Welcome to Carpenter School's PTO website!

Upcoming Dates

This Week:
Mar 14  Hot Lunch - Required Pre-Order 
Mar 15  Spirit Wear Orders Due
             Girls Scouts Day
Mar 16  Pizza - Pre-Order Required              
Mar 17  Spirit Day
             Gift Card Orders Due

Next Week:
March 20-26
NO SCHOOL! Spring Break

Upcoming Dates:
March 27 PTO Meeting, 7pm - Dr. Heinz will be in attendance
April 1 St. Baldrick's Carpenter Cougars Care Event (see below)

April 21- 4th Grade Parent Social, Harp and Fiddle (more details to follow)
May 20 Got2Run for Education - 8am

We Need Your Ideas!
Have an idea for an event? A fundraiser? Let us know. Or, do you have a concern or a question? Contact us at either carpenterptopres@gmail.com or carpenterptovicepres@gmail.comThe Carpenter PTO is here for you, your child, and the whole school community.


PTO 2017 - 2018 EXEC BOARD
The Carpenter PTO is seeking volunteer parent leaders to serve on the Carpenter PTO Executive Board for the FY17-18 school year.  

Our PTO helps to support the needs and development of the school in cooperation with the Principal and School Administration. PTO funding provides a wide range of educational and other enrichment programs to our students. During the past years, the PTO has provided learning opportunities, social activities, and community building that would have otherwise been unavailable to our children.

As the new school year begins, we ask for your support and leadership so that we can continue making resource and learning opportunities available to our children. 
Open Carpenter PTO Executive Positions:
Vice President
Please email Lisa Morgan, Carpenter PTO President at carpenterptopres@gmail.com of your interest.  

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much!" Helen Keller

PTO 2017 - 2018 COMMITTEES
We need your help to make the 2017-18 school year AWESOME! If you want to be more involved in your child's school, please sign up to chair a committee or to be a member. Feel free to recruit a friend to help, you, too! The more parents involved, the better Carpenter is! Open spots are indicated by the yellow highlight. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Jenny Adams at carpenterptovicepres@gmail.com.  Below are the list of Committees as well as the description for each committees.
 Committee Chair/Member Sheet
 Committee Descriptions

Reminder to all Committee Chairs...please note the best times to make copies is between 8:30am-9:30am, noon, and 2:30pm-3:30pm. Please contact Mrs. Aimers if you have questions.

Carpenter Science Expo2017
ATTENTION....Kindergarten, First Graders thru 5th Graders
Wednesday, April 27th from 6pm-730pm in the North Gym

Join us during Screen Free Week to learn, create and explore science together.  Families will have the opportunity to select and carry out an experiment of their choice using scientific method and create a tri-fold display board to share at the Expo.  Participants can Google Steve Spangler for ideas or visit the Park Ridge library.

The Scientific Method:  Ask a Question-Research-Propose a Hypothesis-conduct Experiments-Analyze Date-Draw A Conclusion-Present Results!

For any questions...  Contact Chairs @ alamplota@gmail.com or dbamom03@gmail.com


One School, One Book
One School, One Book is returning to Carpenter! For those of you new to the program, One School, One Book is a PTO sponsored program that promotes family literacy by inviting Carpenter students, families and staff to all read the same book as part of our school-wide book club.  

Each family will be given a copy of this year’s selected title along with an informational letter explaining the program and reading schedule. This is a voluntary program and is not part of the school's curriculum although we hope everyone will participate in our school wide conversation!  The reading program will run for four weeks starting the week of March 27.  The selected title will be revealed during the week of March 13 by Mr. Balduf and books will be distributed to the youngest child in the family on St. Patty’s Day, just in time for Spring Break.  Each family will receive one book to be shared.  If your child is absent that day, no problem, his/her book will be waiting for them after spring break.

If you have questions about OSOB please contact Debbie Dabisch at dgleason21@yahoo.com or Tami Palmer at tamipalmer@outlook.com. 

During the FY17-18 school year, we would like to begin a volleyball program for boys and girls in grades 4-5.  Since this is a new program, we will need help getting it off the ground.  I have offered to chair the committee to institute the program and seek another co-chair with me.  Our responsibilities will be to assign coaches, conduct sign-up for students, work with the Carpenter school and D64 on gym availability, place t-shirt order, communicate with neighboring schools to schedule games, and handle overall communications.  You don't need coaching experience to serve in this capacity.  Please email me at tkwiatkoski@yahoo.com if you would like to co-chair the volleyball committee with me.

Additionally, we cannot have a program without volunteer coaches.  In order to offer this program to the Carpenter students, we need 4 coaches per girls and boys teams for both 4th and 5th grades.  We encourage those who have volleyball experience or other coaching experience first and foremost but also encourage other parents willing to learn the game, work with the students and other coaches, and willing to be coached on how to coach volleyball.  Practices will likely be in the evening and weekend as the schedule allows.  Also we will only ask you to commit to what you can commit to so there are not set days and times at this point in time and we can work out schedules between the teams.  The season will coordinate with the other D64 schools and local Catholic school conference running Dec - March.   Also, we don't know the student interest at this time so we may not need 8 coaches per grade. I'd like to get your interest before I get started!!!

Coaches link here to sign up. Volleyball Coaches

Due to unexpected emergency water damage repairs that must be completed at Energy Volleyball Club,  the PTO must postpone the Mother-Daughter event.  The new date will be announced as soon as it is confirmed, and will likely be a Friday evening after spring break.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  Revtrak has been closed until new event date has been scheduled.

St. Baldrick's Event - Carpenter Cougars Care
UPDATE!!  We are currently at $2500 and would love to hit our goal of $3000.  Its not too late to still join our team!!

We are shaving our heads to raise money for childhood cancer research! Did you know that kids' cancers are different from adult cancers? It's true. And childhood cancer research is extremely underfunded. So we decided to do something about it by raising money for cures.

Now we need your help! Will you make a donation? Every dollar makes a difference for the thousands of infants, children, teens, and young adults fighting childhood cancers.

Team Name: Carpenter Cougars Care
Team Goal: $1000.00
Fundraising Goal: $100.00
Event Title: The Harp & Fiddle SHAVES FOR THE BRAVE!
Event Date: April 1, 2017
Event Venue: The Harp & Fiddle
Location: Park Ridge, IL
Thanks again for joining us to Conquer Childhood Cancers! We're so glad you're here!

Carpenter Cougars Care Web Site


Our spring sale will be available on RevTrak this month so don't forget to purchase merchandise for your child and/or yourself.  This will be the last time you will have a chance to order until next fall so don't delay, order right away!  Spirit wear has been revamped! Look here at all of the cool Carpenter apparel and accessories. Contact Dorai Lennon for more information.  Spirit Wear orders are due on March 15th!!!  Remember show your school spirit on Fridays!!!  Order form.

Girl Scout Lunch - March 15
We are happy to announce that we will be having our first Carpenter all school Girl Scout lunch meeting on Wednesday, March 15th to honor National Girl Scouts Day.  We are asking all Girl Scouts to have a peanut-free lunch that day and to inform your troop leader on whether or not your daughter receives milk & what type.  Please have your daughter wear her sash/uniform to school as all scouts will have them on throughout the day to celebrate the GS unity. 

OPPORTUNITY!! Do you have a 6th-12th grader in need of service hours or just wanting to volunteer? One hour for our upcoming PTO meetings? Our next meeting is next Monday at 7pm. If you want to participate, please email carpenterptovicepres@gmail.com.

Volunteering - Pizza Lunch

We need your help serving pizza to the students.  Four volunteers are needed every Thursday. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up at Sign up Genius.  If you have any questions, contact Tammy Kwiatkoski at 312-909-7122  or tkwiatkoski@yahoo.com

Remember orders must be placed at least two business days in advance of delivery. Please note Pre-Order is Required and we will not have any extra lunches for students that have not pre-ordered.  


