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, 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 for more information about Box Tops.

Click here for additional collection sheets.   

Any questions?  Please contact Kerry Allegretti ( or Sarah Chacko (  



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!



Institute Day Luncheon is a Success!

On the day before school, approximately 80 staff members from Roosevelt School come together to get their classrooms ready and learn about any changes for the new year.  And each year, the Roosevelt PTO provides a sit down meal for the teachers, administrators and custodians.

This year, Roosevelt’s hard working staff enjoyed lunch from Corky’s Catering.   They dined on fried and herbed roasted chicken, macaroni and cheese, California salad, potato salad, rolls, and dessert.  The lunch allows everyone to get a break from getting their classrooms and school ready for the students coming in the next day.  The staff  from the various classrooms and departments enjoy lunch together, reconnect after the summer and plan for the year ahead.   Mrs. O’Donnell says our volunteers “always do such a great job” and that “it’s really appreciated!”

So we want to thank our chairs Sara Eng and Judy Kron for putting together this great event for the 7th year in a row!  Roosevelt is off to a great start!



Hot Lunch Update

Spuntino’s Pizza Day will begin Wednesday, September 7, 2016.  If we get enough trained volunteers, Healthy Kids Kitchen will begin supplying lunch on Mondays and Fridays on Monday, October 3, 2016.

As many of you know, the District and the School Board instituted a few changes to the hot lunch program this year.  The primary one is that ALL volunteers serving lunch must receive training by either a designated District employee, a Park Ridge health department employee or through a certified on line food handler course.   We have enough volunteers to start serving pizza in September, but cannot start serving Healthy Kids Kitchen lunches on Mondays and Fridays until we have enough parents who have gone through the training course.

Currently, we have been provided Friday, August 19, 2016 and Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 9 a.m. at Raymond E. Hendee Educational Service Center (ESC)
164 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068.  This course will be taught by a Park Ridge health department employee.   This class lasts approximately 30 minutes long with an opportunity to ask questions after it.  We have been advised by the District that they will also be providing a class taught during the lunch hour for our working parents who take their lunch to help with the program.

If you are interested in taking one of the currently scheduled classes, please email us at  Thank you to all our volunteers who have already taken the course or are signed up for one of the scheduled classes.


School Supply Boxes Delivered!

You know the school supplies many of you ordered? You know how you didn’t have to fight the craziness at Target this past week? Well, an amazing group of volunteers made these school supplies showing up in the classroom possible. They broke down skids of boxes, separating and delivering 399 school supply kits, 43 backpacks/lunchboxes/thermos bundles and 125 headphones! While many of us were enjoying the last few days of summer, they helped Thursday morning, Thursday afternoon, Friday and Monday!

So if you see any of the following families at pick up or the bus stop or really anywhere, please give them a big thank you: the Wasielewskis, the Bruces, the Skutchs, and the Meullners, Annie Monak, and Phedra Corvo (and her teen daughter, Maddie).

Lastly, we want to give a special thanks to Karen Burkum. She took on the huge task of updating the grade supply lists to be more useful, researching the supply companies, and organizing the volunteers. She did an amazing job and we are so grateful to have her as a part of the Roosevelt family. Thank you, Karen!

(Also, if you forgot to get headphones this year, Karen has a few extra so reach out to her at


Join the Roosevelt PTO!

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In the next few weeks, if you have a child or children at Roosevelt, you will be receiving an email that explains how to join the PTO for the 2016-2017 year.  Joining the Roosevelt PTO is easier than ever this year.  You will click on a link to our My School Anywhere on line directory and purchase the membership in the “store” on the web page.

This year, we will have two levels of membership.  In addition to our Standard membership for $20, you will have the option of selecting a Premium level membership for $25.

With our Standard membership, you receive online directory access, mobile App access, and PTO e-blasts.  With the Premium level of membership, you will also receive a hard copy of the directory and a Roosevelt Tiger window cling for your car!  Either level you chose, your donation will support the many programs the PTO sponsors that don’t pay for themselves, like author visits, teacher appreciation events, and student assemblies.

Let’s see if we can get PTO Membership at an all time high this year and make it the best year ever at Roosevelt!


Welcome to the new Roosevelt PTO Website!

We are thrilled to unveil our new and improved Roosevelt PTO Website!

The new website has a lot of great features that will make keeping informed about PTO activities and Roosevelt easier than ever.  If you look to your right, you will see a column of very handy information.  It includes a calendar with PTO and school sponsored events and links to help you order hot lunches (when ordering is available).  With a click of a button, you can be taken straight to the District’s web page or Roosevelt’s web page.

The menu on the top takes you to more information about the PTO, the hot lunch program and many more of the events and programs sponsored by your PTO.  Take a moment to look around!

We are also excited to announce that we will be using the website to sign up for activities and to make purchases.  We will no longer be using Revtrak.

As we work out the kinks  in the system, feel free to contact us with suggestions or corrections.  We will continue to add additional helpful information and updates.

This project has been the result of many volunteer hours and we are happy to present it to you!


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