Wednesday, May 20, 2015

 Carnival: Friday, May 29th, 2015

Waite Park PTA is hosting our annual carnival at the end of this May.  Festivities begin at 5:30.  And by festivities we mean games, treats, face painting, dunk tanks, Northeast Royalty, local bands, and THE RAFFLE!  See below for more info on the Raffle.  For now, though, here's a very important link:

Click that link and consider volunteering your time to the Carnival.  Our volunteers are our life blood!  Volunteer, and you can enjoy behind-the-scenes perks and that warm, fuzzy feeling of having helped a community event go smoothly.  And volunteering can be as easy as supplying your child's teacher with bottles of pop!  (That's right, for our ring toss, we still need FULL 2 liter bottles -- whatever flavor works for you.  Please donate!).


The Raffle!

By now, the Waite Park parents reading this should have received an envelope containing $20 worth of Raffle Tickets.  Students aren't required to sell the tickets, of course, but it sure would be swell as the proceeds from those tickets go straight to the PTA and then are funneled into benefiting your kids, school, and community!  And if you need more raffle tickets, feel free to contact our PTA rep Jill Pearson Wood (

Prizes will be rewarded to the students who sell the most tickets.  Turn completed tickets and money in to your classroom teacher by 1pm on May 29th.  Winners will receive:

1st prize:  $100 Target Gift Card
2nd prize:  $50 Target Gift Card
3rd prize:  $35 Target Gift Card

Plus, anybody who purchases a raffle ticket (only $1 each!) has the possibility of winning amazing prizes--like the bikes you see pictured below.  The list of goodies so far:

$100 Lego Store gift card
2 Youth Bikes with Helmets (donated by Stinson Automotive)
Jim Lupient Water Park admissions (4)
St. Paul Saints – 2 reserved outfield tickets
Lunds/Byerly's gift card ($25)
Cheap Skate/Lilli Putt - 10 free admissions
Chimborazo Restaurant gift certificate ($25)
Zero Gravity – 2 free passes
Bruegger’s Bagels – 5 bundles (dozen bagels & 2 tubs cream cheese)

Northeast Middle School T-shirts
Pletscher's Greenhouse $15 gift certificate
Grand Slam – 2 passes
LeeAnn Chin gift card ($10)
MN Timberwolves T-shirt
Riverview Theater - 4 tickets
Holy Land $20 gift card
Domino’s – 4 pizzas
Culver’s – 4 free value baskets
Roller Garden – 6 passes
Minnesota Wild T-shirt
Skyzone - 2 Free Passes
Jimmy Johns - three 15-piece platters
Half Price Books gift card $25
Vescio's Italian Restaurant $20
Element Pizza - 2 free pizzas
Subway - 10 free sandwiches

...and much more!

Oh, hey!  We've also got a new principal!


Meet Rochelle McGinness.  She has worked in Minneapolis Public Schools for over a decade and was previously assistant principal at Bancroft Elementary.  Stop by Waite Park and see her on Thursday morning (5/21).  If you can't see her then, you'll get plenty of opportunities in the future!


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