Wednesday, May 20, 2015

 Carnival: Friday, May 29th, 2015

Waite Park PTA is hosting our annual carnival at the end of this May.  Festivities begin at 5:30.  And by festivities we mean games, treats, face painting, dunk tanks, Northeast Royalty, local bands, and THE RAFFLE!  See below for more info on the Raffle.  For now, though, here's a very important link:

Click that link and consider volunteering your time to the Carnival.  Our volunteers are our life blood!  Volunteer, and you can enjoy behind-the-scenes perks and that warm, fuzzy feeling of having helped a community event go smoothly.  And volunteering can be as easy as supplying your child's teacher with bottles of pop!  (That's right, for our ring toss, we still need FULL 2 liter bottles -- whatever flavor works for you.  Please donate!).


The Raffle!

By now, the Waite Park parents reading this should have received an envelope containing $20 worth of Raffle Tickets.  Students aren't required to sell the tickets, of course, but it sure would be swell as the proceeds from those tickets go straight to the PTA and then are funneled into benefiting your kids, school, and community!  And if you need more raffle tickets, feel free to contact our PTA rep Jill Pearson Wood (

Prizes will be rewarded to the students who sell the most tickets.  Turn completed tickets and money in to your classroom teacher by 1pm on May 29th.  Winners will receive:

1st prize:  $100 Target Gift Card
2nd prize:  $50 Target Gift Card
3rd prize:  $35 Target Gift Card

Plus, anybody who purchases a raffle ticket (only $1 each!) has the possibility of winning amazing prizes--like the bikes you see pictured below.  The list of goodies so far:

$100 Lego Store gift card
2 Youth Bikes with Helmets (donated by Stinson Automotive)
Jim Lupient Water Park admissions (4)
St. Paul Saints – 2 reserved outfield tickets
Lunds/Byerly's gift card ($25)
Cheap Skate/Lilli Putt - 10 free admissions
Chimborazo Restaurant gift certificate ($25)
Zero Gravity – 2 free passes
Bruegger’s Bagels – 5 bundles (dozen bagels & 2 tubs cream cheese)

Northeast Middle School T-shirts
Pletscher's Greenhouse $15 gift certificate
Grand Slam – 2 passes
LeeAnn Chin gift card ($10)
MN Timberwolves T-shirt
Riverview Theater - 4 tickets
Holy Land $20 gift card
Domino’s – 4 pizzas
Culver’s – 4 free value baskets
Roller Garden – 6 passes
Minnesota Wild T-shirt
Skyzone - 2 Free Passes
Jimmy Johns - three 15-piece platters
Half Price Books gift card $25
Vescio's Italian Restaurant $20
Element Pizza - 2 free pizzas
Subway - 10 free sandwiches

...and much more!

Oh, hey!  We've also got a new principal!


Meet Rochelle McGinness.  She has worked in Minneapolis Public Schools for over a decade and was previously assistant principal at Bancroft Elementary.  Stop by Waite Park and see her on Thursday morning (5/21).  If you can't see her then, you'll get plenty of opportunities in the future!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

$15000 and Other Reasons to Celebrate!


Spring Social Raises $15k!

That's right.  Thanks to you, our volunteers, and our community, this year's Spring Social and Silent Auction raised over $15k.  Fundraising achievement unlocked!  About 200 people attended in total, and we had a blast enjoying food, trivia, music, and a live auction.  The Solar Arts building was a fabulous choice of venue, and we thank them for the party space.  (For those of you there: That women's bathroom, right?  It was practically a mini-spa).

A special thank you also goes out to our wonderful sponsors: Empower Therapeutic Support Services; Village Orthodontics; Castle Building & Remodeling; Northeast Bank; and our super sponsor Larson Dental!  We couldn't do it without them, and we encourage you to continue to support these generous local establishments with your business and word of mouth.

And just for fun, as we update you on even more PTA news below, we've peppered this post with more pictures from the Social.  Enjoy!


Walk/Bike to School Day May 6th

After enjoying the delicious, decadent foods of the Spring Social, a good walk or bike to school is in order!  Hey, whether you Spring Social'd or not, you and your children can join their friends (up to 100 people last year!) on the commute to Waite Park.

Ulysses Route: Meet at 28th & Ulysses at 8:15/8:30am. We'll start walking at 8:30am and meet up with another group at Mt. Carmel Church (St. Anthony Parkway and Ulysses) at 8:45am. You're welcome to drive to the meeting spot and park, then walk to school with us.

We'll be giving away ride passes for the MOA Nickelodeon Universe as well as bike locks, helmets, and more!  This PTA of ours sure knows how to bring the swag.

*You're welcome to drop your child off and they can walk with the group, or you can join us for the walk with them!  Questions? Contact Adrian Grote-Young at 612-343-8169 or

Whoa.  Teachers ARE allowed outside!

NE Community Ed SUMMER Program


You've all been waiting for more info on the Summer Program, and we've got a link for you!  You can use this link to access the schedule and register for classes:

You can also check out the brochure.  Programs for grades 1-7 are available at NE Middle School this year since Waite Park will be a summer school program site.

If you have any questions about the Community Ed program, contact Sandi MacDonald at .

Mike Madison auctioning his art

Carnival Is Coming May 29th!


That's right.  Carnival is coming up already!  Come rain or shine, we'll be out at Waite Park bringing you our annual festive event on May 29th.  Believe it or not, rain seems to bring out even MORE people, so believe us when we say the community loves this event!  We'll be posting on Facebook (and here, too) as we get closer to let you know about where to get raffle tickets to buy and sell, what items we're raffling, and a call for volunteers.  (That's right, even MORE swag from the PTA).

We usually have entertainment there, too, including the guy in the picture over there to the left.  He not only donates his art to our Spring Social, but he's donated his musical art to us in the past.  It's Waite Park parents and staff like him, and YOU, that really make this organization, this school, and Northeast Minneapolis so incredible.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

It's Coming: The Spring Social and Silent Auction!

That's right.  Our biggest, most social fundraiser of the school year is coming.  Childcare is provided (see the FAQ for more info on this), so send your kids off for a night, and hang out with the Waite Park PTA for the Spring Social and Silent Auction! 

That's Saturday, April 18th (6-11pm).  Purchase tickets in the school office or here on the blog (in the upper right hand corner)!  For more information, call 612-668-1600.  If you're an adult, you're invited, of course!  Any adults you know are also invited!  You don't just have to be a Waite Park parent or affiliated with the school at all.  We consider this a huge community event, and we love to see people from all over come and visit and support our children.

Also, if you have a child at Waite Park, this is the last week to contribute to the classroom baskets.  Those baskets will be part of the auction prizes (contact your classroom rep for more details -- their email is listed on the sidebar of this blog).  Like every year, we have some amazing auction items, including a bowling party worth $200+; tickets to the children's theater; art projects by selected classrooms; tons of beer and wine; and so much more!  It's a fun and popular event that hundreds come to enjoy with us every year, and we hope to see you, too!

And, of course, we thank our WONDERFUL sponsors.  Please check out the links to their websites below, and if you get a chance, we encourage you to head into their establishments.  You and they are what make Northeast so great.

Northeast Dental Wellness

Empower: Therapeutic Support Services, LLC

Village Orthodontics

Castle Building & Remodeling

Northeast Bank

and Super Sponsor: Larson Dental

Still not sure?  Check out the Spring Social FAQ below (after the jump):