Buddy the Elf to visit Exploris!

Please join us on Friday night for an outdoor movie at Exploris! Let’s spread some cheer for all to hear with Buddy the Elf. Wear your pajamas or an elf costume!

We hope to see you at Exploris Elementary on Friday evening from 6:00-8:00pm.

We’ll provide:

  • Hot Chocolate and marshmallows
  • Popcorn (from the Rialto Theatre)
  • The movie! Elf


  • Chairs
  • Water Bottles/Drinks
  • Snacks or your dinner
  • A warm coat or blanket
  • Christmas Cheer

Please park at Exploris OR at the Young Men’s Leadership Academy across Swain Street. Or, you can park along the street.

The screen will be set up in the field “behind” the school, near the garden. Hot chocolate and popcorn will be served in the outdoor classroom tent.

If you have questions, please email Carrie at events@explorispto.org.

Please scroll down to read for more announcements from the Exploris PTO.

  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights- Friday
  • Pew storage
  • Angel Tree – We still need a few more people to sign up
  • Teacher Gift Pool- contribute by December 15
  • 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.

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

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!

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!