Welcome to Carpenter School's PTO website!


Upcoming Events - Mar. 23
This Week
March 16 - PTO Meeting - 7:00 pm - South Gym
March 23 - Board Meeting - 7:30 pm - Lincoln School
March 23 - BOPA Panera Bread Fundraiser
March 24 - Hot Lunch
March 24 - Market Day Pickup - 5:15 - 6:00 pm - South Gym
March 25 - 27 - 5th Grade Camp Duncan
March 26 - Pizza Day
March 26 - Courier
March 27 - Gift Card Orders Received
March 27 - 5th Grade Troop 41635 - Wright Way Recsue Collection ends

Next Week
March 30 - April 3 - Spring Break - Enjoy!

Save the Date for April Activities!
Scholastic Book Fair: April 27 and 28

Carpenter School PTO Scholastic Book Fair will be held on Monday, April 27 and Tuesday, April 28. The hours of the Book Fair will be 3:30 - 8:00 p.m. each day.

A portion of the sales from the book fair will go towards improvements in the LRC. Mrs. Loftus is planning to use the funds to "re-purpose" the front area of the library (the left side of the room) as you walk through the door.  They are making it into a "Series Sensation!" area.  They will be updating both our beginner and intermediate series books and relocating them to this soon to be student accessible area. They will also be adding some fun new series books!

As you may recall, in the past, the Scholastic book fair was held in November during parent conferences, but this year we decided to try something new. Please note: the book fair dates coincide with SCREEN FREE WEEK so be sure to watch for more details on all of the fun activities planned. Volunteers are needed for setup, to assist during the fair and to help pack up. Sign up hereIf you have any questions, please contact Kay Schenfeld at kschenfeld@yahoo.com or Maura El Metennani at mauraj12@yahoo.com.

Science Expo: April 29
The Science Expo will be conducted on Wednesday, April 29th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  A flyer with details and sign up form will be distributed to the students this week. If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Lawrence at klawrence@nircl.org.

Healthy Living Month Weekly Pledge Cards
April is Healthy Living month.  The school will be monitoring the students activity through pledge cards for the following:
April 7 - April 10 - Health and Nutrition Week
April 13 - April 17 - Neat to Use Your Feet Week
April 20 - April 24 - Go Green Week
April 27 - May 1 - Screen Free Week
The pledge cards will be distributed to the students this week.

Welcome D64 School Board - Contest
On Monday, April 27th the monthly D64 School Board meeting will be held at Carpenter School.  The PTO will be conducting a contest to welcome the school board.  A flyer with details will be distributed to the students this week. If you have any questions, please contact Angela Margaris at angela2dk@aol.com.

Talent Show
Please finalize your submissions to be a part of our talent show which is being conducted on Friday, May 1st.  Forms can be provided to your teacher or placed in the PTO Mailbox in the school office. If you have any questions, please contact Vicki Lee at vicki@lumisource.com.

Hot Lunch - Information & Volunteers Needed
Healthy Kids Kitchen orders for the month of April are currently being taken.  The last day to order lunches for April is Friday, March 27. If your family has a credit balance on file with Healthy Kids Kitchen please plan on using for lunches in April, May or June. Credit balances will not be carried forward for use for the Fall 2015/2016 school year. Volunteers are needed to assist with serving lunches on Tuesdays.  If you can volunteer please contact Stacy Nelson at eilyandnelliesmomthebomb1013@gmail.com

PTO Meeting
Thank you for those who were able to attend the March PTO meeting.  Minutes from the meeting have been posted. Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 13 at 7:00 pm where we will vote/approve the 2015/2016 PTO Board.

2015/2016 PTO Board Position Candidates are:
Vice President - Stacy Nelson
Secretary - Amy Lamplota
Treasurer - Patricia Hoshizaki

The PTO is currently looking for 2015-2016 Committee Chairs/Volunteers.  If you are interested in chairing or volunteering for a committee please contact Debbie Dabisch at dgleason21@yahoo.com.

The following are topics that will be discussed in the upcoming PTO meetings....
April 13 - Vote/Approve 2015-2016 PTO Board
May 11 - Present draft of 2015/2016 PTO Budget
June 8 - Vote/Approval of 2015/2016 PTO Budget

Photos Needed
Attention 5th Grade Families
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 time that were taken at Carpenter School, or during Carpenter sponsored events.  We are looking for group pictures only, not pictures of individual students or pictures with other family members. 

Please upload your pictures to the Entourage yearbook website (follow picture uploading directions) and place them in the folder labeled:  5th grade DVD.  Please tag the 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.   The deadline for submitting photos is Friday, April 3rd. Photos will not be accepted after this time. For questions, please contact Tina Bridich at tinabridich@gmail.com 

Yearbook Photo Submissions

If you have any photos to share for the yearbook, please do not wait to send them in!  We are looking for photos from all the Carpenter events, classroom activities and any future school events or field trips! Please submit high-resolution photos to  kaschmidthein@aol.com  or directly to the Entourage Yearbook website  and you may find them in the pages of the yearbook next June. Uploading directions can be found on the right side of the Carpenter Blast.

Yearbook Orders
The last day to order a yearbook will be  April 15th. An order form was sent home to those students families who have not yet ordered a yearbook. If you are unsure if you ordered a yearbook, please contact Karen Hein at kaschmidthein@aol.com to verify.  The order form is also available hereThe cost of the yearbook is $15.  Payment can be made via check made payable to Carpenter PTO or via Rev-Trak. If paying by check, please return the order form to school in an envelope marked "Yearbook".

D64 Events & Other 
BOPA Panera Bread Fundraiser

Put away the pots and pans..... support BOPA
Have dinner at Panera and a portion of the sales that evening will towards the District 64 Bank and Orchestra Parents Association.  Even if your child isn't in Bank or Orchestra you like music, right?  come one, come all and come eat dinner for BOPA
Monday, March 23rd
Panera Bread 39 S. Northwest Highway, Park Ridge
Must show paper or electronic copy of flyer.

5th Grade Troop 41635 - Wright-Way Collection
Thank you to those who have generously provided donations! The 5th Grade Junior troop is continuing a collection for the Wright-Way Rescue Center.  View flyer hereCollections will continue until Friday, March 27th.  Please place your donations in the large blue bin labeled Wright-Way Collection by the School Office. Any support would be greatly appreciated! Any questions contact Angie Marchuk at arunner67@gmail.com or 773-255-5408.


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.