Welcome to Carpenter School's PTO website!

Upcoming Dates

This Week:

Jan 16  NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Day
Jan 17  Hot Lunch - Pre-Order Is Required
             Junior Great Books Begins
             Yearbook Cover Design Contest Due
Jan 19  Pizza Day - Pre-Order is Required
Jan 20  Spirit Day
             Gift Card Orders Due
             1st Grade Parent Social - Moretti's @ Edison Park
             Last Day to Register for Father Daughter Dance

Next Week:
Jan 24  Hot Lunch - Pre-Order Is Required             
Jan 26  Pizza Day - Pre-Order is Required
Jan 27  Spirit Day
             Gift Cards Order Received
Jan 28  Annual D64 Elf Casino Night - Cafe La Cave

Upcoming Dates:
Jan 30   PTO Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Feb 3     Daddy-Daughter Dance

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.


Carpenter's Annual Daddy/Daughter Dance 
FRIDAY, February 3rd 6:30-8:30pm
Sign Up at RevTrak
Reservations are a MUST to attend.
$20/couple and $10/additional daughter (must be a Carpenter student)
Volunteers are needed - sign up here 

Family Skate Night!!!!  A Special Thank You...
Thank you all who came out to Oakton Ice Arena for Carpenter's Family Skate Night.  We love seeing everyone enjoy this event every year!!

A Special Thank You to...
Mr. Balduf
Mrs. Lech
Mrs. Farrell for making it out to share the evening with Carpenter Families
Angie Marchuk & Colleen Salah for their wonderful help with this event

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.  

1St Grade Parent Social

Calling all 1st Grade Parents...  We will be hosting a social on January 20th at Moretti's at Edison Park. Please RSVP here.


Pizza Orders for March 2 – June 1
Due February 24!!!!

Pizza ordering for the second trimester of the school year (March 2 – June 1) is now open in Rev Trak.  Pizza is available every Thursday starting on March 2 – June 1 (13 pizza days). Pizza is $22.75 for one Slice. The total cost for two slice per week is $45.50  for two. If you ordered pizza in the past you still must place a new order for this term! 

You must place your pizza order on or before Friday, February 24, 2017.  This is a firm deadline.  Your child will not be served pizza if payment is not made by this time.  Cash will not be accepted for any orders on Thursdays at school.  You are required to pre-pay using the following online payment system  https://carpenterpto.revtrak.net .

Please input the following information:

Number of slices per week (1 or 2)
Student Grade
Student Last Name, First Name 

If you have more than one child, a separate order for each child needs to be created.  Once all orders have been added to the shopping cart you can purchase with one payment. No refunds will be issued for absences from school due to illness or field trips.  

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


Due to wonderful feedback we received for our Hot Lunch Program with SmartLunches; we will be continuing to serve hot lunch for the the remainder of the school year.  Please note Pre-Order is Required and we will not have any extra lunches for students that have not pre-ordered.  

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


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  
Next Orders Are Due Feb. 10!!
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.

Join us for Casino Night – “A Night of Good Fortune” on Saturday, January 28th at Café La Cave from 6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Proceeds support innovative and imaginative education programming for D64 schools. If you would like to learn more about ELF visit us on Facebook, District 64 Elementary Learning Foundation or at district64elf.org. View Flyer

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.