November Meeting Recap

Minutes are available – but here’s a few highlights (make sure to check official minutes for full info):

  • Fundraising and finances:
    • Ann reported that there was a very large Scrip order placed – thank you to the purchaser of those gift cards! For the (impressive) exact amounts, check out the minutes!
    • Box tops have already raised $800 this year! The group discussed plans for end-of-year incentive for box tops. Sarah is exploring the option of the winning class selecting an animal to adopt through the Zoo’s Adopt-an-Animal program.
  • Fall book fair was a fantastic success – a huge thank you to Chair Caryn and all who volunteered to help make it happen! As of the meeting, $7217 in sales were already completed – and the final day brought in some additional sales.
    • An email to volunteers after the meeting confirmed – the total raised was over $8000, meaning around $4000 Scholastic dollars for our Eagles! Over $1000 of those Scholastic dollars went right to classrooms when the fair closed on Friday!
    • If you didn’t make it in for the fall fair, hopefully you can squeeze in a trip to the spring fair (likely April 4-12) – it is neat to see the new ‘breakout’ space/hall all set up with the books on display!
  • One School, One World  is the theme for this years’ curriculum enrichment. PTA will support bringing an African dance group to school, as well as potentially providing some games and books.
  • Spelling Bee is scheduled for Dec 18 from 2-3:30 in the cafetorium
  • MacCarnival is scheduled for Feb 22 (6-8:30pm) and prep has begun! Erin and Kari would welcome anyone interested in shadowing them as chairs, since they will only have MacArthur children for a couple of years. If you think you might be interested in coordinating in the future, this is a great opportunity to learn the ropes! There are chairs and volunteers that handle each area – but overall chairs coordinate everyone to ensure success – so there is a lot to learn! If you are interested, reach out to Erin or Kari!
  • The discussion on an annual initiatives continued…
    • Water-bottle filling stations were determined to be quite pricey and teachers indicated that students were doing fine with the bubblers currently in place
    • K-3 teachers (with rooms ‘untouched’ by all the renovations) identified some wishlist items including chairs and shelving – this option will be pursued for now!


Yearbook: Although not discussed at the meeting, your yearbook chairs for this year (Abi, Becca, and Mary) are still looking for a few slots to be filled for Classroom photo collectors! If you already plan to volunteer on field trips or in your child’s classroom, please consider helping ensure all classrooms have photos for the yearbook! And if you aren’t able to volunteer, but would be willing to reach out to other parents in your child’s room to help gather photos – that works too! Basically, you help gather and upload pictures to a dropbox. Easy-peasy.

Rooms that still need helpers are: 

  • Kindergarten: Cramer, Schrack and Schwarten
  • 2nd grade: Collins and Doedens
  • 4th grade: Brewer
  • 5th grade: ALL classes!

Spelling B-E-E

All 3rd-5th  graders are invited to participate in the MacArthur Spelling Bee sponsored by the Scripps National Spelling Bee and our PTA.  We will hold practices during lunch recess (12:00-12:30) on three Tuesdays in November 13, 27/December 4 in the 4th/5th grade wing breakout space. Each practice will consist of fun ways to increase vocabulary, improve spelling, and develop correct grammar usage through mini spelling bees (friendly competition!).  All spelling levels are encouraged to attend and no experience is necessary! Students are welcome to join any or all practices …no sign up required.


On Tuesday, December 11 the official school Spelling Bee by grade will occur. Then those top students will compete for the School Championship (December 18, 2:00-3:30) in the cafetorium! The School Champion can advance to the Regional, State, and National competitions.


Adult Volunteers Needed If you can help on any or all Tuesdays, please email Caryn Pawlak at [email protected]  We are in need of judges, pronouncers, and general helpers during practices and the Bee (Younger siblings welcome and no experience necessary…we will train you!)


If you have any questions, please contact the Spelling Bee Coordinator: Caryn Pawlak ( [email protected])


October Meeting Recap

Until our minutes are published and available – here’s a quick review of what was discussed:

