1/14 Monday Minute

Announcements for the week of January 14, 2019 

1. Strategic Plan- Please complete Parent Survey by Thursday

2. Show Your Love for Exploris!

3. The Exploris School- APPLICATIONS DUE FEB 1

4. Explorations Volunteers Needed – EVERY Friday

5. Teacher snack stash- Amazon wish list

6. Restaurant Fundraisers- See you Wednesday at MOD Pizza!

7. Volunteer Needs

8. Yearbooks for Sale! Price goes up soon

9. Upcoming Events

1. Strategic Plan Parent Input Needed:

We are embarking on a new 5 year strategic plan and we want to include all parent, student, and staff input.   Student and parent input is critical to ensure we incorporate ideas from all Exploris partners.  Students will be completing their student survey during the school day.  We would like all parents to share their thoughts about their child’s Exploris educational experience, how we’re doing with fulfilling our mission, and what you think we can do to continuously improve and grow in the future.  We would be thrilled to have 100% of our families complete the brief survey linked below to share your input.  The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete but will provide valuable parent insight into our future plan.  Please complete the survey linked below by January 17, 2019.

**Complete Parent Survey Here**

2. Show Your Love for Exploris!

Let’s get to 100% participation in the Capital Campaign by February 14. Pajama Day for all grades that get to 100%. All contributions and pledges made up to this point count towards the goal! Remember that all contributions up to $1 Million are being matched by the developer.

screenshot (26)No contribution is too small (or too big)! To make a pledge or a contribution, visit www.exploris.org and click on the Capital Campaign button.

3.  The Exploris School- APPLICATIONS DUE FEB 1

exploris_finallogoWith applications for the 2019-2020 school year due on February 1.

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/


4. Explorations Volunteers Needed!

11-19 Image of the week

A new session of Explorations is here, and we need LOTS of parent help!  We have more off-site Explorations than ever and need drivers and walkers to keep students safe.  
Please fill out the Google Doc if you are able to help, this week or any of the next 6!
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1QIjuH4OLuShvsYyjKrh61NQIZP7ZRnj1e5BZqLyLozE/edit?usp=sharing  Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles & Friends can help too – just be sure that if they’re driving their contact and  insurance information is on file in the office!

5. 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

6. Restaurant Fundraisers- See you this Wednesday at MOD Pizza!

  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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

7. 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!

8. Yearbooks for Sale –

unnamedClick here to purchase your 2018-2019 yearbook. The price is $35. February 22 is the last day to personalize our yearbook and last day before the price increases to $40.

9. Upcoming Events

  • January 18- Middle School -Expressions Day
  • January 21, no school- ML King Day

First graders love Bella 🙂

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.