Welcome to Carpenter School's PTO website!

Upcoming Dates

Dec. 4th - Dodgeball event registration closes
Dec. 4th - JGB registration closes
Dec 8th - Gift Card orders due

Dec 11th - Yearbook Cover Design due
Dec 12th - Beginning & Chamber Orchestra concert


Dec 21st - Holiday Sing
Dec 25th - start of Winter Break
Jan 19th - 2nd/3rd Grade Parent Social, Harp & Fiddle
Jan 21st - Cougars/Cubs Dodgeball Event

News & Updates

Cougars VS ALL Dodgeball!! REGISTRATION DUE DEC. 4

Join us!! Carpenter PTO is sponsoring  a Dodgeball Tournament as well as an Open Gym area for the kids to play on Sunday, January 21 from 1-3 pm at the Golf View Facility, 7800 N. Caldwell in Niles. Cost is $25 per couple and it includes a souvenir shirt for both guests and a snack/drink. Additional siblings are an extra $10 per student.

You can pay either through Revtrak (https://carpenterpto.revtrak.net), or via cash/check. If paying by cash/check,  please click HERE to print out the flyer. You can turn into the PTO mailbox. Please make checks out to Carpenter PTO. PLEASE NOTE!! We need to get our T-shirt order in early because of the holidays so therefore, registration is due by midnight Monday, December 4th – no exceptions or late registrations will be accepted. Please indicate sizes needed on RevTrak (or, circle size on flyer). Our registered event is only for students who attend Carpenter. Event formally known as Mother/Son. Any questions? Contact Jody Patras at jodiepatras@gmail.com or Dorai Lennon at dorailennon@yahoo.com. Thank you!

Junior Great Books for Grades 1 - 3 ~ Registration Closes Next Week, Dec. 4
Junior Great Books registration will begin TODAY, Monday, November 13th for grades 1 -3. Please look for a notice sent home with your child this week which will provide registration instructions and fee information. The notice will also be posted on the PTO web site. All Junior Great Books registrations will be processed through RevTrak and registrations will be accepted through Monday, December 4th. 

Volunteers NeededWe are still seeking more volunteers to lead JGB. The JGB volunteers are responsible for planning the weekly lesson, communication of the assigned story to parents, and facilitating the classroom meeting which includes reading the story of the week and facilitating a short discussion or activity. The classroom meeting time is approximately 55 minutes. A leader guide, materials and sample assignments will be provided and meeting days are selected by the JGB volunteers. Each JGB class has two co-leader volunteers. We currently have enough leaders for one JGB class per grade so we are looking for 2 more volunteers per grade so that we can have a second class per grade.  If you are interested in volunteering please contact Susan Crawford at scrawfor@msn.com or Ashley Schmitz atashleykate817@hotmail.com.

Thank you - November PTO Meeting
Thanks to everyone who attended the November PTO meeting with Dr. Heinz. What a fantastic turnout out and discussion! Remember to check the website for the minutes from all meetings, and also for this past month's financials. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to email Tammy/Jenny at Carpenterptopres@gmail.com

Carpenter PTO is excited to provide Thursday Pizza lunch to the students but we need your help!  We need volunteers to help serve the students during the lunch hour.  Please sign up using the sign-up genius link. Volunteers need to arrive at 11:25am and register with the office using their ID or Drivers License.  We are sorry but no younger siblings are allowed.  Just one hour of your volunteer time once per week and your kids love to see you during the day.

Please sign up to volunteer today

Questions? Contact Sean Duffy at 224-412-6106  or seanduffy12@gmail.com

Attention all 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Spellers!
It’s time to sign up for this year’s Carpenter grade level spelling bees which will be held after Winter Break. Fill out the entry form (sent home with your student last week) and send it back to Mrs. Douglass no​ ​later​ ​than​ ​Dec.​ ​8. Once the form is received, you will get an email that contains the word list, vocabulary list, and important spelling bee information.

Gift Card Orders due FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8th!
We collected well over 100 orders last month, let's see if we can reach the same or more in December! There is still time to place your orders and receive them by the start of winter break. 

