Attention 5th Grade…


Every year, we showcase Kindergarten photos of all the 5th grade students in the yearbook. If your child attended Roosevelt for Kindergarten, then we already have access to their Kindergarten photo from that yearbook.

If your child did NOT go to Roosevelt for Kindergarten, please scan their Kindergarten photo and send a high-resolution jpg to heatherton@gmail.com, or bring a hard copy to the Roosevelt office, to the attention of Heather Eatherton. Please do not send via text!

Deadline for photo submission is Friday, Feb. 1st. 
Any photos received after that date will not be included. No exceptions!

If you have any questions, please email Heather (heatherton@gmail.com). Thank you!


Yearbook Orders Now Open

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.

Ordering will be open through March 22nd to give parents plenty of time to order! Once we close ordering, however, we cannot accept late orders because the yearbook has to go to print.

If you have not joined MySchoolAnywhere yet and would like to order a yearbook, please click the following link and enter the code below.

JoinCode: Tigers60068


32nd Annual Kiwanis Dinner

32nd Annual Homemade Spaghetti Dinner

Park Ridge “Noon” Kiwanis Club will host the annual Spaghetti Dinner on

Friday, February 1, 2019

WHERE: Park Ridge Presbyterian Church, 1300 W. Crescent Ave., Park Ridge

TIME: 4:45 to 7:30 pm

COST: Adults – $12.50; Children (6-12)  $6.00; Children under 6 are FREE


For Tickets, contact:

Tickets are also available at the District 64 ESC

164 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge

8:00 am to 4:00 pm (Monday – Friday)

ESC closed Monday, January 21


Parent University

BreakoutEDU for Families
NEW DATE: February 6

D64 families are invited to participate in our first-ever BreakoutEDU Family Edition. This all-ages Parent University event offers families an engaging adventure into BreakoutEDU — learn how it’s being used in our District to spark problem-solving, teamwork, and critical thinking skills in the classroom and beyond. Families will have the opportunity to work together as they learn to communicate, collaborate, and persevere through a series of challenges!

Wednesday, February 6 (rescheduled from January 31) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Roosevelt School (LRC)

REGISTER NOW for this free evening of family learning and fun!

Click Here for the flyer with more information


Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run Committee Chair
and Coaches Needed 

The PTO is seeking volunteers to chair the Girls on the Run committee and be coaches for this school year. Use the link below to email the PTO if you are interested. Thanks for your help in supporting this program!

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Click here for more information on Girls on the Run


Upcoming Events!


Thursday, January 24th
Roosevelt Open House and Cultural Awareness 
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
All families are welcome to attend!

We are still looking for students interested in participating in either the
cultural dances or the cultural dress parade. There will be two dance performances at 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm. If your child would like to wear an outfit representing his/her cultural heritage, we will have children in their cultural dress parade through the auditorium after the dancing. Children do not need to participate in dancing to participate in the parade.


Sunday, January 27th
First V-Show Practice

at Roosevelt School
More information about your child’s performance group and practice times will be provided to you by your child’s coach shortly.


Wednesday, January 30th

Roosevelt PTO General Meeting
7:00 p.m. in the LRC

Saturday, February 2nd
Science Olympiad
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Emerson Middle School

Roosevelt PTO Parent Mixer

Thursday, February 7th from 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Beer on the Wall 

106 Main Street, Park Ridge

Enjoy a fun night out at Beer on the Wall while meeting other Roosevelt Parents.

The PTO will provide light appetizers, and there will be a cash bar.
We hope to see you there!


On Sale…V-Show Tee-Shirts!

     2019 V-Show    
The Greatest V-Show!


K-4th grade: (optional)
T-Shirts are a great keepsake for your student that will remind them
of the great times in the Roosevelt V-Show!
CLICK HERE to order for a K-4th grade student

5th Grade: (mandatory)
The T-Shirt is MANDATORY for 5th graders as it is part of their “costume”. The T-shirts are worn during the V-Show. Also included in the sign up is the 5th Grade After Party. This event is OPTIONAL. We will have Pizza, Soda and a DJ immediately following the Sunday show. It is a great way to wrap up V-Show with all your friends. One parent or guardian must attend the After Party with your child.
CLICK HERE to order for a 5th grade student

Orders are due by Monday, January 28th


Calling All Young Authors!


Is your child an aspiring young author ready to share their work with others? The Young Authors Contest is an independent, voluntary at-home project for students interested in writing and publishing their work for others to read.
Click below for details.

District 64 Young Authors Guidelines

Manuscripts due February 8th.


Support for the Janak Family

On December 4th, Jim Janak, father, husband, friend, neighbor and member of the Roosevelt School community passed away unexpectedly. Jim was a commissioner for the Park Ridge Park District Board and a pillar in the community. Our hearts go out to this Roosevelt family. Many have expressed interest in showing their support for the Janak family. One of the best ways to do this is by contributing to the Janak Family Fund, which is accessible at this link:

Click here to donate.


Cultural Awareness

Cultural Dance and Parade Opportunity

The Cultural Awareness Committee will be hosting cultural dancing during

Roosevelt’s Open House on Thursday, January 24th.

There will be two dance performances at 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm.

If your child would like to wear an outfit representing his/her cultural heritage, we will have children in their cultural dress parade through the auditorium after the dancing. Children do not need to participate in dancing to participate in the parade.

Contact committee chairs Sarah Chacko or Serena Legatos-Coines


2019 V-Show Details

2019 V-Show    

The Greatest V-Show!
This year marks the 47th year for the Roosevelt V-Show!  The show is performed entirely by our students and is a wonderful mix of comedy, singing, and dancing all under the bright lights of the Roosevelt stage.


Sunday Practices:
January 27th, February 3rd, and February 10th

Dress Rehearsals:
Saturday, February 23rd and Sunday, February 24th

V-Show Performances:
Friday, March 1st – 7:00pm
Saturday, March 2nd – 12:30pm and 6:30pm
Sunday, March 3rd – 12:30pm

Contact our Producers
Mary Chapman, Kate Zoll, Kim Freedman, Laura Abukhalaf
at rooseveltvshow@gmail.com with questions.


K-4th grade: (optional)
T-Shirts are a great keepsake for your student that will remind them
of the great times in the Roosevelt V-Show!
CLICK HERE to order for a K-4th grade student

5th Grade: (mandatory)
The T-Shirt is MANDATORY for 5th graders as it is part of their “costume”. The T-shirts are worn during the V-Show. Also included in the sign up is the 5th Grade After Party. This event is OPTIONAL. We will have Pizza, Soda and a DJ immediately following the Sunday show. It is a great way to wrap up V-Show with all your friends. One parent or guardian must attend the After Party with your child.
CLICK HERE to order for a 5th grade student

Due by Monday, January 28th


Join the Lunchroom Green Team!

Click Here to sign up to volunteer! 

Questions? Contact Tracey Edsey at traceyedsey@gmail.com


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!

*January 16th– Roosevelt’s 90th Birthday Celebration
*January 21st– NO SCHOOL- MLK Jr. Day
*January 24th– Roosevelt Open House and Cultural Dancing 6:00-7:30 p.m.
*January 27th– First V-Show Practice
*January 30th– PTO General Meeting

*February 2nd– Science Olympiad
*February 6th– D64 BreakoutEDU at Roosevelt
*February 7th– PTO Parent Mixer at Beer on the Wall 6:30 p.m.


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 lmspto.parkridge@gmail.com.