Scholastic Book Fair

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

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 Most importantly, subscribe to the Ross E-link on the North Hills Website. ( 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
 -Sign up for the weekly e-link
 -Sign up to the Ross Elementary PTO Directory (will be out the first few weeks of school)
 -Bookmark our website
 -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!

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 @