Programs

Waggoner's Parent-Teacher Organization organizes events for fun and fundraising all year long. Here's a complete list of what we're doing this year.

Art Masterpiece is a nationally-recognized art enrichment and education program. This program encourages art literacy and develop cognitive, analytical, and creative thinking skills. It is run entirely by volunteer parents.

Art Masterpiece lessons are pre-planned, last approximately 45 minutes, and include a fun “hands-on” art activity. The purpose of this program is to increase children’s awareness of art in the world around them. We accomplish this by introducing students to various elements of art and design in fun and easy-to-grasp ways.

Are you interested in volunteering for the Art Masterpiece program?  You do not have to be a former art major, artistically gifted, or even well-versed in art.  All you need to be is enthusiastic and reliable.  The presentations are already designed and available to download. You just have to present them!  Art Masterpiece is one of the few volunteer programs where you can teach in your child's classroom!

You can download everything you need on our Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B_9SdpGH3lyPd1BjR3lWOEQ3MFk

Shannon Winer
Meghann Powell

Our May Scholastic Book Fair will take place in our Waggoner reading area  Monday, May 2nd - Friday May 6th. It will be a BUY ONE GET ONE FREE Fair.  

Students will be able to shop in-person during their lunch recess time. We will also be open for 45-minutes after school for students to shop with an adult. 

Keep a lookout for our Book Fair flier coming home soon in your student’s backpack. It will have additional information about the Book Fair. 

We will have daily fun activities for all students to participate in like Guess the Jar, How Many Pages in the Stack, Unmask the Hero, Guess the Story Book Emoji, and a Book Raffle. Winners will be announced daily. 

We will also be collecting donations for “All for Books” and the funds will go directly to our Waggoner School library for the purchase of new books.

Also come take a look at our “Classroom Wish List'' display. These books can be purchased and donated to help grow individual classroom libraries.

We would appreciate any and all help with the Book Fair. It is a week-long event with many volunteer slots to choose from. From help with set-up, to working the registers, to helping kids shop and pick out their favorite books. View the Sign-up Genius below to volunteer.

E-Wallet Information and Instructions

You can create an on-line E-wallet for your student by following the instructions below. 

  1. Visit the Waggoner Scholastic Book Fair website 
  2. https://www.scholastic.com/bf/ciwaggonerelementaryschool1
  3. Create an account
  4. Upload funds to your student’s account
  5. Share with family and friends
  6. They can shop at the Book Fair and use funds
  7. Reload E-wallet as needed

OR

Feel free to use the envelope provided with your student/s name, teacher and amount they will be shopping with. A take home paper flier and envelope will come home with students a few days prior to Book Fair.

While supplies last: Shoppers who spend $20 or more will receive this free reusable tote bag for their books and purchased items.

Shop Online

You can go to https://www.scholastic.com/bf/ciwaggonerelementaryschool1 during the book fair and shop as well.

We are excited for a great event and we hope to see you there. Feel free to reach out the the Book Fair Team with any questions:  wagbookfair@gmail.com

Thank you, Jessica Chuang, Heather Squires, and Misty Pavlovic

Jessica Chuang
Heather Squires

We all shop for groceries, sometimes two or three times a week. Now turn those shopping trip into easy cash for your school, and encourage friends to do the same! Just look for the Box Tops logo on hundreds of products like Cheerios®, Hamburger Helper® and Kleenex®, in almost every aisle of the store. All you need to do is clip and send them to your school’s Box Tops coordinator —- each one is worth 10¢ for your school. 

Box Tops is making some changes, so right now there are two ways to participate. The classic way is to clip any Box Tops off products you buy at the store (see the Product List - Click here) and send them to school with your student. 

The new Box Top program is digital. You will need to download the Box Top app from the iPhone App Store or Google Play store, which you can then use to scan your receipt. Waggoner will earn 10¢ for each product on your receipt that is participating in the Box Tops program. Receipt scan must be completed within 14 days of purchase. Eventually the Box Tops for Education program will be completely digital but for now they will continue to accept clipped Box Tops if they are not expired. Please keep sending them in!

Over 100 retailers give eBoxTops to your school when you shop online at the Marketplace.

Plus, you become an Online Power Earner and can earn Bonus Box Tops!

Visit the Marketplace

Download the Box Tops List here

Download the Clipped Box Tops PDF here (while you still can!)

