Committees, Events & Programs

The Iroquois PTO, a non-p
rofit organization, supports many programs and events, in and out of school, to enhance the educational, cultural and social experiences
 for students, teachers and staff of Iroquois Middle School, and the community at large. 
These programs and events are paid for or supported by the PTO from fundraisers held throughout the year. 
If you have questions or would like to volunteer for any committee, events, or programs, you can sign up here 
contact the Committee Chairs (listed below), or email the PTO at iroquois@niskypto.org.


PTO Family Directory
The Iroquois School PTO Family Directory is updated and published each year by the Directory committee. Directories are usually ordered at Back-To-School nights upon payment of the yearly PTO dues. More information on the production of the directory and how to order is available here.
PTO Parent Contact: Sally Ward & Cheryl Burkhof

School Pictures
 
Individual pictures are taken each fall (usually in September; keep an eye on the PTO homepage for specific dates or check the PTO calendar). Picture retake day typically occurs in October or November during lunch periods only
School pictures are taken by Lifetouch. You can order your child's photo package before or on picture day, online or using the hard copy order form. Ordering online will usually save you 10% (see the PTO website homepage for this year's online checkout promo code). You'll need the "Picture Day ID" on the order form that's sent home to order online. 
Send your kid to school on Picture Day in his/her favorite outfit (NOTE: photographers recommend wearing a solid color top for best photos).
IMPORTANT: Remember to bring your order formpayment and coupon OR your online payment printed pass to the camera! if you forget, you may have to wait until Retake Day to be photographed.
Volunteers willing to assist on Picture Day and/or Retake Day can email the PTO Parent Contact.

PTO Parent Contact:  Susan Hale


Back to School Welcome
To say "Welcome Back!" PTO volunteers serve Iroquois students, faculty & staff a treat by PTO volunteers on a day in the early fall during school lunch hours.
PTO Parent Contacts:  Amy Soulé & Deb Foley


Sixth/Seventh/Eighth Grade Socials
Grade-level socials are evening events, one in the fall and one in the spring for each grade level. Socials are held at Iroquois and planned and chaperoned by parent volunteers. Activities and entertainment often include a DJ, Foosball, Basketball, Ping Pong and refreshments. There are two 6th-grade Socials, one 7th grade social, one 8th grade social, and a combined spring 7th & 8th grade social each year.

2016-17 Socials Calendar (all on Fridays from 7:00-9:00 PM):

9/30 6th Grade WEB Social 
10/14 8th Grade Social
10/21 6th Grade Social
11/18 7th Grade Social
12/2 Student Council Adopt-a-Family Social
2/3 6th Grade Social
3/3 7th Grade Social
4/7 Student Council Iroquois Night Out Social

PTO Parent Contacts:  

Socials Coordinator: Bonnie Teti
6th Grade Socials: Bonnie Teti
7th Grade Socials:  Sue Wheeler
8th Grade Socials: Lisa Weber


Book Fairs
 
The PTO sponsors Scholastic Books Fairs in the fall and spring. The Spring sale is a BOGO (Buy-One-Get-One-Free Sale). The parent chair plans the event and coordinates volunteers who work at the fair, helping students select books and running the register. The sales take place on the Cafeteria stage during the lunch hour.
PTO Parent Contact:  Kris Lowney


Ice Cream Social
The Ice Cream Social is a *sweet* social event held each spring.  This year it will be held on Monday, May 16th, 2015, on the same evening as the Spring Book Fair and the NEW Iroquois Showcase.

PTO Parent Contacts: Jennifer Kelly 

Iroquois Showcase

The Iroquois Showcase will combine the Learning Fair with an opportunity for the many school clubs to show their accomplishments from the year. Incoming 5th-grade students and parents will be invited, so they can see all the activities that Iroquois has to offer. This extraordinary evening will also feature the Spring Book Fair and the Ice Cream Social.  This year's event is scheduled for Monday, May 16th, 2015.
PTO Parent Contact:  Deb Foley

Staff Appreciation Luncheon
The PTO hosts a Staff Appreciation luncheon each May for our hard-working Iroquois faculty and staff. Donations are collected and parents volunteer to show our gratitude for all that our Iroquois faculty and staff members do for our children!

PTO Parent Contact:  Kiersten Spain

8th Grade Moving Up Committee
Each June, this committee plans and hosts the 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony and farewell dance for 8th grade students. 

