Saddle Up for a Night at the Roosevelt Ranch!

Night at the Roosevelt Ranch Intermediate Dance
Ticket Sales Extended Until November 1st!
Don’t miss out on the fun! 

Friday, November 2nd
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Grades 3-5

Saddle up, put on your boots & blue jeans & mosey on down for a night on the Roosevelt Ranch. Join us for a stomping good time with dancing, Sweet Baby Rays BBQ & an inflatable bull. Kids lasso up a parent or guardian (one per family) and join us for a good time.

$30.00 for adult & child, each additional child $10.00.

Click here to purchase tickets to the event.

*Don’t forget their will be a Primary Dance in the spring for students in grades K-2*


Toy Drive!

Student Council Toy Drive

In honor of Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, the Roosevelt Student Council would like your help in gathering up some toys for children battling cancer.  We will be collecting toys for Lurie Children’s Hospital, and all toys will be donated to the Pediatric Cancer floor to remind those kids that Roosevelt Cares!

Donations will be collected now through October 30th. 

Suggested Donation Items
Small gifts for kids ages 0-18.
No stuffed animals.
All toys or donations must be NEW.

The nurses at Lurie have said that the top 10 most popular toys for girls, boys and older kids are:

Art and Crafts Kits
Play Jewelry/Dress-up Items
Play Figurines (Shopkins, Little People, Disney, etc.)
Matchbox Sets
Action Figures (superhero, Power Rangers, etc.)
Small Lego Sets
Coloring Books (young & all ages)
$5-20 gift cards to iTunes, Amazon, Target


Start Collecting Box Tops!

Start Collecting Box Tops!

Again this year, Roosevelt School will be participating in the Box Tops for Education program.  Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to help earn money for our school.  Each coupon is worth 10 cents.  Look for Box Tops on products around your home or office.  All you have to do is clip the Box Tops and send them to school.

Last year, our school earned $1,071.40 from the Box Tops for Education program.  Please help us reach our goal of earning $1,500 this year!

Here is how YOU can help:

1.  Cut Box Tops from products with the expiration date shown.  Expired Box Tops are not accepted.

2.  Attach Box Tops to a collection sheet or place as many as you have in a zippered bag.

3.  Send the Box Tops to school with your child.

We will be collecting Box Tops all year long, but our first submission deadline is Monday, October 22.  Start sending your Box Tops to school today!  Remember to ask family and friends to help collect Box Tops for our school as well.

For more information about Box Tops, including a list of participating products, visit the Box Tops for Education website or the Roosevelt PTO website.


Science Olympiad

The Science Olympiad is a district-wide event that challenges students in grades 3-5 to participate in different science and engineering events in an Olympic-type format.

NOTE: This is different than the Roosevelt Science Fair event that allows students in all grades to conduct and present science experiments of their own choosing.

CLICK HERE to learn more and watch short video clips about each of the five Science Olympiad events.

Open to 3rd-5th grade students
Saturday, February 2, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Emerson Middle School
Students compete in teams, coached by parents in advance.

CLICK HERE for more information or to register now!

Registration must be submitted by Friday, November 9th.


LRC Pumpkin Character Contest

Brainstorm Ideas for a Character Pumpkin


The Roosevelt LRC is hosting the Pumpkin Character Contest again this year.

Who: Any Roosevelt family can enter this optional contest. We will accept one pumpkin per family.

What: Use a FAKE pumpkin(s) to bring a children’s book character to life.

When: Pumpkins can be dropped off at Roosevelt between Monday, October 15th and Tuesday, October 23rd. Voting will start October 24th. The pumpkins with the most votes will be awarded a prize from the PTO.

Important Rules to Remember:
-Fill out the registration form in order to participate.
-Real pumpkins CANNOT be used!

For more information, visit the LRC website.


Science Fair

Roosevelt School Science Fair
Friday, November 30th
Open to all Roosevelt students K-5

5:45-6:00 p.m. Drop off Exhibits
 6:00-6:45 p.m. Traveling World of Reptiles Show in Auditorium
6:45-8:00 p.m. Student Exhibits Open

Registration will be available on the PTO website from Nov 1- Nov 25 
Students may work independently or with up to 2 partners
**Please no slime/ooblek, volcanoes, lives animals, flames, or food tasting**

Click here for more information on the Science Fair


Thank You TT Volunteers!

Tiger Trot Committee 2018

Committee Chairpersons:
Fran Thompson
Katie Mazukelli

Committee Members:
Toni Binz
Nikki Craig
Chris Etchason
Cara Fowler
Sarah Handley
Danielle Hartung
Susie Hollingsworth
Chandra Kearney
Paula Malatesta
Heather Martin
April Mosier
Amanda Rafferty
Katie Ranalli
Alexis Rodgers
Caroline Rose
Kelly Skogsbakken
Meg Strotman
Renee Verisario
Oksana Waters
Kristie Welke
Peter Zalinski

You lead the charge and helped raise over $37,000 for the PTO!
We cannot thank you enough!


Tiger Trot Results … We Did It!

$$  WE DID IT!  $$
Tiger Trot successfully raised $37,331!

Way to go Roosevelt students and families!

We are thrilled to be able to continue to provide the programs and events our students have come to love over the years and further look forward to gifting a portion of this money to the school towards the purchase of some new primary playground equipment.  We will provide additional details on that as they become available.

None of it would be possible without your dedication and continued support!

Thank You!  Thank You!  Thank You!

