Welcome to Carpenter School's PTO website!


Upcoming Events - October 27, 2014

This Week
Oct. 27 - BOE Meeting - 7:30 p.m. - Field School
Oct. 27 - Concussion Awareness - see details below
Oct. 27 - Deadline day to order November Hot Lunch - See instructions on PTO Website - PTO Documents for Parents Tab
Oct. 28 - ABC's of the School Board - see details below
Oct. 30 - Pizza Day (pre-payment was required)
Oct. 31 - Gift Card Orders Received
Oct. 31 - Halloween classroom parties and parade

Next Week
Nov. 3  - Spirit Wear Orders Due
Nov. 4 -  Institute Day - NO SCHOOL
Nov. 6  - Pizza Day (pre-payment was required)
Nov. 7  - Spirit Day - Food Donations

Searching for Videographer
Calling all Videographers.... The PTO is looking for a resource who has a knack for videoing and is willing to videotape this year's Holiday Sing.  The Video that is created for this effort will be on sale by the PTO. If you are interested in volunteering contact Angela Margaris, PTO President, at angela2dk@aol.com. Thank you

Red Ribbon Week
The PTO would like to thank committee chair, Helen Tselentis for working with the Student Council and organizing all of the "teacher packets" in preparation for Red Ribbon Week. Thanks also to Mrs. Smee and Mrs. Campbell, Student Council Coordinators and the Student Council for creating posters that were displayed throughout the building. Thank you to all of the students for your participation this week!

Halloween Party
Erin, Stojakovic, committee chair would like to thank the following for volunteering for setup, cleanup and execution of this years Halloween Party. Mr. Balduf, Carpenter Janitorial Staff, Genevieve Barcinas, Angela Burns, Nancy Cantal, Maria Conversa, Debbie Dabisch, Maura El Metennani, Patricia Hoshizaki, Angie Marchuk, Angela Margaris, Kris Muellner, Jody Patras, Andrea Ragona, Colleen Salah, Heidi Spychalski,Georgette Tamvakis, Vicki Thompson and Nancy Verheyen. Carpenter Alumni: Joey Gatz, Nora Smith, Katie Straka, Alyssa Tamvakis and Catherine Vittallo. 

Thank you to all who purchased raffle tickets.  The following vendors/families generously provided donations: The Barre Code - Jestina Orlando, LumiSource  - Steve Lee Family, Marchuk Family, Rosewood, Cheesecake Factory, Lou Malnati's, Einsteins Bagels, Menchie's, Outback Steakhouse, Great Clips, The Iralson Family, Iceland Skate in Niles

Trunk or Treat
Thank you Erin Stojakovic and Nancy Cantal for coordinating this event.  Thank you to the following families who participated in the Trunk or Treat activity: Becker, Burriesci, Cantel, Cassidy, Currey, Griffin, Groszek, Forte, Lanahan, LaSusa, Margaris, Ortiz and Wolfe.

Picture Day
Paula Risk, Carpenter Health Office, wrote: Many, many thank you's to our fabulous PTO members who helped with Picture Day.  With  regular schedules being adjusted, photos being taken, and vision and hearing screening also taking place, it is a very busy, exciting day for our staff and students. The Picture Day volunteers, however, kept us on task and on schedule, so that all 445 of our students were screened and photoed.  It's a big undertaking, but thanks to our PTO volunteers, it ran very smoothly--even our screeners said so! Special thanks to Laura Groszek and Hope Bradley, Picture Day coordinators, and their merry band of volunteers - Diane Adam, Nancy Cantal, Lisa Hernandez, Alison Jones, Chris Kennedy, Shelly Klever, Katie Moore, Kay Schenfeld, Marlo Serritella, Erin Stojakovic, and Sara Trivedi and Maddelina Wessell  Thanks again for your time and effort on behalf of our children.  Your help was most  appreciated!

PTO Fundraisers

Spirit Wear
Spirit Wear is available to order!  New this year - personalize your Spirit Wear with your first or last name on the back of the items in White for only $5.00 extra. Spirit Wear flyers will be sent home with your child this week. Spirit Wear sales will occur from now until Monday, November 3rd. Note - Black t-shirts & tanks are women's cut so they run small therefore you should order 1 to size up. To place your order include your order form and cash or a check made payable to Carpenter PTO in an envelope labeled Spirit Wear.  Place in the PTO mailbox or provide to your child's teacher. A copy of the flyer is posted on the PTO Website - PTO Documents for Parents Tab. If you have any questions contact Dorai Lennon at dorailennon@yahoo.com 

Gift Card Program
Order gift cards for your regular purchases or to give as gifts and earn money for the PTO!!  Thank you to the families that ordered in October!  To date, the PTO has earned $268.48 from this program.  Approximately monthly throughout the school year, Carpenter 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, Chipotle, Whole Foods, and many more.  The next order will be placed on Friday, November 14, with delivery of cards no later than Friday, November 21 (just in time for your Thanksgiving food shopping)!  Please turn in your order form with a check made out to Carpenter PTO no later than November 14. This is the second to last order before the Holidays, so start your gift shopping now!  **Special low-denomination ($5-$10) cards are available from many retailers only during November and December - great stocking stuffers!** Orders can be turned in to the PTO mailbox in the school office or directly to Kim Miller (contact at kimiller8613@gmail.com or 773-294-4072).  Please contact Kim if you have any questions.