PTO Parent Contact:  Lisa Weber


Funshine
This worthwhile committee is all about saying thanks and putting smiles on others' faces. The PTO community buys and makes gifts for special staff members on Funshine appreciation days throughout the school year. Staff members who are thanked on Funshine days include bus drivers (October), principal and office staff (April), and nurse and nurse's helper (May).
PTO Parent Contact:  Lynn Boler


Iroquois Newsletter
The Iroquois Newsletter is emailed once a month. Back copies can be found here.
Submissions from the school community are welcome, including photos! If you'd like to send in a submission, please email it to the Editor listed below or to iroquoisnews@gmail.com.
PTO Parent Contact: Paulette Doudoukjian

Hospitality
The Hospitality Committee is responsible for coordinating the refreshments and details for two Back-To-School Nights in the fall (6th Grade and 7th/8th Grade), the Back to School Snack, Newcomer’s Pizza Dinner (serving and hosting only), 5th Grade Parent Orientation), and also provides other hospitality support as requested by the PTO Co-Presidents.

PTO Parent Contact: Amy Soulé & Deb Foley

School Store & Spiritwear
The Iroquois PTO School Store is open Tuesday/Thursday during lunch periods (11:30 - 1:30) and is staffed by PTO committee members throughout the school year. Items for sale include school supplies, locker supplies, Nisky sweatshirts, t-shirts, bags, etc. The committee co-chair is responsible for staffing, purchasing and inventory of products, and maintaining and reporting financial information to the PTO, and coordinating additional spiritwear sales.
Parents who are interested in volunteering at the school store can sign up here!  It's a great way to see a slice of your kid's day, especially if you're one of those 6th grade parents who's curious about how things work at Iroquois :) Parent Contact Tina is happy to help if you have any trouble signing up or any questions.
PTO Parent Contact: Tina Dell 


Iroquois Spiritwear Sales
Do you have Iroquois School Spirit? Each year, the School Store holds seasonal sales on an ever-expanding inventory of new designs and products. For 2015-16, we've added a new Iroquois Logo and "Bling" Wear to support Nisky Schools! You can also stay warm this winter with sweatpants, flannel PJs and hoodie sweatpants. Order forms and online order information will be provided just before the sales period.  Check your email or the homepage for updates!
PTO Parent Contact: Tina Dell

Yankee Candle Fundraiser
It's the sweetest-smelling fundraiser ever! Each year, Iroquois' popular Yankee Candle fundraiser supports the PTO's programs and events AND offers families the opportunity to purchase fantastic Yankee candle items as gifts (or as treats for themselves!). Keep an eye on the homepage and Newsletter for updates on the annual sale.
PTO Parent Contact: Sam Salem

Chipotle Family Night Out
Support Iroquois and take a break from cooking, while eating fantastic food at great local restaurants!  Chipotle Family Night Out is an annual favorite, and other restaurants nights may be added this year. Watch the homepage and the Iroquois Bulletin for dates!
PTO Parent Contact: Laura Mirkovic


Holiday Plant & Wreath Sale
Grace your home with a lovely poinsettia, cyclamen, or wreath during the winter holidays! Poinsettias, which originate in Mexico, are the December birth flower, symbolize good cheer and success and are said to bring wishes of mirth and celebration. Ours are available in three sizes and colors (6", 8" or 10"; red, white or pink).
Cyclamens, a European plant of the primrose family, have lovely pink, red, or white flowers with backward-curving petals and widely grown as a winter-flowering houseplant, and are offered in 6" size only.  Or you can choose a beautiful double-sided wreath with either a red or gold bow.
Easy school pickup and you support the Iroquois PTO while beautifying your life! 
PTO Parent Contacts: Jessica Lux and Sarah Pechar

Donations Campaign
Families are always welcome to send in donations to the PTO General Fund at any time.  Your donations are tax-deductible, and some may be eligible for employer matching funds (please check with your employer). If you'd like to donate, please make out your check to "Iroquois PTO" and send it to the Main Office with a note stating it is a donation and giving your name, email/phone number, and address.  With this information, we can send you a thank-you letter for your tax deduction. 

PTO Parent Contact: PTO Treasurer Peter Kopcha 

Iroquois PTO Enrichment Program
Provides Funding for cultural and academic enrichment opportunities to students that reinforce the curriculum. Programs may include, but are not limited to BOCES Arts in Education or Exploratory Enrichment Programs. This program also supports teachers and staff in purchasing goods and services that enrich the Iroquois educational experience.
PTO Parent Contacts: Allison Shultz