Welcome to Carpenter School's PTO website!

Upcoming Dates

This Week:
Oct 17 PTO Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
Oct 18 Hot Lunch - Pre-order required
Oct 20 Pizza Day - Pre-Order Required      
Oct 21 Principal Appreciation Day
           Spirit Day
           Gift Card Orders Due
           Kindergarten Social - Harp & Fiddle @ 7pm         

Next Week: 
Week of Oct. 24 - Red Ribbon Week (see below)
Oct 24 Camp Duncan - 5th Grade
           Kindergarten Field Trip  - Goebbert's Farm
           D64 Board Mtg - 7pm - Lincoln Middle School
Oct 25 Camp Duncan - 5th Grade
           Hot Lunch - Pre- Order Required
Oct 26 Camp Duncan - 5th Graders Return Home
Oct 27 Pizza Day - Pre-Order Required
            Emerson Concert Orchestra 1 & 2 String Ensemble
Oct 28 Spirit Day
           Carpenter Halloween Party/Trunk or Treat
           Gift Card Orders Received

Upcoming Dates:
Oct 31 Halloween Parade & Classroom Parties
Nov. 5 ELF Family Movie Outing @ Pickwick - Trolls 10am - Sign Up Here
Nov. 11 5th Grade Parent Night Out (more info to come)
Nov. 12 Barnes & Noble Book Fair

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.


Halloween Letter from Mr. Balduf
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Spirit Wear - ORDERS DUE 10/21!
We are very excited about our NEW Spiritwear items now available to order thru RevTrak. Carpenter has "Spiritwear" days most Friday's throughout the school year so this is the perfect time to order for your children and yourself. Orders must be submitted before midnight on 10/21/16 and merchandise will be delivered to classrooms before Thanksgiving. Thank you!! View order form


Parents of Kindergartners - check this out!!!  The PTO is sponsoring an adult-only gathering.  A great way to get to meet your Kiddo's friends' parents and have a fun night out!!  See our Facebook page for RSVP.

Please don't forget to RSVP. Register here. 

We will be 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

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

Red Ribbon Week - Oct. 24 - 28
Red Ribbon Week is an opportunity for our kids to focus on drug prevention and education, as well as to making a personal commitment to live healthy and drug free lives.

Each day, students will receive great little reminders to stay drug­free. Here are the daily events that have been planned:

● MONDAY: Your Choices are the Key to Your Dreams 
Students come to school in their pajamas.

● TUESDAY: Strike Out Drugs
Wear baseball (or other sport) shirts or jerseys.

● WEDNESDAY: Turn Your Back on Drugs
Wear shirts backwards.

● THURSDAY: Carpenter is too BRIGHT for Drugs
Wear neon or bright clothing.

● FRIDAY: Voting for my Future to Be Drug-Free
Wear red, white and blue clothing.

Carpenter Halloween Party
Save the date and join us for the Halloween Party on Friday, October 28th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.  Back by popular demand, The Haunted Hallway, DJ entertainment, food, photo booth and tattoo station.

New this year, Pre-Carved Pumpkin Contest, decorate and carve your pumpkin at home and bring it to be judged, two winners per grade. Volunteers needed to make this a fun event! Questions? email: Joy Chojnowski joychojnowski@yahoo.com, Jill Polkow jillpolkow@gmail.com or Angela Burns angdiciolla@gmail.com. 

Sign-up here.

Before you join the party guests can enjoy the annual Trunk-or-Treat festivities. This year we will be located in the teacher parking lot from 5:45 - 6:15.  Volunteers needed, decorate your trunk and have fun passing out candy! Each family will supply the candy to pass out to our guests, so bring plenty! Questions? Email Angela Burns angdiciolla@gmail.com.

Sign-up here.

RESCHEDULED!!!   Carpenter moms and friends - yoga and wine at Core Power Yoga on Sunday evening, January 22nd!! Proceeds will directly benefit JDRF. Come out and help support a great cause! Click here to register and for more details.

Pizza Orders for December 1 – February 23
Due Friday November 18th

Pizza ordering for the second trimester of the school year (December 1 – February 23) is now open in Rev Trak. 

Pizza is available every Thursday starting on December 1 – February 23 (11 pizza days). Pizza is $1.75 per slice. The total cost for one slice per week is $19.25, two slices $38.50.

If you received pizza for Term 1 you have to now order for Term 2. You only previously paid for Term 1. You must place your pizza order on or before Friday, November 18.  

This is a firm deadline.  Your child will not be served pizza if payment is not made by this time. You are required to pre-pay using the following online payment system: RevTrak

Please input the following information:

  • Number of slices per week (1 or 2)
  • Student Grade
  • Student Last Name, First Name 

If you have more than one child, a separate order for each child needs to be created. Once all orders have been added to the shopping cart you can purchase with one payment. 

No refunds will be issued for absences from school due to illness or field trips.  

We need your help serving pizza to the students.  Four volunteers are needed every Thursday. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up at:  Sign up Genius

If you have any questions, contact Tammy Kwiatkoski at 312-909-7122  or tkwiatkoski@yahoo.com

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



District 64 Early Learning Foundation (ELF) - Family Movie Outing
Support D64 School with a Family movie Outing!!!  Take you family to the movies while raising money for innovative projects in D64 Schools.

D64 ELF Fundraisers at the Pickwick, Saturday, November 5th at 10am

Guarantee your spot online now at www.district64elf.org or purchase Nov 5th from the D64 ELF table inside Pickwick Lobby.

Gift Card Program
Did you ever have a birthday party to go to and forgot to get a present??  Or want to send a small thank you gift to someone but don't have time to go to the store to buy a gift???  Well...  we are here to help!!!  Check out our Gift Card Program!!

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). 

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.


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?
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PTO - What We Do
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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.