3/4 Monday Minute

Announcements for the week of March 4, 2019  

1. March 4 PTO Meeting
2. Silent Auction donations needed
3. Congratulations Science Olympiad! 
4. Snack Drive for students
5. Family Photo Fundraiser
6. Exploris Book Group Discussion
7. Elementary Explorations volunteers needed
8. PTO Executive Board- get involved!
9. Middle School Dance- March 22
10. Building Update
11. Upcoming Events

ptoheader1. March PTO Meeting – Monday, March 4

Please join us for a PTO meeting! Monday, March 4 at 6:30 pm at the middle school. 🙂  RSVP Here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/323238088315256/

2. Silent Auction- can you donate? 

silent auctionThe Exploris PTO will be holding an Online Silent Auction April 23-May 4 and we need your help! Please get involved by helping us to gather items for the auction, promoting the auction on your social media pages, and of course bidding online on the many great listings we will have.  All funds raised will go to support the Exploris PTO.

The form below is for collecting donation information for the auction. Please enter your items. Be descriptive and have fun! We are asking for your email address in case we have any questions about the items.

>Silent Auction Donation Form<

3. Congratulations Science Olympiad!

science olympiad imageCongratulations to the Exploris Science Olympiad team on a job well done! The Science Olympiad team recently competed at Campbell University and earned 10 medals in at the competition.  Award winners are highlighted below.  Thank you to Helene, Emily, and all students for doing an awesome job  representing Exploris at the competition.  And thank you to all parents for supporting your child and teachers with Science Olympiad.

Science Olympiad Medals

  • 1st Place – Amazing Mechatronics  – Bradley & Cal
  • 2nd Place – Road Scholar – Janani & Zakiah 
  • 3rd Place – Heredity – Cal
  • 3rd Place – Potions & Poisons – Sara Khadel & Zakiah
  • 3rd Place – Elastic Launch Glider – Aleandra & Zoie
  • 4th Place – Water Quality – Cal
  • 4th Place – Ping-Pong Parachute – Aidan W-S. & Sajjan
  • 5th Place – Dynamic Planet – Sajjan & Adnan
  • 5th Place – Thermodynamics – Helen K.
  • 7th Place – Write It, Do It – Janani & Zakiah

4. Help support our Exploris students

The school would like to be able to provide snacks for any student who is unable to bring a snack from home for financial reasons. We are offering all families an opportunity to support this effort by sending in snacks. If you would like to participate please use the following link to sign up. You can send in snacks with your child or drop off at either campus. Thank you for your support. Snack sign up

5. Family Photo Fundraiser for the Capital Campaign- sign up now!

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. 

6. Exploris Book Group Discussion

The Exploris Equity and Diversity Committee invites parents and caregivers to participate in our first educational enrichment opportunity, a book group discussion of Raising White Kids by Jennifer Harvey. You can find out more about the book here:  https://www.npr.org/books/titles/637582667/raising-white-kids-bringing-up-children-in-a-racially-unjust-america

We’ll read the discuss the book in three sections: March 3 (3-4:30 pm), March 16 (4-5:30), March 31 (3-4:30).  The group will meet at Morning Times (upstairs), 10 E Hargett Street, Raleigh. Copies of the book will be available at Quail Ridge (4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road) If you missed the March 3 discussion you can still get involved. 

Please contact Melissa Florer-Bixler to add your name to the email list and receive updates and chapters assigned for discussion each week. melissa.florerbixler@gmail.com.

7. Elementary Explorations 


A new session of Elementary Explorations began on February 22. Many volunteers are needed to make this unique program a success for The Exploris School.

Please sign up here: https://docs.google.com/…/1g0g72c0ac49CVVUSxFgDuIKlgu…/edit…

8. 2019-2020 PTO Executive Board

Can you believe it’s time to start thinking about next school year?!  The PTO would like to have key leaders identified ASAP so that they can start learning from the current board.  We need people to fill the following roles on the Executive Board.  Please reach out to Kimberly at  ptopres@exploris.org if you are interested! 

President-Elect (Elected 19-20 school year to shadows the president for 1 year prior to “taking office” for the 20-21 school year- it is possible to be P-E and hold another volunteer role)
  • Treasurer  
  • Secretary 
  • VP of Buildings & Grounds 
The following positions have volunteers already:
  • President
  • VP Volunteers
  • VP Fundraising
  • VP Communications

9. Middle School Dance- March 22!   


Details will be posted soon.  

Exploris Building10. Building Update (From the March Exploris School Newsletter)

Unfortunately, the developer has informed us that the building financing will not be finalized in March as anticipated.  They are now projecting an April target date.  While we are all disappointed that this is not happening as quickly as we would like, the developer has continued to assure us of their 100% commitment to our project and partnership.  Building the first Energy Positive building in the Triangle as our new school home has been an audacious strategic goal.  There have been many challenges and hurdles along the way that have been overcome; but this has led to a much longer lead time to construction than what was originally anticipated. 
We are continuing to work with the developer, architect, designer, and furniture company to further refine and develop the design to meet the needs of our expanding school.  The architect has continued to meet with the school building transition team to work on the classroom design, floor plan, and furniture needs.  They have also started the process and are planning with engineers and the Department of Transportation to ensure our carpool line operates efficiently and does not impact traffic in the city. The Board continues to review and discuss progress and assess how to move us forward toward our goal of having our K-8 school in our new home. 

11. Upcoming Events

  • March 4: PTO Meeting
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    March 8 and March 11
  • March 5: Accepted Families Tours
  • March 8:  End of Second Trimester
  • March 8: Cori, Lisa, & Students depart for Japan
  • March 8: Teacher Workday- no school for students
  • March 11: Teacher Workday- no school for students
  • March 22: Middle School Dance, 7pm
  • March 26 Exploris School Board Meeting, 4:30PM@MS
  • April 13-22: Spring Break

science olympiad
The Exploris Science Olympiad team recently competed at Campbell University and earned 10 medals in at the competition. Way to go, Science Olympiad Team!

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