The Gingerbread Fair is 3 weeks away and organizing is underway! Friday December 8th 3:30 – 7pm.
For those of you who are new to the school, the Gingerbread Fair is a school fundraiser and one heck of a party. It’s a great way to for us to connect and celebrate our school community. Funds raised at the event are used to enrich our students’ experience at OOOPS through extra programming and new equipment.
The school will be transformed into a winter wonderland with lots of fun activities and games for the kids, a bake table overflowing with goodies, a dance party, facepainting, raffle baskets and a visit from the Gingerbread Fairy. We’re changing things up a bit this year – the gym will be setup for families to enjoy hot dinner, treats and company together at communal tables. The stage will feature live music from the OOOPS community. A marketplace will be setup for the evening as well, with crafty contributions made by OOOPS parents and kids, at price points that allow kids to do some shopping for their families and friends.
With your help, the Gingerbread Fair will be a magical evening and a great success!
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Support you Class Rep Class Reps will be reaching out to fellow classroom parents to delegate responsibilities. Each class has been asked to run an event or take charge of part of the fair’s festivities. Please see list below at the bottom of this post.
RAFFLE BASKET DONATIONS:
We’re looking for a variety of contributions – gifts cards and certificates, gourmet foodstuffs, treats, wine & beer, toys, art supplies, books, movie passes, bath & beauty products, games, electronic devices… Something for the musician, the athlete, the bookworm, the game player, the gardener, the chef etc. Please consider purchasing something for the baskets while you’re out doing your own holiday shopping. Also, if you have connections through work, community businesses etc for donations, that would be great – this includes big ticket, stand alone raffle items. Collection boxes will be setup in classrooms. Contributions can also be dropped off in the front office for safe lock up.
A highlight of the event is our showpiece bake table. Please consider trotting out your best treats (nut free) for the table. Gingerbread, squares, cookies, cake pops and more. Gluten free items also welcome.
A hot meal will be served up, and we rely on parents to help us with the spread. We’re looking for cooks to donate large batches of things like, noodles and tomato sauce, mac n’ cheese, chili, lasagna, pulled pork or whatever you’re good at. If you have restaurant connections for donated dishes, these would also be welcome.
WINE OR WATER:
A Gingerbread Fair favourite needs donated bottles of wine. Please consider donating a bottle to keep the game going all night long. Donated wine is being collected in the front office now. Also, if you happen to have a winery/brewer connection for donated wine (or craft beer) for the game, please contact the class rep for Room 18.
OOOPS parents are invited to donate small, homemade crafts & ornaments to sell at a Craft Marketplace. Consider hosting a craft bee with a couple of friends or your kids, or making a few extra crafts on your own. All proceeds raised from the sale of donated crafts will go directly to the school.
Musicians & Singers Students, parents, grandparents, teachers, and all OOOPS staff are invited to perform. Come sing a song, or play a few songs – either backed up by our house band or play your own instruments. This is a live music event, so no Karaoke performances with sound tracks for back up. All styles and abilities are welcome!
Time to roll up your sleeves and pitch in to help make the magic happen!
Any questions or ideas please contact your Class Rep, or Event Co-Leads. Contact information for the leads, class reps and other volunteers are included in the email circulated today.
CLASSROOM GINGERBREAD FAIR ASSIGNMENTS:
Room 9 HOT DRINKS & FACEPAINTING
Room 10 KIDS ACTIVITIES & GAMES
Room 11 BAKE TABLE
Rooms 12 and 19 FOOD CAFE
Room 15 GINGERBREAD FAIRY VISIT
Room 16 CRAFT MARKETPLACE
Room 18 WINE & WATER GAME + PHOTOBOOTH
Rooms 20 and 301 FRONT HALLWAY & GYM DECOR
Room 21 KIDS HOLIDAY BINGO
Room 22 KIDS CRAFT MAKING
Room 302 RAFFLE BASKETS
Please reach out to your class rep for more information.