Grade Level Recess Buckets

Grade Level Recess – Buckets of Fun
Last year, the PTO put together large “Recess Buckets” (one per grade) stocked with a variety of balls and outdoor toys to be used and shared during each grade-level recess. The buckets could use a spring refresh as many items by this point of the year have been lost or have no air in them.

If you have any gently used (or new) items you would like to donate, your child can bring those items to school. They can add them to their grade level’s bucket, which is found by their classroom.

Suggested items include:
basketballs, soccer balls, footballs, beanbags for hopscotch, playground balls for 4-square, and jump ropes.
Thanks for your help and support!


Last Chance!

Yearbook Orders due by this Friday (March 22)!

There will be no opportunity to extend this deadline or accept late orders as the yearbook will be going to print.

CLICK HERE to order your yearbook for the
2018-2019 school year!
*You will have to log in to your MySchoolAnywhere account.  Then click the “Our Store” button at the top to access the yearbook orders.

Each yearbook costs $25.00.



Upcoming Volleyball Events

District 64 Volleyball Night

Summer Volleyball Camp


Volunteers Needed

 We’re looking for some volunteers to help with the
Big Birthday Bash on
Friday, April 5th!

Set up tables and decorations after school (4:00 – 6:00 p.m.).

Lend a hand during the event (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.) by serving food, helping out with the photo booth, greeting people, or supervising the bounce house.

Pack it up and shut it down when the party’s over (8:00 – 9:00 p.m.)

 CLICK HERE for details and to sign up today!
*You will have to log in to your MySchoolAnywhere account. Then click the“SignUp” button at the top.

Thank you in advance for helping to make this event a success!


Primary Birthday Bash!



Friday, April 5th
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Roosevelt School

The Big Birthday Bash is an event for Kindergarten-2nd grade students and an adult chaperone. There will be a DJ, bounce house, and photo booth as well as pizza and dessert! We’ll also be singing Happy 90th Birthday to Roosevelt.

Tickets are $25 per adult/student and
$10 for each additional student.​​​​​

CLICK HERE to order your tickets for the event! 
*You will have to log in to your MySchoolAnywhere account. Then click the“Our Store” button at the top to access the tickets.

We hope to see you there!



We have another Colorcycle marker collection coming up this Friday! We welcome any brand of used markers, dry erase markers and highlighters. Students can put the used markers in one of the bins located on each floor of Roosevelt to be recycled.


And That’s A Wrap!

V-SHOW 2019

The Greatest V-Show

What an amazing weekend of performances!

The four shows featured over 260 students participating in song and dance numbers, skits or tech crew.

None of this would be possible without the dedication of the many, many parent volunteers and for that we are tremendously grateful!

Special thanks to our writers, producers, directors, and band members who spend months planning and creating this production, as well as committee chairs and coaches that give countless hours of their time, creativity and talents to make the V-Show a memorable experience for all.

Laura Abukhalaf, Mary Chapman, Kim Freedman, and Kate Zoll

Amy Hattery, Katie Mazukelli, and Katie Ranalli

Writing Chair
Darren Strotman

Writing Team
Brian Chaplin, Tyler Hattery, Erika Labutka, Nancy Lynch, Joe Kontuly, Dan Maigler, and Kyle Woods

Sara Eng, Stu Eng, Gina Lakin, Jamie Rubin, and Kirk Davis

And…thank you to Dr. Dwyer, Ms. Sobotka and the Roosevelt staff (especially our custodians) for supporting the production throughout the long weekend!

Thanks, everyone! Until Next Year…


St. Baldrick’s

Roosevelt Elementary is once again taking a stand against
childhood cancer and raising money for
St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Last year the Roosevelt team raised over $16,000!
All money raised is used locally to help fund pediatric cancer research right here in our area.  Let’s see what we can do this year!

Sign up to be a “Shavee”  
Because kids with cancer often lose their hair during treatment, “shavees” show their support by shaving their heads voluntarily, and inspiring friends and family to donate money to support childhood cancer research.
Click here to join the Roosevelt Team!

