Welcome to Carpenter School's PTO website!


Upcoming Events - Apr. 14, 2014

This Week
April 14 - PTO Meeting - 7:00 p.m. - South Gym
April 14 - April 17 - Neat to Use Your Feet Week
April 16 - Kindergarten Orientation - 6:00 p.m.
April 17 - Pizza Day - $1.50 per slice
April 17 - Courier
April 18 - Good Friday - NO SCHOOL

Next Week
April 21 - April 25 - Go Green Week
April 22 - Hot Lunch
April 23 - ELF Potbelly Fundraiser (See details below)
April 24 - Pizza Day - $1.50 per slice
April 25 - Gift Card Orders Due
April 25 - Market Day Orders Due

More News:

PTO Meeting
The April PTO meeting is on Monday, April 14th 7:00 p.m. in the South Gym. We will be voting on the 2014-2015 PTO Board.  The following have volunteered:
Angela Margaris - Current VP serves as President
Debbie Dabisch - Candidate for Vice President
Kay Schenfeld - Treasurer (Serving her 2nd year)
Trisha Brown - Candidate for Secretary
The 2014-2015 PTO Committee Sign Up Sheet will also be distributed. This is a great way to get to know your fellow PTO members and be a part of our PTO events! If you cannot attend the meeting and are interested in signing up for a committee, contact Angela Margaris at angela2dk@aol.com.

Student Council News
April is jam-packed with every week having an educational edge to it. This week we will walk to school for Neat to Use Your Feet week, third week is Go Green! week to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day and learn about ways to take care of our environment. The last week is Screen Free week with activities here at school and off site and then ending with our Talent Show.

Here are the specifics for Go Green! Week:
We are encouraging waste-free lunches all week and those that bring waste-free every day will get a special Go Green! bracelet made by our Student Council volunteers. Also, we are collecting donations for the Park Ridge program 100 Trees for 100 Years! They will plant a tree in Park Ridge to replace those that were lost. We are hoping to get enough for the Gold Leaf level ($500) and our recognition message on the leaf will be:

The Little School
With the Big Heart
Carpenter Elementary

Carpenter School activities for Go Green! week:
Monday - Wear green and sign the pledge banner
Tuesday - Earth Day sticker (put on a prominent place as a reminder to do the right thing for the Earth every day)
Wednesday - How did you reuse it? Display items built from recycled materials
Thursday - Go Green! bookmark
Friday - Arbor Day tree tags (the student council will calculate the value of every tree on our property and then tag it)

Committee Information
Gift Card Program
The deadline to submit a Gift Card order for the next order is Friday, April 25. Orders will be received on Friday, May 2 in time for Mother's Day! Purchase gift cards to use to purchase gifts or to give as gifts in addition to cards for your everyday purchases! If you would like to place an order, please complete the Gift Card Order Form which can be found on the PTO website and put in in a labeled envelope along with a check payable to Carpenter PTO and send with your child to give to his/her teacher. You may also coordinate with Kim Miller to submit your order form and payment to her directly. The proceeds from the Gift Card program will be used for various Carpenter PTO sponsored programs. If you have any questions contact Kim Miller at 773-294-4072 or kimiller8613@gmail.com. Thank you for your orders and support of this fundraising program!

Market Day Orders
The deadline to submit a Market Day order for April is Friday, April 25.  Pick up is Tuesday, April 29. Please contact Kim Stacy at kstacy@mtm.com with any questions.

Neat to Use Your Feet Week April 14th - April 17th
Neat to Use Your Feet Week for District 64 will be the second week of Healthy Living Month, April 14th - April 17th.  This is our opportunity to find alternate ways to get to and from school. Children in kindergarten through 2nd grade are encouraged to walk, roller blade or roller skate to and from school.  Children in grades 3-5 are encouraged to ride their bikes, roller blade, roller skate or walk to and from school. Families can also walk together in the evening and children can walk at lunch. Please be sure to check the handbook for rules regarding helmets and other safety guidelines, and remember to walk in groups and follow the safe walking routes recommended by the city. Pledge cards for Feet Week will be distributed to classrooms on Monday, April 7th.  Please fill them out and turn them in on the last day, Thursday, April 17th so they can be included in the raffle. If you have any questions regarding Neat To Use Your Feet Week, please contact Doreen Currey at dcurrey1120@gmail.com.

