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.
WHAT IS PTA?
2021-2022 General Meeting Schedule
This year’s PTA meetings are on the following dates and are currently conducted via Zoom:
September 13, 6:00pm – 8:00pm; read the minutes
October 11, 6:00pm – 8:00pm; read the minutes
November 1, 7:00pm – 8:00pm; read the minutes
January 10, 7:00pm – 8:00pm; read the minutes
February 9, 7:00pm – 8:00pm; read the minutes
March 7, 7:00 – 8:00; read the minutes
April 4, 6:00 – 8:00; read the minutes
May 2, 6:00 – 8:00; read the minutes
June 6, 7:00 – 8:00; read the minutes
PTA is a great way to connect with other families, make a difference in our school and build our community resilience. This year is unlike any we have experienced and we need your voice at the table. 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.
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 Irvington Site Council consists of 7 teachers, 1 staff person, 3 parents/guardians, 1 member of the community at large, and the principal. The Council is responsible for developing and implementing ongoing school improvement initiatives and staff development plans, and monitoring the progress made under the plans. Parent/Guardian representatives are elected positions. Site Council meets once a month.
Current parent representatives are Chelle Casey-Stevenson (firstname.lastname@example.org), Shawn Helm (email@example.com), and Thomas Coleman (firstname.lastname@example.org). Teacher/staff/administration members include: Jody Burkholder, Dick Cherry, Katharine Johnson, Lisa McCall, and Regina Sackrider.
To read the site council’s meeting minutes, visit Our PTA.
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
Presides over member and board meetings, and directs the affairs of the PTA in cooperation with other members of the executive board
Assists current President and prepares for future service as President
Fills in for and assists with President duties as needed
Manages PTA funds and record-keeping; ensures status of unit with Oregon PTA
Fills in for and assists with Treasurer duties as needed
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
Works with board members and fundraising committee to assess and coordinate fundraising efforts
Works with event leads to recruit and coordinate volunteers
Promotes PTA membership and involvement
PTA Committees and Leads
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Coordinate the database of parent volunteers. Contact volunteers as needed and work with committee coordinators to assist in volunteer recruitment. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.