Saturday, October 25, 2014

Waite Park Band News, Coin Drive, and Family Dinner Success

Family Dinner Night 2014
Week Two with Waite Park Band Students will have them playing their first notes on their instruments as well as refining their technique of putting together their instruments and identifying parts.

The Waite Park Band has a newsletter!  It came out this week, and it includes information like that above.

Nelson Devereaux is our Waite Park Band teacher.  Click on his name to contact him with any questions or comments; if you'd like a copy of the newsletter sent your way; or to see how your child can get involved.  PTA provides a certain number of scholarships to band students every year, so if you're not sure if you can afford lessons, ask us or Mr. Devereaux. 

Also, a reminder:  The Coin Drive is still happening this week!  Be sure to send any coins or bills to school with your child so they can be included in the classroom count.  So far, we've raised about $1500.  You can see our progress on the thermometer on the door that leads into the Parks & Rec area (through door 2).

And...Family Dinner Night was a success!  Thanks to all who came, and please send us your pictures if you have any!  We love seeing all your faces at our community get togethers, and we hope we'll see you throughout the year, supporting Waite Park and Northeast Minneapolis.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

PTA Fall Fundraising Begins!

It's that time of year again: Fall Fundraising!  Each year, the PTA raises funds to support events and activities that enrich our children's educational experience: field trips, family events, track and field day, and school wide assemblies.  We give out classroom grants, too, and this year we have some awesome grant requests that'll contribute to Waite Park's welcoming and inclusive environment (which we'll tell you about in some later posts!).

This fall, our goal is to raise $10,000 to support Waite Park Community School.

Ten thousand is a lot, and we need your help!  There are two opportunities to contribute.

1.  Make a straight donation.  It's quick, it's easy, and 100% of the money goes directly to support activities which enhance and enrich your child's education.  You can send cash or checks to school or donate online using the button on this blog (to the right -->).  We'd love to see contributions from friends, family, neighbors, and community partners!

[Head's up, you can also donate at the PTA's Give to the Max MN page during the Give to the Max campaign on November 11th.]

2.  Support the Classroom Coin Drive.  Classrooms will collect coins from October 20th - 30th.  Students can bring in any denomination of coins.  And we're inclusive around here:  BILLS count as "coins", too.  Students love competing to see which class brings in the most coins, and they win a prize in the end for whoever wins!  We are seeking classroom sponsors during the drive, too, so if you have a connection to a local business (or if you, grandparents, or anybody else are interested in sponsoring a classroom) contact Jill Pearson-Wood at 612-250-3401 or

Our goal is to have 100% of Waite Park families take part in some aspect of our Fall Fundraising campaign.  Every donation, no matter how large or small, helps us reach our goal.  If we all work together, we can accomplish great things for Waite Park!

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