New PTO Board

Introducing the PTO Executive Board for 2018-19

Toni Binz & April Mosier

Co-Vice Presidents
Melissa Kalinowski & Deannine Weber

Beth Purtell & Carly Colenso Ott

Corresponding Officer
Kate Hannigan

Recording Officer
Kelly Skogsbakken

Best of luck in the new school year! 


Thank you and Happy Summer!

A Message from the 2017-18 PTO Presidents

We want to thank all of the Roosevelt staff, parents, and teachers that made 2017-2018 a successful year for the PTO. Below is an extensive list of this year’s accomplishments and none of it would be possible without the volunteers who serve willingly and continually to make it all happen. If you review the list below and know that you played a part, no matter how large or small, in the success of any of these events and activities – THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts!

We also want to thank our Executive Board who dedicated countless hours to the PTO and consistently took pride in their work:
Karen Larson, Oksana Waters, April Mosier, Toni Binz and Kelly Skogsbakken. You have all been truly amazing to work with!

We hope that all of our Roosevelt families have a happy and safe summer. Please enjoy using the outdoor items brought to you by the PTO throughout the summer months!

With gratitude,
Vikki Spiteri and Alexis Rodgers

Highlights from the 2017-18 School Year 

PTO Fundraising
PTO membership (with directory & clings)
Pizza Days
Spirit Wear Sales
“Surprise” Whole Foods 5% Day
Tiger Trot Track-A-Thon
Box Tops for Education
Amazon Smile
2 Dine & Donate Nights

PTO Sponsored Events & Activities
Back to School Picnic with Spirit Wear Pop-Up Shop & Fashion Show
Scholastic Book Fair (Fall) and Follett Book Fair (Spring)
Sweetheart Dance & VIP Event Glow in the Dark Party
Garden Planting and Maintenance
Six Flags Reading Program
46th Annual “Back to the V-Show: Look How Far We’ve Come!”
Coordination of Girls on the Run program and 5K
5th Grade party and parade (coming up tomorrow afternoon!)

Fully-Funded PTO Events & Activities
Teacher Institute & Veteran’s Day Luncheons and Staff Appreciation Week
Teacher Gifts & Grants totaling $7,500
Framing of student artwork displayed around the school
Bee Incentive T-shirts (2nd year running)
Red Ribbon Week & Healthy Living Month
2nd Annual Family Skate Night
Science Fair – the only elementary school in D64 to still have one!
1st Annual Cultural Awareness event – a huge success!
Grade-Level Recess Bucket Donation
Spring Family Movie Night
2 inflatable obstacle courses for Field Day
5th grade Patrol Roller Skating Party
End-of-Year g​​​​ifts for the entire 5th grade class

School Assemblies:
Ben Franklin (3rd-5th grades), Joshua’s Dragon (K-2nd grades), Jesse White Tumblers (K-5th grades)

Author Visits (with book purchases for classrooms & LRC):
Troy Cummings (all grades), Lisa McMann (5th grade only), Terry Lynn Johnson (2nd-3rd grades), Blue Balliett (4th-5th grades), and Katherine Applegate (3rd-5th grades)

Additional PTO Partnerships and Charity
Tiger Trot Toy Round Up for children at Lurie’s

Kindness Committee – Hurricane Irma Relief & Uncle Pete’s Sack Lunches

Roosevelt Student Council’s Toy Collection for Lurie, Treats for Troops, UCAN and Soles for Souls Shoe Drive.

Girl Scouts – Troop #40560 (5th grade) items collected for children at Lutheran General and Troop #45116 (2nd grade) crayon collection to reduce landfill waste.

Successful team participation in the Park Ridge community St. Baldrick’s shave event raising over $13,000!

Other PTO Accomplishments in 2017-2018

Revived the memorial aquarium in the LRC.

Turned the School Supply debacle into two acts of kindness for Texas and Florida and created a school supply closet for teachers.

Initiated participation in Crayola ColorCycle turning markers into fossil fuels.

Established a Parent Support Group at Roosevelt.

Successfully integrated PTO Pizza Days with the new D64 hot lunch program.

Established a Go Green Team to work with D64 on recycling and composting.

Sponsored the 1st Annual LRC Pumpkin Character Contest.

Continued to help Roosevelt families in need with our Scholarship Fund.

