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

Dive Into An Ocean of Books

Our Scholastic On-line Book Fair will begin May 17th and run for 2-weeks. Families, students, teachers and staff will be able to shop on-line at their convenience. Purchased items will be sent directly to them. This is a great opportunity to stock up on some summer reading.

If you would like to shop at the Scholastic On-line Book Fair, use this link beginning May 17th, 2021

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/ciwaggoner

Last day to shop is Sunday, May 30th

FREE SHIPPING is available on all book items totaling $25 and over. Items will be shipped directly to your house.

25% of Book Fair sales will come back to our school in the form of Scholastic dollars. These Scholastic dollars will be used to purchase books that will build and enrich the
school library, and the classroom libraries.

If you would like to donate to your child’s classroom, or the school library, you can purchase a Scholastic gift card which will be sent directly to them. After selecting the gift card option, you will then be able to write a short message and add any donation amount. You will then be prompted to input the teacher’s and/or librarian’s email address and it will be sent to them directly.

Visit the Waggoner website page for your teacher and librarian emails: https://www.kyrene.org/domain/654

School-wide Book Raffles

To kick off the Book Fair, On Monday May 17th, we will have a school-wide Book Raffle (all students and teachers entered). There will be a winner announced from each class and they will win a free book. All students and teachers in class that day (flex and in-person) will be entered into the raffle. There will be a 2nd school-wide Book Raffle on Thursday, May 27th. All students and teachers in school (in-person or flex) will be entered for a chance to win a free book. Flex students whose names are drawn can pick up their book in the Waggoner front office.

Book Cover Design Contest -- Back By Popular Demand

Back by popular demand, we will have another Book Cover Design Contest. The contest details will be announced Tuesday, May 18th. Please include a title and author (first name only), with your book cover submission. Also, remember to include your grade and teacher’s name.

Entries are due Monday May, 24th at 10:00pm.

Email entrees to WagBookfair@gmail.com. Submissions are not able to be accepted if they come from a student’s Kyrene account (i.e. 123457@myksd.org)

The results will be announced Wednesday, May 26th via school-wide slideshow.

Book Cover Design prizes and voting will be amongst these groups:

  • Pre-school, Kinder and 1st Grades Prizes:
    • 1st place $20 gift card
    • 2nd place $15 gift card,
    • 3rd place $10 gift card All to Scholastic
  • 2nd & 3rd Grades Prizes:
    • 1st place $20 gift card
    • 2nd place $15 gift card
    • 3rd place $10 gift card All to Scholastic
  • 4th & 5th Grades Prizes:
    • 1st place $20 gift card
    • 2nd place $15 gift card
    • 3rd place $10 gift card All to Scholastic

Click here to see the official Virtual Book List from Scholastic.

Thank you and we look forward to a successful Book Fair.

Sincerely, The Book Fair Team

Jessica Chuang, Cait Sabato & Heather Squires
Feel free to reach out if you have any questions: Wagbookfair@gmail.com

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

We are excited for our upcoming Virtual Carnival event happening April 26-30th. All of the activities, challenges, and games that we have planned, have been adapted to accommodate all of our in-person kids, as well as our flex distance learning kids. We are excited to share some of the details with you:

  • Storybook STEM Challenge with Ms. Leopardi
  • Obstacle Course Challenge with Coach Withem
  • Origami Challenge with Ms. Pope
  • Virtual Carnival Games
  • Waggoner What's Missing Game
  • Guessing Booth

We will also be celebrating a week long Carnival Themed Spirit Week!

4/26-4/30: Carnival Themed Spirit Week

  • Monday: Mismatch Day
  • Tuesday: Pajama Day
  • Wednesday: Crazy Sock day
  • Thursday: Wear Carnival themed clothes or colors (red and white)
  • Friday: Waggoner Spirit Day (wear Waggoner shirt or red, white or blue)

We are excited to see all the creativity and fun!

Carnival Special Zoom Events

Thursday 4/29, starting at 6:00pm via Zoom, with Mrs. Pope & Mrs. Weissberg.

At 6:00pm-6:20pm: Ms. Pope will host a live sketch drawing session where she will lead them in drawing a Carnival character or animal.

At 6:25pm-6:45pm: Ms. Weissberg will host a live singing and dancing activity with the kids: 

  • Lip Sync Battle (K & 1) (2 & 3) (4 & 5) 
  • Just Dance (all students)

All students will be invited to this event and the link will be sent out prior.

This Event Is For Everyone!

All students will have the opportunity to participate in the games, challenges, and activities whether they are in in-person school or at home flex learning. Also, all students will be entered into our daily prize drawings. Stay tuned for more details. 

We are excited for this fun week ahead with our community.

Thank you,

Jessica Chuang & Heather Squires
The Waggoner PTO Carnival Committee

WaggonerCarnival@gmail.com

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.

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 is January 8
  • Registration Deadline is February 2: Click here to register
  • The Fair begins February 5. 

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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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 this year will be Friday, October 29th, 5:30-7:30PM

Students' Thriller Performance at 5:45PM with Mrs. Weissberg

Who is in the mood for the Thriller dance? Come on Waggoner!  Let's do this!  All Waggoner students will be performing the Thriller dance at the Trunk or Treat at 5:45PM on the basketball court!  I hope to see you out there! - Mrs. Weissberg

Also at Trunk or Treat:

  • Pumpkin Contest for all grade levels
  • Food Trucks will be in attendance
  • Trunks Needed!  PTO will have a Sign-Up Genius link available
  • Candy donations will be accepted beginning October 18th.  Please drop off your donations at the Waggoner Front Office.

We will need lots of Volunteers, reach out to the PTO if you want to help!

Upcoming Events

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We will need help all day Friday, October 29th to make Trunk or Treat a success. Click the signup link below for more information on how you can help!

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