Welcome to Carpenter School's PTO website!

Upcoming Dates

This Week:
Nov 28  PTO Meeting 7pm - South Gym
Nov 29  Hot Lunch - PreOrder Required
Dec 01  Pizza Day - PreOrder Required
Dec 02  Spirit Day

Next Week:
Dec 06  Hot Lunch - PreOrder Required
             PTO Sponsored Faculty Luncheon
Dec 08  Pizza Day - PreOrder Required
Dec 09  Spirit Day
             Gift Card Orders Due

Upcoming Dates:
Dec 21  Holiday Sing
Dec 31  Carpenter Family Movie Event - SING! at the Pickwick
Jan 30   PTO Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Jan 28   ELF Casino Night

We Need Your Ideas!
Have an idea for an event? A fundraiser? Let us know. Or, do you have a concern or a question? Contact us at either carpenterptopres@gmail.com or carpenterptovicepres@gmail.comThe Carpenter PTO is here for you, your child, and the whole school community.

News

What's New

HOT LUNCH SURVEY
Our pilot of the Smart Lunch program is coming to an end. The PTO wants to hear your feedback on the program, the quality of the lunches, and if you think the program should continued; and possibly expanded. Thanks so much for your input!
Smart Lunch Survey

CHILDCARE SERVICES SURVEY
Please take our quick survey gauging interest in childcare at PTO meetings.
Link to poll: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2DDF3D6

FACULTY LUNCHEON
PTO will no longer be collecting for Teacher's gift throughout the school year.  In place of the Teacher's gift, the PTO has created a special luncheon that will be held prior to the holiday break and at end of the year; for the entire Carpenter Faculty to enjoy!  Parents are advised that if they wish to provide teacher's gift; it will be at their own discretion and given to the teacher(s) as they wish. 

"Backpacks for the Homeless" - Carpenter Student Council 
Carpenter Student Council is helping to support MCYAF (Maine Community Youth Assistance Foundation) project "Backpacks for the Homeless"
We are collecting:
            *Used and clean backpacks 
           *Socks, gloves, hats and scarves
           *Travel size toiletries such as soap,  shampoo, lotion
           *Toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss
           *New combs and brushes
Backpacks will be delivered to the Salvation Army who will deliver them to the homeless of Maine Township. We will be collecting items through Thursday, December 15th.

Holiday Sing
Parents and family members are invited to come and watch the children perform in the Holiday Sing on Wednesday, Dec. 21

Schedule:
9:15 AMK & 1st Grades (Doors open at 9:00)
10:15 2nd & 3rd Grades (Doors open at 10:00)
1:00 PMK, 4th & 5th Grades & Chorus (Doors open at 12:45)
Please enter through the main doors on Hamlin

SAVE THE DATE... CARPENTER FAMILY MOVIE MORNING!!
Join us for Movie Morning – Ring the New year with Carpenter School!!  the little school with the BIG Heart will be hosting a fundraiser on the morning of New year's Eve!!  
Date: December 31
Time:  10am
Where:  Pickwick Theatre
Movie:  "Sing"
Cost:  $10.00 (Included Ticket, Popcorn & Juice Box) Advance Purchase
           $12.00 at Door Day of Event
Watch for more information to follow!!!

HOT LUNCH!!!
We are piloting a new vendor for our Hot Lunch program starting on October 18th serving lunches one day per week; every Tuesday. To see a sample Fall menu, please click here. Orders are placed on the Smart Lunches website: www.smartlunches.com. The pilot program is through Dec. 20. Pre-Order is required! Information on Smart Lunches and how to place your order is posted here. Any questions, please contact Lisa Morgan

Looking for volunteers to help distribute lunch to our students!!  Sign Up Here

Gift Card Program - NEXT ORDER DEADLINE DEC. 9
Easy holiday gift giving AND it benefits Carpenter PTO! Place your order monthly through the link below.  The gift card costs their face value and a percentage is given back to the PTO.  This is also a tax-deduction for your company!!  If your company uses gift cards for incentives or promotions, order them through our Gift Card Program... its a tax-deductible donation!! Order forms available here. Please make the check out to Carpenter PTO.  Orders can be turned into the PTO mailbox in the school office or directly to Kim Miller (contact at kimiller8613@gmail.com). 

YEARBOOK PICTURE UPLOADS 
The Yearbook Committee seeks members to assist with taking photos at events or school functions. If you are interested, please contact Maura El Metennani melmeten0405@gmail.com or Erica Duffy at erica_duffy82@yahoo.com. UPLOAD HERE

FUNDRAISERS

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 10TH ANNUAL D64 ELF CASINO NIGHT!
Join us for Casino Night – “A Night of Good Fortune” on Saturday, January 28th at Café La Cave from 6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Proceeds support innovative and imaginative education programming for D64 schools. If you would like to learn more about ELF visit us on Facebook, District 64 Elementary Learning Foundation or at district64elf.org. View Flyer

Box Tops
Please clip Box Tops off of your everyday grocery and household items!  These box tops earn CASH for the school - last year the Box Tops you collected earned Carpenter $800!  Send the Box Tops to school in envelopes or baggies, and there is a bin outside the front office door for the collections.  The first submital of Box Tops for the school year is coming up November 1, so please send your Box Tops in as soon as possible! Any questions please contact Kim Miller at kimiller8613@gmail.com

Amazon Smile
Do you shop on Amazon? Do you want to support Carpenter School PTO? Then, here is what you need to do:
1. Go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/41-2238099 instead of Amazon.com
2. You are then redirected to a page that looks exactly like the regular Amazon page. Under the search window it says that you are supporting Carpenter School PTO.
It's that simple!!

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases for no cost to you! You can also keep track of your AmazonSmile Impact, which is pretty cool - a tangible way to see how much money you have donated to your child's school.

WHAT'S NEW IN THE PTO...

LOOK OUT!!!  WE HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE!!!
We have created a Carpenter PTO Facebook page!! It is a platform to see announcements, events, meetups, etc about the PTO and community happenings at Carpenter.

What is the Carpenter PTO?

PTO stands for "Parent-­‐Teacher Organization." At its simplest essence, it is "parents who care!" 
As a group of caring parents, who want the best for our kids, and for their education, we seek enhancement opportunities to improve learning experiences, social interactions and overall development of our young ones!  

Even in great school districts like this, there are supplemental items or unique events and experiences we would like to give our children, which go beyond the standard budgets/basic infrastructure. A great example being the classroom smart boards we funded a few years ago, which were extremely well received by our students and faculty, and remain in use today! 

So we work in close partnership with Carpenter School Principal Brett Balduf & Assistant Principal Emily Lech, plus District 64 Superintendent Dr. Laurie Heinz, to fill gaps we see, by funding activities & equipment purchases, or providing volunteers for various events. 
Sounds great, but what does it take to do all that? 

All it takes is for each Carpenter family to join via a small $20 donation, to the PTO to help support all this. 

What is the Carpenter PTO?
What is Carpenter PTO.pdf
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PTO - What We Do
PTO What We Do - Color.pdf
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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.