive Species Design for Change Updates:

  • We are going back to the Walnut Creek Wetland Center on WEDNESDAY to remove invasive species. Like last time, we are taking the bus.
  • Students will need to pack lunches & water bottles.
  • Students should wear closed toed shoes, LONG pants, and long sleeves.
  • Also, we need another PARENT CHAPERONE or two. Please email Sonja at smckay@exploris.org if you can join us.

 

Longleaf Pine Design for Change Updates:

  • Students will go to Harris Lake this Thursday, May 4th from 10 am -2 pm to plant longleaf pine trees. Please send your student with a bag lunch and email Annah if you are able to drive/volunteer! We only have 1 driver at this time!
  • May 20th we have a festival at Harris Lake for the Longleaf Pine over 40 organizations will be present at this event. Please email Annah if your child can attend!
  • A letter/volunteer permission forms for Harris Lake will come home in Tuesday folders, May 2nd!

 

Pollinator and Invasive DFC Groups Updates:

We will be participating in a public share at Joslin Gardens on May 19th from 12:30-2:30pm.  We are teaming up with K-1 and sharing about pollinators and invasive species.  Our students will lead activities for the public.  Please join us!  (Flooding and Longleaf DFC groups are continuing their DFC work at school!)  Please sign up to drive students using this link:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4BA9AC2DA1F49-joslin

 

Scholastic Books:
To order books online, sign in or register atwww.scholastic.com/readingclub .  For first time orders, enter the class activation code HNMM7 under Sonja McKay. We earn class books whenever you order!

Other:

Art Supplies Needed:

Paper towel rolls, cardboard egg cartons (not plastic or styrofoam).

ExplorationsCornelius and Eugene will run field day during the Explorations time on June 2nd.  It will be similar to last year’s where each crew rotated through stations in 15-minute increments.

More information will be given closer to the date, but we will definitely need two types of volunteers:  parents to stay with crews the whole time and assist at each station, and parents to create and run stations.

cornelius@exploris.org & ewheeler@exploris.org

 

Lenny Care- Sonja/Annah’s Crews Only
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090D4FA4AD22A13-lenny3

 

Koda Care – Leah’s Crew Only

This weekend is open! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4ba9ac2da1f49-koda

 

Room Cleaning Volunteer Need- Leah/Ann Marie’s Crews Only

Leah-Marie’s Crews need your help with cleaning (disinfecting) on Friday afternoons!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d44a8ae23a1f58-crew1