PTO Welcome letter for 2020-2021

Dear Ross Elementary Family,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! The Ross Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) greatly misses seeing all the smiling faces of our Ross Elementary school community, but we know together we will make this year wonderful despite the challenges.

We remain committed to supporting our students, teachers, and families during this new school year, although the role the PTO plays this year will certainly look very different from previous years. In the past the PTO has organized and funded socials, assemblies, movie nights, fairs, and clubs to enrich the school experience for our students. Due to the many restrictions caused by the current health crisis, we cannot currently offer many of these fun events; however, the PTO is finding new and important ways to continue to support and enhance our students’ educational experience.

This year the PTO is funding the school’s subscription to BrainPOP, SpellingCity and Flocabulary. These resources serve as valuable instruction tools for our teachers and also make learning virtually more fun for our students. The PTO is also funding OverDrive access for our students, which will allow students to check out library books virtually to read on their iPads. It is our hope that these programs will enrich our students’ education both at home and in school when we are able to return to the classroom.

We were also pleased to be able to honor and thank our wonderful teachers with a Teacher Appreciation Lunch. The PTO provided boxed lunches and a small Target gift card to each teacher during the first week of school to help as they set up their classrooms and prepared their instruction plans for the school year.

This year, due to the current COVID restrictions, we will be delaying school pictures until the Spring of 2021. In the meantime, if you would like to get pictures of your child, children, or family anytime this fall or over the holiday season Jim Scott from Scott Studio will offer in person individual studio sessions. His studio is located at 8301 Perry Highway and all of his information can be found on his website or you can contact him directly at 412-630-4620 to set up an appointment.

We are in the process of working with the school district to create a directory so Ross students and families can stay in touch, even while we are learning from home. This directory should be available very soon, so stay tuned for more information shortly.

Please be certain to “like” the Ross Elementary PTO Facebook page and subscribe to the Ross E-Link on the North Hills Website to stay up-to-date on PTO news and information.

We miss you and cannot wait until we can all be back in school together and doing all the fun activities we love to do! Until then, we are here supporting our school community in any way we can. We hope you all have a healthy and happy start to the school year – we know it will be a great one!

Best Regards,
Erin Sekerak
PTO President

The directory is available!

Don’t miss out!  Parents use the directory to set-up play dates, plan birthday parties, and connect with each other.  There is no cost to be included in the directory.


Please use the link below to enter your family information and select what is visible in the directory. This information can be updated by you over the school year at any time. You can also elect to be on the PTO mailing list to receive occasional emails reminding you about PTO events.


This year we will be using an online directory. We will provide families access at a cost of $7 per family.  You will be able to purchase directory access from the store online once you verify your information.


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 remove your information online using the above link or contact us at


Once again, thank you for your support of the Ross PTO! If you have any questions about the directory, please contact us at




Fun Run Details

The school wide Fun Run will be held next Friday September 21 (rain date Friday September 28). Each student will have the opportunity to walk or run the track with their grade for 30 minutes.

Pledges can be collected per lap or as a flat rate. A volunteer will tally the laps and send the information home. The Fun Run funds assemblies, field trip busses, Field Day and we are working to replace the playground with new equipment that is safe and fun!

Please send your child to school that day with a water bottle labeled with their name and apply sunscreen if desired. Our theme is North Hills so please dress your child in red or NH gear. 

Everyone had a great time last year and we are looking forward to another successful run this year! Let us know if you have any questions!

Spiritwear Pop-up Sale!

We have had some requests to buy spirit wear and are going have a sale on Monday from after school until 6PM.

If you would like to purchase a North Hills shirt from our PTO, we have a $10 cotton t shirt or a $20 3/4 sleeve performance shirt available with or without the mascot. Pictures will be posted on

If you cannot make that time, reply to this email and we can send home the order with your children once we receive payment. Thank you!

Picture Day

Picture Day is coming!  All students will have their picture taken on Friday October 5, 2018 and make-up day will be Thursday October 18, 2018.  Students who wish to purchase pictures should fill out an order form and bring it back on Picture Day.  Order forms will be distributed to teacher mailboxes one week prior to Picture Day so keep an eye out for them in your child’s folder.

If you have any questions please contact Catherine Regan @