Welcome to Carpenter School's PTO website!


Upcoming Events - September 29, 2014
This Week
Sept. 29 - Innisbrook Sale Begins
Sept. 29 - School car magnets for sale (details below)
Sept. 30 - School car magnets for sale
Oct. 2 - ELF hosted Raising the Emotionally Intelligent Child (more details below)
Oct. 2 - Pizza Day (pre-payment was required)
Oct. 3 - Spirit Day - Food Pantry Donations (details below)
Oct. 3 - Track-a-Thon Donations Due
Oct. 4 - Mary Seat of Wisdom Glow Walk/Run

Next Week
Oct. 7 - Hot Lunch (pre-payment was required)
Oct. 9 - Pizza Day (pre-payment was required)
Oct. 10 - Ability to order Hot Lunch for Nov/Dec on Healthy Kids Kitchen website (ordering for Nov. lunches is due by Oct. 27th)

Volunteers Needed
Picture Day

Picture Day will be conducted on Friday, October 17. We are looking for 7 morning shift volunteers (8:40 - 11:30 AM),  7 afternoon shift volunteers (12:25 - 2:30 PM) and 2 alternates to be on hand. Duties include directing student traffic and assisting students prior to pictures being taken. Hearing and vision checks will be a part of Picture Day. This is a first come first serve opportunity. We will respond to requests as quickly as possible to let you know that you are helping or if we'll be using you as an alternative. If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering email Laura Groszek at laurag.stlylist@yahoo.com.

Spirit Day/Food Pantry Donations
Show your Carpenter School spirit by wearing red and white or Carpenter t-shirts.  Spirit day is the first Friday of each month.  Support our local food pantry by sending your child with a food donation.

The food pantry is in need of the following items this month:
canned fruit
any boxed meals like hamburger helper
Note: They do not need pasta this month as they have a surplus of that

They also request that it not be anything in bulk e.g. food from Costco as they have small families who are in need right now. If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Smee at csmee@d64.org.

PTO Fundraisers

Don't forget that donation envelopes are due back to school this coming Friday, October 3rd.  Please be sure to include your pledge form and DVD form in the envelope.  Kindly send all your donations in the form of 1 check payable to Carpenter PTO. 

Keep in mind that every dollar counts when determining homeroom champions!  The race between homerooms is VERY close again this year, so we encourage all of the students to turn in donations, no matter how big or small!! Any donation qualifies you for an automatic entry into the general raffle, and donations of $50 or more qualifies you for an automatic entry into the grand raffle!  Grand raffle items include:  Samsung Galaxy, Green Machine, Longboard, Chicago Bulls tickets, family pool passes and more!  Remember, only students who turn in their donations by the October 3rd deadline are eligible for the raffle prizes and free t-shirt.

Track-a-Thon T-Shirts:
Orders have not yet been placed, so please mark the correct size for your child's shirt on the pledge form.  If a size is not indicated, we will order the average size for the grade your child is in.  If a change is being made to your child's form, please be sure to circle the desired size.  When in doubt, size up as once the order is placed, changes cannot be made.  Should you have any questions, please contact Tina Bridich at  tinabridich@gmail.com. Thank you once again for supporting Carpenter School's largest fundraising event!!

Carpenter PTO's Innisbrook fundraiser will begin on Sept. 29 and run through Oct. 14.  The Innisbrook fundraiser is a simple way to support the school and purchase high-quality gift wrap, gifts and chocolates at the same time! Hard copies of the Innisbrook catalog will be distributed to the youngest child in each family by Sept. 30.  Additional copies will be available in the school office.  Any questions?  Please contact Kay Schenfeld at 847-825-2798 or Joanna Lasso at 847-696-7287.

Spirit Wear
To "kick off" this years Spirit Wear sales, on Monday, September 29 and Tuesday, September 30 from 3:15 - 4:00 p.m., the PTO will be selling car magnets for $5.00 and Carpenter reusable lunch containers for $3.50 each (please bring exact change) after school by the checkers table on the playground. Additional Spirit Wear items will be on display and for sale in the near future - more details to come....If you have any questions, contact Dorai Lennon at dorailennon@yahoo.com

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

Did you know......
Company Grants and Matching Donations Programs

Companies such as Bank of America and Kraft provide Grant and/or Matching Donations programs. Please check with your employer as to whether or not they offer these types of programs. This is an easy way for the PTO to collect additional donations. All donations made to the PTO are tax deductible. This is a great way to have your Track-a-Thon donation matched by your employer!

Elementary Learning Foundation (ELF)
ELF will be hosting 2 education seminars - Raising the Emotionally Intelligent Child in Today's Digital World led by Ed Dunkelblau, clinical psychologist and nationally known speaker on social-emotional intelligence, humor and health. A flyer with all of the details has been posted here. The next session will be conducted and held in the Washington School auditorium on Thursday, October 2 - 6:45 - 8:45 p.m. If you have any questions, contact Angela Burns, Carpenter's ELF representative at angdiciolla@hotmail.com

Community Events
Mary Seat of Wisdom - 2nd annual GLOW IN THE DARK 5K run/walk
Saturday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m. The flyer with registration instructions and other details for this event can be viewed 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.