  • Fundraising and finances:
    • While not primarily a fund-raiser, the Pizza Party raised just shy of $500 for us! Plus, it was fantastic fun – the kickball tournament got pretty exciting.
    • Our first restaurant fundraiser (at Roberts) was a great success – one of their biggest, per Roberts!
    • Next restaurant fundraiser will be: November 13 & 14 “Dough-raiser” at Uno Pizzeria. You’ll need to bring in/show the flyer in order for MacArthur to get the funds – so keep it handy!
    • Questions came up about the new “Code Codes” fundraising with Amanda Holly – any Coke product (including Dasani, for example) would be valid source for a code! Just send ’em her way
  • Fall book fair approaches – Nov 5-9! Already a lot of volunteers but still a few more times needing help. Check out the sign-up to see if you’re able to assist!
    • Flyers should have come home with your child(ren) already
    • Timing coincides with Grandparent’s Bingo Night this year and there are book fair evening hours that night (November 2 from 6-7:30)
  • New Yearbook Chairs have stepped up to the plate! BIG THANKS to the new volunteers, more details will be coming about where you can share your pictures throughout the year!
  • Much discussion about potential initiatives for this year – it is always good to fund-raise with a goal in mind, so we are working as an organization to define our major initiative. Some of the ideas under discussion:
    • Water-bottle filling stations (we’ll be finding out how much those might cost)
    • Wish-list fulfillment for those classrooms left ‘untouched’ by all the renovations (we’re starting with gathering wish-list items to explore this option)
    • Nature Center/Area somewhere on the school grounds
    • If you have ideas, plan to come next meeting or share your ideas with someone who will be there!! Next meeting we will hope to nail down our initiative.
  • And a highlight… the entire PTA group in attendance got a sneak peak at the new parking lot/drop off area under construction! Mr. Williams explained the plans for drop off and we saw firsthand how nice it will be when it’s all finished!


Finally, you might have seen an email about this, but as a reminder: Fall Conferences are coming up! If you can, sign-up to contribute something to help show our teachers our appreciation during that week!


And we’re off…

First the business… great to see everyone at the meeting. Minutes will be available soon, but in the meantime, a quick preview of what was discussed:

-Fall book fair is coming up and will need some volunteers to make it possible! Timing will coincide with Grandparent’s Bingo Night this year – so we plan to have book fair evening hours that night! The book fair will run from November 5-9. Bingo Night will be November 2 from 6-7:30.

Kick-n-Pizza Party is tomorrow @ school! See you there!

Apparel is currently for sale and slips should have gone home with your kiddo(s) this week. You can also order online at memberhub! Those who have done so said it’s awesome… give it a try!

-There are lots of ways to support MacArthur in the day-to-day. Consider box tops, AmazonSmile, Shoparoo or new this year: Coca-Cola Give! Amanda Holly mentioned that in just a week of collecting coke codes at work she got $11. She volunteered to help with entering all the codes so all you need to do is get your coke bottle tops and coke reward codes to her (send into school in a labeled ziplock for “PTA” or email her the codes directly!)

-Our first restaurant fundraiser is coming up September 25th at Roberts! How it works: show up, eat food, MacArthur PTA gets a portion of the profits from Roberts! They’re a great local partner for us!

-Facebook Live date has to be pushed back due to some conflicts but a new date will be released SOON!

-The yearbook committee needs new people to make it happen this year… if you have any interest, get in touch with last year’s chairs: Lindsey Helt or Kristin Jensen!!

-The amount given to each classroom from the PTA each year used to be a share of a flat $2400 annually; that was adjusted so each room gets $125 per year, regardless of how many classrooms there are! This is great because now teachers can better plan how they’ll use the funds, since they know what they will get!

-We will need to talk at the next meeting about what major initiative we might want to undertake for this year! Past years we’ve done playground equipment, document cameras… if you have ideas, plan to come next meeting so we can hear them!


And after… the fun! Had a great time at Barley Pop! Hope to see you there next time!


Welcome to 2018-2019 School Year

The MacArthur PTA would like to welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year! 

Whether you are new to MacArthur or returning, we would like to invite you to join the MacArthur PTA. 


Please visit the PTA table at open house on Thursday September 6th.  We will have information about:  MacArthur Apparel, Kick-n-Pizza Party, PTA memberships and much more.


This year PTA is excited to roll out a new online tool called Memberhub.  Memberhub will allow the MacArthur PTA to provide you with up to date information about what is going on at MacArthur.  You will be receiving an invitation to Memberhub soon or you can visit our site at

The Memberhub website will not only provide you with information but will also allow you to purchase items online such as:  PTA memberships, MacArthur apparel, and Kick-n-Pizza Party tickets.  To view these items go the the SHOP link at the top of the page.  There is a small service fee when you choose to purchase online.


Our first PTA Meeting is Thursday September 13th at 7pm in the beautiful new MacArthur Library.  All meeting attendants will be entered into a drawing to win 4 Brewers tickets to the Friday September 28th 7:10pm game.  We look forward to meeting you!


The Kick-n-Pizza Party is September 14th at 5:30pm. Hope to see you there!