Welcome to Carpenter School's PTO website!

Upcoming Dates

This Week
Oct. 5      PTO Meeting - South Gym  7:00 pm

Oct. 6      Hot Lunch - Prepayment Required
Oct. 7      Charleston Wrap Sale ends
Oct. 8      Pizza Day - Prepayment required
Oct. 9      Spirit Day

Next Week
Oct. 12    Columbus Day - No School
Oct. 13    Hot Lunch - Prepayment Required
Oct. 15    Pizza Day - Prepayment required
Oct. 16    Picture Day
                Hearing & Vision Screening


PTO Meeting - Monday, Oct. 5
Please join us for Monday's PTO meeting.  Lynn Condon (District Physical Therapist) and Brett Balduf will present information about Carpenter's Move and Learn Project funded by the Elementary Learning Foundation (ELF).  This will be exceptionally helpful to understand why Carpenter initiated the project, provide parents helpful information when thinking about supporting their own children's development, and provide background on more potential purchases by the PTO. We hope you can make it out!  7:00 pm in the south gym.

One School, One Book
The PTO is excited to introduce One School, One Book to our Carpenter students!  One School One Book is a family literacy program that enables schools to create a school-wide book club where students, families, teachers and staff all read the same book.  Our program will begin on Monday, October 5th. All Carpenter families, faculty and staff will receive a copy of our selected book, Masterpiece, by Elise Broach.  Books are being sent home on Monday, Oct. 5 with the youngest or only child in the family. (One book per family.)  Included with your book you will receive a letter explaining the program, a suggested reading schedule (on the reverse side of the letter) and a Bingo activity sheet. The reading schedule is a suggested schedule and in no way required. Feel free to read the book at your own pace.
One School One Book is a completely voluntary program and is not part of the school curriculum. This program is designed to be a fun family and school activity with the goal of engaging young readers. Families are encouraged to read the book together although older students may choose to read it individually and/or to younger siblings.  The reading is reinforced through fun school activities such as trivia questions/games, and projects.  Our hope is to start a school-wide conversation around the book while helping students develop a love of reading. To learn more about One School One Book go to http://readtothem.org/.
This program will run through the week of November 30th. Please contact Debbie Dabisch at dgleason21@yahoo.com with any questions.

Trak-A-Thon Reminder
Collection envelopes, pledge forms and DVD order forms were due this past Friday.  If your child has not yet turned in their donation envelope, please be sure it is turned in as soon as possible.  T-shirt orders were already placed, but it's not too late to order DVDs and to be included in raffles and homeroom competitions. Should you have any questions, please contact Tania Forte at tm513@yahoo.com. Thank you all again for supporting Track-a-Thon!

Charleston Wrap - Ends Wed., Oct. 7
There is still time to participate --  order forms and payment are due by this WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 7th.  This is a simple way to support the school and purchase high-quality gift wrap, gifts and chocolates at the same time!  
Our School will receive profit of:
Giftwrap = 50% (40% for online orders)
Kitchen & Home = 40% (same for online orders)
Personalized items & magazines = 30% (same for online orders)
To participate via order form:
- Complete order form
- Return top 3 copies of order form with payment to school in the
- Make checks payable to "Carpenter PTO" (no sales tax)
For online orders:
- Register your student(s) at www.charlestonwrap.com
- Carpenter School's online ID# = 9381
- Student will receive a 6 digit code to receive credit for all online  sales
- Invite out-of-town family & friends to shop with easy invite  generator. For every ten invitations sent to out-of-town friends & family student will win a prize
- Orders can be shipped home - FREE shipping on orders over  $75.00
- Orders can be shipped to school with our scheduled delivery & receive free shipping by entering "shiptoschool9381" at  checkout

Orders are expected to be delivered to the school prior to  Thanksgiving break. Additional catalogs & order forms are available in the school office.  

Carpenter Spirit Wear
Our spirit wear sale is coming up and will be held in the month of October.  Flyers will be coming home with your children describing the various items we are offering this year.  Please make sure you submit your form & payment on time as we only offer custom orders once a year.

District 64 ELF Fall Fundraising Event
Bring the whole family (or team) and dine at Potbelly Sandwich Shop (107 S. Northwest Hwy)  on Wednesday, October 21, 4:30 - 7:30 pm. 25% of all sales will benefit the District 64 ELF (Elementary Learning Foundation). All ELF proceeds go right back to the students, teachers, and schools across District 64! ELF has funded several projects for Carpenter, such as the 3-D Printer and the Move and Learn Program. More information at www.district64elf.org. 

