12/17 Monday Minute

Announcements for the week of December 17, 2018

1. Winter Thanks – teacher gift time

2. Art by Me merchandise coming home today

3. Dine-in Night at MOD Pizza this Wednesday

4. Exploris Capital Campaign- please contribute

5. Exploris Admissions 

6. Upcoming Events

1. Please contribute to the teacher gift by WEDNESDAY:


Easy and Generous Teacher Gift Giving at Exploris- Mug Free!

🎁 Are you planning to give a gift to your child’s teachers? Please contribute to the Exploris Winter Thanks ! Contributions must be received by WEDNESDAY, December 19. You can send in a check or give online. 🎁

 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. Art By Me-  orders coming home today!

imagesArt by Me ordered products will be sent home on Monday, December 17 with students! (The orders were supposed to arrive at the school last week, but were delayed due to weather.)

**If you don’t want your order to go home with your child, please email Kristin ASAP: krash1065@yahoo.com **

3. Dine-In Fundraiser- Wednesday, December 19, MOD Pizza, 2071 West Millbrook

Screenshot (23)Thank 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

Come support the Exploris PTO on Wednesday and get a great meal!
December 19- 5-8pm – MOD Pizza- 2071 W Millbrook Rd #103, Raleigh. 
Dine at MOD Pizza and 20% goes back to Exploris PTO! – In store only
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 this Wednesday. Please RSVP on our facebook page, and share with your friends!: Dec 19- Exploris PTO/MOD Pizza Dine in Night


capcam-12.5.2017-285h-e15124892122484. Exploris Capital Campaign

As we wrap up 2018 I invite you to think back on your experiences with Exploris. What impressed you about the school? What did your student learn at Exploris that they might not have learned at a traditional school? What field experiences did they take that opened their eyes to things that didn’t know before? 
Think about those things as you consider contributing to the Exploris Capital Campaign. Your contributions will help us open the doors for the new building and ensure that many more students can take advantage of those same experiences that your student had. 
We know that December is a tough time to make a contribution. You’ve got the holidays, and teacher gifts, and possibly travel or extra child care expenses because of the school break. If you can’t make a contribution now, please make a pledge! You can do both at https://www.exploris.org/capital-campaign-giving/
What’s the Difference between the Capital Campaign and the PTO Fundraising?
Throughout the year you’ll see lots of opportunities provided through the PTO to raise money for Exploris. These include the Art By Me fundraiser, linking your grocery cards to the school, collecting box tops, using Amazon Smile, and more. We’ve also started hosting fundraising nights at local restaurants, too. The money raised through these PTO efforts is used to fund a variety of activities throughout the year such as the classroom fund, school dances, club grants, fall picnic, spring family day, and teacher appreciation. 
Contributions to the Capital Campaign, and later on to the Annual Fund, are used to help offset building and maintenance costs. As a charter school, we do not receive buildings and facilities funding like the county schools do, so we are on our own to make up this difference in funding. The Capital Campaign funds are specifically targeted to furniture, outdoor equipment, and technology for the new school! 
Thank you! Enjoy the break! And stay tuned for our classroom competitions in January!
If you have any questions about the Capital Campaign, contact Kristi Pettibone at kristipettibone@gmail.com

5.  The Exploris School- APPLY NOW!

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

Please remember that even if you have a student at Exploris, you need to APPLY FOR SIBLINGS! 

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

6. Upcoming Events


  • Wednesday, December 19
    Last Day for Teacher Thanks contributions
    Dining Night at MOD Pizza
  • Early Release – Friday, December 21 12:15 pm
  • Winter Break – Monday December 24 – Friday January 4
  • Monday, January 7- back to school!
  • Middle School -Expressions Day- January 18
  • ML King Day – January 21, no school


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:  Leah Perry’s 7th graders dressed as “Wintry Mix” for Crew Day during Spirit Week.