Make a Donation
Consider donating money to support our school team and this great cause
(click here).

Attend the Shave Event 
Show your support and join in on the fun at the local shaving event:

Saturday, April 6th
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
At The Harp & Fiddle

There will be many family friendly activities at the shave event this year and fun ways for people in the community to get involved without shaving!

CLICK HERE to make a donation or learn more about the Roosevelt Team.


Volunteer Interest Survey

Attention 3rd and 4th Grade Parents!

The PTO is seeking feedback as to whether there is interest in having a volleyball league at Roosevelt, similar to the other District 64 schools. This would be for 4th and 5th grade students during the 2019-2020 school year. The volleyball league would run for 7 weeks from the beginning of February until the middle of March. Please click the link below to take a short survey for us. Thanks!

Click here to fill out volleyball survey!


Cold weather day lunch information

Cold Weather Day Lunch Information

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Due to the school closing last Wednesday, students missed a pizza lunch day. The PTO will take the pizza orders from that day and provide the teachers with a pizza lunch during Teacher Appreciation Week in May. If you have any questions, you can Click Here to email the PTO.


New PTO Committee

The Roosevelt PTO is very excited to announce the formation of a new committee called the
All-Abilities Committee. 

The mission of this committee is to promote awareness, community, acceptance, and advocacy of students with all abilities and their parents at Roosevelt School.

All of our children are special; however some have special needs.  There are over 600 kids with IEP’s and over 200 kids with 504’s in D64.  Parents of kids with various abilities want the same things for their kids as all parents want – for their kids to have friends, be included and participate in school activities.

Because the PTO is the engine for many student events, we feel it would be highly beneficial to have the All Abilities committee facilitate the best way to include kids with differing abilities, raise disability awareness and embrace diversity.

Our goal is to work together to create an environment where kids learn to embrace and accept differences and grow up to be kind, compassionate and empathic human beings.

The co-chairpersons for this new committee are Maura Cullen and April Mosier.  They have children attending Roosevelt and are actively involved in various committees in the school district.  They are committed to helping kids reach their full potential.

If you would like to participate in the committee, be included in informational emails or just have the time to contribute and share ideas please email Maura at All volunteers are welcome to join.
The dates and time for the upcoming meetings of the All-Abilities Committee will be announced in future communications.


Volunteers for 2019-2020

It’s hard to believe it’s that time already but the PTO Executive Board is starting to build the team of volunteers for the 2019-20 school year.

There are so many different ways to volunteer and lots of committees to choose from!  CLICK HERE to view a complete list.  Submit your name and contact information to express interest!

 Some specific opportunities available for next year include:

Book Fair
Work with Mrs. Handlon to organize a fall and spring book fair at Roosevelt.

Teacher Appreciation/Institute Day Lunch
Coordinate a lunch for Roosevelt Staff on the institute day before school begins as well as plan Teacher Appreciation Week in May.

Primary Event
Help plan the event for Kindergarten-2nd grade students held in the spring

Intermediate Event
Help plan the event for 3rd-5th grade students held in the fall

Executive Board Positions
CLICK HERE to learn more about the current Executive Board and each of their roles.  There are several openings on the board for next school year.

Curious about what it takes to serve on the PTO Board?
Email the current board members with your questions.
We’re a friendly bunch…promise!

Send a general email to the PTO at

Join us at the next General Meeting and bring your questions:
Rescheduled due to the cold weather – a new date and time will be sent out soon!

CLICK HERE to submit a Volunteer Form today!


Join the Lunchroom Green Team!

Click Here to sign up to volunteer! 

Questions? Contact Tracey Edsey at


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!

*Thursday, March 14th- School Board Candidate Forum 7:00 p.m.
*Friday/Saturday, March 15th & 16th- Lincoln Middle School Musical
*March 25th Week- Spring Break
*Friday, April 5th- Primary Event- Happy Birthday Roosevelt 6-8 p.m.
*Saturday, April 6th – St. Baldrick’s Shave Event



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