Welcome to Carpenter School's PTO website!

Upcoming Dates

Monday, Oct. 16th - PTO Mtg, South gym, 7pm
Friday, Oct. 20th - Principal Appreciation Day


Oct. 23-27th - Red Ribbon Week
Fri., Oct 27th - Carpenter's Halloween CarnEvil
Sat., Oct. 28th - 
District 64 ELF Inaugural Halloween Hustle - Family Friendly 5k Run and Relay

Oct 31st - Halloween day parade and classroom parties
Nov 8th  - Kiwanis fundraiser
Nov 10th - Gift Card Orders Due
Nov 11th - Barnes and Noble book fair

News & Updates

Track-a-Thon - WOW
WOW, the generosity of the Carpenter community is something to be proud of!  We are busy totaling the donations received to date.  The classroom totals are so close!  We are still accepting donations if you still want to participate. Prior to the student only assembly in early November all students will receive a Track A Thon t-shirt from the PTO. Thanks for continuing to support the Carpenter PTO in our biggest fundraiser of the year! Any questions, please contact your co-chairs, Doreen Currey  dcurrey1120@gmail.com and Tania Forte tm513@yahoo.com

Carpenter's Halloween CarnEvil - Volunteers needed!
Mark your calendars - Friday, October 27th from 6pm to 8pm for a nightly of ghostly fun! This year's carnival will include Trunk or Treak, DJ and Dancing, Haunted Hallway, Pre-Carved Pumpkin Contest, Tattoos, Food and Drinks, and a Fortune Teller!

Volunteers needed. Sign up HERE to volunteer!

Red Ribbon Week - please note date changes! October 24 – 30, 2017
Red Ribbon Week is an opportunity for our kids to focus on drug prevention and education, as well as making a personal commitment to live healthy and drug-free lives.

Here are the daily events that have been planned: 
TUESDAY (10.24): Team up against Drugs Wear baseball (or other sport) shirts or jerseys.
WEDNESDAY (10.25): Red Out Day Students wear as much RED as possible.
THURSDAY (10.26): Don’t get mixed up in Drugs Students wear mismatched clothing.
FRIDAY (10.27): Our School Chooses to be Drug Free Students wear school shirts or school colors. 
MONDAY (10.30): Follow your Dreams Students come to school in their pajamas.

Kiwanis Clubs of Park Ridge Holiday Food Basket Fundraiser for District 64 Families in Need
When you dine at Harp & Fiddle on November 8 from 4-10p.m. and tell the server you are with the Kiwanis Club, 20% of your total bill will be donated to the Kiwanis Clubs. All funds raised that evening will go towards providing holiday food baskets to those families in District 64 that fall below the poverty level.

Please show your support for those families by dining at Harp & Fiddle or by sending a cash donation to the Kiwanis Holiday Food Basket Fundraiser c/o Frank Kaminski, 200 S. Vine, Park Ridge, IL 60068.

Click for more info.


The 1st submission of box tops of the year goes in the last week of October. 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. Please contact Kim Miller at kimiller8613@gmail.com with any questions. Also, if you’d like to help with cutting and counting the box tops in preparation for our submittal, please let Kim know. 

Science Olympiad
The next District 64 Science Olympiad for students in Grades 3, 4 & 5 will occur on Saturday, February 3, 2018. REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2018 SCIENCE OLYMPIAD! DEADLINE TO REGISTER - FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10. What is the Science Olympiad?  It is a morning filled with science and engineering challenges in an Olympic-type format. With the assistance of their parents, students in grades 3-5 work in teams to represent their schools. "Winning teams" receive  first, second, or third place medals. All students receive a special Science Olympiad certificate and souvenir. In 2018, the Olympiad site will be Emerson Middle School, 8101 N. Cumberland Ave., Niles, on Saturday, February 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Click HERE for more information. Contact Carpenter's Science Olympiad Chair, Rob Palmer at robpalmer303@gmail.com , if you have any questions.

District 64 Inaugural Halloween Hustle - Family Friendly 5k Run and Relay!
Saturday, October 28
Hodges Park, Park Ridge

Registration/Check-in begins at 6:30, run/walk begins at 8:30

This non-timed 5k run or walk will loop around the residential streets near uptown.  The loop will allow for a turn-off bringing the course to approximately 3k. The school with the highest percentage of participation will win!  Extra points will be given for best costumes!

Click HERE to register. See FLYER for more details.

Principal Appreciation Day  - October 20th
District 64 calls on you to call, email, or tweet our wonderful principal Mr. Balduf to thank him for all of the wonderful things he does for our kids. We implore you to take it one step further and bring some chalk to school and write messages for Mr. B on the school basketball courts and school sidewalks!


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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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.