Welcome to Carpenter School's PTO website!


Upcoming Events - October 20, 2014

This Week
Oct. 20 - PTO Meeting - 7 p.m. - South Gym
Oct. 20 - 24  - Red Ribbon Week - See Details Below
Oct. 21 - Market Day Pick Up - 5:15 - 6:00 p.m. - South Gym
Oct. 21 - Hot Lunch (pre-orders were required)
Oct. 22  - Innisbrook Sale Ends
Oct. 23 - Pizza Day (pre-payment was required)
Oct. 24 - PTO Sponsored Halloween Party - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Oct. 24 - Gift Card Orders Due
Oct. 24 - Box Tops Submissions Due
Oct. 24 - Track a Thon Assembly - Students Only

Next Week
Oct. 27 - BOE Meeting - 7:30 p.m. - Field School
Oct. 27 - Concussion Awareness - see details below
Oct. 28 - ABC's of the School Board - see details below
Oct. 30 - Pizza Day (pre-payment was required)
Oct. 31 - Gift Card Orders Received
Oct. 31 - Halloween classroom parties and parade

Red Ribbon Week - October 20-24
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. Our PAWS theme continues this year with "These PAWS Don't Touch Drugs" ribbons. Each day, students receive great little reminders to stay drug-free!

Please have your children participate in the daily activities we have planned:
Monday: "PAWS for Sports NOT Drugs"- students wear their favorite sports/team jersey
Tuesday: "PAWS for Animals NOT Drugs"-students wear favorite animal shirt or animal print
Wednesday: "PAWS for Dreams NOT Drugs"-students wear pajamas
Thursday: "PAWS for Reading & Writing NOT Drugs"-students will congregate to read/write in the hallway 15 minutes before/after lunch
Friday: "PAWS for Spirit NOT Drugs"- students wear red or spirit wear

Volunteers Needed
Junior Great Books 2015
The 2015 Junior Great Books Program (JGB) will begin the week of January 12, 2015 and will meet once a week for 6 weeks. JGB is a reading enhancement program that inspires students to think for themselves through the careful reading of thought-provoking stories. The program is geared toward first, second and third graders and is led by parent volunteers. Participating children will eat their lunch in the assigned JGB classroom and will not attend lunch recess on that day. Children are not required to know how to read to participate.

Please email Debbie Dabisch at dgleason21@yahoo.com if you are interested in volunteering or have questions. Be sure to include the grade you'd like to volunteer for and the day(s) you are available. We will pair you with another volunteer whose availability matches yours.

Please note that we are not yet accepting student registrations. Further program details and student registration information will be communicated later in the fall.

PTO Fundraisers
Gift Card Program

Order gift cards for your regular purchases or to give as gifts and earn money for the PTO!!  Approximately monthly throughout the school year, Carpenter PTO will be placing gift card orders. The gift cards cost their face value, and the retailer gives a percentage back to the PTO.  New vendors available this year include:  Mariano's, Six Flags, and Under Armour!  Your regular shopping, coffee, and gasoline needs can also be met by gift cards from Target, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, BP, Chipotle, Whole Foods, and many more. The next order will be placed on Friday, October 24, with delivery of cards no later than Friday, October 31.  Please turn in your order form (available on the PTO website-PTO Documents for Parents tab) with a check made out to Carpenter PTO no later than October 24. Orders can be turned in to the PTO mailbox in the school office or directly to Kim Miller (contact at kimiller8613@gmail.com or 773-294-4072).  Please contact Kim if you have any questions.

Carpenter PTO's Innisbrook fundraiser is going on now!! The last day to enter an order is this Wednesday, October 22nd. The Innisbrook fundraiser is a simple way to support the school and purchase high quality gift wrap, gift and chocolates at the same time!  Please consider placing an order as we need at least 10 more sellers to receive maximum profit %.  To order go here. Our School Number is 102798. Hard copies of the Innisbrook catalog were distributed to the youngest child in each family last week. Additional copies are available in the school office.  If you would like to send a link to friends and family to order, just follow the directions listed below and forward the information to them. Thanks to all who have already placed an order.  Once your order is entered online, print out the voucher and send to school with a check made payable to "Carpenter PTO". Any questions?  Please contact Kay Schenfeld at 847-204-2798 or Joanna Lasso at 847-696-7287. 

