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.
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’ money—November 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.
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!
The PTA and Playground Committee would like to thank the WPES community for its patience as we partner with City Schools of Decatur to improve Winnona Park’s back playground. After we raised $12,000 for the playground through the Fund-a-Need portion of the Spring Auction in March, the Playground Committee surveyed staff, students, and parents to ask what they would like to see in a new playground and visited popular playgrounds in our area to generate a vision. The committee used that input to create a playground “look book”
that was submitted to CSD for use in requesting bids from approved vendors. CSD is currently in the process of soliciting bids for this project. We will provide another update as soon as we know more.
The PTA would also like to thank the Winnona Park Neighborhood Association for its generous $500 donation to the playground project!
From funding new programs to beautifying our grounds, our WP PTA members and volunteers work to make a Winnona Park the place to be. Check out the 2017-2018 highlights.
Our annual auction was a tremendous success, thanks to the support of our amazing parents, teachers, and staff! This year, the WP community raised more than $35,000 for PTA-funded activities and programs (like field experiences, classroom libraries, and community-building events) and, of course, our PLAYGROUND. More than forty percent of our net proceeds will go toward improving the WP playground, the planning for which is already underway.
Stay tuned for updates!
In a time of great division within our country, we feel strongly that we can begin to build a stronger community through better conversations…and of course, food! By coming together, breaking bread and sharing a meal, we are offering a special opportunity for folks of differing backgrounds, faiths, racial/ethnic identities, worldviews, and political beliefs to SHARE their stories and experiences, be HEARD, and in turn, LISTEN deeply to those stories of their neighbors. Won’t you join us for a nourishing conversation, delicious meal, and an opportunity to build understanding and trust within our school community?
All are welcome!
What: A Community Supper Potluck – Please plan on bringing a dish that has meaning to you—a dish that captures something about where you are from, holds a special memory for you, is a family recipe, or perhaps is a favorite dish of someone you love.
When: Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 from 6:30-8:00 pm
Where: WPES Cafeteria
*Because space is limited, please RSVP no later than April 30th, 2018 via this link to confirm your attendance: http://signup.com/go/QFvzJJp
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!