Christ Lutheran School dads gather for bingo night.

Christ Lutheran School dads gather for bingo night.

Behind every successful school is a hardworking and dedicated Parent Teacher Organization. With optimism for a better year ahead, Arcadia area’s PTOs are making the following plans.


Arcadia High 

The PTO conducts two fundraisers: a membership drive and an online auction. With six membership levels, it offers something for everyone. AHS focuses on many events, including teacher appreciation meals, the campus beautification project, homecoming and senior activities. 

“We’re playing it day-by-day regarding what the district lets us do,” PTO President Kim Kleski said. “Our parents back us one hundred percent, and we have a great sense of community from our Arcadia families.”


Biltmore Prep 

 “We’re focusing on a soccer league for our K-3 classes this year,” PTO President Sophia Carrillo Dahl said. “Soccer’s a great way to connect our parents and little ones, and we’re looking forward to being a community together again.” 

In addition to soccer, the PTO started the year off by welcoming teachers back to campus and hosting a back-to-school night. They also have an upcoming uniform exchange event, a fundraiser night at Peter Piper Pizza and a carnival.


Christ Lutheran School 

“We don’t have an actual PTO, but parents can come into class and volunteer for various activities. We love having them on campus,” Principal Jon Doyle said.  

While new safety precautions have changed how parents can volunteer, Doyle is optimistic for the future. One goal is to host an auction or fundraiser with the golf tournament. 

“Our parents regularly contact us with new ideas,” Doyle said. “Recently, a mother mentioned a mother/son dance, and now it’s in the works. We love parents who are passionate about spearheading events.”


Echo Canyon 

“We’ve restructured our membership,” PTO President Stephanie Peyton said. “We have high hopes for this year as we have so many people who want to help.” 

Dining for Dollars, a family dance, a read-a-thon, a pinewood derby and several fundraising drives are some of the events planned for the year.

 “We’re excited to resume our featured Chef in the Garden Program,” Peyton said, “which is a hands-on learning partnership with the Blue Watermelon Project.”


Hopi Elementary 

Hopi PTO’s theme this year is: Shine bright, soar high! 

“We had an exciting first week because we could welcome parents back to campus,” PTO President Megan Livengood said. 

So far on the calendar is a family fun bingo night, a movie drive-in night, walk to school day, a used book fair and a read-a-thon fundraiser.

 “We would also like to be able to provide more shade structures on campus and spruce up the back patio area,” Livengood said.


Ingleside Middle 

Ingleside’s PTO kicked off the school year by hosting a teacher happy hour. 

“We’re working on getting the food trucks and fine arts event, angel tree event, bike drive, trivia night and a 5K on the calendar,” PTO President Kerri Flader said. 

Flader explained that they want to get people excited about being in school again, so the goal is to provide a shirt for every student to promote school spirit. “We’re nothing without our members and business sponsors, so we encourage everyone to get involved,” she said.

Tavan Elementary 

“Our major goal this year is to get more parents involved in the PTO,” Vice President Cheri Price said. “We want to put Tavan back on the map through an increase in parental involvement and activity.”

There is also plan to host a couple of bigger annual neighborhood events. During Halloween Hijinx, the dad’s club hosts a haunted house, and kids can safely trick-or-treat. Tavan Twinkles is a shopping event where students can sell items they’ve created.

Veritas Prep

“We’re excited to have events this year since we couldn’t last year,” Co-President Meg Seoane said. Veritas plans to bring back its annual fall dodgeball tournament for grades 6-12 as well as their K-12 homecoming tailgate and football game. 

“We also didn’t have any dances last year,” Seoane said, “so the kids are especially excited for our middle school harvest party and high school homecoming dance.”