Welcome to Carpenter School's PTO website!

Upcoming Dates

This Week:
Apr 24  Scholastic Book Fair - LRC 330-8pm
             D64 School Board Meeting - South Gym 7pm
Apr 25  Hot Lunch - Required Pre-Order
             Scholastic Book Fair - LRC 330-8pm
             Craft Night - North & South Gym
Apr 26  Science Expo - North Gym 6-730pm
              Emerson Beginning Cadet Jazz Bands 7pm
Apr 27  Pizza - Pre-Order Required
             Emerson Symphonic & Concert Bands, Percussion Ensemble 7pm
Apr 28  Spirit Day
             Gift Card Orders Received
             Last Day for RSVP 5th Grade Celebration
             4th Grade Parent Social - Harp & Fiddle
Next Week

May 02  Hot Lunch - Required Pre-Order
              Faculty Luncheon
              Emerson Orchestra Concert 7pm
May 04  Pizza - Pre-Order Required
May 05  Spirit Day

Upcoming Dates:

19th Annual Emerson PTO Student Variety Show
Friday, May 12th 7pm
Flyer Attached

Got2Run for Education
Saturday, May 20th @ 8am
Flyer Attached for Information

Carpenter PTO Pool Party
Saturday, July 15th 10am-12 Noon
Park Ridge Centennial Pool

Teacher Appreciation Week
final teacher appreciation flyer.pdf
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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.

What's New

Hurray for Carpenter Elementary!!!
A few of our teachers and students have been selected to participate in Tech 2017 at the State Capitol Building in Springfield, Illinois. Tech 2017 is a technology in education showcase at which students and teachers share their learning with the public, state legislators, and business leaders.  Ms. Pam Johnson (3rd and 4th-Grade Channels of Challenge math teacher) and Kevin Michael (Instructional Technology Coach) along with Third-grade students Charlie Warner and Audrey Becker.  They will share the STEAM and Inquiry-based learning projects, “Gravity Racers” and “Take Flight”.

Celebrate our 2017 Carpenter Fifth Grade Class

May 19th, 2017
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Carpenter School North Gym
Cost: $12.50/Parent  (No Cost for Students)
Please RSVP by April 28th
via Revtrak:  https://carpenterpto.revtrak.net
If you have any questions contact:
Tania Forte @ tm513@yahoo.com
Doreen Currey @ dcurry1120@gmail.com
Angela Margaris @ angela2dk@aol.com

Scholastic Book Fair - April 24 & 25
Carpenter Screen Free Week is April 24 - 28.Carpenter School PTO Scholastic Book Fair will be held on Monday, April 24 and Tuesday, April 25 from 3:30 - 8:00 p.m. each day in the LRC.  
Once again this year, Carpenter will be hosting a Scholastic Signature Book Fair. 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 Signature Fair is thoughtfully organized so students, parents, and educators can find books which best match students' interests and reading levels.
Please be sure to stop by the teacher wish list area and purchase a book for your classroom or favorite teacher! Teacher/staff appreciation week is May 1-5 and books make a great gift!
Volunteers are needed to assist during the fair - sign up HERE.
If you have any questions, please contact Maura El Metennani or Erica Duffy
If you have any questions, please contact Maura El Metennani at melmeten0405@gmail.com or Erica Duffy erica_duffy82@yahoo.com.
Craft Night - April 25th
Join us for Screen Free Week Craft Night on Tuesday, April 25th from 6-8pm.  Home Depot will hold its' popular Kids' Workshop, 4th Grade Girl Scouts will host a conservation craft and Brickton Art Center will have a craft activity!
We are still in need of volunteers!!!  If you are able to volunteer for this event to help with the Brickton Art Center activity please contact Pat Trippiedi at ptrippiedi@aol.com. Hope to see you there!


We need your help to make the 2017-18 school year AWESOME! We have many Committee Chair and member slots still open. Feel free to recruit a friend to co-chair with you, too! If you have any questions about what being a committee chair, member, or on the exec board involves, please email Jenny Adams at carpenterptovicepres@gmail.com. 

To sign up, please click: Committee Chair/Member and fill in your name/email on the yellow highlighted area (indicates open chair/member)
For more info on the committees, please click: Committee Description
Thank you all who attended the Committee Recruitment Party.  We were able to fill the open positions of our Executive Board and several Committees.

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.  

NEW INFO and boys are included now, too!  
PTO's from all D64 elementary schools are starting a formal volleyball program for boys and girls in grades 4-5. We need your help!  Carpenter needs coaches to commit to ensure we can offer the program. Wanted: Motivational, patient coaches to commit to ensure we can offer the program. Any level coaching experience.  Flexible scheduling offered.
Coaches link here to sign up. Volleyball Coaches

If you have any questions, contact Tammy Kwiatkoski at 312-909-7122  or tkwiatkoski@yahoo.com


Do you have a 6th-12th grader in need of service hours or just wanting to volunteer? One hour for our upcoming PTO meetings? Our meetings our once a month, on Mondays at 7pm. For the complete schedule, go to the Carpenter website. If you want to participate, please email carpenterptovicepres@gmail.com.

Remember orders must be placed at least two business days in advance of delivery. Please note Pre-Order is Required and we will not have any extra lunches for students that have not pre-ordered. 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

Need to make copies??...please note the best times to make copies is between 8:30am-9:30am, noon, and 2:30pm-3:30pm. Please contact Mrs. Aimers if you have questions.

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  
Still looking for a last minute gift for an unexpected birthday party or a small thank you gift? Instead of racing to the Walgreens, Jewel, or nearest Target - use our Gift Card Program! The gift cards cost their face value and a percentage is given back to the PTO. That is AWESOME!!!  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.

Box Tops
ox tops earn CASH for the school. Clip and send the Box Tops to school in envelopes or baggies, or you can drop them in the bin outside the front office door. Watch for details on when box tops are due on our PTO Facebook page. Please contact Kim Miller with any questions.

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?
What is Carpenter PTO.pdf
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PTO - What We Do
PTO What We Do - Color.pdf
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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.