PTO Membership Update

If you purchased a Premium Membership to the PTO, you should have received your hard copy of the PTO Membership Student Directory and Roosevelt Tigers window cling.  If you have not, please contact Vikki Spiteri at vikki_spiteri@hotmail.com.


All members of the PTO have access to the on line directory and should be receiving the PTO blasts, which usually go out on Wednesdays and Sundays.

If you have any questions, please let us know at prrooseveltpto@gmail.com.  Thank you so much for helping your PTO support Roosevelt and our students!



Red Ribbon Week is October 17 – 21, 2016!

This year Roosevelt will be sponsoring Red Ribbon Week from October 17 through October 21, 2016.    Each day will have a fun theme to remind kids the importance of staying drug free.  The Student Council, in cooperation with the PTO, also hangs red ribbons around the Roosevelt campus.  red_ribbon_week_paw


Monday:         Put Your Thinking Cap On  (Wear your favorite hat)

 Tuesday:         Sock it to Drugs (Silly Sock Day)

Wednesday:    Be on a Drug Free Team  (Wear your favorite team apparel)

 Thursday:       Dream Big About Your Future  (Pajama Day)

Friday:            Red Rally Day  (Roosevelt Students are Awesome!  Celebrate our Students by Wearing RED!)


Principal Day is October 21st!


Roosevelt is lucky to have a great principal!  If you have a moment, take the time on Friday, October 21, 2016 to let Dr. Dwyer know he is appreciated!


Tiger Trot 2016 Rocks!

We are overcome with gratitude and joy for all of the wonderful support, energy and enthusiasm that went into Tiger Trot 2016!  Thank you to all that made the Tiger Trot such a successful event and Roosevelt such a wonderful place for our kids to grow!

If you have any pictures you would like posted on our web page or Facebook, please email them to prrooseveltpto@gmail.com.

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Family Roller Skating Party

Family Roller Skating Party


Sunday, October 23, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Orbit Skate Center

615 S Consumers Ave, Palatine, IL 60074

Free Admission (Paid for by the Roosevelt PTO).  Roller state rental is available.

Please join us!


Last Tiger Chat Before the Big Day!

 Let’s listen here as Theodore learns the Tiger Trot was moved to this Friday, October 7, 2016!  Here’s hoping for great weather!



Tiger Chat is Back Again!

ms1988sm-1Theodore is so bummed he has to wait until next Friday, October 7, 2016 to cheer on the kids!

Until then, listen in on last Friday’s Tiger Chat here!


The September 16th Tiger Chat is here!

Last Friday, September 16th, Theodore the Tiger chatted over the morning school announcements again with our PTO Tiger Trot volunteer!

Let’s listen in here!


The kids are really getting excited about the the run on September 30, 2016!  Get your pledges in soon!


We love our Public Library!


Need Homework Help? Don’t miss out on the amazing resources accessible only with your Park Ridge library card. Head over to www.parkridgelibary.org, click on Research & Learn, then click Databases on the left.  Over 60 databases are listed in alphabetical order which may be overwhelming. In order to narrow down the possibilities, click on the Homework category at the top.

Working on a book report? Try Literature Resource Center and Biography in Context!

Need to consult a reference book? Try the Gale Virtual Reference Library!

Do you need help with math or language arts skills? Try the practice tests available within Learning Express Library!

These are just a few of the options you have if you visit the Park Ridge Public Library online! To learn more of the resources at your fingertips contact Reference at (847) 720-3230.


Getting Ready for Tiger Trot!

Everyone at Roosevelt is getting ready for the Tiger Trot on September 30, 2016!

The kids are getting in shape by running in gym class and everyone is having a blast learning the Tiger Trot Dance!

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Deadline to Join PTO Extended

LAST CALL to be included in the PTO directory. We have extended the deadline one more week, until September 22, 2016 at 8 pm, if you want to be included in the printed directory (very helpful for party invites and play dates.)

