Scrip 101 - How You Can Buy Me Buffalo Wild Wings

Disclaimer - This is a 2 part series.  Part 2 will consist of my real life experiences on how I use scrip, and how you can too.  Stay tuned...

Part 1

You've read the Facebook posts, looked over the paperwork your child has brought home from school; perhaps even stumbled upon our website to figure out what this Scrip thing is all about.  You think about it, but then decide it's not for you because "it seems complicated", or "it's too much work".  

I'll admit it, if this is something very new to you, it may seem overwhelming at first.  Heck I remember the first time I saw Windows 8...I was clueless.  But what if someone could dummy this down for you and explain it, or perhaps even show you how to do it.  Would that make you grab a cup of coffee and continue reading?  I hope so...

Step 1 - Sign up for Scrip 2 ways

1.  Fill out the Scrip form which you may obtain from the school office, print it off from our website www.friendsofwinskill.org, or return the form that was sent home with your child.  All checks will need to be made out to Friends of Winskill.  

or

2.   Visit www.shopwithscrip.com

  •      Click "Register"
  •     "Join Your Group's Existing Program"
  •      Enrollment Code CBFA3L344L541    

I choose the online way which is how I use and plan on using Scrip.  Let's continue...

Step 2 - How to Pay

Next you need to figure out how you want to pay for the gift cards.  You may send a check to Friends of Winskill, or sign up for PrestoPay(recommended, quicker).  

PrestoPay is sort of like Paypal for Scrip.  When you sign up for PrestoPay, you need to enter in your bank routing number and account number.  Don't worry, everything is very secure.  To verify your account information, you will need to wait 1-2 business days for PrestoPay to communicate with your bank.  Once everything is ready, you'll notice 2 very small deposits into your checking/savings account.  You'll need to know the values of these to finalize your PrestoPay account.  

How to Finalize...

  • Go to www.shopwithscrip.com and login with your username and password
  • Click on Dashboard
  • Click on PrestoPay 
  • Enter the 2 deposit amounts that were in your bank account
  • If successful, you'll receive a PrestoPay approval code
  • Email the approval code to scrip@friendsofwinskill.org
  • Once we have the approval code, you may begin shopping!

I signed up for PrestoPay, which was very easy and I was shopping within 2 days...

Step 3 - Ordering Gift Cards

First off, you need to know what different types of Gift cards you can purchase.  Let's look at them...

  1. Regular Gift Card - If ordered via shopwithscrip.com or via turning in a form, you'll receive the card from our Scrip coordinator once we receive them(they do not get mailed to you directly, rather to the Scrip coordinator.  We may have gift cards on hand, so check with our scrip coordinator at scrip@friendsofwinskill.org or at the Winskill office.
  2. ScripNow E-Cards (S)- These are electronic gift cards.  You'll receive the e-cards almost instantly and will be available in your Scrip Wallet.  You can print these e-cards off and present them at checkout.  If printing is a hassle for you, you can just pull up your e-card on your smartphone via www.shopwithscrip.com.  Most e-cards are accepted by showing them your phone, but certain stores still don't allow this.  To find out if you can use your smartphone, look for 
  Notice where it says Printed eCard required for redemption.  This means this eCard needs to be printed out to be used.    

 

Notice where it says Printed eCard required for redemption.  This means this eCard needs to be printed out to be used.

 

 

      3.  Reload Cards (R) - Once bought from www.shopwithscrip.com, you may "load" them back up with money.  You can specify any denomination.  If you login and load the card with by 2:30pm CST, your card will be ready to use the following day.  

      4.  ReloadNow Cards (RN) - These are the same as Reload cards, but the cards can be reloaded within seconds and ready to use if you use PrestoPay.  All Reload cards are not always available for ReloadNow.  

Now that you know what types of cards you can purchase, let's purchase one!

