Pardon our appearance!

We’re Updating for 2018-2019

Pardon our appearance at this time! We have plans for a new website for the 2018-19 school year. We will be posting to Facebook and sending emails from the directory as we work through this.

Any questions can be emailed to Thank you!!


Attention Class Party Volunteers!!

Anyone who is interested in volunteering for class parties – either as head homeroom parent or as a party volunteer, please read the instructions and fill out the form at:
You will need to fill out one form per child! (We know if takes an extra minute, but we want to be sure no one gets missed!)


Welcome back!

Hopefully everyone is having a great first week of school! Just a few quick reminders-
– our first PTO meeting will be held in the cafeteria on September 6 at 6:30
– our “Class of” t- shirt online store is up and running.
– look for your flyer for the Ross fall spirit sale that will run until September 10.


Ways to Contact Us

The best way to contact a member of the Ross PTO directly is by liking our “Ross Elementary PTO” facebook page and direct messaging us or posting on our page.  Our PTO members do not always see posts on the “Parents of North Hills School District” facebook page as we do not get notifications for those posts.  You can also email us at


Back to School Social

The Back to School Social will be held by the playground on August  from 5-7. Come grab a Kona Ice, play carnival games and chat with friends and teachers!!


Amazon Smile

Did you know the PTO earns money when you shop on AmazonSmile?

Visit to AmazonSmile and select Ross Elementary PTO (in Pittsburgh). Then whenever you shop on Amazon, log in from Amazon smile.
You can shop and we can earn money for assemblies, Field Day and field trip busses!


Teacher Appreciation Day

It is that time of year again – please click on the above link if you would like to bring something in on Wednesday May 10, 2017. Thank you!!!


6th Grade Chipotle Fundraiser

Show your team spirit by joining us for a fundraiser to support Ross Elementary PTO 6th grade committee.

Come in to the Chipotle at 4861 McKnight Rd in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, April 4th between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Ross Elementary PTO 6th grade committee.

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WANTED: Parent Volunteers

PTO Board Elections will be held at our May 19th General Meeting.  The following positions are up for Election.  Please submit a letter of intent to Allison Mathis at by May 5, 2017 if interested.

Board members are asking to attend monthly board meetings, communicate to other board members via email and attend/plan/volunteer at school functions as necessary

President (2 Year Term)
Short Description: 
Lead the PTO toward specific goals chosen by its members, consistent with the policies and purposes of the PTO. The president is the presiding officer and the official representative of the PTO. Manage the affairs of the PTO on a daily basis. Oversee the Executive Board including coordinating meetings and communications when necessary.  Work and communicate with the school and district administration. Average time commitment ranges between 5 hours per week up to 15 hours per week.

Treasurer (2 Year Term)
Short Description:  Provide financial support to all persons leading PTO and student council events. This includes picking up money and checks collected and taking it to the bank, writing checks to pay for events, and providing any change needed when the event involves cash transactions. The PTO Treasurer is responsible for ensuring proper signed documentation is provided when any deposit or request for cash is made. Enter all financial data into Quickbooks (accounting software). Print reports each month and present results at the Board and General PTO meetings.  Work with all interested parties to create an annual budget. Enter into Quickbooks.  Reconcile bank accounts monthly. Ensure insurance is renewed once term is completed. Provide all financial detail to external accounting company. Provide all financial detail to external accounting company.

Secretary (2 Year Term)
Short Description: Take and keep record of minutes and sign in sheets for all board and general meetings. Manage additional communications.


March 24 – Family movie night

Family Movie Night will be on Friday, March 24th at 7PM in the Ross Auditorium. This is a free event. We provide popcorn and lemonade. Raffles will be done during a brief intermission.
Thank you all for voting for what we will watch. Ross Elementary picked “The Goonies” rated PG.
See you at the theatre!


It’s time to order your yearbook!

We are taking yearbook orders – Deadline is Friday March 24….the easiest way to order is online at with

Yearbook ID code 11849017.

Order forms will be coming home later this week if you would rather submit a CHECK instead – NO CASH

Any questions please contact Catherine Regan at


Box Tops Contest Extended!

