Welcome to Carpenter School's PTO website!

Upcoming Dates

This Week:

Feb 27   PTO Meeting  - 7pm North Gym 
Feb 28  Hot Lunch - Pre-Order Is Required               
Mar 02  Pizza Day - Pre-Order is Required 
             Emerson Band Progressive Concert - Maine South 7pm           
Mar 03  Spirit Day
             Girls on the Run Begins

Next Week:

Mar 06  Record Planning Day - NO SCHOOL
Mar 07  Hot Lunch - Required Pre-Order 
Mar 09  Pizza - Pre-Order Required 
             Orchestra Solo &Ensemble Night Lincoln 5-7pm
Mar 10  Spirit Day
             Mother Daughter Event - Energy Volleyball Club  
             Gift Card Orders Due                            

Upcoming Dates:

Mar 12 Father/Son Bowling Event
April 1 St. Baldrick's Carpenter Cougars Care Event (see below)

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.


PTO 2017 - 2018 COMMITTEES
We need your help to make the 2017-18 school year AWESOME! If you want to be more involved in your child's school, please sign up to chair a committee or to be a member. Feel free to recruit a friend to help, you, too! The more parents involved, the better Carpenter is! Open spots are indicated by the yellow highlight. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Jenny Adams at carpenterptovicepres@gmail.com.  Below are the list of Committees as well as the description for each committees.
 Committee Chair/Member Sheet
 Committee Descriptions

Reminder to all Committee Chairs...please note the best times to make copies is between 8:30am-9:30am, noon, and 2:30pm-3:30pm. Please contact Mrs. Aimers if you have questions.

St. Baldrick's Event - Carpenter Cougars Care
We are shaving our heads to raise money for childhood cancer research! Did you know that kids' cancers are different from adult cancers? It's true. And childhood cancer research is extremely underfunded. So we decided to do something about it by raising money for cures.

Now we need your help! Will you make a donation? Every dollar makes a difference for the thousands of infants, children, teens, and young adults fighting childhood cancers.

Team Name: Carpenter Cougars Care
Team Goal: $1000.00
Fundraising Goal: $100.00
Event Title: The Harp & Fiddle SHAVES FOR THE BRAVE!
Event Date: April 1, 2017
Event Venue: The Harp & Fiddle
Location: Park Ridge, IL
Thanks again for joining us to Conquer Childhood Cancers! We're so glad you're here!

Carpenter Cougars Care Web Site


Reading logs for the Six Flags Read to Succeed Program are due!  The program is completely submitted online so late entries cannot be accepted.  Tickets will be distributed in May through your child’s homeroom teacher.  Each ticket is valid for one free admission only.  The students’ names are printed on the tickets.  The ticket is valid for admission to Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois during selected dates during the 2017 season. Tickets are not for resale and are nontransferable.  If you child has not already submitted their reading log to their teacher or if you have any questions, please contact Kris Muellner at kmuellner97@gmail.com.

OPPORTUNITY!! Do you have a 6th-12th grader in need of service hours or just wanting to volunteer? One hour for our upcoming PTO meetings? Our next meeting is next Monday at 7pm. If you want to participate, please email carpenterptovicepres@gmail.com.

Program registration last day is Friday, March 3rd.  
The program will begin on Tuesday, March 14th.

About the Program
Girls on the Run is for 3rd-5th Grade girls who are interested in getting into shape and learning more about themselves, the world and friends around them.  Registration for your daughter will begin online on Monday, Jan 16th.  The registration link will be posted on the website at www.gotrchicago.org.  The cost of the program is $175 per girl.  This includes program content, snacks at each session, materials for each team, race day fee, water bottle, t-shirt and bus transportation to Butler Field, Grant Park on race day.

We will meet on the Carpenter School premises every Tuesday and Friday starting Tuesday, March 7th from 3:30pm - 5:00pm for approximately 12 weeks.  Every team will have coaches that are trained in the GOTR curriculum and we will have at least 1 CPR trained coach per team.  A hand was distributed this past week and additional information will be posted here.  We end the season running a 5K race on Saturday, May 20th at Butler Field, Grant Park (Chicago).

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. A document explaining the responsibilities for a Coach have been posted hereTo 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

Returing Coaches

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
Complete Non-Compete and Liability Waiver in the registration form

Coaches registration is open from now until February 28th.

Doreen Currey and Leslie Callahan will be co-chairs for this program and Mrs. Brayton our faculty sponsor. If you have any questions, contact Doreen Currey at dcurrey1120@gmail.com or Leslie Callahan at lesli.callahan@gmail.com.  

Volunteering - Pizza Lunch
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 Smart Lunches winter menu is NOW OPEN for ordering! You can see the new menu at www.smartlunches.com as well as to place your order.  The winter menu runs from January 3rd to March 31st. Take a look at our new menu and order today! Remember, orders must be placed at least two business days in advance of delivery. 

Volunteers are needed to distribute hot lunch on Tuesdays.  Please volunteer using this link Carpenter Hot Lunch (Jan-May).  Volunteers will distribute hot lunch on Tuesdays from 11:30am -1pm.  Arrive in the office at 11:25am  on your scheduled day with your DRIVERS LICENSE or STATE ID.

If you have any questions, contact Katie Lasusa @ katie.lasusa@gmail.com.

Calling all dads!
Please consider signing up to volunteer at our upcoming Mother-Daughter Event at Energy Volleyball Club in Niles. We need help with set-up, crafts, overseeing games, concessions, and cleanup. Click HERE to volunteer. Thanks in advance for your help!

5th Grade Baby Pictures Needed - DeadlineExtended - March 3
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+babyphotos2017@edophotos.com. Please make sure to indicate your child's name  in the email, as document name or in the comments. Contact  Maura melmeten0405@gmail.com with any questions.

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


Gift Card Program  
We want to thank everyone who used our Gift Card Program!!  With your orders...  To date we have earned $733 for the PTO.  That is AWESOME!!!  The gift cards cost their face value, and a percentage is given back to the PTO. 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 email. You can browse the complete list of available gift cards by clicking here. Please check the Facebook page for the next order date.

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.