Drop and Go Movie Night to Benefit Make-A-Wish

O’Hara Elementary and the O’Hara PTO are excited to announce a surprise addition to our December calendar:  A Drop and Go Movie Night to Benefit Make-A-Wish! Caregivers can enjoy a night out to themselves while their FCASD students  in grades K-5 have a pizza dinner and watch the holiday favorite – the Polar Express. Kids are encouraged to wear their PJs (no slippers) for this magic-filled evening at O’Hara.  Event proceeds will be donated to the FCASD fundraiser for Make-A-Wish.

  • When:  Friday, December 14, 6:00 – 8:30pm  (2.5 hours of child care)
  • Where: O’Hara Elementary
  • What:  Pizza dinner followed by a showing of Polar Express (G). Popcorn too!
  • Who:  FCASD Students in Grades K – 5
  • Cost:  $25/family (up to 3 siblings). Includes dinner & popcorn.
  • Advance Registration Required:  Register by 12/12!

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Nominate a Caregiver for Free Admission

Do you know a caregiver who could use a break? Nominate him or her for a complimentary family registration to the PTO’s Drop and Go Movie Night to Benefit Make-A-Wish!  One lucky winner will be selected at random and the $25 fee will be waived! Enter your nomination here by 12/10.

(Note: nominees must have students in grades K-5 enrolled in FCASD, but anyone can make a nomination!).

Volunteer to Chaperone

Volunteers are needed to help set up and chaperone the event. Volunteers must have clearances with a Volunteer Badge on file at O’Hara.  (All spots filled; email sarah@oharapto.org if interested in helping out and attending with your children)

Dollar Days for Make-A-Wish: December 10 – 14

O’Hara will also support the Make-A-Wish fundraiser through a week of “Dollar Days.”  Students are encouraged to bring a $1 donation and dress to show their support for Make-A-Wish. Here’s the schedule for the week of December 10th:

  • Monday, December 10:  School Spirit Day
  • Tuesday, December 11: Crazy Sock Day 
  • Wednesday, December 12:  Hat Day
  • Thursday, December 13:  Wacky Hair Day 
  • Friday, December 14:  Festive Sweater/Shirt Day

Dates To Note-December 2018

Hello O’Hara Families! Be sure to mark your calendars for these December events and dates of note:

  • Saturday, December 1, 2018 (9am-10pm), Barnes and Noble fundraiser at the Waterworks location.  A portion of all purchases will be donated to the O’Hara Elementary PTO, including Starbucks purchases (just make sure to tell your customer service representative that you are there to support O’Hara!). The PTO will also be manning a complimentary gift wrap table from 11am-5pm at this event, staffed by volunteers (you can sign up to participate here), who will also be collecting donations.  Can’t make it to this event? Online purchases made between 12/1 and 12/5 will also benefit the PTO. Just use the Code 12454575 when you check out.
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018, Author and professional storyteller Christine Petrell Kallevig visit. Kallevig specializes in a technique that blends storytelling and origami, known as “Storigami.” During her visit, she will read several short origami stories and fold giant-sized paper, using the paper to demonstrate the actions of the characters. 
  • Thursday, December 6, 2018 (7pm), Districtwide Festival of Strings Orchestra Concert, FCASD High School Auditorium. Students in grades 4-12 will be performing in a strings orchestra concert. Admission is free for students and seniors, $5 for all others. 
  • December 10-14, 2018, Dollar Days for Make-A-Wish. O’Hara Elementary will support the Make-A-Wish fundraiser through a week of “Dollar Days.”  Students are encouraged to bring a $1 donation and dress to show their support for Make-A-Wish. Here’s the schedule for the week of December 10th:
    • Monday, December 10:  School Spirit Day
    • Tuesday, December 11: Crazy Sock Day 
    • Wednesday, December 12:  Hat Day
    • Thursday, December 13:  Wacky Hair Day 
    • Friday, December 14:  Festive Sweater/Shirt Day
  • Friday, December 14, 2018 (6-8:30pm), O’Hara PTO’s A Night Out to Benefit Make-A-Wish, O’Hara Cafeteria. Caregivers can enjoy a night out to themselves while their FCASD students  in grades K-5 have a pizza dinner and watch the holiday favorite – the Polar Express. Kids are encouraged to wear their PJs (no slippers) for this magic-filled evening at O’Hara.  Event proceeds will be donated to the FCASD fundraiser for Make-A-Wish. Cost:  $25/child ($15 for each additional sibling). Advance Registration Required by 12/12 here. If you want to volunteer, your child can attend for the discounted price of $5. Sign up here. 
  • Thursday, December 20, 2018 (6pm), O’Hara PTO meeting, O’Hara Auditorium. Please RSVP here if you plan on attending this month’s PTO meeting. If RSVPs are low, we may cancel due to the proximity to winter break. 
  • Friday, December 21, 2018, PTO-sponsored school wide assembly featuring the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. 
  • Friday, December 21, 2018 (2:45pm), O’Hara Elementary Winter Class parties. Classrooms will be celebrating the upcoming break with winter-themed activities led by parent volunteers. If you are interested in participating in the winter party, please contact your homeroom representative
  • Monday, December 24, 2018-Tuesday, January 1, 2019, Winter Break. The PTO wishes your family a restful and festive winter break!

