9/9 Monday Minute

  1. PTO/Directory Online
  2. PTO Meeting September 9
  3. Spiritwear sales END this week
  4. Curriculum Night Sept 12 & 19
  5. School Pictures Sept 17 & 18
  6. Equity and Diversity Committee
  7. Explorations Volunteers Needed
  8. September School Newsletter
  9. Passive Fundraising! VIC card, Boxtops, and more
  10. 2019-20 Exploris Calendar link/help
  11. Upcoming Events

69353648_1324609451032467_7643049793933017088_o1. The Exploris School Directory is now online
It is password protected. Please refer to the PTO Monday Minute EMAILS. 
Have you filled out the FORM? Please opt-in to the school directory by filling out the online form. 
Form: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfUj9d9Z2m3vYwEM2…/viewform 

2. Join us for the September PTO Meeting-  September 9, 6:30 pm at the Elementary School 

3. Exploris Spiritwear  is now available to order! Items are on sale through SEPTEMBER 12 and will be delivered to students some time in October (date TBD).


We have Tshirts, hats, hoodies, magnets, water bottles, and more! See all of the options and online ordering at: Exploris School PTO.

4. Curriculum Night September 12 and 19, 5:30-7:15pm. Exploris School families are invited to the upcoming curriculum nights planned on September 12th at the elementary campus and on September 19th at the middle grades campus to get a more in depth understanding of the value of an Exploris education. Teachers will be reviewing grade level curriculum, field experiences, expectations, and ways families can be part of the Exploris learning experience. 

picture-day5. School Pictures! September 17 & 18
Exploris Families – School picture day is right around the corner.  The elementary date is Tuesday September 17th and the middle school date is Wednesday September 18th.  There is a flyer and Q&A on the L.I. Photo website at https://lifelongimpressions.com/exploris-q-and-a/ which notes the details, pricing and includes photo tips.  
You can also enter your email into the actual gallery link which will send you an email notification as soon as the gallery is available to view and order. Gallery Link: https://www.gallery.lifelongimpressions.com/gallery/exp19 As the photographer (and former Exploris parent) Shannon White will only be in the US for 4 weeks and needs to train her order fulfilment assistant, those who place their order within the first week will receive their print orders just two weeks later.  Digital image orders will continue to be fulfilled by an emailed download link immediately after the payment is fully processed.  

Mobile: 0447 969 659
Facebook: https://facebook.com/lifelongimpressions/
Instagram: https://instagram.com/lifelongimpressions/

6. Equity and Diversity Committee to meet 9/17
The Equity and Diversity Committee will hold its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, 9/17 at 4:30 p.m. at the elementary school. Interested parents are invited to attend the meeting to learn more about the committee’s work and about opportunities to get involved. Please contact Melissa Florer-Bixler (melissa@raleighmennonite.org) or Frank McKay (frankmckay73@gmail.com) for more information. 

7. Explorations Volunteers Needed! Signup below:
Jamie & Christina recently sent out Exploration information for the first session. Explorations take place at the Elementary School 9-11am on Friday mornings, right after Community Circle.  Volunteer walkers and drivers are needed to get students to off-site explorations every week.  Please sign up to help using this link.  Thanks so much!

8. Read the September Exploris School Newsletter!
The school publishes a monthly newsletter via MailChimp that is emailed to parents each month.  The September newsletter includes an important update about the Exploris facility plans, along with photos and news from each crew.  To read the September or past newsletters visit: https://www.exploris.org/newsletters/


9. Get started with Passive Fundraising!

Please participate in these easy grocery, packaging, and shopping fundraisers for our school!  Information has been updated for the 2019-20 school year: 


10. Calendar


The 2019-20 Exploris and PTO Calendar links are here:


You can keep up with Exploris events by subscribing to the Google Calendar. First click on the Calendar, then click on the + button in the lower right corner of the calendar. If you don’t already have a Google account, you will need to set one up, which is easy and free.  After subscribing, all Exploris events will also be displayed on your calendar. Questions? Check the Exploris Google Calendar FAQ.

If you need help putting the calendar on your iPhone calendar, here are directions:

14. Upcoming Events
  • September 9:  PTO Meeting, 6:30pm at the ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 
  • September 12: Curriculum Night, Elementary
  • September 17: Picture day at Elementary
  • September 17: Equity and Diversity Committee Meeting
  • September 18: Picture day at Middle
  • September 19: Curriculum Night, Middle
  • Monday, September 30: – Teacher Workday
  • October 4 (3:15pm) – October 14 (8am) – Fall Break

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

If you would like to submit information, please email your text (copy ready), photos, and links to Dana Deaton at explorisptonews@gmail.com .

Students and teachers from our partner school in Hiroshima were hosted by The Exploris School community from August 22-29. They had a great time, and were able to experience many “all-American” activities such as shopping at the mall, eating at local restaurants, going to Costco, and attending a Durham Bulls baseball game (pictured here) 😄 . Thanks to our Exploris hosts for arranging a variety of fun experiences for each of our visitors! And thank you to our Japanese guests for teaching lessons at school about Japanese culture and games to enrich the learning experience at all grade levels.