Box Tops For Education
The schools first submission of Box Tops is going to be on November 3, 2014.  Please submit all box tops to the school office (Box Top Bin outside of the school office door or to your child's teacher) on or before October 27, 2014. Carmie Trunzo, Box Tops for Education Committee Chair is looking for some volunteers to assist bundling up the Box Tops for submission.  This could be any middle or high school students looking for a way to earn service hours. If you can volunteer or have any questions, contact Carmie Trunzo at ctrunzo@comcast.net

Halloween Party and "Trunk or Treat"
You are invited to participate in the FIRST EVER Carpenter School "TRUNK or TREAT"!!! In conjunction with our annual school Halloween Party, we will be hosting a Trunk or Treat in the parking lot over by the North Gym from on Friday, October 24th from 5:45 pm-6:30 pm. The Halloween Party will then be at the school that SAME evening (Friday, October 24th) from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm.

What is a "Trunk or Treat", you ask? We organize vehicles to be set up in the parking lot and decorated by parent volunteers in a Halloween theme of your choice! Then, when the kids arrive at 5:45 pm, they can begin to work their way through the parking lot (trick or treating from car to car...) and into our Halloween Party. For examples and ideas, please check out this linkPlease note: We are hoping for approximately 15-20 cars. The cars can be tricked out as much as you like! Music, lights, costumes... go crazy!!

The volunteers provide the "treat" for the trick or treaters that pass through the parking lot. We would recommend having at least 250 pieces to hand out (can be WRAPPED candy, stickers, tattoos, pencils, etc...) per car. Please respect our NO NUT policy in regards to the items being distributed. There will be no electricity provided to the vehicles. Vehicles can begin setting up as early as 4pm if they wish. If you are interested in taking place in this fun, new event please email NANCY CANTAL at jakecantal@gmail.com. You can direct any questions regarding Trunk or Treat or the all school Halloween Party to ERIN STOJAKOVIC at erinstoj@gmail.com. We appreciate your participation & help in making this event a success!!

NEW!  Book Fair Changes Coming
This year brings some exciting changes to the book fair options a Carpenter.  The Barnes and Noble Book Fair will be held on Saturday, November 8.  Families can get a jump on their holiday shopping at Barnes and Noble located at 5405 Touhy Avenue in Skokie (in the Village Crossing Shopping Center across from Walmart).  We will have lots of fun programming and activities throughout the day with special guest appearances, raffles and more.  A percentage of what you spend will come back to the school.  You can also shop at Barnes and Noble's website at www.barnesandnoble.com from Nov. 8-13 and Barnes and noble will contribute a percentage of your online purchase to our school Watch for more details!

The Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the Spring, 2015 (April 27 and 28) during Screen Free Week at Carpenter.

Hot Lunch Ordering Instructions
Ordering for November and December Hot Lunch orders will be opened from October 10 - October 27.  Orders for November will be due by October 27. Lunch orders must be placed online through Healthy Kids Kitchen. You can access the website here

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 website - PTO Documents for Parents Tab. NOTE: Our school code is 347ceiL

***Please note: You MUST order the lunches ON-LINE. Do not just send in a check/cash. You must order NO LATER than October 27 for November's lunches.

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.

Community Events
District 64 will be hosting the following seminars:
Monday, October 27 - Concussion awareness talk - Parent University
Tuesday, October 28 - District 64 Board of Education - ABC's of School Board Service coffee & conversation
Tuesday, November 11 - The Organized Child talk - Parent University 
To see additional details regarding these events, click here.


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.