1/7 Monday Minute

Announcements for the week of January 7, 2019 – Happy New Year!

1. PTO Meeting tonight- Monday! 

2. Exploris Applications- outreach opportunity

3. Teacher snack stash

4. Volunteer Needs

5. Restaurant Fundraisers

6. Exploris Capital Campaign- please contribute

7. Upcoming Events

1. Please join us this evening for the January PTO Meeting

Welcome back to school!  We hope all families had a fun and relaxing Winter Break.  If you’re free tonight, join us for a PTO meeting! January 7 at 6:30 pm at the middle school. We will be discussing our big fundraiser for the year (an online auction in the spring), but we promise if you come you won’t be coerced into volunteering. 🙂  RSVP Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/218730212338560/  

2.  The Exploris School- APPLICATIONS DUE FEB 1

exploris_finallogoWith applications for the 2019-2020 school year due on February 1, the Equity and Diversity Committee will be working on outreach to share about Exploris with local community groups and neighbors this month. If you are interested in assisting with this or future efforts, please join the committee this Thursday, January 10th, from 4:30-5:30 at the elementary school. 

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/

3. Teacher Snack Stash – Amazon wish list!


We’ve got a few weeks before our next big Teacher Snack Stash drive, and the shelves are bare!  Check out this Amazon wish list, and order or bring in what you can (either Elementary or Middle)!  Thank you for keeping our teachers happy!! http://a.co/cO4bxtc


4. Volunteer Needs – 

The PTO is planning some exciting new events this spring, and we need parent volunteers to be successful!  Please contact Allie Lindahl (allie.lindahl@gmail.com) if you’re interested in helping with any of these areas:
  • Spring Fundraiser/Social –  The PTO is in the early phases of discussing possibilities for a new fundraiser/social combo, and would love for someone interested in leading it involved from the beginning.  We are open to ideas but have lots of support too!
  • Teachers Stash Snack Drive – Coordinate volunteers for the Teacher Snack Stash drives at the elementary and middle schools and organizes snacks in workrooms.  Typically, we have had a fall and spring drive, but new ideas are always appreciated!
  • Annual Fund Leader in Training – The current Annual Fund leader is ready to step down next year, but would love someone to follow her this year to learn the ropes.  If you are interested in helping with the Annual Fund next year, please let us know!

5. Restaurant Fundraisers

  • Did you know that Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake is offering Exploris PTO an Ongoing Fundraiser?!  No days of the week, no dates to order by, no times – just whenever it works for you!  Just order online at PapaMurphys.com and put in promo code “Creative” for Exploris to get 25% of sales back.  No other coupons can be used.
  • Screenshot (23)Join us at MOD Pizza on Millbrook Road on Wednesday, January 16 for another Dine In Fundraiser!  We can get 20% back from MOD Pizza for everyone who mentions Exploris!   
  • The next fundraiser will be at Milton’s Pizza on Six Forks Road on Wednesday, January 30.  Put it on your calendar now!
  • Do you have a favorite independent restaurant?  Do you know someone who owns or manages a restaurant Exploris families love?  Please let Allie Lindahl know and she will reach out to see if they would offer a Dine In Fundraiser for Exploris PTO!

We hope to see you at MOD Pizza on the 16th. Please RSVP on our facebook page, and share with your friends!: January 16 – Exploris PTO/MOD Pizza Dine in Night


capcam-12.5.2017-285h-e15124892122486. Have you contributed to the Exploris Capital Campaign?  

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! 
If you have any questions about the Capital Campaign, contact Kristi Pettibone at kristipettibone@gmail.com

7. 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.