4/8/19 Monday Minute

Announcements for the week of April 8, 2019  

1. Join us April 23 at Lynnwood
2. No Spicy Green this week
3. Congrats to Battle of the Books
4. Register for new Explorations today by noon
5.  Parent Survey on Background Checks
6.  Votes are in!
7. We really need a President Elect for the  PTO Board
8. Exploris Family Day May 4 
9. We’re on Twitter!  
10. Upcoming Events- have a fun spring break! 
*sorry, Correction: NO early release on April 12. 

54413300_415039505728471_4399186026057170944_n (1)1. PTO Silent Auction kick off- April 23 at Lynnwood Brewing

🍻Join us on April 23! We are getting ready for our Silent Auction & Raffle and we are SO excited about some of the great items that have been donated. Join us at Lynnwood Brewing Concern, at 1053 E Whitaker Mill Rd. on April 23 for the big kickoff! Bring your family and friends and have dinner at their new (adjoining) restaurant, Wilson’s Eatery,  or just stop after work for a drink in the beer garden! PLUS, $1 from each pint of beer sold lbcgoes to Exploris PTO!  

RSVP Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/422095798565421/

The online auction will “go live” at 6pm on April 23, and will end during our Exploris Family Day on May 4.   

To get ready for the auction, please take a minute to register with Bidr.   You will need to have an account in order to bid on items.  Go to https://bidr.co/

Here are just a few of our great items!

  • One night stay at The Umstead with brunch for two at Heron’s restaurant
  • Full meal chef service for 14 people from Crepe Time Chef Service
  • Beautifully curated baskets from each grade level 
  • A week of summer camp at St. Mary’s School
  • Alamo Drafthouse and Cinema- Family four-pack
  • One week at a Beech Mountain vacation home
  • CAM Family Membership
  • TreeRunner Adventure Park Passes
  • PJs and Pizza with the bunnies with the second grade teachers!
  • Getaway to the Great Wolf Lodge
  • Drinks at Foundation bar
  • Photo booth from TAPSNAP
  • Travel hammock from Sluice Hammocks

and many more gift certificates, jewelry, food, and fun items from great local merchants!!! We have over 100 items in this amazing auction.  Watch our social media channels to learn more! 

2. No Spicy Green this week. 

Dear Elementary Families,

Our school lunch vendor has informed us that they need to suspend our lunch orders at this time.  It is my understanding that their facility was processing lunch orders in excess of the quantity allowed for their facility.  They are working to resolve this issue.

As a result,  we are asking that all families pack lunches for their children until further notice.  The school is making arrangements and will ensure that all economically disadvantaged students that were receiving a meal as part of our free and reduced lunch plan will continue to receive a healthy and nutritious lunch.

Spicy Green will be communicating directly with families that order lunches and providing any refunds as needed. 

We will keep you apprised as the lunch situation develops.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this situation.



3. Battle of the Books!  

Congratulations to these outstanding readers who won 1st place at the COLE Middle School Battle of the Books Competition on April 6. Paige, Carina, Annabelle F. , Annabel R., Reid, and our captain, Cal! They worked together to answer questions and earned lots of steals racking up 230 points in 5 rounds against 4 other middle schools.

4. Register for Elementary Explorations right now!  Deadline Monday, April 8: 

Parents,  Here are class choices for our final round of Explorations: April 12, 26, May 3, 10, 31.
Take the weekend to decide with your kids and submit this form by Monday by noon.  

 5. Background Check -Parent Survey- please respond by April 21

From Ellie: As you know the safety and security of all of our children is a top priority for the Exploris community.  Our school also relies on the continued support of volunteers in order to provide additional supervision for our field experiences and the operation of many of our enrichment opportunities like Explorations and Middle School electives.  Many schools now require that all volunteers complete a background check process prior to volunteering in a school setting.  Many of our families have also inquired about the volunteer screening process when they are considering enrolling their children at Exploris.  
The governance committee has been discussing this topic throughout the year and would like to to gather the opinions of our parents and guardians to help guide next steps in the process to ensure we are providing a safe and secure environment for all of our students.  Please complete the very brief survey linked below by April 21st so that your input can be shared at the next governance committee meeting.  Thank you in advance for your feedback.

6. The Votes are in!  Thank you for voting for our NC School Heroes 


Thanks to everyone who voted for teachers Leah P and Wendy, who were nominated as NC School Heroes! This program gives NC residents a way to recognize and reward the people who make our school run and impact the lives of students. There will be a total of 10 winning NC School Heroes.  The 10 winning heroes will be chosen from among the top 200 vote getters. Nominations and voting have now closed. Check back on or about May 6, 2019, to see the winners!

7. We still need a President-Elect for the 2019-2020 PTO Board

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 😉 )

39869200_1067258946767520_7495659379761348608_n (1)9. Exploris Family Day! May 4

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us at Family Day on May 4 at Roberts Park, 12:00-3:00.  For more info, email ptopres@exploris.org  

9. We’re on Twitter!

ptologoPlease follow Exploris PTO on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ExplorisPTO

and use our hashtags #ExplorisPTO or #ExplorisSchool

10. Upcoming Events

  • April 13-22: Spring Break

  • April 22-26 – 8th grade goes Outward Bound 
  • April 23- Silent Auction Kick-off at Lynnwood Brewing, 5pm
  • April 30 – May 3: 7th Grade Field Experience- Washington DC  

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

The Exploris 5th grade had a big adventure at Camp Hanes on April 3-5.  These strong girls were all ready for their turns on the rock climbing wall.  Thanks to the teachers and volunteers that made this fantastic field experience possible.

Thanks for reading the “Monday Minute”!  We publish this Exploris PTO blog post each Monday.

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