3/11/20 PTO Update

  1. Please help- Grocery card collection
  2. Technology Surveys- please fill out!
  3. Community Circle Canceled
  4. Last Chance to Vote for Annah!
  5. Silent Auction! Help Needed
  6. Annual Fund Survey
  7. Upcoming Events

1. Grocery Card Collection- ASAP
Hi parents,

There is a possibility that the current COVID-19 pandemic will require us to close school for a bit. We have some food insecure families that rely on our school for meals. If you have time and funds, we are collecting grocery store gift cards to help support these families during times when school is not in session on campus.

Gift cards can be turned in to the front office or Michelle Duncan (the sooner the better, as the situation is rapidly changing). We appreciate your support for our community. If you anticipate a need for your family, please reach out! 

-Kimberly Harris kimberlyannharris@yahoo.com

2.  Home Technology Survey – fill out ASAP
Hello parents! In light of recent events the administration is asking that we have an understanding of each families unique technology needs in the event school is closed. While we are not certain that there will or will not be school closures, it is important that we have a plan in place if school is closed. Even if school is closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 learning will still take place on digital platforms. That said, we need to know if families will have access to specific types of technology.
0312_Coronavirus+School+Impacts_WTVYPlease complete the surveys that grade level teachers emailed on THURSDAY night. 

3.  Community Circle/Thursday Update from Ellie:
Dear Exploris Community,
Staff and student safety is my paramount concern as we strive to protect our community from the spread of COVID-19.  As a result, I have determined that community circle should be cancelled tomorrow in the interest of protecting our school community.  The health department, CDC, and governor have all recommended that we avoid large gatherings to limit the exposure and spread of illnesses.  
We will continue with our Explorations since we have already made adjustments where needed.  Thank you all for your patience as we navigate through this situation as it rapidly evolves.  I will keep you apprised of any additional changes as soon as possible. 
Reminder: all field experiences and external Explorations and Electives were cancelled.  Please understand that this was not an easy decision but one that is designed to help protect the health of our students and our school community. 
Thank you.

annah24. NC School Hero- Last few days to VOTE!!! 

Only a few more days to VOTE FOR ANNAH! Exploris PTO has nominated 4th grade teachers Annah Riedel as our NC School Hero. We hope that the Exploris community will help Annah win! You can vote once each day. Please share and ask your friends and family to vote, too!

We could win $10,000 for Annah as well as $10,000 for Exploris! Ten NC School Heroes will be selected based on votes and judging, and you can vote for your hero once every day. North Carolina school employees work tirelessly to shape the next generation. Now, you can give your school hero the recognition they deserve.

VOTE FOR ANNAH here: https://www.ncschoolheroes.com/entryshare/2028552

5. Silent Auction and Raffle! Help needed

Inked84254113_481074672583999_2461070252641878016_n_LIThe 2020 Exploris PTO Silent Auction & Raffle will be held April 21- May 2. 

We are currently seeking donations for the auction, and we can use your help.  We also need people to pick up items that have been donated.  

NOTE:  The auction takes place ONLINE! Thanks for your support! 

Please visit our Silent Auction & Raffle page more details

Annual Fund March 20206. Haven’t contributed to the Exploris Annual Fund?  Please fill out this quick survey

We are having trouble moving past 50% family participation! If you have not donated, please take the time to fill out this quick survey to help us move toward success. Thank you!
We need 100% of families, even if it’s just $1!!

7. Upcoming Events
2020-21 SCHOOL CALENDAR ONLINE: https://explorispto.org/parent-info/calendar/
  • Friday, March 20 – PTO Meeting, 11:30am at Tobacco Road
  • Spring Break – Friday, April 3 (3:15pm) – Tuesday, April 14 (8am)
  • Monday, April 20- PTO Meeting, 6:30pm at Elementary School 
  • Tuesday, April 21- Silent Auction Kickoff Night Fundraiser at Lynnwood Brewing
  • April 21- May 2 Silent Auction is Live!
  • Thursday, April 30- Middle School Field Day
  • Saturday, May 2- Exploris Family Day and Silent Auction Finale
  • Friday, May 15 – Teacher Workday
  • Friday, May 22 – No School for 8th grade only – passage portfolios
  • Friday, May 22- PTO Meeting, 11:30 at Tobacco Road
  • Monday, May 25- Memorial Day Holiday
  • June 1 – June 12 – EOG Testing Window
  • Friday, June 12 – 8th Grade Graduation (10:30 am), early dismissal
  • Friday, June 12 – End of Third Trimester, last day of school

Thanks for reading!  

If you would like to submit information for PTO posts, please email your text (copy ready), photos, and links to Dana Deaton at news@exploris.org