9/16 Monday Minute

  1. School Pictures Sept 17 & 18
  2. Middle School Curriculum Night Sept 19 
  3. PTO/Directory Online
  4. Equity and Diversity Committee meets Tuesday
  5. Explorations Volunteers Needed
  6. Yearbooks on Sale Now! Order early and save
  7. Crew Parents needed
  8. 2019-20 Exploris Calendar link/help
  9. Upcoming Events

picture-day1. School Pictures! September 17 & 18
Exploris Families – School picture days are this week! 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 fulfillment 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.  

Facebook: https://facebook.com/lifelongimpressions/
Instagram: https://instagram.com/lifelongimpressions/

curriculum night2. MS Curriculum Night September 19, 5:30-7:15pm. Exploris School middle school families are invited to the upcoming curriculum night planned for  September 12th 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. 

3. The Exploris School Directory is now online

It is password protected. Please email news@explorispto.org for the password. 
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 

1548976891-Screen_Shot_2019-01-31_at_3.20.23_PM4. Equity and Diversity Committee to meet Tuesday
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. 

5. Explorations Volunteers Needed every Friday! Signup below:70947301_10216847733563723_4440106219595628544_n
Explorations classes started at the elementary school last Friday, September 13.  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!

yearbook6. Exploris 2020 Yearbooks are now on Sale!  Early is good! Get ahead-of-the-game and check “order yearbook” off your list today! These memories will be worth looking back on to see how far you’ve come. This year’s story is just the beginning.   

Click here to purchase your 2019-2020 yearbook. The price is $30. Price increases after September 27, so don’t wait!

Would you like to submit photos to the yearbook?   There’s an APP for that!  Please download the REPLAYIT APP 

Parents and students, can you please download the replayit app to your phones or use the website to submit pictures for yearbook! 


7.Immediate Volunteer Needs CREW PARENTS!   The PTO Board still needs crew parents.   Please contact Allie at Volunteers@ExplorisPTO.org if you are interested in any of these roles or would like to learn more.

  • Crew Parents – One of the goals for the PTO is to support our teachers as well as possible, and our Crew Parents are our direct connection between Teachers and the PTO.  The crew parent role has changed from past years, so please review the following expectations. Please contact Gineen at gineen.bowman@gmail.com for questions or if you are interested in serving as a crew parent.
    • Organize parent volunteers as needed (SignUp Genius is great!)
      • Ongoing classroom needs
      • PTO Projects (Art By Me, Auction, etc)
      • Field Trips
      • Special Events
    • Assemble Birthday Baskets for your classroom teachers
      • Birthday cards, their favorite treat, a small gift card for coffee or dinner
      • Parents can send in items or you can collect money
    • Teacher Treats
      • Each grade will be responsible for providing teacher treats and coffee once every 3 months.
      • It is up to you how you send in treats, but no pressure – our teachers are so thankful for everything we do!

8. Calendar

calendarThe 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.

9. Upcoming Events
  • 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
  • October 17 – Parent University – High School Planning
  • Monday, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day – Holiday
  • Friday, November 22 – End of First Trimester
  • Monday, November 25 – Tuesday November 26 – Teacher Workday
  • Friday, Nov 22 (3:15pm)- Monday, Dec 2 (8am) – Thanksgiving 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 .

Let’s go swimming! Explorations classes started at the elementary school last Friday, September 13.  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 the link posted above.