Class Winners

Most Raised: Mrs. Kaplan’s 3rd grade class, with an average $93.50 per student and 80% of the class participating in fundraising!

Participation Award: Mrs. Proenza’s 1st grade class, with 85% of the class raising any amount of money!!

Grade Recognition: 1st grade followed closely behind by 4th grade were the top fundraisers by participation with right around 70% of students participating!

Individual Winners

90 students: Happy 90th Birthday Raffle Winners (raised $75+) received their prizes on Friday (or Monday if they were at Camp Duncan)

45 students: raised $200 or more and will be participating in Hide and Seek with Dr. Dwyer


Night at the Roosevelt Ranch

Night at the Roosevelt Ranch
Grades 3-5

Saddle up, put on your boots & blue jeans & mosey on down for a night on the Roosevelt Ranch. Join us for a stomping good time with dancing, Sweet Baby Rays BBQ & an inflatable bull. Kids lasso up a parent or guardian (one per family) and join us for a good time.

$30.00 for adult & child, each additional child $10.00.
Get your tickets early, this event will sell out.
Ticket sales are closing October 22nd. 

Click here to purchase tickets to the event

** This event will take the place of the Daddy Daughter Dance / Mother Son event.

Sign up to help us have a stomping good time at the Night on the Roosevelt Ranch! We need volunteers for event set-up as well as during the event and clean-up.

Click here to sign up to volunteer for the event


Tiger Trot Results!

Tiger Trot Results Are Coming In…

As a school, we ran a total of 10,421 laps, or 2,084 miles–about the same distance as Chicago to LA!  They averaged 16 laps per student or 3.3 miles per student. Way to go Roosevelt students!

Congratulations to Mrs. Germanowski’s 4th grade class who won most laps!
Way to go!


Tiger Trot in the News!

Click on the link below to see the article about Tiger Trot in the Park Ridge Advocate!

Roosevelt School holds track-and-field fundraiser


Upcoming Events!

*Friday, October 12th– Bully Prevention Assembly- Wear Orange!
*Thursday, October 18th – Picture Day & Vision and Hearing Screening
*Monday, October 22nd– Box Top Submission Deadline
Friday, October 26th – Principal Appreciation Day
*Saturday, October 27th – ELF Halloween Hustle
*Wednesday, October 31st – Halloween Parade and Room Parent Parties
*Friday, November 2nd – Intermediate Dance (3-5th grade)
Wednesday, November 14th– Kiwanis Fundraiser at Harp & Fiddle
*Friday, November 30th – Science Fair


Dinner, DJ, Bowling and Billiards

Thursday, May 16, 2019
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

Edison Park Inn
6715 N. Olmsted Ave., Chicago, IL


Save the Date for the Intermediate Dance!

Wrangling up all Roosevelt Cowboys & Cowgirls for our first Intermediate School Dance.

Dust off those boots & join us!
Friday, November 2nd from 6-8pm
Grades 3-5
More information to come! 

*An event for grades K-2 is planned for the spring.*


Tiger Trot!!

Mark your calendars now!
The annual track-a-thon fundraiser, Tiger Trot, is coming!
Friday, September 21st
(rain date will be September 28)

Roosevelt students, get ready to run and
enjoy the birthday bash! 

Our goal this year is to raise $35,000! 


What is this money used for?

This fundraiser is the primary source of funding for all of our amazing PTO programs.  In addition to funding the annual PTO budget, 2018 Tiger Trot proceeds will be used to complete updating and enhancing Roosevelt’s primary playground.  We are hoping to add 9 new pieces of equipment and areas!  In year’s past, generous support of the Tiger Trot has benefited the school community in many ways. Please visit the PTO website for more information on our programs.

What is the Tiger Trot?

Tiger Trot is one of students’ and families’ favorite days of the year and the PTO’s only major fundraiser.  Students raise money through pledges and donations and then spend part of the day on September 21st walking or running the track with friends, classmates and even family members.  It is one of the most motivating and energizing days of the school year!


How can my student participate?

Help us reach our $35,000 goal by collecting pledges/donations.
All students will get a t-shirt and run/walk in the track-a-thon event regardless of individual funds raised.  However, we are encouraging a target fundraising goal of $75 per student.

Start fundraising today!
Share this link with family and friends to collect online donations:

Pledge sheets are also available to record cash and checks collected.  When possible, please turn in one check made out to “Roosevelt PTO.”

Prizes & Incentives for Students!

Roarin’ Raffle
(Meet the $75 per student fundraising goal)
Students that raise $75 or more will be entered into a raffle that includes
90 prizes — Roosevelt spirit wear, gift cards, and more!
Turn in your money by 9/10 to receive 2 entries!

Top Tigers
(Raise $200 or more)
Students that raise $200 or more will be invited to play in a game of hide-and-seek after shool with Dr. Dwyer.

Team Prizes
3 lucky classes that — raise the most money, have the most students participate in fundraising at any level, and have the most laps — will receive a special prize.


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


Roosevelt’s Community Garden

Did you know that Roosevelt has a garden growing near the primary playground?

Thanks to the Garden Committee and volunteer Roosevelt families that tend the garden during the summer, we now have some beautiful vegetables growing! If you are playing at Roosevelt this summer, please check out the garden and feel free to harvest a few treats for your very own farm-to-table dinner!

Thank you very much for helping our garden grow!


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 lmspto.parkridge@gmail.com.