Welcome to Carpenter School's PTO website!

Upcoming Dates

This Week
Feb. 1     GOTR Registration Begins (details below)
Feb. 2     Hot Lunch  Pre-order required.
Feb. 4     Pizza Day  Pre-order required
               Carpenter Open House 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Feb. 5     No School - Teacher Institute Day

Next  Week
Feb. 8     PTO Meeting, South Gym 7:00 p.m.    
Feb. 9     Hot Lunch  Pre-order required.
Feb. 11   Pizza Day  Pre-order required
               Father Daughter Dance 7:30 - 9:00
Feb. 12   Classroom Valentine's Day Parties
               Spirit Day


Baby Pictures Needed for 5th Grade Students - Deadline Extended to Feb. 8
Thank you to those parents who already sent in their child's baby picture!!   We still don't have a picture for everyone so if you haven't already done so, please send your picture as soon as possible.  The deadline has been extended to Feb. 8.

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+babypicture@entourageyearbooks.com
Please make sure to indicate your child's name  in the email, as document name or in the comments.  

2016-2017 PTO Board Opportunities
The PTO Board is looking for volunteers to fill the following PTO Board positions for the 2016-2017 school year:
PTO Vice President - will become President for the 2017-2018 school year
PTO Secretary (serves a 1 year term)
Descriptions for the PTO Board positions can be found on the PTO Website - PTO Board Tab.  carpenterpto.com

If you interested or have any questions contact Debbie Dabisch at dgleason21@yahoo.com.

Registration for Girls Starts February 1st 
Girls on the Run is for 3rd-5th grade girls who are interested in getting into shape and learning more about themselves and the world and friends around them.  Registration for your daughter will begin online Monday, February 1st and close on Sunday, February 28th.   

You can register your daughter using the following:
GOTR website at www.gotrchicago.org
GOTR Call Center at 312-313-0280 (check hours on GOTR website)
The cost of the program is $175 per girl.

We will meet on the Carpenter School premises every Tuesday and Friday starting Tuesday, March 1st from 3:30 - 5:00 pm. We end the season running a 5K race in Vernon Hills.  

NOTE:  The race date has not yet been determined. Families will have the option of a full refund up until February 29th if the 5K date conflicts with their calendars. 

Coaches Registration - Ends on February 15th

We are now looking for people that might be interested in coaching our girls. The number of girls that can participate in the program is dependent upon the number of coaches that register.  Teams of between 8 and 15 girls must have TWO adult trained coaches and teams of between 16 and 20 girls must have THREE adult trained coaches.  If you register as a coach your daughter is guaranteed to be in the program.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A RUNNER TO BE A COACH you just need to be able to move, walking works too!!  We are looking for people who are interested in helping our girls achieve their potential with energy, smiles and exercise. 

To register as a new or returning coach go to http://www.gotrchicago.org/- Be a Coach Section and hit Apply today.  All interested coaches must perform the following:

New Coaches
Fill our online registration form 
Attend a coach training facilitated by GOTR staff  
Get CPR/First Aid certified every two years
Complete a background check every two years
Complete Non-Compete and Liability Waiver in the registration form
 For those returning coaches from last year
Fill out the online registration form
You should have received an email from the GOTR organization with your coaching status and background check expiration
If you took Coaches training last year you are not required to take the class again
If you took CPR/First Aid training last year you should be certified for two years
Non-Compete and Liability Waiver in the registration form
Background checks (all volunteers), CPR and First Aid certification (one coach per team) and Coaches training must be completed by February 22nd.

A document explaining the responsibilities for a Coach, the flyer for Coaches and Registration Flyer have been posted on the PTO website - PTO Documents for Parents Tab.

Doreen Currey and Angie Marchuk will be co-chairs for this program and Mrs. Brayton is our faculty sponsor. If you have any questions, contact Angie Marchuk at arunner67@gmail.com or 773-255-5408.

