Irvington A-Z: Programs and Events

Arts Enrichment

Each year, the Irvington PTA provides funding for a variety of enrichment activities for kindergarten through 5th grade. Fundraising efforts throughout the year culminate in giving our students exposure to a variety of arts which they would otherwise not have because of inadequate funding. Enrichment activities vary from year to year and for different grades. These opportunities, selected in coordination with the teachers, have included clay work, puppetry, African dance, Taiko drumming and grade level plays, among others. The goal is to expose students to a wide variety of fine and applied arts.

For more information about available programs:


Each year, Irvington families come together for a fun, social evening to raise money for critical instructional support, field trips, scholarships, and more for all of our kids.

Please consider donating or participating at our Auction Site:

If you’re interested in helping to plan next year’s event, please email

Black History Celebration

Irvington has traditionally hosted black history theatrical presentations such as Anansi the Spider, Midnight in the Black History Museum and Black History Remix. Some have been parent led, some have been led by local artists, but all have been volunteer supported. Last year was our first Walking Black History Museum, with a celebration of our very own African American heroes that have contributed to the success of our students, including current and former teachers and administrators. Do you have a vision for a celebration? Can you make it come to life? Please contact

Fall Festival

Join other Irvington families for an October afternoon of fall fun with food, carnival games, costumes, a bouncy house, and even pies to throw at teachers! Volunteers are needed to bake, run the games, and help on the day of the festival. For more information contact

Irvington Reads!

The Irvington Reads! programs provides free books to all of our students twice a year. Learn more.

Family Gym Nights

Wednesday is Family Gym Night! During the rainy winter months the gym is opened up to the Irvington community once a week to encourage families to get active and play together. A great community builder! For more information contact Constance Plager (

Grade Level Socials

Fall grade level socials and barbecues give families a chance to meet, eat, and play. Some curriculum information is available too. Look for dates in the In Touch or Friday Folders.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Students invite a grandparent or special adult to visit their classroom and join in fun activities, usually around the time of the fall parent-teacher conferences. Students often prepare a performance, snack, gifts, and/or a presentation for their guests. Look for information in your child’s Friday folder.

Ice Cream Social

At the beginning of the school year, families get to know each other at the Ice Cream Social. Teachers provide ice cream treats for $0.25. A fun filled evening of socializing and play! For more information contact your child’s teacher.

IRF (Irvington Reads for Fun)

IRF is a book-distribution program started by the PTA in 2010 when our school no longer qualified for participation in the national RIF program. Funding is provided by the Scholastic Book sale that happens each year at the school. Twice a year, IRF provides each student in the school the opportunity to select a book to keep and take home. Volunteers are needed to set up and manage the program. If you can help out, contact the Irvington Reads! coordinator, Jen Maas,

Jelly Bean Field Day

One June day kids get to participate in fun outdoor games to earn credits toward jelly beans. Teachers, parents, and older students supervise the activities and check lists. For more information contact Derek Barnes (

Jump Rope for Heart

Mr. Barnes coordinates an annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association, Jump Rope for Heart, where participating students jump rope, and learn about their hearts and how to keep them healthy. Look for forms and more information in Friday Folders or contact Derek Barnes (

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

During his lifetime, Dr. King sought to forge the common ground on which people from all walks of life could join together to address important community issues. Irvington commemorates his life  by participating in service projects in our communities. Volunteers are needed to help identify and select suitable community service projects, promote and encourage participation and coordinate volunteer crews. For more information, contact


The Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) is a statewide program to encourage reading for enjoyment, broaden reading interests, increase comprehension, and promote cooperative learning. Students in grades 3 through 8 form teams and read from the list of 3rd – 5th OBOB books and 6th-8th OBOB books.  The teams compete in Jeopardy-style “battles” at Irvington. The team with the best score moves on to represent our school in battles against other teams from the state. The Irvington battles are held in January and February and the regional competition is in March. For more information, contact or visit

New Family Tea

Welcome to Irvington, new families! At the start of the year our principal and the PTA host an informal, informational welcome tea in the library for all new families. It’s usually held on the first full day of kindergarten after drop-off but it’s not just for kindergarten families. All are welcome.

