When: February and March, before spring break. Sessions are held during the school day at Wildwood and before school at O.H. Anderson.
Art Adventure is a program offered through the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) that engages students with artworks from curated collections through the support of trained school volunteers. Students get to learn about the artworks and then visit the MIA to see them live and in person.
Two to three volunteers are needed for each 1st and 2nd grade classroom at Wildwood. Volunteers attend one 2-hour training session at MIA to learn about the art pieces. Morning and afternoon trainings are held in October, November, and January.
Volunteers then present on the art pieces during one in class session for approximately 55 minutes. It's a super fun way to spend some time in your kids classroom!
Card Sharks (WW)
Card Sharks is a free math enrichment opportunity for students of all math abilities in grades K-2, held at Wildwood. Card Sharks focuses on having fun with interactive math. Students get to play a variety of card, dice, movement, and board games to practice and develop math skills. Here is a link to the folder of the games that we've used during sessions, along with link to the instructions. Participating students will be provided a nut-free snack.
- Fall Session: Mondays or Tuesdays, November 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Wildwood.
- Spring Session: Mondays, April 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Wildwood.
- Volunteer Registration (link coming soon): February 19 through March 2
- Student Registration (link coming soon): March 5 through 9th
Spots fill fast, sign-up right away! Students of volunteers are guaranteed a spot.
Card Sharks is dependent upon volunteers. Spaces available for students are completely dependent on the number of volunteers. You must have the required background check completed.
What do volunteers do?
The volunteers take attendance, lead games and serve snack to the kids. All materials are provided. Volunteers are assigned to a group of children (typically 4 children per volunteer, and usually 2-3 volunteers will work together with a group of 8-12 kids).
What is the time commitment?
One day a week for approximately one hour and 20 min. Volunteers arrive at the school shortly before the sessions begin at 3:15 to gather supplies from the Card Sharks room (computer lab), and head to their grade-level meeting destinations. They depart around 4:35, after all children have been picked up by parents and supplies have been dropped off. Typically a short (optional) training meeting will be held before fall/spring sessions begin.
What if I would like to volunteer, but I have other children or constraints that I am not sure would work?
Please contact us as we can always use help! Since we are totally dependent on volunteers, we do our best to accommodate your needs. In the past it has been common for volunteers to bring their other children with them.
Contact the Card Sharks Committee Chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Strategy Games (OHA)
When: Wednesday mornings, October 4 ,11 ,18, 25 and Nov 1, 8, 15, and 22, from 8:30 a.m. until the bell rings. At O.H. Anderson. A winter session will also be offered.
Students are invited to drop-in to this free before school program to play strategy games like Stratego, Chess, and Checkers. No registration required- just show up and play!
Volunteers are needed to supervise and assist with clean up. Volunteers may bring siblings. Please contact Beth Hamen at email@example.com if you are available to help for any, or all sessions.
Contact the Strategy Games Committee Chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lunch in Lab (OHA)
When: Once a week, for 4 weeks during winter; at lunch or before school.
Small group science activities with a dragon theme. Curriculum and supplies are provided. Grade 3 only.
Contact the Lunch in the Lab Committee Chairs at email@example.com.
Missoula Children's Theater
Musical Production: January 13, 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Auditions and Rehearsals: January 8-13, 2018
The PTO-sponsored Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT) musical production of "Treasure Island" will be performed this Saturday, January 13 at 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at Chautauqua Fine Arts Center in Mahtomedi. Students performing in the show are in grades K-7. Tickets are available at the door: $7 adults; $4 students; PreK & under free.
The MCT is a week-long, after-school residency starring students, grades K-8, in a full-scale musical. Missoula Theatre will cast, rehearse and produce an entire musical in one short week. This year's production will be "Treasure Island." See www.mctinc.org for more information.
Contact Chantell Knauss, PTO Missoula Children's Theater coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young Anatomists (OHA)
When: Thursday mornings, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m., February 1 -22
Young Anatomists is a free 4-week course available to 4th and 5th graders. Students will learn basic anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, respiratory and cardiovascular systems through models, games and interactive experiences. They will also learn about comparative anatomy with chicken wing and cow heart dissections.
Available on a first-come, first-served basis. Preference given to children who have not participated before.
Contact the Young Anatomists Committee Chairs at email@example.com.
The Fun Fair will be held April 20th at WW, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. The Fair has a "carnival" atmosphere with games, food, and prizes.
Volunteers are needed to assist with Fun Fair operations, from noon to close (about 10:00 p.m.). No planning needed.
Contact the Fun Fair Committee Chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Movie Nights
The next family movie night is scheduled for March 2nd at OHA. Plan to see Despicable Me 3. Pizza will be for sale starting at 6:30 p.m.
Movie nights are periodic and are generally scheduled between October and May.
Movie night volunteers are needed to sell pizza and assist with clean-up at the end of the event.
Contact the Family Fun Night Committee Chairs at email@example.com.
Monday, October 16th (WW); Tuesday, October 17th (OHA)
Thank you to all of the students, staff, volunteers, and sponsors that helped make the 2nd annual Fun Run a success! We raised $32,000 that the PTO will used to assist in enriching our students' experiences this year.
