Tiger Trot 2019!

Tiger Trot Kick Off! Get all the information you need below!

Mark your calendars now!
The annual track-a-thon fundraiser, TIGER TROT, is coming!
Friday, OCTOBER 11
(rain date will be October 17)
Roosevelt students, Let’s Light Up Roosevelt!

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

What is the Tiger Trot?
Tiger Trot is a favorite day of the year for both students and parents. It is also the PTO’s only major fundraiser. Students raise money through pledges and donations and then spend part of the day on OCTOBER 11 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!

What is this money used for?
Tiger Trot is the primary source of funding for all of our amazing PTO programs. In addition to funding the annual PTO budget, 2019 Tiger Trot proceeds will be used to fund new lighting in the Auditorium. This new lighting will benefit all school assemblies, tech club, chorus/concerts, cultural awareness events, science fair, and V-show just to name a few.

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!
To collect online donations, share the link below with family and friends.

Post on social media! Get the word out!

Together we can make Roosevelt an even more
wonderful place to learn and grow!

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 Roosevelt spirit wear, gift cards, and more!
Turn in your money by 9/28 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 school 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.


Spirit Wear Ordering


 Spirit wear is now available for purchase online.

The link is here:


Girl Scouts


Please contact Meghan McIlroy at

or (847) 915-8031

We are specifically looking to start up a Kindergarten Daisy Troop. We need girls and parent volunteers to lead. Please reach out if you are interested!


Back to School Picnic Thanks


A big thank you to all the volunteers and community sponsors who made the Back to School Picnic and Book Fair such a success.

Vikki Spiteri for chairing the committee
Jill Mazza for coordinating the inflatables
Kristie Welke and Tatiyana Baukovic for organizing the vendors
Jason Borst for the tables, chairs, and garbage/recycling containers
Gretchen Barina and Greg Reuhs for the sweet tunes
Mary Beth Murphy-Magad for organizing volunteers
Co-treasurers Beth Purtell and Kiki Calumet for writing the checks
Maureen Craig Naples for managing the craft tables
John Guarnacca at Spuntino’s for food/drink options
Lisa at Lisa’s Italian Ice
Boy Scouts
Girl Scouts
Wilderness Scouts & Princesses
Brickton Art Center for face painting
Park Ridge Public Library
Wildwood Nature Center
Thank you to Taryn Handlon for organizing the book fair and to all the parent volunteers who helped set up and staff the sale.


District 64 ELF

 Do you know about District 64 ELF?

The Elementary Learning Foundation is a group of D64 parents,

teachers, and community members who raise money and awareness

to support our local schools. We are looking for parents to support and

join ELF on behalf of Roosevelt. The next meeting is September 18 in

the Roosevelt LRC at 7pm. You can learn more here:


Many Thanks!

A big thank you to all our volunteers who made the summer garden look so nice:

Annie Monak and Girl Scout Troop 45116
Ekstam Family
Pedersen Family
Rodgers Family
Jerome Family
Binz Familly
Knox Family
Jenkins Family
Johnson Family
Turcott Family
Baukovic Family

Thank you to the school supply committee who got all the boxes to the right classrooms:

Karen, Toby, and Andy Burkum
Ann, Timmy, and Josie Monak
Trevor Polaniecki
Jessica, Braeden, and Traver Cremins
Vikki, Arianna, and Luca Spiteri
Amber, Nick, Charlie, and Harper Mitchell
Maggie and Alex Bialon


Pizza Orders and Volunteering


Wednesday is pizza day! Order either 1 slice or 2 for your students, grades 1-5. The form to order is available on:

The cost will cover the first 16 weeks of school.


🍕 What do kids love more than pizza? Seeing their parents at school helping to serve it! 🍕

Pizza volunteer slots are open for all Wednesdays in 2019. Thank you in advance!


Back to School Picnic

You are one click away from Volunteering FUN! We would love 30 minutes of your help!

Let’s kick off the school year right with our annual Back To School Picnic!

The Back to School Picnic is a wonderful way to get involved and help out with a very small time commitment. There are many time slots available.

Our students always love seeing their families get involved and Roosevelt appreciates it too.

Please sign up for a 30 minute shift (or more if you want to!)

CLICK BELOW to sign up and thank you in advance.

Also, to order your wristbands (admission) in advance, click below:


Join the PTO!

Attention Parents and Faculty!

We are excited to announce that we will be using Membership Toolkit for our Directory, Online Sales, Volunteer Sign Ups, and communications starting with the 2019-2020 school year. This will replace My School Anywhere.

