4/1/19 Monday Minute

Announcements for the week of April 1, 2019  

1. PTO Meeting this Friday
2. Food for Thought service group
3. “Mad City Money” Volunteers Needed 4/5/19
4. Silent Auction- April 23- May 4
5.  Joy of Soccer for Refugees- sponsors needed
6. We need a President Elect for the  PTO Board
7. Elementary Explorations volunteers needed
8. Green Month 
9. 8th Grade Party Hosts NEEDED!
10. Upcoming Events

1. PTO Meeting- lunchtime this Friday, April 5, Tobacco Road ptoheader

Please join us for our February meeting on Friday, April 5, 11:30am at Tobacco Road. Meet some Exploris parents and teachers and learn how you can get involved as we support our great school.  You do not have to order lunch, but there are good food options if you want to eat. On the agenda is the upcoming silent auction, Exploris family day, and volunteer opportunities. 

2. Food for Thought service group initiative

Please support this initiative identified by our sixth-grade Food for Thought service group! Also check out their blogs by following the link at the bottom of the Go Fund Me.



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 coming soon – April 23-May 4

54413300_415039505728471_4399186026057170944_n (1)Many community groups and business have offered products or services for our Exploris PTO Silent Auction this Spring. Plus we have some beautiful classroom baskets and teacher gifts that will be raffled!   Our auction kick off will be held on April 23, and the auction will close on May 4 during Exploris Family Day.

We are still collecting auction items.  Can you donate?
The auction is great advertising for your business! 
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. We need a President-Elect for the 2019-2020 PTO Board

Think you can’t be a PTO Board Member? Well you can!  We are a very supportive group with many different opinions and backgrounds.  We’d love to have you join us. 
We are in need of a President-Elect (to be PTO Pres 2020-21).  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 😉 )

6. 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. 

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.

Please click here to sponsor a refugee! 

7. Elementary Explorations help always 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…

8. Green Month: 

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. 

9. 8th grade end of year party- can you help?

The 8th grade class needs an 8th grade parent(s) to volunteer to throw the traditional graduation pool party.  Please reach out to Shannon if you are interested. 

10. Upcoming Events

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

  • April 5: PTO Meeting, 11:30 at Tobacco Road Sports Cafe
  • April 13-22: Spring Break

  • April 22-26 – 8th grade goes Outward Bound 
  • April 23- Silent Auction Kick-off
  • April 30 – May 3: 7th Grade Field Experience- Washington DC  

  • May 4- Exploris Family Day and Silent Auction closing- Roberts Park       

On Thursday March 28, the Exploris 4th and 5th grades had an assembly program with members of the Triangle Recorder Society. The group brought a variety of recorders for students to see and hear. They were joined for one song by Karen Mollins, and were delighted to have Exploris students join them for a four part version of Ode to Joy.

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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