Spirit Wear Pop Up Shop!

*  *  Spirit Wear Pop Up Shop  *  *
at the Holiday Sing

Thursday, December 20th

The Annual Holiday Sing is almost here!  And back again this year is the Spirit Wear Shop in the hallway outside the Holiday Sing! Stop by to check out some fun gifts for your Roosevelt Tigers.


Support for the Janak Family

On December 4th, Jim Janak, father, husband, friend, neighbor and member of the Roosevelt School community passed away unexpectedly. Jim was a commissioner for the Park Ridge Park District Board and a pillar in the community. Our hearts go out to this Roosevelt family. Many have expressed interest in showing their support for the Janak family. One of the best ways to do this is by contributing to the Janak Family Fund, which is accessible at this link:

Click here to donate.


UCAN Project

UCAN Call it a Success!

Thank you to all who participated in the Student Council’s partnership with UCAN to help brighten the holidays for children in need in the Chicago area.  Your generosity is appreciated and will certainly make a difference!

Also, special thanks to our Room Parent volunteers who shopped on behalf of our classrooms to fulfill so many items on those wishlists!


Cultural Awareness

Cultural Dance and Parade Opportunity

The Cultural Awareness Committee will be hosting cultural dancing during

Roosevelt’s Open House on Thursday, January 24th.

We are looking for students interested in participating in either the
cultural dances or the cultural dress parade. There will be two dance performances at 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm. If your child would like to wear an outfit representing his/her cultural heritage, we will have children in their cultural dress parade through the auditorium after the dancing. Children do not need to participate in dancing to participate in the parade.

Click here to sign up now! 

Contact committee chairs Sarah Chacko or Serena Legatos-Coines


Science Fair Success!

Roosevelt Science Fair
A great night of science fun!


Thank you to all of our student scientists for participating in this special event and to all of the families that attended.

Did you know that Roosevelt is the only elementary school in D64 that still does a science fair?!  Our kids are fortunate to have the opportunity to explore and share science in this way.


Sincere thanks to our dedicated committee members and volunteers for making it all happen!

Committee Members:
Annie Jerome
Karen Larson
Kate Maurer
Becky Rheuhs
Deborah Hall
Shannon Donley
Meghan McIllroy

Additional Volunteers:
Jennifer Price
Vikki Spiteri
Kristie Welke
Tracey Edsey
Annie Monak

Roosevelt Staff Members:
Mrs. Park
Ms. Sobotka
Dr. Dwyer

Thanks, also, to our Special Guests:
Traveling World of Reptiles


Coat Drive

Student Council Coat Drive

Roosevelt Student Council will be conducting a Coat Drive from December 10-18.
They will be collecting gently used/new coats and outerwear to benefit the Terrell Bosley Anti Violence Association.


Pizza Ordering!

Pizza Orders for January through May

CLICK HERE to place your pizza order.

Orders submitted now will provide students with pizza from
January 9, 2019 through June 5, 2019.

If your student currently receives pizza, the last pizza from that order will be served on December 19th.  If you want your student to continue to get pizza Wednesdays after Winter Break, you must submit another pizza order now.

Deadline to order pizza is December 19th at midnight!


Holiday Sing!

Thursday, December 20th

Program for families with last names A-L:
9:00 a.m. – A.M. Kindergarten, 3rd, and 4th grades
* 15-minute Intermission *
10:15 a.m. – 1st, 2nd, and 5th grades

Program for families with last names M-Z:
1:00 p.m. – 1st, 2nd and 5th grades
* 15-minute Intermission *
2:15 p.m. – P.M. Kindergarten, 3rd and 4th grades


V-Show Registration Closes This Friday!

    2019 V-Show   

Registration will close on Friday, December 14…

The Greatest V-Show!
This year marks the 47th year for the Roosevelt V-Show!  The show is performed entirely by our students and is a wonderful mix of comedy, singing, and dancing all under the bright lights of the Roosevelt stage.

There are no auditions and every child from Kindergarten through 5th grade is welcome to participate.
V-Show performances (4 in total) will be on March 1, 2, and 3.

5th Graders:
This is your time to shine!  You can select to have a speaking role on stage or choose to be behind-the-scenes assisting with all of the important technical and stage needs of the show.

Kindergarten – 4th Graders:
Sign up to participate and you will be placed in a group according to your grade and will perform a song on stage.

Parents: We need you!
It is mandatory to volunteer for one committee if you have one or more children in the V-Show.  There are so many different ways to volunteer: coach the kids to be ready for their performances, help behind-the-scenes with concessions, make-up, photography, ticket sales and t-shirt sales, stage backdrop design, and more! There’s something for everyone!

Registration begins today through December 14th.

Kindergarten through 4th Grade: Click here to register

5th Grade Only: Click here to register


Sunday Practices:
January 27th, February 3rd, and February 10th

Dress Rehearsals:
Saturday, February 23rd and Sunday, February 24th

V-Show Performances:
Friday, March 1st (1 show)
Saturday, March 2nd (2 shows)
Sunday, March 3rd (1 show)

Contact our Producers
Mary Chapman, Kate Zoll, Kim Freedman, Laura Abukhalaf
at with questions.


K-4th grade: (optional)
T-Shirts are a great keepsake for your student that will remind them
of the great times in the Roosevelt V-Show!
CLICK HERE to order for a K-4th grade student

5th Grade: (mandatory)
The T-Shirt is MANDATORY for 5th graders as it is part of their “costume”. The T-shirts are worn during the V-Show. Also included in the sign up is the 5th Grade After Party. This event is OPTIONAL. We will have Pizza, Soda and a DJ immediately following the Sunday show. It is a great way to wrap up V-Show with all your friends. One parent or guardian must attend the After Party with your child.
CLICK HERE to order for a 5th grade student

Due by Monday, January 28th


Kindness Mural

The Roosevelt LRC has a new mural painted on one of it’s walls. The mural is based on a motivational message written by Bryan Skavnak. You can read about him in the link below.

The original artwork was created by Kathy Meade, who is on the Kindness Committee. Natalie Gerny, the assistant Art teacher at Roosevelt, painted it based on Kathy’s work. Through the collaboration of the PTO, this mural will be permanent art that will help to remind Roosevelt students to always
 “Be the Nice Kid.”


Join the Lunchroom Green Team!

Click Here to sign up to volunteer! 

Questions? Contact Tracey Edsey at


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<<


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!

*Sunday, December 9th– Park Ridge Civic Orchestra: An Irish Christmas concert
Click here for more information
*Thursday, December 20thHoliday Sing
*December 24th-January 4th – Winter Break
*January 24th– Roosevelt Open House and Cultural Dancing 6:00-7:30 p.m.
*January 27th– First V-Show Practice
*January 30th– PTO General Meeting


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


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