10/20: Join us at the PTO Meeting Tonight!

Join us Wednesday, October 20, 6:30-7:30pm on Zoom

The Exploris PTO will have our October General Membership Meeting tonight. We encourage all parents and teachers to log into Zoom to learn more about what is going on with the PTO.

Our featured topic this month is “Parent Volunteering at Exploris”. We’ll hear from our Hospitality Chair Brooke Hedrick and learn how parents can best connect with Exploris and get involved.

  • Agenda:Welcome- 6:30pm
  • Introductions (10 minutes)
  • Exploris Directors Report – Josh (10 minutes)
  • Featured Topic: Parent Volunteers at Exploris- how can parents help and where do people go to find out about volunteer opportunities? – Brooke (10 minutes)
  • Fall Festival Update- description, grade level plans, volunteer needs – Emily & Brooke (10 minutes)
  • Building and Grounds – Emily (3 minutes)
  • Fundraising – Passive fundraisers, Art by Me, Spiritwear sales report – Richard and Martha (7 minutes)
  • PTO Treasurer Report- Alex (10 minutes)

PTO Meeting – Join us from 6:30-7:30

Topic: Exploris PTO Meeting
Time: Oct 20, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 997 3687 1524
Passcode: 363938

Volunteers Needed on October 29 for the Exploris Fall Festival!

Volunteer Signup Here!: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084fa5a62ca1f94-exploris5

The Exploris PTO is planning an outdoor event for our entire school community. Get your costumes ready because this will be festive fun for our everyone! Crew Parents from each grade will sponsor an activity. If you’d like to join the Slack workspace to be on our planning team or volunteer with one of the grade levels, please email Brook at volunteer@explorispto.org or Dana at ptopres@exploris.org.

Please RSVP on our Facebook Event Page: https://fb.me/e/2FQnfZQ1T

Elementary Cleanup!

Thank you to those parents who helped this week clean and organize the Elementary campus’s shared spaces.  A team of parent volunteers are spending one/two mornings a week cleaning, organizing, building cabinets, decluttering, and making parts of the campus more user friendly.  If you have time and would like to help, please sign up here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084fa5a62ca1f94-friday

Thank you to:

  • Claudia Guerrero
  • Sunita Murty-Gami
  • Angela Schlukbier
  • Brooke Hedrick
  • Jessica Roberts

There is a Family Workday on Saturday, October 23rd from 9:00-2:00 at the elementary campus. We will prepare the grounds and clean up for the Fall Festival on Friday, October 29th. Please signup here.

Pulsera Bracelets – 

The Pulsera Project- Bracelets with Benefits!

Get your bracelets at carpool, October 18 through November 1 at Exploris. $5 cash.

Over next two weeks our school will be partnering with The Pulsera Project, a fair trade nonprofit organization that seeks to empower, inspire, and educate people in Central America and the U.S. The Pulsera Project provides sustainable, well-paying work opportunities for nearly 200 artisans in Nicaragua and Guatemala, most of whom make colorful hand-woven bracelets, or “pulseras” in Spanish. The project then creates a market for their artwork by partnering with schools across the U.S. Pulseras will be sold for $5 here at Exploris, and the proceeds will be invested in a wide range of social impact programs in Nicaragua & Guatemala.

We hope this will be a highlight of the school year as students engage with the beauty of Latin American culture while lending support to these skilled artisans and their communities!

Use this link to sign up for a time to help sell PULSARA bracelets (you can only sign up for one slot).

Costume/Spirit Week Donations: If you have an old costume at home and want to donate it to the elementary school for a student who might not have a costume- please drop it in carpool or have your child bring it to turn in to the front office.

The Exploris School Directory 2021-22 is now online!

Use the directory: *Protected: Exploris School Directory

The was emailed to the PTO email list on October 14 and October 18. Please make sure you are receiving emails from the PTO by subscribing to our blog. Visit the website explorispto.org and enter your email address where it says “Enter your email address to sign up for the PTO mailing list. By following you’ll receive our regular “Monday Minute” emails plus occasional announcements.”

Important Updates from Exploris
  • Yearbooks are on sale now! The Exploris Yearbook staff is working hard on this book to highlight the 2021-22 school year. The yearbook is for all grades, K-8. Buy early for the lowest prices of the year! Buy Your Yearbook at Jostens
  • Exploris COVID Protocol Flowchart: LINK  Free Covid testing
  • Students can refer themselves to a counselor.  LINK
  • Substitute Teachers Needed – mparkerson@exploris.org

Important Dates (Exploris CALENDAR):

  • Tuesday, October 19- Elementary School Picture Day
  • Wednesday, October 20 – Middle School Picture Day
  • Wednesday, October 20- General PTO Meeting, 6:30pm on Zoom
  • Friday, October 22 – Teacher Workday for Portfolio Conferences
  • Friday, October 22 – Photo shoots – family mini sessions.  Sign-up Genius link
  • October 25-29- Spirit Week! See below
  • Friday, October 29- Fall Festival! 5-8pm at Exploris Elementary Campus
  • Thursday, November 11 – Veterans Day – Holiday
  • Friday, November 12 – Flex Day – ASYNCHRONOUS FOR STUDENTS
  • Friday, November 19 – End of First Trimester
  • Monday, November 22 – Tuesday November 23 – Teacher Workday
  • Friday, Nov 19 (3:15pm)- Monday, Nov 29 (8am) – Thanksgiving Break
  • Friday, December 17 – Early Dismissal
  • Winter Break – Friday Dec 17 (12:15pm) – Tuesday, Jan 4 (8am)


DONATE HERE: https://exploris.kindful.com/



We recently kicked off this year’s Annual Fund Drive. The goal, as always, is to raise $100,000 from 100% of our families. ANY amount is OK! Donations can be monthly or one time, and are tax deductible. Donations make a real and meaningful contribution to our school, used for areas such as:

  • Funding the annual budget of the Parent-Teacher Organization
  • Funding grants for teachers above and beyond normal classroom supplies
  • Purchasing food for families in need
  • Filling in gaps in materials or software not covered by the school budget

Please check your Exploris emails for more information.

Thanks for reading,
Kimberly Harris
Chair, Exploris School Foundation

Remember to shop with AmazonSmile! It’s easy to support The Exploris School!

Shopping for a Halloween costume or candy on Amazon? Start your shopping at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-1719653, or with AmazonSmile activated in the app, and they’ll donate 0.5% of the eligible purchase price!

  • Visit smile.amazon.com
  • Sign in with the same account you use for Amazon.com
  • Select your charity- The Exploris School
  • Start shopping! Remember to checkout at smile.amazon.com to generate donations for Exploris.
  • Tip: Add a bookmark to make it easier to shop at smile.amazon.com.
  • How to use AmazonSmile using the Amazon app on your mobile phone:
  • Open the Amazon Shopping app
  • Navigate to the main menu (=)
  • Tap on Settings and then select “AmazonSmile”
  • Select your charity and then follow the on-screen instructions to turn ON AmazonSmile in the mobile app
  • Once AmazonSmile has been activated in your app, future eligible app purchases will generate a donation for the charity you have selected.
  • Note: The tablet app is not yet supported. Please visit smile.amazon.com/onthego to learn more.

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

Thanks for reading!