The second classroom contest for Box Tops has been extended – the final day for submission will be Wednesday, February 15th. There will be a fun reward for the classroom collecting the most Box Tops during this contest.
Don’t forget to collected from family, friends, neighbors and co-workers! Please check out to enter contests for our school to win bonus Box Tops and visit for more information on the program.


Family Movie Night 2017!


Family Movie Night will be on Friday, March 24th at 7PM. This is a free event. We provide popcorn and lemonade. Raffles will be done during a brief intermission.

Help us pick the movie we will be watching this year. All of the details about the movies are available at  The choices are:

  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (PG)
  • Space Jam (PG)
  • The Goonies (PG)
  • Wreck it Ralph (PG)

Voting will take place until 2/27.


Winter Holiday Parties


Winter holiday classroom parties will be held on Dec 22 at 2PM.

All volunteers must have their clearances on file with the front office.

Party volunteers may enter the building through the main entrance and wait in the library.  The HHP can go to the classrooms at 1:50PM. No additional parents can be in the room until 2PM. Parties will last until 3:15PM. Parents will be allowed to sign their children out and take them at the party’s end.

The front doors will be open promptly at 1:30.
If you choose to send a treat bag for students, please be sure it only contains non-food items.



Theater Club Registration 

Classes are open to all students grades 2nd through 6th and will be held on Wednesdays beginning January 11, 2017.

Kids Theater Club (2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades) from 5 to 6 p.m.

Kid’s Theater Club is a workshop uniquely designed for the child who would like to explore may different areas of theater.  Each week a new theater adventure is presented.  Pantomime, mime, skits, magic, commercials, theater games, improvisations, role playing and acting are some of the theater forms we will cover.  A presentation showing what the students have learned each week will be demonstrated at the end of the workshops.  Costumes will be provided.

Lights, Curtain, Act (5th and 6th grades) from 6:15 to 7:30

Lights, Curtain, Act is a basic acting class specifically designed to introduce students to a variety of acting styles including leading roles and supporting roles. This workshop will explore scenes from The Music Man, Our Town, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Annie, Camelot, Heidi, Diary of Anne Frank and others.  Each student will work on perfecting monologue.  After all material has been explored and tested, students will select the scene they feel will best challenge their acting ability and will work intently on perfecting specific scenes for performance night.

Price:  $85 to ANNIE SNYDER and $15 Registration fee (per family) to ROSS ELEMENTARY PTO

The conclusion of the workshops shall result in all the students presenting a show on

Friday, March 31, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Ross Elementary School Auditorium

Email questions to Amanda Veiga at or call Lee Anne Langhurst at 412-401-7484


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Fundraising information

The PTO recognizes that there are multiple fundraisers that have started recently or will be starting soon. Here is a brief summary of those fundraisers:

The Butter Braids fundraiser is a school wide PTO fundraiser and orders are due tomorrow. If you have any questions, please contact The PTO would like to thank everyone who participated in this fundraiser!

Forms went out this week for a Holiday Plant Sale. This fundraiser is NOT a PTO fundraiser. This sale benefits the 5th grade who decided to get a jump start on their 6th grade fundraising for next year. Anyone is welcome to participate in this sale. All profits will go directly to the 5th grade class. If your child is not in 5th grade and wishes to have their sales go directly to a specific member of the 5th grade, or if you have any questions regarding this sale, please contact Jena Simpson

Holiday Shoppe and Scholastic Book Fair will be next week during conference days, November 7 and 8. Feel free to stop in and shop!

Apparel sale forms will be coming home with students very soon. This sale is run through the PTO and orders will be delivered before Christmas.

If anyone has any questions feel free to contact Thanks again for your support!!


Chipotle Fundraiser on October 3!

Support Ross!

Don’t forget to support Ross Elementary by visiting Chipotle on October 3.  Mention this flyer to make sure Ross gets the credit for your visit!

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Student Council Fundraisers

The Ross Elementary Student Council has decided to raise money for  the March of Dimes, the North Hills community, and the Make-A-Wish foundation this year.

1st Annual Ross Elementary Trophy Naming Contest — October 3-7

The Ross Elementary Student Council will be presenting a trophy after each fundraiser to the winning homeroom. The students will have the opportunity to decorate it however they choose. Our first order of business is to give the trophy a name. Cost is $0.25 per entry. Place as many entries as you like. The name must be TWO WORDS in length. The student with the winning entry will have their name engraved on the trophy.

