Raising Money for WPES Couldn’t Be Easier!

Publix Partners

Do you have your Publix Partners key tags?  Scan your tag every time you shop at Publix and we can earn thousands of dollars.  It’s that simple!  Grandparents and friends living in Georgia can use the tags to earn money for WPES as well!  If you need key tags, they are available at the school office or contact Amy.  Through Publix Partners we received $710 last year.

Kroger Community Rewards

Have a Kroger Plus Card?  Visit: krogercommunityrewards.com and follow the instructions to match your card to Winnona Park Elementary PTA #77649.  Don’t miss out on earning money for the school.  WPES earned $490 in the last year with this reward program.  Let’s get the household supporter numbers higher!  As of May, only 66 households are currently registered as supporters of WPES.

If you shop at Kroger and don’t have a card, they are available at the customer service desk. Once you receive your card, register as a new customer at krogercommunityrewards.com.  New for this year, supporters no longer have to re-enroll!

AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support WPES every time you shop from the AmazonSmile website!  Go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device.  Use your existing Amazon account and select Winnona Park Elem PTA as your charitable organization.  Every eligible purchase you make out of millions of products will result in a donation to WPES.  You will want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile since shopping from the regular Amazon site will not earn the school any money.  WPES earned $311 in the last year through your AmazonSmile purchases.

Box Tops for Education

We’re always collecting Box Tops for Education and have a submission deadline coming up on November 1st!  Look for the logo and cut them off of your purchases all year round.  Each regular Box Top is worth 10¢.  Don’t throw money into your recycling bin!  Drop Box Tops off in the collection box by the front office in the hallway or send them in your child’s book bag.  It is very helpful, but certainly not required, to send the clipped regular box tops to us in bundles (baggie or envelope) of 50.  Last year we received checks for a total of $461.  Hoping to meet this same target or exceed it this year.

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Winnona Park for All Open-Forum Sept 28th 6:30-7:30 pm

The WPES Community Diversity Committee invites the school community to the Winnona Park for All Open-Forum on Thursday, September 28th 6:30-7:30pm at Winnona Park Elementary School.
We will be discussing upcoming plans and focus of our WPES PTA Community Diversity Committee. We want to your insight on:
  • the importance of diversity
  • topics surrounding multiculturalism that you would like to see your student/s
    ​to ​learn
  • speaking with your student/s about inclusion and tolerance
  • equity for all
  • incorporating these topics in an Expeditionary Learning school setting
There will be no childcare during this event. Please contact the WPES PTA with any questions: board@winnonaparkpta.org
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WP Grant Program is NOW accepting applications

Do you have an idea that can enhance our school? Each year, the PTA allocates a pool of funds for parents, faculty, and staff. If you are interested in learning more, see the  PTA Grant Program page.

Submissions are due by Sept 15.

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Update: WP PTA and GA PTA

Dear PTA members,

In early August, we shared that we would be withholding our member dues to Georgia PTA until we felt confident that steps were being taken to move the organization out of probation and into good standing with National PTA. A new executive committee has since been elected to govern GA PTA, and the president elect, Karen Hallacy, addressed the issues facing the organization:

“It is our goal to rebuild trust at every level, both within the Association and externally. I believe our job is to be as transparent as possible. Moving forward we will be open in our communication and try to respond quickly to address any concerns.

“The first order of business for the newly formed executive committee is to complete the financial audit necessary to meet the requirements of the organization to its constituents. Treasurer, Lynn McIntyre, of Fulton, is working with the team to immediately address this project and restore fiscal confidence.”

On the recommendation of National PTA, we will be submitting our dues to Georgia PTA, according to GA bylaws. Here is a statement from National PTA:

“National PTA encourages all Georgia PTA local units to comply with Georgia PTA’s bylaws. Those bylaws require local units to send both the state and national portion of PTA dues to the Georgia PTA, and dues submission is one of the requirements for a unit to be in good standing. We encourage units to remain in good standing so they are eligible to apply for PTA grants and awards and participate in PTA programs that serve children, families, and schools.

“National PTA continues to work with Georgia PTA to assist them in coming back into compliance with the National PTA Standards of Affiliation. The probation period will not end prior to September 29, 2017, per National PTA policy, and progress is being made toward the goal of removing the probation status.”

If you have further questions, please contact us at board@winnonaparkpta.org.

Thank you,

Your PTA Board

 

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The PTA Board wants to hear from you! Respond to our quick survey.

The PTA Board would love to receive input from our community to aid in its decision making for the 17-18 school year. Your insight is invaluable for upcoming activities and events. You do not need to be a member to participate. It only takes a few minutes to take the short survey and give your opinion!

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The PTA Board wants to hear from you! Respond to our quick survey.  

The PTA Board would love to receive input from our community to aid in its decision making for the 17-18 school year. Your insight is invaluable for upcoming activities and events. You do not need to be a member to participate.

It only takes a few minutes to take the short survey and give your opinion!

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2017-18 WP PTA Budget

The PTA’s 2017-18 budget was presented and approved at the curriculum night held on August 17, 2017. If you are interested in learning about how we fundraise and allocate funds, check out the presentation on the 2017-18 board meeting page. We look forward to a great school year!

 

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WP PTA Response to GA PTA

Dear PTA members:

You may have heard or read about the demand for reform in the leadership of the Georgia PTA, from the National PTA and some state districts. We want you to know that we are aware of the concerns and are working with other CSD PTA boards to determine next steps. Please rest assured that while there may be issues at the state level, the WPES PTA is committed to transparency and careful use of funds as guided by our PTA members—we have an annual audit to review our use of funds, our meetings are open to the public, members approve our budget, we solicit member feedback, and officers are available to answer any questions or concerns.

Seventy percent of our PTA membership dues stay with Winnona Park, and we will not be sending money to GA PTA until things are being worked out. Thank you to everyone who has already joined the PTA, and to those who are planning to! If you have questions, please email us at board@winnonaparkpta.org.

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Become a 2017-18 WP PTA Member Early and Win!

We are kicking off our new member year with a raffle to win a selection of WP spirit wear! Everyone who joins by the FIRST day of school will be entered to win. To sign up, go to https://winnonaparkpta.org/join-the-pta-online/ or fill out the form at the Kindergarten Meet-up, the Meet & Greet, or the First Day Coffee & Doughnuts. Membership is $10/person or $20/household and is good for one year. The first 400 members will also receive a WP PTA carabiner. Your PTA membership goes to support our students, teachers and staff and is a great way to play an active role in our community. Thanks for your support!

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5/19/17 Final PTA Board Meeting of the Year–WP PTA Members Welcome to Join

Before Sno Cones this Friday, the PTA Board will hold its last meeting for the year. All WPES PTA members are invited to attend. On the agenda are: finalizing budget items, upcoming initiatives, and voting on the proposed 2017-2018 PTA Board slate.

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