Thank you, WPES!

Thank you, thank you to everyone who came out and stepped up for WPES on Saturday! It was a great party and we raised so much for our PTA initiatives (field work, staff grants, books, and more) and—of course—for our PLAYGROUND!!! WP families—you rock!

To our volunteers—our success is thanks to you! A big shout-out to Leah Humphries, our fearless and dedicated auction committee chair! She was behind the scenes and out on the floor making sure the whole event ran smoothly from start to finish. And to our invaluable auction team—procurement, raffle ticket and heads-or-tails necklace sellers, set-up and cleanup volunteers, Help Desk experts, and all the PTA board members—we couldn’t have done this without you!

To our staff—WOW! Your teacher experiences started bidding wars and raised so much for WPES. Thank you for your generosity and creativity and for being the amazing people you are. We have the best staff around!

To our sponsors—we ate, drank, and looked great thanks to you! Bolger + Battle (signage and promotional materials), Color Wheel (venue), Badda Bing (food), Oakhurst Market and Wahoo! Wine and Provisions (wine), Folk Art and Wrecking Bar (beer)

To our donors—incredible dining experiences, summer camps, sports events, travel packages—we are so grateful for everything donated, especially those by our own WP families! And the class baskets were huge hits! Thanks so much to all the parents who donated.

Finally, a special thanks to a few people who donated time and items for our live auction and raffle and heads-or-tails game: Kristen Pastras, who created gorgeous art from our kids’ handiwork, and Audrey and Scott Graf, WP alums who donated the items for our games.

Thank you for your generous donations and your support of WPES!

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WP Spring Auction Sat., March 10 7-10pm at Color Wheel Studio

Join the WPES community for its annual auction. This year, we will be raising money to improve our playground. Color Wheel will be hosting us for an evening of fun, games, and prizes. Winnona Park Spring Auction

Your ticket includes:
Food catered by Bada Bing! Beer, wine, and a special cocktail!
A live DJ!
An incredible Silent Auction–featuring our fantastic class baskets!
Games and prizes!
A Live Auction featuring vacations, dinner parties, and more!
A chance to bid on one-of-a-kind art, made by our kids!

Our goal is to raise $20,000 to improve and enhance our back playground. Buy your tickets today

Tickets are on sale for $35 person.

Click here to learn more about the auction.

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Black History Family Event Wed. 2/28 6:30 at WPES

Please join us on Wednesday, February 28th at 6:30 pm in the WP cafeteria for our Black History Month Family Event.  This is a student-led living museum followed by a live cultural performance and a parent open forum on “How to Speak to Your Child about Multiculturalism and Diversity.”

Click here to learn more.

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Save the Date: WP Auction Sat. 3/10, 7-11pm


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CSD Elementary Boundary Planning Community Meeting Wednesday, Jan 17th 6:30-8:30PM Decatur High Cafeteria

City Schools of Decatur and the Elementary Boundary Planning Steering Committee are hosting a community meeting regarding the school zone boundaries for all of our elementary schools. This engagement session will be an opportunity for community members to participate in a facilitated discussion to provide valuable feedback to the Board of Education. In addition, the committee will post an online survey to solicit further input after the meeting.

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Jingle Jog and Holiday Tree & Candle Sale on 12/2 at WPES

Join Winnona Park family and friends Saturday, December 2ndrd for a special holiday event. The Jingle Jog will begin at 8:30am with a “Jog-a-thon” style Fun Run for kids and adults. Registered joggers can pick up their race packets in front of the school on Friday after Community Circle or Saturday morning at 8am.

Register online — $8.00 per person or $20.00 per family. After November 29th, the price increases to $10 per participant or $25 per family.

The tree and candle sale will follow the Jingle Jog from 9am – 3pm. Fraser Fir trees and wreaths are delivered freshly cut from a farm in North Carolina. There are several sizes to choose from, with prices ranging from $65-$85. We will also be selling Hanukkah candles at a price of $10 a pack. All proceeds benefit the Winnona Park PTA. Hope to see you Saturday!

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PTA survey results now available

Based on your responses, we reaffirmed that our top priorities are: support our staff, creating learning opportunities for students and helping to fund improvements for the school and grounds not covered by CSD.  We also have learned that the top priorities for additional funding should go to the playground upgrades, noise reduction in the cafeteria and green/sustainability initiatives for our school.

In addition to priority setting, we gathered some viable input for our Spring Auction and communications as well as we heard from people on who could be experts or volunteers for our committees and events.

To see more detail, see the survey results.

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Read-A-Thon November 3-9

Read-A-Thon encourages our children to excel in reading while raising supplemental funds for educational programs and materials at Winnona Park Elementary School!2015ratlogo3

Get all the details here.


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9th Annual Spaghetti Dinner November 16th

This year’s dinner will be held on Thursday November 16th. RSVP forms are now available and will be coming home in backpacks this week. This is a fun, casual, community-building event for the whole family. Take a night off from cooking and bring your crew to eat with friends, teachers and staff from Winnona Park. Homemade sauce, meatballs, fresh salad, garlic bread, and home-baked cookies for dessert. Click here to download an RSVP form. 

Please return your form and payment (checks made to Andrea Andrade) by Monday, November 13. Any questions? Email Andrea Andrade at

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WPES Fall Book Fair 11/1-11/3


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