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Oak Point Staff Appreciation Week is May 8-12, 2017 and coincides with National Teacher Appreciation Week.  The Oak Point PTO encourages students and families to thank these everyday superheros - their teachers, staff, and administrators - during Staff Appreciation Week.  We have a couple of templates available on our website for students to write a thank you note or draw a picture to their teachers or favorite staff members.  We also have a “fill in the blank” letter for students in younger grades to use to thank their teachers and favorite staff.

 

Stay tuned to our Facebook page and Twitter feed to see how the PTO honors our teachers, staff, and administrators during Staff Appreciation Week.


#OakPointTeachersRock  #WeLoveOakPointStaff  #ThankYou2017

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OPEN PTO BOARD POSITIONS FOR 2017-18

The PTO Board has started planning for the 2017-18 school year, and we are currently seeking several new board members.  Openings include Vice President, Communications Co-Chair, Community Fundraising Chair, and Secretary.  A summary for each of the open positions is listed below, and detailed descriptions can be viewed on our website.  If you are interested in one of the open positions or would like to talk to one of our current board members about what position might be a good fit for you, please contact the PTO at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The PTO Board for the 2017-18 school year will be elected at the May 11 General PTO Meeting.

 

Vice President

Always wanted to know more about why Oak Point operates the way it does? Looking for a way to get to know more parents and staff members?  Serving as Vice President is a good way to step in and learn about Oak Point and build relationships along the way.  Primary responsibilities include providing input on budget decisions, setting up and coordinating restaurant nights and in-school assemblies, and helping as needed at the District PTO Council meetings and with additional PTO functions.  Average time commitment per week is 2-4 hours, and much of the work can be done outside of school.

 

Communications Co-Chair

Do you enjoy social media and like to be in the know about what is happening at Oak Point?  Our current Communications Chair is looking for a co-chair that she can work with throughout the year to transfer her knowledge and expertise in preparation for the following year.  The communications chair will be responsible for regularly updating our website, maintaining the PTO Facebook and Twitter accounts, drafting blackboard communications as needed, and creating flyers for meetings and events.  Average time commitment per week is 2-4 hours, and a majority of this work can be done outside of school.     

 

Community Fundraising Chair

One of the main reasons we are successful as a PTO and are able to provide so many resources and opportunities for our students is because of our fundraising events and community partnerships.  Going forward, we feel it is important to have someone who can oversee these critical functions to ensure the continued success of our PTO.  Responsibilities for this new position include serving as the primary contact for the Boosterthon Fun Run, overseeing the Silent Auction and Raffle committee for Carnival, working with Fun2Raise in the creation of our student directories and calendars, and building and maintaining relationships with local businesses who can provide support as needed throughout the year.  Average time commitment per week is 2-4 hours, and much of this work can be done outside of school.  The time commitment may increase leading up to the two major fundraising events.     

 

Secretary

Are you interested in getting involved with the PTO Board but not sure which role might be right for you?  The Secretary position serves a very important role of taking minutes at all PTO Board meetings (1 per month) and PTO General Meetings (3 per year) and may also help with other duties such as incoming mail, scheduling meetings and events, and volunteering at activities.   Average time commitment for this position is 2-4 hours per month.  

 

BOOKS AVAILABLE FOR APRIL 14 AUTHOR VISIT

A limited quantity of select Erin Soderberg books will be available for purchase during her visit to Oak Point on April 14. The titles that will be available for purchase are from the order form sent home prior to Spring Break.  Please note that quantities are limited, and not all titles will be available. Students may bring cash or a check (payable to Oak Point Elementary) on April 14 to purchase the books during their scheduled visit time.