March of Dimes Time — October 17-28

What time is it? It’s MARCH OF DIMES TIME! Each classroom will be given a pumpkin to collect as many dimes (and only dimes) as they can during the course of the week. All proceeds benefit the March of Dimes. The winning classroom will claim the coveted Ross Elementary holiday trophy.

Turkey Decorating Contest — November 2-18

The turkeys have returned! You may not remember this fundraiser, but I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. Take home your turkey, decorate it with your family, cut it out, and return it along with $1.00 to the Ross Elementary lobby by November 18. The lobby will be filled with beautiful turkeys. For $0.25, you can buy a raffle ticket and cast your vote for the turkey you like the best. The owner of the turkey that receives the most votes will receive a gift certificate, and the winner’s homeroom will claim the Ross Elementary holiday trophy.

Make-A-Wish and Pamela’s Raffle — December 1-2

Four lucky winners will accompany the Ross Elementary Student Council to present the check to Make-A-Wish on the radio on Friday, December 16, at 10:30 a.m. Will you be one of those lucky winners? Well, tickets are only $0.25 each. Buy as many as you like. After the radio broadcast on Wish 99.7 FM, we will head to Pamela’s for breakfast. Get your raffle tickets now!

Teacher May I Week — December 5-9

Would it really be the holidays without this Ross Elementary Classic? Each day during the week, your child’s homeroom teacher will choose an activity for the class to do. No homework passes? Healthy snacks in class? These are just a few of our favorites. You’ll have to wait and see. The classroom raising the most money will claim the Ross Elementary holiday trophy.

Holiday Snowman Decorating Contest— December 12-20

The Turkeys have competition. Here come the HOLIDAY SNOWMEN! Take home your snowman and decorate it with your family. Bring the decorated snowman back to Ross Elementary by Tuesday, December 20, along with $1.00, to enter the contest. Please remember to write your name and homeroom number on the back. The snowmen will be displayed throughout the school, and students may vote on them in the morning. Each vote is only $0.25. The owner of the snowman receiving the most votes will receive a gift certificate, and the winner’s homeroom will claim the Ross Elementary holiday trophy.


PTO Student Directory Forms and Orders Due Sept. 30th.

Don’t miss out!  Parents use the directory to set-up play dates, plan birthday parties, and connect with each other. Information forms will be going home in backpacks this week to be reviewed and returned by Friday, September 30th.

There is no cost to be included in the directory. However, we will publish printed directories in October at a cost of $5 per copy. If you would like to order a printed copy, when you return your form include $5, or a check made out to “Ross Elementary PTO.

The Ross Elementary PTO provides this directory for the sole use of families of Ross Elementary students. Use of the directory is prohibited by anyone to contact all or part of the Ross Elementary school families in order to solicit business or espouse a cause. If you do not want to have your child’s information included, please check the box on the form and return it to the school. If you have any questions about the directory, please contact Lisa Foltyn at (412) 759-2879, or via email at

Once again, thank you for your support of the Ross PTO, and enjoy the new school year at Ross!


Business Partnership Program

We are thankful to the many businesses that have been so supportive of the children in our school for so many years. Last year we are launched a new Business Partnership Program, to better coordinate our fundraising efforts and provide a better mechanism for recognizing our amazing business partners.

The Ross Elementary PTO supports the education of children at Ross Elementary School. Ross PTO sponsors and coordinates numerous after school clubs, Author’s Day, Teacher Appreciation activities, and Holiday parties. We shelve books, organize Field Day and pay for field trip buses for our students. We stretch every dollar to ensure that our funds go to support the students at the school and promote the best possible educational environment. We believe that a strong Ross Elementary community helps support a strong North Hills community.

This year we want to formally acknowledge our business partners, and grow our business partner program. We invite you to become a Ross PTO Business Partner and let us recognize your support among the families of our school. Attached is a business partnership form that details our sponsorship levels. We would like to recognize your support in our Student Directory, at our monthly PTO member meetings, and on the Internet. In 2013 we launched a new and improved PTO website that has become an important information source for our families. Check it out at

If you are a business owner or know a business owner who would like to be involved in the Partnership Program, please contact Courtney Rohaly at

Thank you for your interest.

Ross PTO Board

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