Ironton Elementary School
Parent Teacher Organization
Whether you are new or returning to Ironton Elementary, we welcome you to the 2012/2013 school year! The PTO is hoping that all of our Ironton families will join in the excitement of the new school year and become involved! Your help and support is welcomed and needed in order for the PTO to have a positive influence upon the quality of our children’s educational experience. Please consider volunteering for the PTO! We are looking for dedicated and caring people – people just like you!
What role does the PTO play at Ironton Elementary? The PTO sponsors numerous events throughout the school year such as assemblies, field trips, class parties, field days, holiday socials, a skating party, and a spring family picnic. The PTO also supports many projects such as maintaining the garden, making charitable donations, as well as purchasing library books, 5th grade graduation gifts and educational and school equipment. We provide an Ironton folder for each student and an absentee magnet and Ironton note pad for each new student. Continuing students are welcome to request a new note pad and magnet as the need arises. Families are encouraged to use the note pad as a tool to communicate with their child’s teacher(s) and with the office staff.
The PTO welcomes parents, guardians, and grandparents to attend the monthly meetings. Our first meeting will be Thursday, September 13th at 9:15 am. Please take the opportunity to attend the meetings that best fit your schedule.
PTO Membership: We encourage all parents to make a difference by becoming members of the PTO – even if you are unable to volunteer! Membership enables a parent/guardian to be committee chair, be a room parent, to vote in officer elections, and most importantly, it generates money that is used for school activities that benefit our children. Membership remains at a nominal donation of $5.00 per family. Each Ironton student of a family that joins the PTO membership will be entered into a monthly drawing to win a $1.00 voucher good at The Corral (school store). Although the membership drive begins in September, memberships will be accepted throughout the school year. Staff and teachers are also encouraged to join the PTO. A separate one-time drawing will be held for staff and teachers during the October PTO meeting.
There are many opportunities for you to become involved this school year. Whether you can volunteer your time during the day or evening, at school or at home, there is an opportunity just waiting for you! You can volunteer to help at an event or with a committee in three ways:
- Fill out the enclosed membership form & return it to school;
- Sign up in the cafeteria during the PTO Social & Open House;
- Contact the committee chairperson directly using the contact information on the enclosed directory.
Please take this invitation personally and become involved with the IEPTO! Thank you in advance for your support and interest!
IEPTO Monthly Meeting Minutes September 2012
IEPTO October Minutes 2012 October 2012
IEPTO november minutes 2012 November 2012
There are many opportunities for you to become involved at Ironton! If you are interested in sharing your time and talent with the Ironton community, please sign up for the committee(s) that interest you on the included membership form or in the cafeteria during Open House. Descriptions of each committee are listed below. Should you have any questions regarding a committee, please contact the appropriate chairperson (see enclosed directory). Additional opportunities arise during the school year – attend the meetings, read the e-communication emails and check the PTO link to stay posted.
The always popular Book Fair events are held in October, February & May. Be sure to check the school calendar for the exact dates. A Family Fun Night kicks off the October and February Book Fair. Volunteers are needed to help students with book selections, to ring up student book sales and to set up and clean up the book displays.
Each holiday season the PTO hosts a Holiday Shoppe for children to purchase small items for family and friends. The Holiday Shoppe is provided as a service to the students – it is NOT a fundraiser. Volunteers are needed to help children select gifts during shopping hours and to help set up and tear down the shoppe.
Ironton cares about our community and enjoys helping others! This committee is involved with the holiday Giving Tree and scholarship awards.
The PTO coordinates a skating party each year in early spring at Skateaway of Whitehall Family Skating Center. This event is open to Ironton students. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time during lunch at school or at the door the night of the event. A parent or other responsible adult MUST REMAIN at Skateaway during the event. Volunteers are needed to sell tickets during lunch and to check students in at the door the night of the event. You can volunteer for either one or both tasks.
Ironton Family Picnic
Our annual Spring Family Picnic is held each May. This family oriented picnic typically features a DJ, the Ryan Zawada Basket Raffle, individual and group games, and of course, great food! Volunteers are needed to help with set up, clean up, food and games.
The PTO provides refreshments at many school functions and events. Baked or bought treats are always appreciated.
Volunteers are needed to help verify, separate and distribute orders for the Market Day, poinsettia, Yankee Candle, and KidStuff Book sales, to load the clothing drive truck, and to assist with Family Portrait Night. You can help with one or as many as you wish!
A room parent is selected for each classroom. Those who volunteer for this position will have their name placed in a random drawing by classroom. The parent who “wins” the drawing will serve as the classroom coordinator working with the teacher to organize special events in the classroom. The room parent is also a liaison between the PTO and the teacher and as such is expected to be an active member of the PTO, including meeting attendance when possible.
The PTO publishes a newsletter several times a year called the Pony Express. This newsletter is packed with need to know information as well as student work. Be sure to read this great reference tool. It’s a good way to stay connected to what’s happening at Ironton.
The yearbook committee is responsible for taking and collecting photos throughout the school year (from teachers and parents). They are also responsible for promoting the sale of the yearbooks, collecting orders and distributing the yearbooks. Pictures taken by parents at school or classroom events may forward photos to the yearbook chairperson.