Your PTO membership allows you to access the online directory for the school as well as help support the Roosevelt community. You do not need to join to be a part of the directory, but you do need to join to view.

Here’s what you need to do: 

  • Go to
  • Click on the Register/Login button.
  • If you already have an account with another organization that uses Membership Toolkit you can use the same email and password to login. You can then proceed to the numbered steps below.
  • Select “Create Account” and fill in the name, email, and password information.
  • Click “verify my email” and then check your email for a link to complete the process. The link expires in 2 hours. If you do not receive the email, check your spam or junk folders.
  • Once you have verified your email address, log back in and finish the registration process. 
  1. Complete the Parent/Family and Student Information.
  2. Complete the Directory/Publish Preferences.
  3. Once these forms are complete, you will be presented with forms for PTAMembershipPizza OrderingSpirit Wear, and Volunteer Opportunities. All of your Back-to-School needs in one convenient place!

Once the Primary Account is set up, the Primary User can “invite” other email addresses to access his/her account. This allows the Secondary User to have their own login information, but still have access to the family account.

Questions? – Please don’t hesitate to contact us at or


Spirit Wear Committee

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Want to get more involved at Roosevelt? The PTO is looking for someone (or a couple of people) to chair the SPIRIT WEAR COMMITTEE. Email if you are interested. It’s a great, easy, fun way to show your Tiger Pride!


Back to School!

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It is almost time! 

3rd Grade Chromebook Orientation will be held Monday, August 19at 7pm in the library. There will be a presentation for all 3rd grade families, students included.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL is MONDAY, AUGUST 26 for grades 1-5. Information regarding Kindergarten first day will go out after teacher assignments are announced.


Join the PTO!

Consider joining the PTO for the upcoming school year! 

The PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) is a non-profit entity run by volunteer parents of Roosevelt students.The PTO co-ordinates educational and social events throughout the school year and manages many aspects of daily life at Roosevelt.

Introducing the PTO Executive Board for 2019-20

Melissa Kalinowski & Deannine Weber Ronan

Co-Vice Presidents
Meghan Polaniecki and Becky Whamond

Beth Purtell & Kiki Calumet

Corresponding Officer
Kate Hannigan

Recording Officer
Sarah Surisook


School Supplies

School Supply Lists

If you haven’t gotten your child’s school supplies yet, below is a link for the class supply lists.


If you order from Amazon, consider using and select Roosevelt PTO as your charity. Every purchase will benefit the PTO. The link is below:

If you ordered from 1st Day the supplies will be in your child’s classroom on the first day of school.


Little Free Library

Thank you to the 5th grade Girl Scouts Troop for installing the new Little Free Library in the Reading Garden at Roosevelt! 

Stop by to donate or borrow a book this summer!


A Message from the 2018-19 PTO Presidents

A Message from the 2018-19 PTO Presidents

The end of the school year is upon us!  Where did another year go? Although we are excited about everything that summer will bring, we wanted to take a moment to thank all of the amazing volunteers that made this such a wonderful year! Some of the exciting activities and events your PTO sponsored or organized this year are included below. We could not have done these activities without the great volunteers that helped raise the funds that made all of this possible.  A most special thank you to:

Our Tiger Trot organizers and volunteers.
Thank you Fran Thompson and Katie Mazukelli.

Our Pizza Day volunteers and organizers.
Thank you Megan Brady, Vickie Mutchler, Kate Hannigan, Beth Purtell and Jessica Cremins.

Thank you to all of the Chairs and Co-Chairs of the Committees. Your time, effort and enthusiasm is so apparent in all of the events at Roosevelt.

Lastly, we want to give a special thanks to our tireless and hard working
board members:
Melissa Kalinowski, Dee Weber Ronan, Carly Ott, Beth Purtell,
Kelly Skogsbakken, and Kate Hannigan.

These are the parent volunteers that kept all of this running smoothly and in motion.  Between all of us, we have a whole bunch of kids in the schools in this community and we are proud of the PTO Committees, the events and the school community as a whole.  We are so grateful to have been a part of this wonderful team!