Sharon Zygowicz

Our Waggoner Spring Carnival will be Friday, April 8th from 4:30-7:30pm. Fun for all ages with ALL INCLUSIVE wristbands going on sale Monday, March 28th. Attractions include a petting zoo, 2 inflatable obstacle courses, face painting, balloon twisting, a cake walk, food trucks and more.  All the excitement will be here at Waggoner Park. We hope to see you there.

Wristbands

Wristbands will also be for sale at the Carnival starting at 4:20pm for the SAME price of $12.00

We accept CASH, VENMO, Zelle and PayPal on-site.

If you want to pay by check or cash in advance, click here to download and print out the carnival newsletter, cut off the bottom, and send it in with money with your student.

You can also order your wristbands online in advance here! You can also purchase wristbands as donations for students who need additional assistance to participate. If you're buying more than one, you can make your quantity choice once you're on PayPal. 

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Student Name(s)
Teacher Name(s)

Children 3 and under are free 

Wristbands purchased on-line will come home in student backpacks. Orders placed after 12:00pm each day, will come home the following day. Orders placed after 12:00 noon on Carnival day, April 8th, will need to be picked up at Will Call at the Carnival.

Show Us Your Singing Talent!

Beginning at 5:30pm ,there will be grade level singing performances with our very own Mrs. Weissburg and Waggles the Wildcat on the upper grade basketball courts.  Performers will receive a small prize.

PTO Raffle

We will have a raffle at this year's Carnival and we are asking that each class put together a themed basket-please contact your room parent for specific class basket information. These baskets will be displayed at the Carnival and raffle tickets will be sold for people to try their chances of winning a great prize. Baskets are being organized and assembled by parent volunteers.

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the Carnival. They will be $5 for one ticket, 6 tickets for $20 or 15 tickets for $50.

If you have an item you would like to contribute and donate, please contact your room parent or Cara Meaker and Shannon Winer. carameaker22@gmail.comshanno74@gmail.com

Raffle basket drop-off will be coordinated with Room Parents. Please contact Cara or Shannon if you need your Room Parent's contact information.

Legacy Tiles

Our Legacy Tiles will be available for purchase for $40 a tile at the Carnival. There will be an area set-up to paint, or you can take one home and paint it there. Legacy tiles will be displayed in our newly renovated courtyards for all to enjoy. 

All proceeds from the Waggoner PTO Raffle and Legacy Tile program benefit our school and PTO. 

Carnival Games: Student Zone 

We are excited to introduce and create a new area/zone for our schools Carnival this year. It’s called the Carnival Games: Student Zone.   It is an area where kids and families (with adult supervision)  can create a carnival style game on their own and enter it to be part of the school Carnival. It’s a FUN way to be creative and get involved. 

This is an optional opportunity for those interested.

We currently have 6 carnival style booth games which include: the whiffle ball toss (into baskets), the penny toss (onto flat surface), the bottle stand,  golf: hole in one, the bean bag toss (knock down cans), and the ring toss (on bottles). We ask that these games not be recreated. 

If you and your family, classmates, or friends, would be interested in creating a Carnival style game together, we would love to see your ideas and plan. Games can be created amongst family members, friends, schoolmates, etc. It’s all up to you. 

We ask that you fill out the Google Form below and submit your Carnival Game by Wednesday April, 6th at 12:00pm noon 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScNO1T7K0j6jePi9wtD5HGEG8q_tWQRwL_jEhRdfk4PD6SnQA/viewform?usp=sf_link

We’ve included a few links below to get you started. 

  1. FREE Game Ideas - Activity Booths - Dino Dig - Carnival Savers
  2. Carnival Game and Booth Ideas - Leap Frog Bean Bag Game (carnivalsavers.com)
  3. Fishing Hole - Magnetic Carnival Game (carnivalsavers.com)
  4. Crazy Caterpillar - DIY Spring Carnival Game (carnivalsavers.com)
  5. FREE Game Ideas - DIY Carnival Games - Pig Races - Carnival Savers
  6. Rain Gutter Regatta - School Carnival Game Idea - Toy Boat Races! (carnivalsavers.com)
  7. DIY Carnival Game Idea - Fish Cup Carnival Game (carnivalsavers.com)
  8. Unique Carnival Game - Crazy Hats (carnivalsavers.com)
  9. Carnival Game and Booth Ideas - Lollipop Tree Carnival Game (carnivalsavers.com)
  10. Spring Carnival Games - Carrot Match (carnivalsavers.com)
  11. Butterfly Balloon Burst - Unique Spring Carnival Game! (carnivalsavers.com)

We are excited for the Student Zone  and look forward to seeing some fun entries.

