10/8 Monday Minute


Announcements for the week of October 8

  1. PTO Meeting & Social -October 8
  2. Time to turn in your Boxtops
  3. Dine-in nights- coming soon!
  4. Volunteer Needs
  5. Art by Me kicks off this week
  6. Hurricane Relief Drive
  7. Yam Jam
  8. Upcoming Events

1.  Join us tonight!  PTO Meeting and Social Time

exploris_ptologo3The next PTO meeting will be held in the media center at Exploris Middle School on Monday, October 8 at 6:30pm.
Agenda topics include an overview of our fall fundraiser, volunteer needs, and a treasurers report.
Then after the meeting, we’ll head over to the Morgan Street Food Hall for drinks, food, and socializing. Please join us to meet fellow Exploris parents and to get involved with the Exploris PTO.   RSVP Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2196425800681690/

42619816_10157853139999056_9063358185519185920_o2. Turn in your Boxtops by October 22! 

It’s that time of year again. BOX TOP submission time is right around the corner – November 1st!  If you’ve been clipping and saving, now is the time to send them in. If you haven’t been clipping and saving, what are you waiting for?! 🙂 This is an easy way to help earn money for Exploris.  Please grab your scissors, start clipping, and send them in. Those little things really do add up!

To help Gina with the Boxtops, feel free to print out a collection sheet, then trim and tape your Boxtops to it.  This is a great kid activity, too!   Printable sheets here:  https://www.boxtops4education.com/about/collection-sheets

If you don’t have time to use a collection sheet just turn in the boxtops to the front office at either school campus by Monday, October 22.  Thanks!

3. Dine-In Fundraising Nights – Weekly Fundraising Nights at local restaurants are coming! 
Watch for dates and restaurants in future Monday Minutes!  If your favorite restaurant offers Fundraising Nights, please let Allie Lindahl know at allie.lindahl@gmail.com.  We are being mindful to have options in many areas of Wake County, not just Downtown!


4. Volunteer Needs – Please contact Allie at allie.lindahl@gmail.com if you are able to help with any of the needs below.

  • Crew Parents – 5th Grade, 6th Grade
  • Teacher Appreciation Coordinator
  • Middle School Lunches



5. Elementary students will be creating their Art By Me pieces this week!  Please sign up to help in the classroom to help this great fundraiser succeed!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094FAEAA23ABFE3-artbyme

The Exploris PTO is excited to kick off this Fall Fundraiser that will showcase your child’s art.  We are partnering with the company Art by Me to feature the work of Exploris students on a variety of products. These will make great gifts! See all of the great products that they offer in the shop:Screenshot (17)https://www.artbyme.com/Shop/Product-List

This will be a school wide fundraiser for the Exploris PTO including all grades K-8. The products purchased will arrive before Winter Break! The profits will enable the PTO to continue providing all of the great services they offer to our school and teachers.

6. Exploris School Hurricane Relief Drive:

images (1)In order to help those affected by Hurricane Florence, Exploris will be collecting the following items to be dropped off at the elementary and middle school:
  • Bottled Water
  • Gently Used or New Clothing (adults and children)
  • Clorox Wipes
  • Diapers & Infant Supplies
  • Blankets
Collection ends October 15th

7. Yam Jam opportunity: 
The annual Yam Jam takes place throughout October. If a group from Exploris wants to go together, this is a fantastic volunteer opportunity and very fun. Follow the link below to register and for more info.

8. Upcoming Events

October 8
PTO Meeting @MS  6:30

October 8 – 12
Bullying Prevention Week

October 11
Parent University- High School Planning
@Elementary School
6:00 PM

October 15
Last day for Hurricane Relief collections

October 19
Early Dismissal for Students

October 22
Boxtops for Education – submission deadline

October 23
National Mix It Up Lunch

October 26
Middle School Electives Start

October 30
Board Meeting
@MS 4:30

Thanks for reading the “Monday Minute”!  We plan to publish this Exploris PTO blog post each Monday during the school year. If you would like to include information, please email your text (copy ready), photos, and links to Dana Deaton at explorisptonews@gmail.com by 8pm Sunday evening.


On September 28, the “Kids Care” elementary exploration prepared lasagnas, salads and treat bags for the firemen/women at Fire Station number 3. The class theme for the day was “Thank You.”  Big thanks to elementary parents Amy FitzGerald and Michelle Williams for leading that great activity!