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



Roosevelt Community Garden

The school garden needs some summer loving!

We are finished planting and we’ve got seedlings, seeds and plants getting cozy in the soil!  Make sure to stop by and say hello to the garden that the kindergarten classes helped to plant. And now we need to keep those plants growing throughout the summer.

We are looking for families to volunteer to care for the garden over the summer (June 3 – August 25).  Duties include watering every day (unless it rains), weeding, and tidying the garden.  Talking to the plants is optional, but encouraged.

We are asking families to commit to a full week of care (Monday through Sunday).  You will need to bring your own garden tools, but hose/buckets are provided.  The time of day you water is flexible, but it is best to avoid the peak sun hours (10am – 3pm) if possible.

CLICK HERE if you are interested in taking care of the
garden for a week this summer or email the garden club at rooseveltschoolgarden@gmail.com .

Thank you very much for helping our garden grow!


Many Thanks!

Thank you to the following volunteers for coordinating a wonderful week of appreciation for our outstanding teachers and staff!

Committee Chair
Sarah Eng

Committee Members
Mary Beth Magad
Christina Chahin
Fran Thompson
Danielle Hartung
Laurie Honza Runtz
Aliza Steurer
Tiffany Clements
Lauren Dickson

Thank you to everyone who took the time to stop by and shop our Book Fair last week.  It was a great success!  We look forward to using a portion of those proceeds to make some exciting new book purchases for Roosevelt.

Thank you, especially, to Mrs. Handlon and all of our parent volunteers for helping with the set-up, re-stocking of shelves, guiding the kids as they searched for fun new books, ringing up sales, and packing it all up at the end.  Phew!

Book Fair Chairperson:
Taryn Handlon

Book Fair Volunteers:
Joy Benjamin
Kelly Skogsbakken
Becky Reuhs
Jodi Koslow-Martin
Karen Larson
Amanda Sage
Tiffany Clements
Stephanie Slager
Julie Tornabene
Sarah Surisook
Jeanette Norlock


Thank you to volunteers Sari Higgins and Gretchen Barina for organizing the Spring Fling Family Fun event!

A special thanks to School of Rock for coming to perform before the movie. Everyone enjoyed the music!

And thanks to all who attended!


Time to Order School Supplies!


Shop on-line now so you don’t have to stand in line later!

The Roosevelt PTO is partnering with 1st Day School Supplies again to provide families with the convenience of pre-ordering school supplies (to be delivered directly to Roosevelt in time for the first day of school).

CLICK HERE to place your order today!

If you prefer to purchase your student’s school supplies yourself,
CLICK HERE to review newly updated school supply lists by grade.


If you dread the idea of dealing with that bag full of partially used school supplies that comes home with your student at the end of the year, consider donating them!

Simply tell your child to leave the unwanted supplies in the red bins outside of the office and PTO volunteers will sort through to determine which items can be added to our teachers’ “supply closet” and potentially reused and which items can be donated (i.e. markers to Crayola Color Cycle).


Pizza Coordinator Needed for 2019-2020


Pizza Coordinator Needed
for 2019-2020 School Year

The PTO is in need of individuals to help coordinate the Wednesday pizza lunches next school year. This position can be shared among a few individuals, but they would need to be able to be at Roosevelt on Wednesdays during the lunch hour. If you are interested or would like more information, please email the PTO by clicking the link below. Thanks for your consideration!

CLICK HERE to email the PTO

Sincere thanks to Vicki Mutchler for managing all of the pizza orders and creating the lists that keep pizza days organized, and Megan Brady for managing the pizza volunteer sign-ups without whom pizza days *really* would not be possible.

THANK YOU to all who served throughout the year and made pizza Wednesdays happen!

At the start of the year, we had thought that Wednesday, June 5th would be the last day of school. For that reason, we included it as a pizza lunch day. However, the district has now let us know that Tuesday, June 4th will be the last day of school for students. The PTO has decided to use the pizza day funds from June 5th to rent an inflatable obstacle course to be used for field day. This was a request from the school, and it was thought to be a perfect way to utilize those funds for all students. If you have any questions, please contact the PTO.


Roosevelt Rocks the Bald!

Our brave participants raised over $7,500 for pediatric cancer research at the St. Baldrick’s shave event on Saturday.  Thanks for representing our school in the local community and making us so proud!

The outdoor sign was provided by the Kindness Committee in honor of everyone who supported the school, including those who donated and all of the wonderful participants.



My School Anywhere Info

Sign-Ups Using MySchoolAnywhere

This year, the PTO has begun using MySchoolAnywhere for not just an online student directory, but also a place to purchase PTO items and sign up for different events. Since this is new to everyone, we have included step-by-step directions below to help you navigate the site. The directions below are for the website, though you can also access all the options using the MySchoolAnywhere app as well.


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Please contact the PTO if you have any questions!


Roosevelt Playground Update

Roosevelt Playground Update

In continuing with last year’s outdoor beautification effort, the PTO this year was able to fund an update to the primary playground.

This large investment included the purchase and installation of 9 new pieces of playground equipment in the primary play area. It was just installed over Spring Break. The kids have been very excited to climb all over the newest pieces, especially now that it’s finally getting warmer!


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!


Volleyball Camp


Summer Volleyball Camp


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…


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 maura.cullen@yahoo.com. 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.

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