Welcome to Carpenter School's PTO website!

Upcoming Dates

This Week
Mon., May 14th - last PTO meeting of the year
Fri., May 18th - 5th grade party
Sat., May 19th - Elf Fun Run
Sat., May 19th - Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast

Next Week
Mon., May 21st - Committee Appreciation Dinner
Thurs., May 24th - Carpenter Talent Show
 
Upcoming Dates
Mon., May 28th - Memorial Day no school
Thurs., May 31st - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

News & Updates

Interested in joining the PTO Executive Board?
We are looking for a co-Treasurer to assist Jaci. Tasks include checking PTO mailbox for payments, receipts, forms, etc. Assisting with reconciling monthly financials and yearly PTO budget. Attending monthly PTO exec and general PTO meetings. If you are interested in learning more, or want to volunteer, please email Tammy/Jenny at carpenterptopres@gmail.com.

Committee Spots Open
We need a few more committee members! We have these available chair/co-chairs available: Girls on the Run, Healthy Living Month, and Safety Representatives. There are also a couple of volunteer/member spots available.

Click HERE for descriptions of each committee.

Click HERE to see all spots available.

Also, as stated in April's PTO meeting, we are in the process of updating/revising our by-laws. Please click HERE to see proposed revised version of the bylaws. 

Please email Jenny or Tammy at carpenterptopres@gmail.com, if interested in chairing or volunteering.

PTO Meeting
Last PTO Meeting of the year is TONIGHT (Monday, May 14)! Please join us at 7pm in the South gym. We will be voting on by-laws, proposing next year's budget, and wrapping up some other items. Please click HERE for the agenda. We hope to see you there!

Committee Chairs and Members
Committee Chairs and Members, remember that next Monday, May 21st is the PTO Committee Appreciation Dinner. If you served on a committee this school year, please join us from 7pm-9pm at The Harp and Fiddle! RSVP HERE.

Don't forget to give incoming chairs/members your updated binders, or update your committee's google drive, and/or shoot them an email or give them a call, to help make for an easier transition. Thanks again for all of your hard work and time you put in to make this year so awesome!

THANK YOU!
Thanks so much to our awesome volunteers and team for making Friday's Carpenter PTO Circus a success! A giant thanks to my co-chairs, Karolina Stawarz, Shannon Oklepek, and Annette O'Donnell for organizing a fun night, despite the weather! And, thanks to all the volunteers - we couldn't have done it without you: Tammy Kwiatkoski, Matt Ellefson, Mary Ellefson, Mike Adams, Dan Oklepek, Mike Adams, Neil O'Donnell, Sarah Kazarian, Rosemary Wolfe, Shannon Ortiz, Joe Ortiz, Elena Firtulescu, Nicole Grelecki, all of the student helpers from SPC, Harry Marinov, Tommy Behzad, Angela Margaris, Brook Bitely, Dan Crane, Abbey Kwiatkoski, and a special thanks to Matthew Croke and his daughters for showing off their amazing clown tricks and circus acts!

And, a HUGE thank you to Dorai Lennon and all of the parents, Room Parents, and students who helped make Teacher Appreciation Week and Nurse Appreciation Day so special!!

Parent Volunteers Needed for Field Day!

Field Day is scheduled for Tuesday May 22 with a rain date of Thursday May 24th. We are looking for Volunteers that are available on both days, just in case! Thank You!

Click on Sign-Up Genius to volunteer! Email Joy at joychojnowski@yahoo.com with any questions.

LAST GIFT CARD ORDER OF THE SCHOOL YEAR! 
Orders are due to Kim Miller (either PTO box or home 530 Park Plaine) by Friday May 18; cards will be delivered by Friday May 25.  Use for end of year teacher gifts, regular shopping, summer outings, and more!  The PTO has earned over $750 this year from your gift card orders - please help us finish the year strong!  Available retailers and denominations can be found here.

CALLING ALL CARPENTER STUDENTS…WE ARE PLANNING FOR OUR 10th ANNUAL TALENT SHOW MAY 24, 2018
DO YOU PLAY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT?  HOW ABOUT A SONG? DANCE? COMEDY ACT?  MAGIC ACT? GYMNASTICS?WE NEED TO KNOW THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS ASAP SO THAT WE CAN PLAN THE WEEK ACCORDINGLY. PLEASE COMPLETE THE BELOW PERMISSION SLIP AND RETURN TO SCHOOL BY MONDAY MAY 14TH.  ALL ACTS SHOULD BE NO LONGER THAN 3 MINUTES AND BE APPROPRIATE FOR A SCHOOL PERFORMANCE.

Click HERE for more information and to sign-up. THERE WILL BE A REHEARSAL ON MONDAY MAY 21ST & DRESS REHEARSAL ON TUESDAY MAY 22ND.  PERFORMANCES on THURSDAY MAY 24TH at 6:00PM 

School Pak - School Supplies for 2018-2019
Buy your child's 2018-2019 school supplies with no hassles!  School-Pak pre packages all the supplies for you so your child has all of his/her school supplies waiting for them in their class on the first day of school.  This is an easy and efficient way to order your child's school supplies. 

To have your order shipped directly to Carpenter for free you must place your order by Friday, June 8th. Thereafter you have until Wednesday, July 11 to have their order shipped to your home.  An extra shipping fee will apply to orders shipped to your home.  No orders will be accepted after July 11th. NOTE: Please avoid purchasing a backpack with wheels for your child.  These backpacks do not fit in lockers and cannot be left in the hallway. If you have any questions about School Pak please contact Colleen Salah at colleenmickey@yahoo.com or 847-219-9607. 

2018 Park Ridge Football and Cheer Registration is now open!
Pre-K through 8th Grade Family discounts, payment options & Early Bird rates available. Learn more and REGISTER at https://www.prfootball.com/ For Questions: email prfootballcheer@gmail.com.

School Pak Web Site

Don't forget to register your kids for school today!!  D64 registration is open!

Saturday, May 19th - ELF Fun Run!!
Come out and run to help support ELF! Saturday, May 18th at 8am is hosting an 8k run (or, 2.62mile walk). For more info, please click HERE to view the flyer.

Reminders

Ugh MUD! It’s that time of year. The health office needs pants all sizes. Consider sending 1 old pair girls and boys all grade levels to school. Your own child may be the beneficiary one day!

Walker Warrior signs are still for sale. You can purchase at www.parkridgenewcomersclub.org or contact Aimee Milhizer at milhizer5@gmail.com to pick up a sign and make your donation. Click HERE to see an image of the sign.

FUNDRAISERS

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. 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.

Amazon Smile
Support Carpenter PTO when shopping on Amazon. Go to Amazon Smile now and start shopping!

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?
What is the Carpenter PTO 2017.pdf
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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.