Welcome to Carpenter School's PTO website!

Upcoming Dates

This Week
April 23rd-April 24th - Follett Book Fair (Carpenter LRC) 330pm-8pm
Tues., April 24th - Science Expo 6pm-7:30pm
Wed., April 25th - Bingo Nite! 6pm-730pm
Thurs., April 26th - Craft Night 6pm-8pm
Fri., April 27th - OSOB event 6pm-730pm

Upcoming Dates: 
May 7th-11th Teacher Appreciation Week
Fri., May 18th - 5th grade party
Sat., May 19th - Elf Fun Run
Sat., May 19th - Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast

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.There are also a couple of volunteer/member spots available.

Click HERE for descriptions of each committee.

Click HERE to see all spots available.

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

Healthy Living Month continues ~ This week is Screen Free Week!
April 23-27 Screen Free WEEK - Students are encouraged to do more and watch less, unplug and play!! Click HERE to view a flyer with Healthy Living Month activities happening all around town!
Also, don't forget to check your email for the weekly pledge card from D64. Submit your pledge card at the end of the week for a chance to win a cool prize!

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR THE BOOK FAIR!! PLEASE HELP! The PTO Book Fair will be held on TODAY Monday, April 23 and tomorrow, Tuesday, April 24 from 3:30 - 8:00 p.m. each day in the LRC. We are trying out a new vendor this year - Follett - and are excited about the expanded selection they offer. 

Volunteers are needed to assist during the fair - please click on this link to volunteer.

Please contact Maura El Metennani (melmeten0405@gmail.com) or Erica Duffy (erica_duffy82@yahoo.com) with questions.

Screen Free Week: Craft Night 
Thursday, April 26th, 6-8 pm

Parents join your kids for an evening of screen free - craft fun! Home Depot and Wildwood Nature Center will be joining us in  an evening of crafts and fun. If you have any questions please reach out to Katie Tabacca at katietabacca@gmail.com. 

Volunteers Needed for Craft Night  - this Thursday!
On Behalf of the Carpenter PTO and especially the Screen Free Week Committee and Katie Tabacca, we are seeking a few volunteers for Thursday Night's activity night. Volunteers need to arrive at 5:30pm and also help execute and wrap up the event. Please let Katie (katietabacca@gmail.com) know if you can help out. 

Save Another Date!! And, updated info!!
Flora’s Fabulous Friday! Friday, April 27th
6:00 - 7:30, Carpenter North Gym

To celebrate the end of One School, One Book, join us for a PTO sponsored night of Fabulous Fun! Doors open at 6:00 to kick off our night of WORD fun. There will be a Build Your Own Comic/Poem station, Bookmark making, Superhero tattoos, and hopefully not too many HOLY UNANTICIPATED OCCURRENCES!  This Just In...donuts will be available for purchase by B's Sweet Bites. 6:30 - 7:15: Enjoy a special presentation by the Poetry Center of Chicago and their dynamic, interactive performance called Shoot for the Stars. Holy Bagumba!!

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.


Bernie's Book Bank Drive!
Between April 20th and April 30th, help Carpenter donate 3000 books! For more information, please click HERE to see the flyer.

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!

5th Grade Party
A flyer for the May 18th 5th grade party was previously distributed to your student.  A copy of the flyer can be found on the PTO Website - PTO Documents for Parents tab. Plea. e RSVP and submit your payment on or before Friday, April 27th. If you have any questions please contact Angie Marchuk at 773-255-5408 (cell phone). Thank you - hope you can attend!

Youth Arts Summer Camp Scholarship
The Park Ridge Cultural Arts Council is pleased to announce the annual Youth Arts Summer Camp Scholarship, to support the arts education of young people in our community. The Youth Arts Summer Camp Scholarship is meant to help provide motivated, passionate students the opportunity to excel further in the arts.  All Park Ridge residents currently in third grade through juniors in high school are eligible.

Grant amounts will be at the discretion of the Park Ridge Cultural Arts Council, up to 25% of the total camp cost or a maximum of $500.  The Park Ridge Cultural Arts Council’s Youth Arts Summer Camp Scholarships are merit based and available to students of any race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin seeking to further their commitment and development in the arts.  Students should complete the application by May 1st. The application can be downloaded at parkridgearts.org.

Scholarship winners will be announced by May 13th.  A reception will be held for winners, parents and teachers on Saturday, May 19th at 2:00 at the Park Ridge Non-Profit Center, 720 Garden.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please feel free to contact us at ArtsCamp@ParkRidgeArts.org.

City of Park Ridge Historic Preservation 2018 Poster Contest
The City of Park Ridge Historic Preservation Commission is excited to invite all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to participate in the seventh annual Preservation 2018 Poster Contest! 

Please note the following dates:
● Week of March 12, 2018: Contest Rules and Entry Forms: Packets to be available online at the City’s website, at Park Ridge Public Library and City Hall
● Tuesday, May 1, 2018: All entries must be submitted
● Wednesday, May 2, 2018: Historic Preservation Meeting (judging to take place at this meeting)
● Monday, May 21, 2018: Winners presentation at City Council Meeting

This contest is open to all third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students living in Park Ridge or attending Park Ridge schools.

The fact is our places play a huge role in telling our community’s story. So we’d like students to share, in poster form, how they feel about our local places – a house that's been part of a family for generations, a school that children have attended for decades, Iannelli Studios, Park Ridge Youth Campus, a church, a favorite shop Uptown or The Pickwick Theater, for example. To see our historic landmarks in Park Ridge, click HERE.

Contest entry form: file:///C:/Users/OYFF/Downloads/2018_hpcposter_entryform.pdf
Contest rules: file:///C:/Users/OYFF/Downloads/2018_HPC_poster_contest_rules.pdf
Contest poster: file:///C:/Users/OYFF/Downloads/HPC%20poster%208x11%20form%202018.pdf

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.


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.

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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?
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.