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2017 Holiday Helper Program

As we have done for the past 27 years, The Page School will again run the Holiday Helper Program to sponsor children from local families who are experiencing significant economic and social hardships. This year, we will be providing children with holiday gifts identified through two local social service organizations:

  • We’ve adopted thirteen children through the Amesbury Holiday Program, a wonderful local organization that provides gifts for children in need living in each child is granted four wishes for gifts through this program: two items of clothing, and two toys.
  • We’re working with the Pettengill House to supply gift cards for local families to help make the holidays brighter for their The Pettengill House supports families in Amesbury, Byfield, Groveland, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury and West Newbury.

To keep this support anonymous, we’ve worked with a social worker at Pettengill who has identified 31 families in need in the Pentucket towns of West Newbury, Groveland and Merrimac and provided us with the children’s specific requests for gift cards. Pettengill provides each child with two gift cards for stores of their choosing, each for at least $25, as well as a $25 gift card for a stocking stuffer. Gift card requests are provided in the SignUpGenius site (see below for information about how to access this).

All gifts must be unwrapped, per the request of these organizations, so that they may cross- check the gifts with the original gift requests forms for size, age appropriateness, etc. prior to being given to the program’s families. But, don’t worry! If you’d like to help wrap, we have again offered our support to Page School’s art teacher, Mrs. Wood, who collects books for children in New York City for the holidays. We’ve tentatively scheduled our wrapping party for the week of December 4th, but please check the Holiday Helper FB page or SignUpGenius for more details.

How can I get started to help?

  1. Go to signupgenius.com
  2. Click on “Sign Up” next to the gift(s)/ gift cards that you wish to Please remember that for many of these children, these are the only gifts that they will receive this year. Gifts must be new! You must click on the “Submit and Sign Up” at the bottom of the page to confirm your choice.
  3. There is also a signup to volunteer to wrap books for Wood’s book drive. If you’re interested in helping out, just click on that signup for more information.

Do I have to participate?

Participation in the Holiday Helper program is completely voluntary. Some families participate one year, but not another. Some families purchase multiple gifts, while some purchase one. Many families involve their children in choosing and shopping for gifts, and use this program to help teach their own children about the importance of giving to those less fortunate. As you sign up, there will be a bulletin board at school showing how many children we’ve helped, with your family’s name indicated.

I want to change the gift that I am buying, or I would like to add another gift.

Just go online to your signup using the instructions above to edit, delete, or add an item.

Can I buy more than one gift? What if I don’t have time to buy a gift?

You are welcome to purchase as much or as little as you feel comfortable doing. Just make sure to click on “Sign Up” for each gift you would like to purchase on the signup website. Checks made out to WNPTO in any amount will gladly be accepted, and will be used by program volun- teers to fill in any gaps on each child’s list. Checks can be sent in to your child’s teacher, or left at the front office.

What do I do with my gift?

  • Please label your gift with the child’s code number found on the online signup (ex. Family # 110, Child #1)
  • If you are purchasing a gift card for a Pettengill House family, please label “PH”.

Gifts should be put in the large Holiday Helper bins located at the school. There is one inside the double doors near the Main Office, and also a bin on each floor of the school. Please leave gift cards at the main office collection box instead of in collection bins to ensure they do not get lost. If you would rather not send your gifts in to school, they may be dropped off in the bin on the front porch of Brooke Lear’s home.

GIFTS ARE DUE BY THE END OF THE DAY ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8th. We cannot accept  gifts after this date.

If you have any questions, please contact Brooke Lear at pageholidayhelper@gmail.com.

Check out our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/PageSchoolHolidayHelperProgram – for answers to frequently asked questions. “Like” our page to receive program updates and re- minders.

Thank so you so much for your support. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Our warm wish- es for a very happy holiday season!

Holiday Helper flyer

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Wild West Book Fair

The book fair will be December 4 through December 8, 2017.

