Welcome to Carpenter School's PTO website!


This Week - May 18
May 18- Board of Education Meeting - Emerson
May 19 - Hot Lunch
May 21 - Pizza Day
May 21 - Market Day Orders Due - Last One
May 22 - Gift Card Orders Due - Last One
May 22 - 2015-2016 Room Parent Form Due
May 22 - Emerson PTO Event - see details below

Next Week
May 25 - Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
May 26 - Hot Lunch
May 26 - Market Day Pick Up - 5:15 - 6:00 pm - South Gym
May 28 - Pizza Day
May 28 - Courier
May 29 - 25th Grade Party - 6:00 - 9:00 pm - North Gym
May 29 - Gift Card Orders Received

Thank you!
The 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students who participated in the GOTR program did a great job at the race on Sunday morning. Thank you very much to Dana Silber, Chair Person of GOTR, who brought this program to Carpenter and has led us along the way. Thank you also to the following GOTR coaches who volunteered their time 2 days a week for 10 weeks.  This program would not work if it weren't for the efforts of our volunteer coaches.  Sparkle Fingers to all of you!!!

2015 Coaches: Mrs. Brayton, Lavonne Boch, Leslie Callahan, Doreen Currey, Jenn Fogarty, Tania Forte, Karen Galfano, Dorai Lennon, Angie Marchuk, Angela Margaris, Katie Moore and Ann Tworek.

The girls had a great season and the PTO looks forward to hosting this program again next year!

PTO Meeting - Summary and Last Meeting
Thank you to those PTO members who attended the May 11 PTO meeting.  A draft of the 2015-2016 PTO budget was presented and will be approved at our June 8 meeting. The minutes from the May meeting have been posted to the PTO website Events Calendar & PTO Meetings tab. Our last PTO meeting will be conducted on Monday, June 8 at 7:00 pm at: D'Agostino's Pizza, 742 Higgins Road, Park Ridge. If you plan to attend this meeting please RSVP to Angela Margaris at angela2dk@aol.com on or before Friday, June 5.

Track-a-Thon 2015 T-Shirt Contest - Kindergarten - 4th Grade Only
It is time to start submitting t-shirt designs for the next Track-a-Thon!!  A flyer with details was submitted to your students this week and can also be found on the PTO Website - PTO Documents for Parents tab.  If you've got an awesome idea for a design, submit it!  The deadline to submit your entry is Monday, June 1st. If you have any questions contact Jenn Munao at munaojennifer@gmail.com.

School Pak School Supplies
Buy your child's 2015-2016 school supplies with no hassles! School-Pak pre-packages all the supplies for you so your child has all of his/her school supplies waiting for them in their class on the first day of school.  This is an easy and efficient way to order your child's school supplies! A flyer will be sent home this upcoming week and is posted on the PTO Documents for Parents tab. You can place your orders right now until Wednesday, June 10 and have them shipped directly to the school.  Thereafter you have until Sunday, July 12 to have the order shipped to your home, an extra shipping fee will apply.  No orders will be accepted after July 12.  Click here to order.  If you have any questions contact Angie Marchuk at arunner67@gmail.com or 773-255-5408

Six Flags Read To Succeed Tickets
The Six Flags Great America Read to Succeed tickets are in! The tickets are valid from June 8, 2015 to August 7, 2015.  All eligible students should receive their ticket by Friday, May 22, 2015.  We hope you and your children enjoyed the time spent reading and this wonderful free program.  Please note that we are now able to reprint any lost or misplaced tickets. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Kris Muellner at kmuellner97@gmail.com or by text at (847) 800-0548.

Field Day June 2 - Few Volunteer Spots Remain
Field Day is a fun day in which students compete in a series of games and races. It is an activity that applies to Grades 1 - 5. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2 (rain date June 4). We are looking for volunteers for the following times to help in running the games, at the water station and passing out juice boxes. The breakdown by grade is: AM Volunteers from 9:15 - 11:00 a.m. for Grades 3 - 5. PM Volunteers from 1:15 - 3:00 p.m. for Grades 1 - 2. A few volunteer spots remain and we also need alternates for each time slot in case of cancellations.  Assignments will be on a first come, first serve basis.  Please come out and help if you can! Sign up here.  Contact Maura El Metennani with any questions at melmeten0405@gmail.com.

2015-2016 Room Parents
If you would like to volunteer to be a Room Parent for the 2015-2016 school years please fill out and submit in the PTO mailbox in the School Office the Room Parent form that was distributed this past week and is posted on the PTO Documents for Parents tab.  Or you can send an email to Dorai Lennon with the following information: Parent name, parent email address, parent phone number, children(s) names, the grade they will be entering. Responses are due by Friday, May 22. If you have any questions, contact Dorai Lennon at dorailennon@yahoo.com

PTO Fundraisers
Market Day

The May Sales Flyer along with a $5 off first time customer coupon are posted on the PTO Website - PTO Documents for Parents Tab. You can order Market Day online until EOD Thursday, May 21 and pickup will be in the South Gym on Tuesday, May 26 from 5:15 - 6:00 p.m.  This will be the last order before school ends. We encourage you to order and pay via credit card for your Market Day order online at www.marketday.com. You can also pay via check made out to Market Day when you come and pickup. If you have any questions contact Kate Seiter at kathryn.seiter@yahoo.com

Gift Card Program
The next order will be placed on Friday, May 22 with delivery of cards no later than Friday, May 29.  Please turn in your order form (available on the PTO website - PTO Documents for Parents tab) with cash or a check made out to Carpenter PTO no later than May 22. Orders can be turned in to the  PTO mailbox in the school office or directly to Kim Miller kimiller8613@gmail.comor 773-294-4072.  Please contact Kim if you have any questions.

Attention 5th Grade Families

Thank you to all of the families who have helped us out by responding and sending in payment for the party!  Your response and payment was due this past Friday. For anyone who still needs to send in their payment, all checks should be made payable to "Carpenter PTO" and placed in an envelope clearly marked, "5th grade party" by tomorrow,May 18th!  If you have still not responded, please do so today!

Suggested Party Attire: Dressy casual. Boys -Khaki shorts/pants and a nice shirt. Girls-dresses/skirts or khaki shorts with a nice shirt. Please take a moment to read the message below with your 5th grader.

Notes from Mr. Balduf: Students are highly discouraged from bringing in any electronic devices to the party.  We'd like to create the event with the premise of being a "screen-free" activity. We are providing a photographer and the students are provided a memory book to help them remember the evening. Let's encourage our children to engage and socialize with one another rather than focus on being on devices and taking and posting pictures.

Students must be accompanied by an adult and will need to remain inside the building during the party. No outside play. In addition, all students are asked to continue to follow the Carpenter Life Rules as taught through the Carpenter PAWS. Students are asked to be respectful to one another and of the party decorations and pictures, be responsible, be safe, and be prepared. As the students were reminded at Camp Duncan, our Life Rules are expected not just during the school day, but at all times and in all environments. That evening, please help remind your child to be respectful of the party decorations as the intent is to utilize them annually.

The above message along with additional notes about the party can be found attached to the invitation in the message box. For any questions, please contact Tina Bridich at tinabridich@gmail.com or Dana Silber at anad4246@aol.com. We hope to see everyone there!

ELF & D64 Sponsored Events
Event for 5th Graders - from Emerson PTO
All incoming 5th graders to Emerson are invited to the following:
What:  Tommorowland (a schi-fi adventure by Disney)
Where:  Pickwich Theater - 2nd level, back theater
When: Friday, May 22, 2015 7:30 pm
Cost - $15 per ticket - includes soda/water and popcorn
View flyer


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.