 

CURRENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Author Erin Soderberg visit (student event): April 14

  • Oak Point Night at Potbelly Eden Prairie: April 20, 5:00-8:00PM

  • Oak Point Multicultural Night: April 27, 6:30PM-8:00PM

  • Oak Point Week at Nothing Bundt Cakes: May 8 - May 13

  • General PTO Meeting & Election of 2017-18 Board: May 11, 9:30AM

  • Spring Fling (6th Grade Event): May 19, 7:00PM-10:00PM

  • Memorial Day (No School): May 29

  • Year-End Celebration: June 1, 5:00PM-7:00PM

  • Last Day of School: June 8

 

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THANK YOU

Thank you to everyone who supported the Oak Point Cafe Zupas Night on March 21.  You helped raise over $250 for Oak Point.

 

YOUR DONATIONS TO OAK POINT ELEMENTARY AT WORK

Children's author Erin Soderberg will be visiting Oak Point on April 14.  All Oak Point students will have the opportunity to hear Ms. Soderberg talk about her experience as an author.  Ms. Soderberg is author of the The Quirks and Puppy Pirates book series for younger children, as well as novels for tweens, teens, and adults. The PTO is extending the opportunity to pre-order copies of Ms. Soderberg's books from the Eden Prairie Barnes & Noble. Pre-ordered books are eligible for a discount and will be delivered to students on April 14. The books you order will be reserved at school specifically for your student(s) so they may be autographed by the author during her visit. Please return the order form and your payment to your student's teacher by March 30.

The Orbit Earth in house field trip originally scheduled for March 13 has been rescheduled to May 24.

 

PTO BOARD OPENINGS FOR 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR

The PTO Board is already planning for the 2017-18 school year.  After Spring Break, we will be seeking new board members in a variety of positions. The PTO Board for the 2017-18 school year will be elected at the May 11 General PTO Meeting.

 

CURRENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Spring Break (No School): March 31 - April 9

  • Author Erin Soderberg visit (student event): April 14

  • Oak Point Multicultural Night: April 27, 6:30-8:00PM

  • Oak Point Week at Nothing Bundt Cakes: May 8 - May 13

  • General PTO Meeting & Election of 2017-18 Board: May 11, 9:30AM

  • Spring Fling (6th Grade Event): May 19, 7:00-10:00PM

  • Memorial Day (No School): May 29

  • Year-End Celebration: June 1, 5:00-7:00PM

  • Last Day of School: June 8

 

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As part of our in-house field trip program, the Oak Point PTO is happy to announce that children's author Erin Soderberg will be visiting Oak Point on April 14.  All Oak Point students will have the opportunity to hear Ms. Soderberg talk about her experience as an author. Ms. Soderberg is author of the The Quirks and Puppy Pirates book series for younger children, as well as novels for tweens, teens, and adults.

 

The PTO is extending the opportunity to pre-order copies of Ms. Soderberg's books from the Eden Prairie Barnes & Noble. Pre-ordered books are eligible for a discount and will be delivered to students on April 14. The books you order will be reserved at school specifically for your student(s) so they may be autographed by the author during her visit. Please return the order form and your payment to your student's teacher by March 30.

 

To learn more about Ms. Soderburg and her books, please visit erinsoderberg.com (books for younger children) and erindowning.com (books for tweens, teens, and adults).

 

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Spring Fling, an end of the year event for all Eden Prairie Schools 6th grade students, is set for May 19 between 7PM-10PM.

Over 200 parent volunteers are needed to make this event a success for the Class of 2023! Volunteers MUST be parents or guardians of a 6th grade student and ONLY registered volunteers will be allowed to enter/attend the event.  Volunteer spots fill quickly so don't delay and sign up today!  You will be contacted by a Spring Fling Committee Member with more specific volunteer instructions as the event approaches.  Sign up online at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4fa4af28ab9-futures.

Please consider donating money and prizes to help make this event a success!  The following items are requested:

  • 20 oz. bottles of pop or sports drinks (please NO cans, energy drinks or 2-liter bottles) in 6- or 8-pack bundles.  300 bottles are needed for the Pop Walk.

