11/26 Monday Minute

Announcements for the week of November 26

  1. Winter Thanks – a great way to give! 

  2. Dine-in Night at Zoe’s Kitchen this Wednesday

  3. Exploris PTO Meeting this Friday, lunchtime

  4. Parent University: Equity & Diversity Conversation- December 6

  5. Middle School Dance- December 14

  6. Exploris Admissions window- open now

  7. Middle School Soccer starting soon

  8. Upcoming Events

1. Easy and Generous Teacher Gift Giving at Exploris!

41V7ZsFPkFL._SX425_At this time of year, many students and parents like to bring in a gift for their child(ren)’s teachers.  As students often have many teachers at Exploris, this can get a bit tricky!  We want to thank everyone, but figuring out what to do can be daunting.If your family plans to participate in gift giving at school this year, the PTO would like to offer you the chance to contribute towards a MUCH-APPRECIATED cash gift for our teachers and staff.  This collection ensures that all fifty-five teachers and staff members receive the recognition they deserve! To participate, you can simply send in a check (or cash) to the PTO, or donate by credit card ONLINE.  This will then be divided among the teachers and staff.If you would like to participate:

  • Please send in cash or a check (made payable to Exploris PTO) or make your donation ONLINE.
  • Place your donation in an envelope marked “Winter Thanks” or “Teacher Gift” with your name, your child(ren)’s name(s), and grade(s).  It is important to label the envelope with “Winter Thanks”  or “Teacher Gift” so that it is not confused with school care, spirit wear, or field trip payments.
  • Give it to Mary Margaret or Carolee (either one is fine if you have children in both schools; it is not necessary to provide separate donations per child).
  • If donating ONLINE, please include in the “Notes” at checkout, your name, your child(ren)’s names(s), and grade(s).
  • Complete all donations by Wednesday, December 19th.

For additional information please read our EXPLORIS THANKS FAQ’S. If you have any questions, please let us know by emailing Brooke Somers (brooke_davidson@yahoo.com) or Cheryl Rodgers (cheryl.l.rodgers@gmail.com).


2. Dine-In Fundraiser- Wednesday, November 28- Zoe’s Kitchen NH

5847171_14722090697039_rId5Thank you for everyone who has participated in dine-in fundraisers thus far!  Your participation is key to this effort.  Many restaurants require a minimum before they donate anything to us, so we really need as many people there as possible.  Allie would love to hear ideas for other dine-in fundraisers, so if you have favorite restaurants or contacts, or if you’re interested in helping coordinate, please reach out to allie.lindahl@gmail.com
Our next dine in fundraiser is THIS WEDNESDAY at Zoe’s Kitchen in North Hills. Eat at Zoes Kitchen and support Exploris PTO! – November 28- 4-9pm – 141 Park at N Hills St #112, Raleigh – 25% back – In store only
Upcoming Dine-In Fundraisers
We also have a new, ongoing Fundraiser that is super exciting!  All Papa Murphy’s Take ‘n’ Bake Pizza locations in Wake County are offering us 25% back on online orders.  All you have to do is add the Promo Code “Creative” when checking out at http://order.PapaMurphys.com.  There are no specific dates or times – anytime your family has a pizza night, Papa Murphy’s will give back to the PTO!

We hope to see you at MOD Pizza on November 14. Please RSVP on our facebook page, and share with your friends!: Nov. 28 – Zoe’s Kitchen North Hills

ptoheader3.  Exploris PTO- this Friday! Join us!

Please join fellow parents and teachers for our November meeting on Friday, November 30, 11:30am at Tobbaco Road. Meet some Exploris parents and teachers and learn how you can get involved as we support our great school. Please RSVP on facebook so we can give the restaurant an estimated headcount.

4. December 6 – Parent University: Equity & Diversity Conversation

Screenshot (24)Do you have questions about the recently
approved weighted lottery? Are you wondering
how Exploris will continue to strengthen diversity
and improve access?

Join the Exploris Conversation
Thursday, December 6, 2018, 6:00-7:30pm
Elementary Campus @ 17 S. Swain Street

The school’s Equity and Diversity Committee invites you to a Parent University meeting to learn and engage in discussion about the school’s on-going work to support equity and diversity in our school community. The meeting will take place at the elementary school on Dec. 6 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. and will be facilitated by Adrienne Davis from the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity at NCSU.  

5. Middle School Dance- December 14

The next Exploris Middle School Dance will be held on December 14, 2018. Details and volunteer needs will be posted soon!  Info here:

6. Do you have friends interested in applying to The Exploris School?

The 2019-2020 application is online now! Help spread the word.

More info here: https://www.exploris.org/2019-2020-admissions/

7. Exploris Middle School Soccer starting soon!:

Please go to the following link for more information about our winter indoor soccer program.  We look fsoccerorward to continuing our tradition of including ALL levels of experience on our Exploris Teams!  There is only one practice – just to get the feel of indoor soccer, Tuesday, December 18, 4-5pm. Then just weekly games. Our 11/12 and 13/14 games will all be Sunday afternoon!  Hopefully this does not interfere with travel players. This is not a developmental program. There are NO TRYOUTS! We have elite players and beginners. We promise you all skill levels are welcomed, including zero experience.  Effort and smiles are the only expectation! This program is about fitness, fun, laughter, sweat, play, leadership, compassion, and teamwork! Competition is important, and the students know the teams are carefully designed to tie one another.  WHERE? XL Soccerworld WHEN? Winter II Season 2018 (January 8 – end of Feb.)

5. Upcoming Events

Thanks for reading the “Monday Minute”!  We publish this Exploris PTO blog post each Monday. 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.

Photo of the Week:  Exploris 8th graders working hard in class.  We have 23 1/2 days of school between Thanksgiving and Winter Break. 🙂