Thank you all!
Toni Binz and April Mosier


Highlights from 2018-19 School Year

Highlights from the 2018-19 School Year 

PTO Fundraising
Tiger Trot Track-A-Thon
PTO membership
Pizza Days
Spirit Wear Sales
Whole Foods 5% Day
Box Tops for Education
Amazon Smile
Dine & Donate Night

PTO Sponsored Events & Activities
Back to School Picnic with Spirit Wear Pop-Up Shop
Follett Book Fair (Fall & Spring)
Pickwick Movies
Intermediate Event and Primary Dance
Chicago Dogs Baseball Game
Beautiful, Educational and Generous Community Garden
Greg Tang Collaboration
Girls on the Run Program and 5K
5th Grade Celebration
A Yearbook of Wonderful Memories
The Greatest V-Show – (Thank you to our V-Show writers, producers, directors and band for years of wonderful memories!)

Fully-Funded PTO Events & Activities
New Primary Playground Equipment
BMX Assembly, Anti-Bullying Assembly and Author Visits
Teacher Institute & Veteran’s Day Luncheons
Staff Appreciation Week
Teacher Gifts & Grants
New Knee Pads and Elbow Pads for PE
Healthy Living Month
Science Fair – the only elementary school in D64 to still have one!
Cultural Assembly and Family Event
Spring Fling Family Movie Night
Inflatable Obstacle Course for Field Day
New Tech Equipment Requested from the Techsperts

Additional PTO Partnerships and Charity
Kindness Mural in the LRC
Pete’s Sack Lunch Program- over 500 lunches for the homeless!
Kindness Elves
Kindness Messages Installation
Kindness Tip of the Week
Our Chartered Boys Scout troop
Eagle Scout project
Halloween Hustle (hoping to be bigger next year!)
Roosevelt Student Council’s Toy Collection for Lurie,
Treats for Troops, and UCAN
Participation in Crayola ColorCycle turning markers into fossil fuels

Other PTO Accomplishments in 2018-2019

The MSA Store opened for PTO activities, Spirit Wear and all things Roosevelt.

All-Abilities Committee who launched the Sensory Friendly Space

A Little Free Library in the Reading Garden

Great communication for the parents through blasts, Facebook and Website.

Provided a Supply Closet for Teachers

Continued to help Roosevelt families in need with our Scholarship Fund

Looking forward we will have Volleyball for 4th and 5th Grade in the Winter/Spring 2020


Introducing the 2019-20 PTO Board

Introducing the PTO Executive Board for 2019-20

Melissa Kalinowski & Deannine Weber Ronan

Co-Vice Presidents
Meghan Polaniecki and Becky Whamond

Beth Purtell & Kiki Calumet

Corresponding Officer
Kate Hannigan

Recording Officer
Sarah Surisook

Best of luck in the new school year! 



Pizza Wednesdays would not be possible without the help of many dedicated volunteers.

Vicki Mutchler does SO much work behind the scenes…creating class lists for teachers, placing the actual pizza orders with Spuntino’s, and tracking all orders and payments.  Thanks for keeping things running so smoothly all year long!

Megan Brady is the volunteer behind the volunteers…creating and managing the Sign Up Genius list and sending e-mails to solicit help when needed.  Thanks for keeping us all staffed up and ready to deliver slices each and every week!

Kate Hannigan, Beth Purtell, and Jessica Cremins are the ones at school every Wednesday to make sure it all runs smoothly. We couldn’t have done it without you every week!

Thank you to everyone that volunteered to serve pizza
throughout the school year.  

Special thanks to the following people who served pizza 5 or more times:

Alicia Jankowska
Renee Vesario
Amy O’Brien
Jeanette Norlock
Liz Cataudella
Maura Cullen
Nathan Labutka
Amy Brown
Amy Douglass
Jill Terpstra
Amanda Byrne Lynch
Chandra Kearny
Kathy Meade
Eileen McGinty
Marlene Arteta
Vikki Spiteri
Lauren Dickson
Laura Abutkhalaf

Sincere thanks to everyone that has supported PTO Pizza Days!



Rescheduled to Monday, June 3rd

Due to the wet field and the predicted rain overnight through tomorrow, Field Day is rescheduled for Monday, June 3.

The PTO is excited to support this year’s field day again by providing fun inflatable obstacle courses as one of the outdoor activities!

Be sure your student wears comfortable clothes (and shoes) and brings a water bottle to school!


Thank You!

Thank you to our 5th Grade Party Committee for planning a fun night of dancing and celebrating for our 5th grade students (and their parents) as they prepare to move on to Lincoln Middle School.

Committee Chair
Marlene Arteta

Committee Members
Heather Moore
Jenny Rubin
Colleen Aloise
Cristina Chahin
Vickie Laborne
Sarah Higgins


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