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

Reading Can Take You Anywhere

Our first Scholastic On-line Book Fair will begin this week. The on-line shop opens on Tuesday, Dec. 1st, and runs through Dec. 14th. 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 to find teacher and librarian emails:  https://www.kyrene.org/domain/654

FREE SHIPPING is available on all book orders totaling $25 or more. Items will be shipped directly to your house. If you wish to shop for the upcoming holiday season at the book fair, we recommend you purchase your items before Dec. 10th to ensure they are delivered in time.

Contests/Activities/Prizes

We’ve come up with some fun and creative ways for the kids to experience Book Fair this year. All of the contests, activities, and prizes have been adjusted to accommodate the on-line format and includes all Waggoner students. Specific details of the contests and prizes will be announced throughout the weeks of the Book Fair.

Here are the slide shows your students will be following throughout the Book Fair:

How To Shop

If you would like to shop at the Scholastic On-line Book Fair, use this link beginning Dec. 1st: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/ciwaggoner

If you would like to preview the Scholastic E-flyer, click on the link: https://bookfairsfiles.scholastic.com/flippingbooks/F20-custom-booklist/F20-custom-booklist.html#p=1

Thank you, 

The Book Fair Team 

Jessica Chuang and Kelly Rosenbalm 

 Feel free to email us with any questions @ Wagbookfair@gmail.com   

Jessica Chuang
Kelly Rosenbalm

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!)

The Spring Carnival is a fun-filled annual event with games, bounce houses, rides, carnival themed games, photo booth, face painting, petting zoo, balloons artists, cake walk, food trucks, and Silent Auction. The proceeds benefit the Waggoner PTO, teachers and staff.

Jessica Chuang

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!

Changing Hands Bookstore

Every time you check out at Changing Hands Bookstore, mention Waggoner and “Books for Schools.” Instead of Reader’s Club card stamps, Changing Hands will donate 15% of your purchase toward a gift certificate for Waggoner’s library!

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 Brooke (angelb78@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.

Dawn Stantus

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; s/student-showcase; Book Fair; Carnival and the Yearbook.  We raise those funds primarily with one fall fundraiser. This year we are working with Step it Up to provide and fun and exciting fitness event!

Download the Step It Up! documents by clicking here.

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.

Cara Walsh-Meaker

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!

Lisa Smith

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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Dawn Stantus

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?

Jessica Chuang
Kelly Rosenbalm

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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
Tania Contente-Cuomo

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! 

The ordering window for the 2020-2021 t-shirts is now closed. If more shirts are available later in the year, we'll let you know!

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 is a fun night to celebrate with the Waggoner community, show your Wildcat pride and showcase individual and family creativity!  Each classroom asks for a family volunteer to decorate a vehicle that will be parked on the perimeter of Waggoner Park.  Other families are asked to donate candy.  After a fun warm up of singing and a costume parade, the kids trick or treat as they enjoy the camaraderie and community of their friends and marvel at the creativity of the festive displays!  Capping the fun are balloon artists, a photo booth and a DJ providing lively music!

Each family that provides a decorated vehicle will staff their Trunk or Treat station throughout the event.  Other volunteer needs include setup, staffing event activities, and clean up. 

Dawn Stantus

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

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