PTO Thanks Linda Mirza

We were thrilled to have Ms. Mirza join us at the Roosevelt PTO General meeting on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.  She gave a great presentation on what she does at Roosevelt and about some of the wonderful programs to help children learn and grow with respect to their emotional and social intelligence.  Ms. Mirza also touched on the difficulties of walking the balance between helping your children navigate social situations and letting them “figure it out” on their own.  If you were unable to attend, please take a look here for her presentation.

Thanks to all who joined us at the meeting!


Sock Drive a big success!

Roosevelt’s Sock Drive was a huge success!  Pete’s Sack Lunches was impressed with the number of socks our kids brought to school and said to say Congratulations to the children and their families!  The socks will be donated to the Harrison Franciscan Shelter, 2715 West Harrison serving the Homeless.  Thanks to all who brought in a donation for helping to spread the warmth and love this season!  socks


Next PTO General Board Meeting

The next PTO General Board Meeting is November 16, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the LRC.

In addition to learning about all the PTO programs and events that are coming up, Linda Mirza, Roosevelt’s Social Worker, will be joining us.

Hope you can be there!  pto-meeting


Pizza Orders Accepted November 28 – December 9, 2016

Pizza Orders for January through May will be accepted Monday, November 28, 2016 through December 9, 2016.

Keep your eyes open in the PTO blasts for more information!  kid-eating-pizza


PTO Membership Update

If you purchased a Premium Membership to the PTO, you should have received your hard copy of the PTO Membership Student Directory and Roosevelt Tigers window cling.  If you have not, please contact Vikki Spiteri at


All members of the PTO have access to the on line directory and should be receiving the PTO blasts, which usually go out on Wednesdays and Sundays.

If you have any questions, please let us know at  Thank you so much for helping your PTO support Roosevelt and our students!



Red Ribbon Week is October 17 – 21, 2016!

This year Roosevelt will be sponsoring Red Ribbon Week from October 17 through October 21, 2016.    Each day will have a fun theme to remind kids the importance of staying drug free.  The Student Council, in cooperation with the PTO, also hangs red ribbons around the Roosevelt campus.  red_ribbon_week_paw


Monday:         Put Your Thinking Cap On  (Wear your favorite hat)

 Tuesday:         Sock it to Drugs (Silly Sock Day)

Wednesday:    Be on a Drug Free Team  (Wear your favorite team apparel)

 Thursday:       Dream Big About Your Future  (Pajama Day)

Friday:            Red Rally Day  (Roosevelt Students are Awesome!  Celebrate our Students by Wearing RED!)


Principal Day is October 21st!


Roosevelt is lucky to have a great principal!  If you have a moment, take the time on Friday, October 21, 2016 to let Dr. Dwyer know he is appreciated!


Tiger Trot 2016 Rocks!

We are overcome with gratitude and joy for all of the wonderful support, energy and enthusiasm that went into Tiger Trot 2016!  Thank you to all that made the Tiger Trot such a successful event and Roosevelt such a wonderful place for our kids to grow!

If you have any pictures you would like posted on our web page or Facebook, please email them to

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Family Roller Skating Party

Family Roller Skating Party


Sunday, October 23, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Orbit Skate Center

615 S Consumers Ave, Palatine, IL 60074

Free Admission (Paid for by the Roosevelt PTO).  Roller state rental is available.

Please join us!


Last Tiger Chat Before the Big Day!

 Let’s listen here as Theodore learns the Tiger Trot was moved to this Friday, October 7, 2016!  Here’s hoping for great weather!



Tiger Chat is Back Again!

ms1988sm-1Theodore is so bummed he has to wait until next Friday, October 7, 2016 to cheer on the kids!

Until then, listen in on last Friday’s Tiger Chat here!


The September 16th Tiger Chat is here!

Last Friday, September 16th, Theodore the Tiger chatted over the morning school announcements again with our PTO Tiger Trot volunteer!

Let’s listen in here!


The kids are really getting excited about the the run on September 30, 2016!  Get your pledges in soon!


We love our Public Library!


Need Homework Help? Don’t miss out on the amazing resources accessible only with your Park Ridge library card. Head over to, click on Research & Learn, then click Databases on the left.  Over 60 databases are listed in alphabetical order which may be overwhelming. In order to narrow down the possibilities, click on the Homework category at the top.

Working on a book report? Try Literature Resource Center and Biography in Context!

Need to consult a reference book? Try the Gale Virtual Reference Library!

Do you need help with math or language arts skills? Try the practice tests available within Learning Express Library!

These are just a few of the options you have if you visit the Park Ridge Public Library online! To learn more of the resources at your fingertips contact Reference at (847) 720-3230.


