Programs & Events

As a result of its fundraising efforts and volunteerism, the CTE PTO is able to provide and/or support an impressive array of programs, clubs, events, learning enhancements, technologies, supplies and other services to enhance the student experience at CTE. Below are details about some of the CTE PTO’s events, programs, and clubs.


Book Fair:  Each year, the CTE Media Center hosts the Scholastic Book Fair.  All proceeds from the Book Fair go directly to the CTE Media Center. The PTO plans, organizes, advertises, sets up, tears down, and provides all on-site management and accounting services for the Book Fair in an effort to support the CTE Media Center and foster a love of reading in our students. Typically, the Book Fair begins the week before Thanksgiving Break and ends on the last school day before Thanksgiving Break.

Cherry Blossom Festival (CBF): 
CBF is an indoor festival held at CTE in March with games, prizes, food, a raffle, and a silent auction. This annual event is fun for the entire family.  Hundreds of volunteers and donors are needed to make CBF a success!

Science Fair and Science Fair Mentoring Sessions:  The PTO sponsors, organizes and runs the annual CTE Science Fair. The Science Fair is a great way to cultivate students’ curiosity and enthusiasm for science and allow them to question, explore, discover, test, and share their newfound knowledge with others. The Science Fair typically takes place in February.

The PTO also sponsors, organizes and runs optional mentoring sessions to assist Science Fair participants with choosing a Science Fair project, following the scientific method, honing their presentation skills, participating in the judging process and addressing other needs. Typically, the mentoring sessions take place after school on Tuesdays during January and are open to CTE students (grades 3-5). 

Classroom Parties:  Each K-5 classroom holds a Winter Party and a Valentine’s Party. The PTO purchases the supplies for these parties, organizes the activities and snacks, and organizes the parent volunteers.  

Family Fun Nights:  The PTO plans, organizes and hosts two evening events each year that are fun for the entire family. Past family fun nights have included (among other things): programs facilitated by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, a family dance, and a family fitness night. These events typically are free to all CTE families. 

Fifth Grade Recognition Ceremony: 
The PTO sponsors and organizes a recognition ceremony on the last day of school for CTE fifth graders. The PTO provides refreshments and supplies/decorations for the ceremony. Additionally, the PTO works with the CTE Art Teacher to purchase supplies for a commemorative banner and prepares a slide show that highlights each graduate.

GRAND-Persons Breakfast:
  On two mornings prior to Thanksgiving Break, the PTO sponsors and organizes a breakfast for the GRAND-Persons in the lives of CTE students. During the breakfast, the CTE Music Teacher leads performances by the CTE Choralaires and the CTE Orff Ensemble.

Ice Cream Social:  The PTO sponsors, organizes and manages the annual back-to-school Ice Cream Social at CTE. At the Ice Cream Social, CTE families enjoy eating ice cream, dunking teachers and staff in the free dunk tank, purchasing spirit wear, and reconnecting with CTE friends.

Parents and Pastries Breakfast:  Each October, parents and CTE students are given the opportunity to enjoy breakfast together in the CTE cafeteria. This event is sponsored and organized by the PTO.


Artist in Residence (AinR):  The PTO sponsors and organizes an annual in-school arts program that strives to give each CTE student “up-close” exposure to a professional in the arts. The artist is chosen by the Special Teachers on a rotating basis (below). The AinR Program typically takes place during the fall semester.
      • 2015-16 – Media Center
      • 2016-17 – Art
      • 2017-18 – Music
      • 2018-19 – Physical Education

Elf Workshop:  On select dates in early December, the PTO organizes and runs an after-school winter craft workshop during which CTE students (grades K-5) can participate in a craft and/or service project for a minimal fee.   

Wellness Wednesdays:  On select Wednesdays throughout the school year, CTE PTO volunteers deliver, offer, and serve unique fruits and vegetables to CTE students during their lunch periods.


Green Team:  The PTO sponsors, organizes and runs this morning club for CTE students interested in protecting the environment through waste reduction, recycling, energy conservation and other “green” means. During its monthly meetings, the Green Team discusses environmental issues and plans service projects and events. The Green Team also helps CTE further its green initiatives by assisting at events like School Supply Setup Day. 

LEGO Club:
  Each year, the PTO organizes and runs two LEGO Club sessions that are five weeks in length. These weekly after-school sessions provides students (grades K-5) with an opportunity to build and share their LEGO creations with peers.  

Patriot Math Club:  Patriot Math Club is an exciting after-school program that is structured around a series of problem-solving games. Patriot Math Club is led by CTE teachers and is designed to strengthen basic math competencies, stimulate creative thinking, and develop logic and reasoning skills. The PTO organizes and provides volunteers for Patriot Math Club.

Welcome, New Families!

Come tour Cherry Tree Elementary school with members of the PTO Newcomers Committee. We are excited to meet you, show you around our wonderful school, and answer any questions you might have. New families with students in any grade are welcome!

  • Tuesday August 8, 9am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
  • Wednesday August 9,  9am-12pm and 1pm-3pm

> No sign-up needed, please just show up!

Save the Date for Ice Cream Social

Enjoy ice cream, give teachers and staff a splash in the free dunk tank, purchase spirit wear, and connect with new and old CTE friends!

Monday August 14, 2015
Cherry Tree Elementary