Welcome to Carpenter School's PTO website!


Upcoming Events - August 25, 2014
This Week
Aug. 26 - First Day of School - Grades 1 - 5 - FULL Day
Aug. 27 - First early release - 2:40 pm
Aug. 28 - Pizza Day ($1.50 per slice - send child with cash)
Aug. 27 & Aug. 28 - Kindergarten Orientation (times inluded in letters)
Aug. 29 - Kindergarten First Day of School

Next Week
Sept. 1 - Labor Day - NO SCHOOL
Sept. 2 - School Resumes
Sept. 2 - Hot Lunch Sept. Orders Due (Check/Cash Payment Due 9/3)
Sept. 2 - Payment of First Trimester Pizza Day Due
Sept. 4 - Pizza Day (pre-payment required - no cash will be taken)
Sept. 5 - PTO Regstration Forms Due
Sept. 5 - Fall Family Picnic Orders Due

Volunteers Needed

Library Volunteer
We invite you to share your time and talent in our library Do you have an hour to spare once a week?  We could us your help with shelving and special projects.  Please contact Kathleen Loftus, kloftus@d64.org to learn more!

PTO Fundraisers
Track a Thon

The PTO Track-a-Thon fundraising event is back again this fall! This year, the event will take place over 1 day! Mark your calendars for Friday, September 19th (rain date-September 26th). Information packets and pledge forms will be distributed this week and posted to the PTO website. Please be sure to read the entire packet as many new and exciting prizes have been added along with specific event details!! Top prizes this year include a Galaxy Tablet, family pool passes, Chicago Bulls tickets, a Green Machine, a long board and more! Along with exciting new prizes, a new award category has been added...15% of the money raised by the top earning classroom overall will go back to that respective classroom for a classroom purchase! Should you have any questions, please contact Tina Bridich at: tinabridich@gmail.com Thank you!

KidStuff Coupon Books
Exciting news... 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! Payment is due by Sept 19th.  Please make checks payable to Carpenter PTO.  If you have any questions, please contact Tania Forte at tm513@yahoo.com or 847-894-9360.  Details will be sent home with the kids the first week of school.  KIDSTUFF DOES NOT PROMOTE DOOR-TO-DOOR SALES BY CHILDREN.  Check out a sample of the coupons. 

Box Tops For Education and Labels for Education
Please send all of those Box Tops and Labels that were clipped over the summer back to school with your student! Both can be dropped in the Box Tops container outside the school's office or provided to your child's teacher. If you have any questions regarding Box Tops contact Carmie Trunzo at ctrunzo@comcast.net or for Labels for Education contact Kim Miller at kimiller8613@gmail.com

Committee Information

PTO Membership
You can make a difference for your child and the children at Carpenter school by joining the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).  Carpenter School PTO Membership for the 2014-2015 school year can be completed one of two ways:

1.  Online via RevTrak, the new online payment system. Under the PTO Membership section, there are three items available for purchase:  membership (including yearbook purchase), teacher gifts, and voluntary PTO donations. Once payment has been bumitted online you will also use the online directory service to enter your family's information. 

2.  Via paper form available on the PTO webiste in the Forms and Documents section.  Please pint the form and sbmit payment in cash or check (made out to the Carpenter PTO) in an envelope addressed to PTO Membership.  Forms can be dropped in the PTO mailbox located in the school office or returned to our child's teacher.

All memberships via both methods much be submitted by September 9, 2014. If you have any questions contact Kelly Plaza  at 847-477-3772 or kaerwin4@aol.com

Pizza Day
Pizza Day will begin on Thursday, August 28 for Grades 1 - 5.  Pizza Day is conducted every Thursday and the cost is $1.50 per slice.  If you have any questions contact Angie Marchuk at steve100398@sbcglobal.net. You can now pay online in advance for the whole trimester by clicking on the link below!

New! Pay Online!

Yearbook Pictures  
Calling all photographers for Grades K-5.  Karen Hein, Yearbook Committee Chair is looking for volunteers to take pictures for the first day of school and for other PTO and school sponsored events. If you take a great picture that you would like to share in the yearbook see the instructions on the right hand side of this email for instructions to upload into the Yearbook site. Contact Karen Hein at kaschmidthein@aol.com if you are able to assist. 

Hot Lunch
We will be offering Hot Lunch again this school year every other Tuesday beginning on September 9. The new vendor providing Hot Lunch is Healthy Kids Kitchen. Ordering is available from now through September 2 for lunches in September. All lunch orders must be placed online through Healthy Kids Kitchen web site. 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 please place your check/cash in an envelope labeled HOT LUNCH with your child's name, grade & room number. (please 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 web site - Forms and Documents Tab at www.carpenterpto.com (3 forms-Hot Lunch Sept Menu, Hot Lunch FAQ's and Hot Lunch Instructions). NOTE: Our school code is 347ceiL. October, November and December lunches will be available to order starting on September 10. (after 9/10, orders will be open for purchase from the 10th 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 2nd for September's lunches. (payment due for Sept lunches on 9/3 and thereafter on the 28th of each month). Should you have any questions or could volunteer for Hot Lunch please contact Stacy Nelson at eilyandnelliesmomthebomb1013@gmail.com. Please indicate which dates you would be interested in volunteering for Hot Lunch. Thanks so much and we are looking forward to another successful year of Hot Lunches for the students.

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 posted on the PTO website - Forms and Documents Tab or contact Angela Burns at angdicolla@hotmail.com

Did You Know.........
Target - Take Charge of Education Program
Did you know that Target donates up to 1% of your Target RED Card purchases back to Carpenter School? Go to link and register your card today. Carpenter's school ID is 47809. This program is a great way to help Carpenter raise money at no additional cost to you! Grandparents, alumni, neighbors and friends can take part, too. The following is our school's progress to date:
Target donation earned by Carpenter (August 2013) - $1,474.63
Amount accumulated toward the next Target Donation (August 2014) - $1,699.14
Number of current REDcard holders who have designated this school - 67
When you use your Target card you will save 5% on every trip - some restrictions apply.

2 Click Fundraising
Calling all online shoppers. A free and easy way for the PTO to increase it's revenue. Please remember to use this program all year round.......Here is how it works: Just go to
link select from the online shops available and make your purchases. The PTO receives a percentage of the online order. That is it! Some examples of vendors are: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Macy's, Office Depot, Sams Club and many more. Check out all of the vendors on the website. Contact Angie Marchuk at steve100398@sbcglobal.net if you have any questions.


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.