Carpenter Courier

October 24, 2019

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Principal's Corner

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The year is going quickly, isn't it? It's been another terrific learning month at Carpenter! We look forward to seeing all of you at parent-teacher conferences next month.

In November, our focus skill will be on the appropriate expression of feelings: Know How You Feel November. We teach our children that everyone experiences feelings and we help them to identify those feelings. As we often share with our children, the most important thing is how we express and share those feelings appropriately and encourage and support one another. As we enter the month of November, please use our work here at school to continue conversations with your children at home helping them to identify their feelings and express them appropriately. Help them to understand that it's okay to become frustrated, but help them with strategies to manage their frustration; starting with identifying their feelings. There often are feelings hidden behind frustration such as fear, embarrassment, sadness, self-doubt that can lead to frustration. By helping children identify how they are feeling, it helps them to identify the right strategies to effectively manage them.

I hope to see as many of you as possible at the ELF Halloween Hustle this Saturday. We will be meeting in our staff parking lot at 6:55 a.m. and leaving to go to Hodges Park at 7:30 a.m. Please feel free to bring decorations for your car as well (optional).


Mr. Brett Balduf, Principal

Carpenter Elementary School


Parent-Teacher conferences will be taking place in November (Thursday 11/7, Tuesday 11/12, Thursday 11/14). If you haven't signed up yet, Friday, November 1st is the deadline to utilize our Sign-up Genius. We will be creating master lists, so any changes that may be necessary after November 1st should be directly communicated with the teacher.


Picture Retake Day

School picture retakes are scheduled for Monday, October 28, 2019, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The photographer will be here for approximately one hour. P.M. Kindergarten parents can bring children in at 8:30 a.m. for their picture.

If your child was absent, new to our school, or did not previously order pictures but you want to now, you have this opportunity for a retake.

If you feel the pictures taken earlier this month were unacceptable, the pictures must be returned the day of retakes. Instructions for retakes, as well as ordering additional prints, were enclosed in the original picture package. Extra order forms are available in the school office.


(The survey is really important. Many kids don't always know if they are supposed to have the retake or not. When we try to organize and schedule, it becomes disruptive to instruction when we call for kids to come to take retakes and even those who don't need a retake start to ask their teacher because they aren't sure - mainly our younger students. Please let us know so we can plan and schedule accordingly).

Halloween Hustle

Hundreds will "Hustle" at annual ELF benefit. . .still time to join! Other schools are making a final push to take the trophy away from Carpenter. Come join us!

The District 64 Elementary Learning Foundation (ELF) expects a big crowd at its third annual Halloween Hustle on Saturday, October 26. The family-friendly 5k run/walk begins at 8:00 a.m. at Hodges Park. "Day-of" registration will open at 6:30 a.m. See more details here!

Schools are actively competing to see who will have the highest participation percentage in the event and a friendly rivalry between schools continues to drive registration. The winning school is awarded the coveted ELF trophy for 2019.

Interest in the logo contest was high with about 100 student entries. The winning design came from second-grader Declan Kerrigan of Field School. His design of pumpkins running in the race will be featured on the bibs and t-shirts.

Starting and ending in beautiful Hodges Park, the loop will allow for a 5k Run or Walk, as well as a shorter 3k distance. The event is stroller-friendly for those too little to run. There is even a Tiny Tike Trot loop around Hodges Park for participants aged 5 and under! Participants are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes!

The event is the largest fundraiser for ELF and funds raised go directly to teachers and schools to support innovation grants.


Friday, October 25th:

2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Packet pick up at Dick Pond Athletics - 29 S. Prospect Ave.


We​ ​have​ ​many​ ​exciting​ ​upcoming​ ​events​ ​for​ ​Halloween.​ ​​​We​ ​have​ ​set​ ​expectations​ ​for​ ​our​ ​children​ ​regarding Halloween​ ​activities​ ​and​ ​participation​ ​and​ ​we​ ​need​ ​your​ ​help​ ​reinforcing​ ​these​ ​expectations.​ ​​​The​ ​PTO​ ​will​ ​be hosting​ ​the​ ​annual​ ​Halloween​ ​festivities​ ​on​ ​Friday,​ ​October​ ​25th​ ​from​ ​6:00​ ​–​ ​8:00​ ​p.m.​ ​​​The​ ​trunk-or-treat event​ ​runs​ ​from​ ​5:45​ ​–​ ​6:15​ ​p.m.​ ​and​ ​will​ ​be​ ​in​ ​the​ ​teachers’​ ​parking​ ​lot.