Fair Schedule:

Monday December 4 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. (closed 11:30 – 1)
Tuesday December 5 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. *1 – 4 p.m.
Wednesday December 6 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. (closed 11:30 – 1)
Thursday December 7 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. *5 – 8 p.m.
Friday December 8 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

*Open extra hours during parent-teacher conferences, please stop in!

Classroom Fair Schedule:

Monday, December 4 – Murray
Tuesday, December 5 – Isabel & Niles
Wednesday, December 6 – Griskiewicz & Grassia
Thursday, December 7 – Gray & Amico

Your child’s classroom will visit the fair on the day listed above. Students in grades 4, 5, & 6 have schedules that vary, please ask your child when he/she will be able to shop. Kindergarteners
do not shop on their own, parents can bring them anytime the fair is open. Please include a note of your child’s spending limits and whether purchases should be limited to books only. A
6.25% sales tax will be added, so plan for that in their spending limits. Checks are made payable to “West Newbury PTO.” Parent volunteers will help student shoppers.

Page Online Fair is open 11/26-12/9.

Volunteers needed visit to sign-up to help

Drawing Contests will be given to students the week prior to the fair (11/27 – 12/1). Students may choose to compete with peers from their grade for a $10 scholastic gift certificate.

  • “Pencilgrams” sold for $1 will be delivered to students Friday, December 8.
  • Poster raffle tickets sold for $ .25 each.
  • Candy Cane pull sold for $ .50 each for a chance at a $5 scholastic gift certificate.

Classroom wish lists will be at the fair!

Please contact Mary Evitts with any questions.

Wild West Book Fair Flyer

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Holiday Scrip Gift Card Program

What is Scrip? It is a fundraiser for our school. The companies give a percentage of the amount spent on gift cards back to our school. If you purchase a $25 gift card, you get a $25 gift card. The companies do the donating (percentages are listed on the order form). It’s fundraising while you shop!

  • Who are you buying gifts for this year? Nieces, nephews, grandparents, Friends
  • Where do you shop for your own family? Target, Amazon.com, Dick’s sports
  • Don’t forget Teacher gifts! Marshalls, Dunkin Donuts, iTunes

Orders are due Friday, Dec. 8th

Gift Cards will be coming home Tuesday, Dec. 19th

Please contact: Joanne Lightfoot, with questions.

2017 Holiday Scrip order form

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2018 Ski/Snowboard Program Registration Night

November 2nd 6:30-7:30 in the Page School Cafetorium.

Available to 4th-6th grade students.  The program will run on Friday afternoons at Bradford Ski Area, January 5thFebruary 9th.

Fees: 

Bus Transportation and Lift Ticket: $180

Optional Ski/Snowboard 6 1-Hr Lessons: $70

Optional Ski/Snowboard Equipment Rental: $110

Optional Helmet Rental: $30

**Prior to registration night, we ask that you review the Policies and Procedures.  This should answer most, if not all of your questions.   If not, we will be available to answer additional questions at Registration Night.  Please also take the time to carefully read the Code of Conduct with your child.  You can find both of these documents with the following link.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1f2ISzLoGJEel84bUltVG9BMXM

While we will have paper copies of all registration forms available at Registration night, we encourage you to fill out the forms ahead of time to make the night as efficient as possible.

What you need:

  • PTO Registration Form
  • Bradford Liability Form
  • Bradford Parent Packet
  • (Optional) Bradford Rental Form

The forms can be found here.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1f2ISzLoGJEbkgyQ1lGRU10QTA

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Page School Halloween Happenings

The WNTPO and the staff at the Page school are working together on some fun fall/Halloween activities for the kids. Here’s a list of things we have planned…

Classroom Door Contest – Monday, 10/30/17

  • Open to all classrooms/offices/etc.
  • Teacher and students will work together to create a Halloween door display with an educational component.
  • The top 3 doors in the following 3 categories will win a prize – Most Original, Best Representation of Class Participation and Best Educational Component.
  • Doors will be judged by the student council President, Vice President and Secretary on Monday morning.

