Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Chester Thanks You

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):
-        Anderson Family
-        Bender Family
-        Binder Heating
-        Christensen Family
-        Discount 70
-        Esguerra Family
-        Genevieve's Pet Care
-     Sunbeam Healing Arts       
-        Larson Dental (3 classrooms)
-        Toews Family
-        Turbo Tim's 

What else do we have in store?


Well, first, some of our typical activities:
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 ( if you'd like to help out with the event.



Thursday, October 1, 2015

Who is Chester?

Those of you at the Ice Cream Social tonight may have run into Chester, our new friend at Waite Park.  If you didn't get to enjoy ice cream and flu-fighting tonight, don't you worry -- there's still a chance to meet Chester!  He'll be hanging out at school the next couple weeks.

A few facts about Chester: His favorite color is puce.  His past-times include people watching, coin collecting, and standing really, really still.  He's so old, he's practically an antique (don't tell him I said that). 


Ice Cream Social 2015

What's the PTA up to next?


Kindness chalk!  Click that link to learn more.  The short of it:  On Friday, Oct 9th, everyone is invited to chalk up the sidewalks outside Waite Park in the name of friendship and understanding.  It's an awesome anti-bullying campaign, and we hope you'll ask us more about it and/or join the fun. 

October 10 -14th is the Scholastic Book Fair.

And last, but not least, for the month of October:

Fall Coin Drive!  Each year, the PTA raises money that we then use to enrich our children’s educational experiences (think field trips; classroom activities; and awesome community get-togethers like the Ice Cream Social pictured in this blog post).

This fall our goal is to collect $5,000 through a Coin Drive to support Waite Park Community School.  Our hope is for $3,000 in coins and $2,000 in classroom sponsors.  In fact, we are seeking classroom sponsors to match the money raised in each class, so if you have a connection to a local business (or if you or a grandparent of a Waite Park student might be interested), please contact Jill Pearson-Wood at 612-250-3401 or

Classrooms will collect coins from Octboer 5-23.  Students can bring in any denomination of coins (or even bills).  The classroom that collects the most money will receive a prize!  There are rumors that prize might include a pizza party, milk and cookie breaks, and maybe even...EXTRA RECESS.

These kids clearly don't have enough fun already.

And as always, thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU for your support.  Whether you've had multiple kids make their way through our school, or you're a brand new parent of a High-5er or Kindergartner, we are excited to get to know you and hope you'll join us in our activities.

You may even get to meet Chester.


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 ( 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!