12/2 Monday Minute

  1. Exploris Spirit Week- this week!
  2. Middle School Dance- December 6
  3. Winter Thanks- due December 10
  4. Soccer – forms due December 11
  5. Help out at the Elementary Workday- December 7
  6. 8th Grade Presentation- December 11
  7. Upcoming Events

1. Exploris Spirit Week! 


This week is Spirit Week at Exploris! Here is more info and a few fun ideas from Deb Brown about Spirit Week:
Some of our parents and students have asked for suggestions and guidance for what to wear during our spirit week days. We hope everyone can participate and show their individuality and make it a fun-filled week!Please remember for each day that a few key items still apply. Classes and activities will be happening as usual, so students will still need coats/jackets/etc for the weather and footwear that can go outside. We also will ask students to remove any masks or to leave anything that looks like a toy weapon at home.

Families can certainly be creative with these themes, and here are a few suggestions just in case you are looking for ideas!

😎Dec 2 – PJ Day
🔹Pajama tops and bottoms or long sleep shirts, slippers, headcoverings, etc.
🔹If you wear slippers, make sure to have a pair of sneakers for wellness and for walking activities
😎Dec 3 – Sports/Games Day
🔹wear something from a favorite local, college, or national sports team
wear your own sports uniform or clothing
🔹dress like a favorite board game/wear a tee shirt with your favorite video game
😎Dec 4 – Opposites Day
🔹dress in opposite colors like black & white or in patterns and colors that clash
🔹wear a tee shirt from a team you don’t root for or an activity you don’t like
wear clothes backwards/inside out
🔹if you usually dress up, dress down. If you usually dress very casually, dress up.
🔹wear something from an opposite season or holiday (flip flops & sunglasses in winter, for ex.) see note above about having a coat/shoes for outdoor activities though.
🔹Dress like one of your teachers
🔹Dress like a grandparent
🔺Please note we do not encourage students to dress as opposite genders unless that it their usual, comfortable presentation. We have found it leads to stereotypical interpretations of what it means to “dress like a girl” or “dress like a boy” and does dot encourage a welcoming climate.
😎Dec 5 – Favorites Day
🔹dress in a favorite color
wear something from a favorite activity
wear your fandoms! Disney, Marvel, Harry Potter, music artists, sports teams, TV shows, favorite foods, etc
🔹wear something from a favorite state/country you’ve visited
🔹wear something from your favorite school/college
🔹wear a favorite tee shirt or piece of clothing
😎Dec 6 – Crew Day
Crews will be talking about this and will design their own themes for this Friday.

2.  Middle School Dance- Friday, December 6
Fall_2019_MS DanceMiddle Schoolers- are you ready? Join us for the December 6 Exploris Dance! All Exploris middle school students and their parents are welcomed to attend.

Parents- 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! Please see the signup genius below. Parents are also invited to hang out and socialize during the dance in the Knights of Columbus Bar/Lounge!

**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/
**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.

3. 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.

4. Workday outside at the Elementary school!
Saturday December 7. Starting at 9:00am.

We need help spreading mulch, hauling off trash from behind the garden, and laying down the AstroTurf on the soccer field before the weather gets any colder. Mulch was donated from a local tree company and dropped off at the school, but we need extra hands (and wheelbarrows) to get it to all the gardens and trees. All ages are welcome to come help.

Bring work gloves and shovels if you have them.  If you have a wheelbarrow or truck/trailer please email Emily at emorga2@msn.com so she knows there are enough. Thanks!

boy playing with soccer ball

5. XL Soccer Indoor League Information here!
If your middle school students want to be part of the fun, please complete the form below. The cost is $90 per child, plus the XL individual annual registration fee – which I think is about $25. Season runs Jan 5 through Feb 23. Please complete the form linked below and submit payment by Wednesday, Dec 11.

Registration/Survey Form: https://forms.gle/qGPodLtiPJiu84MK6

More Information:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JkkNfyFqAZFcPYlR4WZpNiZ3NGe4NWllSSDog2ELgUc/edit?usp=sharing

6. The annual 8th grade presentation of the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights- December 11

This is the 22nd year for students of Wake County to study and learn and commit to a world where human rights are respected and pursued, and the 18th year for Exploris to join the public celebration.

Wednesday, December 11
12pm Presentation

North Carolina Department of Transportation auditorium
1 South Wilmington Street (Wilmington and Morgan Streets)

Ms. Lisa Yanke will be our speaker. She is the Director of Communications for Go Global North Carolina, an organization for global engagement and competitiveness with ties to the the Research Triangle Institute.

Student dress is professional!
Parents and community members are invited.

Thank you,

Exploris 8th Grade Team
*Please contact Cori if you have questions. 

7. Upcoming Events
  • 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 

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