Mother/Daughter Event
Please join us for a night of sports, music, crafts and more!
When: Friday, March 11, 2016 from 6-8pm
Where: Energy Volleyball
6352 W. Howard St., Niles, IL 60714
Please sign up through RevTrak at
https://carpenterpto.revtrak.net under the Mother/Daughter folder.
The cost for the event is $20 for each mother and daughter and $10 for each additional daughter.  That will include a dinner and drink for each guest.  Additional concessions will be available for purchase. The deadline for signup is Friday, February 26th. This event is only open to Carpenter mothers and daughters. If you have any questions please contact Kelly Plaza at
kaerwin4@aol.com or 847-477-3772.

Message from the Student Council - Uncle Pete's Ministry
Uncle Pete's Ministry is a program that distributes prepared meals to shelters all over the Chicago land area.  Volunteers distribute meals to assist individuals and families who are in need.  For the past several years our student council has participated in a program called Uncle Pete's lunches.  Students bring a packed lunch to school, and Uncle Pete's Ministry picks up the lunches and distributes them to shelters.
This year our student council is participating in this program.  On Tuesday, February 16th we are asking families to assist us with this program.  Your child will be given a lunch bag with the exact content of what the lunch should contain (given to us by the program).  Your child will bring this home on Friday, February 15th.
Upon entering school on the 16th, Uncle Pete's will have volunteers to collect the lunches at each entry of the school.  It is important to please follow the guidelines that are attached to the lunch bags (and listed below).
Please consider participating in this wonderful program.
Contents of the lunches should contain:
Bags are provided but might not be large enough, therefore you may want to use your own larger paper bag.
2 sandwiches (meat), on either white or wheat bread.  Please do not put cheese on the sandwich.
2 hard-boiled eggs
1 small bag of chips
1 piece of fruit
1 packet of cookies or piece of candy
1 small water or small juice
1 napkin
Thank you!

Student Council  Read-a-Thon Fundraiser
In the beginning of March, Carpenter is going to be doing a Read-a-Thon fundraiser in conjunction with Read Across America week. The goal is to raise enough money to buy a well for a community in Ethiopia. One of our teachers, Ms. Keenan, worked in Ethiopia last summer with her brother. She saw the conditions there and the need for things that we take for granted in America, like clean water. Our staff thought that it would be worth the effort to try and raise money for a well. We feel that this could be a fantastic opportunity for Carpenter students to connect with children halfway across the world and be part of a project that will make a life changing difference. Some of our students are already involved in a pen pal program in this area of Ethiopia. Funding a well would help make that connection a lasting one. Putting a well into a community has several positive outcomes: 
Children can go to school because they won't be spending hours walking to get water.
Disease and illnesses will decrease because they will be able to clean themselves and they will not be drinking dirty water from streams.
More children will live past the age of 5. Unfortunately, many people in Africa have no other choice but to drink dirty water. This is often contaminated with bacteria which can lead to diarrhea. This is one of the leading causes of death of children under the age of 5 in Africa.   
A well ranges anywhere from $5,000-15,000. We'd love to have a corporation be involved to help match a portion or all of the money raised by Carpenter students. Ms. Keenan's brother is a doctor and he is working to put in wells in Ethiopia. He would help to ensure that the money we raised would go directly to an area in northern Ethiopia. If the fundraiser is a success, Ms. Keenan hopes to visit Ethiopia again this summer and visit the well we install. Then she can show our students footage of the clean drinking water and the people benefiting from it in the fall.

If your corporation is interested in matching a portion or all of what we raise, please email Ms. Keenan at rkeenan@d64.org. 

