Welcome to Carpenter School's PTO website!

Upcoming Dates

This Week
Monday, Jan. 15th, Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL
Friday, Jan. 19th, Gift Card Orders due
Friday, Jan. 19th, 2nd/3rd Grade Parent Social

Next Week
Junior Great Books begins
Saturday, Jan. 21st, Dodgeball event


Saturday, Jan. 27th - ELF Casino Night
Monday, Jan. 29th - PTO Meeting

News & Updates

GROOVY Information!!! District 63 ELF Annual Casino Night - GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

You are invited to the District 64 Elementary Learning Foundation's annual Casino Night. Tickets are $100 until January 16th, $125 thereafter. 

Dinner buffet, open bar, music, dancing, games of chance, raffles, silent and live auctions! Wear your favorite retro 70's or cocktail attire.

This is ELF's primary fundraising event of the year so please join us to support D64 schools.

It promises to be a happenin' time at this year's Elementary Learning Foundation benefit scheduled for Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Cafe la Cave. Visit the ELF website today to register. Proceeds will fund grants to teachers and schools for the upcoming 2018-19 school year to support innovative, imaginative and educational programs for students across D64. ELF grants have provided schools with collaboration stations, stand-up desks, 21st century learning centers, broadcasting rooms, and more. This year, Carpenter received an ELF Grant for Fidget Cubes to promote the Move and Learn Initiative. Read about the $20,000 in grants awarded this school year!

If you have anything you would like to donate as a Silent Auction item or would like to participate as a Sponsor, please contact Erin at sponsorship@district64elf.org.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!! And, Dodgeball Event info...
Thank you to everyone who registered for the 1st Dodgeball event at Carpenter - we will have over 140+ there!  Registration is closed so please, no walk-ups.  T-shirts were passed out last week so please have your child wear theirs (as well as yours) to this event.  The kids are going to be playing against the parents in teams which we have created. When not playing, there will be an open gym side so kids are encouraged to bring their own basketballs, push toys, etc. - please make sure your last name is written on the item.

We NEED volunteers to help us with refereeing (you will be trained by the Niles staff - they promise it is easy), snacks/drinks, sign in and for someone to be George B. for about 30 minutes. This can be an adult or 6th,7th, 8th or high school who needs service hours or who just would like to join us.  Please click Sign-Up Genius to help us make this event a success, thank you!

Dodgeball Event for Carpenter Cougars

SAVE THE DATE!!!! 1st Annual Carpenter SnowBall!
Attention all Carpenter students!  Put on your dancing shoes, grab a parent, guardian, or special adult in your life and come join us for an evening of fun.  You won’t want to miss it!

Friday, February 9th
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Carpenter School - North and South gyms 
Dress code - Semi Formal 
Cost is $20, $10 for each additional student. Must be a Carpenter student 

Or, make checks payable to Carpenter PTO and return in an envelope labeled “PTO Carpenter SnowBall”, along with submitting a sheet with the following information completed:

Family member/Guardian/Special Adult Name:
Family contact info (email or phone): 
1) Student Name & Grade:
2) Student Name & Grade:
3) Student Name & Grade:
Total Payment Enclosed: 

The last day to register/pay for this event is Friday, February 2nd (advance purchase ONLY – no walk ups will be allowed. If you have any additional questions please contact Kimberley Ralston @ kimberleylloyd1@gmail.com or Erica Duffy @ ericaduffy06@gmail.com

Gift Card Orders Due January 19th!

Do you order from Amazon a lot? How about buy Starbucks daily or get groceries from Jewel? Home Improvement project in your horizon? Get a gift card for yourself from Menards or Home Depot! There are 100s of gift cards available to purchase. Each one bought, helps support our PTO. Treat yourself to a gift card this month or surprise your partner! Contact Kim Miller with any questions, (kimiller8613@gmail.com or 773-294-4072).  You can browse the complete list of available gift cards here.

We still are in need of PIZZA DAY VOLUNTEERS!
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

Come out and join the 2nd and 3rd grade Parent Social!!
When??  ( Friday ) January 19th, 2018
Where?? The Harp & Fiddle, 110 Main Street  in Park Ridge
 Time?? 7p.m. to 10 p.m. 

Come share a few hours with YOUR Carpenter family !! We will be hosting some fun little games, a small raffle and a 50/50 which goes directly to Carpenter schools MANY programs sponsored by the PTO. Light appetizers will be available.
Sign up for a committee--get involved in whatever way that works with your schedule----or just come out to meet some other 2nd and 3rd grade parents you haven't had the opportunity to MEET.......YET.  Come on out and support Carpenter schools PTO programs, while enjoying a fun night out. This is a great way for parents to bring up suggestions regarding current and future programs.  Looking forward to seeing all of you there ! Sign up HERE to register! 

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. 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.