2018-19 Rocked. Thanks to you!

This year was a huge success for our community, and we appreciate the generosity shown by supporters and volunteers. Take a look at the WP PTA 2018-19 Impact Report to see all the accomplishments we made together.

Have a great summer! See you in August!

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WP PTA Leadership Nominations

The Winnona Park PTA Nominating Committee is accepting nominations to fill open Board seats for the 2019-2020 school year. The PTA is also accepting nominations for various Committee and Event Chairs.

If you are interested in participating, click here.

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Thank you, WPES Community!

WPES, you “gathered up” for our school in a big way for our Spring Auction! Thanks to your support, we are able to continue funding field work, staff grants, diversity initiatives, and will be purchasing a Sensory Path and STEM in PE equipment for our students to enjoy.

We could not have had such a successful auction without the many volunteers who helped along the way. A special thank you goes to Leah Humphries, our tireless and dedicated auction chair, for her passion and energy for supporting our teachers and students, and to everyone on the team who helped with procurement, raffle ticket sales, set-up and clean-up, Help Desk, and staffing the event on Saturday night.

We’d like to give a big shout out to our awesome sponsors: Color Wheel (venue), Badda Bing (food), Oakhurst Market and Decatur Package (wine), Folk Art and Wrecking Bar (beer), Sara Mosser, Realtor with Brockway Real Estate (raffle), Keller Knapp, and Garrett Daniel Architecture. We couldn’t do it without you!

Thank you to all of our donors, including our staff who contributed the always popular, priceless teacher experiences, and to WP parents Kristen Pastras and Crysta Luke for creating beautiful artwork to be auctioned off.

Stay tuned for more detailed information about the PTA’s impact on WPES later this year!

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Spring Auction Online Bidding is Now Open!

Auction week is here, and the online auction is now open for bidding! Don’t miss your opportunity to bid on memorable teacher experiences, summer camp weeks, restaurant packages, and more. The online auction will close on Saturday, March 16 at 8:30pm.

In order to bid in the online auction, you must create a free account with Silent Auction Pro and have a credit card on file. If you haven’t already purchased auction tickets or registered for an account, go to https://tinyurl.com/wpesauctiontickets to do so.

Once you are registered, please follow the steps below to verify that you are ready to bid:

On your phone, go to http://tinyurl.com/mobileauction. If you see the word “Anonymous” in the top left of your screen, click the “Exit” link in the top right, enter group number 755, and then click the “Log In or Register” button. Once you’re logged in, you’ll see your bidder number in the top left. If you are logged in but it does not say “Winnona Park Elementary PTA” across the top bar, follow the instructions above, only instead of “Exit,” click “Logout.”

On your laptop or desktop computer, go to https://tinyurl.com/wpesauctionbid and sign in.

All online auction items will remain open until the silent auction closes on Saturday night. This means that even if you are not at the event, you can bid online until 8:30pm on Saturday by logging into your bidder account.

If you would like to contribute to one of the six Fund-a-Need projects we are supporting through the auction, including a Sensory Path, STEM in PE equipment, and diversity committee initiatives, you can get details and make a donation at https://winnonaparkpta.org/fan_auction_2019/.

In addition to the online auction, we have many incredible items to bid on during the Live Auction on Saturday night, including:
Principal for a Day
Five course chef’s dinner with wine pairings at upcoming Decatur hot spot The Deer and The Dove
Tickets to a private concert with Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls

Don’t miss out on these one-of-a-kind experiences, and get your Spring Auction tickets today at https://tinyurl.com/wpesauctiontickets!

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Spring Auction time is here!

Our largest fundraiser of the year is coming up quickly, and there is much activity and excitement to enjoy in the coming days.  Here is your roadmap to all of the ways to participate in this fun-filled community event. There is a lot of information below, but please read to the end!

Gather Up for the Spring Auction: Saturday, March 16

7:00-11:00pm at Color Wheel Art Studio

Tickets are $35/person and can be purchased here.  (Ticket price increases to $40 on March 16)

Join WPES families and staff for a festive evening of food, drinks, dancing, and a live auction! Live auction items available only at the event include original art created by the students and local artists, tickets to a private concert with Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls, a chef’s table at a brand new Decatur hot spot, Principal for a Day, a Community Circle band performance, and more!

Special promotion!  Buy your auction tickets today (March 6) to receive a free “heads or tails” necklace to play for additional prizes at the event.  Or, buy your tickets between March 7 and 13 to receive 10 free raffle tickets (see info about raffle items below).  

We are in need of event volunteers the weekend of March 15 and 16.  If you can spare an hour or two to help, please sign up here.  

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors, Color Wheel Art Studio, Badda Bing, Keller Knapp, and Garrett Daniel Architecture for your support of our auction and school!

Raffle Tickets: Now through March 15

Get your raffle tickets for a chance to win one of our fabulous prizes, including Legos, an American Girl doll of the year, a drone, and passes to attend Community Circle every week for the rest of the year!  See more details about the prizes here.

Buy your raffle tickets in front of the school during drop off or in the pavilion at pick up. Raffle tickets are $2.00 for one ticket, $5.00 for three tickets, and $15.00 for ten tickets.  We take cash and credit card. Winners will be drawn at the auction, but you need not be present to win.

