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.


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.


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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Volunteer to be a Homeroom Rep by 9/4

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!  We’ll be sharing lots of ways to help at O’Hara throughout the year.  Serving as your child’s homeroom representative is one of them. Homeroom Representative is a year-long commitment and requires clearances.  If you are interested in serving as a homeroom representative, please complete the online form by no later than September 4th.

Homeroom representative responsibilities include:

  • Communicating regularly with the classroom teacher
  • Coordinating chaperones for classroom field trips
  • Organizing an end-of-the-year class gift
  • Overseeing the classroom Box Top coordinator
  • Overseeing the collections for the Thanksgiving and spring baskets
  • Championing volunteer opportunities at school outside of the classroom

Importantly, homeroom representatives are also responsible for overseeing and coordinating volunteers for the classroom parties. This year, the parties will be held on the following dates:

  • 10/31 Halloween Parade and Classroom Parties
  • 12/21 Holiday Classroom Parties
  • 2/14 Valentine’s Day Classroom Parties
  • 6/7 End of the Year Classroom Parties

Please note: Each homeroom will have one representative, who will be selected at random from among the submissions. Notifications will be sent on or before September 10th. If you are not selected as a homeroom representative, there are a variety of other volunteer opportunities in the classroom and the PTO will share these throughout the year!

If you have any questions about Homeroom Representative responsibilities or the selection process, please feel free to email


Help Needed This Friday – 8/17

Hello, O’Hara Families! We really need your help this Friday.  Due to construction, our teachers have not had their usual access to set up their classrooms and prepare for the start of school. Construction has also created a lot of work for our administrative staff, who have been working in temporary rooms. Please consider volunteering for a shift this Friday to help our amazing teachers and staff! Even if you cannot stay for a full shift, an hour of your time would be greatly appreciated. We currently have 12 teachers/staff members requesting help for the morning shift (9am – 11am), and 11 for the afternoon shift (12pm – 2pm).  The afternoon shift in particular could use more volunteers.  It’s all hands on deck as we count down to the first day of school!

Sign up here! 

Please note: Unfortunately we cannot allow children to participate due to construction.

Help, Please!

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.)

August 2018

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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