  • Prizes of $5 gift cards from local business such as Target, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Chipotle, DQ, Freeziac, Pie Five, Berry Blendz, Coldstone, or coffee shops.  

  • Boxes of Movie Candy (can be purchased for $1 at Target and other stores) to be used as prizes. To keep all students safe, peanut-free/tree nut-free candy is appreciated!

  • Chips for Munchie Walk

     

Donations may be dropped off at the officesof all elementary schools between May 15-18.  If you prefer to send a check, make it payable to EPSD 272 PTO and indicate Spring Fling in the memo.  Sign up for donations online: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4fa4af28ab9-futures.

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Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Orbit Earth in house field trip originally scheduled for March 13 is postponed.  Once alternate arrangements have been made, we will communicate the rescheduled date with Oak Point families.

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THANK YOU

Thank you to everyone who supported the Oak Point Elementary Carnival on February 3!  We hope you had a fun evening.  We appreciate all of you who donated, volunteered, and made this event possible.  Also, a huge thank you to those who volunteered to decorate and staff the Spring Scholastic Book Fair February 16-23.

 

YOUR DONATIONS TO OAK POINT ELEMENTARY AT WORK

Climb Theatre visited Oak Point on February 3 and presented interplays on self control.  Pictures from the visit can be viewed on our Facebook page.  Parents handouts from the visit may be found on our website.

 

On March 13, students will experience the next PTO-sponsored in house field trip, Orbit Earth Expo.  Students will get to “journey into space to create and experience the cycles, systems and relationships between the earth, moon and sun.”  They will “manipulate the models to experience eclipses, seasonal/lunar cycles, creation of winds, day/night cycles, tides, rotation vs revolution, physical characteristics of the earth, moon and sun, gravity, order of the planets, seasons and more.”

 

CURRENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS

  • No School (Comp Day for Teachers): March 3

  • General PTO Meeting: March 9, 6:30PM

  • Oak Point Night at Cafe Zupas Eden Prairie: March 21

  • General PTO Meeting & Election of 2017-18 Board: May 11, 9:30AM

  • Spring Fling (6th Grade Event): May 19, 6:00PM-10:00PM

  • Year-End Celebration: June 1, 5:00PM-7:00PM

 

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The Oak Point Carnival map is now available to view online.  Poster-sized maps will be posted around the school during Carnival; however, there will no maps handed out.

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CARNIVAL ADVANCE TICKET SALES END JANUARY 31
The fifth annual Oak Point Carnival will be Friday, February 3 from 5:30PM-8:30PM.  Visit our Carnival website for everything you need to know about Carnival, including the Information Packet, link to our online ticket ordering page, donation information, and our volunteer sign-up page.

 

The last day of advance ticket sales is January 31.  Wristbands, tickets, and cinch backpacks will be available for purchase at Carnival. If you place your ticket order online via our Buy Tickets page or via the Carnival Response Envelope and submit your Carnival Response Envelope back to school before January 31, your ticket order will be fulfilled.  Your ticket order will be available for pick the day of Carnival beginning at 5:15PM at the Ticket Pick Up Station by the Oak Point Security Desk.

 

CARNIVAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

It takes nearly 250 volunteers to make our Carnival happen.  We still need people to fill all of our volunteer slots.  Please consider supporting us by keeping venues open throughout the evening and running smoothly. Our volunteer sign-up is available on our Carnival website.

 

CARNIVAL SPIRIT WEEK

Show your school spirit this week!

Monday, January 30: University & College Day

Tuesday, January 31: Mismatch Day

Wednesday, February 1: Neon Day

Thursday, February 2:  Backwards Day

Friday, February 3:  Eden Prairie Pride Day/Black & Red Day

 

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Climb Theatre visited Oak Point on February 3, 2017 and presented interplays on self control.  The parent handouts distributed to students are linked below:

 

Parent Handout for Kindergarten - Second Grade

 

Parent Handout for Third - Sixth Grade


For more information on Climb Theatre, please visit their website.

 

 

 

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