11/23 MM: Angel Tree- School Pictures- Spirit Wear

  1. Exploris Angel Tree
  2. School Pictures- Order Now!
  3. Spirit Wear Orders Online
  4. PTO Survey- please fill out
  5. Annual Fund- Giving Tuesday
  6. Yearbook Photos Needed
  7. Exploris School Directory
  8. Happy November birthdays to our faculty
  9. Upcoming Events



1. Exploris Angel Tree!
Hi Exploris Families, 
It is time to get into the holiday spirit!  The Kindergarten Parent Group has been working hard with the Exploris Counselors in order to create an Exploris Virtual Angel Tree.  Please consider donating a gift to our Exploris children this holiday season.  Thank you for the support!
Thank you!
Kindergarten Liaison Group

2. School Pictures are ready! 
Screenshot 2020-11-23 215443The Exploris School pictures are ready to view and order!
Deadline for ordering is December 13th. Orders placed within the first week will be delivered at least two weeks earlier then orders placed the last week.
Please check your email for the links, or send me a private message!
To access please enter your email address. No email addresses will be saved beyond use for ordering nor are they sold or given to any third party.
If you have questions regarding placing an order, I am happy to answer them. You can email me at hello@amyamesphotography.com
Each child has 2-4 images to chose from. The images can be found on the day that they came to take photos.
Orders should be placed online. If you have any questions or issues, please reach out to me by email, text or phone. Sales tax is included in the pricing.
Prints and digital images are available for purchase. A note on digital images. If you chose to purchase more than 1 digital images, there is a sliding scale and you will need to email me to set that up. Digital images are delivered via digital download once the payment has been processed. They will not download to a cell phone.
Orders can be delivered to the school, to be picked up, or you can ship to yourself. Due to Covid, I would suggest the shipping to yourself if possible. If you pay for shipping to have them delivered to you, the order will be delivered by mail.
We will have a make up day for those that couldn’t make it or may want a re-take. That date is going to be December 2nd.
Please feel free to ask me any questions by phone, email or in person.
Amy Ames


3. Spirit Wear- order NOW!! November 24 deadline

It’s spirit wear time again folks!  Show the world that you attend the best school in the nation!  We have some of our tried and true Exploris favorites returning this year, plus some exciting surprises!  
In light of the pandemic, prices have been set low – only to cover our costs of merchandise and credit card fees… this is not a fundraiser. Orders need to be received by November 24 .  Please provide the Crew Teacher name with each item selected (Staff, choose the option that says Staff/Other). We anticipate your items will be ready for pick-up or shipped by the the week of December 14.

We are shipping via USPS – we wish we could make it more affordable, but we’re passing on the flat-rate cost.  Shop now:


4. Survey Says!  
Want your voice heard? Have some great ideas?  The PTO has a unique opportunity this year and we want you to be a part of it.  While the pandemic has given many too much to do, and robbed many others of opportunities, we at the Exploris PTO have been looking at additional ways to help support our community.  What are your priorities this year? Supporting and thanking our teachers, maybe helping those in our community that may need a little extra due to unforeseen  pandemic layoffs?  Maybe you have some great ideas we haven’t thought of?
Your Exploris PTO has put together a survey to help everyone’s voices be heard. A few minutes of your time can greatly help us prioritize our efforts for the rest of the year and beyond.  
A quick click https://forms.gle/XykC8BPXK44u8qT18 and a few minutes is all it takes. The PTO board will be presenting and voting on the results at the next meeting.  
PTO meetings are every first Thursday of the month at 6pm, via zoom for now. 

5. Annual Fund- Giving Tuesday!
Happy Thanksgiving!! I’m always grateful for Exploris, but even more so during this tumultuous year. I’ve watched the teachers and staff and community wrestle with tech issues, emotional support, and physical support for food security, all while balancing what’s best for the health of our staff and families and community.
We are making a big push for donations to our Annual Fund on Giving Tuesday. You will be receiving a flyer in the mail with more info.
You can give now or on December 1 at https://exploris.kindful.com.
Thank you!! 

-Kimberly Harris

6. Yearbook Photos Needed!

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This week, Yearbook is creating pages about FOOD! Click here to fill in a google form to upload pictures and answer a few short questions about food. You could even include some of your feasts over break. Please fill in the form by Friday, December 4! Miss the What’s New, sports, covid, spirit week, pet photos, digital learning, summer or fall photo drop? You can always submit those and general photos to this link. If you missed school portraits this week, please follow these instructions to upload a portrait of your child by Friday, December 18. We want to include every child in the yearbook this year, as always!

As always, Here’s the link for purchasing your yearbook! It is $35 through December 18. 
Here’s the link for purchasing your yearbook! 

7. The Exploris School Directory is online.   Please opt in.

Please list your family in the Exploris School directory!

1) Fill out the Form: Map and Directory Form

2) Use the directory: *Protected: Exploris School Directory

*Email news@explorispto.org if you need the password. 

8. Happy Birthday to all the November Exploris Staff!

Please join the Exploris PTO in wishing all of the November babies a great birthday!
November 1st – Michael Gilbert-Singletary
November 3rd – Kelly Fauth
November 7th – Lauren Connolly
November 13th – Tom Simmons
November 21st – Leah Perry-Lawless
November 19th – Jen Christian
November 26th – Allie Yun


  1. Monday, November 23 – Tuesday November 24 – Teacher Workdays
  2. Friday, Nov 20 (3:15pm)- Monday, Nov 30 (8am) – Thanksgiving Break
  3. Friday, December 18 – Early Dismissal
  4. Friday Dec 18 (12:15pm) – Monday, Jan 4 (8am) – Winter Break
  5. Monday, Jan 18 – MLK Holiday
  6. Monday, February 15 – Teacher Workday – Conferences
  7. Friday, February 19 – Teacher Workday – Professional Development
  8. Thursday, March 11 – End of Second Trimester

Thanks for reading the “Monday Minute”- the Exploris PTO blog post.

If you would like to submit information, please email your text (copy ready), photos, and links to Dana Deaton at news@explorispto.org by 9pm Sunday.