Our membership is up from previous years, but we don’t want anyone left out! PTO membership in 2014-2015 was 60%. Membership in 2015-2016 was 71% and this year we are up to 75% thus far! 335 out of 450 families are currently members! Can we get an 80%?

Being included in the directory is nice, but the overall benefits your PTO dues go towards are the most important reason to join. The $20 or $25 dues, and the other PTO purchases throughout the year, go directly to your student(s) and the teachers who educate them. These are things that your tax dollars cannot go towards, but they make Roosevelt and your child’s education even more enriching.

Here is list of most of the events the PTO runs through your donation of money and time:

  • Aquarium in the library,
  • Art Student Frames,
  • Author Visits,
  • Battle of the Books,
  • Cultural Events/Assemblies,
  • Daddy Daughter Dance,
  • ELF,
  • Faculty Gifts  & Grants,
  • Fifth Grade Parade,
  • Fifth Grade Party,
  • Food Days,
  • Garden,
  • Institute Day Lunch,
  • Mother Son Event,
  • Outdoor Beautification,
  • Patrol Party,
  • Red Ribbon Week Activities,
  • Scholarships,
  • Scholastic Book Fair,
  • School Picnic,
  • School Spirit Wear,
  • School Supplies,
  • Science Fair,
  • Six Flags Reading Program,
  • Skating Party,
  • Spring Family Fun Night,
  • Staff Appreciation Week,
  • Thank You Gifts,
  • Track Resurfacing,
  • TIger Trot,
  • V Show,
  • Veterans Day,
  • Yearbook Committee and more.


This Week’s Tiger Chat!

Our Theodore the Tiger talked to the kids on the announcements last Friday!


Let’s listen in here.

This week the Tiger explained the prizes and the deadlines for the pledges.

If the sound on the Tiger Chat isn’t working on your computer, you can learn more about the available prizes and deadlines here.

Let’s go Roosevelt Tigers!


Great Fun at Back to School Picnic!

Roosevelt PTO sponsored our annual Back to School Picnic last Friday, September 9, 2016!   We were a little worried about the weather, but the rain held off and the weather cooled just a bit for a lovely evening on the lawn.

Over 525 children attended the event!!


This year we had six inflatables, including a wrecking ball, 77′ obstacle course, the hungry hippo, and giant trikes.  There were six carnival games and a craft table!


The DJ led the kids in dance after dance!

The PTO also invited various vendors and community organizations to join in the fun.  There were tables sponsored by the Park Ridge Library, Wildwood Nature Center, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Eagle Scout Jack Heneghen with his Buddy Bench program, Spuntino’s Pizza, and Lisa’s Italian Ice.  Advocate Lutheran General’s Children’s Department raffled off a bike helmet and lots of coloring books.

 The Spirit Wear fashion show was also a big hit and had appearances by many of our own Tiger kids, Dr. Dwyer, Ms. Albans and Theodore the Tiger Mascot!

How did all of this happen?  In addition to our PTO Committee, there were over 50 volunteers,  including 4 Boy Scouts and several teens looking for service hours from Maine South National Honor Society and St. Paul of the Cross.

We want to extend a very special Tiger Thank You to our Back to School Picnic committee members:  

Vicki Spiteri, Mary Beth Murphy, Jill Besenjek, Kristie Welke and Diane Scully!


Order Your Spirit Wear Today!

Spirit Wear sales for the fall session ends on September 23, 2016.  There is something for everyone in the family!

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 Roosevelt is encouraging everyone to wear either their spirit wear or blue and orange on the first Friday of every month.

If you would like a copy of the order form, click here.  Simply fill out the form, address your check to “Roosevelt PTO” and drop it off in the PTO Mailbox in the school office.

Thank you for your support and



Upcoming ELF Events

ELF has two great events coming up next week.

On Tuesday, Parent University launches its first session with Google Apps for Education.  Click here for more information.

