Your Look at the Week Ahead – Filled with Spirit!

We hope to see you at tomorrow’s PTO meeting from 9:15-am – 10:15am in the Auditorium. Bring your ID and sign in at the front office. Coffee will be provided! 

Next week will be spirit-filled as we celebrate Fox Chapel’s Homecoming. We’ve also got several open volunteer opportunities and a new class added to the O’Hara Foxes Club (details below).


Spirit Week (9/24 – 9/28)

Students are encouraged to dress up and show their #OHaraSpirit! Email photos to to be featured on our Facebook page!


Please note: no spaghetti strap or strapless tank tops.  Students must wear shoes to school (no slippers or slipper socks). 

Reminder: Online Spirit Store Closes 9/23

You can still grab some great O’Hara Spirit Gear in time for the pep rally and Homecoming at The store will remain open until 9/23. Items purchased will be distributed by 9/26.

Mobile Fingerprinting (9/26 from 10am – 6pm) – Foxwall EMS – Registration Required

In partnership with the Kerr PTO, a Mobile Fingerprinting event for the Act 114 FBI Criminal Reporting requirement will be held on September 26th at Foxwall EMS. The event will run from 10am – 6pm. To register and reserve a spot to be fingerprinted, please follow these instructions:  (Note: we are aware of some issues registering and are working to resolve). 

Community Homecoming Carnival Friday, September 28, 2018 (4-7pm).

In honor of Homecoming Weekend, the Fox Chapel Area High School invites community members to its annual Homecoming Carnival, with lots of fun activities, games, and rides for kids. Head out to the Front Lawn at Fox Chapel Area High School and look for the O’Hara PTO! We’ll be hosting a game and selling our remaining spirit inventory.  The football game follows at 7pm.


Volunteers are needed in each classroom to help with class parties, field trips, Box Tops, and Spring and Thanksgiving Basket collections. Sign up today and let your homeroom representative know how you’d like to help:

TAG is an art enrichment program in which volunteers become amateur docents–bringing art history, criticism, aesthetics, and art-making experiences to our students.(Don’t worry, no art degree required!). More information and sign up available here:

Volunteers are needed to help represent O’Hara Elementary School at the Fox Chapel Foxes Homecoming Carnival on 9/28. Sign up here:

Looking for something else? Volunteer opportunities are posted when available at 


The OFC continues with Lab Ratz Science Club. Lab Ratz presents basic science principles in an engaging, hands-on manner- encouraging students to be inventive and creative, to question the world around them, and to make discoveries through firsthand experimentation. The Fall session is open to students in grades 3 – 5. Classes begin on Monday, October 8th and will run for 5 weeks from 4:00-5:00 pm. The cost is $70. For additional details and to register, visit or view the flyer attached.

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Thanks for the Feedback!

Thank you to everyone who completed the PTO Member and Community Survey! We have received over 140 responses to date.  We will keep the survey open until 4/27 for anyone who still wants the opportunity to provide feedback. After that date, we will summarize and share the results.

We’d also like to thank everyone who came out to our Open Forum last night. You provided some great discussion points and ideas that – together with the survey results – will help fuel our planning and goals for the next school year.

Finally – congratulations to Danita, lucky winner of the $25 Target gift card!

Thanks for the Feedback


We need your feedback!

Please take 2 minutes to complete our PTO Member and Community Survey.  Your feedback will help us set goals for next year.  As a bonus: anyone who completes the survey by 4/17 will be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to Target.  After completing the survey, simply follow the link from the Thank You page to be entered to win. Your responses will remain confidential!

PTO survey

Not a fan of surveys? Contact a member of the PTO board to share your thoughts, or come to our April 19 Open Forum at the Market District Cafe.

PTO to Provide School T-Shirts for All Students

The PTO is excited to share that we will be providing each student with a t-shirt for this school year to wear with pride to school events, on field trips and for demonstrating their school spirit!

Shirt sizes will be distributed as follows in early October:

  • K – 1st:  Youth Small
  • 2nd – 3rd: Youth Medium
  • 4th – 5th:  Youth Large

(Note: If you would like to request a different size for your student, please do so here by no later than Friday, September 15th :

The PTO is able to provide t-shirts to all of the students because of the generous support of parents, families and local businesses!

Last year the PTO:

  • donated 56 Google Chromebook computers
  • donated date book/class organizers for all classes in grades 3, 4, 5
  • purchased banner paper and ink for the large format printer
  • planned and paid for a Fall assembly
  • provided tees, medals and new games for Math Pentathlon
  • provided $500 Student Scholarship Fund for extracurricular activities
  • provided supplies for outdoor recess
  • purchased 6 new display boards for the art department
  • set up e-commerce website for spirit sales
  • provided O’Hara pencils for each student
  • donated $2,000 towards Fifth Grade Day
  • organized and hosted several events for students, teachers and staff

This year the PTO has done or is planning on doing:

  • paid for a portion of the new outdoor playground
  • purchased an additional 56 Google Chromebook computers
  • purchased and implementing six Indoor Recess Bins filled with
    activities, games and crafts for active and stationary play
  • planning and providing a Fall assembly
  • working to develop a garden in the courtyard with new chairs and
    tables for students and teachers to use
  • providing date book/class organizers for all classes in grades 3, 4, 5
  • providing new art for the Traveling Art Gallery (TAG) program
  • supporting Math Pentathlon with any financial needs
  • donating $2,000 towards Fifth Grade Day
  • providing $500 Student Scholarship Fund for extracurricular activities
  • funding mini-grants for teaching staff by grade level

Please consider making a donation to support projects for the 2017-2018 school year.  All donations go directly back to the students, teachers and school! You can make a donation here via Paypal or by sending in cash or check made payable to OEPTO.

The O’Hara PTO is dedicated to offering enriching enhancements for our children’s social and academic success.  We welcome your participation; meetings are held once a month. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for reminders and updates on all of the exciting things the PTO is doing.

Thank you for your support!

District Forum Legislative Alert! STOP the Property Tax Independence Act

Thank you to all those who were able to make the Emergency District Forum meeting last night regarding the Property Tax Independence Act. For those of you who were unable to attend but would like to learn more about this meeting please visit the Forum website.

Our school community must voice our concerns regarding this proposed legislation that radically alters how schools are funded in the state of Pennsylvania. This bill is gaining momentum and our legislators must hear our voices—TODAY.


1. Please see the attached letter with instructions on how to contact your senator. CALL HIM TODAY!!! Please document that you have made your phone call  (send yourself or an email documenting your call)—this is important because we need to be able to hold our legislators accountable.

2. Please see the attached packet that was distributed last night at the meeting. Please reach out to the Senators who have supported this legislation in the past and the newly elected Senators. It does not matter that you are not in their district—as Pennsylvania citizens we have a right to voice our concerns that any Senator supports this legislation.

3. Please print and sign the attached letter. Return it to your child’s school and we will fax it to the legislators on your behalf.