11/25 Monday Minute

  1. PTO Thanksgiving message
  2. Middle School Dance- December 6
  3. Spirit Week- next week! 
  4. Winter Thanks- due December 10
  5. Box Tops Update
  6. School Directory Online
  7. Upcoming Events

* Thanksgiving Break- this week!  No School *


1. We are Thankful!
We as a PTO are so appreciative of the support we get from the Exploris community. As a way of showing our thankfulness for all of you, we have put together a list of all that the PTO has accomplished this school year with your help as well as events planned until our Winter Break.
Teacher Events/Gifts
  • 8/16 Staff Breakfast
  • 9/30 Staff Luncheon
  • 12/18 Staff Winter Event
  • 5 Teacher Grants of up to $100 each so far
  • 23 Birthday baskets for school staff already delivered
  • Winter Thanks collection has begun and will be distributed to staff before Winter Break.
Students Events/benefits
  • 12/6 – Middle School Dance
  • Organizing and providing snacks for our economically disadvantaged students
  • All the coordination of volunteers that do everything from helping with office coverage to making explorations possible
Community Events
  • 8/19 Meet the Teacher/Open House
  • 8/21 Kindergarten Tissues and Tea
  • 8/25 Family Fall Picnic
  • 9/3 Dine in Night at Transfer Co Food Hall
Thank you for your continued support for the Exploris PTO! 

Tammie Guyer
PTO President

2.  Middle School Dance- Friday, December 6
Fall_2019_MS DanceJoin us for the December 6 Exploris Dance! All middle schoolers and their parents are welcomed to attend. There are many opportunities to participate and contribute; please consider being a chaperone or helping decorate prior to the event. It will be a fun time! We need lots of volunteers, so please see the signup genius below. Parents are also invited to hang out and socialize during the dance in the Knights of Columbus Nygen Lounge!’

**Student entry fee is $5
**Cell Phone Policy: Please be reminded of the policy that all student cell phones must be checked at the entrance of the dance.
**There will be a photo booth for photos.

**Angel Tree Stocking Donations and Exploris Raffle!
As part of the dance, we have another opportunity to donate items to those in need…this time to Salvation Army Angel Tree!! Over 8,000 kids in Wake County are registered for this program. *Each person who brings a donation for the Angel Tree Stockings will receive an entry into our raffle!*

Angel Tree Needs 6,800 stockings filled this season for kids signed up in their Christmas Cheer program! We have reserved 50 stockings for Exploris Middle School, so let’s fill them up!

Please donate Stocking Stuffers: socks, small toys, nail polish, anything fun, etc…

**Link for parent volunteer sign-up:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F054BAAAE2C7-2019Volunteers needed!  Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/465619947396104/

3. Exploris Spirit Week!  December 2-6 


The week after Thanksgiving Break is SPIRIT WEEK at Exploris! We hope that everyone will participate and have fun.  Remember, next Monday is Pajama Day.  Kids need to wear wear regular shoes (not slippers) and the pajamas should be appropriate to wear at school.

4. Winter Thanks contributions due December 10
41V7ZsFPkFL._SX425_We are so grateful for our teachers and staff and the
great role they play in our children’s lives every day.
This time of year we have an opportunity to show our
appreciation by donating to the Teacher Winter
Thanks. Exploris PTO coordinates this schoolwide
teacher gift campaign in December before the Winter Break, and again in June before the end of school. #nomoremugs

To participate, you can simply send in a check (or cash) to the PTO, or donate by credit card ONLINE.  This will then be divided among the teachers and staff before the winter break.  For more information visit our FAQ page

7. Box Tops for Education Update 
Thank you to all that submitted box tops last month! We were able to raise $137.90 through the clipped box tops for the school. Our scanned box tops only totaled $14, so we want to make sure everyone is aware of that opportunity as well. If you see a box top that looks like this:20191028_214053

You will need to scan your receipt through the Box Top App. Directions on how to do this are on the PTO website under Passive Fundraising – Box Tops. You will need to first download the app & then scanning is super easy. The only caveat is that you must scan your receipt within 14 days of purchase. At first I thought this would be a pain but if you get into the habit of scanning right after unloading your groceries, it’s a breeze.

Next submission date deadline is in February.
Keep CLIPPING & SCANNING! Thanks so much for your efforts!

Desa Bojdo
Passive Fundraising Representative

8. The Exploris School Directory is online

Exploris School Directory —  https://explorispto.org/parent-info/directory

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 

9. Upcoming Events
  • Thanksgiving Break- Friday, Nov 22 (3:15pm)- Monday, Dec 2 (8am) 
    • Nov 25-26 Teacher Workdays
  • December 2-6- Exploris Spirit Week
  • Friday, December 6- Middle School Dance
  • Tuesday, December 10- Winter Thanks contributions due
  • Friday, December 20 – Early Dismissal
  • Winter Break – Friday Dec 20 (12:15pm) – Monday, Jan 6 (8am)

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


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 by 9pm Sunday at explorisptonews@gmail.com 

Students in Remi Wingo’s Elementary Exploration Class learned how to build a campfire on November 22! “Fire building in Explorations with k/1: learning fire safety, types of wood (tinder, kindling, fuel), and 3 components every fire needs: a spark, oxygen, and fuel/something to burn. Also, the 4 D’s of gathering wood: dead, dry, down (on the ground), and detached.”