Spring! One of our busiest seasons. We hope to see all of you at the various events below, and we hope, Hope, HOPE you'll also volunteer. Email Amanda Muenzer (Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org) to ask how.
Also, thanks to all who showed up for Book Swap and Dance night. As you'll see in the pictures, the kids had a blast (and have amazing rhythm, apparently). We also sold tons of tickets to our upcoming Spring Social. If you still need tickets, don't worry! We're selling even more in the coming weeks (including at the Book Fair).
Conferences and Book Fair THIS Thursday/Friday
If you haven't yet, you can still sign up for the Parent/Teacher conferences happening this Thursday and Friday, Feb 11-12. Find the link on Waite Park's main page.
Also happening during conferences is the Book Fair on Thursday, 2/11. The PTA will be there from 4-8pm selling tickets to the Spring Social. Tickets are $20 each if you buy them from us that night ($25 if you buy them at the door later).
Spring Social! Saturday, April 16th
The Spring Social is the PTA's biggest annual fundraiser. It's an adults only event (Rec+ offers childcare so that parents can join us), and it's open to the whole northeast Minneapolis community -- or, really, anybody who wants to join us! Ask anyone who's attended in the past: there's great food, plenty of drinks, and an amazing silent auction. You can bid on anything from local art to tickets for city-wide events. The funds go straight to the PTA, benefitting your kids, their school, and our community.
Where: 514 N 3rd St #101, Minneapolis, MN 55401 When: Saturday, April 16th, 6-11pm Childcare: Register with Rec+ at ActiveNet (or in person after school)
Classroom Baskets: Each classroom puts together a Classroom Basket for the SpringSocial Silent Auction with a particular theme. This allows each family a chance to contribute. Stay tuned for details on your classroom theme and then send in items to go in the basket to be auctioned off!
Donate Auction Items: Do you know someone who would be willing to donate art, jewelry, gift cards, tickets, or even cash to help us purchase silent auction items? Perhaps you're a business owner, or know of one, who would like to donate goods, including food or drink for the auction? We'd love to hear from you! In the past, families have donated cabin trips, catered dinner experiences, and handmade items. All donations can be given to Megan Sparks (email@example.com), April Holen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or just leave them in the school office and we’ll pick them up!
Volunteering: There's lots to do to plan and prepare for this event. If you want to help, please contact Amanda Muenzner (Amanda.email@example.com) to learn more.
I'd post a picture of an ecstatic Chester, but he's camera shy. I hope you got a chance to glimpse him in the halls, counting your kids' coins, and generally bringing joy and income into our Waite Park lives.
Why's Chester So Happy?
Because we exceeded our goal for the Fall Coin Drive! Our hope was to collect $5,000 ($3,000 in coins and $2,000 in classroom sponsors). We actually collected over $3800 in coins thanks to the generous support of families! The winning classrooms each week got to enjoy treats, and the final winners get the bigger prizes! Ask your kids what they won. Chester wouldn't tell me.
A big thanks to these sponsors for providing support to our classrooms (you can click on corporate sponsor names to go to their webpages):
PTA meeting – Thursday, Nov. 5 (6:30 – 8 pm) – Waite Park School: This will be an opportunity to hear more about what the PTA does. We'll have tables where you can speak to committee or board members. Take part as little or as much as you want. You're always welcome!
Dine Out for Schools – Monday, November 16 – Parkway Pizza (third Monday of every month) PTA meeting – Thursday, Dec. 3 (6:30 – 8 pm) – Waite Park School And last, but not least:
Craftstravaganza: Friday, Dec. 4
Remember, we can always use more volunteers. We love having you join us to create amazing community events like Craftstravaganza (details below). Come join us for a PTA meeting, or email Emily (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you'd like to help out with the event.