Art Adventure

Art Adventure is a program for schools offered through the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA). The program engages students with artworks from curated collections through the support and training of school volunteers (more on becoming a volunteer below). This year, students will study a collection of art pieces titled ‘Let’s Celebrate Life’ - check it out for yourself at  After study, students will create art inspired by the MIA pieces. We are able to offer the program at both OHA (before/after school) and Wildwood (during school day) through generous sponsorship by the Mahtomedi PTO.

Dates OHA

This year, two FREE 4 week sessions will be offered at OHA - one session before school (7:45-9am) and one session after school (3:45-5pm) on all Tuesdays in February 2019 - February 5, 12, 19 and 26.  Students should be able to attend all 4 days of their desired session. A link to register will be available here at 8am Monday, January 7, 2019 and is first come, first served.


Takes place during the school day. The coordinators work with the teachers and classroom volunteers to find a time that will work to have this in class experience. This takes place in February/March time frame.


To make all of these sessions happen, we need volunteers! The MIA offers training sessions and Mahtomedi PTO will pay for you to attend one. Listed below are the specific dates and times for Let’s Celebrate Life training’s.  Simply click on ‘register’ after the date and sign up. Use password MIA.

This training is needed for both WW and OHA volunteers!

MIA Volunteer Trainings: (Choose one, password is MIA)

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 10:30am-12:30pm Register

Thursday, November 8, 2018 5:30-7:30pm Register
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 10:30am-12:30pm Register
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 10:30am-12:30pm Register
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 10:30am-12:30pm Register

Thursday, January 24, 2019 5:30-7:30pm Register

Once you have registered for an MIA Training, click HERE to sign up to volunteer at OHA. We are looking for at least 4 volunteers per day - ideally you are able to volunteer for all 4 sessions. People who volunteer at least 2 days/times automatically get their students pre-registered.

Click Here to signup for Wildwood!


Contact the Art Adventure Committee Chairs at for Wildwood or for O.H. Anderson. 



Card Sharks (WW)

Card Sharks is a free math enrichment opportunity for students of all math abilities in grades K-2, held at Wildwood in the fall and spring. 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 2018: Mondays OR Tuesdays, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Wildwood. (Mondays: October 22, 29, November 5, and 12. Tuesdays: October 23, 30, November 6, and 13).

  • Spring Session 2019: TBD


volunteer information

Card Sharks is dependent upon volunteers.  Volunteers 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



Strategy Games (OHA)

Students are invited to drop-in to this free before school program at O.H. Anderson to play strategy games like Stratego, Chess, and Checkers. No registration required- just show up and play! Students may attend any or all sessions and should arrive between 8:15-8:30 a.m. Leave backpacks and jackets in lockers before coming to the media center. Dismissal will be at the 8:55 a.m. bell. 


  • Fall Session 2018: Thursday mornings, Sept 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 29, and Dec 6, 13, 20.


Volunteers are needed to supervise and assist with clean up. Volunteers may bring siblings. Please contact Beth Hamen at if you are available to help for any, or all sessions. Volunteers must have the required background check completed.


Contact the Strategy Games Committee Chairs at


Missoula Children's Theater

Has your student ever wondered what it’s like to be part of live theatre? We have a great opportunity for them to find out! MPTO and Missoula Children's Theatre will present: 'Blackbeard the Pirate’ on January 12, 2019 at 2 & 4:30pm.

For more than 40 years, the Missoula Children's Theatre has opened both hearts and minds of children to the possibility of achievement through the creativity and teamwork they learn during the theatrical process.

All students in grades K- 8 may audition on Monday, January 7 at 4 PM at the Chautauqua Fine Arts (attached to the High School), both on-stage and back stage opportunities are available. The Directors will audition, cast, rehearse and produce the entire musical in one week. All students cast in the production MUST commit to EVERY evening the week of Jan. 7 and all day Saturday, January 12 to be eligible. As much as we would love to be able to cast everyone, there is NO guarantee each student that auditions will get cast.

Look for registration forms in student backpacks (WW & OHA). Registration forms are also available in the school office (WW, OHA, & MS). Registrations must be turned into the school office by Monday, December 17. Registration MUST include a separate registration form and separate $65 check for each student (checks payable to MPTO & are only cashed if student is cast).


  • Auditions and Rehearsals: January 7-12, 2019

  • Musical Production: January 12, 2019, 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m


Contact Chantell Knauss, PTO Missoula Children's Theater coordinator, at


Young Anatomists (OHA)

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.