  1. Go to www.shopwithscrip.com
  2. Click Login at the top, and enter your username and password
  3. If you know what store you are looking for, you may enter it in the Search box.  Otherwise you can click on Shop to look through all the different brands.  
  4. If you find a brand you like, hover over it to see what card options are available
Notice here that Physical Gift Card is the left option, ScripNow Ecard is the middle option, and Reload is the right option.  You will need to click on the Reload to see if ReloadNow is available    

Notice here that Physical Gift Card is the left option, ScripNow Ecard is the middle option, and Reload is the right option.  You will need to click on the Reload to see if ReloadNow is available

 

 

If you clicked on the Reload option, you'll now notice that Buffalo Wild Wings only has the Reload option, not ReloadNow.

If you clicked on the Reload option, you'll now notice that Buffalo Wild Wings only has the Reload option, not ReloadNow.

 

I am going to choose the ScripNow option.  I'm ready to eat some wings!

     5.  I selected ScripNow ECard, now I just enter in the denomination of how much($10 increments)

     6.  Select Add to Cart

     7.  If you are done shopping, you can click on your cart in the upper right corner.  If you are not done          shopping, continue to search and add cards.

     8.  Checking out - Verify the cards you are ordering, and make sure to select PrestoPay in Payment Options

     9.  Click Submit Now

There is a very small Convenience Fee associated with PrestoPay.  Once you submit the order, the ecard will be in your Scrip Wallet in a matter of seconds.  Friends of Winskill then receives the Rebate Amount.  In this case, $8.  

There is a very small Convenience Fee associated with PrestoPay.  Once you submit the order, the ecard will be in your Scrip Wallet in a matter of seconds.  Friends of Winskill then receives the Rebate Amount.  In this case, $8.  

      

Not so hard was it?  Friends of Winskill just received $8 for me ordering a gift card for somewhere that I already was going to go.  Ok I go there all the time.   So where does this E-card go?  Let me show you...

If you go back to the Dashboard on www.shopwithscrip.com, you then can select Wallet.  This will display all of your E-cards and Reloads.  Here you are also able to Reload your cards.

If you click on ScripNow cards you have purchased(in this example, Target ScripNow) you'll see an image of the actual gift card and Gift Card Number, and in this case, Access Number

If you click on ScripNow cards you have purchased(in this example, Target ScripNow) you'll see an image of the actual gift card and Gift Card Number, and in this case, Access Number

 

Now I can either print this card off and use it in store, or I can use it online at Target.com.  In this case, I used it online.  When I went to checkout at Target.com, I entered in this Gift card information and it was subtracted from my bill.  Now where's the Staples easy button at?  I need to press it...

I've shown you how you can sign up for scrip, how you can order cards, and a brief summary of how you can utilize them.  Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series as I detail my real life scenarios of how I use scrip, and how you can too.  

For more information, make sure to visit our Scrip page

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Request a Request Form

What a start to the 2014 school year!  I know the Winskill children are already filling their brains with knowledge as my daughter has come home from school everyday and wanted to go straight to bed!  I say NO NO NO...YOU HAVE HOMEWORK!  She's not amused.

It's hard getting children back into school mode.  Heck all summer long they have had the luxury of swimming pools, soccer, t-ball, campfires, vacations, etc...  So when I say "You need to eat your supper, do your homework, and go to bed" , they are not super thrilled about getting up and going to school in the morning.  I know because I remember those days...

So how can we fix this?  How can Friends of Winskill help make children want to go to school everyday?  Make them want to learn?

There is no definite answer, but we can help give them the resources and opportunities to do so.  In years past, the teachers and administration of Winskill Elementary have asked the Friends of Winskill to purchase items for the classroom, school, events...etc.  We have always been more than happy to do so.  This year though, we are making one change in that we are implementing an official Request Form for teachers and staff to fill out first. 

"How do I Request a Request Form?"

  • You may download and print it HERE
  • A school-wide email was sent out with the request form
  • You may obtain it in the Winskill Office

"Where do I send the Request Form when I have filled it out?"

"When will my request form be reviewed?"

  • Your request will be reviewed whenever the board members gather, or at the next Friends of Winskill Meeting
  • If it is an urgent request, please email the Friends of Winskill and we will respond to it quickly.


