Thursday, October 13, 2016

Chester is BACK! (Oh, and school started, too)

Hopefully you'll forgive the late blog post and focus instead on the exciting new year with Waite Park and the PTA!  We've already managed a few amazing events.  In September, we had our Hi-5 & K-1 Playdate and, in October, the second annual Kindness in Chalk event for National Bullying Awareness Month.  Just last week, we hosted the triumphant return of Family Dinner Night.  Waite Park families enjoyed delicious tacos, prepared by our marvelous Food Committee, and MVNA provided flu shots.  That's right.  Tacos and flu shots, together again.

We're doing something else exciting this year, too:


Not Chester.
You read that right.  This year, we're dropping coffee sales or wreath sales or whatever sales, and we're doing three weeks of our October Coin Drive!  As of October 10th, Chester the Amazing Coin Counter is back for a second year.  Your kids have probably already told you about him.  Through October 31st, send coins to school, and your kids can feed Chester his favorite money-snack.  And next time you're in the building, see if you can sneak a peek of him.  You won't find him on Facebook, or Twitter, or Snapchat, after all.  He's a bit self-conscious about pictures.  (Okay, he might be on Snapchat).

But wait!  There's more!

In November, we'll do Give to the Max Day (11/17).  In December, we have our well-loved community event Craftstravaganza (12/2), and in January, we're looking into the possibility of doing a "grown ups only" fundraising night at Wander North Distillary.

Remember, too:  Every 3rd Monday is still Waite Park night at Parkway Pizza.  Pick up a quick family dinner and eat comfortably knowing that a percentage of the profits from that night go to our PTA (which means it goes to the school, teachers, and your students).

If you'd like to get regular updates about all these things and more, the PTA is present on Facebook.  Our official page:

And, of course, if you ever have questions about how to get more involved in the PTA, email anybody on the list you see to the right of this blog page.  We meet every month, and we love seeing new parents.

Until next time...

Monday, March 21, 2016

Spring Social -- Tickets Available NOW!

Poster design by Perfect Circle Creative.

Oh, we know.  You have so many questions about this event.  SO.  MANY.  We've got your back, though.  After the jump, the Waite Park Spring Social FAQ!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Conferences, Site Councils, and the Spring Social

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 ( 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.

Where514 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 Spring Social 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 (, April Holen ( 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 ( to learn more. 

Site Council

Site Council's next two scheduled dates are February 22nd and March 21st at 4pm in the Media Center.  Here's a link to more info, if interested, and to the minutes for past meetings: