2/4 Monday Minute

Announcements for the week of February 4, 2019 

1. Show Your Love for Exploris
2. Valentine’s Day Teacher snack stash-wish list
3. Building Update 
4. The Exploris School- 2019-2020 Calendar -Online now!
5. Explorations Volunteers Needed – EVERY Friday
6. PTO Meeting- join us lunchtime this Friday, Feb 8
7. Screenagers – February 7
8. Volunteer Needs
9. Yearbooks for Sale! Price goes up soon
10. Family Photo Fundraiser
11. Office Help Needed – Now
12. Sassool Dine-in Night- Feb 21! 
13. Upcoming Events

1. Show Your Love for Exploris Capital Campaign Challenge

showyourloveWe are heading into the final two weeks of our Show Your Love for Exploris Capital Campaign Challenge! Our goal is 100% participation. Your contribution of $5, $50, or $500 helps us get there! Watch for balloons and posters during Wednesday’s drop off and pick up – if you’ve donated, pledged, or plan to donate or pledge, beep your horn to Show Your Love for Exploris!

You can donate and pledge at www.exploris.org by clicking on the Capital Campaign button.

Current grade level participation percentages are:

  • Kindergarten = 46% (up 1%)
  • 1st Grade = 60%
  • 2nd Grade = 74%
  • 3rd Grade = 79%
  • 4th Grade = 87%
  • 5th Grade = 92%
  • 6th Grade = 61% (up 4%)
  • 7th Grade = 75%
  • 8th Grade = 64% 

Thank you to all the families that contributed last week! 

2. Valentine’s Teacher Snack Stash – 

vdaycandyIt’s time to show our teachers just how much we love and appreciate them!  Our Teacher Snack Stash drive is February 11-15!  Sign-up to bring snacks and drinks using the links below! 

3. Building Update and Planning for the Future

Exploris BuildingThe developer has communicated that they are finalizing all financing required for the new building and anticipate closing on all funds needed to begin construction by the end of March.  All other permitting is completed except for the final construction permit which will be issued once the project is fully funded. The groundbreaking will be scheduled after the financing is finalized.  The building construction will take 18 – 24 months once the contractor breaks ground.  I look forward to sharing the news with all of our families as soon as I hear the date.  The architect, interior designer, and furniture vendor continue to meet with the staff building transition team to further discuss interior furniture and fixture needs for our new building.


4.  The Exploris School- 2019-2020 School Calendar -Online now!calendar

2019 – 2020 School Calendar

The Board approved the 2019-2020 calendar at the January Board meeting.   

5. Explorations Volunteers Needed!

42710882_10155858819068193_7755457970061705216_nExplorations 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 7 more kids.
  • CrossFit at Iron Rock Fitness (5608 Spring Court Raleigh, North Carolina 27616)  –  Covered this week!  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) – Could use 1 more walker this week if other needs are filled.
  • 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!

ptoheader6. PTO Meeting- lunchtime this Friday, February 8, Tobacco Road

Please join fellow parents and teachers for our February meeting on Friday, February 8, 11:30am at Tobacco Road. Meet some Exploris parents and teachers and learn how you can get involved as we support our great school.  You do not have to order lunch, but there are good food options if you want to eat. On the agenda is the upcoming silent auction, Exploris family day, and volunteer opportunities. 

7. Screenagers – Thursday, 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, click here:
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 – 


PTO Volunteers Needed – The PTO will be sponsoring a Silent Auction & Family Day in April & May.  While we have leads for both projects (Thank you!!!), we need lots of  volunteers to make this successful! 

Please reach out to Kimberly (kimberlyannharris@yahoo.com) or Allie (allie.lindahl@gmail.com) if you are interested in helping with either!

9. Yearbooks for Sale –

unnamedClick here to purchase your 2018-2019 Exploris 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. 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

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!

sassool-logo-circle-white-text12. Sassool Dine-in Night- February 21! 

Mark Your Calendars – Sassool at Morgan Street Food Hall will be supporting The Exploris PTO by donating 10% of sales on Thursday, February 21.  Be sure to stop by for lunch, before/after carpool, or (and?!) dinner to have a delicious meal AND support the PTO!

13. Upcoming Events

  • Feb 7- Parent University – Screenagers Viewing held at Longleaf School of the Arts
  • Feb 8- PTO Meeting, 11:30am, Tobacco Road
  • Feb 15- Early Release Day
  • Feb 18- No School for students, Teacher Workday
  • Feb 21- Dine-in Night at Sassool
  • Feb 22- Yearbook Pricing goes up! 

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Photo of the week: 4th Grade went to the CAT facility in Clayton, NC on January 22nd. They went on a factory tour and met with 6 CAT engineers to discuss important concepts and their current 3D modeling projects. It was a great day of learning about the value of math and science in the real world. We look forward to continuing a partnership in the future!

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.