Volunteers Needed- PTO Sponsored Staff Luncheon
We are looking for several volunteers to help on Tuesday, May 6 for the Staff Luncheon. Any interested volunteers, please contact Kathy Laudando at savi94@sbcglobal.net.

Information for All Fifth Grade Parents
Save the date for the 5th grade party...Friday, May 30th 6 - 9p.m.  Invitations will be sent via email for this event in late April.  Please be sure that your child's homeroom teacher has your most recent email address.

All forms for the memory book were due this past Friday.  You will be receiving an email if your child's forms were incomplete or missing. Please be sure to respond as soon as possible so that your child's page can be included in the book.  Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept any late forms past Wednesday April 16th, as we will need time to enter in responses and have the book printed.

Thank you to those of you who have sent in pictures for the end of the year DVD. The easiest way to send us pictures is through the Entourage website.  Again, please keep in mind that we are looking for pictures of Carpenter 5thgraders that were taken in and around Carpenter School., so please do not send us family photos or birthday party photos as we will be unable to use them.  Group pictures as opposed to pictures with just your child are what we are looking for.  When uploading to the Entourage site, please tag the photo with the grade that the picture is from.The deadline to submit the photos is April 25th.  We will be unable to include any photos past this time. We would also like to remind you that submitting your photo does not guarantee that it will be used in the DVD.  Thank you! Should you have any questions, please contact either Tina Bridich at tinabridich@gmail.com or Nancy Verheyen at npverheyen@gmail.com

Labor of Love Thank You
A special THANK YOU to the Carpenter moms and the participants of "Amy Burke Zumba" for A GREAT Saturday morning class at 9:30! THANK YOU!!

Save the Date....

District 64 ELF Fundraiser

ELF will be hosting a fundraiser at Potbelly Park Ridge, 107 S. Northwest Hwy on Wednesday, April 23 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.  25% of your food purchase will be donated to ELF for use on District 64 programs.  A flyer has been posted on the PTO Website in the Forms & Documents tab. If you have any questions, about ELF, or are interested in becoming a trustee, contact Angela Burns at angdiciolla@hotmail.com for details.

Barnes & Noble Book Fair - Monday, April 28th
On the first day of Screen Free week, Carpenter will be holding a book fair at the Barnes & Noble at Village Crossing in Skokie from 4pm - 8:00pm.   Proceeds will benefit our LRC.  We'd like to replace some of our well loved series books in the LRC and update our collection with some new titles to excite our young bookworms!.  A great series can turn a reluctant reader into a life-long book lover!!!

Events for that evening will include a visit from author Megan Connolly to read from her new book titled "Mommy, Mommy!  Is This for Me?"  This is a story about a little girl, Marygrace and her struggles with a gluten allergy.  Plus, enjoy special guest readers as they share Carpenter's favorite Monarch Award winning books.

Every student that attends the Book Fair will be eligible to enter in a drawing for TWO lucky students to have lunch with Mr. Balduf and Mrs. Loftus.  We hope to see you there!

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt PTO Fundraiser
The PTO will be hosting a fundraiser at Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, 110 N  Northwest Hwy on Thursday, May 8th.  A percentage of your yogurt purchase will be donated to the PTO. If you have any questions, contact Angie Marchuk at steve100398@sbcglobal.net.


Carpenter School's PTO is organized for the purpose of supporting the education of the children at Carpenter School by fostering relationships among the school, parents and teachers.

The PTO sponsors assistance to teachers in classroom settings, holds fund-raisers for supplemental educational materials and experiences, supports school and family social interaction, and provides a non-biased forum for sharing information on issues that impact our children.


Our goal is to complement the school curriculum with additional opportunities for parents, teachers and students to learn, socialize, communicate and grow. It is our belief that the team effort of a parent teacher organization offers the best possible learning environment for our children.