Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who donated money, supplies, or time to our event. Thank you to our Community Supporters, teachers, staff, and principals for helping facilitate our obstacle course. And thank you to the Ballard Elementary Students who were amazing ninjas and did awesome on our Ninja Warrior course on October 15 and 16. You all made this an amazing event and a successful fundraiser!

Our results have officially been announced, so click here to head over to our Ninja Warrior webpage for an update!

Upcoming Schedule


  • 27: Reading Challenge forms DUE


  • 13: PTO Meeting, Middle School Teacher's Lounge, 6:30
  • TBD: Star Table for Thanksgiving Reading Challenge
  • 22-January 2: Winter Break Reading Challenge


  • 4: Reading Challenge Forms DUE
  • 10: PTO Meeting, Middle School Teacher's Lounge, 6:30
  • TBD: Star Table for Winter Reading Challenge

Click here to see our full calendar.

Contact Us


Facebook: Ballard Elementary PTO

Ballard Gear

Purchase Ballard gear through QB Studios in Ankeny. A portion of all proceeds goes to support the PTO. (Go to "Products" menu at top of page and click "View All Products" to see everything offered.)

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 $23,315 through our Ninja Warrior challenge for the two elementary school playgrounds that were 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 hosting our 2nd Annual Ninja Warrior Challenge at both elementary schools as another large-scale fundraiser this October, as well as continuing 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

Thanksgiving and Winter Break Reading Challenge Star Tables:

  • Thanksgiving Star Table dates TBD
  • Winter Star Table dates TBD

Coming up this Spring:

  • We'll be looking for volunteers for Teacher Dinners at Back9, Movie Night, Conference Meals, Box Tops, Spring Break Star Tables, and Teacher Appreciation Week.

2018-2019 PTO Officers


    • Lora Gibson
    • Katie Sterk


    • Joe Schierbrock


    • Missy Snyder


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

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