Market Day
November Market Day fliers will be sent home with your student this week. The November Flyer along with a $5 off first time customer coupon is posted on the PTO Website - PTO Documents for Parents Tab. This month Market Day is featuring "Pie Bonus Days".  The more pies purchased the more our school earns! Thank you to the families that ordered last month!  To date, the PTO has earned $309.34 from this program!  You can order Market Day online until EOD Friday, November 14th and pickup will be in the South Gym on Tuesday, November 18th from 5:15 - 6:00 p.m. If you have any questions contact Angie Marchuk at steve100398@sbcglobal.net or Angela Margaris at angela2dk@aol.com.

Barnes & Noble Book Fair
The Barnes and Noble Book Fair will be held on Saturday, November 8. Families can get a jump on their holiday shopping at Barnes and Noble located at 5405 Touhy Avenue in Skokie. We will have lots of fun programming and activities throughout the day. A percentage of what you spend will come back to the Carpenter and benefit the LRC. You can also shop at Barnes and Noble's web site (www.bn.com/bookfairs )from Nov. 8-13 and Barnes and Noble will contribute a percentage of your online purchase to our school.

Schedule (subject to change)
10 am - Mr. Balduf Storytime
10:30 am - Magician
11am - 2 pm - Cookie decorating
11:30 - Mrs. Lech Storytime
12 noon - 3pm - Gift Wrapping
12:30pm Mrs. Loftus Storytime
2 - 3:30 pm - 5th Grade Explorer Presentations (see below)
All day - scavenger hunt

Volunteers are needed to assist at the gift wrap table and oversee the cookie decorating. Please sign up here: http://bit.ly/1DJoKiX

5th Grade students are invited to come and share their Explorer presentations in costume. Participation is optional. Sign up at http://bit.ly/1r8icCw

The Next Generation of Science Standards and Common Core State Standards include high expectations for our students. With the proceeds from the book fair, the LRC plans to purchase award winning science books to support our young scientists at Carpenter. Thank you for your support! Any questions, contact Kay Schenfeld (kschenfeld@yahoo.com) or Maura El Metennani (mauraj12@yahoo.com).

Final Track-a-Thon Update
This year's Track-a-Thon event was wrapped up at the all-school assembly on Friday, October 24th.  Students cheered and sang along while watching the highlights of this year's event on DVD,  and then anxiously awaited the announcement of the top raffle winners and homeroom champions.  Homeroom Champions earning the most money for their grade were: Rooms 104 AM, 151, 154,125,135, and 138. The homerooms running the most laps were: 102 PM, 153,156,127, 134, and 137.  The top earning homeroom overall was Mrs. Komenda's first grade class. They earned $231.45 for their classroom!  Individuals who were recognized during the assembly were: Audrey B. who was this year's top pledge earner ($356.00) and Antonio S. who designed this year's t-shirt.  Right before wrapping up the assembly, Mr. Tom announced the grand total earned for Carpenter School.  Please visit the PTO website under PTO Documents for Parents tab to view that total amount, as well as a detailed list of thank-you's. If you forgot to purchase your copy of the 2014 Track-a-Thon DVD and would like a copy, please contact Tina Bridich: tinabridich@gmail.com

If you are thinking about donating tickets or other raffle items for the 2015 Track-a-Thon event or thinking about having your business appear on the back of the 2015 Track-a-Thon t-shirt or in the directory, please contact Jennifer Munao: munaojennifer@gmail.com

We once again want to thank everyone for supporting the 2014 Track-a-Thon!
Tina Bridich, Jennifer Munao and Nancy Verheyen

Volunteers Needed

Junior Great Books 2015
The Junior Great Books committee is still looking for two volunteers for first grade and two for second grade. The third grade program is fully staffed. Please contact Debbie Dabisch if you're interested in volunteering. Following are the details.

The 2015 Junior Great Books Program (JGB) will begin the week of January 12, 2015 and will meet once a week for 6 weeks during the school lunch period. 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.

Please email Debbie Dabisch at dgleason21@yahoo.com if you are interested in volunteering or have questions. Be sure to include the grade you'd like to volunteer for and the day(s) you are available. We will pair you with another volunteer whose availability matches yours.

Ideally we would like for volunteers to commit to the full six-week program but we recognize that this may not be feasible with work, child care and other outside commitments. We will gladly accept volunteers for all or part of the program.

Please note that we are not yet accepting student registrations. Further program details and student registration information will be communicated later in the fall.

PTO Committees
If you are interested in chairing a committee in the future or learning more about a PTO event please review the Committees Tab located on the Carpenter PTO Website. Get in contact with the 2014-2015 chairs and "shadow" them through this years event/s so if interested you are ready to take over that committee the following year. If you have any questions as to what it takes to chair a committee, contact Angela Margaris, PTO President, at angela2dk@aol.com

Community Events
District 64 will be hosting the following seminars:
Monday, October 27 - Concussion awareness talk - Parent University
Tuesday, October 28 - District 64 Board of Education - ABC's of School Board Service coffee & conversation
Tuesday, November 11 - The Organized Child talk - Parent University 
To see additional details regarding these events, click here.

Washington School V-Show Tickets Available Now!
It's Time to Order Tickets for the Hottest Show in Town! The Washington V-Show
Three shows:
Friday, November 7 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 8 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, November 8 at 7 p.m.
Order your tickets now!


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.