School Spirit Days are planned five times throughout the school year. The dates and themes for this year are as follows:
9/21 School Spirit Day- Stallion Attire / School Colors
11/9 Red, White & Blue Day – Need we say more?
1/18 Favorite Team Day – Whether it’s a team your child plays for, or a pro team, wear your favorite team’s colors!
4/5 Pajama Day – tops & bottoms, please!
5/31 Beach Day – Fun, bright & colorful shorts & t’s are the thing to wear this day! Hawaiian or beach theme shirts are great!
The committee is responsible for planning and coordinating the spirit wear sale, including promotion of the sale, distribution of order forms, order collection and product distribution.
Open House Social
Stop by the cafeteria to say hello from 6:30 to 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 20th. The PTO Social is a great place to meet PTO members, sign up to be on a committee, volunteer for an event, turn in your PTO Membership Form, enjoy a snack & chat with friends! If you’d like to bring a snack for the social, simply bring it to the cafeteria by 6:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact the hospitality chairperson.
Ironton’s School Store is open during lunch on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The Corral is located in the foyer area outside the cafeteria for shopping convenience. A variety of items are available for purchase, with most items priced under $5.00.
The school store provides a terrific opportunity for students to practice math skills and to handle & budget money. Kindergarteners are welcome to stop in before the start of the afternoon Kindergarten session.
Corral Cards are available for parents to purchase for $5.00. The Corral Card enables your child to shop at the store without needing to carry extra money to school. Each time the student makes a purchase the amount of the purchase is punched out on the card. Corral cards are kept on file at the school so parents don’t have to worry about them being misplaced.
Volunteers are needed each week to help during the Corral’s hours. Volunteers are scheduled on a rotating basis, averaging one shift per month. Parents are welcome to bring their preschoolers along while they volunteer.
Donations of lunch size paper bags (for the students’ purchases) are always welcome. They can be sent to school to the attention of The Corral/School Store.
Fundraising is a necessary part of any PTO. We have carefully chosen fundraisers that we feel either offer a service aspect or require little to no extra effort. Below is a description of each fundraiser.
KidStuff Coupon Books come home with your child the first day of school. Please take a look at it and consider purchasing one for yourself or as a gift for someone else. It is a great fundraiser with coupons for use around the entire Lehigh Valley!
Market Day is the nation’s largest food fundraising company. Market Day offers a variety of high quality food items at good prices. Orders can be placed monthly using the brochure sent home with each child or via their website, www.marketday.com. Pick up takes place in the cafeteria.
Yankee Candle products are always popular. We time this fundraiser so that orders come in before the holidays. Save time and energy this holiday season by giving a family member or friend the gift of a Yankee candle!
Family Portraits make great keepsakes or gifts. Portraits are taken by Christmas City in November and arrive before winter break. Sign up for your portrait appointment during Open House in the cafeteria.
The Poinsettia Sale takes place in late fall. Poinsettias can be picked up after the afternoon Winter Songfest performance.
The Used Clothing Drive at Ironton is a way to give away those items that your children have outgrown or that you no longer use. Items we collect include wearable, used clothing, shoes, belts, handbags, linens, stuffed animals and hard toys. Ironton receives a donation from Fashion Republic based on the total poundage collected. More information, including the collection dates and more specific information on what is accepted, will be disseminated once a date has been scheduled.
Little to No Extra Effort
Giant A+ Rewards: You can earn cash for Ironton Elementary simply by registering your Giant Bonuscard number at http://www.giantfoodstores.com/aplus/SchoolDesignationLogin.html and designating Ironton Elementary as the school you are supporting. When you shop at Giant, not only will you still earn your gas points or 5% savings certificates and any other Bonuscard offers, you’ll earn points for Ironton. You can track the points you earn by checking the bottom of your grocery receipt.
Box Tops for Education: Ironton Elementary collects Box Tops for Education. Each Box Top is worth 10 cents. Clip out the Box Tops, put them in a baggie or envelope and send them to the school with your child’s teacher’s name on it. To check out other ways to earn Box Tops, check out http://www.boxtops4education.com/.
Tyson Project A+: This program is new to Ironton this year. It is similar to the Box Tops program in that you clip out the Tyson Project A+ label and send them into school in a baggie or envelope marked with your child’s teacher’s name. Each label is worth 24 cents.
Target’s Take Charge of Education® program is an easy way to raise funds for Ironton. All you have to do is use your Target® Visa® or Target® card. Ironton receives a percentage of the amount of each purchase in a cash donation to the school. To designate Ironton as your school, just visit www.target.com/tcoe, or call 1-800-316-6142.
Participation in one or all of these fundraisers is always appreciated!
Grandparents, aunts & uncles, friends and neighbors can help too, by designating Ironton Elementary as the recipient of their points/ purchases (Giant, Target) or by cutting out Box Tops and Tyson labels for your child.
Please note the following:
Ironton does NOT encourage door-to-door sales.
All fundraising orders must be pre-paid.
Helpful Resources for Information:
Ironton PTO website: