PTO Meeting Notes

PTO Meeting Notes:

04/20/2022 PTO Meeting:

Principal Bridgens: Chris Para came today with her certified therapy dog, Tanner. She’s going to start coming to Irving regularly and we’re very excited!

The 5th grade wax museum event is in person this year!!! Fifth grade families are welcome to come check out all of the student’s hard work. It will be on May 5 at 6:30pm.

The 5th graders had a blast at outdoor school (even though the weather was not the best). The kids got to be in canoes, do a ropes course, and participate in many other fun things!

Kim Liebenberg, the Irving Title 1 Coordinator: Title 1 uses government funding to identify, and help, children that need extra support in reading. They screen 3 times per year, and support K-5th grade. Currently there are about 100 kids utilizing title services. Kim came to the pto meeting today to plan events for next year. Events in the past have included math night, literacy night, science night, and curriculum night. We’re all very excited to bring these events back!

PTO Board: Staff Appreciation week is May 2-6. We are looking for volunteers for April 29th to help set up staff appreciation decorations. Please let us know if you can help!!! Irving staff is Nacho average staff, they are AMAZING!

The scouts are planning on helping with the setup for the jogathon that will be on May 20.

The PTO Board is welcoming Kelly Butterfield onto the board! She’s a parent of 3 Irving students, and has been a huge help as a volunteer. Thank you for signing up to serve our school community Kelli!

Go Tigers!

03/16/22 PTO Meeting:

Principal Bridgens:

Monday was the first day without the mask mandate, and it has gone very smoothly. Some children have masks, while others don’t, and everyone is being respectful.

Author Dennis Mathew was here on Tuesday. He met with 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students, and gave a presentation about his books which included singing. The students got to learn about the process of making books. His books are Social and Emotional Learning focused which ties into our curriculum. Each student in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade(s) will receive a copy of one of his books. Here is a link where you can learn more information about this Author: Children’s Author, Songwriter, Educator, Oklahoma City (

Outdoor school for 5th graders is coming up April 18-19. It will take place at camp Wilani.

Over 30 new students were registered for Kindergarten at Irving! We look forward to meeting them all!

Our 4th and 5th graders are learning to compose music with our fantastic music teacher.

Over spring break, the garden project will be getting together to put together some gardening projects for our 4th graders to do after break.

The covered playground that voters approved will be built over the summer.

Other PTO business:

Square one order forms will be here in a couple of weeks. This fundraiser is a great way to memorialize your child’s artwork while supporting your pto.

May 2nd thru the 6th is staff appreciation week. Let’s taco-bout how amazing our staff is! More information to come.

May 20th is the official date for the IN PERSON jogathon! It will be so fun!

As always, Go Tigers!

February 16, 2022 PTO Meeting:

We’re looking at May 20th for the jogathon, and Adam will request this date to Principal Bridgens. We are hoping for an in-person event this year.

$22,887.03 is our current PTO fund balance.

Mrs. Johnson requests funds to allow the 4th graders to publish their own books. The total number of books is 42, with a total cost of $840. She is requesting half of that amount=$420, with the other half being paid for by Principal Bridgens.

  • The group discussed that the 5th graders this year are also doing this project since they couldn’t do it last year, and that parents have received order forms. We’re trying to figure out how to support both the 4th grade students/families and the 5th grade families. The consensus is that the PTO will cover books for every 4th and 5th grade student who is unable to cover their book. We will reach out to families to see if they can cover some of the expense of the books after following up with 5th grade Teachers.

The group discussed the possibility of putting turf into the gaga pit via utilizing the scouts, or kidsports.

The group discussed a possible need for new headphones in the computer lab.

The Square 1 fundraiser time frame has been pushed back by 1 week, but is still happening. Information has been sent to the Teachers about deadlines for the art submissions, etc. Dawn will follow up with Principal Bridgens. We will post to the WeLoveIrving Facebook page once there is more information to share (ordering, etc).

Adam will reach out to Principal Bridgens pertaining to the logistics of Teacher Appreciation week (as well as the Jog-A-Thon).

We are planning on having Tiger Take Out in March with Papa’s Pizza. Stay tuned for the date!

As always, Go Tigers!!!

January 19, 2022

-There’s a new app we will begin using at Irving called Parent Square. Once implemented, it will hopefully be the only one we need.

-Monday, January 24th is a new no school day for professional development. February 3rd is no longer a no school day.

-This Friday, information pertaining to a lockdown drill will be going home to families. Our Teachers are trained in ALICE (A: alert L: lock I: inform C: counter E: evacuate).

-Nicole Butler and Principal Bridgens request PTO funds to have Dennis Mathew to both Irving and Fairfield. He is an author (Bello the Cello, My Wild First Day of School, and more). He also does workshops for book writing, and character development, for grades 3-5. $3,558 is the total cost. $1,558 is the amount requested. Mrs. Butler will use some of the funds received by winning Teacher of the Year, Fairfield will help, and BEF will also help. The day the author would come would be in March 2022. All participating students would receive their own copy of Bello the Cello. ***Voted, and passed unanimously.

-The current PTO fund account balance is about $22,900.

-We’re hopeful to be able to do the jog-a-thon in person this year.

-Teacher Appreciation is the first week of May.