Do you have a 30 minutes to help sell raffle tickets?  If so, please sign up here.  

Thank you to Sara Mosser, WP Parent and Realtor with Brockway Real Estate, for sponsoring our raffle!

Online Auction: March 13 through March 16 at 8:30pm

If you can’t join us in person at the live auction, you can still bid on many fabulous items through the online auction!  To participate, create a free account here to access the online auction when it goes live on March 13.  (Once registered, you will receive an email when the online auction is open.)  Online auction items include our extremely popular teacher experiences, tickets to sporting events, summer camps, restaurant gift cards, staycation packages, trips to beautiful vacation homes, plus much more!  

Fund-a-Need: Online and Live Auction

We have heard your enthusiasm for giving money to targeted projects, and we are thrilled to make that opportunity available whether you are able to attend the live auction or donate from home.  This year’s “fund-a-need” portion of the auction will support a Sensory Path installation and the purchase of STEM in PE equipment, and will also fund staff grants, field work, diversity initiatives, and classroom supplies.  If one or more of these initiatives speaks to you, please consider making a donation.

Details about each of these needs and a PayPal link to submit your donation can be found here.  We will also be taking fund-a-need donations during the live auction.


The Winnona Park PTA thanks you for your generous support of this fundraiser, which allows us to support learning and community building at our wonderful school.  If you have any questions, please reach out to wpespta@gmail.com.


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Yearbook Tribute Deadline Extended to MARCH 8!

The deadline to submit second-grade and third-grade yearbook tributes has been extended to Friday, March 8! See below for information on how to submit, or email Heidi Hill at heidihilled@gmail.com with questions.

To submit a yearbook tribute for a second or third grader:

Send text and photos to wpespta@gmail.com with subject line “Yearbook tribute.”

–Include STUDENT’S NAME (as you want it to appear in the tribute).

–Send message in the body of the email. Max word count is 25 WORDS.

–Attach 1-2 photos to your email. These should be JPGs, at least 300dpi, and named with your child’s first and last name

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Save the Date! Saturday March 16 is WP’s Spring Auction


Winnona Park Elementary School’s annual Spring Auction is coming up! Save the date and line up your sitter for March 16, 7–11 pm, at Color Wheel Art Studio!

Gather up your friends and celebrate with great food, drinks, music, and prizes—and of course, a fabulous live and silent auction with lots of incredible items to bid on!

All of the money we raise this year will go toward supporting our ongoing critical educational opportunities and resources for WPES students and staff like our funding class fieldwork, books, events, teacher grants, community member support, and much more!
Buy your tickets now at https://tinyurl.com/wpauctionticket2019

Early-bird tickets are $35 per person; staff attends free! Everyone who purchases a ticket from now until February 9 will be entered into a raffle to win $100 to go toward babysitting for the night of the event.


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Register for the Jingle Jog and Prepare to Shop the Tree & Candle Sale on Saturday, 12/1!

Start your season off right with your family and friends on Saturday, December 1st at our annual Jingle Jog and Tree & Candle Sale!

The Jingle Jog will begin at 8am with a group warmup, Tot Trot, and a “Jog-a-Thon” style fun run for kids and adults. Cost: $8 per person or $20 per family. (Cost increases to $10 and $25, respectively, after November 28th.) Click here to register for the Jingle Jog!

The Tree & Candle Sale will immediately follow the Jingle Jog at 9am. We will stay open until 3pm, or until supplies last. A limited number of trees may be available on Sunday, December 2nd, from 11am to 3pm. And – we are back with Cool Springs Nursery! They will deliver freshly cut Frasier fir trees and wreaths direct from their farm in North Carolina! There are several sizes to choose from, with prices ranging from $75 to $100. Wreath are available for $30. We are also selling Hanukkah candles at a price of $10 a pack. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

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WP Read-A-Thon November 2-8!!

The Read-A-Thon encourages our children to excel in reading while raising supplemental funds for educational programs and materials at Winnona Park Elementary School. In one week, students gain exposure to excellent literature, while also developing reading skills and new reading habits. We hope that many children will sustain this frequency of reading throughout the year and beyond.

Read! Read! Read!November 2-8. Encourage your child to read as much as they can! Read aloud to your child or take turns reading a book. Help record your child’s time in the reading log. Your child must complete all reading by 8:00 a.m., Friday, November 9 for the final reading tally. In-class minutes will not be counted toward your child’s minutes.

Collect sponsors’ moneyNovember 10 – 15. Send the money to school in the special envelope provided or pay online. Please submit all cash and/or checks (payable to “WPES PTA”) at the same time, along with your sponsor sheet.

Donate pay online via PayPal.

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WP PTA teams up with DEF to award Staff Innovation Grants

This year, the Winnona Park PTA partnered with the Decatur Education Foundation (DEF) to award funding to teachers and staff for projects that would benefit our students, school, and community. We are excited to announce that the following WP staff members were awarded grants for these important projects:

Cindy Clark (music): Outdoor piano and speakers

Hannah Henry (second grade): Flexible classroom seating

Maleea March (kindergarten): Outdoor maker space

Lauren Simpson (kindergarten): Phonics kits

Julie Semones (instructional coach): Fine motor kits

Thank you to our amazing staff for coming up with innovative ways to support, engage, and inspire our kids!

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