NEW Outdoor Beautification Items

6 new Playground equipment pieces for 3-5 area
20 swing mats for both K-2 and 3-5 swings
8 new benches on campus
1 Kate Babich memorial bench (to be installed in Fall 2018)
2nd Gaga Pit for K-2 area (with ADA door)
Freshly painted benches for the reading garden (to be installed this summer)
2nd set of “Put-In Cups” fence signs (to be installed along Talcott)
3 new basketball backboards


Reading Garden Make Over

Thank you to all of the following Roosevelt families for dedicating time and effort this past weekend to prime and paint the benches from the Reading Garden.  Once completed, these benches are going to be such a fun and colorful addition to our school grounds!  We can’t wait!


We’d like to extend a very special thank you to Vikki Spiteri for spearheading this ambitious project, coordinating all of the volunteers, purchasing all of the materials and even hosting the painting event at her home.  Needless to say, we could not have done any of this without your dedication and leadership.
Thank you, thank you thank you!


Lastly, we’d like to give a shout out to local business owner and resident, Dan Galuswka, at Park Ridge Paint Glass & Wallpaper (737 Devon) for giving the PTO a huge discount for the paint and supplies needed for this project.



Summer Care for the Roosevelt Garden

We are looking for families to volunteer to care for the garden over the summer (June 3rd – August 18th).  Duties include watering every day (unless it rains), weeding, and tidying the garden.  Talking to the plants is optional, but encouraged.

We are asking families to commit to a full week of care (Monday through Sunday).  You will need to bring your own garden tools, but hose/buckets are provided.  The time of day you water is flexible, but it is best to avoid the peak sun hours (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) if possible.

If you are interested in taking care of the garden for a week this summer, CLICK HERE to fill out a volunteer form or email the garden club at

Thank you very much for helping our garden grow!


Show me the money!

If you served on a committee this school year and have not submitted an expense for reimbursement,
please do so by THIS THURSDAY (5/31). 

CLICK HERE for the PTO reimbursement form.
You can scan the form and the receipts and email them to Karen Larson (aka Your Friendly Neighborhood PTO Treasurer).


Coming This Friday, May 18th!

Friday, May 18th

Join us for face painting and balloon twisting starting at 6:30 p.m.
The Greatest Showman movie will start at dusk.
Complimentary popcorn and candy provided by the PTO.

Rain or Shine…
We are certainly hoping for nice weather on Friday but if we’re not able to host the event outdoors, it will be moved into the South Gym.


Reading Garden Face Lift

The Reading Garden (located on the Fairview side of the school, near the 5th grade doors) is getting a facelift. 

A prospective Eagle Scout will be cleaning up the garden area and power washing all 8 benches to prepare them for a new coat of paint.

The PTO has partnered with Art Teacher, Mrs. Marolt, to come up with some fun new designs for the benches and will be purchasing the supplies to get them all painted.

Now, all we need is some families to join us for a Bench Painting Party.

Reading Garden Bench Painting Party
Saturday, May 26th

There are 8 benches to be painted. So, we are looking for eight “teams” of volunteers.  Each team is made up of 2 families regardless of the number of people in your family.

Note: the morning shift will be responsible for taping and priming the benches. The afternoon shift will be painting the colored designs.

CLICK HERE to sign up and join the fun.


Field Day at Roosevelt!

The PE Department is looking for parent volunteers to help out during their annual Field Day on Thursday, May 24th.

The schedule for the Roosevelt Field Day is listed below:


Kindergarten(AM), 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, and 4th Grade(301/Mrs, Germanowski & 304/Mrs. McCoy)


Kindergarten(PM), 3rd Grade, 4th Grade(302/Mrs. Azark & 305/Ms.Polinski), and 5th Grade

**Tuesday, May 29th is the Rain Date

If you are interested and available to volunteer, please complete the following Sign up Genius.


Mega Blocks for Music


Are you looking to get rid of any Mega Blocks you may have kicking around your house?  Consider donating them to our music teacher to be used as “beat blocks” in our music classrooms.

Beat blocks are a wonderful tool for composing and providing a simple way of understanding rhythms.

If you are interested in putting your old Mega Blocks to use, please send them to school to Mrs. Gorcik’s music room (209).


Gently Used Crayon Collection

Roosevelt’s 2nd grade Girl Scout Troop #45116 is collecting gently used crayons to reduce landfill waste and support classrooms in need.

* * Crayons should be gently used!  * *  Due by Thursday, May 31st!

A collection box is available outside the main office through the end of the school year.   There will also be a collection box at Maine Park mid-May through end of July.



Lincoln PTO needs Roosevelt’s help!

The Lincoln PTO has a couple of positions open on its board for 2018-19.  They are specifically interested in getting more representation on the board from Roosevelt (not just Washington parents).  Open roles include: Secretary, Monday Mailer and Membership.
CLICK HERE to check out their website.