Prizes will be awarded to the classrooms with the best door in each category.

Jack O’Lantern Contest – Monday, 10/30/2017

  • Open to all Page School students in grades PK-6
  • Students will make their Jack O’Lanterns at home and bring them to school on Monday morning (We suggest that they bring them in a cardboard box or something that will make them transportable on the bus, etc.)
  • Volunteers will be waiting in the school cafeteria to take the pumpkins and set them up on the stage. Each pumpkin will be assigned an anonymous number and be judged within its grade level.
  • Students will be asked to vote for their favorite pumpkins during their lunch period.
  • At the end of the day Mr. Gray will announce the winners (each grade will have a winner that will win a $5 gift card from FiveBelow). The kids are asked to please take their pumpkins home at the end of the day.

“Fall Into a Good Book” night – Wednesday, 11/08/17

  • Open to all Page School families
  • Please join us at 6:00 (children are welcome to come in their pajamas!) with a children’s book donation of your choice (great chance to recycle some old children’s/YA books that are in good shape but that you may have outgrown). Deposit the books in the cafeteria where volunteers will be collecting them and laying them out.
  • 4-6 parents or teachers will be reading different level books in 4-6 different classrooms around the school. We will have 3 – 20 minute reading blocks so the kids will have an opportunity to visit with 3 different teachers. Enjoy the classroom door decorations as you walk from class to class!
  • 7:30 – “story time” ends and students are welcome to come back to the cafeteria and adopt a new=to-them book on their way home.

If you have any Questions or would like to volunteer your time to help with the Jack O’Lantern contest &/or “Fall Into a Good Book” night, please contact Marie Felzani at mhainesfelzani@gmail.com.

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Fall After School Arts Program (A.S.A.P.)

The​ ​ ASAP​ ​ Program​ ​ is​ ​ a​ ​ PTO-sponsored​ ​ enrichment program​ ​ offering​ ​ a​ ​ variety​ ​ of​ ​ classes​ ​ taught​ ​ by​ ​ teachers​ ​ and​ ​ community​ ​ members​ ​ for​ ​ students at​ ​ the​ ​ Page​ ​ School.​ ​ The​ ​ next​ ​ session​ ​ starts​ ​ on​ ​ Oct​ ​ 16th​ ​ and​ ​ will​ ​ run​ ​ for​ ​ 4​ ​ week​ ​ and​ ​ 5​ ​ week sessions.​ ​ Please​ ​ send​ ​ registrations​ ​ in​ ​ to​ ​ school​ ​ no​ ​ later​ ​ than​ ​​ Thursday​ ​ Oct​ ​ 12th.

Classes​ ​ will​ ​ fill​ ​ quickly​ ​ and​ ​ registration​ ​ is​ ​ on​ ​ a​ ​ first​ ​ come,​ ​ first​ ​ serve​ ​ basis.

ASAP Brochure Fall 2017

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Volunteers needed for the Apple Harvest Road Race!

The Apple Harvest Race is right around the corner and we need your help! Please check out our Volunteer Sign-Up to help with the Pasta Dinner or on Race Day! All proceeds benefit the WNPTO!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094da4ad2baaf85-apple2

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BOKS is Back!

We are pleased to announce the return of BOKS, a before school physical activity program, at the Page School this fall.  BOKS prepares children for a day of learning and is an important step in helping children gain an appreciation of the benefits of exercise and healthy choices that will last a lifetime.  Classes are filled with team-oriented games and provide plenty of opportunity for play, since the program focuses on fun! BOKS is taught by parents who have been BOKS-trained by the Reebok team.

Typical BOKS Class (approximately 40 minutes long):

  • Fun warm-up game or movement drills
  • Running activity, relay races, obstacle courses & strength movements followed by a fun game
  • Cool down & BOKS Bit – a nutrition tip.

When is BOKS?

  • The first session will run from October 10th – December 16th.
  • BOKS will run every Tuesday and Friday morning (excluding the day after Thanksgiving) from 7:40 am to 8:30 am. You may drop your child off starting at 7:30 am.
  • Students should come fueled with a good, healthy breakfast. However, students will have the opportunity to eat a Page-approved snack from home prior to transitioning to their classrooms, if they wish.

How do I sign up?

  • Registration via the BOKS website (https://www.bokskids.org/parent-registration?UWdThKIqJR) and send payment to school with your child in an envelope marked BOKS. Forty students total in grades K-6 will be registered on a first come, first served basis. Please register by Thursday, October 5th.
  • Cost to participate is $40 for the entire 20 morning sessions and includes a tee-shirt.

Is there transportation for BOKS?

  • Parents will be responsible for transporting their children to school and must come inside with their children to check them in.
  • Students must arrive in sneakers and with a water bottle ready to participate!

Please visit the BOKS website at www.bokskids.org for more program details or contact Lindsay Goff.

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Page School Spirit Wear

Order your Spirit Wear by September 28th!

Please order your Spirit Wear on www.pageschoolstuff.com

The West Newbury PTO is selling Page School Spirit Wear. We are offering t-shirts, hoodies, jerseys, performance wear, sweatshirts, flannels, winter hats, and more including the awesome Page duffel bag!

Orders will be delivered during the week of  10/16/17. More information on delivery will be coming to you at a later date.

Please contact Molly Dunn via email with any questions.

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28th Annual Apple Harvest Run Registration is Open!

The 28th Annual Apple Harvest Run will be on Sunday, October 1. Don’t forget to register!

Registration for the Apple Harvest Run 2017 has been moved to Race Wire this year. Click here to bring yourself to our new registration site.

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2nd Annual HOMETOWN DAYS

Saturday June 10th 11-2pm

Join us for food, fun and festivities! Come spend the afternoon on the Page School backyard and upper parking lot.  We will have delicious food from the Patty B’s and Kona Ice food trucks, plus activities for you and your family.  Come and enjoy an afternoon with friends and the West Newbury Family!

What’s happening for fun?

Tug of War    Family Races       Spin Art          Crafts      Face Painting    Chalk Art    Dunk Tank

You can also decorate a hat for children with cancer with Ellie’s Hats … basically, just some good old fashioned town fun!

ENTRANCE TO THE EVENT IS FREE and OPEN to the COMMUNITY

A portion of the proceeds from the FOOD TRUCKS, in addition to the Dunk Tank and a few other activities will be raising money for the WNPTO.

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Spring Clothing Drive

WNPTO will be partnering with the Epilepsy Foundation again this year to help others and clean out your closets.

So while you are spring cleaning, set aside your old clothes, shoes, bags, curtains, and any linens, dirty or soiled, we take it all!!!!

Drop off Information

June 5th – 9th   – Front office from 8:00am – 9:00am ONLY

June 8th – 10th – Town Hall Annex from 9:00am – 11:00am

(If you are unable to drop off please email me and I can make arrangements to pick up)

Thank you and we look forward to helping out the Epilepsy Foundation again this year as well as raising some money for our school Michele Beegan – lebelmichele@yahoo.com

If you are available to volunteer for 1 hour, please sign up on sign-up genius.

clothing drive flyer

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Spring Book Fair

The spring book fair will be May 15-19 in the Page School library.

Fair Schedule:
Monday May 15 8:30 am – 3 pm (closed 11-12:30)
Tuesday May 16 8:30 am – 3 pm (closed 11-12:30)
Wednesday May 17 8:30 am – 3 pm (closed 11-12:30)
Thursday May 18 8:30 am – 3 pm (closed 11-12:30) *Family Night 5 pm – 7pm
Friday May 19 8:30 am – 12 pm
*Family Night is an opportunity for parents to visit & shop the fair with their children.

