Parent Teacher Organization

Your new board welcomes you to the 2022-23 school year. We look forward to meeting you!

Engaged Parents | Supported Teachers | Fun Student Events

ERA PTO Board members for 2022-2023 began to serve on July 1, 2022.

  • President – Elena Ryabinin
  • Vice-President – Ifrah Dualeh
  • Treasurer – Tina Loutsch
  • Teacher Liaisons – Lindsay Thomas (1st grade teacher), Carolyn Sommers Tillotson (School Librarian)
  • Cassie Bruski
  • Community Engagement – Gretchen Stone, Resmy Kurian, Lindsey Wu, Doris Momanyi, Manohar Perumal, Lincy Paul

Please email if you are interested in joining us in the role of Secretary.

OUR PTO EMAIL ADDRESS IS: pto.eagleridge@gmail.com

OUR FACEBOOK LINK IS: https://www.facebook.com/ERAPTOMtka

PTO Annual Contribution

Click here to view informational flyer.

Click here to view school supply lists.

We are excited to be working with School Tool Box again this year. Teachers are able to set their classrooms up for success by tailoring grade level supply lists to their needs. The products provided through School Tool Box are high quality so they last longer, provide the best results, and preserve our school equipment. School Tool Box allows us to provide families with a convenient and cost-effective way to purchase school supplies with a School Year Guarantee. Kits will be delivered to your home for you to bring with you to Meet Your Teacher Night.

Online ordering is open at schooltoolbox.com. We suggest ordering by Friday, August 5, 2022 to ensure delivery to your home for Meet Your Teacher Night.

Used Uniform Sale & PTO Kick-Off: ERA Forum, Thursday, July 28, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Uniforms will be accepted through Monday, July 25 for this sale. To donate uniform items, please drop them off at school at Door 1, Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Want to volunteer? Click here to sign up!

The PTO Kickoff and Used Uniform Sale is a gathering for ERA families to learn about the PTO, make annual family contributions, purchase annual Spirit Wear, and buy and sell used uniform items. Families can donate used uniform items to benefit the PTO or tag and sell items to receive profits themselves.

Rockin’ the Ridge, the ERA PTO’s popular community carnival event is on Saturday, October 8, 2:00-6:00 p.m. at Eagle Ridge Academy!

We are pleased to invite K-5 families to join us in making memorable moments with other members of the ERA community! Kids have a wide range of fun to choose, including a variety of carnival games, a photo backdrop with silly props, Henna, face painting, crazy hair, and so much more!

The unlimited wristband can be pre-ordered for $25 and picked up at the event or purchased at the door for $30. Families may also purchase a 10-punch card for $5 at the event. Point values vary between games and activities.

Since this is a community event, we are in need of lots of volunteers to help make it successful! There are many options for Rockin’ the Ridge volunteers.

Order Your Unlimited Fun Wristband today
Sign up to volunteer at the event

We’re new to ERA. What’s RTR and should we come?

RTR is our wildly popular annual school carnival event for K-5 families, taking place on Saturday, October 2, 2021, 3:00-7:00 p.m. at the school!

We will pull out all the stops to create a fun and memorable evening for the whole family. Older or younger siblings of K-5 ERA students are welcome! We do require a parent/guardian/adult chaperone to be present at the event to supervise students and siblings—no drop-offs allowed. We’re excited to bring back many well-loved events including the game truck, inflatable slide and obstacle course, carnival games, face painting, crazy hair, henna tattoos, and so much more!

Should we come hungry?

We recommend it! RTR is famous for GREAT food and this year is no exception. Here’s our lineup:

  • Purple People Feeder: Hot dogs, mini-burgers, wings, pulled pork sandwiches, cheese curds, and fries.
  • Taqueria Patron: Mexican food, tacos, burritos, and quesadillas!
  • Culver’s Custard: Pick your toppings!
  • Popped Corn: A Minnetonka favorite—gluten-free, dairy-free popcorn!
  • PTO-Sponsored Concessions: Hot Dogs and chips, veggie burgers and chips, soda choices, and bottled water.
  • Lemonade Bottles: Be sure to check out our all new BPA-free collector water bottles with ERA logo, full of lemonade for $7 (with 1-free refill during RTR). Only 300 available!

My kids love to have fun! How can we get the most out of RTR?

Our most popular option is the UNLIMITED FUN WRISTBAND! This wristband guarantees unlimited entry into all of our games and events (food/beverages are additional).

Wristbands can be pre-ordered for $25 and picked up at will-call near Door 2 on the night of the event. Otherwise, they are $30 at the door. Adults who are supervising children but not participating in games or events can freely enter without a wristband. Order wristbands online here.