Contact Jessica Haycraft at


Time to Order School Supplies

Back to school shopping for next year already?
Are you kidding me?

Let us remind you of the chaos that comes with last minute back to school shopping in the summer.  Why not shop on-line now instead of standing in line at a store later?

In just a few clicks, you will get the exact supplies your teacher requested without the hassle and aggravation that comes with shopping last minute at big box retailers.

The Roosevelt PTO is partnering with a new supplier (1st Day School Supplies) to provide our families with the convenience of pre-ordering school supplies online (to be delivered directly to Roosevelt in time for the first day of school).

CLICK HERE to place your order today!

If you prefer to purchase your student’s school supplies yourself,
CLICK HERE to review newly updated school supply lists by grade.

Please note, some of the PDF lists that are posted online still have 2017-18 listed at the top.  We have confirmed, however, that these are, in fact, the updated school supply lists for the 2018-19 school year.


Movie Night Coming Soon – Vote Now!

Spring Fling Outdoor Movie Night is Friday, May 11th from starting at 6:00 pm.

Enjoy at night out with a Movie Under the Stars; the movie starts at dusk.

Bring your own blanket, chairs, food and non-alcoholic beverages for a “Ravinia/Concert in the Park” feel!

Complimentary popcorn and candy concessions provided by the PTO.

You have until Monday the 7th to cast your vote for your student’s choice of the movie to be shown!

Click here to vote!


Third Time is a Charm!

Yes, we know it has been confusing, but Chipotle assures us this is the last change. We hope to see you there after all the spring sports and activities. Sit back, relax and let someone else do the cooking. And 50% of the proceeds go to Roosevelt PTO – just say our name when paying!Our final Dine & Donate night is:

Sunday, May 6th from 4:00-8:00 pm at

Chipotle in Park Ridge 119 South Northwest Highway!





Have you seen the commemorative, engraved brick pavers around the curvy bench near the main visitor entrance?  Are you interested in purchasing one in your child’s name or perhaps from your family?

Here’s your chance.
Personalized bricks are on sale now!

CLICK HERE to order yours today!
Orders will be accepted through May 15th.


VIP was GLOW-Tastic!

Thank you to our VIP Committee and Volunteers for planning a fun
and glow-tastic night for our students and their VIPs!

Committee Members:
Kim Downes, Jeana Chammas,
Chandra Kearney,
and Suzana Jelenkovic.

Ziggy Hamielec
Tom Kearney
Chris Binz
Jeff Rodgers
Josh Lewis
Christine Schmidt
Evan Gilbert
Kevin Larson
Candy Stop Team (Clare, Dannie, Lola, Katie & Abbie)

Thanks also to Dr. Dwyer and Ms. Sobotka for staying and always being so supportive of the PTO events.

Thanks to all who attended and
the volunteers that made it happen!



The end-of-the-year party for Roosevelt 5th Graders is coming soon.

Thursday, May 17th at Moretti’s
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Party will include dinner, DJ and 5th grade fun!
Come join the celebration!

CLICK HERE to purchase your admission today!

Admission for one student + one adult is $50.

Each 5th grade student must have an adult attend the party with them.  Also, this party is just for 5th graders – no younger or older siblings, please!


“We’re so FORTUNE-ate to Have You”

The PTO’s Staff Appreciation Committee plans a week full of tokens of appreciation to say thank you to the Roosevelt staff for all they do all year long for our children! Items include gifts in the staff mailboxes, a breakfast on Tuesday, and a luncheon on Thursday.

But Friday (May 4th) we are encouraging parents to have their children write a note to their homeroom teacher and any other specials teachers or Roosevelt staff of their choice to be delivered on Friday, May 4 by the students. 

 Click below to use the template for your student to write the note. The template ties into the theme, which is, “We’re so FORTUNE-ate to Have You”.

Staff Appreciation Good Fortune Student Note


Dine & Donate Night in May!

Please note that our Chipotle Dine & Donate night has been rescheduled to Wednesday, May 2nd from 4:00-8:00 pm.


We hope to see you there!



Jesse White Tumblers Assembly Videos

Such a fun last school wide assembly for the 2017-2018 school year put on by the PTO school assemblies committee! Thank you, Sarah Chacko and Serena Legatos Coines, for working with Assistant Principal, Allison Sobotka, to make this happen!

There are 5 short video clips below so you can see what the kids enjoyed on April 13th.

Watch Video #1 Here!

Watch Video #2 Here!

Watch Video #3 Here!

Watch Video #4 Here!

Watch Video #5 Here!

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