3/25 Monday Minute

Announcements for the week of March 25, 2019  

1. Please vote for Ms. Leah (every day)!
2. Joy of Soccer for Refugees- sponsors needed
3. “Mad City Money” Volunteers Needed 4/5/19
4. Silent Auction item pickups
5. Exploris group has returned from Japan
6. We need YOU for the 2019-2020 PTO Board!
7. Elementary Explorations volunteers needed
8. Final chance to purchase a yearbook
9. Green Month
10. Thanks for the Boxtops!
11. Upcoming Events

1.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*.  The 10 winning heroes will be chosen from among the top 200 vote getters. 

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. Joy of Soccer for Refugees- please sponsor!

NCFC17_Logo_Breakdown_740x420_large - Tammie Guyer (1)For the last 3 years Shannon’s 8th grade service learning group has worked to END RACISM. This year there are ten students that choose to do this by supporting refugees that have been recently resettled in Raleigh. Lutheran Services Carolinas are one of the ONLY non-profits approved to supervise their care in order to insure that no harm comes to these individuals. Exploris is beginning a partnership with the Refugee Outreach & Circle of Welcome Coordinator, Adrienne Morton.

One of the projects we have been asked to do is to find sponsors for 50 refugees to attend a North Carolina Football Club game. We are also hoping to find drivers to insure all of our guests have transportation to and from the game, and are safe while attending the game.

Soccer Game
Date: May 18th
Location: Cary Soccer Park
Time: 7pm
Event: North Carolina Football Club Game vs. Birmingham Legion
$15 per person = $10 tickets + $5 food vouchers for concession stand
A tent area to hang out, access to play areas for kids
Recognition on the field – options vary and we can discuss
Total cost for 50 refugees- $750

Please click here to sponsor a refugee! 


Mad City Money is coming to Exploris Middle School on Friday, April 5, 2019. Mad City is a real-world budgeting simulation offered as a real-world hands-on simulation. Mad City Money gives students a taste of the real world complete with occupation, salary, spouse, student loan debt, and medical insurance payments. Volunteers are needed to make this event happen! Volunteers should be here at 9 am for a 1-hour training session. The event will end around 1:00 pm.

Sign up here if you can help out

4. Silent Auction Donation Pick-Up- help needed

54413300_415039505728471_4399186026057170944_n (1)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!  

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/

japan5.  Exploris group has returned from Japan! 

Exploris student Erin says, “Japan honestly changed my life and made me feel like a better person. It was such an amazing experience and trip to go on. I met and became friends with so many people that I hope to stay in contact with and I will never forget. I hope that one day I will see them again. This trip will be a life-long memory.”   

Read more about their trip here: https://explorisjapan.wordpress.com/

6. We need YOU for the 2019-2020 PTO Board!

Think you can’t be a PTO Board Member?  We are a very supportive group with many different opinions and backgrounds.  Here are some stats on this year’s 8-member PTO Board:   
  • 50% had never even been a part of a PTO/PTA before this year (At least 2 members had never even been to a PTO meeting!)
  • 50% work full-time outside of the home
  • 63% were “last minute” additions at the beginning of the school year – We’d love to start next year out ahead!
  • 25% have students in middle school
  • 63% of the board are planning on remaining, so we will have lots of experience to grow on!
We are in need of a President-Elect (to be PTO Pres 2020-21), Secretary, and VP of Buildings & Grounds.  If you have questions or are even a tiny bit interested, please reach out to Allie (allie.lindahl@gmail.com) or Kimberly (PTOPres@exploris.org).  We’d love to take you out for coffee (or beer 😉 )

7. Elementary Explorations help needed

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…


download (3)8. Yearbooks for Sale 

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


It’s Green Month! Green Month will last from March 18th-April 12th. Each grade level and Crew will participate in various activities to learn about different ways of becoming more green and sustainable as an individual and a school. 

Here’s a challenge:  Stop using non-recyclable K-cups. https://sustainableamerica.org/blog/5-ways-to-green-your-k-cup/

box-tops-logo10. Thanks for the Box Tops! 

The recent Box Tops for Education submission was a success. We received $206.30 for the PTO.  Thanks to parent Gina Ross for coordinating our Box Tops submissions.  Each little boxtop that you clip and send in really does help out!  Please keep saving them.  The next Box Tops for Education submission will be in the fall. 

11. Upcoming Events

  • 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          

Thanks to all of the volunteers and teachers involved with the spring middle school dance. It was held on March 23 at Quail Hollow Clubhouse. 8th graders, pictured here, dressed up and had fun!

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.