PTO General Meeting

PTO General Meeting

Wednesday, November 28th
7:00 pm at the Roosevelt LRC

Please join the PTO meeting on November 28, 2018 at 7:00 pm to hear Maura Cullen speak about the D64 Special Education Parent Support Group.  She will discuss the history of the group as well as plans for the future. We will also have a presentation by the District 64 physical therapists, and their work with children at Roosevelt.

We hope to see you there!!

After Maura speaks at the PTO meeting she will head next door to Room 113 and lead a parent meeting from 7:30-8:30pm.  All parents are welcome – bring ideas and questions to share.

It will be a friendly supportive environment where parents come together and openly discuss the success and challenges of raising differently abled children.  The intent of this group is to provide support, share information, ideas and resources, provide training and form new friendships.  It will bring our Roosevelt community closer by giving parents a place to come together.


1st Grade Elephant & Piggie Night

Calling all 1st Grade Families…

Elephant and Piggie Literacy Night
Tuesday, November 13th
Roosevelt LRC and North Gym

5:00-6:30 p.m.

Stop in for stories, games, crafts and more!


Join the Lunchroom Green Team!

Click Here to sign up to volunteer! 

Questions? Contact Tracey Edsey at


Night at the Roosevelt Ranch!

Night at the Roosevelt Ranch
Thanks Y’All for a stompin’ good time! 


It was a great turnout with dancing in one gym, dining and bull riding in the other and loads of fun in between including western photo booth pictures and a donut wall!

Thank you to all who came…we hope you had a great time!
And sincere thanks to our dedicated and super-creative committee and hard-working volunteers for making this a special and memorable night for our students!

Committee Co-Chairs:
Palma Voutiritsas & Heather Moore

Committee Members:
Vicki LaBourne
Renny Pedersen
Alexis Conway
Alexis Rodgers
Becky Fallico
Jeana Chammas

Event Volunteers:
Cecile Danao
Peggy Kleinschmit
Katarzyna Gluchowska
Oksana Waters
Sarah Foley
Renee Verisario
Katie Mazukelli


2019 V-Show!

We’re not CLOWNIN’ around,
2019 V-Show sign up time is comin’ around!!  

V-Show 2019 dates 
March 1st , 2nd , and 3rd

January 27th, February 3rd, and February 10th

Dress Rehearsals
 February 23rd and 24th 

**Registration for V-Show**
November 16th thru December 14th

Any questions??
Email show producers at
-Mary Chapman, Kate Zoll, Kim Freedman, Laura Abukhalaf

We are looking to fill some V-Show committee openings for this year and to “shadow” for next year. 

PARENTS! We can’t put on the show without you! 
This year we need volunteers for the following roles:
*Tech Crew
*Security Chair
*T-Shirt Chair

*We also need musicians such as song writers, vocalist, guitarist, and keyboardist to shadow this year as 2020 will have a mostly new band!  

Please reach out ASAP to producers if you can help us with these important roles!!
>>Click here to email the V-Show Producers<<


Got Candy?

Got candy?  Donate it!

Roosevelt’s Student Council has  teamed up with @SoldiersAngelsOfficial to ensure that “No Soldier Goes Unloved” this Halloween! Through their Treats for Troops program, Soldiers’ Angels will collect excess Halloween candy and hand it out to veterans in VA Hospitals across the country. Roosevelt is an official drop-off site for candy, so just drop off your extra candy in the boxes outside of the main office.

Candy donations will be collected at Roosevelt from
November 1st through November 16th.


LRC Pumpkin Character Contest

Character Pumpkin Contest Results
Thank you to the 83 Roosevelt families who participated in the Pumpkin Character Contest and delivered amazing pumpkins to the LRC!  They had a wonderful display! Every class had the chance to come down to the LRC to view the pumpkins and vote for their favorites.

In no particular order, the 10 favorite pumpkins were…

Paddington by the Syjud Family
The Grinch by the LaBorne Family
Ferdinand by the Albro Family
Gru and the Minions by the Rose Family
Frankenfly Guy by the Handlon Family
Black Panther The Graham Family
Elephant and Piggie by the Kalinowski Family
Yoda by the Skogsbakken Family
Pigeon by the Zapata Family
Peanut Butter and Jelly by the Bauer Family

Congratulations to everyone who participated!  You all did an amazing job!!

Pumpkin Character Slide Show – 2018

Thank you Mrs. Handlon for the fun Halloween challenge



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

or click here:

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



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


Upcoming Events!

*Tuesday, November 13th – 1st Grade Literacy Night
*Wednesday, November 14th– Kiwanis Fundraiser at Harp & Fiddle 4-10 p.m.
*The Week of November 19th – No School- Thanksgiving Break
*Friday, November 30th – Science Fair at Roosevelt, 6:00-8:00 pm
  Click here for more information on the Science Fair
*Thursday, December 20th– Holiday Sing


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