PTO Meeting Notes 5.22.17

If you weren’t able to attend the final PTO meeting of the school year, here is a summary of what we talked about!

Carnival Update

The Carnival was a huge success! We made over $9,000 for Aquila School, which was a 27% increase over last year’s event. Next year we hope to focus more on the Teacher Experiences.

Box Tops Update

  • We have raised $1,996 this year plus a little more from box tops that were turned in late. We already have $400 raised towards next school year!
  • The money will be used to purchase new recess equipment – hula hoops, balls, etc.
  • We need a new coordinator for next year. Grade-level liaisons will help make the coordinator’s job much easier! (Signup sheet was passed around for interested volunteers.)

Aquila Treasurer Update

  • The restaurant fundraisers (Pizza Rev, Yogurt Lab, Panera, Chipotle, etc.) raised $2,000 for Aquila School this year
  • Teachers need to spend their PTO money and turn in receipts to the treasurer by June 9th

Miscellaneous Updates

  • Extra yearbooks are available for purchase for $13 in the office
  • Thursday is the annual Book Give Away from 11 am – 3 pm. Please bring in book donations to the office. Every student at Aquila will get to pick out 3 free books!

Staff Updates on PTO Money Spending

  • Spanish: Sra. Yepes is ordering posters, maps, flags of Spanish-speaking countries, props/puppets, and classroom supplies
  • Music: Recorders – going home Thursday
  • ELLL: Multicultural books to better represent student population
  • Reading: More KG supplies
  • PE: New supplies for Field Day
  • Grade 5: Field Trips – Camp St. Croix and State Capital, MN Historical Society
  • Grade 4: Three Field Trips – Minnesota Institute of Art, Vocal Essence concert and Feed My Starving Children. Leftover money was used to buy art supplies to support the IB Planner “How We Express Ourselves”; books for classroom libraries; and the Picnic & Pizza Year-End Lunch
  • Grade 3: Field Trips – MN Zoo, City Hall, Museum of Communication, Como Planetarium, Bowling. Extra money used to purchase new books
  • Grade 2: Old Cahill School; Alexander and the Terrible…play; multicultural books; treats for last day of school
  • Grade 1: Field Trips – Westwood Nature Center, Stages Theater; 9 new sets of headphones for each classroom; 2 wobble chairs; 3D math shapes
  • KG: Field Trips – Westwood Nature Center, Oliver Kelly Farm, Trolley ride at Lake Harriet; replaced extenders for iPads, purchased new headphones, and Play in a Day led by Rachel Haen (money used to pay for her sub)

Mr. Pollock’s Top Ten

  1. Kristi Yamaguchi visit
  2. Aquila Family Night at the Science Museum
  3. Latino & Somali Nights
  4. Aquila Read$ – raised over $21,000!
  5. Aquila Carnival
  6. Lion King student musical
  7. Outstanding and very involved PTO
  8. Wonderful and very supportive Aquila Families
  9. Extremely dedicated and collaborative staff
  10. Amazing, caring, creative, intelligent students!

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PizzaRev Fundraiser is April 24!

Join family and friends at PizzaRev on Monday, April 24 from 11 am – 9:00 pm to help raise money for Aquila! Present this flyer, or simply mention the fundraiser at the register. See you there!


Panera Fundraising Night is March 15

Aquila is teaming up with Panera to host a Fundraising Night at the Knollwood location (8452 Highway 7) on Wednesday, March 15 between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

A printed flyer or an electronic version of the flyer on a mobile phone or tablet must be presented when ordering. The more flyers that are turned in, the greater percentage of net sales that will be donated to Aquila School! Click here to print off the flyer: Panera Fundraising Night

Gather your family and friends to join us on March 15 to make this fundraiser a success!


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Park Yogurt Fundraiser

Come enjoy a tasty treat at Park Yogurt & a portion of all sales will be donated back to our Aquila kids! The fundraiser is happening on two nights: February 15th and 16th. From 1:30-10:00 pm, tell the cashier you are there for the Aquila fundraiser!


The Imagination Fair is Back!

Thursday, February 23
Will your child prepare an experiment, share a collection, design an exhibit?
Come have a look at the ideas and enthusiasm that Aquila students have for so many things! Aquila Gym. More information coming soon!

2016-17 Aquila PTO teacher wish list launch

At the beginning of each school year, each student is asked to bring in a bag of standard supplies but many teachers have projects and activities for lesson plans that require more detailed or specific items.

Last year, the Aquila PTO found an easy way for teachers to submit desired items for their classrooms (their wishes) and for Aquila families to easily pledge and donate to “fill” those wish list needs via a free software called TeacherLists. We can upload standard and non-standard classroom supplies.

We successful launched the Aquila PTO Teacher Wish List project last March and Aquila families fulfilled over 400 items! So we are back again and starting things earlier for this school year!

We have been coordinating with the Aquila teacher and staff community over the past few weeks to gather their wish lists.

Learn more about the teacher lists here.

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Earn money for Aquila by shopping on Amazon!

Did you know we can earn money for our school by buying on Amazon? Use this link to sign into your Amazon account, and a portion of all eligible items will be donated back to our school:

Sign up before the holidays, and start earning money for our school!


Box Tops for Education

Aquila Elementary participates in the Box Tops for Education program. Start collecting those “box tops” from cereal boxes AND MORE!

Learn more on this Aquila Box Tops for Education page.

Join the Aquila Box Tops for Education Facebook group.



Aquila Elementary is a K-5 International Baccalaureate (IB) neighborhood school in ISD# 283, St. Louis Park Schools. It is a diverse learning community for 600 students and dozens of teachers and staff.

The parent teacher organization (PTO) raises funds to support numerous programs at the school, including:

  • Family fun nights to foster community building.
  • Special classroom supplies such as technology for literacy curriculum.
  • Subsidizing class field trips and in-school enrichment.
  • Teacher and staff appreciation dinners during conferences.