Fun Run 2021

Ready? Set? Go!

The Fun Run will kick off the 2021-2022 fundraising year Friday, September 24 (rain date Friday, October 1). Each student will have the opportunity to walk or run the track with their grade for 30 minutes.

The Fun Run is a very special Ross fundraiser because 100% of the money raised goes directly back into the school! Pledges can be collected per lap or as a flat rate. Each student will have their laps counted and their lap total will be sent home with them. Pledge sheets, with the funds raised, are due Friday, October 8.

Please be sure your child has a water bottle labeled with their name, a shirt on that closely represents their class color (list below), and sunscreen applied if desired. If your child’s school shirt no longer fits, please have them wear a shirt that is in the same color family as their previous PTO-provided shirt. If you don’t have a shirt in their class color, don’t stress, any shirt will do!

Shirt colors by grade:

  • Kindergarten- White (just for the Fun Run, not your permanent class color)
  • 1st- Bright Green (their school shirts from last year should still work)
  • 2nd- Periwinkle Blue
  • 3rd- Orange
  • 4th- Olive Green
  • 5th- Maroon

Let us know if you have any questions at

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

5th/6th Grade Activity Night Cancelled

Hi Ross Families,

We hope that you are all staying safe and healthy.

The Spring Activity Night will not take place on Friday April 17 as planned.  If we are able to reschedule to a later date we will notify everyone as soon as possible.  In the meantime, any student who has already submitted forms and money will be given back what they turned in as soon as we are able to get back into school.

We will keep you informed as we know more.

The Ross PTO

All Ross PTO Events Cancelled

Hi Ross families,

In light of NHSD closing, all Ross PTO activities — clubs, dance, Running Club, Book Bingo — are cancelled until school is reopened. We will send an updated schedule of PTO activities when we know more.

Please wash your hands and we will see you when school reopens!

Erin Sekerak
Ross PTO President

Order your Celebration of Learning dinner now! (Thursday, 2/6)

Get your orders in so you don’t have to cook dinner the night of the Celebration of Learning!!

Ross’ 5th grade is sponsoring this year’s café at the Celebration of Learning, Thursday, February 6th.  Ready-to-eat Peppi’s subs, Remo’s Salads and Adrian’s Pizza are all available for pre-order. You can eat in the cafeteria or take them home!  All orders must be turned in no later than January 17. 

In addition to the ready to eat items listed above, you can also pre-order famous Jimmy and Nino Sunseri’s Monster and Atomic Pepperoni Rolls.  These can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days or frozen and reheated.

There will also be other goodies available that evening to purchase to compliment your order.  The 5th grade class thanks you for your participation!

Checks or cash accepted. Make checks payable to Ross PTO. Questions Email:

Thank you for supporting the 5th grade in their final year at Ross!

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