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Dates to Note – October 2018

Hello O’Hara Families! Be sure to mark your calendars for these October events and dates to note:

  • Wednesday, October 3, 2018 (4 – 8pm) PTO Chipotle Dine and Donate Event, Chipotle at 1027 Freeport Road. Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support O’Hara Elementary School PTO. Bring in the flyer, show this post on your smart phone, or simply tell the cashier that you’re supporting the cause for the O’Hara Elementary School PTO to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to O’Hara Elementary School PTO. More info can be found here.
  • Monday, October 8 – Friday, October 12, 4th Grade CoGAT testing
  • Tuesday, October 9, 2018 (9-10am), District Forum Meeting, LGI Room at FCAHS. Join District Forum for a discussion of the FCASD budget and the budgeting process.
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018, Noon Dismissal
  • October 16-19, 2018, Fifth Graders at Camp Allegheny 
  • Thursday, October 18, 2018 (6pm) PTO Meeting, O’Hara Auditorium. Join the O’Hara PTO for our first evening meeting of the year. 
  • Friday, October 19, 2018 – Last Day to Turn in Box Tops for the Fall Collection!
  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018 (9:15am), PALS Meeting, Roots of Faith, 800 Main St, Sharpsburg, PA 15215
  • Friday, October 26, 2018, Noon Dismissal
  • Monday, October 29, 2018 (6pm) Elementary Math Parent Night, Kerr Elementary School. The Fox Chapel Area School District invites parents to an informational event about your child’s math curriculum. Parents can also learn ways to help your child with math at home, participate in a Q&A, and find out about homework. Please RSVP at https://goo.gl/9e1KxD.
  • Wednesday, October 31, 2018 (2:45-3:40pm) Annual Halloween Parade and Classroom Parties.  Additional information on the parade to followNote: Volunteers for classroom parties are assigned by the homeroom representative. If you have not already indicated your interest in helping with the Halloween or other class parties, you can do so here.

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Dates to Note – September 2018

Hello O’Hara Families! With Labor Day weekend upon us, school is in full swing and Fall is on its way. Be sure to mark your calendars for these September events and dates to note:

  • Monday, September 3, 2018 No School (Labor Day)
  • Wednesday, September 5, 2018 (5:30-8:00pm) Back to School Social and School Spirit Sale, O’Hara Playground. This annual O’Hara PTO event is a favorite among students and provides an opportunity for families to connect. Bring the whole family for dinner, dessert and fun (rain or shine).  You can also stock up on O’Hara gear to show your O’Hara Spirit on Fridays.  Interested in helping out?  You can volunteer for a shift and still have time to enjoy the festivities.
  • Thursday, September 6, 2018 (6:00-7:30pm) O’Hara Elementary Camp Allegheny Parent Meeting, O’Hara Auditorium. 5th grade parents are invited to discuss the annual class trip to Camp Allegheny.
  • Monday, September 10, 2018 No School (Fall Break)
  • Wednesday, September 19, 2018 No School (Fall Break)
  • Thursday, September 20, 2018 (9:15-10:15am) First PTO Meeting of the Year, O’Hara Auditorium. Caregivers are welcome to attend the first PTO meeting of the year and learn about ways to get involved at O’Hara. We will be discussing volunteer involvement in committees, the budget, and exciting new events coming to O’Hara this year. Homeroom Representatives are invited to stay for an additional meeting at 10:15am to discuss their role and responsibilities for the year. 
  • Monday, September 24-28, 2018 Spirit Week. It’s Homecoming Week in the Fox Chapel Area School District and O’Hara Elementary students can show their pride by participating in Spirit Week. 
    • Monday: Mismatch Day
    • Tuesday: Tank Top Day (no spaghetti straps or strapless clothing items)
    • Wednesday: Woke Up Like This (no slippers or slipper socks. Children need to be wearing shoes)
    • Thursday: Red Zone-wear your O’Hara T-shirts or Fox Chapel gear for a Homecoming Pep Rally in the afternoon
    • Friday: Disney Day
  • Tuesday, September 25, 2018 (6:30pm) Public Meeting on School Safety, Fox Chapel Area High School LGI. The Fox Chapel Area School District is holding a public meeting to discuss the district’s safety plan. Administrators and local police officials will discuss approaches aimed at enhanced prevention and response protocols throughout the district’s campuses. Parents are encouraged to attend. 
  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018 (9:15am) PALS Meeting, Eat N’ Park in Waterworks. 
  • Friday, September 28, 2018 (4-7pm) Community Homecoming Carnival, Front Lawn at Fox Chapel Area High School. 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.  The football game follows at 7pm. 
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Back to School Social & O’Hara Spirit Sale

