Your WestWood PTC Update

January 2019

The new year is off and running for the PTC...

New Microscopes were ordered and delivered! As part of the Readathon incentives, the PTC was able to purchase 10 new microscopes and immersion kits for our little scientists! It feels wonderful to provide updated equipment that allows hands-on learning. Thank you for supporting this!

WestWood Restaurant Nights have been added! See the dates and locations below, and please join us for some fun dinners that support the PTC!

E-STEM Night is scheduled for Thursday, January 31st. Put on some snowshoes, see some stars, check out some snakes, or more! Watch for a note from school for details. Thank you to everyone helping coordinate this fun event!

Family Fun Night Carnival will be held on Friday, February 22nd. Mark your calendar if you enjoy FUN family outings! Watch for early wristband sales to skip time in lines!

Butter Braid Sales will begin in February - these sweet or savory pastries sell themselves, so our fundraiser is back by popular demand!

Summer Music News! In January!!!

The Lakefront Music Festival is preparing for the summer fun! The WestWood PTC will have an opportunity to sell tickets to this fun event, celebrating TEN YEARS OF MUSIC, FRIENDSHIP, AND COMMUNITY!

Beginning February 1st, purchase tickets online through WestWood PTC to help support our school! (WestWood-specific URL coming soon.) Note: volunteer options will be available in exchange for tickets as well!

See the artist announcements below! Watch SeeSaw for ticket purchase options!

Friday, July 12: Rock Night

Saturday, July 13: Country Night

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Now Planning Family Fun Night!

Next month is our annual Family Fun Night Carnival, scheduled for Friday, February 22nd, 2019. That means we are planning 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! Keep your eyes open for the SignUp Genius!

Seeking Donations for Silent Auction & Raffle! And Baskets/Containers!

The WestWood PTC is asking families to participate by donating new items, gift cards, tickets or cash for the silent auction baskets and raffle. The baskets will be up for bid and raffle tickets sold throughout Family Fun Night. All money raised will go toward the fun and educational ways our PTC supports the children throughout the school year.

Please see the SeeSaw flyer for your child’s classroom theme!

Families are welcome to donate one item, a full basket, or anything in-between! The best- selling baskets contain a variety of fun and unique items. Laker-themed spirit gifts are always very popular. Cash donations are also accepted to help us fill baskets (no checks, please).

As you’re preparing your donation, think of any event tickets, passes or unused gift certificates you could contribute. Consider donating items from local, family-owned or home-based businesses, and be sure to include a business card with your donation to support those companies!

Please send all items and cash donations to your child’s classroom by Friday, February 8, 2019.

Also, we are still looking for baskets, bins, containers and decorative boxes to display our items. We will happily accept any you have! Please drop them off at the WestWood office at your convenience. Thank you!

--- Help Wanted ---


Because when everyone helps, everyone wins. Simple as that. The work gets done, more people get to participate and get the "feel good about doing good" vibe, and nobody gets volunteer burnout. Nobody wants burnout. So if you haven't had a chance to help the PTC this year, please consider reaching out and lending a hand! THANK YOU!


It is never too early to plan ahead! The following positions will be available in the 2019-2020 school year. Please consider offering your time and joining us to do great work for our school!

  • PTC Board Treasurer - Track our budget, including fundraising and expenses. {Amy would be happy to show you the details before the end of the year when she "graduates out"!}
  • 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.
  • Art Adventure Coordinator - our art appreciation program for grades 3-5; program culminates in a field trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Art for the 5th graders.

Please reach out to us for more information or to let us know if you are interested in helping. We appreciate you!

--- Upcoming Events ---

Save the Date: Family Fun Night Carnival & Silent Auction

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!).

NEW: Davanni's Night

WHEN: Tuesday, January 22nd, 4-8pm

WHERE: Savage, near Cub Foods

Bring your flyer to Davanni's to count your meal towards our WestWood Night! Eat-in OR pick-up deliveries will count.

Additional Restaurant Nights

We are happy to have partnered with some local restaurants to provide more restaurant nights! Enjoy some comraderie and support the WestWood PTC while supporting local businesses!

Davanni’s (Savage) - bring your flier!

· Tuesday, Jan 22, 4-8

· Monday, March 25, 4-8

Buffalo Wild Wings (Savage) - bring your flier or show on your phone!

· Tuesday, Feb 26, 4-close

· Monday, May 6, 4-close

Chipotle (Shakopee) - bring your flier or show on your phone!

· Tuesday, April 22, 4-8

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 on Tuesday, February 5th - would love 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!

Questions about the PTC?

Please feel free to reach out if you have a topic we should cover in this newsletter or if you have any questions about the PTC.

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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.

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!