Ironton Elementary School
Parent Teacher Organization
Hi my name is Monica Gutman I am just a regular, for the most part stay at home mom, who somehow ended up as PTO president this year, even though I have never been president of anything before. About three years ago I transferred my son, Luke, out of Catholic school and enrolled him here at Ironton in the middle of second grade. I only knew a few parents from my neighborhood, so I felt as new as my son did, but I knew exactly what I had to do…join the PTO and get involved, and boy did I ever!
Fast forward almost 3 years, my son is in fifth grade and I am now PTO President. I also sub in the office and on the playground here at Ironton. I can honestly say that your children are in wonderful hands! The staff here is awesome, and they always have your child’s best interests at heart!
Please look through this booklet, and consider joining us for our first PTO meeting on Thursday, September 12th at 9:00 am, (younger siblings are welcome). If you cannot attend this meeting, or any of our scheduled meetings, please know that we can still use your help. For example, we have a full time working mom who handles one of our fundraisers called Market Day and she can’t make it to any of the meetings. I would also like to invite you to join us at our PTO Social on Open House Night, Thursday, September 19th at 6:30 pm and sign up to help with one of the fun events that the PTO sponsors. If you can’t commit to one particular thing, then sign up to be a volunteer at large and we will email you when we need help. If your available great! We also have things you can do at home or if you are more the social type, we have plenty to do here at school. Your help is needed and welcomed!
I fully understand the demands of today’s parents; I also have a daughter who is a senior in high school and a husband who travels with his job. I really don’t have much time to volunteer, but I somehow find the time, because it is important to me to teach my children about giving back. I stumbled upon a quote once by Elizabeth Andrew, She said “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart” and that describes me to a T! I am truly blessed to have such great PTO members, and through the PTO I have made some amazing friends! We have a supportive team, and we would love for you to join us and we are always open to any ideas that you may have.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Monica Gutman, IEPTO President
C-610-392-6519, H-610-261-2724, firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Families 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 12th at 9:00 a.m. 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!
Stop by the cafeteria to say hello from on Thursday, September 19th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 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 other parents! 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.
** Please keep in mind that this is a working calendar and
is subject to change**
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 interests you on the included membership form or in the cafeteria during Open House on Thursday, September 19th a6 6:30 p.m. 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.
Book Fair 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 and to set up and clean up the book displays.
Community Service Ironton cares about our community and enjoys helping others! This committee is involved with the holiday Giving Tree and scholarship awards.
Scholarship In early Spring, Ironton offers a scholarship to one male senior and one female senior from the high school who are going to college. The PTO reviews the essays written by the students and chooses a winner.
Skating Party The PTO coordinates a skating party each year in early spring. 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 adult chaperone must remain at the skating center 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.
Special Occasions The day before Holiday break and the day before Spring break, we treat the kid’s to an ice cream social. Volunteers are always needed for set up, clean up & of course to dish up some ice cream! This also includes any special small group events like Rita’s at the end of the year for the Student Counsel and Peer Mediators.
Ironton Spring Family Picnic Our annual Picnic will be held on May 9th, 2014. This family oriented picnic typically features a DJ, the Ryan Zawada Basket Raffle, individual and group games, hot dogs and donated food items! Volunteers are needed to help with set up, clean up, food and games and events. Baked or bought treats are always appreciated.
Turkey Trot A running race held in November on the walking trail with fourth and fifth graders. Volunteers will be needed around the trail to cheer the kids on and at the finish line to hand numbers to the top ten finishers. We will also need volunteers to hand out snacks and drinks. It’s a fun event for the kid’s!
Fundraising Volunteers are needed to help verify, separate and distribute orders for the Market Day, the poinsettia sale, Yankee Candle sale, 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!
Room Parents 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 asked to be an active member of the PTO, including meeting attendance when possible.
Pony Express 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.
Yearbook 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 School Spirit Days are planned five times throughout the school year. The dates and themes for this year are as follows:
9/20 School Spirit Day- Stallion Attire / School Colors
11/5 Red, White & Blue Day – Need we say more?
1/17 Favorite Team Day – Whether it’s a team your child plays for, or a pro team, wear your favorite team’s colors!
4/11 Pajama Day – PJ tops & bottoms please!
5/30 Tropical Theme – Fun, bright & colorful Hawaiian or beach themed shirts & shorts are what to wear this day!
Spirit Wear 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.
The Corral Store 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. Afternoon Kindergarteners are welcome to stop in before the start of their afternoon Kindergarten session.
Corral Cards are available for parents to purchase for $5.00, they make great stocking stuffers! 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 on October 17 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 2:15 p.m. Winter Songfest performance.
Giant A+ Rewards You can earn cash for Ironton Elementary simply by registering your Giant Bonus card 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 Bonus card 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+ 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 If you have a Target® Visa® or Target® card, make sure you use it, so that 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 Website: www.parklandsd.org/ir/
E-Communication Link: www.parklandsd.org/ir/e-communications/
Ironton PTO Website: www.parklandsd.org/ir/ironton-elementary/kratzer-pto/