Your WestWood PTC Update

November/December 2018

Our annual Readathon Fundraiser BLASTED TO SUCCESS!!

TAKE ME TO YOUR READERS! The PTC is SO excited that we were able to partner with you, our strongest supporters, for our LARGEST fundraiser of the year! It allows us to focus on something important like READING instead of selling things, while raising money for the many programs the PTC supports. We had great prizes, a pizza party for top pledge earners, and we celebrated with some silly fun! (Pie in the face, anyone?!) Shout-out to our Readathon committee for all of their hard work - thank you! Thank you to anyone brave enough to be taped to a wall or get that pie in the face too!

In addition to our usual PTC-supported programs, we were also able to purchase new microscopes! Happy scientific observations! We are also working to bring more flexible seating options into WestWood.

THANK YOU ~ THANK YOU ~ THANK YOU for supporting the WestWood PTC so we can support the students and staff at WestWood Elementary!

Now Planning Family Fun Night!

We still have months before our annual Family Fun Night Carnival, scheduled for Friday, February 22nd, 2019. That means we are starting to plan the fun! Please contact us if you have ideas to share and would like to be a part of the committees for Food, Games, Silent Auction, and Overall! Volunteer opportunities will also be available the night of the event during all of the fun!

Seeking Basket Donations!

As part of Family Fun Night, the PTC hosts a Silent Auction. We are looking for baskets, bins, containers and decorative boxes to display our items. We will happily accept any you may already have or may collect over the holidays! Please drop them off at the WestWood office at your convenience. Thank you!

Kindness in Chalk

Kindness in Chalk brought smiles to many faces as they started their day. Thanks to Amy Crespo for organizing and to everyone who helped!

FOR SALE: New Spiritwear Options

WestWood T-shirts & Spiritwear is now available through our online partner, Jostens. You can customize many types of apparel, hats, bags, and more. Prior Lake apparel also available! Place your order online and purchases will be delivered directly to you.

Enjoy your winter break! We will see you in 2019!

Art Adventure Update

Grades 3-5: "Picture People" are school volunteers that go to the museum (Minneapolis Institute of Art) for training and then go into classrooms to facilitate conversation and learning about specific pieces of art/history. Very few volunteer opportunities allow you to interact and lead in this way - and it is FUN! Schedules are worked out with the classroom teacher.

This year's topic is Egypt's Sunken Cities. THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR CLASSROOM VOLUNTEERS! And thank you Randie Berg for coordinating this year!

Bravo Music Appreciation Update

Grades K-2: Volunteers attend a training (hosted by Schmitt Music) and receive materials needed to then teach lessons about music - composers, instruments, musicians, etc. The students enjoy having a new face to learn from and discuss music topics. Often times a little project or activity is included - a fun way to interact with your child and friends! Schedules are worked out with the classroom teacher. THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR CLASSROOM VOLUNTEERS! You are vital to this awesome program!

--- Help Wanted ---

Coordinator Positions Still Available - Don't be shy!

The PTC has many moving parts, and the PTC Board would love your assistance in keeping it all going! We are currently looking for Coordinators for the following topics/events - please reach out to us for more information!

  • Volunteer Coordinator (send out & monitor our SignUp Genius emails from home!) - a great way to be involved!
  • Restaurant Night Coordinator (Year-round or split into 2) - set up restaurant nights & advertise to WestWood families
  • Website/Word Press Editor ( - lend us your technical skills!
  • Bravo Coordinator - our music appreciation program for grades K-2 still needs a coordinator for next year. Thank you to the volunteers this year!

--- Upcoming Events ---

Save the Date: E-STEM Night at WestWood

E-STEM Night is scheduled for Thursday, January 31st, 2019. Watch for more details from school!

Save the Date: Family Fun Night Carnival

Mark your calendars for a night of fun on Friday, February 22nd, 2019. Food, games, and entertainment! Watch for information soon regarding our Silent Auction and advanced ticket sales!

Wendy's Nights

WHEN: Tuesday, January 15th, 4-8pm

WHERE: Wendy's 7611 Egan Drive (42/13 near Target) in Savage

Wendy's has partnered with us to do monthly WestWood nights - hooray! Enjoy a quick dinner at Wendy's or use the drive-thru. When you order, tell them you are here for WESTWOOD NIGHT to earn money for WestWood PTC (at no additional cost to you!).

Restaurant Nights

We hope to set up more WestWood Restaurant Nights at additional locations - watch for more dates and details!

PTC Meetings

All are welcome! PTC Meetings are usually held the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 in the WestWood Media Center. Our next meeting is after winter break on Tuesday, January 8th - hope to see you there!

Can't make it? View the meeting minutes on our website!

Everyone can help! Use Amazon Smile, Order Mabel's Labels, & Save your Box Tops, Milk Moola, and Tyson labels!

Every little bit helps - and adds up! We appreciate your indirect donations to the WestWood PTC by shopping for products with companies that pay us real cash!

Thank you for your support!

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Questions about the PTC?

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WestWood PTC

The PTC consists of all parents, teachers, and children of WestWood Elementary.

Our 2018-19 PTC Board

Jessica Olstad, President

Rachel Carlson, Vice President

Nichole Meyer, Secretary

Amy Zwart, Treasurer

Stay informed and be involved!

Thank you for your support!