We​ ​will​ ​be​ ​celebrating​ ​Halloween​ ​at​ ​Carpenter​ ​on​ ​Thursday​, ​October​ ​31st.​ ​​​Parties​ ​will​ ​take​ ​place​ ​throughout the​​ day ​​based​​ on​​ homeroom ​​teacher​​ discretion. ​​​​We​​ will​​ have​​ our annual school​​ parade​​ that​​ will​​ start​​ at​​ 3:10​​ p.m.​​​​

It is​ ​important​ ​that​ ​your​ ​child/​children​ ​follow​ ​theses​ ​expectations​.

*Children should be able to see and be able to navigate the school and many people - nothing should be obstructing their vision.

*Costumes​ ​should​ ​permit​ ​students​ ​to​ ​sit,​ ​move​ ​around​ ​the​ ​room​ ​and​ ​use​ ​the​ ​bathroom​ ​without​ ​assistance.

*All​ ​costumes​ ​must​ ​be​ ​of​ ​a​ ​NON-VIOLENT​ ​nature​ ​and​ ​appropriate​ ​for​ ​the​ ​school​ ​setting​ ​during​ ​the​ ​day​ ​and in​ ​the​ ​evening.​ ​

*NO​ ​WEAPONS​ ​or​ ​“look​-alike​ ​weapons”​ ​are​ ​to​ ​be​ ​brought​ ​to​ ​school,​ ​even​ ​if​ ​they​ ​are​ ​part​ ​of​ ​a​ ​costume.​ ​

*Costumes​ ​should​ ​be​ ​brought​ ​to​ ​school​​ ​​(except​ ​for​ ​A.M.​ ​Kindergarten).​ ​​​They​ ​will​ ​be​ ​worn​ ​AFTER​ ​lunch only.​ ​​​Children​ ​will​ ​change​ ​into​ ​their​ ​costumes​ ​during​ ​lunch/recess​ ​time.​ ​

*Please​ ​do​ ​not​ ​bring​ ​any​ ​spray​ ​cans​ ​to​ ​school.

*When​ ​coming​ ​to​ ​the​ ​PTO​ ​event​ ​on​ ​Friday,​ ​October​ ​25th,​ ​your​ ​children​ ​must​ ​be​ ​accompanied​ ​by​ ​an​ ​adult.

*Please​ ​do​ ​not​ ​send​ ​food​ ​items/candy​ ​for​ ​your​ ​child​ ​to​ ​share​ ​with​ ​their​ ​class​ ​or​ ​take​ ​home.​ ​​​Other​ ​items​ ​such as​ ​stickers,​ ​pencils,​ ​etc.​ ​are​ ​permitted.​ ​​​ (This doesn't include Trunk or Treat).


On​ ​Thursday,​ ​October​ ​31st,​ ​the​ ​children​ ​will​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Annual​ ​Carpenter​ ​Costume​ ​parade.​ ​​​This traditional​ ​event​ ​will​ ​begin​ ​with​ ​the​ ​morning​ ​Kindergarten​ ​classes,​ ​parading​ ​in​ ​and​ ​outside​ ​of​ ​the​ ​building​ ​​at approximately​ ​11:20​ ​a.m.​ ​​​​The​ ​“All”​ ​school​ ​parade​ ​will​ ​begin​ ​at​ ​​3:10​ ​p.m.​​ ​​​Our​ ​students​ ​will​ ​be​ ​parading outside​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Carpenter​ ​School​ ​building​ ​as​ ​well.​ ​​​​Parents​ ​are​ ​invited​ ​to​ ​line​ ​the​ ​parade​ ​route​ ​in​ ​the​ ​front​ ​of the​ ​building​ ​to​ ​videotape​ ​or​ ​photograph​ ​theirchildren​ ​as​ ​they​ ​walk​ ​by.​ ​​​In​ ​the​ ​event​ ​of​ ​poor​ ​weather,​ ​the parade​ ​will​ ​be​ ​canceled​ ​and​ ​parentswill​ ​be​ ​notified​ ​via​ ​​​school​ ​messenger.

Only​ ​room​ ​parents​ ​and​ ​notified​ ​volunteers​ ​should​ ​be​ ​in​ ​the​ ​classrooms​ ​for​ ​the​ ​parties.​ ​​​There​ ​should​ ​be​ ​no younger​ ​children​ ​attending.​​ ​​​​​Room​ ​parents​ ​should​ ​check​ ​in​ ​just​ ​outside​ ​the​ ​office.

It​ ​is​ ​extremely​ ​important​ ​that​ ​the​ ​rules​ ​above​ ​be​ ​followed​ ​for​ ​a​ ​successful​ ​and​ ​safe​ ​event.​ ​​​In​ ​advance,​ ​we​ ​thank you​ ​for​ ​your​ ​cooperation.

