Welcome to Carpenter School's PTO website!

Upcoming Dates

This Week:
 April 25-29    Screen Free Week (see activity listings below)
  April 25         Board of Educ. Meeting, 7:00 pm, Carpenter South Gym
  April 26         Hot Lunch - Pre-order Required
  April 28         Pizza Day - Pre-order Required
  April 29         Spirit Day

Next Week:
  May 2 - 6       Teacher Appreciation Week
  May 3            Hot Lunch - Pre-order Required
                         PTO Sponsored Faculty Luncheon
 May 5            Pizza Day - Pre-order Required
  May 6            Spirit Day


Hot Lunch 
May Hot Lunch orders are due April 26.

Please note that due to last Tuesday's issue with hot lunch, we are working to identify a different hot lunch vendor for the three dates in May where All On The Road was initially scheduled to provide hot lunch.  Once we finalize a vendor we will send a special blast with further details.  In the meantime, please order May hot lunches via Rev Trak  by April 26 so that we have an accurate hot lunch headcount.  Papacito's is scheduled to provide hot lunch on Tuesday, April 26 so that meal will occur as planned.  They are also scheduled to provide hot lunch on May 10 and 24.  Stay tuned for additional information on May 3, 17 and 31 hot lunches.

If you have questions about hot lunch please contact Stacy Nelson at eilyandnelliesmomthebomb1013@gmail.com.
All orders must be placed through Rev Trak. Once on the home page, please click "Hot Lunch" on the left side of your screen to begin your order.  All lunches must be pre-ordered. 
Please save your receipt so that you know which dates you ordered lunches.  Our vendors do not provide extra lunches beyond what we order so we are not able to accommodate children who do not have a hot lunch order and do not bring a lunch.  When in doubt please send a lunch to ensure your child has a meal.
If you cannot use Rev Trak or need to pay with cash please contact Angela Margaris at angela2dk@aol.com for assistance.  Please do not place cash or checks for hot lunch in the PTO mailbox as your payment will not be received.

Screen Free Week Events
Carpenter Screen Free Week is April 25 - 29.

Book Fair
Carpenter School PTO Scholastic Book Fair will be held on Monday, April 25 and Tuesday, April 26 from 3:30 - 8:00 p.m. each day in the LRC.   

We are excited to announce that Carpenter has been selected to host a Scholastic Signature Book Fair.  This is a NEW reading event that will offer more books that our children should enjoy. It's a wonderful, expanded selection of engaging books for every reading level. 
Imagine a Book Fair featuring the broadest selection of publishers' most notable children's literature. Now picture it on a grander scale, perfect for schools just like ours that appreciate a wide variety of titles being available for our kids.  The NEW Scholastic Book Fairs Signature Fair is thoughtfully organized so students, parents, and educators can find books which best match students' interests and reading levels.
Volunteers are needed to assist during the fair - please click here.  If you have any questions, please contact Maura El Metennani at melmeten0405@gmail.com or Colleen Salah at  colleenmickey@yahoo.com.  

Screen Free Week Events:
April 25 & 26 Scholastic Book Fair 3:30 - 8:00 pm LRC
April 26 Craft Night 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. South Gym (Brickton Art Center, Home Depot and Wildwood Nature Center), Talent Show Rehearsal (rehearsal times were sent via email)
April 27 Science Expo 6:00 - 8:00 pm North Gym
  - Any student attending each station will receive a prize!  Additionally, two students from Maine South's Olympiads will be there so please join us for a night of science fun!
April 28 Park Ridge Park District Stay & Play 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. and Talent Show Dress Rehearsal (rehearsal times were sent on 4/20/16 via email)
April 29 Talent Show (Time is TBD - stay tuned this week for confirmed start time)
Volunteers Needed for Craft Night
We need a few volunteers to help with Craft Night - please contact Pat Trippiedi at PTrippiedi@aol.com

Volunteers Needed
2016-2017 PTO Board & Committees

The PTO Board is looking for 1-2 volunteers (co-VPs are welcome) to fill the Board VP role for the 2016-2017 school year.   A complete role description can be found here.

The PTO is also seeking volunteers to chair the following committees next year:

Science Expo
Charleston Wrap
Co-chairs are welcome for all roles

Committee descriptions are posted on our website under the Committees tab.  To sign up for a chair role or to volunteer for a committee please click hereIf you have questions about any of our volunteer roles please contact Debbie Dabisch at dgleason21@yahoo.com.

Hot Lunch Volunteers Needed

Five Hot Lunch volunteers are needed each Tuesday to help serve hot lunch.  If you are able to help please sign up here.