Classroom Fair Schedule:
Monday May 15 Niles & Griskiewicz
Tuesday May 16 Amico, Grassia, & Gray
Wednesday May 17 Isabel
Thursday May 18 Murray

Your child’s classroom will visit the fair on the day listed above. Students in grades 4, 5, & 6 have schedules that vary, please ask your child which day he/she will be able to shop.  Kindergarteners do not shop on their own; parents can bring them anytime the fair is open.

Please include a note of your child’s spending limits and whether purchases should be limited to books only. Checks are made out to: “West Newbury PTO.” A 6.25% tax will be added, so plan for that in your spending limits. Parent volunteers will help students.

Drawing Contests will be given to students the week prior to our fair (May 8 – May 12).
Students may choose to compete with peers in their grade for a $15 scholastic gift certificate.
“Pencilgrams” sold for $1 will be delivered to your child Friday, May 19.
Poster Raffle tickets sold for $ .25 each.
Lollipop Pull sold for $ .50 to take a chance at a $5 scholastic gift certificate.
Classroom wish lists will be at the fair!

Page Online Fair: www.scholastic.com/bf/drjohncpageelemschool1 (May 7 – May 20)
Volunteers needed: www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0f44a9ad2da0f85-happy
Please contact Mary Evitts at evitts.mary@gmail.com with any questions.

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Spring ASAP Registration is OPEN

Welcome to the Spring 2017 ASAP Program! The ASAP Program is a PTO-sponsored enrichment program offering a variety of classes taught by teachers and community members for students at the Page School. The next session starts on May 12th and will run for 4 weeks. Please send registrations into school no later than May 9th.

Classes will fill quickly and registration is on a first come, first serve basis.

Thank you!
Jamie Sullivan & Andrea Burton
Interim ASAP Coordinators and WNPTO Executive Board

Spring ASAP class information and registration form

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Boy’s Mad Scientist Night

Page School boys, grab your special lady (mom, grandma, aunt, etc.) and join us for a night of fun. Join the WNPTO on Friday, May 12 from 6:30-8:30pm in the Page School cafeteria.

Science is everywhere and it’s COOL!

Have you ever been asked questions about “how things work?” only to find you can’t quite explain it? Well, moms bring your curious sons and join us for an interactive evening and let the experts demonstrate and explain exactly “how that works.”

The show includes foggy dry ice and demonstrations of how science is used to float beach balls in the air. And, with suggestions from the audience, the Mad Scientist will unlock the mystery of how to get “Egg-bert” back into his house. Ever see scissors sizzle and shiver? Ever taken a fog shower?  Here’s your chance!
Boys, bring your favorite girl for an entertaining interactive evening.

Children will be wowed and entertained as they interact with a Mad Scientist.

The show will be followed by an ice cream social.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We are looking for volunteers to help with set-up, serving and clean-up as well as donations for ice cream social.

For more information and to sign up:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C094DA4AD2BAAF85-madscience
(or search for sign up with email: jamiecrsullivan@gmail.com)

Please RSVP below.

Please let us know how many will be joining you at the Night of Fun

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
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Me and My Guy Dance

Friday, April 7th 6:30 – 8:30

Girls, grab your dad or that special guy and join us for an evening of dancing & fun!

Light refreshments will be provided.

All Page girls from PK to grade 6 are invited to attend.

This event is free, but RSVP is required. Please RSVP below.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Volunteers are needed for decorating, providing & serving refreshments and clean-up.

If you would like to volunteer, provide refreshments and/or decorations please go to SignUp Genius.

Register for the Me & My Guy Dance
Please let us know how many will be joining you at the Night of Fun

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BOKS is Back! Registration is Open!

Our WNPTO-run before school physical activity program, is gearing up for the Spring session. BOKS prepares children for a day of learning and helps kids learn the benefits of exercise and healthy choices. Plus it’s FUN!

When is BOKS? NEW TIME!

  • The spring session will run from Tuesday, March 14– Friday, May 26
  • BOKS will run every Tuesday and Friday morning (excluding April vacation and Good Friday)
  • New drop off time is 7:30 am and class will end at 8:25 am.