If you have any questions, you may email us at friendsofwinskill13@gmail.com

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Friends of Winskill webmaster

 

 

 

Remind Me

Winskill Elementary is excited to announce a new way to stay informed and up-to-date with what's happening at Winskill!  Want to get notified of things like school closings, reminders, and important dates right to your phone?  Now you can, using Remind!

You can join the Winskill Family Remind group two ways...

  1. Text the following code:  @winskill to 703-988-6434
  2. You can also subscribe by going to www.remind.com/join/winskill

Your phone number will not be shared.  By joining Remind, you are choosing to receive push notifications, SMS, or email.  Text messaging charges may apply.

If you have questions, please contact Principal Whitford at 723-4066 ext. 101

The New Adventures of old Blogging

As the beginning of the 2014-15 school year approaches, I can't help but say I'm excited.  Now I know I'm not the only person who says that.  I know every teacher is excited for the adventure of a new class of students.  Every parent is excited for their children just to be out of their hair during the week.  For me, well, it's the excitement of seeing some of the teachers using blogging to express their classroom this school year.

A lot of us have started a blog perhaps once in our life...Joined Blogger, or Wordpress, and thought "hey, I have a lot to say".  You start blogging in the beginning, but then before you know it it's been 2 months since your last post.  You then think "well I can't make a post now, it would seem out of the blue".  Your days of blogging were over.  I know because I am one of those people.

Well with some of the Winskill teachers starting their own blog for their classroom this year, it's got me thinking how I could help inspire with a Friends of Winskill blog.  I plan on sharing lot of ideas and activities that the Friends of Winskill will be apart of in the 2014-15 school year.  

So Yes, I'm excited to learn all about what the children of Winskill are accomplishing everyday through the eyes of Mr. Addison's Blog, Mrs. Sperle's Blog, and Mrs. Bussan's Blog.  Hopefully more teachers to follow soon!  

 

 

School Registration

During registration on Aug 12 & 13, Friends of Winskill will have information about upcoming events including Outdoor Movie Night to be held on August 28th at 8:00 pm and this years' clothing order forms will be available.  Please stop by.  We will also have two raffles that families can sign up for.  If you donate a school supply to the school (to be kept for those who run out during the year), you can sign up to win a $25 Kwik Trip Gift Card.  Also, if you volunteer to help with a Friends of Winskill Event throughout the year, you can sign up to win another $25 Kwik Trip Gift Card.  We will also have pens and magnets to give away. 

 

We are excited to kick start the new year and hope for more parent involvement this year.  Thank you for supporting Friends of Winskill.

What Would You Say ya do Here...?

With the school year coming to an end shortly, we'd like to say Thank You to all of the supports of Friends of Winskill who made this a wonderful year.  It takes the dedication of  parents, teachers, administrators, and friends to put together some of the events/activities/fundraisers that we had. 

Through out the year your child was bringing home fundraising pamphlets, such as the Little Caesars pizza kits, Schwan's, Lancaster clothing order, Kwik Trip Scrip Gift Cards. 

You may ask yourself  "Where does all the money from the fundraisers go to?" or "Why should I help fundraise?" 

With fundraising, we were able to pay for, or help pay for

IPads
Classroom cameras
$100 to each classroom for supplies
A new microphone for the Gym
1st Grade T-shirts
New staff baskets and T-shirts
Freeze pops for hot days
Snow shovels
Snow sleds
Snow packing bricks
Snacks for the WKCE testing
Book racks and magazine subscriptions for the lunchroom
4th Grade dictionaries

We were able to help with...

Science assembly
Homework Club
Specials weeks(Teachers appreciation, Week of the Young Child, etc.)

We were able to organize...

5K Race for Education
Harvest Festival Parade
Family Movie Night
The Sock Hop
End of Year Carnival



None of this would be possible without fundraising.  Remember, the Kwik Trip Gift Card program will continue through out the summer and into next year.  You may stop up at the Winskill office to purchase the gift cards. 

We are always looking for more parent involvement to help with events/activities.  If you would like to know how you can help, you can send an email to info@friendsofwinskill.org