DePaul Blue Demons Discounted Basketball Tickets
2016 DePaul Basketball - Youth Team Days: Join the Blue Demons men's or women's basketball programs for a BIG EAST home game and receive special discounts. Enjoy Special Youth Team Discounts for these Games (Book your large group outing by calling 773-325-SLAM):
Men's Basketball at Allstate Arena- $10 or $15 Tickets Available
Tuesday, February 9th vs. Villanova - 7:30pm
Saturday, March 5th vs. Seton Hall - 11:00am
Women's Basketball at McGrath-Phillips Arena- $6 Tickets
Sunday, February 14th vs. Butler - 2:00pm
To book your team outing for groups of 20 or more and receive scoreboard recognition during the game call a Ticket Representative at 773-325-7527. Tickets must be purchased in advance of game date with the DePaul Ticket Office. The Special ticket pricing is available with PROMO CODE: "YOUTH" at http://tinyurl.com/DPUPROMO

Box Tops for Education - Be a Champion for Carpenter!
Shop at Mariano's and earn 100 Bonus Box Tops when you buy any 15 General Mills Box Tops for Education products or 50 Bonus Box Tops when you buy any 10 General Mills Box Tops for Education products.  Bonus Box Top certificate will be provided at check-out. Purchases must be made in a single shopping visit between 1/21/16 and 2/17/16. See store for details. Box Tops can be submitted to your child's teacher or placed in the Box Tops container outside of Carpenter's main office.

Hot Lunch  
Hot lunch orders for February through March are now open in Rev Trak.  Please be sure to place your order by the following deadlines. We are not able to accommodate any late orders so please be sure to order by the deadline.  If you need help with the order process please contact Stacy Nelson at eilyandnelliesmomthebomb1013@gmail.com.
Hot Lunch Order Deadlines:
March Orders - Due Feb. 23
(April & May coming soon)
All orders must be placed through Rev TrakOnce 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. 

Please save your receipt so that you know which dates you ordered lunches.  Our vendors do not provide extra lunches beyond what we order so we are not able to accommodate children who do not have a hot lunch order and do not bring a lunch.  When in doubt please send a lunch to ensure your child has a meal.

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.

Hot Lunch Volunteers Needed
Hot Lunch volunteers are needed each Tuesday to help serve hot lunch.  If you are able to help please sign up here.

Fifth Grade Party
Please mark your calendars for the 5th grade dinner, which will be held on Friday, May 20th from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the North Gym.  Invitations will be sent out and more details will be posted in the weekly PTO blasts as the event nears. If you are interested in helping to plan the Fifth Grade Party please contact Chris Kennedy cekennedy99@gmail.com or Kay Schenfeld kschenfeld@yahoo.com.   
Fifth Grade DVD
We are currently in the process of compiling pictures for the 5th grade DVD which is shown during the 5th grade party and is also given to each 5th grade student as a keepsake.  Please send us any pictures you may have of the 5th grade students from kindergarten through the present that were taken at Carpenter School, or during Carpenter sponsored events.  We are looking for group pictures only, not pictures of individual students.   

Please upload your pictures to the Entourage yearbook website (follow the yearbook picture uploading directions on the right side of the blast).  For the photo category, please scroll down to "Grade: 5th Grade -DVD Video".  Please do not place the photos into individual 5th grade teacher categories.  In addition, please tag each picture with the appropriate grade that the picture is from. There is no need to caption the photo with names of students. Keep in mind  that sending us your photo does NOT guarantee that it will be used in the DVD.  For questions please contact Kay Schenfeld kschenfeld@yahoo.com.  Thanks for your help!

Yearbook Orders
Yearbooks can still be ordered through Rev Trak.

Follow Carpenter on Twitter
Our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Lech,  updates Twitter with pictures of learning, articles, and happenings at Carpenter.  Her Twitter handle is @emily_lech and you can also use @Carpenterd64. Those who don't have Twitter accounts can search our handle on the internet to see what has been posted!

Community Event
The Park Ridge "Noon" Kiwanis 29th Annual Homemade Spaghetti Dinner is on Friday, February 5, 2016.  The event is being held at Park Ridge Presbyterian Church, 1300 W. Crescent St., Park Ridge from 4:45 - 7:30 p.m. Dine in or carry out.  Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $6.00 for children ages 6-12.  Children under 6 are free.  For tickets please call Dave Donovan at 847-692-9077.


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.