Volunteers are needed to distribute hot lunch on Tuesdays.  Please volunteer using this link Carpenter Hot Lunch (Jan-May).  Volunteers will distribute hot lunch on Tuesdays from 11:30am -1pm.  Arrive in the office at 11:25am  on your scheduled day with your DRIVERS LICENSE or STATE ID.

If you have any questions, contact Katie Lasusa @ katie.lasusa@gmail.com.

5th Grade Baby Pictures Needed - DeadlineExtended - March 10
We are including baby pictures of the fifth grade students in the yearbook. Please submit your favorite baby picture by sending it to school in an envelope marked "Yearbook". (Please put the student's name on the back of the picture so it can be promptly returned to you).

If you have a digital copy of the picture, you can upload the picture directly to the yearbook website. Use the upload instructions on the right or send the picture as an attachment to the following email address: submit+babyphotos2017@edophotos.com. Please make sure to indicate your child's name  in the email, as document name or in the comments. Contact  Maura melmeten0405@gmail.com with any questions.

The Yearbook Committee seeks members to assist with taking photos at events or school functions. If you are interested, please contact Maura El Metennani melmeten0405@gmail.com or Erica Duffy at erica_duffy82@yahoo.com. UPLOAD HERE


Gift Card Program  
We want to thank everyone who used our Gift Card Program!!  With your orders...  To date we have earned $733 for the PTO.  That is AWESOME!!!  The gift cards cost their face value, and a percentage is given back to the PTO. Order forms available here. Please make the check out to Carpenter PTO. Orders can be turned into the PTO mailbox in the school office or directly to Kim Miller email. You can browse the complete list of available gift cards by clicking here. Please check the Facebook page for the next order date.

Box Tops
Please clip Box Tops off of your everyday grocery and household items!  These box tops earn CASH for the school - last year the Box Tops you collected earned Carpenter $800!  Send the Box Tops to school in envelopes or baggies, and there is a bin outside the front office door for the collections.  The first submital of Box Tops for the school year is coming up November 1, so please send your Box Tops in as soon as possible! Any questions please contact Kim Miller at kimiller8613@gmail.com

Amazon Smile
Do you shop on Amazon? Do you want to support Carpenter School PTO? Then, here is what you need to do:
1. Go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/41-2238099 instead of Amazon.com
2. You are then redirected to a page that looks exactly like the regular Amazon page. Under the search window it says that you are supporting Carpenter School PTO.
It's that simple!!

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases for no cost to you! You can also keep track of your AmazonSmile Impact, which is pretty cool - a tangible way to see how much money you have donated to your child's school.


We have created a Carpenter PTO Facebook page!! It is a platform to see announcements, events, meetups, etc about the PTO and community happenings at Carpenter.

What is the Carpenter PTO?

PTO stands for "Parent-­‐Teacher Organization." At its simplest essence, it is "parents who care!" 
As a group of caring parents, who want the best for our kids, and for their education, we seek enhancement opportunities to improve learning experiences, social interactions and overall development of our young ones!  

Even in great school districts like this, there are supplemental items or unique events and experiences we would like to give our children, which go beyond the standard budgets/basic infrastructure. A great example being the classroom smart boards we funded a few years ago, which were extremely well received by our students and faculty, and remain in use today! 

So we work in close partnership with Carpenter School Principal Brett Balduf & Assistant Principal Emily Lech, plus District 64 Superintendent Dr. Laurie Heinz, to fill gaps we see, by funding activities & equipment purchases, or providing volunteers for various events. 
Sounds great, but what does it take to do all that? 

All it takes is for each Carpenter family to join via a small $20 donation, to the PTO to help support all this. 

What is the Carpenter PTO?
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PTO - What We Do
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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.