The PTO is currently seeking sponsors for the 3rd annual fun run in 2018. Contact PTO President, Tony Vosooney, at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
These local businesses have generously donated funds to allow each student/staff to receive a Fun Run t-shirt to be worn the day of the event:
- Fra-Dor Inc
- HealthPartners/Stillwater Medical Group
- Merrill Lynch - Krampe/Stoddart
- Ramsay & Associates CPA
- Sletten & Brettin Orthodontics
- Summit Orthopedics
- The Urgency Room
- Wildwood Lions
Contact the Fun Run Committee Chairs at email@example.com.
The WW Book Fair will run Thursday, March 22 through Thursday, March 29. The Fair will be open during school hours on school days. It will also be open before school on the 27th, during evening conferences on the 28th, and from 8:00 a.m. to noon on the 29th.
The O.H. Anderson book fair was in November.
Book Fair volunteers assist with set-up, running the fair, and with clean-up. Sign up to become more involved.
Contact the Book Fair Committee Chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buy or Donate
Order your Mahtomedi Zephyr spirit wear in time for the holidays and help support the PTO!
Place your order online through 9:00 a.m., Monday, November 27. Orders will be delivered the week of December 18 to the student listed on the order or to the school office if the order is marked as a gift at checkout.
Samples are available at both Wildwood and O.H. Anderson. 15% of all sales do directly to the PTO. Note: you do not need a PayPal account to checkout; you can checkout as as a guest.
Collection/Donation Programs: Box Tops, AmazonSmile, and More
Looking for an easy way to help raise cash for the schools? The PTO participates in several programs to help raise money, including Box Tops for Education, AmazonSmile, and more. Collection bins for items below are located at WW, OH, and the District Education Center.
- Box Tops for Education: Clip Box Tops from many of your favorite products. These do expire so turn them in often.
- Culver’s Scoopie Tokens: Tokens are available with a purchase of kids meals at Culver’s. Tokens can be found on the outside of kid’s meal bags.
- Funding Factory: Turn in your used toner and inkjet printer cartridges. We can accept all personal and commercial cartridges.
- Milk Moola: Save every cap or bag collected from Kwik Trip and Kwik Star’s Nature’s Touch products.
- My Coke Rewards: Codes can be found inside bottle caps and inside Coke fridge packs and cases. Save bottle caps and clip codes from cardboard packaging.
- Tyson Project A+: Clip labels from most frozen chicken/food products.
The PTO also participates in AmazonSmile. Designate the "Mahtomedi Elementary Parent Teacher Organization" as your charitable organization of choice and shop on the AmazonSmile site to have 0.5% of eligible purchases donated to the PTO. See directions to sign up.
Contact the Purchasing Power Committee at email@example.com for more information.
Smencils are a great way to help support the PTO. Smencils are available for purchase at the Wildwood Office for $1.00 each.
Smencils are scented pencils that are made for 100% recycled newspapers. Smencils are rolled sheets of newspaper tightly formed around the #2 graphite writing cores until pencils of typical thickness are formed. Then they are hardened-allowing them to be sharpened just like wood pencils. Next, they are soaked with gourmet liquid scents (made by an award winning fragrance company). Once they are dry, the erasers & stickers are attached. Lastly, each Smencil is put into its own recyclable plastic tube that comes with a collectible character top cap!
Contact the Purchasing Power Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thank every person who serves our children in the schools (from the bus drivers to the principals). Provide twice yearly dinner, gifts for the holidays and acknowledge all staff during Appreciation week. Can be hands-on or simply providing some funds to support the committee.
Parent Connect/Parent Forum
The goal of the Parent Connect committee is to connect parents with each other, the schools and district, and the PTO. Parent Connect coordinates the ongoing Parent Forum meeting as well as other special events and meetings.
Race to Nowhere Showings
Parent Connect is sponsoring two showings of Race to Nowhere at the District Education Center:
- Wednesday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m.
- Thursday, February 22 at 9:30 a.m.
This film was named one of “10 Education Documentaries You Don’t Want to Miss" and it calls us to challenge current thinking about how we prepare our children for success. Please register if you plan to attend (registration requested but not required).
parent forum Dates and Topics
Parent Forum is a monthly meeting for parents, typically held the first or second Thursday of the month, from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., September through May, at the District Education Center.
Agendas typically include: an update from Mark Hamre (WW principal) or Kirsten Bouwens (OHA principal), a school board member overview of district topics, a review of upcoming PTO activities and volunteer needs, and open forum time for parents to ask questions. Kids are welcome!
Dates for the 2017-18 school year include:
- September 14: Summer slide
- October 5: Superintendent Mark Larson, school start time evaluation
- November 9: Movement and wellness in the schools
- December 7: Kirsten Bouwens; math and literacy groupings
- January 11: Mark Hamre; school board budget update
- February 8: Kirsten Bouwens
- March 8: Mark Hamre
- April 12: Kirsten Bouwens
- May 10: Mark Hamre
- Sign up for Parent Connect's email list.
- Complete the Parent Connect Topic Survey to share your thoughts on select topics and/or submit a question or topic for discussion.
- Get more information about being a Parent Connect Grade Level Representative.
- See a list of current Grade Level Representatives.
Contact the Parent Connect committee chairs at email@example.com.
The WW/OHA yearbook will be available to pre-order online in March. The yearbook includes both WW and OHA schools (grades K through 5) in one flip-style book. Order at ybpay.lifetouch.com with ID code 1366618.
Yearbook volunteers take photos, plan the layout, disseminate order forms and more. See detailed yearbook volunteer instructions for more information.
Contact the Yearbook Committee Chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.