On Thursday, ELF is having a Paint Nite Fundraiser at Moretti’s.  Click here for more information.


Tiger Trot Chat

Tiger Chat has started!

Every week our Tiger talks to the kids during the morning announcements!

This year we get to listen in!  Click here!






Hot Lunch Update


The Roosevelt PTO is fortunate to be able to sponsor a hot lunch option for Roosevelt students three days per week for the 2016-2017 school year. We understand the importance of this program to our families, and we appreciate your support.

Spuntino’s will start delivering pizza slices on Wednesdays beginning on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. The last day to order Spuntino’s is this Friday, September 2, 2016.

Healthy Kids Kitchen is available to provide lunches on Mondays and Fridays starting October 3, 2016. Orders will be taken from September 10- 27, 2016.

As a result of new requirements put into place by District 64, there will be some changes to the hot lunch program. For the 2016-2017 year, the District is requiring the following: (1) increased insurance requirements for food vendors serving to the schools in the District; (2) food safety training by all volunteers serving food to students; and (3) all food served to the students must be served solely by volunteers and not the vendor suppliers. The latter two of these requirements has made it so that we have been unable to get the number of parent volunteers necessary to serve the lunches as we previously did.

These changes have resulted in a slight increase to the per-piece price for the pizza as our vendor, Spuntino’s, has had an increase in its insurance costs.

With respect to the food arriving from Healthy Kids Kitchen, the food will now be prepackaged before it arrives to Roosevelt, resulting in a significant decrease in the number of volunteers necessary to run the program. Volunteers will check off the names of students and each students will pick up a prepackaged hot lunch and cold side. However, as prepackaging the food results in a significant increase in labor and packaging for Healthy Kids Kitchen (and it has also had an increase in insurance rates), the per meal price for Healthy Kids Kitchen will be $5.45 this year.

This is likely the last year the hot lunch program will be sponsored by the PTO, as the District has indicated that it will be taking over the hot lunch program next year and volunteers will no longer be utilized. We thank the many parents who have taken the food safety training course and will continue to help us provide this program this year. We greatly appreciate your time and efforts!


Back to School Picnic

Roosevelt PTO’s Back to School Picnic is scheduled for Friday, September 9, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Go to Back to School Picnic for all the details!


Collect Box Tops for Roosevelt!

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This year Roosevelt will be collecting Box Tops to raise money for our school.  Last year, the PTO earned over $1,300 collecting Box Tops.  Let’s try to reach $2,000 this year! 

Box Tops coupons are found on packages of hundreds of products that you probably use every day.  Each Box Tops coupon is worth ten cents, so the coupons add up fast!!!  Click here for a link to Box Tops products.  

All you need to do is:

Cut the Box Tops off the product with expiration date visible.  Expired coupons are not accepted.

  1.  Tape/glue Box Tops to a collection sheet or place them in zippered plastic bags in groups of 50.  
  2.  Place Bonus Box Tops certificates in a separate plastic bag or paper clip to collection sheet.
  3.  Send them to school with your child.

We will be collecting Box Tops all year long, but our first submission deadline is at the beginning of November.  Start saving and sending in your Box Tops today!  Also, be sure to ask grandparents, aunts and uncles to collect Box Tops for your child too.  You can check out www.boxtops4education.com for more information about Box Tops.

Click here for additional collection sheets.   

Any questions?  Please contact Kerry Allegretti (sunshinerunner@yahoo.com) or Sarah Chacko (sarah.a.chacko@gmail.com).  



Amazon Smile Program

The Roosevelt PTO is now a registered nonprofit organization for the Amazon Smile Program.  You simply select Roosevelt PTO as your charity of choice, and .5% of your purchases will be donated to the Roosevelt PTO to be used for programs like teacher’s gifts, the roller skating party, author visits, maker space items, etc.

Just go to the Amazon Smile Program and select the Roosevelt PTO.  Thank you for your support!


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