Welcome to Carpenter School's PTO website!


Upcoming Events - December 15, 2014

This Week

Dec. 15 - BOE Meeting - Jefferson School - 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 15 - District sponsored Internet Safety presentation
Dec. 16 - Market Day Pickup - 5:15 - 6:00 p.m. - South Gym
Dec. 16 - Hot Lunch (pre-payment was required)
Dec. 18 - Pizza Day (pre-payment was required)
Dec. 18 - Holiday Sing
Dec. 18 - Courier
Dec. 19 - Gift Card Orders Received

Next Week
Dec. 22 - Jan. 2 - Winter Break - Enjoy....

Hot Lunch
Exciting News!!!  Hot Lunch will now be offered every Tuesday starting in 2015.
Ordering: You can now order for January Hot Lunch.  Orders for January will be due by December 27. If you would like to order Hot Lunch for all the months in 2015 (thru 6/15) you now have the ability to do so. Lunch orders must be placed online through Healthy Kids Kitchen. You can access the website at www.healthykidskitchen.com

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 here
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 December 27 for January'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.

Reporting: In order to print a report from the Healthy Kids Kitchen Website to determine what order you placed, follow the below instructions:
Login to www.healthykidskitchen.com
Click on Go To Lunch (located on the left hand side of screen)
Click on Print Orders By Family (located on the left side of screen)
Orders By Family will display in the center of the screen.  Go to the Drop down box labeled Form: and select the time period for the report you are requesting. Then hit View Orders
The Orders By Family report should display and is printable

Cover Contest
Thank you for all of the wonderful entries for the Yearbook Cover Contest.  The students' votes are currently being tallied and a winner will be announced this week!

5th Grade Baby Pictures
We are including for baby pictures of the fifth grade students for the yearbook! Thank you for all of the pictures we have received so far! Please submit your favorite baby picture of your 5th grader by sending it to school in an envelope marked "Yearbook" (please put the students name on the back of the picture so it can be returned promptly). If you have a digital copy of the picture, you can upload the picture directly to the yearbook website. Directions are listed on the right side of the Blast. If you have any questions, please contact Karen at kaschmidthein@aol.com.

Junior Grade Books
The PTO is accepting Junior Great Books book donations for the Series 3 Book 1 anthology.  The cover is purple and has a man in a hat holding a walking stick.  If you would like to donate your copy to the PTO please contact Debbie Dabisch at dgleason21@yahoo.com

Girls on the Run is SO MUCH FUN!!
The time is coming for girls in 3rd-5th grade to register for Girls on the Run.  Before we can start registering, WE NEED COACHES!!  This is our 3rd year and we have doubled in size.  We are anticipating another big year for Carpenter.  We would hate to have to turn anyone away or have a lottery, so with that said WE NEED COACHES!!  We meet 2 times a week for 1-½ hours after school for 12 weeks.  Practices will begin the end of February.  You must complete a 5 hour training session before GOTR begins and a CPR/First Aid class.  If you already have a current CPR card you do not have to complete a new course.  I can assure you, coaches have just as much fun if not more than the girls.  This is an excellent opportunity to help enrich our girls' lives in helping them to become confident, healthy young ladies.  If you have any questions or are interested please contact Dana Silber at anad4246@aol.com

Labor of Love
The Park Ridge Newcomers Club, PRNC, is an organization that acquaints new and life-long residents of our community through networking, special interest groups and philanthropic opportunities. Every year the PRNC hosts The Labor of Love Gala and the funds raised from this event support a Park Ridge family who is facing an extreme hardship.  The 2015 Labor of Love recipient is Julie Zambuto. In June of 2014, while going for her very first routine mammogram, Julie was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer and almost immediately began chemotherapy. Once chemo is complete, she will also be undergoing surgery and then daily radiation treatments for 12 weeks. It is a long road ahead, but Julie is determined to fight until her health is restored! 

If you would like to make a donation or support this event in anyway, please contact Doreen Currey at dcurrey1120@gmail.com. Thank you for your help and support!

The Labor of Love Gala will be held on Saturday, February, 28 2015 at the Marriott O'Hare from 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm.  The event this year will feature live music, buffet dinner & desserts, premium open bar, various raffles and both live and silent auctions. Cocktail Attire is suggested. To purchase tickets go to www.parkridgenewcomersclub.org/laboroflove.

ELF & Community Events
ELF 8th Annual Casino Night
ELF will be hosting their Casino Night on Saturday, January 24 at Cafe La Cave. To purchase tickets go to www.district64elf.org. $85 each until January 10, $100 Thereafter. View flyer here

Students Involved in IT Conference
On Saturday, February 21st, Aptakisic Junior High School in Buffalo Grove is hosting a Students Involved in IT Conference. If you are interested to learn more, see flyer 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.