Typical BOKS Class

  • We encourage tons of fun, lots of music and great teamwork throughout each class as we follow the Reebok curriculum for fundamental movements and functional fitness.
  • Approximately 45 minutes long starting with a fun warm-up and movement drills.
  • Running, relay races, obstacle courses & strength movements followed by a fun game.
  • Cool down & BOKS Bit – a nutrition tip.
  • The BOKS team of trainers, Lindsay Goff, Courtney Lucey, Joy Tewksbury-Pabst and Kelly Woodsum, have been trained by the Reebok team.

Registration

  • The first 40 Kindergarten-6th grade students will be accepted on a first come, first served basis with forms and payment.
  • To register use the following link, https://www.bokskids.org/parent-registration?F5QHwgZr0b. Once registered on the BOKS portal please send payment to school in an envelope marked WNPTO/BOKS.
  • Cost to participate is $40 (less than $2 per class!).
  • New participants will receive a tee-shirt.
  • Scholarships are available. Please speak to Mr. Gray to submit a request.
  • If your child participates in BASP, the staff will walk them to the gym for BOKS.

How should your child prepare?

  • BOKS kids must arrive in sneakers and with a water bottle ready to participate!
  • We will aim to get outside as often as we can in the Spring.
  • Come fueled with a great breakfast and they may also bring a Page-approved healthy snack from home to eat prior to transitioning to their classrooms. Please NO JUNK FOOD!

Questions? Contact Lindsay Goff at lindsgoff@gmail.com.  Check out www.facebook.com/boksatpage
for great photos and videos of previous sessions.

BOKS Spring 2017 flyer

 

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ASAP Registrations Due!

There’s still time to register for our Winter ASAP programs! We need a minimum number of sign-ups for these classes to run, so if you have been thinking it is too late – you are in luck! Please email Molly Hawkins/Page ASAP Coordinator right away if you are interested in any of the classes so she can reserve your space. Email: PAGEASAP@GMAIL.COM. Paperwork and $$ can be sent in to school with your child.
There is 1 change in the brochure: the CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING program with Mr. Peterson is ON and will start on March 20th instead of March 1st.
Any questions? Email PAGEASAP@Gmail.com or your Executive Board team: wnptoexecboard@wnpto.org.
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ASAP Sewing Special – Grades 4 and above

Learn something new this year with a special parent & child beginner sewing class taught by 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Morse.
Parent and child (grades 4 and above) can learn to sew on a machine while making a couple of projects together. Class will meet on 3 Mondays: Jan. 30th, Feb. 6th and Feb. 13th from 3:00-4:20pm.  Cost is $75 plus a $15 material fee for the pair. Bring your machine if you want to learn to use it or Mrs. Morse will provide a machine for you. The first project will be a 9” square pillow.
Please click here to download the brochure for additional information and registration form.

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6th Grade Dance Chair Needed!

Every year a 5th grade parent is asked to host the 6th grade dance.  This year the dance will take place on Friday, June 2 or Friday, June 9th in the cafeteria.

Responsibilities include:

  • Meet with the 6th grade dance committee (made up of 6th grade students) once a week during their lunch period in the 6th grade classroom(s).
  • Guide the kids as they choose a theme, prepare an invitation (which they will design and print), make decorations, etc.
  • Assemble 5th grade parents and students to help decorate the gym the afternoon of the dance. (6th graders will be busy getting ready and taking photos)
  • Assemble 5th grade parents to chaperone the dance.
  • Get in touch with the DJ to secure the date.  (the PTO has used the same DJ for several years)
  • Create a Sign Up genius for 6th grade parents to donate decorations and food (snacks)

If you enjoy throwing a party and watching kids have a great time, this a great event for you!  The kids do most of the work, they just need you to guide them.  You will receive a binder with all the step-by-step information you need to reserve the DJ, the cafe and work with the kids.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact a member of the Executive Board Team via email, wnptoexecboard@wnpto.org