Friday, January 16, 2015

Happy MLK Weekend!

We hope this weekend brings you opportunity not only to spend more time with your children, but to get them involved in their communities.  If you're planning any outings or activities revolving around Martin Luther King and things he taught, let us know in the comments!  We'd love to see how families spend this weekend together.

January is generally a peaceful month for the PTA.  Starting on February, though, we're back in full swing with school and community events!

Book Swap and Family Dance Night

Kids love books.  LOVE THEM.
This is one of our annual events, and it's scheduled for Friday, February 6th from 6:30 - 8:00pm at Waite Park.  Downstairs, you'll find tons of books you can take home with you at the end of the night, and upstairs, we'll be dancing our hearts out!  We hope you'll join us.  Even more, we hope you'll volunteer to help out!  You can either go to VolunteerSpot to sign up to help, or you can email Elaine Tucker ( or April Holen ( 

There are boxes scattered throughout the school where you can donate books for the swap up until Feb 5th.  If you're wondering where you can find a box, ask your child's teacher.  They probably have one in their classroom!

And guess what?  It's all FREE.

School Start/End Times:  Good, Bad, Ugly?

At Waite Park, school starts at 9:10 and ends at 3:40.  Would you like to keep that time?  Or maybe you'd prefer earlier...or later!?  Whatever your opinion, you actually have the opportunity to influence the start/end times!  Here's info on why they're exploring changes at the Minneapolis Public Schools webpage.  And here are a few links where YOU can vote on times that work for you:

Vote in English.
Vote in Spanish.
Vote in Somali.

Fun at Craftstravaganza this last December

Next PTA Meeting: February 5th at 6pm

Join us at the Waite Park Rec Center, through door #2, for our monthly meeting in February.  We're working on the gala coming up here soon, and if you'd like more info on that, we'd love for you to come!  We always offer time for questions, concerns, and suggestions as well.  We usually have some kind of small refreshment, and childcare is available for ages 3 and up.

Last but not least...







January 19th is Dine Out For Schools Night at Parkway Pizza

Go out for pizza or order in.  Whichever you do, a percentage of the night's profits go to Waite Park!  Have some delicious pizza for us.  We'll thank you, Parkway Pizza will thank you, and your stomach will thank you.

Your kids putting on a performance in December.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Crafts, Coffee, and Gingerbread -- Oh My!

Oh, the things our kids can craft.



This Friday, December 5th is our annual Craftstravaganza at Waite Park.  This is a FREE event!  There will be origami, cookie decorating, socializing, and (free!) light refreshments.  The PTA throws this every year, and it's a blast.  Bring your kids, your kids' friends, your friends' kids, and anybody else who enjoys crafting.  You can even pick up an extra order form for our coffee fundraiser.

Speaking of which...

It's Not Too Late!

You can still get your coffee and mug orders in, even as we speak!  The Powers That Be have extended the deadline, but this is our last chance.  Send your order forms in with your kids this week or come drop them off at the front office.  Fun fact: If every family buys/sells even two items, we'll make our fundraising goal!

And last, but most definitely not least...

PTA Meeting This Week! 

Hopefully you've already heard about this in the Wildcat, via Facebook, or through emails from your class representative, but tomorrow, Thursday, Dec 3rd at 6:30pm, is our December PTA meeting.  We have special guests from Northeast Middle School (NEMS), the pathway school for Waite Park.  A panel consisting of Principal Ben Perry, Assistant Principal Laurie Lamberty, as well as current NEMS students and parents, will be there to answer any questions and tell you first hand of the great things happening right down the street at NEMS.

As always, childcare for children ages 3 and up will be provided, as well as light refreshments.  Please join us in the multipurpose room in the park (enter through Door 2).  Contact Amanda at 612-743- 4810 with any questions or translation needs. 

Mmmm.  Gingerbread Houses...
Oh...and we're having a Gingerbread House Raffle.  That's right, anybody who shows up at our always exciting PTA meeting on Thursday gets the extra excitement of participating in a raffle for a free Gingerbread House.

Hope to see you there!

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.