PTO Grant Update

Did you know one of the many things the Norwalk PTO funds are teacher grants? Twice a year – fall and spring – Norwalk PTO offers $2,500 to Oviatt and Lakewood Elementary Schools in the forms of grants to teachers.  Teachers were able to apply for grants ranging from $50 to $500. Five members of the PTO Board served as the grant committee.

Over $10,000 was awarded to Oviatt and Lakewood teachers through this process.  One grant funded purchasing books for Title I Reading students. Karen Porter, Oviatt Elementary Reading Specialist, explains what this grant means to her:

Dear Norwalk PTO,                                                                            

Thank you for granting me funds to purchase books for my Title I Reading students!  It’s difficult to find quality literature to match the independent reading levels of my students that falls within my very limited school budget. Since the Title I budget was cut several years ago, I have not been able to make a significant purchase of leveled books to send home with my students for additional daily reading practice. Your gift allowed me to purchase 2 complete sets of non-fiction and fiction books to match the needs of my first and second grade students. The books have already made their way into many homes and several students have been very motivated to spend more time reading outside of the school day. There is now a waiting list to check out some of the favorites!

My ultimate goal for struggling readers is to help them become lifelong learners through a love of reading.  Thanks for helping me achieve this goal!


Karen Porter
Reading Specialist
Oviatt Elementary


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Now Seeking Interest for Norwalk PTO Board Members

It’s that time of year where the PTO board is already looking at planning for the next school year.  The PTO depends on the generosity of parents and teachers, as well as Norwalk community members and businesses; generosity of not only funds, but also time, talent, and commitments.  As the community grows so does our school system. To achieve our goal of supporting the elementary schools we are in the process of recruiting parents that would be interested in holding a position on our board.

As much as the officers of the PTO board love what we do, we need to teach others how to do these jobs.  It would be a disservice to keep some of these positions until our own children leave for middle school and then have no one trained to take our place. Without the PTO board, most of the events for the students and support we give the schools will not be feasible.

It is fundamental to our organization that we fill board positions with interested and dedicated parents who are committed to the well-being of our students, staff, and families.

If you are interested in talking with us more about serving on the board, please send us a quick email to or call one of us at the numbers listed below.

Thank you!

Lisa Moore, Co-President 720-810-6811
Julie Brincks, Co-President 515-971-1777
Amanda Fletcher, Co-Vice President 515-210-9474
Jenn McLaughlin, Co-Vice President 515-669-4349
Angie Vandemark, Secretary 515-554-3953
Melissa Norem, Treasurer 515-802-0878


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Teacher & Me Photo Fundraiser

Back by popular demand is the Norwalk PTO teacher and me photo fundraiser! The 8×10 Teacher & Me memory mate includes a picture of the student with their teacher and a class photo personalized with their name.

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The cost of the memory mate is $13.50. Order forms can be found here: Order Form. Please note: printed order forms will NOT be sent home with students. 

Lakewood students will have their photos taken March 21-23. Please look for the specific date and time from Lakewood staff.

Oviatt students will have their photos taken March 29 and 30. Please look for the specific date and time from Oviatt staff.

Thank you for your continued support!

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Oviatt Movie Night

Oviatt Movie Night Featuring:


Thursday, March 22, 2018
Oviatt Elementary Gym

Doors open at 5:30 pm – Movie starts at 6:00 pm
Following The Leader In Me Family Night

This event is free for all Oviatt students, teachers, and their families.
Please bring your blankets or lawn chairs, picnic dinner and drinks.
Norwalk PTO will provide a special treat!

Please click the link to RSVP by Monday, March 19

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PTO Meeting Cancelled

PTO Meeting for Monday, Feb. 19 has been cancelled.

Due to the Norwalk Boys District Basketball game at the Norwalk High School at 8:00 pm, we are moving our meeting to Monday, March 19, which is the date for our March meeting. We know many of you will want to go to the game to support our Warriors and we do too! Go cheer on the Norwalk Warriors and we will see you in March!

Thank you for your continuous support!
Norwalk PTO Board

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