What's new?

Our Ninja Warrior Challenge information page and our Pledgestar links are live!

Upcoming Schedule


  • 21: Back to School Night, 5 - 7 pm
  • 25: Huxley Prairie Fest Parade and Festival


  • 13: PTO Meeting 6:30 pm
  • 20: Ninja Warrior Construction


  • 4: Ninja Warrior Challenge at East
  • 5: Ninja Warrior Challenge at West
  • 9-13: Box Top Week
  • 11: PTO Meeting 6:30 pm
  • 26: Movie Night at West

Contact Us

Email: ballardelementarypto@gmail.com

Facebook: Ballard Elementary PTO

Ballard Gear

Purchase Ballard gear through QB Studios in Ankeny. A portion of all proceeds goes to support the PTO.


About Us

The Ballard Elementary PTO is a group of parents, legal guardians, teachers and staff that provides assistance to teachers in the classroom, holds fundraisers for supplemental educational materials and experiences, and promotes school and family social interaction.

In the past, we have provided a variety of needs and fun for both Ballard West and Ballard East Elementary Schools including: Brain Pop (educational computer program), conference meals for teachers, Movie Nights, Dollars for Scholars scholarships, indoor and outdoor recess supplies, Reading Challenges, Literacy Luau, partial funding for Spring Opera or Play, teacher gifts and teacher appreciation week. In 2017-2018, our biggest accomplishment was raising $30,000 through our Ninja Warrior challenge for the two elementary school playgrounds that are being constructed during the summer of 2018.

For 2018-2019, we intend to continue providing quality experiences and assistance to the schools and families. We are planning to host the 2nd Annual Ninja Warrior Challenge at both elementary schools as another large-scale fundraiser this September, as well as continue to provide our usual variety of items.

There are many opportunities for you to get involved with Ballard schools and with the PTO. We are always looking for a caring and helping hand. Our meetings will be held the 2nd Thursday of each month during the school year, from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Middle School Teacher's Lounge.

Please 'Like' us on Facebook to keep up-to-date with what is happening and feel free to email us with any questions or concerns. We are here for the school, the students, the district and the families.

Left Photo Credit: Megan Buttz (top and middle), Lora Gibson (bottom)

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Ballard WEST Picture Day:

Ninja Warrior Construction:

    • We're looking for volunteers to help assemble new obstacles for this year's challenge.
    • If you're interested in grabbing your tools and helping, please email us or message us on Facebook.

Ninja Warrior Challenge:

    • On Wednesday, October 3 through Friday, October 5, we'll be looking for volunteers to help with obstacle set-up and tear-down, as well as with the events themselves.
    • Look for an upcoming SignUp Genius link to volunteer!

Box Top Cutting and Sorting

    • In October and February we will need volunteers to help cut, count, and sort Box Top labels so that we can submit them on time. This is something that can be done on your own time and pace.
    • Please email us or message us on Facebook if you're interested in helping with this task.

2018-2019 PTO Officers


    • Lora Gibson
    • Katie Sterk


    • Joe Schierbrock


    • Missy Snyder

Meeting Minutes

February 2018

April 2018

August 2018

September 2018

October 2018

November 2018


To order a 2018-2019 Ballard Elementary School yearbook , please visit this link.

The cost is $15 per yearbook and the memories are priceless!

If you ordered a 2017-2018 yearbook, they will be distributed at Back-to-School Night on August 21, 2018 at both schools.