Saturday, November 22, 2014

Coffee and Call For Topics

Did your child bring home information about B&W Specialty Coffee Sales? The PTA fall fundraising efforts continue! It may feel like it's gone on and on (it has), but the PTA has a plan and we promise it was the best way we could figure out how to do this.  The PTA funds a variety of things like classroom field trips, supplies, scholarships for after-school activities and staffing to help coordinate school volunteers. In all, our annual budget has approximately $44,000 of expenses (yes, you read that right). If you want to learn more, check out the budget document here.

We don't want to over-burden Waite Park parents with too many fundraisers, but we recognize that families have different comfort areas on how they support the school.  If you couldn't participate for the coin drive, for instance, we hope you got a chance to contribute to Give to the Max (or you can still donate using the "donate" button on this blog).  If you couldn't do either of those, we hope you can contribute through coffee sales (hot chocolate and tea will also be available).  If you need a copy of the order form for coffee, email any of the PTA officers listed on this blog, and we'll email one back.  Also, if you'd like to learn more about B&W Specialty Coffee, click that link right there and check out their page.

Though, once this Fall Fundraising is over, we are going to run out of topics for this blog!  We want to know what else you'd like to see here (besides us begging for money).  There are all sorts of possibilities.  Articles on education in general?  Information on ways parents can contribute to their school community?  Information on how to access special ed or gifted programs for your child?

Let us know in the comments!  (Please?  It'll make me feel better to see something down there so that I know people are reading this.  I need constant validation).

And because we all love pictures of our adorable children, here's a picture from the recent School Patrol outing to the MOA Waterpark.  They're an awesome bunch of kids who work hard for the school, and they deserved this great field trip.

Friday, November 14, 2014

We didn't make it! (Help!)
Give to the Max MN happened this Thursday, November 13th, and people definitely showed up en force!  We (and our children) thank each and every one of you who contributed to get us to almost $1000!

We didn't quite make our goal, though.  In fact, we only made it HALF WAY.  So we still need your help to reach our fundraising goals, or we'll be a bit short on what we can provide the school for activities, fieldtrips, scholarships, and more.

Yes, soon, we will be selling coffee (and perhaps mugs to go with it).  And we always have t-shirts for sale in pink and blue and multiple styles (contact Adrian if you'd like to grab one).  Right now, though, we really, Really, REALLY need some direct donations.

You see that button to the side over there (it's to the right, over in the green grass of the blog...that's the one, right under where it says ¿Habla usted español?")?  Click it!  You can donate directly to us on this here blog using PayPal.

You can also just write a check to the Waite Park PTA and deliver it to the front desk at school during morning drop off or afternoon pick up.

You know what else?  We'd LOVE to see you volunteer with us!  It's our goal to have every Waite Park parent involved in some aspect of our activities this year, and volunteering is a great way for you to help us with that goal.  Craftstravaganza is coming up December 5th (more info on that to come!), and you can sign up for volunteer shifts at our Volunteer Spot page (click that link to sign up).  We'll be posting one of these for each of our events to come, so we hope we'll see more of you joining in the Waite Park PTA fun.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Coin Drive Results & Latino Family Celebration

First off, Northeast Middle School invites you to join them in their upcoming Latino Family Celebration slated for Thursday, November 13th from 6-8pm.  Many of us will have children there in the future (maybe even next year!), and this is one of many great opportunities to check out the middle school.

 Coin Drive Fundraiser Results

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