Thursday, September 14, 2017

PTA Revved Up for the New School Year

Now that you've settled into the school year routine, the PTA events begin! We have so many to look forward to, starting with October's family dinner and more. Events coming up:

October 2: Kindness in Chalk
October 4: International Walk/Bike to School Day
October 5: Family Night + Flu Clinic

Friday, March 10, 2017

Next Up: The Spring Social

The blog may have been on an unintended hiatus for a couple months there, but we we're back in action to cover the recent and upcoming Waite Park PTA Events!

Family Dance & Book Swap

Caught mid-Dap at the dance

We had an amazing turn out this year, and we have the sneaking suspicion it was due to the new Waite Park light up bracelets. The kids loved them. They danced in the darkened gym, waiving their bracelets, and shouting to the beats brought to us by KidsDance.

Meanwhile, down in the basement, our students picked up piles of books for their personal libraries. We still have free books available at the school, and some may even find their way into our Little Free Library. Grab some if you see them.
And now for news on our biggest fundraiser of the year.


Spring Social and Silent Auction 2017

Design by Perfect Circle Creative
The spring social is Saturday, April 22, and we still need plenty of volunteers. Please visit our Volunteer Spot to find your niche. If you're the type who hides in the kitchens, we need help there! If you love hosting games, we need help there, too. Whatever works for you, we're happy to have you.

We could also use donations. This includes libations for our beer and wine raffle! We can't have alcohol at the school, obviously, but if you have a favorite beer or wine you'd like to donate, please email our wonderful fundraising chair Jill Pearson-Wood.

Each classroom is creating a basket of goodies to auction off as well. Visit Waite Park PTA to find out what to bring for your child's classroom. Send your donation to school with your child or drop it off at their classroom. We're taking donations through 4/14.

Meanwhile, if you still need your tickets, they're $20 each and are available on the blog (top right corner) or in the office at school.

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...