A second option is a 10-punch card for $5. These cards can be purchased at RTR (no pre-order) in any quantity and shared among family members.

Point values vary between events:

  • 2-point events: Bingo, Putting Challenge, Select Carnival Games
  • 4-point events: Glamour Nails, Crazy Hair, Henna Tattoos, Face Painting, Photo Booth
  • 6-point events: Game Truck

Do you need help with Rockin’ the Ridge?

YES, WE DO! RTR is staffed almost exclusively by wonderful parent and upper school student volunteers — over 300 total! It’s a great place to meet other ERA parents, log some volunteer hours (Volunteer 5 commitment), and have fun while doing it! Many opportunities take only two hours of your time. Please sign up for your volunteer slot here.

Questions?

Please direct your questions to pto.eagleridge@gmail.com.

Party with a Purpose is comprised of individual parties hosted, through the school year, by ERA parents, teachers, and staff. We are building a stronger Eagle Ridge Academy one party at a time. More information coming soon! View the online party catalog here.

Party with a Purpose Coordinators:

Party with a Purpose Q&A

Get Your 2021 PTO Spirit Wear!

PTO Spirit Wear is now available for purchase online here! All Spirit Wear proceeds benefit PTO’s events, services, and teacher support. Show your school spirit and order your fresh spirit wear today!

See It… Save It!
Did you know that you can support Eagle Ridge Academy through your everyday purchases with the Box Tops for Education and Coca-Cola GIVE programs? These programs are free and simple to use. Not only that, but anyone participate—grandparents, neighbors, and friends—so check out these programs today, and while you’re at it, get a couple of friends on board too!

Box Tops for Education
Box Tops for Education (BTFE) helps families earn money for Eagle Ridge Academy with products they already buy. It only takes minutes to get the Box Tops app through the app store on your phone and follow the prompts to set up your account. Be sure to enter ERA as your school. Once you have the app set up, it’s a snap to use it to scan your receipt every time you buy groceries. The app automatically finds eligible items and credits them to ERA! You can even see in the app how much money has been given to our school this year and what products have special Box Tops promotions going on. Visit boxtops4education.com for more information.

Coca-Cola GIVE
To contribute through Coca-Cola GIVE, Simply look for a code on Coke products. It can be found under screw tops or inside the boxes of 12- and 24-packs. When you see one, head to us.coca-cola.com/give/schools/ and search for Eagle Ridge Academy. Enter or scan the code and you’re done! Visit us.coca-cola.com/give/ for more information. Email seeitsaveitera@gmail.com if you have any questions about either program.

Stay Connected

K-12 Parent Directory

My School Anywhere is NOW Membership Tool Kit

Step 1:

  • Create an account at eagleridgeacademy.membershiptoolkit.com.
  • If you already have an account from last year, using My School Anywhere, you can use the same email and password to login. You can then confirm or edit your information.

Step 2:

  • Click “verify my email” and check your email for a link to complete the process.

Questions?  Please contact Karen Oglesby at karen@newmercies.org.

Thank you for your interest in carpooling. The PTO serves families by maintaining a list of those interested in cooperating to share drop off and/or pick up responsibilities. This list is electronic and maintained through our Family Directory, Membership Toolkit (available online and as an app). The PTO is not involved in matching families and does not background check, screen, or otherwise vouch for individuals on the carpool interest list. All risk and responsibility for carpooling is assumed by families choosing to participate.

You have control over what information you share and the directory is available both online and as an app. Create an account here. You can also use this same link to access an existing account.

Once you are logged in to the Membership Toolkit directory, the Carpool Interest form can be found under Sign-ups.

If you have any questions, please contact us at pto.eagleridge@gmail.com.

2021-22 ERA PTO Annual Contribution

Thank you for your contribution to the Eagle Ridge Academy PTO.
Your financial contribution funds many community and teacher events throughout the year, including:

  • Back To School Picnic
  • Staff Development and Conference Meals
  • Staff Winter Party
  • Teacher Appreciation Week – meals & gift
  • K-5 Grade Level Get-togethers
  • Microphones for School Productions
  • Last Day of School Ice Cream Truck
  • Senior Dinner following Graduation
  • Refreshments for school events

The suggested tax deductible donation is $25 or more per family. PTO Annual Contribution (formerly called dues) can also be paid online via Square Pay, or if you prefer, you may print our Mail In Donation Form.

