11/30 MM: Giving Tuesday- Angel Tree- School Pictures

  1. Giving Tuesday- Annual Fund
  2. Exploris Angel Tree
  3. Important Exploris Survey- Fill out by Dec. 18
  4. School Pictures- Order Now!
  5. PTO Survey/Meeting Thursday
  6. Yearbook Photos Needed
  7. Exploris School Directory
  8. Happy December birthdays to our faculty
  9. Upcoming Events

1. Please donate to the Exploris Annual Fund this Tuesday, December 1, on Giving Tuesday. You can: 
Contact Kimberly Harris with any questions or concerns at annualfund@exploris.org. Thank you for supporting Exploris! 

Angel-Tree2. 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

3. Return to In-Person Learning Commitment Form – please fill out!
November 23rd was our most recent checkpoint to make a decision about returning to regular in-person learning at Exploris. With the rising local Covid cases and the upcoming holidays, we have decided to remain in remote learning, and will revisit the metrics at our next checkpoint in December.
One thing we need from families right now to help us with our planning: Please complete this short form about your commitment to staying in a remote learning environment or about your intent to send your student back to school if we are able to reopen for a rotation of students. These numbers are crucial for us to be able to figure out our capacity and potential schedules. All families must complete the form by December 18th.

4. 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 on December 2 for those that couldn’t make it or may want a re-take. 
Please feel free to ask me any questions by phone, email or in person.
Amy Ames

ptoheader5. Please fill out our survey and join us on Thursday for the December PTO Meeting
Please fill out this short PTO Survey by Thursday:
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. We will meet this Thursday, December 3. Check our facebook page on Thursday for the Zoom link. https://www.facebook.com/explorispto

6. Yearbook Photos Needed!

yearbookThis week, the Exploris Yearbook Staff is creating pages with YOUR photos!  If you have missed the Food, What’s New, sports, covid, spirit week, pet photos, digital learning, summer or fall photo drops 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!

Please wish all of our Exporis faculty December birthdays a Happy Birthday this month!
  • Amanda Northrup – December 4th
  • Paula Mancini – December 15th


  1. Friday, December 18 – Early Dismissal
  2. Friday Dec 18 (12:15pm) – Monday, Jan 4 (8am) – Winter Break
  3. Monday, Jan 18 – MLK Holiday
  4. Monday, February 15 – Teacher Workday – Conferences
  5. Friday, February 19 – Teacher Workday – Professional Development
  6. 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.