Willow River Elementary
Parent Group


Parent Group Fundraiser

We are excited to announce that the Willow River Parent Group will be selling fresh Florida citrus from October 26th through November 13th.  We love the idea of selling fresh fruit because it is a naturally delicious and healthy product. We will be taking orders and our fruit will be picked and packed fresh from the grove and delivered from Florida in December.

We are working very hard to raise money for the programs that directly benefit the students, teachers, and families of Willow River Elementary. All of these programs depend on these funds.
Please help your child or young friend with our fundraiser.  Please sell to friends, family, neighbors, and people at work.  We would like each child to sell at least 4 items.

Sales packets and important dates information will be sent home with students on October 26th.

Two Easy Ways to Sell:

  1. Traditional sale – use your order form and collect money at the time of sale (WR students/parents are responsible for order pick up at WR).
  2. Online sale – fundrasing-market.com/willow-river-elem-school
    • Local delivery – if you live in our local area you can order citrus coming via bulk truckload direct from Florida (all local delivery sales purchased through the website will be for customer pick up).
    • Direct delivery – shipped direct from Florida to the customer.

Important Dates:

  • Sale runs from October 26th – November 13 (collect $ at the time of order)
  • Order forms and all money are due Monday, November 14th (all checks are payable to Willow River Parent Group)
  • Tentative delivery date for local citrus orders will be at WR the week of Dec. 12th (exact date and time TBD & will be emailed to all students and customers for local fruit delivery)

Sales Incentives:

  1. The 2 students in each classroom with the highest number of sales will enjoy an orange julius and donut with Mrs. Osterhues.
  2. The student in the school with the highest number of sales will earn a MOA Nickolodean Universe unlimited ride wristband.

Thanks for doing your part to make this fundraiser a fantastic success!

Questions? Please call or email Kelly at 612.387.7140 or kellykelly517@gmail.com

Volunteer Opportunities

We have many great opportunities coming up and need your help. Please take a look at the following sign ups and help where you can.
Could you also help us out by asking your friends to get involved, too? You can even sign up with a friend if you’d like.

Art Adventure:

This is a great program with a training session in October (one session, 2 hours or so) and classroom time in November (2-3 visits in the classroom, 45 minutes or so per visit, depending on teacher’s schedule). Great way to get to know the teacher & students in your child’s class. Also fun way to present art.

Staff Buffets:

During conferences on 10/13 & 10/20 we provide a buffet for the teachers & staff. There are two sign-ups–one for each week. The first week is a taco bar & the second week is sandwiches. There is a variety of items to sign up for and many of them require very little or no prep. We have even added a cash donation option that will go toward any food items not supplied or decorations/supplies (we generally make mints or gum available also, the teachers appreciate that!). This was a request from a parent at our meeting last month. Thanks for the suggestion! We love new ideas!
This week’s 10/13 sign-up:
Next week’s 10/20 sign-up:


The Scholastic bookfair is also during conferences. The kids love the bookfair almost as much as they love cupcakes. The volunteering is either setup/tear down or cashering. Don’t be intimidated about cashering–Scholastic makes it very easy to sell books with a register & scanner that is simple to use.

Fall Fest:

Our Fall Fest is on the calender for November 4th! This is a fun free family event to get the community together and have some fun. We generally have bounce houses, a cake walk, games, crafts & dancing. Last year we offered food for purchase (pizza & hot dogs). We need help planning & organizing and have excellent notes from years past to help in the planning process. We were able to have almost all of the volunteers for the event from the high school. (Many high school kids need community service hours as a part of their sports teams, NHS, etc.) Please use the sign-up below to sign up for this activity. A planning meeting will be set by the end of the week. We need help planning in order to go ahead with the fall fest.
There are many many opportunities to get involved with the parent group. We are always looking for new ideas & excited to get more people involved. The parent group is about you! Be a part of it. Do you have a special skill or see a gap in what we do? Let us know and get involved. New ideas & people keep the group going and make things more fun!
Please take a look at the general sign-up to see what else we are involved in. We will also have board positions available next year & it’s not as scary as it sounds! It is actually quite a bit of fun to help plan the events and get to know the staff & students. (We used this sign-up to help parent see all the differents events for the entire school year. We then send out a more specific sign-up as the event gets closer.)

Parent Directory:

We are working on a parent directory. If you haven’t signed up, a laptop will be available in the office at conferences to sign up. Completed directories will be available at the end of October. Participation is voluntary, but it is the only way to get contact information about the students in your child’s class. The district does not put out a directory due to privacy issues.