Dear Ross Families,

At Ross, we are lucky to have a wonderful group of teachers and staff that are so dedicated to
guiding our children through their elementary school experience. We are also fortunate to have a
strong community of highly engaged parent volunteers who work closely with school
administrators and teachers to create an exceptional environment for Ross students.

I am beginning my seventh year with a child at Ross and have seen first-hand the enormous
impact the PTA has on the education of our students. The PTA raises more than $140,000
annually to provide the support that Principal Searl and the Ross Staff depend upon. But we
cannot meet our fundraising goals each year without help from you, the Ross families. Whether
it is donating your time or your talents to one of our committees or making a monetary donation,
please consider supporting the PTA.

We have many fun events planned for our students and families this year and I look forward to
working with all of you. The PTA is absolutely a team effort, so if you have any suggestions or
ideas about how we can do things better, please let us know.

Nora Rigby
PTA President 2017-18

The objective of the Ross School PTA is to fully support the Ross Elementary School faculty and
staff so that they can create the best, most productive, educational experiences possible for the

Activities/Events Funded by the Ross PTA

  • All office and classroom supplies for the school so that Principal Searl may hire
    additional staff not budgeted for by DCPS, such as aides for every classroom and a full
    time Spanish teacher.
  • Teacher trainings on the latest in literacy, STEM education, and brain-based research.
  • Field trips and enrichment experiences that expose Ross students to all that DC has to
    offer, including partnerships with the Kennedy Center, the National Arts and Humanities
    Council, the Phillips Collection, Imagination Stage, ReSET Science, and Camp Fraser.
    Classroom technology to supplement and tailor the DCPS curriculum to your child’s
  • School-wide events to help foster greater community among the Ross students and
  • Need-based, confidential scholarships for after school enrichment opportunities at the
  • All classroom technology, including flat-screen TVs for projection in classroom, tablets
    for certain computer-based curriculum, and teacher laptops.
  • All library books (through the Annual Mother’s and Father’s Day Book Drive).
  • Community building activities such as open houses for prospective neighborhood
    families, parent learning and social coffees, movie night, Halloween “Spooktacular,” and
    back-to- school and end-of the-year picnics.
  • Website hosting, content and maintenance.