Carnival Volunteer Opportunities    

Carnival is a great event for our community and we appreciate all the help we can get from set-up, to working a Carnival Booth, or helping with Cake Walk or Raffle table, and clean-up. Please consider volunteering a portion of your evening to help us. Also, needed are small prizes and candy donations. Thank you for your time and contributions. 

Waggoner Carnival 2022- Donations Needed

Waggoner Carnival 2022-Volunteer Opportunities

We look forward to a FUN event!!!

With questions, or to inquire about volunteering please email WaggonerCarnival@gmail.com 

Thank you!!!

Jessica Chuang
Heather Squires

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When we participate in the following programs, Waggoner earns rebates based on the money we spend. There’s no additional out of pocket cost. Here’s how it works…

Fry’s

Fry’s Community Rewards Program: Visit www.FrysCommunityRewards.com to enroll your Fry’s V.I.P. Card online.

  1. Create an online Fry’s account.
  2. Register “Waggoner” under the Community Rewards section. If prompted, our NPO Number is 80299.
  3. Start shopping! Fry’s sends Waggoner a check based on a percentage of the sales each quarter. If you signed up in previous years, you will need to re-enroll this year.

AmazonSmile

Shopping at AmazonSmile is an automatic, easy way to support Waggoner.

  1. Log into your existing Amazon account, but at smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com.
  2. Enter Waggoner Elementary School PTO as your chosen charitable organization.
  3. Start shopping! AmazonSmile will remember your selection for subsequent purchases. Add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and continue shopping. Please remember to always shop at smile.amazon.com and not regular amazon.com!

Office Depot/Office Max

Simply make a purchase of qualifying school supplies, provide the Waggoner school ID #70004975 at checkout online or in the store, and Waggoner will receive 5% back in credits for FREE school supplies.

Tuft & Needle

For every Tuft & Needle mattress bought using their personalized purchasing link at https://www.tuftandneedle.com/givesback/?school=836f0a0b, Tuft & Needle will donate 25% of the profits to Waggoner! The cost is the same for you - but the school gets money. Yay!

Harkin’s Gift Cards

Buy Harkin’s $25 Gift Cards in the Waggoner front office or with the Paypal button (for a small upcharge to cover our fees). Waggoner earns a rebate for each card sold. Please email Dawn (dawnstantus@gmail.com) or call the front office (480-541-1000) before you stop by to pick up your card(s), to confirm they know about the order.

Name for card pickup/delivery

Coca-Cola Give

Through Coca-Cola Give, you can support Waggoner by donating the codes found on various Coca-Cola products. Visit us.coca-cola.com/give and click on “Donate to Your Local School.” Enter Waggoner in the “Search for Your School” bar, and you will be prompted to enter and/or scan your Coke product codes.

Wow!  Thank you Waggoner Wildcats!!! What an incredible Step It Up! fundraiser we had!!!  We earned $31,168 to support our Wildcat community!!!  We could not have done that without each one of you!!!  We had 77% participation, with 351 students creating an account and sending over 3,678 requests to support our school!!!  

If you can believe it 9 students raised over $600, 2 students raised over $1,000!!!  The 3 classrooms with the highest percentage of participation will receive a bonus $20 Amazon gift card!  Prizes will be coming on the Day of Awesomeness!!!

Last year we were able to start a Science Closet and made HUGE improvements to our outdoor spaces with the money from this fundraiser and this year we will be able to buy book sets, grow our science closet and keep our community events alive!!!  Thank you again for all of your help in Investing in our Waggoner Wildcats!!!

To register for this year's fundraiser, click here to go to Step It Up! It takes about 10 minute and then away you go.

Download your Golden Ticket Packet here!

Monday, September 13th, is the kick off to our annual Step It UP! Fall Fundraisers; it is time to "Invest In Our Waggoner Wildcats!"  Make sure you have your contacts ready so that you can help your child complete their Golden Ticket on Monday night!  The Golden Ticket is due Tuesday morning, September 14.  Your child will show it to their classroom teacher and the Golden Ticket prizes will be delivered to the classroom that day!