-We are not going to be able to do a Spring dance this year.

-We are going to do the Square 1 Art fundraiser. Each classroom will get their art project done for this fundraiser. Projects will be done by Feb 22, and families will be able to order in March. Orders will be received around April 19.

-The next PTO meeting will be the 3rd Wednesday in Feb at 6:30pm.

November 17, 2021

Present PTO Board Members: All

Principal Bridgens:

He talked about Care & Connection.

Spirit week 13th-17th of December

Buddy classrooms. Students will write letters and exchange artwork

Students if the month-DQ free mini blizzard, certificate

Joke of the week

Conferences are coming up.

The 1st field trip was a success to Doris Ranch: This was funded by the PTO.

Teachers have hung artwork around campus.

Ms. Holt will be a learning teacher during covid. Any student that is out she will bring supplies, tutor during quarantine.

PTO Discussion:

Need to let families know about Coke rewards, Amazon smile, Fred Meyer

Christmas light recycling will be done through Charlotte.

Joshua is getting an Amazon code to help make it easier for families to sign up for Amazon Smile.

There will be no PTO meeting, or Tiger Take Out in December.

Kelly is going to talk to Starbucks about fundraiser, or donation, possibilities.

Dawn will put out a flyer instead of having a meeting in December.

Irving Cares helped 15 Irving families this year!


October 20, 2021

Present PTO Board Members: Adam, Dawn, Jen, Carol, Hannah

Principal Bridgens:

He talked about the need for Educational Assistants (subs, part-time, and full-time). He asked the community to please share the need with those who may be interested.

Counsellors Elizabeth Johnson and Remi Smith are both working 2 1/2 days each. They're getting into classrooms and doing lessons.

The school finished up doing universal screening for Title 1 services, and Title 1 services are up and running.

Staff are connecting student academics with student knowledge. Students have knowledge to bring to the class from things they learn outside the classroom.

PTO Discussion:

The PTO might be able to help with supplies of classroom snacks if there is a need.

The PTO is off to a healthy financial start.

A parent suggested we remind families about having an Irving Elementary PTO Amazon Smile account, because it all adds up. Fred Meyer also lets you link your rewards cards to Irving.

A parent asked if Square 1 will still happen this year. Dawn confirmed it is still happening! We're hoping for increased participation now that school is open. Dawn will be leading Square 1.

Spirit Gear: The tiger gear fundraiser is live. Hannah is taking the lead on this. We're using custom ink this year to cut back on the need to store gear. They offer a print on demand type of fundraiser that lasts from 2 weeks to 4 weeks while keeping costs reasonable. They do have minimums to print, but they are low as long as you only offer a couple of styles. We might have another spirit gear fundraiser in the future with zip-up hoodies and youth sized sweaters. Ordered shirts and hoodies will be available for pick up at the school by the pillars on Dec. 8. Families will receive flyers about this asap.

Tiger Take Out: Tiger take out is going well! We'll have Panda Express in November. Jen is leading this.

Pie Fundraiser benefitting Irving Cares: This is happening in November. Flyers will be sent home twice. Volunteers are needed to hand out pies at the school. We're offering more types of pies this year! This program helps Irving families during the holiday season. Dawn will be leading this, and doing delivery.

New Business:

Hannah asked about a way to appreciate our bus drivers. Adam suggested coffee gift cards, and Jen seconded. They will be receiving $25 gift cards to show them they are very appreciated.

Adam said he spoke to the district about having vaccinated volunteers go to the school from 3-4pm to help Teachers, but is not sure if that's possible at this time.


September 22, 2021

Present PTO Board Members: Carol, Hannah, Adam, Dawn, Jen

Principal Bridgens:

· He talked about having 9 new licensed staff: Counselor, Music, PE, Spanish, both 2nd grade Teachers, 5th grade Teacher, and Title.

· Students were beginning math and reading assessments to identify students for Title 1.

· He discussed connecting staff with families.

· Everyone is working to keep staff and students safe (sanitizer, hand washing, and masks).

· Students are doing very well with distancing, and connecting with school friends.

· He said BOA is welcome to participate in Irving Events (book fair, MMBB, etc)

· There are school pictures on Tuesday, October 12, 2021.

· There will be an outdoor book fair at the school: Each grade will have a time after school. BOA can go on the day their grade is going.

MMBB: The Monster Mash will either be virtual, or a Trunk or Treat. We need approval first. We’re considering a drive thru event for health and safety reasons. We discussed having the event on Oct 22nd instead of the last Friday before Oct 31 so that students could also attend other free community events.

  • (Update: This event is cancelled for 2021.)

Irving Cares: The PTO will coordinate this with the school Counselor.

November Pie Fundraiser: Funds go towards Irving Cares. Costco is still fine. We aren’t doing rolls this year, but may add a second dessert option.

Tiger Take Out: TTO will usually be on the 3rd Wed of every month so that it can align with PTO meetings. Jennifer will coordinate.

Spirit Gear: In progress. We discussed having stickers, water bottles, zip up hoodies, etc.

Auction: Dawn will coordinate. There might be only 1 this year instead of 2.

Jog-a-thon/Move-a-thon: It’s too early to discuss, but we plan on having it in May.

Field Trips: They might be able to happen, depending on where they would go, bus availability, and health and safety conditions.