Friday, December 3

Exploris Grade 8

We hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving Break! We are back in the swing of things with Trimester 2 well underway! We kicked off our study of Tipping Points, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the second round of electives. Thank you to Dr. Michael Reiskind for kicking off our trimester with an insightful presentation about Yellow Fever. Dinner table chats this week can include Yellow Fever, The Flu of 1918, similarities/differences between that and Covid-19, the importance of UDHR, and Manifest Destiny! This week’s letter is full of new updates, so please read carefully as we wrap our work for 2021!

Universal Declaration of Human Rights: The class of 2022 invites parents to virtually attend our UDHR ceremony on Friday, December 10 at 9:00 AM. This is a time-honored tradition that every 8th grader at Exploris has taken part in for the past 20 years on the anniversary of the United Nations signing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is a wonderful, yearly reminder of the importance of human rights and your students have worked hard to memorize and prepare their part. Zoom Link.

OUTWARD BOUND PREP and UPDATES: 

  • Boots – The Holidays are a great time to purchase boots for Outward Bound, so you have time to break them in. If your child is in a serious growth spurt, though, you should wait till about a month out so they are not too small! 🙂 
  • Outward Bound Course – Preparation Information This is an official OB page for Exploris.  Their official packing list is posted on this page.  We have found students DO NOT need everything on this list. Our version of the packing list.
  • 2018 Outward Bound Pics
  • SIGN UP FOR OUTWARD BOUND NOW! The Exploris School Outward Bound Sign-Up
  • We have 46 students in the portal, but we need everyone to go ahead and do step 1 to get the process started! Many of you are overdue on Step 2. Please work on getting that paperwork completed, if needed. Crew teachers will reach out in the new year with another payment update and final payment info. The final total of $900 (another $300 payment) is due January 14, 2022 for your planning purposes. 
  • Covid Protocols for OB 
  • Payment of $600 total is overdue: Either pay online here, send in a check to Exploris, or please go ahead and fill out the Scholarship Application if finances are an issue. We’ve had many families complete theirs already, so go ahead and get those submitted if you need funding. We have a grant and have set aside a robust scholarship fund because we know many families are still recoverying economically from Covid. Do not let money worries keep you from sending your child! You can submit your scholarship application to your crew teacher or directly to Deb Brown, Middle School Director @ deborah@exploris.org
  • We are still working on scheduling a parent meeting with Outward Bound.

High School Corner: Parents please update us if you have new information

  • Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School: I’m excited to invite your 8th-grade students and parents to our Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School Theme Showcase!  If you could please disseminate our registration information and the attached flyer for our Magnet Theme Showcase scheduled for Thursday, December 9th at 6:30, that would be so helpful.  Please direct parents to REGISTER HERE.  You may also share the links below so parents can learn more about SRMHS. SRMHS at a Glance – Video Created by Film Students Digital Brochure Magnet Events and Tours

WCPSS Base – Directly through the base school’s Student Services

  • Most do not start enrollment in Spring – No action needed now.  Orientations in spring and summer.  We will get you connected to other 8th grade families attending the same base so you can coordinate a session with their student services.

Exploris Support for High School Transition:

Updates from Admin: 

  • Yearbooks are on sale now!  Buy early for the lowest prices of the year! Buy Your Yearbook at Jostens
  • Friday December 17th will be modified from an early release day to a full vacation day. 
  • Dear Exploris Families, our best advertisement is YOU! Please share with your networks and any interested families this information about Exploris’s open houses and lottery: Looking for a free, public k-8 school with a hands-on approach, strong academics, values of social & environmental justice, and firm belief that kids can change the world? Check out www.Exploris.org ! Applications for the 2022-2023 school year are open! 
  • In order to get into the spirit of giving, the PTO decided to put together an Angel Tree for some of our Exploris Families.  This has been a hard year for many and we would love to bring some joy and cheer this winter season for our Exploris children.  Please check out the SignUp Genius  linked here.
  • In preparation for closing the school for Winter Break, please take a moment to have your child/children look through the lost and found. We have a plethora of water bottles and sweatshirts! These items will be donated on Thursday, December 16, 2021. 

Helpful links: 

Crew List

8th Grade Daily Schedule

Link to Panera Bread Signup 

Amazon Wish List

Free Covid testing  – appts are now required

Counselor Referral Form: Please use this link and complete the form.

Important Information regarding lunches:

Parent and Teacher Organization Resources:

THIS WEEK

Monday 12/6CNN10
Humanities: 7B word pics, read for 30 mins
Expedition: Zombie Apocalypse/WHO disease research paper
Lunch @ Nash
Tuesday 12/7CNN10
Humanities: Read 30, #7 Mystery Questions
Expedition: Zombie Apocalypse/WHO disease research paper
Lunch@Halifax Mall
Wednesday 12/8CNN10
Humanities: Read 30 mins, STUDY for #7 vocab quiz
Expedition: Zombie Apocalypse/WHO disease research paper
Lunch @ Morgan Street Food Hall/Working Lunch
Afterschool: Run Club, Drama Club, and Ultimate Frisbee
Thursday 12/9CNN10
Humanities: Read 30 mins, #7 Vocab Quiz
Expedition: Zombie Apocalypse/WHO disease research paper
Lunch @ Moore Square/Working Lunch
Friday 12/10First Trimester Achievement Reports emailed home
CNN10 Quiz
9:00 UDHR Ceremony Zoom Link
Elective I – 10:45 – 1:00
Elective II – 1:00 – 3:15
Next WeekFriday, December 17 – Holiday
Winter Break – Thursday, Dec 16 (3:15pm) – Tuesday, Jan 4 (8am)

Important Dates (Exploris CALENDAR):

Friday, Jan 14 – FULL PAYMENT toward Outward Bound DUE ($900)

Monday, Jan 17 – MLK Holiday

Friday, February 18 – Teacher Workday – Portfolio Conferences

Monday, Feb 21 – Teacher Workday – Presidents’ Day Holiday

Thursday, March 10 – End of Second Trimester

Friday, March 11 and Monday March 14 – Teacher Workdays

Spring Break – Friday, April 8 (3:15pm) – Tuesday, April 19 (8am)

Monday, April 18 – Friday, April 22 – Outward Bound Trip

Monday, April 18 – Teacher Workday (we will be on Outward Bound)

Tuesday, May 3 – Eid al Fitr Holiday

Monday, May 30- Memorial Day Holiday

Friday, June 10 – Graduation (10:30 am), early dismissal

Friday, June 10 – End of Third Trimester, last day of school

8th Grade Contacts

Jessie Francese, Jfrancese@exploris.org

Cori Greer-Banks, cori@exploris.org

Paula Mancini, pmancini@exploris.org

Adrian Findlay, adrian@exploris.org

Kelly Fauth, kfauth@exploris.org

Who’s Who?

Adrian Findlay – Crew, Math, Expedition

Jessie Francese – Crew, Humanities, Expedition

Paula Mancini – Crew, Math, Expedition

Cori Greer-Banks – Crew, Humanities, Expedition

Kelly Fauth – Special Education

Jamie Butler – Art

Julius Debnam- Health and Wellness

Nikki Kovach – Digital Literacy

Aurelia Autman – World Cultures and Spanish Language

Michelle Duncan – School Counselor

Michelle Butterworth – Interventionist

Mary Margaret Moffitt – Development Coordinator, but mostly just about anything you need!

Josh Corbat – Directors of Resources

Deborah Brown – Middle School Director

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