12/6 MM: Angel Tree * Pick the movie! * Teacher Gifts

Updates in this Monday Minute:

  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights- Friday
  • Outdoor Movie Night Survey! Help pick the movie.
  • Pew Pew!
  • Angel Tree – We still need a few more people to sign up
  • Teacher Gift Pool- contribute by December 15
  • Spiritwear update
  • Don’t forget to use Amazon Smile
  • Calendar

8th grade Trimester 2 is well underway! Thank you to Dr. Michael Reiskind, pictured above, for kicking off our trimester with an insightful presentation about Yellow Fever.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights: The class of 2022 invites the Exploris community to virtually attend our UDHR ceremony on Friday, December 10 at 9:00 AM. This is a time-honored tradition that every 8th grader at Exploris has taken part in for the past 20 years on the anniversary of the United Nations signing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is a wonderful, yearly reminder of the importance of human rights and your students have worked hard to memorize and prepare their part. Zoom Link.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us at the Elementary School on December 10 for an Outdoor Family Movie Night!  Fill out this survey to VOTE for the movie, or write in your suggestion.

Please vote by midnight on Tuesday, December 7 here: https://forms.gle/Vok8bBs9RUEbQbrbA

We’ll announce the movie selection on Wednesday!

Please plan to WEAR YOUR PAJAMAS on Friday night, too 🙂

Storage Options Needed! Pew Pew!

The elementary school is looking to store 2 church pews until the move to a new building. Do you have room in your attic or have access to a storage unit?  If so, please contact Jessica Roberts at jroberts@exploris.org

In order to get into the spirit of giving, we have put together an Angel Tree for some of our Exploris Families.  This has been a hard year for many and we would love to bring some joy and cheer this winter season for our Exploris children. We invite you to sign up and participate!

We still have open spots available on our Exploris Angel Tree, please consider spreading some holiday joy this year to some of our Exploris Families.  Remember, all gifts need to be received at the ES by December 15th.  Clearly label which child the gifts are for and attach the gift receipt.  

*All gifts needs to be recieved by the morning of December 15 at the Elementary campus.
*Include the child identification number found on the signup genius.
*Please have the gifts unwrapped, gift recipet securly attached to the gift.

*Sign up for a child on the signup genius and shop away.
*Don’t have time to shop? You can Venmo Brooke Hedrick (@Brooke-Hedrick-3) and the Exploris PTO will shop for you.  Please indicate “Exploris Angel Tree”.
*If it is easier to shop at home you could have the items delivered to:
Brooke Hedrick, 3309 Thomas Road, Raleigh, NC 27607  

*At the Elementary campus, any mornings between now and December 15th.
*Thank you for spreading holiday joy to our community!

Sign up here:

The Exploris PTO

Exploris Angel Tree: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084fa5a62ca1f94-exploris7

Teacher Thanks Gift Donation

Holiday Shopping? We make it easy to give to your teachers! Exploris PTO coordinates schoolwide teacher gifts in December. We encourage all parents to contribute to this gift pool. Donations will be divided among all staff members. This collection ensures that all 60 teachers and staff members receive the recognition they deserve.

The gifts collection is going great so far. We are about halfway to our goal of $10,000.

TEACHER GIFTS WINTER 2021 Deadline for contributions is midnight, December 14.
Click Here to Contribute!

Spiritwear Update:

Exploris Spiritwear is sold twice per year, in the fall and again in the spring. We had hoped to have all of the fall orders delivered by now, but unfortunately there have been delays from the company. We apologize for the delays.

Bay 6 has informed us that gray hoodies and youth gray long sleeve shirts are on back order/out of stock from their provider.  Our contact is still looking into options for these items. Other items that have been ordered were available and should be ready for me to pick up by 12/7. Once sorted, I will bring them to students at school. 

We will continue to post updates to the Parent Facebook page and the PTO blog. I will also send another follow up email when you can expect items to be delivered to school. 

These delays are being experienced across many industries and are part of these strange times. 
We are sorry for the long wait and appreciate your patience.

Martha Fisk, Spiritwear Committee Chair

Shopping Online? Don’t forget to use Amazon Smile to donate a percentage to Exploris.

Amazon Smile is the gift that keeps on giving! 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 to Exploris!

When you are shopping be sure that you are logged in to Amazon Smile. It’s easy.

Important Dates (Exploris CALENDAR):

  • Friday, December 10: Outdoor Movie Night at the Elementary School, 6-8pm
  • Tuesday, December 14: Last day to give to the Teacher Gift Collection
  • Wednesday, December 15: Angel Tree Gifts due at school
  • December 17: will be a full vacation day, following Board approval.
  • December 20-January 3rd: Winter Break – No School
  • January 17, 2022: Martin Luther King, Jr Day – No School

December Exploris Staff Birthdays

  • 12/29:  Ethan Burton
  • 12/15:  Paula Mancini

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!