Get your orders in to Kim by Friday ~ kimiller8613@gmail.com or 773-294-4072).  You can browse the complete list of available gift cards here.

Volleyball Registration is OPEN!
Don't delay - sign up your 4th/5th graders today. We are limited to 48 spots!

Registration  - Open now through Dec 19

Timeframe—January 8-March 5th
1-2 games or practices per week as schedule permits. Anticipate 7-8 games

Games take place at a local school at either 6:30 or 7:30pm, Mon-Thurs (coach and gym schedule pending)

Registration closes on Dec 19th and takes place on Sign-up Genius http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f084ea9a828a1f94-carpenter5

Communications about teams will be sent out after the Holiday break

Cost--$30 per student
Ref fee, T-shirt, Equipment

Payment will be required before the holiday break

All players will be required to purchase their own set of knee pads

Team structure—
First 48 students (4 teams of 1 boy and 1 girl team per grade 12 players and co-ed possible)

Coaches—volunteer parents
Background check and fingerprinting by district

Who they play?—D64
Field, Franklin and Washington and possibly a game against MSW or St. Paul

Next steps:
Sign up on Signup Genius here

Make Payment (information forthcoming)

Sign the Waiver (forthcoming)


Theme: “Imagine"

• The words “Carpenter School 2017-18” must be included in your design
• Design a cover that best illustrates the theme, “Imagine.”
• Submit your design on a plain white 8 ½ X 11” vertical piece of paper
• MUST BE YOUR OWN ORIGINAL ARTWORK – do you own personal best work!  
• Put your name and grade on the BACK of the paper
• Please do not bend or fold your design

Entries are due no later than Monday, December 11th. 

Turn your entry in to your teacher, who will deliver it to the Yearbook Folder in the PTO mailbox.
Entries will be judged by students – judging will take place the week of December 11th.

Your child should have received their reading log and instructions for the 2017-18 Six Flags Read to Succeed Program. Every student who completes six hours of recreational reading before Tuesday February 20, 2018 (day after President’s Day Holiday) is eligible for a free admission ticket valid at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee this season. Copies of the reading log (pages 1 and 2) along with the parent instructions are available on the PTO webpage and as attachments to the Carpenter Courier. Additional copies are available in the school office.

Children are required to read recreationally for 360 minutes (6 hours) prior to Tuesday, February 20, 2018. Parents must initial each reading entry and sign the final reading log to verify that the six hours of reading has been completed.

Your child can read books, magazines, newspapers, ebooks, or comic books. Reading for homework or a class assignment does NOT count. Students can read silently, aloud or with another person. Your child can read to you or you can read to your child. Please return the reading log to your homeroom teacher by February 20, 2018. Late entries cannot be accepted. The program is now completely submitted online and no late entries will be accepted.

Tickets will be distributed in May through your child’s homeroom teacher. Each ticket is valid for one free admission only. The students’ names are printed on the tickets. The ticket is valid for admission to Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois during selected dates during the 2018 season (in past years tickets expire in early August). Tickets are not for resale and are nontransferable.

We want to develop a greater appreciation for books and reading. Your guidance shows that you think reading is important too. Please investigate the world of reading together. We hope that you and your child enjoy this free program and spend time reading together!

If you have any questions, please contact brendaeberline787@gmail.com or (847) 858-5350.


Gift Cards
Order gift cards for your regular purchases or to give as gifts and earn money for the PTO!! Last year nearly $900 was earned for the PTO from this program. Approximately monthly throughout the school year, Carpenter PTO will be placing gift card orders. The gift cards cost their face values, and the retailer gives a percentage back to the PTO ranging from 2%-14%. Meet your errands and shopping needs with giftcards from Target, multiple grocery stores, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, BP, and many more. Keep gift cards on hand for birthday gifts and thank yous! Please turn in your order form with a check made out to Carpenter PTO no later than Friday, November 11. Orders can be turned in to the PTO mailbox in the school office or directly to Kim Miller (contact at kimiller8613@gmail.com or 773-294-4072).  Please contact Kim if you have any questions. You can browse the complete list of available gift cards here.

Box Tops
Box 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.

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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 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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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.