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):

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 jill.pearsonwood@gmail.com

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

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

If you'd like to donate something for the silent auction, contact our President, Amanda Muenzer at amanda.muenzner@gmail.com

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 (etucker@visi.com) or April Holen (april.holen@mpls.k12.mn.us). 

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.