Front of Building

A great theme for Explorer this year!

Ms. Tellerico introduces our 2013-14 theme: Knowledge is Power!

Raising the flag on another new school year!

Our student created flag

Our student created flag Our student created flag

Third grade animal reports

Third grade animal reports Third grade animal reports

Our third grade animal reports

Our third grade animal reports Our third grade animal reports

Some interesting work with Picasso.

A wonderful message in our Library

Check out our student display!

Black history month displays in the library

Fifth graders learn about lunar phases with Oreos. Digesting knowledge!

Storytelling is awesome!

Girls on the Run!

Amazing art!

Fifth graders check out the EK music programs.

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson Jackie Robinson

Explorer Text Connections

Explorer Text Connections Explorer Text Connections

Our text connections

Our text connections Our text connections

A great connection

A great connection A great connection

Explorer March is Reading Book Awards

Explorer is awesome!

More awesome art!

We have creative students!

Pandas are profound!

Explorer represents cultures from around the world!

Explorer represents cultures from around the world!

Up close and personal!

Up close and personal! Up close and personal!

A mesmerizing presentation

A mesmerizing presentation A mesmerizing presentation

Welcome to Explorer Elementary

At Explorer We Do Our Best, Do the Right Thing, and Treat Others With Respect. 

Explorer is a partnership in learning for all students, staff, parents, and community. We are dedicated to developing self-directed, life-long learners in a safe and nurturing environment.

We are committed to academic excellence and have fully adopted Common Core State Standards  as well as ongoing program development.

Relationships are important!  We fully incorporate Capturing Kids' Hearts  model throughout Explorer Elementary.  A highlight of the CKH model is the EXCEL model. E - Engage X - Explore, C - Communication, E - Empower, L - Launch.

We encourage and promote a safe orderly environment as well as an open door to parents and the community.

We value effective communication and build strong relationships among all stakeholders.

We strive to create and develop life-long learners and engaging problem solvers.

We continually develop teaching styles and methods to promote rigor and relevance in learning using differentiation and data to improve instruction. 


March 31                      Conferences @ 4:00 - 8:30 PM

April 1                           School Dismissal @ 12:03 PM

April 1                           Conferences @ 1:00 - 8:30 PM

April 2                           School Dismissal @ 12:03 PM

April 3                           School Dismissal @ 12:03 PM

April 4-11                      Spring Break - No School

April 14                         School Resumes

April 14                          GOTR @ 3:45 PM

April 15                          Family Title Night @ EK @ 5:30 to 7:30 PM

April 16                          GOTR @ 3:45 PM

April 17                          Kindergarten Registration @ 7:00 PM

April 18                          3rd Grade Animal Report @ 1:00 PM


Explorer News

Parent Notice Regarding Within District Transfers

To better serve our families in an efficient manner, district procedures have changed for parents who are requesting a change in their child's school placement for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year. Please be advised of the following process to ensure your request is given consideration:


1. Parents should pick up and return Within District Transfer (WDT) forms at your student(s) home building.

2. Parents who submit their WDT forms by May 23, 2014, will be notified in June when school has ended.

3. If WDT is submitted AFTER May 23, 2014, then parents will be notified whether their application was approved or disapproved AFTER registration is held in August 2014.

4. Parents may continue to submit WDT request forms during the summer months at the Kentwood Public Schools Administration building on 5820 Eastern Avenue, Kentwood, Michigan.

5. Parents with questions or concerns may contact the Student Services Office 455-4400, ext. 79927 for further assistance.


2014-2015 Kindergarten Registration Alternate Languages

Burmese Postcard PDF DocumentMyanmar (Burma) Flag

Spanish Postcard PDF DocumentMexico

Vietnamese Postcard PDF DocumentVietnam

2014-2015 Kindergarten Registration

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at your Child's Home School.

  • All Day, Every Day Kindergarten
  • All Day, Every Day Young 5's
  • Part Time Option for Young 5's @ Explorer. Contingent on registration numbers in August.
  • Safe, Secure, and Nurturing Classrooms
  • Up-to-date Computer Labs, Laptops, iPads and Netbooks available for developing student technology skills.
  • Gifted & Talented classrooms grades 3-8.
  • K-12 Curriculum aligned to the Michigan Common Core Standards.
  • Singapore Math Program, "Math In Focus" teaches concepts using a concrete-pictorial-abstract learning in real-world, hands on experiences.
  • District before and after school daycare.
  • Respect and responsibility programs for social competence & personal development

We invite you to visit our elementary school, call Kentwood Public Schools Administration Offices at (616) 455-4400 for more information or visit our website at