Run for the Arts

Run for the Arts is a regional spring jogathon/walkathon conducted by schools to raise money for educational arts programs like theater trips, concerts, and artists in residence. At Irvington students collect sponsors and run or walk around the school grounds while parent volunteers help count laps and cheer for the participants. For more information, contact Derek Barnes (

Scholastic Book Fair  This book sale, usually held the week of fall parent-teacher conferences, provides funding for library books and the IRF program. Volunteers are needed to staff the book fair. For more information, contact

Science Links

Science links for curious minds at Irvington School. Learn more.

Spaghetti Dinner

A long-standing tradition at Irvington, the spaghetti dinner is more than just good food. Held in April, it is an opportunity to relax and socialize with others in the school community while supporting our school. Delicious food is donated by restaurants and served by volunteers. Volunteers are also needed to organize and set-up the dinner. For more information contact

Spirit Days

One Friday per month students are encourage to show their school spirit by dressing up. Each spirit day has a theme, such as hat day. Teachers are encouraged to participate as well! Notices are sent out in Friday folders.

STEAM Nights

STEAM nights are interactive, kid-centered events that focus on science, technology, engineering, art or math.  Students enjoy hands-on learning and exploration opportunities  provided by parent volunteers or  outside vendors like The Reptile Man and OMSI.  We are always looking for new and imaginative ways to make learning more engaging.  Have an idea to share or just want to find out more? Please contact


Talented and Gifted (TAG) education provides instruction that challenges high-end learners and meets each student’s learning needs. Through TAG, advanced instruction is provided in the classroom setting for gifted students. In compliance with the Oregon TAG mandate for gifted education, the PPS TAG program focuses on meeting the student’s instructional level and rate of learning every day in the classroom across the curriculum. Nominations for TAG are accepted in the fall of each school year. TAG testing takes place in the late winter. Announcements regarding TAG are posted on the TAG bulletin board near the office and in the In Touch newsletter.

Irvington is expanding our enrichment program for TAG students. Classroom teachers are being trained in additional differentiation strategies, TAG students will have the option of individualized pacing through the Accelerated Math and Accelerated Reading programs, and we will be holding TAG Family nights where parents will learn strategies to use at home with their children.

For more information, contact Amy Marquardt-Dustin ( Information about TAG services in PPS is also available at

Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week

Many of us strive to find ways to show our appreciation for jobs well done throughout the year but sometimes even the best intentions get lost in the hustle and bustle of busy lives.  As a community, we make a concerted effort to show our appreciation for the wonderful work of teachers during Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week each May.  By bringing daily breakfast, coffee carts and a end-of-the-week catered lunch, we show our appreciation for the dedication and devotion each of these educators give to our students.  Volunteers are needed to promote and coordinate the activities.  To learn more, email

TV Turnoff Week

Irvington participates in the national TV Turnoff Week (in April) to encourage children (and adults) to watch much less TV in order to promote healthier lives and communities. The kids enjoy the challenge of making it through a week without any screen time and a surprising number are successful! Volunteers are needed to promote the event, organize alternate activities, and to provide recognition for participation. For more information or to help, contact the volunteer coordinator (

Walk + Bike to School

Join friends and neighbors on biking and walking trains to school. Record your trips and earn treats and prizes while you start your day off right. Celebrate International Walk + Bike to School Day in October and Walk + Bike to School month in May. Cosponsored by the Portland Department of Transportation/Safe Routes to School and Irvington’s Green Team. For more information contact Sasha Rose (

Welcome Breakfast & Volunteer Fair

A back-to-school volunteer fair and breakfast gives the Irvington community a snapshot of many of the events and groups that make our school great. Come see which volunteer activities fit your schedule. For more information contact Jennifer Fortmann (