Fine Arts Night: January 9

Students, parents, and friends are invited to join us for a celebration of the Fine Arts at Ross Elementary School on January 9, 2020 from 6-8 p.m.  Student artwork from grades K-6 will be on display in the hallways and in the cafeteria. We will have a STEAM activity in the cafeteria as well as musical performances in the auditorium.  The performance schedule will be:

Orchestra small group performance    6:00-6:15

Band small group performance        6:30-6:45

4th Grade Musical            7:15-7:45

Please join us for this family event to celebrate the creative achievements of our wonderful students!

North Hills “Love Your Melon” Beanies Available

Exciting news!!! Ross PTO is selling custom North Hills Love Your Melon beanies!!! Love Your Melon is a great company who donates a portion of each sale to fighting pediatric cancer. The beanies are made of red and white yarn with a custom gray patch that says NH. Each beanie is $32. Don’t wait- there are only 200 beanies in stock!! Pick up/ delivery details will be available once the beanies arrive the end of November. If you have any questions, please contact courtneyrohaly@gmail.com.

https://tools.ptoffice.com/Stores/North_Hills_Love_Your_Melon_Hats

BoxTops Submissions – Fall Deadline Monday, October 28

Please send in with your child any BoxTops you have collected by Monday, October 28th. We will be submitting clipped BoxTops for the upcoming November 1 Fall submission. 

If you haven’t already noticed, the program has gone digital! Attached you’ll find a flyer describing the new program and what you can do to continue participating in the program. We hope that you will find this new process quick and easy. The flyer even describes how we can double-dip during the transition period – earning our school even more bucks! 

Leighann Mozdzien and Kristin Pichora will be leading the BoxTops program for the 2019-2020 school year and will be announcing soon a the new program. Be sure to prepare for the program by checking out the attached flyer. 

Thanks!!

BoxTops Family Flyer (PDF)

Scholastic Book Fair

When?
Monday, November 4th, 12 – 8 pm
Tuesday, November 5th, 8:30 am – 4 pm

Where?
First grade Hallway

Stop by before or after conferences to stock up on books for your kids and holiday presents!

NEW this year….. STORY TIME in the library! Sign-in your child at the library, while you attend conferences. Pick your child up after to shop the Book Fair!

Bring your raffle ticket from conferences to enter a drawing to win free books!

Consider purchasing a book for your child’s teacher from their Wish List Bin.

If you are able to volunteer to help at the Book Fair (kids are welcome), please contact Lisa Weaver at 412-860-7793 to sign-up.

Welcome to Ross Elementary!

We are excited for the 2019–2020 school year and have a lot of wonderful events and volunteer opportunities planned.

The PTO is the Parent Teacher Organization. Everyone who has a child at Ross is automatically a member of the PTO. The PTO supports our teachers, students and school family in a variety of ways. We work from the start of the year with the Back to School Social to the end of the year Field Day, from big events like the Talent Show and Holiday Shoppe, to daily activities like Helping Hands and library volunteers. The PTO funds field trip buses for all 600 students and organizes and funds Author’s Day, teacher appreciation events, assemblies, yearbooks, school pictures, recess equipment, family movie night, book bingo, clubs, and much more. Our primary focus for this year will be working to update our playground by making the area and equipment more accessible to all children at Ross!

But we aren’t a PTO without YOU, the parents.

In order to stay up-to-date with our community, I recommend you “like” Ross Elementary PTO on Facebook and bookmark our website RossPTO.net. Most importantly, subscribe to the Ross E-link on the North Hills Website. ( https://www.nhsd.net/E-Link.aspx). Every week you will receive an email with information from Mr. Beall, the district and the PTO. The PTO will also send periodic emails from our online directory which will be live in early September.

The Ross PTO works to stretch every dollar that we receive to ensure that our funds go to support the students at the school and promote the best possible educational environment.

Our biggest and most exciting fundraiser will be our 3rd annual school-wide fun run. The Fun Run will take place on September 20. Each child will walk or run the track with their specific grade and can collect donations per lap. This event is a lot of fun for the students and has the potential to bring in a large portion of our fundraising goal for the year. We will also be holding one dining fundraiser each month, selling Easter candy and a few more exciting things.

In order to continue to provide the current level of PTO activities we must raise at least $75 per student, more for 5th and 6th graders. Tax deductible donations are always accepted in lieu of fundraising participation. If you would prefer to forego fundraising but would still like to help us reach our goal, checks can be made out to Ross PTO and will be collected via the front office.

Mark your calendars and join us for our fun family events:
• Back to school social – 8/16 (6-8PM)
• Book Fair – 11/4-11/5, 2/4-2/6
• Talent Show – 1/24
• Family Movie night – 2/28
• Book Bingo – 3/27
• PTO Meetings
o 9/4, 7PM
o 10/2, 7PM
o 2/28, 8PM (during family movie night intermission)
o 4/1 – 7PM

To run all of these great things, we are always in need of volunteers, we will be sending out volunteer opportunities soon via email. All volunteers will need to have their clearances on file with the office.

Please feel free to email us with any questions, comments or suggestions. We are looking forward to a great school year!

Best regards,
Erin Sekerak

2018-2019 PTO Contacts
Erin Sekerak, President
Catherine Regan, Treasurer
Courtney Rohaly, Past President and Fundraising Chair
Jamie Seelman, President Elect
Sharon Moran, Secretary
Jocelyn McCarty, Member-at-Large
Lisa Weaver, Member-at-Large
Denise Grandstaff, Member-at-Large
Bridget McCourt, Member-at-Large

Ross Parent Checklist

 -Meet other families at the Back to School social on Friday
 -Get your clearances into the office
https://www.nhsd.net/VolunteerClearances.aspx
 -Sign up for the weekly e-link https://www.nhsd.net/E-Link.aspx
 -Sign up to the Ross Elementary PTO Directory (will be out the first few weeks of school)
 -Bookmark our website www.rosspto.net
 -Like Ross Elementary PTO on Facebook
 -Join us for family events and meetings
 -Volunteer – library, parties, JA Day, events. Opportunities will be sent out soon via email
 -Ask us questions — we are here to help!

Back to School Social – August 16th 6-8pm

Join the PTO and Mr. Beall for a Back to School Social!!!

Kona Ice. Spiritwear sales. Fun giveaways. Information on clubs. Coach Dave Gray will be there to run games with the kids.

Don’t forget the Lego Drive – we will be collecting any new or used Legos that will be used for indoor recess. Any Lego donation will receive a raffle ticket for a prize raffle.

We will be on the gym side of the building.

Come join your classmates and kick off the start of school with fun!