Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Back to School (Already?!)

That's right!  It's that time of year again:  Back to School!  The PTA has a lot up our sleeves, and we hope you'll join us.  This blog will keep you up to date, and we also have a Facebook Waite Park PTA Group and PTA Page.  Waite Park Elementary School's PTA Link is also helpful.

You'll get flyers in your students' folders at times, too, so be sure to check backpacks regularly.  We'll also establish classroom reps who will email you with PTA updates.  If you want email updates, make sure we have your address!  You can email Amanda Muenzer at (amanda.muenzner@mpls.k12.mn.us) to add your email to the PTA Directory.

Also, for a school supply list, click here.


Upcoming School and PTA events:



8/20: Waite Park Open House!
8/24: First Day of School for 1st - 5th grades
8/26: First Day of School for Pre-K and Kindergarten


9/2:  High-5 and K/1st Playdate
9/3:  First PTA meeting of the month

The play date is a great time for our sometimes-shy, sometimes-unsure little ones to meet some of their classmates out in the park and get to know each other.  Parents can mingle, too.  You never know when you're about to meet the folks of your kid's Best Friend For Life.

If you have questions, feel free to comment here, email us, call, or post on Facebook.  Various contact information can be found all over the sidebars of this blog. 

Welcome back to school, Wildcats!


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 (jill.pearsonwood@gmail.com).

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 ag.young@mac.com

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:  bit.ly/1zfszP6

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 Sandi.McDonald@mpls.k12.mn.us .

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.