Sunday, February 8, 2015

Success (and even more to come!)

On Friday, we held our annual Family Dance Night and Book Swap, and it went swimmingly (or, perhaps, dancingly?).  We had a record number of families show up, and based on the Facebook posts from families and PTA members, the kids definitely got their dance on.  We hope they're enjoying any books they picked up, too.  Thank you to all who attended and to all the volunteers for creating a fun night for the community!

Speaking of fun nights for our community:

Spring Social & Silent Auction: Saturday, April 18th, 2015

That's right, our biggest fundraising and community event of the year is coming up!  Previously known as the Spring Gala, the PTA throws this event every spring to help raise money.  It's an adult-only event (childcare provided!) with delicious food, various forms of entertainment, and a HUGE amount of things to bid on.  Each year, we get donated auction items f rom local businesses, and we also have a wide selection of items created by families, our children, or neighborhood artists.  We also have the extremely popular Beer and Wine raffle.

We'll post more on this event as it gets closer, but for now, the most important thing is...

We need volunteers!


If you'd like to help with the fundraising ahead of time (finding sponsors; gathering donations; etc), please contact our Fundraising Chair Jill Pearson-Wood at

If you're interested in helping with Communications and PR (making flyers; putting the word out) contact Jenny Arneson at

If you'd love to help with the venue (decorating; setting up; etc) contact our venue coordinator Jill Nelson at

If you'd like to donate something for the silent auction, contact our President, Amanda Muenzer at

We'll hopefully have a VolunteerSpot page go up soon, so if you're not sure what you'd like to do yet, but you'd love to take part in planning, there will be plenty of opportunities to help out.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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!