Tiger Trot on Facebook!

Videos from the Tiger Trot on Facebook!

Check out the Roosevelt Elementary School and Roosevelt PTO pages on Facebook for loads of fun and frequent updates.

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CLICK HERE to like and follow the Roosevelt PTO on Facebook




Arrive and Line Up
Students should arrive for the start of their school day and line up with their class as usual.  They will leave their backpacks and belongings in their class lines on the blacktop during the kick-off and dance.

Kick-Off and Dance
After the school buses arrive (around 8:40 am), parent volunteers will walk each of the classrooms out onto the field where the kids will perform the all-school dance and kick-off the day (around 8:45 am).

Note: P.M. Kindergarten students will get an opportunity to perform the kick-off dance (with the 4th grade) before they start their run time at 1:00 p.m.

Go In to School and Get a T-Shirt
After the dance and kick-off, students will be guided back to their classroom lines and go into their classrooms to start the school day. Once inside, they will each receive a Tiger Trot T-shirt.

Hit the Track
Per the schedule below, each grade will come outside, gather at their assigned table and make their way around the track as many times as they can or want to.  At the end of their run times, students will go back into school and resume their school day.

Tiger Trot Schedule & Run Times:

8:40a.m. – Buses Arrive

8:45 a.m. – All-School Kickoff and Dance

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – 1st Grade and AM Kindergarten

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – 4th grade and PM Kindergarten (plus, repeat dance)

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – 5th grade

Kids, don’t forget…

Wear sneakers and comfortable clothes.
Bring a water bottle!

Have fun!

Look for a volunteer check-in table near the building.  Check-in there when you arrive and members of the Tiger Trot team will point you in the right direction!

Parents and Visitors 
Family and Friends are welcome to attend.  Visitors can sit or stand around the field and cheer on the Tigers as they make their way around the track or even run a lap (or more) with their student.


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, September 21st – Tiger Trot (see schedule in Tiger Trot post)
*Wednesday, September 26th – ABC’s of Board Service 6:30-7:30 pm in Roosevelt LRC
*Wednesday, September 26th – PTO General Meeting 7:30 pm in Roosevelt LRC
*Monday, October 8th – No School – Columbus Day
*Tuesday, October 9th – Author Visit
*Thursday, October 18th – Picture Day & Vision and Hearing Screening


PTO General Meeting

PTO General Meeting
Wednesday September 26th
7:30 p.m. in the LRC

Come to learn more about the PTO, our budget for this school year, upcoming events and more.

Guest Speakers:
Superintendent Dr. Laurie Heinz


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.*


Dance, Dance, Dance

Tiger Trot is just around the corner, so it’s time to start practicing your dance moves!
Click on the link below for the music to Roosevelt’s 90th Birthday Tiger Trot Kick-Off Dance!!

2018 Tiger Trot Dance Soundtrack

And … Volunteer Spots are Still Available! 
Looking for more help escorting kids out for the Kick-Off Dance and Lap Counting for all grades! 

Click Here to Volunteer

Escort Kids to the Field for the Kick-Off Dance
All you need to do is help guide a classroom of children to their assigned space on the field where they will perform the kick-off dance.

Serve as a Lap Counter
Help count the number of laps each student completes.  As a lap counter, you will be stationed at an assigned table (by classroom) and as the students pass by, simply mark the back of their t-shirt.

Contact Danielle Hartung and Mandy Rafferty at with any questions!

Schedule for the day is as follows:

Opening & School Wide Kick Off Dance: 8:45 a.m.

Lap Time: 9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (1st Grade and AM Kindergarten) (Volunteers 9-10:30)

Lap Time: 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. (2nd and 3rd Grades) (Volunteers 10-11:30)

Lap Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. (4th Grade and PM Kindergarten) (Volunteers 12:45-2:15)

Lap Time: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. (5th Grade) (Volunteers 2-3:30)


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