1/28 Monday Minute

Announcements for the week of January 28, 2019 

1. Dining Fundraiser- Tuesday at Milton’s Pizza

2. Family Photo Fundraiser

3. Show Your Love for Exploris!

4. The Exploris School- APPLICATIONS DUE FEB 1

5. Explorations Volunteers Needed – EVERY Friday

6. Teacher snack stash- Amazon wish list

7. Screenagers – February 7

8. Volunteer Needs

9. Yearbooks for Sale! Price goes up soon

10. Box Tops!

11. Office Help Needed – Now

12. Upcoming Events

1. Dine-In Fundraiser – TUESDAY January 29 at Milton’s Pizza. 

Come any time for lunch or dinner and Milton’s will give back to Exploris PTO!  The bigger the turn out, the better!  If we have less than $500 in sales, they’ll donate 10% of our sales back to the PTO ($50 max).  If we have more than $500 in sales, they’ll donate 20% back (at least $100)!  8853 Six Forks Road

Raleigh, NC 27615 (In the Six Forks Station shopping center near Strickland Road)  More info and RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/366746080782869/

2. Family Photo Fundraiser 

Shannon White of Lifelong Impressions is offering a discounted Downtown photo session to Exploris families AND donating proceeds to the Exploris Capital Campaign!  She will be offering sessions in February, March, and April, and they will fill up!  If you’re interested in this great opportunity, fill out this form! https://wp.me/P3c0yd-2Zx?fbclid=IwAR2Yf4aMlopRTjY9R6qwtKfVI-GsZe6Vl0-Xg8IZGL9AvJhH0653yZr1iNo


3. Show Your Love for Exploris! Capital Campaign 2019

Exploris Building

Congratulations! We had 5 grades that got closer to 100% participation last week! Who will make it to 100% participation first? Will the 5th graders hold the lead? Will the Kindergartners rise up? Stay tuned for next week’s update to see!

To make your contribution to the Capital Campaign, visit www.exploris.org and click the Capital Campaign button. Remember, all grades that get to 100% participation get a Pajama Day!
  • Kindergarten = 45% (up 3%)
  • 1st Grade = 60%
  • 2nd Grade = 74% (up 7%)
  • 3rd Grade = 79%
  • 4th Grade = 87%
  • 5th Grade = 92% (up 2%)
  • 6th Grade = 57% (up 4%)
  • 7th Grade = 75% (up 1%)
  • 8th Grade = 64% 

4.  The Exploris School- APPLICATIONS DUE FEB 1

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

Remind your friends that may be interested in Exploris to fill out the application now! And 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/

5. Explorations Volunteers Needed!


Explorations Volunteers – There are lots of needs for Explorations volunteers on Friday.  Thank you to everyone who has signed up already!! Please fill out the Google Doc if you are able to help, this week or any of the next 3!
Drivers – 
  • Rock Climbing at Triangle Rock Club ( 6022 Duraleigh Rd, Raleigh, NC 27612 ) – Need room for 4 more kids.
  • CrossFit at Iron Rock Fitness (5608 Spring Court Raleigh, North Carolina 27616)  –  Covered for the next 2 weeks!  Thank you!  
  • Swimming at Gypsy Divers (3651 Bastion Ln, Raleigh, NC 27604) – Covered for the next 2 weeks!  Thank you!
Walkers – 
  • Cirque de Vol ( 300 W Hargett St #40, Raleigh, NC 27601 – Next to A Place At the Table) – Need 2-3 walkers with 12 kids
  • IMAX (201 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601) – Need 1-2 walkers with 11 kids.  1 Staff member will come too
  • Reading Adventures (Read With Me – 111 E Hargett St #110, Raleigh, NC 27601 – Next to Briggs Hardware) – Need 1 walker with 6 kids
Classroom Helpers-
  • K1 volunteers would love and extra set of hands and eyes!
  • 5th Grade Babysitting exploration has learned about safety and development, and would love some babies and kids to play with.  They are a great, mature group, led by a pediatric critical care nurse.  If you would like to help with Explorations, the babysitting group would be happy to play with your little ones!

6. 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

7. Screenagers – February 7

The Exploris School and Longleaf School of the Arts are hosting a movie event on Thursday, February 7th at 6:00 pm at Longleaf.
We will be providing a free viewing of the movie Screenagers to families. Screenagers” is about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help families minimize harmful effects and find balance. This documentary is designed to explore how teenagers interact with each other through this digital/technological world we exist in today. Common Sense media recommendation is age 10 and up for viewing. For more information on the movie, you can view the following links.
If you are still interested in attending the viewing of Screenagers on Feb 7th, 2019 at 6:00 pm there is still room.
Click on the link below:
Also if you need childcare please let Michelle Duncan know as soon as possible- Longleaf’s Red Cross club will be providing free childcare for ages under 10 since the recommended age for the movie is 10 and up.

8. Volunteer Needs – 

getinvolved3The 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:

  • Silent Auction Lead –  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!

9. 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.

10. Box Tops! Box Tops! Box Tops! Box Tops! Box Tops!

We hope you are all continuing to collect for our school. Starting in February Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water will have Box Tops on select .5 liter and 8 oz. bottle multipacks. So, if you currently buy water bottles, consider picking up some Nestlé® boxtopsPure Life® Purified Water (which can be found at Sam’s Club and Walmart, as well as other stores) and clip those BOX TOPS!

Thanks for clipping and sending in those box tops!  We received over $300 for our Boxtops this fall- they really add up! 

P.S. – All Nestlé® Pure Life® bottles are 100% recyclable. 

11. Office Help Needed at the Elementary School

We need help with office coverage for the elementary school while a replacement for Carolee is hired. Instructions are provided and you are welcome to bring your laptop and connect to the wifi. The most important days we still need coverage for are Friday, February 22 and Friday, March 1. (Additionally, coverage would be appreciated starting at noon on the following dates – 2/4, 2/8, 2/11, 2/14, and 2/25.) If anyone can help out any times on these days, please contact Cheryl Rodgers cheryl.l.rodgers @gmail.com or message her on the Exploris parents FB group. Thanks so much!

12. Upcoming Events

  • Jan 20- Exploris School Board Meeting, NCSU
  • Feb 1 – Exploris School applications due
  • Feb 7- Parent University – Screenagers Viewing held at Longleaf School of the Arts
    at 6:00 pm & ends at 7:30 pm
  • Feb 8- PTO Meeting, details TBA
  • Feb 15- Early Release Day
  • Feb 18- No School for students, Teacher Workday
  • Feb 22- Yearbook Pricing goes up! 

Photo of the week:  the Exploris 6th grade traveled to Aurora, NC on January 23. Everyone had a great time learning about the web of life, how that ancient history is preserved by our Earth, and of course finding cool ancient shark teeth! 

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.