Getting Ready for Tiger Trot!

Everyone at Roosevelt is getting ready for the Tiger Trot on September 30, 2016!

The kids are getting in shape by running in gym class and everyone is having a blast learning the Tiger Trot Dance!

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Deadline to Join PTO Extended

LAST CALL to be included in the PTO directory. We have extended the deadline one more week, until September 22, 2016 at 8 pm, if you want to be included in the printed directory (very helpful for party invites and play dates.)

Our membership is up from previous years, but we don’t want anyone left out! PTO membership in 2014-2015 was 60%. Membership in 2015-2016 was 71% and this year we are up to 75% thus far! 335 out of 450 families are currently members! Can we get an 80%?

Being included in the directory is nice, but the overall benefits your PTO dues go towards are the most important reason to join. The $20 or $25 dues, and the other PTO purchases throughout the year, go directly to your student(s) and the teachers who educate them. These are things that your tax dollars cannot go towards, but they make Roosevelt and your child’s education even more enriching.

Here is list of most of the events the PTO runs through your donation of money and time:

  • Aquarium in the library,
  • Art Student Frames,
  • Author Visits,
  • Battle of the Books,
  • Cultural Events/Assemblies,
  • Daddy Daughter Dance,
  • ELF,
  • Faculty Gifts  & Grants,
  • Fifth Grade Parade,
  • Fifth Grade Party,
  • Food Days,
  • Garden,
  • Institute Day Lunch,
  • Mother Son Event,
  • Outdoor Beautification,
  • Patrol Party,
  • Red Ribbon Week Activities,
  • Scholarships,
  • Scholastic Book Fair,
  • School Picnic,
  • School Spirit Wear,
  • School Supplies,
  • Science Fair,
  • Six Flags Reading Program,
  • Skating Party,
  • Spring Family Fun Night,
  • Staff Appreciation Week,
  • Thank You Gifts,
  • Track Resurfacing,
  • TIger Trot,
  • V Show,
  • Veterans Day,
  • Yearbook Committee and more.


This Week’s Tiger Chat!

Our Theodore the Tiger talked to the kids on the announcements last Friday!


Let’s listen in here.

This week the Tiger explained the prizes and the deadlines for the pledges.

If the sound on the Tiger Chat isn’t working on your computer, you can learn more about the available prizes and deadlines here.

Let’s go Roosevelt Tigers!


Great Fun at Back to School Picnic!

Roosevelt PTO sponsored our annual Back to School Picnic last Friday, September 9, 2016!   We were a little worried about the weather, but the rain held off and the weather cooled just a bit for a lovely evening on the lawn.

Over 525 children attended the event!!


This year we had six inflatables, including a wrecking ball, 77′ obstacle course, the hungry hippo, and giant trikes.  There were six carnival games and a craft table!


The DJ led the kids in dance after dance!

The PTO also invited various vendors and community organizations to join in the fun.  There were tables sponsored by the Park Ridge Library, Wildwood Nature Center, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Eagle Scout Jack Heneghen with his Buddy Bench program, Spuntino’s Pizza, and Lisa’s Italian Ice.  Advocate Lutheran General’s Children’s Department raffled off a bike helmet and lots of coloring books.

 The Spirit Wear fashion show was also a big hit and had appearances by many of our own Tiger kids, Dr. Dwyer, Ms. Albans and Theodore the Tiger Mascot!

How did all of this happen?  In addition to our PTO Committee, there were over 50 volunteers,  including 4 Boy Scouts and several teens looking for service hours from Maine South National Honor Society and St. Paul of the Cross.

We want to extend a very special Tiger Thank You to our Back to School Picnic committee members:  

Vicki Spiteri, Mary Beth Murphy, Jill Besenjek, Kristie Welke and Diane Scully!


Order Your Spirit Wear Today!

Spirit Wear sales for the fall session ends on September 23, 2016.  There is something for everyone in the family!

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 Roosevelt is encouraging everyone to wear either their spirit wear or blue and orange on the first Friday of every month.

If you would like a copy of the order form, click here.  Simply fill out the form, address your check to “Roosevelt PTO” and drop it off in the PTO Mailbox in the school office.

Thank you for your support and



Upcoming ELF Events

ELF has two great events coming up next week.

On Tuesday, Parent University launches its first session with Google Apps for Education.  Click here for more information.

On Thursday, ELF is having a Paint Nite Fundraiser at Moretti’s.  Click here for more information.


Tiger Trot Chat

Tiger Chat has started!

Every week our Tiger talks to the kids during the morning announcements!

This year we get to listen in!  Click here!





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