3/11 Monday Minute

Announcements for the week of March 11, 2019  

1.Vote for Ms. Leah (every day)!
2. Exploris students in Japan!
3. Silent Auction donations needed
4. Donate to support refugees
5.. Exploris Book Group Discussion
6. Elementary Explorations volunteers needed
7. PTO Executive Board- get involved!
8. Middle School Dance- March 22
9. Upcoming Events


1.Vote for Ms. Leah- help Exploris win $10,000! 

leahplLet’s VOTE! Leah Perry-Lawless has been nominated as an NC School Hero! This program gives NC residents a way to recognize and reward the people who make our school run and impact the lives of students. Please vote for Ms. Leah today.  She could win $10,000 for herself, and another $10,000 for The Exploris School! There will be a total of 10 winning NC School Heroes, and you can vote *each day*:

Click here to VOTE!  

If Leah wins, our school will be awarded $10,000. Set your reminders to vote once per day until March 31st.  

2. Exploris goes to JAPAN! 

japanxchangeOn March 8, eight students- Kate, Luke, Jack, Lucinda, Emma, Erin, Sam and Milla; and two teachers- Lisa and Cori, travelled from Raleigh to New York, New York to Tokyo, and Tokyo to Hiroshima, where they are reuniting with old friends, and meeting new ones!  You can follow their adventures on their blog: they are sharing daily activities, and posting trivia contests where you can win prizes…yes, they will bring you back something from Japan (Exploris students only, sorry grownups)!  Watch the great videos that Cori has posted so far! 

Follow the adventure! :  https://explorisjapan.wordpress.com/

More about the Shinonome Junior High School Exchange Program in Hiroshima, Japan:

The Shinonome/Exploris exchange program began in 2000 as part of an ongoing collaboration between Eastern Carolina University and Hiroshima University. The program is designed as a cultural exchange as well as a school to school collaboration on student projects and learning.

As part of the exchange, a group of Exploris students and teachers travel to Hiroshima in the spring and a similar delegation from Shinonome arrives in Raleigh every August. Through home stays and visits to local historical and cultural sites, students learn about the cultures of the exchange country.  They attend classes during the day; collaborating on projects concerning global issues that in the past have included water quality and world peace. Recently both schools took part in the international 100 People Project, a project that explores the diversity of the world by pairing personal stories with local demographics (see “Hiroshima” at http://www.100people.org/videos.php). Traveling teachers from each school share lessons ranging from the Japanese tea ceremonies to Carl Sandburg poetry. The short, but intense visits reflect the school’s mission to engage students in building a connected, just, and sustainable world.

3. Silent Auction- can you donate an item? 

52884247_1193224614170952_6939420647747485696_nThe 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 using this form:
>Silent Auction Donation Form<

4.  Exploris students are raising funds to support Syrian refugees.

refugeesOn March 27th, a refugee family from Syria will be arriving at RDU. After being driven out of Syria, they lived on almost nothing in Jordan for years. Finally, they’ve been allowed to escape violence and come live in the United States. Help us welcome them into our country by donating a small amount of money. Every cent raised will go towards furnishing their home and giving them the supplies needed to live a happy life. Please help give this refugee family the happiness they deserve.

Please contribute if you are able: 

5. 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.


6. Elementary Explorations 

getinvolved3The current 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…

7. 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! 

We are looking for parents, guardians, or teachers to fill these positions:
  • 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 

8. Middle School Dance- March 22!   


Details will be posted soon.  

9. Upcoming Events

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  • 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


On March 8, eight students- Kate, Luke, Jack, Lucinda, Emma, Erin, Sam and Milla; and two teachers- Lisa and Cori, travelled from Raleigh to New York, New York to Tokyo, and Tokyo to Hiroshima, where they are reuniting with old friends, and meeting new ones! 

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.