Pay Online

Your new PTO Board has been elected and planning has begun for the 2022-23 School Year:

  • President – Elena Ryabinin
  • Vice-President – Ifrah Dualeh
  • Treasurer – Tina Loutsch
  • Teacher Liaisons – Lindsay Thomas (1st grade teacher), Carolyn Sommers Tillotson (School Librarian), Cassie Bruski
  • Community Engagement – Gretchen Stone, Resmy Kurian, Lindsey Wu, Doris Momanyi, Manohar Perumal, Lincy Paul

We are parent volunteers and not being paid for the time or projects or events we work on for the school and our children. We appreciate your patience, grace, and desire to help us to create new events. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any desires to architect an event and recruit volunteers at pto.eagleridge@gmail.com.

PTO Quarterly Meeting Minutes & Documents

PTO BYLAWS (Amended 3.13.14)

Further Board Role Descriptions:

President(s):

  • Preside over board meetings
  • Cooperate with the Director of Eagle Ridge Academy and the school’s Board of Directors to maintain a supportive relationship between the school and the PTO
  • Delegate special projects, creating committees as needed

Vice-President(s):

  • Support and aide the work of the president, acting as a backup to the president when needed
  • Act as a backup, signing checks, if needed, for the treasurer

Treasurer:

  • Handle and maintain PTO funds, disbursing funds as decided by the board and fulfilling reimbursements in a timely manner
  • Maintain control and supervision over the PTO bank account and checkbook, signing all checks
  • Maintain and update budget spreadsheet
  • Provide brief financial report to the board at quarterly meetings

Secretary:

  • Officially record minutes of PTO meetings, submitting a copy of minutes to fellow board members via shared document file
  • Maintain PTO email and manage email communications
  • Manage school communications, including Eagle Eye

Volunteer Coordinators:

  • Recruit volunteers as needed for PTO committees and events, maintain a list of volunteers
  • Disperse volunteer lists to appropriate committee chairs

Teacher Liaisons:

  • Act as advisor and liaison between faculty/staff and the PTO
  • Help coordinate PTO-sponsored activities in the classroom
  • Report to teachers on PTO activities

Responsibilities for all PTO Board Members:

  • Attend majority of PTO meetings, notify the team if unable to attend
  • Provide ideas and feedback to the team regarding PTO projects and initiatives
  • Take ownership of and complete projects or tasks as assigned/agreed on at PTO Board meetings
  • Communicate with the team (via email, shared Google docs, and/or private Facebook page) regarding progress, updates, or needs
  • Have fun, ask for help when needed, and maintain a positive attitude!

There are times when families in our community experience difficult life circumstances. This bulletin board is a place to post Sign Up Genius links or links to other resources or information within our community of families. Please email us at pto.eagleridge@gmail.com if you have something you would like posted, and the PTO will consider and determine if it fits the criteria. All requests will be strictly at the discretion of the PTO and ERA Administration.

Volunteer 5 Times“Give Us 5 Events” Volunteer Program

CLICK HERE for a complete list of volunteer opportunities at ERA.

Please print the PTO Annual Contribution form to fill out and mail in your Annual Contribution (formerly called dues) and/or drop off in the main office.

PTO Annual Contribution (formerly called dues) can also be paid online via Square Pay. Credit card payment will be available at Meet Your Teacher nights at the PTO information tables.

Additional Forms

Official Facebook Pages:

Official Eagle Ridge Academy (ERA) Facebook Page

Official ERA Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) Facebook Page

These are Pages and are OPEN to the public. Like each page and opt to receive notifications to stay updated.

Parent-Run Facebook Groups (not owned or monitored by ERA or the PTO):

Connect with other ERA families on Facebook! The parent-run pages listed below are a great way to get to know the other parents in your child’s grade and to discuss activities & events. If you know of any other groups that should be included in this list, please email the PTO pto.eagleridge@gmail.com.

Click on the +JOIN GROUP button. You will need to answer a couple of questions to confirm your connection to ERA. These groups are all PRIVATE, which means that anyone can find the group, but only group members can see what is posted. Membership is open only to ERA families and not the public. Once the admin approves your request, then you can access the group.

Facebook Groups:

ERA Uniform & Resource Exchange – Open to all ERA Families to buy and/or sell Eagle Ridge uniforms and other resources

ERA Parents of K – 12 – Families of all ERA students

ERA Parents of 2022 – 12th grade

ERA Parents of 2023 – 11th grade

ERA Parents of 2024 – 10th grade

ERA Parents of 2025 – 9th grade

ERA Parents of 2026 – 8th grade

ERA Parents of 2027 – 7th grade

ERA Parents of 2028 – 6th grade

ERA Parents of 2029 – 5th grade

ERA Parents of 2030 – 4th grade

ERA Parents of 2031 – 3rd grade

ERA Parents of 2032 – 2nd grade

ERA Parents of 2033 – 1st Grade

ERA Parents of 2034 – Kindergarten