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!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Coffee and Call For Topics

Did your child bring home information about B&W Specialty Coffee Sales? The PTA fall fundraising efforts continue! It may feel like it's gone on and on (it has), but the PTA has a plan and we promise it was the best way we could figure out how to do this.  The PTA funds a variety of things like classroom field trips, supplies, scholarships for after-school activities and staffing to help coordinate school volunteers. In all, our annual budget has approximately $44,000 of expenses (yes, you read that right). If you want to learn more, check out the budget document here.

We don't want to over-burden Waite Park parents with too many fundraisers, but we recognize that families have different comfort areas on how they support the school.  If you couldn't participate for the coin drive, for instance, we hope you got a chance to contribute to Give to the Max (or you can still donate using the "donate" button on this blog).  If you couldn't do either of those, we hope you can contribute through coffee sales (hot chocolate and tea will also be available).  If you need a copy of the order form for coffee, email any of the PTA officers listed on this blog, and we'll email one back.  Also, if you'd like to learn more about B&W Specialty Coffee, click that link right there and check out their page.

Though, once this Fall Fundraising is over, we are going to run out of topics for this blog!  We want to know what else you'd like to see here (besides us begging for money).  There are all sorts of possibilities.  Articles on education in general?  Information on ways parents can contribute to their school community?  Information on how to access special ed or gifted programs for your child?

Let us know in the comments!  (Please?  It'll make me feel better to see something down there so that I know people are reading this.  I need constant validation).

And because we all love pictures of our adorable children, here's a picture from the recent School Patrol outing to the MOA Waterpark.  They're an awesome bunch of kids who work hard for the school, and they deserved this great field trip.

Friday, November 14, 2014

We didn't make it! (Help!)
Give to the Max MN happened this Thursday, November 13th, and people definitely showed up en force!  We (and our children) thank each and every one of you who contributed to get us to almost $1000!

We didn't quite make our goal, though.  In fact, we only made it HALF WAY.  So we still need your help to reach our fundraising goals, or we'll be a bit short on what we can provide the school for activities, fieldtrips, scholarships, and more.

Yes, soon, we will be selling coffee (and perhaps mugs to go with it).  And we always have t-shirts for sale in pink and blue and multiple styles (contact Adrian if you'd like to grab one).  Right now, though, we really, Really, REALLY need some direct donations.

You see that button to the side over there (it's to the right, over in the green grass of the blog...that's the one, right under where it says ¿Habla usted español?")?  Click it!  You can donate directly to us on this here blog using PayPal.

You can also just write a check to the Waite Park PTA and deliver it to the front desk at school during morning drop off or afternoon pick up.

You know what else?  We'd LOVE to see you volunteer with us!  It's our goal to have every Waite Park parent involved in some aspect of our activities this year, and volunteering is a great way for you to help us with that goal.  Craftstravaganza is coming up December 5th (more info on that to come!), and you can sign up for volunteer shifts at our Volunteer Spot page (click that link to sign up).  We'll be posting one of these for each of our events to come, so we hope we'll see more of you joining in the Waite Park PTA fun.