2/18 Monday Minute

Announcements for the week of February 18, 2019  

1. Sassool Dine-in Day- Thursday, Feb 21! 
2. Show Your Love for Exploris
3. Family Photo Fundraiser
4. Middle School Elective Volunteers Needed
5. Explorations – sign up NOW
6. Middle Schoool CAM docents
7. Middle School Dance- March 22
8. Don’t get TOWED!
9. Help needed- Silent Auction donation pickups
10. Yearbooks for Sale! Price goes up this week
11. The Exploris School- 2019-2020 Calendar -Online now! 
12. Upcoming Events

1. 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! RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/258996048319979/

2. Show Your Love for Exploris Capital Campaign Challenge

showyourloveWe are coming into the home stretch of the Show Your Love for Exploris Capital Campaign challenge!

If you’ve been waiting to make your donation, now is the time.  Help us reach our $1 million goal and earn the $1 million match from the developer. 

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

Thank you to all the families that contributed last week! 

3. Family Photo Fundraiser for the Capital Campaign

Shannon White of Lifelong Impressions is offering a discounted Downtown photo session to Exploris families AND donating proceeds to the Exploris Capital Campaign!  If you’re interested in this great opportunity, here is the link to fill out the form: https://12424.17hats.com/p…

Cost is $50 and you will receive 3 full size digital images with personal use and printing rights and have access to a gallery to order prints & wall portraits. 



50830805_10216730194460326_1199477004475301888_nDo you have a talent you’d like to share with our middle school students? We are looking for volunteers to help offer a wide range of electives. Electives will be offered from 1:30-3:10 on the following Fridays in March: 3/1, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29. If you have an idea, are willing to lead, and/or help out, please email Michelle P. at mparkerson@exploris.org.

5. Elementary Explorations

Elementary parents- have you signed your kids up for Explorations?

Here is the link to our upcoming fifth session of Explorations, which begins this coming Friday, Feb 22! Please fill out the Google form ASAP and volunteer to help us get our kids where they need to go if you’re free any Friday morning. https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSd7V7Thz8banubRj…/viewform…

6. Middle School CAM Docent Applications now being accepted

Attention art-loving middle school students! Applications for SPRING CAM docents are now being accepted. Please see the attached application and read through the information below if you are interested. It is a wonderful program for all students!

camThrough an application process, approximately 16 Exploris students will be selected as museum docents for the upcoming SPRING exhibits. All interested students must apply for this incredible experience. Previous docents are eligible and encouraged to apply again, but priority will be given to new applicants.

The application can be accessed and printed here. Completed applications should be given to Shawna (sixth-grade teacher) by the end of the day on Tuesday, February 26th. Students will be notified of selection on Friday, March 1st.  

Applicants must get parent permission and signature to participate. Additionally, applicants are making a commitment to attend all four docent trainings and all public tours. (see application for required dates) 

The Middle School Student Docent Program is a school program for grades six through eight designed to equip students with the necessary skills to discover and connect with contemporary art and design. CAM Raleigh’s middle school docents will attend a series of after-school sessions with a museum educator. Weekly training sessions will use an inquiry-based approach to teach students the skills to decode and analyze works of art featured in the museum’s exhibitions. When training is complete docents use the same approach to engage museum visitors in conversations about the work on view. Besides extensive training in art appreciation, students will develop leadership, critical thinking, public speaking skills.
Contact Shawna Scipione sscipione@exploris.org with any questions.

7. Middle School Dance- March 22!   


Details will be posted soon.  

8. Don’t Get Towed!

As you know Morgan Street Food Hall has attracted lots of people to the area around the Middle School. Our landlords have informed us that ACE towing will be monitoring parking at the MIDDLE SCHOOL campus. They will be towing any cars that do not have a hang tag. We wanted you to be aware of this so you don’t end up with a costly inconvenience.

9. Volunteer Needs – Silent Auction Donation Pickups

53255946-stock-vector-beautiful-young-mom-driving-pink-car-with-baby-on-back-seat-of-vehicleDonation Pickups – Many community groups and business have offered products or services for our Exploris PTO Silent Auction this Spring.  And WE need help picking up these products!  Most are paper certificates or small items that don’t take up much space.  The sign up will notate large items.

Please sign up for an item/location to pick up.  Let us know a date/time you could pick up so that we can pass it on to the donating group, as well as your phone number in case we have any questions.

Donations may be returned to either Elementary or Middle school front desks.


Thank you!

Please reach out to Allie (allie.lindahl@gmail.com) if you are interested in helping with our Silent Auction. 

download (3)10. Yearbooks for Sale –

Click 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.

11.  The Exploris School- 2019-2020 School Calendar

2019 – 2020 School Calendar

The Board approved the calendar at the January Board meeting.   

12. Upcoming Events

  • Feb 18- No School for students, Teacher Workday
  • Feb 21- Dine-in Night at Sassool
  • Feb 22- Yearbook Pricing goes up! 
  • March 1- Exploris Lottery, 4pm at Elementary School
  • March 22- Middle School Dance

Photo of the Week: Elementary students finished another fun round of Explorations classes at Cirque de Vol on February 15.

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.

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