Volunteer Opportunities
Picture Day - Volunteers Needed
Picture Day is scheduled for Friday, October 16th. We are looking for volunteers to help direct student traffic and assist students prior to pictures being taken. Hearing and vision screenings will also be conducted that day. If you are interested in volunteering or have questions please email Hope Bradley at hopebradley1@gmail.com. 

Junior Great Books for Grades 1-3 Volunteers Needed
The 2016 Junior Great Books Program (JGB) will begin the week of January 11, 2016 and will meet once a week for 6 weeks. JGB is a reading enhancement program that inspires students to think for themselves through the careful reading of thought-provoking stories. The program is geared toward first, second and third graders and is led by parent volunteers. Participating children will eat their lunch in the assigned JGB classroom and will not attend lunch recess on that day. Children are not required to know how to read to participate.

The JGB volunteers are responsible for planning the weekly lesson, communication of the assigned story to parents, and facilitating the classroom meeting which includes reading the story of the week and facilitating a short discussion or activity. The classroom meeting time is approximately 55 minutes. A leader guide, materials and sample assignments will be provided and meeting days are selected by the JGB volunteers. We are seeking four volunteers per grade as we typically run two sections in each grade.  If you are interested in volunteering please contact Debbie Dabisch at dgleason21@yahoo.com.
*Student registration for JGB will occur in November - flyers will be sent home with further details.
Halloween Party - Volunteers Needed
The PTO's yearly Halloween Party will be held on Friday, October 23rd from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Carpenter. The entrance for the party will be through the front doors and the 4th grade doors.
Come dance the night away with Charizma Entertainment DJs and enjoy games, tattoos, scavenger hunts and the return of the Carpenter Haunted House! Plan on participating in the raffle - lots of great prizes! Food available in the South Gym from Wally's.
Volunteers are still needed, please sign-up to here help with a variety of duties.

If you have any questions contact Joy Chojnowski at  joychojnowski@yahoo.com or Angela Burns at angdiciolla@gmail.com
Trunk-or-Treat Trunks Needed! 
We are excited to bring back the popular Trunk-or-Treat again this year! Volunteers are needed to help make this a success! Decorate your trunk and have fun passing out candy! Each family is responsible for bringing candy to pass out to our guests, so bring plenty! This activity will be conducted from 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot off of Cherry Street (near 5th grade doors) You may enter through the 4th grade doors after 6:00 p.m.
Volunteer for Trunk-or-Treat

Any questions? contact Angela Burns at angdiciolla@gmail.com.  We are asking that all food (including candy gathered during this activity) be kept and limited to the South Gym. Please plan on taking the bag of candy that your child collects back to your car or keep under parental supervision prior to entering the building.
Hot Lunch Orders and Volunteers
Monthly hot lunch orders are due as follows:

November Lunches - Orders due October 27th
December Lunches - Orders due November 24th

We have added an "Easy Order" option for families that want to order hot lunches by the month.  Easy order allows you to order a month of hot lunches (same size meals) by clicking one link - pricing includes all hot lunches for that month.  If you are ordering for multiple children you will need to complete an Easy Order for each child. Please look for  "Easy Order" in the lunch title on Rev Trak. We will continue to offer individual hot lunch orders for those families that want to select only certain meals. If you complete an Easy Order for your child you should NOT select individual lunches as you will be double ordering.

All orders must be placed through Rev Trak here.

Once on the home page, please click "Hot Lunch" on the left side of your screen to begin your order.  All lunches must be pre-ordered. If you cannot use Rev Trak or need to pay with cash please contact Angela Margaris at angela2dk@aol.com for assistance.  Please do not place cash or checks for hot lunch in the PTO mailbox as your payment will not be received.

We are seeking volunteers to help serve hot lunch on Tuesdays.  You can sign up hereFor questions about hot lunch and/or volunteering please contact Stacy Nelson at eilyandnelliesmomthebomb1013@gmail.com 

Mother Son Event
The Mother/Son event on Friday was a BIG success!  Thank you to everyone who attended the Maine South football game with us  - we had over 150+ in attendance and the team won their homecoming game!  Dorai Lennon and Jodie Patras would like to especially thank Sheila Stanton, the front office and our teachers for their help with behind the scenes work on making this event run smoothly.


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.