Thursday mornings, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m., February 1 -22, 2018 at OHA. 


Available on a first-come, first-served basis. Preference given to children who have not participated before.


Contact the Young Anatomists Committee Chairs at



Fun Fair

All pre-K - 5th grade students and their families are invited to participate in the annual Fun Fair held each spring at Wildwood. The Fair has a "carnival" atmosphere with games, food, prizes, inflatables, and a basket raffle.


April 20, 2018, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Wildwood.


Volunteers are needed to help decorate the school on Monday, April 16th and to help with the event on Friday, April 20th. Sign up using the link above. Volunteers must have the required background check completed. 


Contact the Fun Fair Committee Chairs at


Family Movie Nights

Movie nights are free fun events for the family. All children with a parent are welcome. Bring a blanket for seating and watch a movie in the OHA gym. Lemonade served; pizza for sale for $2 per slice or $5 for 3 slices.


  • November 30th, 2018: Ferdinand. Pizza will be for sale starting at 6:30 p.m., movie at 7:00 p.m.


Movie night volunteers sell pizza and assist with clean-up at the end of the event. Contact the Committee Chairs if you would like to assist with these events. Volunteers must have the required background check completed.


Contact the Family Fun Night Committee Chairs at

Book Fair

Scholastic Book Fairs are held each year at O.H. Anderson and Wildwood. This Wildwood Spring Book Fair events include: an All for Books Coin Drive, a Family Book Pack Raffle, a "Grand Event" and the Book Fair sale. See the Spring Book Fair flier for more information. 

sale Dates

  • O.H. Anderson: November 8-15 2017


Many volunteers are needed! No experience necessary. A great way to get involved in an easy, fun event at school. Volunteers must have the required background check completed.


Contact the Book Fair Committee Chairs at


Purchase Programs


Original Works

Original Works is a fun opportunity to purchase your child's artwork reproduced onto a number of professional, full color products like mugs, bags, notecards, etc. Place your orders by Monday, April 16th, 2018!

  1. Go to and click on “Gallery” in the navigation bar.

  2. Enter the School Code: Wld to view the Wildwood online gallery.

  3. Search for your child’s artwork and view it on dozens of products.

  4. Order by clicking on the product image(s) you would like to order. Input the student code # from your order form and complete the order process.

Wildwood and OHA orders must be placed separately. Products are shipped directly to school and will arrive before Mother’s Day. 


Contact Original Works Customer Service at 1-800-421-0020 for technical questions regarding ordering. Contact the Original Works PTO Committee Chairs for general information: 



School Supply Kits

Purchase a school supply kit for your O.H. Anderson student to make back-to school shopping easier for the 2018-19 school year! Order now through August 1, 2018; place your order by June 30, 2018 to receive free shipping. See the flier for additional details. 

  1. Visit

  2. Select kit needed for the 2018-19 school year

  3. Enter student information

  4. Follow prompts to check out!


Contact the PTO Board President at




Spirit Wear

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, 2017. 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 go directly to the PTO. Note: you do not need a PayPal account to checkout; you can checkout as as a guest. 






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 for more information.



Service and Support

Box Tops and Other Donation Programs

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 for more information. 


Family Directory

The PTO maintains an online, secure PK-12 directory with information on students, families, class rosters, and sign-ups. Families need to enroll to be added and to have access to the directory. This is the only way to get contact information of classmates, so you can arrange playdates or send party invitations.

The PTO uses a service called My School Anywhere, which allows users to share only the information they wish to make public in their profiles or to opt out completely. Visit the Family Directory tab to sign in or enroll and view answers to frequently asked questions. 


The Hospitality Committee shows appreciation for the individuals that serve our children in the schools, from the bus drivers to the principals. The committee hosts events, such as a teacher conference buffet in March and an appreciation breakfast in May, and provides small tokens of appreciation for staff during the holidays. 


Volunteers can help host events and/or provide funds or donations to support this effort. 


Contact the Hospitality Committee Chairs at


Teacher and School Support

The PTO provides funding to support teachers and schools, including items such as software applications, teacher and specialist classroom supplies, teacher training, and more. Requests for funding are reviewed and approved by the PTO Board.


Contact the PTO Board President at



The yearbook includes both Wildwood and O.H. Anderson, grades K through 5, in one flip-style book. Order online March 1-31st, 2018 for $20 (enter ID code 1366618). Yearbooks will also be sold the last week of school in the school offices for $25 on a first-come, first-served basis. 


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