A.M.​ ​Kindergarten​ ​only

Party times determined by homeroom teacher

11:20​ ​a.m.​ ​–​ ​A.M.​ ​Kindergarten​ ​Parade
11:40​ ​a.m.​ ​–​ ​A.M.​ ​Kindergarten​ ​Dismissal

P.M.​ ​Kindergarten​ ​and​ ​Grades​ ​1-5
Party​ ​times​ ​determined​ ​by​ ​homeroom​ ​teachers

3:10​ ​p.m.​ ​–​ ​Parade​ ​begins
3:30​ ​p.m.​ ​–​ ​Dismissal


Mr.​ ​Brett​ ​Balduf Principal

Halloween Costume Helper

For the past couple of years, we've asked for volunteers to come in during our student lunch/recess time to help them with their Halloween costumes. Since the students put on their costumes during indoor recess on Halloween, it is too challenging for our lunch supervisors to supervise and help the students with costumes, so our awesome parents have helped the past couple of years. If you could help again this year, please fill out the survey below and Mr. Balduf will contact you either way next Monday, October 28th.


D64 School Closing Guidelines

As the seasons change…keep school closing guidelines in mind

District 64's guidelines focus on wind chill and use the National Weather Service distinctions between an advisory and a warning (among other factors) when considering whether schools will be closed. As always, our first priority is the safety of students and staff when making decisions on when schools are closed. Make sure you know about our School Closing Guidelines before the bad weather hits! Here's to a safe winter ahead!

School Board Members Day

Students to honor School Board Members at November meeting

District 64 invites all members of our community to join us in thanking the members of our Board of Education for their contributions to public education on School Board Members Day officially celebrated across Illinois on Friday, November 15.

Lincoln Middle School students will have the honor of presenting certificates of appreciation to our Board at its regular meeting on Monday, November 11.

Our Board includes: Rick Biagi, President; Tom Sotos, Vice President; Carol Sales, Secretary; and members Fred Sanchez, Larry Ryles, Dr. Denise Pearl and Rebecca Little. Contact Board members personally via email through our website or #ThankABoardMember on social media! A roster of former Board members back to 1968 also is available here.

The 2019 statewide theme – Transform Vision into Reality – highlights board members’ critical role in creating lasting education opportunities that reflect the desires of the Park Ridge community.

District 64 encourages all local residents to take this once-a-year opportunity to thank these seven community volunteers for their oversight of the education of about 4,600 students supported by the work of more than 600 staff members.

Principal Appreciation Day

Thank a Principal on Principal Appreciation Day

District 64 is joining with other schools across Illinois on Friday, Oct. 25 to celebrate Principal Appreciation Day as a part of the nationwide Principal Appreciation Month.

We are asking all members of our school communities to thank their principals for their hard work and commitment to educational excellence.

While this honor happens each year at this time, we should remember that our principals earn our respect and appreciation each and every day. These school leaders face many challenges day-in and day-out, yet they continue to set the tone for educational excellence. Their positive attitude inspires our teachers and lifts students to greater success and their work with families and the community helps build successful learning environments for all students. Principals remain a key aspect of the many positive achievements happening daily in District 64.

Please take this time to thank our District 64 principals for their leadership and dedication through social media (#ThankAPrincipal), with a phone call, email or greeting card. View the District 64 staff directory to contact your school’s principal.

Carpenter Book Fair

We are very excited that Carpenter is hosting an Usborne Books & More book fair! You will have the opportunity to shop at Carpenter School during Parent Teacher Conferences on Tuesday, 11/12 and Thursday, 11/14 from 3:30 - 8:00 p.m. By participating in this book fair, Carpenter will receive 50% back in FREE BOOKS for the LRC. If you are unable to attend the book fair, you are welcome to shop online anytime, now through November 14th. All orders through the online shopping site will count towards the school's free book rewards as well. If you choose to have your online order shipped to Carpenter, shipping is free!

Please follow the link to order online at:

Greek/Italian Dance Club

The Dance Club is back at Carpenter. See the flyer below. If you are interested in having your child participate, you need to complete the registration sign-up.



Please do not smoke or vape while on school grounds. We would also appreciate if you have someone else pick up your child to share that information with them as well.

Kiwanis Club Food Fundraiser


The Park Ridge Kiwanis Club has again taken up the challenge to provide holiday food baskets to School District 64 families in need. But this year the Club will do it without a fundraising event at a local restaurant.

Instead, the Kiwanis will focus on accepting donations online to help more than 100 families in District 64 that fall below the poverty level. The website link is expected to be ready in early November and be open until early December. The link will be promoted in District 64’s weekly


In the meantime, cash donations will be accepted through the mail at Kiwanis Holiday Food Basket Fundraiser ℅ Frank Kaminiski, 200 S. Vine, Park Ridge, IL 60068.


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