Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO)

The Elysian Parent, Teacher, Student Organization (PTSO) organizes several yearly student and family events, in addition to showing appreciation to Elysian’s amazing faculty and staff via special recognition events. As of 2023, a portion of your donations to Friends of Elysian will support these PTSO initiatives and go directly to our students and school for the activities, programs, and materials. Yes, that means no more dues paid directly to PTSO!

Join the PTSO! The following are examples of what you can help us facilitate:

    • Parties and Events: Upper and Lower School Dances, a Welcome Back to School Block Party, and a Halloween Party!

    • Book Fairs: In collaboration with Scholastic, PTSO hosts 2 book fairs each school year (fall & spring) and helps to build out classroom libraries.

    • Field Day: Every year we buy the equipment, Rita’s ices for the kids, and host a special lunch for the 8th graders. 

    • Picture Day: Aside from hiring and helping coordinate Picture Day and Retake Day, PTSO & Friends provide complimentary pictures for free and reduced lunch ECS families!

    • Teacher Appreciation Events: Multiple times a year, PTSO coordinates something special for our teachers and staff to show how much we care, in addition to providing some light supplies for the break room.

    • Supporting the Arts: PTSO resources fund the rental of theater space for our children’s annual lower school and middle school productions – and work with the school leads on things like Kuumba Day and Theater shirts!

    • Pizza Fridays: Every other month, PTSO organizes a Pizza Friday fundraiser – a huge hit with the kids! We also help to facilitate the individual class fundraisers to help build community involvement. Pizza can always be ordered by Venmo’ing @PTSO-ElysianCharter

    • School Store: PTSO updates and adds to our year-round online school store STORE HERE, and also looks to do custom items throughout the year like foam fingers & basketball socks! Suggestions are always welcome!

PTSO is for PARENTS and we all can contribute!

A school is most successful when it comes together as a community, and the Elysian PTSO is the heart of it! There are many ways you can get involved… volunteer your time for an event, make food or donate materials for an event, or even add your value and expertise while serving on the PTSO board. We rely on every parent for help, ideas, and support!

We are always looking for volunteers!! Keep an eye out in the weekly newsletter for upcoming volunteer opportunities – and if you would like to help out more or have any creative ideas for our community, please feel free to reach out! You can always email us at or sign up at

Visit: GIVE TO ELYSIAN to learn more about how to contribute to the school and further details on our collaboration efforts with Friends of Elysian!