Celebrate Reading this Week at O’Hara!

This week America commemorates the birthday of one of our most beloved children’s authors, Dr. Seuss! Like countless schools across the nation, O’Hara Elementary will honor Dr. Seuss’ legacy by celebrating Read Across America–a nationwide reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading!

There are a couple of ways that O’Hara PTO is celebrating this week!

Scholastic Book Fair

1. Our annual Scholastic Book Fair will be held from Monday, February 25th through Friday March 1st in the O’Hara School Library. Students will have an allotted time during the school day to visit the Book Fair and buy books and other items. You are definitely welcome to join your child to shop in the Library during this time!

Items can be paid for with cash, credit card, check (made out to OEPTO), or a NEW e-wallet option, where you can electronically set aside funds for your child to use. Visit www.scholastic.com/bf/oharaelementaryschool for more information about this option. You can even purchase books online here!  All proceeds will benefit the O’Hara Elementary library!

Can’t make it to school during your child’s book fair slot? No worries!  You can send your child to school with cash or a signed check made out to “OEPTO” in an envelope, or use the e-wallet option mentioned above. Please include a note indicating any limit on purchases or a list of acceptable purchases. Please note: the average book cost is between $5 to $10 with 7% sales tax.

Want to support your child’s teacher? Great! You can donate books from a classroom book collection “wishlist” for each teacher.

All students will also receive one raffle ticket good for a chance to win an age-appropriate basket of books.

2. The O’Hara PTO will also be holding a Read Across America celebration during special EVENING Book Fair hours on Tuesday, February 26th from 6-8 pm. And this event will be so much MORE than just an opportunity to shop! We have also planned several Read Across America activities including a tattoo artist, a Dr. Seuss-related craft, collaborative story-writing and two mystery readers! No RSVP is necessary, you DO NOT need clearances to attend this free family event. Students who come to the evening book fair and Read Across America celebration get 2 additional raffle tickets!

We hope to see you there!



Student Voices Needed – Recess Items

Hello O’Hara families! We hope your summer is going well!!!  While it’s hard to think about indoor recess days when the sun is shining and our kiddos are living outdoors, the PTO is getting ready for rainy days ahead.  Please ask your students what they would like to see in the indoor recess bins. What were their favorite items last year??

While you’re at it – ask what we need more of for OUTDOOR recess (where we hope to be a much as possible throughout the year)!  We’re gearing up for a great year ahead. Comment below, please! 


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PTO Meeting Tomorrow!

The PTO invites all interested O’Hara parents, teachers and staff to join us tomorrow (11/17) from 9:15 – 10:15am in the O’Hara Auditorium for our monthly meeting.

Topics on the agenda for the meeting include:

  • O’Hara Administration Update (Mrs. Batis and Mr. Edwards)
  • PTO Board Update
    • Treasurer Report
    • By Laws Vote
  • District Forum Report from 11/14 Meeting
  • Committee Updates

Have a topic you’d like addressed at a future PTO meeting?  Contact the PTO Board!

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Agenda for October’s EVENING Meeting

The PTO invites all interested O’Hara parents, teachers and staff to join us tomorrow (10/24) from 6 – 7pm in the O’Hara Auditorium for our monthly meeting. This is the first of two evening meetings planned for 2017 (the next will be 12/19 – mark your calendar!).

Topics on the agenda for the 10/24 meeting include:

  • O’Hara Administration Update (Mrs. Batis and Mr. Edwards)
  • PTO Board Update
    • Evening Meeting Trial (Dana Rofey)
    • Fundraising – (Faith Moser)
      • Save the Date: Chipotle Fundraiser 11/15, 4pm – 8pm
    • Treasurer Report – (Kristina Adams)
    • 5th Grade Day Chairs (Carrie Work)
    • Update on Online Volunteer Recruitment (Sarah Shaffer)
    • Voting on Changes to By Laws (Sarah Shaffer)
  • Committee Updates
    • Indoor Recess (Dana Rofey / Missy Troutman)
    • Square 1 Art (Elizabeth Carter)
    • Thanksgiving Baskets (Meg Helsel / Becca Tobe)

Have a topic you’d like addressed at a future PTO meeting?  Contact the PTO Board!


Staff Appreciation Lunch is Next Friday – Volunteers Needed!

The teachers and staff at O’Hara Elementary do so many wonderful things for our children (and for the parents) everyday! Now is our chance to say thank you by providing them a festive luncheon at school. The lunch is NEXT FRIDAY, March 24th.

It would be very much appreciated if you could help in one way or another. We are seeking:

  1. Monetary donations to help defray costs of the luncheon items (please send in cash or checks made out to O’Hara PTO in an envelope marked “staff luncheon” by March 24, 2017).
  2. Help with set-up and serving, or serving and clean-up shifts. Please sign up here:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044da4ac2ea57-teacher1

Your donations and volunteering is what makes this such a wonderful event for our teachers and staff.

If you have any questions, please contact Tonja Condron, tonjacondron@gmail.com or Faith Moser, faith@faithmoser.com

Thank you for supporting the wonderful teachers and staff at O’Hara Elementary!

March 17th PTO Meeting

Join the PTO on Friday March 17th from 9:15 – 10:15 in the auditorium for our monthly meeting.  This month’s agenda includes:

O’Hara Administration Update (Mrs. Batis and Mr. Edwards)

  • STAR Benchmarking Update
  • Renovations Update
  • PSSA Administration

PTO Board Update

  • Spirit Sale Update
  • Communications Plan

Can’t make the meeting?  You’re in luck! A recap and minutes will be shared here after the meeting.

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