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PTA Mission Statement:

The overall purpose of PTA is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

Irvington PTA

WHAT IS PTA?

The Irvington Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is a partnership between parents/guardians and educators who care about supporting the learning of all students. We meet once a month, online, to talk about what events are going on, how to spend funds raised to support students and teachers, and planning fun community events. 
WHY DOES PTA MATTER?
Gentrification has changed our once diverse neighborhood.  What sets Irvington PTA apart is the willingness to keep racial equity, non-binary and neurodiverse perspectives at the forefront when making decisions, but we don’t always get that right.  We remain curious about the needs of EVERY student, but without representation, we cannot be certain our intentions are truly equitable. 
 
Post-Covid, we have many volunteer positions available for activities and community engagement events we put on yearly. Some of these events will not be possible this year; some will take on a different approach. Our biggest fundraiser is our Auction. Held in the spring, it is the main source of fundraising for our yearly budget. The auction pays for school supplies, reading supports, field trips, community engagement events, after school activity scholarships and has even allowed us to support staff positions.  Last year, much of our budget supported the Westminster Learning Pod, in conjunction with the YMCA.
HOW CAN YOU BE INVOLVED?
A great way to stay involved is to stay connected. Our work is on a volunteer basis and if you want to help, opportunities will arise at the meetings.  If not, ask how you can get involved. If you’re not sure how you want to be involved, talk to a board member. Everyone has a place here; we can help you plug into something that feels right for you.
 
Contact ptapres@irvingtonschool.com for more information.

PTA is a great way to connect with other families, make a difference in our school and build our community resilience.  Our goal is to support students in learning and teachers in teaching.  For all of our students to be successful, we need YOU!

The fee for membership is $12.50 if you join online and membership is good for one school year.  If this is in any way a hardship for your family, please let us know.  No family will be prevented from joining because of funds.

2022-2023 General Meeting Schedule

This year’s PTA meetings will be held in person, at Irvington School.  Food and childcare will be provided.

September 12,  6:00 – 8:00pm – read the minutes

October 3,  6:00 – 8:00pm (cancelled)

November 7,  6:00 – 8:00pm

December 5,  6:00 – 8:00pm

January 9,  6:00 – 8:00pm 

February 6,  6:00 – 8:00pm

March 6, 6:00 – 8:00pm

April 3, 6:00 – 8:00pm

May 1, 6:00 – 8:00pm

June 5, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Forms and Documents

Oregon PTA Bylaws

 

PTA Reimbursement Form

Proposal template     (2023-2024 Budget Proposals are due by Feb 10, 2023)

Site Council

How do schools improve?  One way is through the efforts of the Site Council.  In 1991, the State Legislature created the 21st Century Schools Councils (also known as Site Councils) to ensure that various stakeholders were all involved in decisions relating to their school’s continuous improvement efforts.  The Council is responsible for developing and implementing ongoing school improvement initiatives and staff development plans, and monitoring the progress made under the plans.

PTA Board of Directors

We’re proud and lucky to serve this year as your PTA officers, committee chairs and event coordinators. If you’ve ever thought about a leadership role yourself, don’t hesitate to get in touch to find out more about what we do. PTA leadership is a great way to meet other parents and families, get to know our school’s amazing staff and teachers and become deeply involved in creating a community where all of our kids can thrive.

Officer and Board Member Descriptions

President
Presides over member and board meetings, and directs the affairs of the PTA in cooperation with other members of the executive board 

President-elect
Assists current President and prepares for future service as President

Vice-President
Fills in for and assists with President duties as needed

Treasurer
Manages PTA funds and record-keeping; ensures status of unit with Oregon PTA

Assistant Treasurer
Fills in for and assists with Treasurer duties as needed

Secretary
Keeps accurate records of proceedings; manages communications with school and membership

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Chair
Works to increase diversity and ensure equity and inclusion in PTA membership, programs and events

Fundraising Coordinator
Works with board members and fundraising committee to assess and coordinate fundraising efforts

Volunteer Coordinator
Works with board members and event leads to recruit and coordinate volunteers. 

Membership Coordinator
Promotes PTA membership and involvement

PTA Committees and Leads

Committee Descriptions

After School Activities Coordinator

Work with extracurricular programs to provide students a wide range of opportunities for enrichment.  After school activities are offered 3 terms per year: fall, winter and spring. These activities are coordinated by a parent volunteer, who selects a variety of after school offerings including sports, art, music or languages.  We are always open to new ideas, or parent volunteers to start their own after school club or activity.  Do you have an idea or class you’d like to lead?  Contact pta@irvingtonschool.com.

Auction Committee
The Irvington Auction is our primary fundraiser.  Proceeds support our school by providing classroom funds, field trips, arts enrichment, school events and sometimes teaching/staff positions.  Led by the third grade parents, the volunteer needs are varied and extensive – from ongoing committee work such as procurement or marketing to night-of-auction assistance.  Contact auction@irvingtonschool.com to learn more.

Fundraising Committee
Because fundraising is a large part of what we do, we have a dedicated fundraising committee.  This committee is currently focused on monthly eat out events that allow our school to benefit from community partnerships in a way that does not create additional need for volunteers.  This committee also coordinates the biannual Pie Sale, Scholastic Book Fair, and Evergreen Sale.  Next year, we hope to have Irvington’s first Read-A-Thon!  We are always open to new and innovative ways to raise money smarter and more efficiently.  If you have new ideas, we’d love to hear them.  To share your ideas, or volunteer to support this committee, contact fundraising@irvingtonschool.com.

Green Team
The Green Team’s goal is to bring sustainability education to our school by promoting energy efficiency, recycling and environmental impact awareness.  Last year’s “War on Plastic” focused on reducing single-use disposable plastics like straws and baggies. Past projects have included providing reusable dishware for class parties and the cafeteria, and installing a bike shelter with solar panels.  Is this area a passion of yours? Learn more here.  Join us by contacting greenteam@irvingtonschool.com.

Grounds Committee
Did you know that the school district has fewer than 7 groundskeepers on staff to maintain 753 acres of property?  This means there is always work to do on our school grounds, from weeding to picking up trash.  The Grounds Committee organizes fall and spring clean up days, open to all Irvington students, family and neighbors.  This is an easy way to teach our children to look after our community and each other.  To get involved or find out when the next clean up is, please contact Becca Evans grounds@irvingtonschool.com.

Scholarship Committee
Irvington PTA maintains a scholarship fund to defray the expense of fee-based extracurricular activities that take place at the school (language, music, dance, art, etc.) Scholarships are available for students who qualify for free or reduced price lunches. Volunteers are needed to promote the availability of scholarships and process scholarship applications. (Volunteers do not receive or review any financial information from applicants.) Contact: scholarship@irvingtonschool.com.

School Directory Editor
The parents of the PTA create the handy school directory you receive each fall. If you can help to put it together, contact pta@irvingtonschool.com.