3/18 Monday Minute

Announcements for the week of March 18, 2019  

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

1. Spring Fling! … Middle School Dance

Spring Fling! Middle School Dance- March 22

Refreshments and Volunteers needed

The Exploris Middle School Dance is coming up on Friday, March 22nd! We need your help to make this event a success. We are asking for assistance with set up & decoration, refreshments, and event supervision & cleanup. The dance will be held at the Thomas Crowder Woodland Center.  Entry fee is $5  

Sign up here!  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054baaae2c7-spring

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

leahplHave you voted today?  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.  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 for *one* teacher *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.  

3. Follow Exploris adventures in  JAPAN! 

japan2On March 8, eight students- Kate, Luke, Jack, Lucinda, Emma, Erin, Sam and Milla; and two teachers- Lisa and Cori, travelled from Raleigh to Hiroshima, where they are reuniting with old friends, and meeting new ones!  We hope you have been following their adventures on their blog. Watch the great videos that Cori has posted!

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

4. Silent Auction Donation Pick-Up- help needed

silent auctionMany 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!  

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.

Silent Auction- can you donate an item? 
Please enter your items using this form:
>Silent Auction Donation Form<

*All of the funds raised in this silent auction will directly benefit students and/or teachers.  Learn more about PTO budget here : https://explorispto.wordpress.com/about/budget/

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

refugeesSYRIAN REFUGEE FAMILY – Shannon’s 8th grade service learning group has a year long goal to end racism. One of their actions is that they want to help settle a refugee family in Raleigh. After 3 months of Emails and phone calls we have been given the opportunity to set up an apartment for a family that left Syria in 2012 when the boys were 12 and 15 years old. They have been in Jordan since – waiting for asylum. The mother is now 63 with her two boys 19 and 22 years. On Wednesday, March 27 they will arrive at RDU as they begin their permanent life here in the U.S. We are scrambling for a nice couch, pick up trucks, and one more dresser. We have over 100 small, specific needs cleaning supplies, towels, and toothbrushes. Each of these items are posted on our giving board. We appreciate any help we can get in moving in on Monday, March 25th after-school. If you would like to join us please reach out to Dakoda Fisher. dafisher@exploris.org (More to come as we get closer to the move in date.) and please contribute to the Go Fund Me “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.  – 8th Graders Willi Dunlap and Asher Cohen

Please contribute if you are able: 

6. Elementary Explorations 

11-19 Image of the week

The 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. Yearbooks for Sale –

FINAL CHANCE TO GET YOUR YEARBOOK! Click here to purchase your 2018-2019 yearbook for $40

9. Upcoming Events


  • March 18-19: 6th grade overnight field experience- Astrocamp

  • March 22: Middle School Dance, 7pm

  • March 26: Exploris School Board Meeting, 4:30PM@MS

  • March 27: @ 5:30pm DC Trip 7th Grade Parent Meeting 

  • April 3-5: 5th Grade Overnight Field Experience- Camp Hanes

  • April 13-22: Spring Break

  • April 30 – May 3: 7th Grade Field Experience- Washington DC          


On March 5, the 4th and 5th grade attended an NC Symphony Concert and did an outstanding job of representing Exploris with their performance of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy on recorders!

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.