Please note that Hot Lunch is run solely by the PTO and we need a minimum of 5 volunteers each week in order to serve lunch.   

PTO Expense Reimbursement & Check Cashing

The Carpenter PTO will be closing it's accounting records at the end of June, 2016.  If you have any outstanding expenses to submit please submit an expense report with your receipts no later than Friday, May 27.  
Also, if you have a check from the PTO that you have not cashed, please plan on cashing this before June 15.  We would like the accounting records as clean as possible before we prepare the tax returns.

Yearbook Orders  
A flyer went out to each student with a listing of students who ordered a yearbook. Please review the flyer and confirm that your student's name is on the list.  Yearbooks are still available for purchase for $20 each. The deadline  to order a yearbook is Thursday, April 28th. After that date, we will be unable to order any extra yearbooks from the publisher.  The yearbooks can be ordered through Rev-trakAny questions, please contact Karen at kaschmidthein@aol.com.

Spring Family Picnic - Volunteers Needed
Save the date for the Spring Family Picnic on Friday, May 13 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.  We are currently seeking volunteers to help at this event.  If you are able to help, please sign up here

Fifth Grade Party

Friday, May 20th
6:00 - 8:30 pm
Invitations were sent home with your fifth graders this week.   The cost is $12.50 per parent and free  for your fifth grader.  Please RSVP (which includes payment) by May 4th  via Revtrak https://carpenterpto.revtrak.net/.   If you have any questions, please contact Chris Kennedy cekennedy99@gmail.com or Kay Schenfeld kschenfeld@yahoo.com.  

Fifth Grade DVD 
We are currently in the process of compiling pictures for the 5th grade DVD which is shown during the 5th grade party and is also given to each 5th grade student as a keepsake.  Please send us any pictures you may have of the 5th grade students from kindergarten through the present that were taken at Carpenter School, or during Carpenter sponsored events.  We are looking for group pictures only, not pictures of individual students.   
Please upload your pictures to the Entourage yearbook website (follow the yearbook picture uploading directions on the right).  For the photo category, please scroll down to "Grade: 5th Grade -DVD Video".  Please do not place the photos into individual 5th grade teacher categories.  In addition, please tag each picture with the appropriate grade that the picture is from. There is no need to caption the photo with names of students. 
Keep in mind  that sending us your photo does NOT guarantee that it will be used in the DVD.  For questions regarding the DVD please contact Karen Boborci tkbobo@sbcglobal.net or Shannon Bechtold shannonbechtold@yahoo.com.  Thank you for your help!

Yearbook Picture Upload Instructions
Click "Yearbook Picture Upload" button Below for website
Please note that the picture upload deadline is April 29.
Go to brown box in upper right hand corner - click FIND YOUR SCHOOL
Enter Carpenter under School Name and click Search (if necessary, choose Carpenter Elementary School 2016 Yearbook )
Click here and select UPLOAD PICTURES
Go to red box and click LOGIN
Enter Carpenter in email address and Carpenter in password and click SUBMIT
Go to Select Photo Category, click down arrow and choose appropriate category
Any questions contact Karen Hein at kaschmidthein@aol.com. Please write "yearbook" in subject line.

Labels for Education Program 
The Labels for Education program will be ending nationwide at the end of this school year.  We want to be able to redeem as many points as possible before the program ends.  Please keep clipping the Labels and turn them in to the box outside of the main office.  We will continue to collect the Labels until April 30 to allow time for counting and submittal before the end of the school year.

Follow Carpenter on Twitter
Our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Lech,  updates Twitter with pictures of learning, articles, and happenings at Carpenter.  Her Twitter handle is @emily_lech and you can also use @Carpenterd64. Those who don't have Twitter accounts can search our handle on the internet to see what has been posted!

Community Events

Labor of Love
Park Ridge Newcomers Labor of Love gala will be held April 30th at the Rosemont Hilton.  This year they will be raising money for two families in Park Ridge that are facing financial hardship; the Horning and Lupo families. For those with older children at Carpenter, you may remember the Hornings as they were very active members of our PTO and overall Carpenter family.  For further details or if you would like to purchase tickets please go here. We are also looking for donations for our Silent and Live auctions. If you can donate an in kind item/gift certificate, or a basket please contact Stacy Nelson at act8scene6@gmail.com or 847-612-6427. Thank you for supporting the Horning and Lupo families.

Got 2 Run for...ELF
Earn for the D64 Elementary Learning Foundation in the Got2Run 5th Annual Run/Walk on Saturday, May 21.  Register at Got2run.org/registration and don't forget to select Park Ridge CD 64 as your beneficiary from the list of school districts.  For further details go to Got2run.org.


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.