Welcome to Carpenter School's PTO website!


Upcoming Events - September 15, 2014
This Week
Sept. 15 - PTO Meeting - 7:00 p.m. - South Gym
Sept. 17 - ELF Meeting 7:30 p.m. - D64's Administration Building/ 164 S. Prospect
Sept. 18 - Pizza Day (pre-payment was required)
Sept. 19 - Gift Card Orders Due
Sept. 19 - Market Day Orders Due
Sept. 19 - Track-a-Thon
Sept. 19 - KidStuff Coupon Book Orders Due

Next Week
Sept. 22 - Board of Education Meeting - 7:30 p.m. - Roosevelt
Sept. 22 - KidStuff Coupon Book Orders will be distributed
Sept. 23 - Market Day Order Pickup 5:15 - 6:00  p.m. - South Gym
Sept. 25 - Pizza Day (pre-payment was required)
Sept. 25 - Courier
Sept. 26 - Gift Card Orders Received
Sept. 26 - Track-a-Thon Rain Date, if required

Thank you....

Target Red Card
Angela Margaris, PTO President would like to thank all of the families and friends of Carpenter School for registering their Target Red Card with our school. This month we received a check from Target of $1,721.89 and there are 68 families registered.  This is an increase of approximately $300 from last year and 12 more families that registered.  If you have a Target card or know any family/friends that have one and have not yet registered it with our school, please encourage them to do so. Instructions for registering the card are on right hand side of this email. This is an easy way to raise funds for our school! Thanks again!

Fall Family Picnic
Peggy Iralson, Fall Family Picnic Chair would like to thank the following for volunteering at the Fall Picnic and making it a fun event: Mr. Balduf, Carpenter Janitorial Staff, Lorna Johnson, Beth Kurczewski, Ellie Kurczewski, Jennifer Liu, Angie Marchuk, Angela Margaris, Kim Miller, Kris Muellner, Alyssa Ponder, Vince Pumo, Kristen Quitno, Lea Smucker, Lexi Stacy, Jean Tremblay, Grace Verheyen, Nancy Verheyen, Jill Wille and Ellen Zywiciel. If you took any pictures at the event, don't forget to upload them for the Yearbook.  Instructions for uploading pictures for the yearbook are located in the weekly email.

PTO Fundraisers

The excitement is building as students and staff are preparing for the Track-a-Thon even this Friday, September 19th (rain date - September 26th)!  At this time, all students should have already turned in their completed pledge forms to their homeroom teachers.  Pledge forms will be collected one more time on Monday, so be sure to get those in by the end of the day.  We remind you to please keep all monetary donations at home until after the event when you will receive a collection envelope!!  Should you need a new pledge form or more information on the event, please click here. Do not forget, all students who raise a minimum of $40 will be eligible for a free Track-a-Thon t-shirt! This year's t-shirt was designed by 3rd grader Antonio S. and samples of the shirt are now hanging inside of the school and will also be outside at the volunteer table during the event.  We encourage you to come and cheer the runners on during their designated run times, but do ask you to remember that spectators may not participate on the track!  We would also like you to remember that pets will not be allowed on school grounds and should not be brought to the event.  Should you have any questions, please contact Tina Bridich at: tinabridich@gmail.com

Track-a-Thon Run Time Schedule
9:10 - 9:40 - 2nd Grade
9:55 - 10:25 - 3rd Grade and K-AM
10:40 - 11:25 - 4th Grade
1:00 - 1:30 - 1st Grade and K-PM
1:45 - 2:45 - 5th Grade

Gift Card Program
Order gift cards for your regular purchases or to give as gifts and earn money for the PTO!  Last year over $1,000 was earned from this program.  Most months throughout the school year, the PTO will be placing gift card orders.  The gift cards cost their face value and the retailer gives a percentage back to the PTO.  New vendors available this year include:  Mariano's, Six Flags and Under Armour!  Your regular shopping, coffee and gasoline needs can also be met by gift cards from Target, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, BP and many more. The first order for this year will be placed on Friday, September 19, with deliver of cards no later than Friday, September 26.

Please turn in your order form with cash or a check made payable to Carpenter PTO no later than September 19. Orders can be turned into the PTO mailbox in the school office, provide to your child's teacher or directly to Kim Miller. Contact Kim Miller at kimiller8613@gmail.com or 773-294-4072 with any questions.

Market Day
Order Market Day online at www.marketday.com  until EOD Friday, September 19th and pickup will be in the South Gym on Tuesday, September 23rd from 5:15 - 6:00 p.m. If you have any questions please contact Angie Marchuk at steve100398@sbcglobal.net or Angela Margaris at angela2dk@aol.com.

KidStuff Coupon Books
Last chance to order your copy! Carpenter is offering the valuable, family-friendly KidStuff Coupon Books this year! KidStuff Coupon Books are only sold through schools and our school earns 50% profit on each book we sell! Use just a few coupons and save more than the $25 cost of the book. The books are great for gifts too! Your family earns one FREE book worth $25.00 for every 5 books you sell! Order yours today! Cash or check payment accepted. Payment is due by Sept 19th and books will be sent home with your child the week of Sept. 22nd. Please make checks payable to Carpenter PTO. Send in an envelope marked "KidStuff" with your child's name and room number and return to the PTO mailbox in the school office or to your child's teacher. If you have any questions, please contact Tania Forte at tm513@yahoo.com or 847-894-9360. 


Box Tops For Education
The schools first submission of Box Tops is going to be on November 3, 2014.  Please submit all box tops to the school office (Box Top Bin outside of the school office door or to your child's teacher) on or before October 27, 2014. Carmie Trunzo, Box Tops for Education Committee Chair is looking for some volunteers to assist bundling up the Box Tops for submission.  This could be any middle or high school students looking for a way to earn service hours. If you can volunteer or have any questions, contact Carmie Trunzo at ctrunzo@comcast.net.

Hot Lunch
You can now place your Hot Lunch orders for the months of October, November and December.  All lunch orders must be placed online through Healthy Kids Kitchen. You can access the website at http://www.healthykidskitchen.com.

You must order the lunch online. Payment can be made 3 ways:
1. Pay online when ordering ($2 service fee applies)
2. By check (payable to Healthy Kids Kitchen)
3. Cash

If paying by cash or check, place your check/cash in an envelope labeled HOT LUNCH with your child's name, grade and room number (provide to your child's teacher or place in the PTO mailbox located in the school office). Additional documentation can be found on the PTO websiteNOTE: Our school code is 347ceiL. Orders will be open for purchase through the 27th for the following month-you can order up to 3 months in advance. ***Please note: You MUST order the lunches ON-LINE. Do not just send in a check/cash. You must order NO LATER than September 27th for October lunches. Should you have any questions or could volunteer for Hot Lunch please contact Stacy Nelson at eilyandnelliesmomthebomb1013@gmail.comPlease indicate which dates you would be interested in volunteering for Hot Lunch.

Elementary Learning Foundation (ELF)
You are invited to become a D64 Elementary Learning Foundation (ELF) Trustee 
Come learn what we are about....Third Wednesday of Each Month - 7:30 p.m. - D64's Administration Building/164 S. Prospect. See flyer with additional details or contact Carpenter ELF Representative, Angela Burns at angdicolla@hotmail.com.

Community Events
Mary Seat of Wisdom - 2nd annual GLOW IN THE DARK 5K run/walk. 
Saturday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m. See flyer for registration instructions and other details. Thank you for support of our community!


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.