The Back to School Social and O’Hara Spirit Sale will be held Wednesday, September 5th from 5:30pm – 8pm on the playground.  This annual O’Hara PTO event is a favorite among students and provides an opportunity for families to connect. Bring the whole family for dinner, dessert & fun (rain or shine)!  You can also stock up on O’Hara gear to show your O’Hara Spirit on Fridays!  Interested in helping out?  You can volunteer for a shift and still have time to enjoy the festivities!

Food Trucks

Food will be available for purchase from several food trucks and local restaurants, including:

A portion of food sales will be donated back to O’Hara PTO.

Raffles

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase to win a variety of prizes.  All raffle ticket proceeds benefit the O’Hara PTO and have been donated by our generous PTO Directory advertisers. Tickets start at $1/each (cash and checks accepted) Raffle prizes include:

  • Seven Springs (4 Highland Ski Tickets /4 Tubing Tickets)
  • Hidden Valley (4 Tickets to Golf at Hidden Valley)
  • Laurel Mountain (4 Ski/Board Tickets)
  • Cornerstone ($50 gift certificate)
  • Tavern in the Wall ($25 gift certificate)
  • Rosebud’s (Backpack, lunchbox, Desk pad)
  • Kristi Boutique ($50 gift certificate)
  • Soothe the Soul ($25 gift certificate)
  • Aspinwall Beans N Cream ($20 gift certificate)
  • Lauri Ann West Community Center (6 month membership and 2 tickets to Celebrate the Center)
  • O’Hara Elementary (event parking space!)
  • Borough of Aspinwall (T-shirts)
  • At the Wall Pilates (Free private lesson)
  • Pure Barre (one month unlimited classes)
  • One Brilliant ($100 gift certificate)
  • Dovecote ($50 gift certificate)
  • Lynott Miniatures (Penguin Stuffed Animal)

Spirit Sale

This year’s Social will also feature an on-site O’Hara Spirit Sale! Items for sale include:

  • T-shirts in adult and youth sizes ($15 each)
  • Youth Hoodies ($25)
  • Umbrellas ($20+tax)
  • Water Bottles ($14+tax)
  • Window Clings ($3+tax)

Credit cards will be accepted for Spirit Sale purchases.  Special “Back to School” pricing will be available at the Social, including:

  • 2 shirts for $25 (mix and match youth and adult sizes)
  • Water bottle + Youth Shirt for $25
  • 2 Window Clings for $5
  • Free Window Cling with $25 purchase

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Any remaining inventory will be sold through our online spirit sale after the social.

Volunteer

Volunteers are needed to help with beverage sales, raffle ticket sales, and the Spirit Sale.  View available opportunities and sign up here! 

We look forward to seeing you at the Back to School Social and Spirit Sale!

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Dates to Note – August 2018

Hello O’Hara Families! Classroom assignments have hit mailboxes and the countdown is officially on for the first day of school! Be sure to mark your calendars for these August events and dates to note:

  • Monday, August 20, 2018 (4:00 – 6:00 p.m.) PTO Sponsored Incoming Kindergarten Family Meet Up at the PlaygroundHave a child entering kindergarten at O’Hara Elementary this year? Your family is welcome to join the O’Hara PTO for an informal playdate at the school’s playground on August 20th from 4-6pm. New kindergarteners can meet their classmates and explore the playground, while parents can mingle and get any last minute questions answered by PTO representatives. We will have water and pretzels available, but feel free to pack a picnic dinner and enjoy a relaxing end-of-the-summer evening with your family.
  • Tuesday, August 21, 2018 (5:00-6:00 p.m.) Meet and Greet for all grades.  Students and families are invited to visit the building, see their classrooms, and meet their teachers. [Want a sneak peak at who’s in your class before the 23rd? Pop on over the PTO Facebook page to connect with families] 
  • Thursday, August 23, 2018 First Day of School
  • Wednesday, August 29, 2018 School Pictures
  • Thursday, August 30, 2018  (5:00 – 7:00pm) Curriculum Night (Parents/Guardians only, please, stay tuned for more details). 
  • Friday, August 31, 2018 Early Dismissal (1:30 p.m.)

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