Fall Teacher Grants Announced

Norwalk Elementary Parent Teacher Organization is excited to again offer grants to elementary teachers in the Norwalk School District. Due to our continued commitment to fundraising (through events and grants) and ongoing financial support from parents, teachers, and local businesses community members, we are able to offer two grant cycles during the 2018-2019 school year.

The Norwalk PTO Board of Directors served as the grant committee (any current teachers or staff members who serve as PTO Board members did not serve on this committee). In 2018-2019, up to $2,500 will be awarded to each school during each grant cycle.

Oviatt teacher grants

Karrigan Kueny Kindergarten Flexible seating $100
Samantha Ritchey Kindergarten Hands on activities – multiple items $300
Emily Gerlich K-1 looping Hands on activities – multiple items $350
Angela Housley K-1 looping Hands on activities – multiple items $300
Abby Schmailzl K-2 reading Leveled reading material $103.44
Gabe Gehringer 1st grade Stem Resources and games $173
Jackie Niemeyer 1st grade Osmo Games $138.43
Kathie Phillips 2nd grade Flexible seating $275
Stacey Morgan 2nd grade Flexible seating $280
Brittney Wiltse 2nd grade Flexible seating $100
Karen Porter 2nd grade special education Flexible seating $360

Lakewood teacher grants

Elaine Menke Band Tuba stands $324
5th Grade Teachers All 5th graders Field trip to State Historical Museum $500
3rd Grade Teachers 3rd grade Flexible seating $109
Jenny Schoenhard 4th grade Flexible seating $250
Ashley Traver Special education Fareway gift card $200
Mallory Hollingswork 5th grade STEM materials $116
Barb Buckton 4th grade Battle of the Books $189
Trenton Korver Special education Hands on activities – multiple items $150

Congratulations to all the grant recipients. Spring grant applications will be available in early January.



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Fun Night Volunteers Needed


Norwalk PTO Fun Night is Saturday, Nov. 17 at Lakewood. Enjoy dinner, games, a silent auction and plenty of school spirit.  We need volunteers to help make the event successful. Please sign up today!

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2018 Warrior Dash Exceeded Goal

2018-NorwalkWarrior-Dash smallerNorwalk PTO is proud to announce the 2018 Warrior Dash raised a grand total of $57,886. A big thank you to all the students, parents, volunteers and sponsors who made this year’s Warrior Dash successful.

Oviatt Warrior Dash Grand Total – $29,991

  • Preschool – $1,129.50
  • Kindergarten – $10,732
  • 1st Grade – $11,067
  • 2nd Grade – $7,062

The following classrooms won the cotton candy party:

  • Kindergarten – Ritchey
  • 1st–  Salazar
  • 2nd– Clark

Lakewood Warrior Dash Grand Total – $27,894

  • 3rd Grade – $10,858
  • 4th Grade – $10,111
  • 5th Grade – $6,924

The following classrooms won the cotton candy party:

  • Believe in Me Boulevard – Hildreth
  • Electric Ave – Spurr
  • Courtesy Cul-De-Sac – Bengard
  • Victory Lande – Schoenhard
  • Integrity Island – Friesen

Thanks again for a great 2018 Warrior Dash!

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Fall Conference Meal Donations

Fall conferences are just around the corner and Norwalk PTO will be providing a meal for the teachers during conferences at Oviatt and Lakewood on Thursday, Nov. 1.  Will you help us by contributing toward the cost of the meal? Any donation amount is appreciated. Please click here to donate.

Thank you for your continued support,
Norwalk PTO Board

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Reminder: PTO Meeting Monday

Meeting Reminder

Norwalk PTO invites you to join us for the first meeting of the school year – Monday, Sept. 17 at 6:15 pm at Lakewood Elementary. Childcare will be provided.

As the Norwalk community continues to grow, the PTO is evolving to better serve the school district. You will have the opportunity meet and learn more about each of the PTO board members. The board will also provide an overview of the projects and  programs the PTO will be funding during the school year.

But none of this could be possible with you the support of the teachers, parents and community members. We need you! Generosity of not only funds, but also time and talents. Our main goal is to support the elementary schools by providing them with the tools and activities that are not allotted for in the general budget. To achieve these goals, volunteers are needed. If you can give an hour or ten, it is appreciated.

We will be sharing the various volunteer opportunities at this meeting.

We hope to see you there!

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