Last year this fundraiser was a huge success and we were able to create a science closet that will be rolled out soon, a shade structure and tables to transform our outdoor spaces to name a few!

This year we are raising funds to Invest in Our Waggoner Wildcats and provide new classroom book sets, grow our science closet and keep our community events alive!

This single fundraiser supports the PTO for the whole year!  But we can't do any of this without your support!  Be on the lookout for an email on Monday with the Golden Tickets packet attached!

Waggoner PTO is a volunteer organization that provides financial and volunteer support for our teachers, staff and students.  With parent support the Waggoner PTO funded last year, workshops for teachers; start up funds for each classroom and grade level support funds; supplies for the health office; school wide Science Fair; Trunk or Treat; Turkey Trot; Student-showcase; Book Fair; Carnival and the Yearbook.  We raise those funds primarily with one annual fundraiser. This year we are working with Step it Up to provide and fun and exciting fitness event!





Cara Walsh-Meaker

The Family Business Directory is available here. Contact the chairs to include your local business!

Throughout the year, the school hosts many events in which parents and family members are invited to come watch, and/or participate. On days in which an event, or other celebration occurs, all visitors must be checked in through the front office.  During these times, the Waggoner front office appreciates the help of volunteers. These volunteers help with signing in and out family members, the collection of proper identification (driver’s license), and the exchange of visitor badges. For the safety reasons, all visitors must check in through the front office, provide appropriate identification, and wear a school visitor badge while on school property. Volunteer time slots are typically 1-hour long, but can be shorter.

If you are interested in volunteering, you can reach out to the volunteer chair, or visit the Sign Up Genius link as they come up. Thank you.

Jessica Chuang

Girls on the Run is a 10-week program that inspires girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through a curriculum which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the program, girls in 3rd-5th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event. 

Visit gotrmc.org/Program-Registration by Dec. 13th to register your 3rd-5th grade girl. 

When: Practices will be Tuesdays & Thursdays right after school (Feb.6 - April 23, 2020), from 2:30-4:00pm at Waggoner. The season will culminate in a fun and inspirational 5K on Saturday April 25, 2020. 

Cost: $180 (scholarships exist)

Register: Visit gotrmc.org/Program-Registration  by Dec. 13th

Questions: Emily Barna / emilybarna@gmail.com 

 

In tradition, with helping our wonderful kindergarten team, the Waggoner PTO arranges for these teachers to have volunteers in their classrooms for the first two weeks of the school year. This kind of support is helpful for both the children and teachers, as the new students become accustomed to the classroom routines, lunchtime procedures, playground rules, dismissal, and kindergarten in general. Teachers will be listed as A, B and C until after Meet the Teacher night. After this date, the individual teacher names will be added. If you have a child entering kindergarten and would still like to volunteer, please let the program chair know.

The Legacy Tile Wall beautification project is a great way for you to leave your family’s mark at Waggoner! Tiles cost $40 and will be installed in our newly renovated courtyards. Proceeds will benefit future improvements to our outdoor spaces and our PTO upcoming activities.

Legacy Tile take-home kits are $40 and you can use the form below to order one. Once your order is placed, you tile will be sent home in your student’s backpack with all the supplies they will need to paint their tile!

Student Name(s)
Teacher Name(s)

If you have any questions or if you would like more info on our upcoming tile painting events, please contact Meghann at WaggonerPTOart@gmail.com.

Meghann Powell

Are you a local business with an interest in reaching our parents and their families? We work with local restaurants and entertainment throughout the year. Contact the business fundraising chairs for more information on working with Waggoner and reach our families!

Marie Navarro

Find out what's coming up at Waggoner on the marquee.

Susan Fishman

The Parent Superintendent Council is a Kyrene District committee of parent representatives from each school designed to increase communication between the Kyrene Superintendent and the parent community. We meet each month to discuss information regarding district initiatives, resources and topics of information that are pertinent to the parent community. It is a unique opportunity to meet with PTO and parent leaders from other schools where we can exchange information and best practices to improve our school communities. Waggoner has three representatives appointed by the Principal.

If you are interested, please contact a program chair for more information.

