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.

For more informtion: http://bit.ly/EngageCSD2017


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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 decaturandrea@gmail.com.

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WPES Fall Book Fair 11/1-11/3


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Your Dollars at Work: PTA Teacher Grants

The WPES PTA is proud to announce that it has approved almost $4K in teacher grants this Fall for the following:

  • Support for a service learning component for first graders. The expedition will involve purchasing books for a Texas flooded school. Each first grader will make book dedication labels that will go in each book that is purchased. First graders will also create a class book of their personal small moment narrative writing to send to the flooded school.
  • Supplies for third graders to expand on their learning expedition on Ecuador. Students will be writing a non-fiction book about the country and see their own work published. The students will also learn about fair trade and use natural resources to create goods and services to buy, sell, and trade at their market.
  • New professional development material for Ms. Miller & Ms. Sanders called Math in Practice. It identifies the big ideas of math content and best-practice teaching.
  • A Flamenco dance teacher and a first grade Cuban celebration with our Spanish teachers.
  • Soft start” materials for Pitts’ class. She is trying out a new way for students to start their day.
  • Grounded Kids Yoga training for MorrisonSeñora Ramos.
  • Yoga Blocks & Mat Cleaner to support their yoga practice with Coach
  • Bongos for the Community Circle band.
  • Ham & turkey for a staff holiday party celebration.

We look forward to seeing these grants in action!

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S’mores and More: Fall Picnic and Dance

It’s a picnic! It’s a dance party! Come hang out on the field, enjoy food truck fare, cook s’mores, and socialize whilst the kiddos run around until dark! 

Food trucks open at 5:30 pm

S’mores stations open from 6:30-7:30 pm!

Winnona Park Spirit Wear will also be available for purchase under the pavilion.

If you would like to volunteer for S’mores and More Picnic — please do so here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084caca92da7fe3-volunteer
We are also looking for s’mores donations. Please place your items in a box in the front lobby of the school from now until October 13th: kindergarten (bag of marshmallows), first grade (box of graham crackers), second and third grade (package of regular-sized chocolate bars).
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Winnona Park’s Expeditionary Learning approach to teaching receives national attention

Winnona Park’s Expeditionary Learning approach to teaching our kids has received national attention in the American School Board journal.

Be sure to check out this story and its videos that includes highlights from the first-grade team’s “fairy tale” expedition. You may recognize a few friendly faces Way to go, WP!

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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 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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