August/September Newsletter

Welcome back to Ashland Ridge, and a special welcome to all of the new families joining our school this year! The Ashland Ridge PTO is looking forward to a great year.

Our first meeting of the year is Tuesday, September 4th at 7PM.  We will meet in the Media Center, and all who attend will receive a FREE reusable Ashland Ridge grocery bag!!!  PTO meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month unless there is no school.  PTO meetings are a great way to get involved with the activities going on at Ashland Ridge, and we would love for you to join us!!   Childcare is provided by Ashland Ridge 5th graders at all PTO meetings.  Just report to the Kindergarten pod.

If you have signed up or are interested in being a HOMEROOM PARENT or CLASS PICTURE PARENT, please plan to attend a short meeting on Tuesday,  September 4th at 6:00PM in the Media Center.  You will have the opportunity to meet other homeroom parents for your child’s classroom and ask any questions.   We would love to have you stay for our PTO meeting that will follow. 

School Supply boxes will be available for pick up at Meet the Teacher Night.

If you have not filled your PTO Parent Volunteer Information sheet, please turn them in at Meet the Teacher night or Back to School night.  You can also email the PTO at and we will add you to our email list. This is the main way we communicate with parents throughout the year, so please provide your email address, even if you don’t want to volunteer.  We are still looking for Homeroom and Picture Parent’s in certain classrooms.  Please stop by the PTO table on Meet the Teacher or Back to School night to see if your child’s class needs help!

We are offering Ashland Ridge Spirit Wear again this year!!  This year we are excited to offer reusable grocery bags in addition to the variety of shirts and sweatshirts.  Samples will be displayed at Meet the Teacher and Back to School Nights as well as order forms.    Stop by the PTO table to check them out.  Order forms for spirit wear will be due on September 14th

Are you a Kindergarten parent this year??  If so, please join us for a Boo-Hoo breakfast after you drop off your child at their classroom.  Come and meet other parents of kindergartners and enjoy a breakfast treat.  Breakfast is from 8:45-9:30AM on Wednesday August 15th – the first day of school.  As a reminder, you are asked to not go back to your child’s classroom to check on your child.

Fall Fundraiser kick-off is August 24th and all orders/money is due on September 5th.  We will be selling gift items and cookie dough from Clubs Choice again this year.  We are still looking for fundraiser committee volunteers.  Fundraisers have been established but we need volunteers to assist with the implementation of them.   If you are interested, please email the PTO as soon as possible.

Ashland Ridge PTO is again teaming with Wendy’s and Burger King for community nights.  A portion of all proceeds will be given back to the Ashland Ridge PTO.  This year we are also excited to partner with HyVee for a Healthy Family Dinner Night.  As in previous years the classroom with the highest attendance will be given a reward from each of the restaurants!   The first Hy-Vee night is August 23rd from 4-8PM.  The first Burger King night (1st street location only) is September 6th from 4-8PM and the first Wendy’s night is September 17th from 5-8PM.

We are updating our website.  Please be on the lookout for the new and improved website at

Important Dates to Remember:

August 13: Meet the Teacher Night 4:30-6:30

August 14: Kindergarten Back to School Night 6-6:30


Boo-Hoo Breakfast (Kindergarten Parents Only) 8:45-9:30AM

August 21: Back to School Night Grades 1-5

1st Grade 6-6:30

2nd and 3rd Grade 7-7:30

4th and 5th Grade 8-8:30

August 23: Hy-Vee Healthy Dinner Night 4-8

August 24: Fall Fundraiser Kick-off

August 27-30: Vision/Hearing Screening

September 4: Homeroom and Picture Parent Meeting, 6PM, Media Center

PTO Meeting 7PM, Media Center

September 5: Fall Fundraiser Order/Money Due

September 6: Burger King Night 4-8

September 12: Teacher Breakfast 7:15AM

September 14: Spirit Wear Order Due

September 17: Wendy’s Night 5-8

September 10: Vision/Hearing Retest Day

September 27: School Pictures!!!

Fall Fundraiser Pick-Up

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