Susan Fishman
Cara Walsh-Meaker
Paul Beakley
Kristin Basha

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You can find Waggoner PTO on Facebook and Instagram.

Can you reach out to the rest of the parents in your kid's classroom for us?

Becky Ashworth

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The Science Fair Is Here!

  • Kickoff Assembly/Start is January 7
  • Registration Deadline is February 1: Click here to register
  • The Fair begins February 4. 
  • Pizza Party February 4!

The Science Fair is an opportunity for students at all grade levels to learn about the scientific method and participate in a fun experiment or project. 

DOWNLOAD THE GUIDELINES HERE

Kindergarten, First and Second Grades:

  • Experiments, project, demonstration or science observation
  • Traditional tri-fold poster, poster board, or slide presentation
  • Can choose to be interviewed

Third, Fourth and Fifth Grades:

  • Experiments
  • Traditional tri-fold poster or slide presentation
  • Scheduled interview

Experiment vs Project

Science Experiment:

  • Uses scientific method
  • Can be repeated and results compared

Science Project:

  • Demonstration, observation, model
  • Explains a science concept

Both experiments and projects should be fun! Both are important! They are student led in both cases, and do not need to be expensive or extravagant.

The Scientific Method

These steps must be identified on 3rd-5th grade boards:

  • Question
  • Hypothesis
  • Materials 
  • Procedure
  • Variables
  • Data
  • Results
  • Conclusions
  • Further Investigations

Interviews

Zoom Interviews with adult volunteers will be scheduled during the day on February 5th.  Interviews are a chance for students to share and teach what they have discovered.  These interviews will be brief and relaxed.  Come ready to show off your awesome work!

Additional Resources

Scientific method https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQBZbinoOrI

https://www.brainpop.com/science/scientificinquiry/scientificmethod/

https://www.spps.org/cms/lib/MN01910242/Centricity/Domain/3019/science_fair_planning_guide.pdf

https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project-ideas/elementary-school?c=VeryLow&m=Readily

Susan Fishman

The Waggoner Site Council is a group of Parents, Community members, Teachers and Staff that work collaboratively to collect and allocate Tax Credit funds, review and evaluate the parent satisfaction survey, review and comment on school improvement plans, address issues referred by the district office and the school operations committee. We meet 6 times per year and our meetings are open to the community.

Cara Meaker is the PTO liaison on the Site Council and is available to discuss it further via email.

Cara Walsh-Meaker

This annual event brings our awesome community together to showcase all of the great things happening at Waggoner. Waggoner's "Student Showcase" features a festive BINGO night with fun prizes, free Starbucks refreshments and cookies, music performances from all grade levels, and science fair projects and art on display throughout campus. Everyone is encouraged to wear Waggoner shirts or school colors and show their Wildcat pride! 

Order your 2021-2022 school year t-shirts today! 

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Student's Name & Teacher

Teacher Appreciation is a committee dedicated to showing the staff how grateful we are for them. The main portion of this committee is providing food on exceptionally busy days (ie. back to school breakfast, curriculum night, fall and spring conferences, etc.) We also leave surprises in their mailboxes monthly and plan a week of special things all throughout Teacher Appreciation Week.  Lastly, we put on the Teacher Luncheon at the end of the year.  It is a great committee to do a little here and there all year to make sure they know what an incredible staff they are.

Trunk or Treat 2021 was a huge success! 

Check out our Pumpkin Contest winners here.

Start your Thanksgiving Holiday off by joining Waggoner students and staff for our annual Turkey Trot!  Families are invited to join or cheer on their students while they complete a fun run around Waggoner. More information on date, start times for each grade, and volunteer opportunities will be released closer to November. 

Susan Fishman
Jessie Wicks

Have an idea for this website? Looking for something here and couldn't find it? Reach out to our website chair.

Paul Beakley

The Waggoner PTO creates and sells a yearbook each year. The yearbook documents events such as Trunk-or-Treat and Turkey Trot as well as class photos and grade level candid pages. Parents and volunteers take photos and submit to the yearbook committee and they review and design the book each year. There is a Cover Contest offered to students so they can have a direct hand in the design of the front and back covers of the yearbook. They yearbook goes on sale in January and is delivered during the last few weeks of school.

For more information or if you would like to volunteer on the yearbook please contact the program chairs.

Cara Walsh-Meaker
Jamie Pate