12/7 MM: Teacher Gift time! Pizza Orders- Angel Tree- School Survey

  1. Teacher Gift Pool!
  2. Exploris Virtual Information Night- Dec. 10
  3. Angel Tree
  4. Important Exploris Survey- Fill out by Dec. 18
  5. Surround Ms. Ashley with love!
  6. Pizza Order Form for 12/18
  7. December School Newsletter Online
  8. Yearbook Photos Needed
  9. Exploris Fund Donations
  10. Happy December birthdays to our faculty
  11. Upcoming Events

1. It’s time for Teacher Gifts! 


Exploris PTO coordinates schoolwide teacher gifts in December before the Winter Break, and again in June before the end of school.  We encourage all parents to contribute to this gift pool. This collection ensures that all teachers and staff members receive the recognition they deserve! 

Please donate to the Exploris Holiday 2020 Teacher Gift by December 18:

For more information , please visit our Teacher Thanks/FAQ page here. 

2. December 10 Virtual Information Night.  Please share with friends: 

Are you interested in applying to The Exploris School? Please join us on December 10 at 6:00pm during our virtual Information Night to learn more about Exploris! Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/129494542663
The Exploris School is a free, public charter school open to all North Carolina students in grades K-8. Come hear about this innovative, student-centered school in downtown Raleigh.
We are currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. Applications can be completed at https://exploris.schoolmint.net/signup. Applications deadline is 2/5/2021.

3. Exploris Angel Tree!


Hi Exploris Families, 
Exploris is having our first annual Angel Tree (inclusive of all spiritual and religious beliefs). This winter season we want to bring some extra joy and assistance to those in need within our Exploris Community. Here is the sign-up genius if you would like to assist with making this possible or wish to share with others. Special thanks to our very own Kindergarten Parent/Guardian Liaison Group for helping to make this possible. You can use this sign up Exploris Angel Tree Sign-Up to sign up for a child to help. 
*** Remember to have all gifts to the school by Monday, December 14th***
Thank you!
Kindergarten Liaison Group

socialicon4. 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.


5. Surround Ms. Ashley with love this holiday season

As the Giving Season is upon us, one of our very own teachers needs a little love.  Between multiple surgeries within the last two years for both her husband and her son Chase, Ms. Ashley of 3rd grade needs just a little extra love and support this year.  Her husband has just had hip replacement surgery and will be recovering for the next 2 – 3 months, her son, Chase also has had his own surgeries, requiring time off work and therapy sessions for the entire family.   

Those students who have had Ms. Ashley know the love and passion that Ashley has for each and every Exploris student. The 3rd grade parents have created a Go Fund Me and an Amazon Wish List to help!   Please consider a donation, your generosity is greatly appreciated!


6. December 18 Drive-through Event!  Pizza orders online now

Drive by the Elementary school campus between 4-6pm on December 18 to pick up School Picture and spiritwear orders, and drop off any used batteries or electronics for recycling as part of an 8th grade project.

AND grab a tasty ready-for-the-oven pizza as part of our Papa Murphy’s pizza fundraiser!

Pizza Order Form here:  https://forms.gle/NgBda5pXa9y3Lviy9

7. December School Newsletter Online

The Exploris School December newsletter has been published. Please read it for links, grade level updates, upcoming events, and more!


118767851_3281727658614612_1250413635208515472_n8. Yearbook Photos Needed!

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! 

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.

Please see the note below from the Exploris Yearbook Staff. 
Hello students and parents, 
We are from the yearbook committee and we would like to have volunteers for students to answer a few questions to be included in the yearbook about their experience with this crazy year. 
Students, if you choose to participate in this, we would also like to ask if you can submit a photo of yourself doing something school-related! Answers and pictures can be emailed to ssavannah@exploris.org
The questions: 
What do you feel about digital learning?
What is your favorite subject? 
The Yearbook Committee

9. We hope you’ll consider a year end donation to the Exploris Fund.  You can: 


Contact Kimberly Harris with any questions or concerns at annualfund@exploris.org. Thank you for supporting Exploris! 

10. 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. Thursday, December 10 – Virtual Session for prospective families, 6:00-7:30pm
  2. Friday, December 18 – Early Dismissal
  3. Friday, December 18 – Drive through event at the elementary campus, 4-6pm
  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. 

Online Shopping? Please choose Exploris!
When you shop at https://smile.amazon.com/, you’ll find the same prices, selection and shopping as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Exploris.  Both Exploris and Exploris PTO have accounts so feel free to select either. Be sure to download the Amazon Smile app as well and don’t forget to let family and friends know they can help us, too!  Program information can be found here:  http://smile.amazon.com/gp/aw/ch/about