OP-C Carnival Volunteers Needed
We need volunteers. Carnival is a favorite event for all the students at Oak Park - Carpenter.  This event can only happen with the volunteer efforts of our parents.  Please select a shift through the link below:

Thank you for helping create this wonderful event for our students and raise money for our kids programs year round.

Money raised at carnival pays for:
  • Field trip buses
  • School assemblies
  • PE equipment
  • Art supplies for Mrs. Post
  • Buying books for the school library
  • Classroom supplies for our teachers
This year's carnival has a Renaissance theme with knights, castles, dragons and more. We have simplified the auction to baskets and items for our classrooms. Our favorite jazz band from Indian Woods and the DJs from South will be performing along will dinner served by Two Guys and a Grill. Visit for ticket sales information along with the waiver for the inflatables. Questions? Contact Tammy Brennaman at  

OP-C PTA Board 2014-2015
President-Lisa Fickenscher
VP School Relations-Kristin Kerrigan
VP Ways & Means-Melissa Salsbury
VP Volunteers-Sandy Messick
VP Membership-Heidi Crow
Treasurer-Julie Bogner
Parliamentarian-Jameia Haines
Secretary-Celeste Kirmer

  Thank you to all the above for keeping the PTA at OP-C strong for our kids.

Mrs. Chavez Retirement
First grade teacher, Mrs. Nita Chavez, is retiring after 48 YEARS OF TEACHING there!!! She is very well loved by several generations of former students. Jessica Gunkel, OP-C parent, is collecting notes for Mrs. Chavez via the address of the school: Oak Park Carpenter, c/o Jessica Gunkel, 10000 Nieman Road, Overland Park, KS 66214) and by email at ( you would like to share your memories, please do so no later than May 1, 2014. Thank you.


OP-C Volunteer Appreciation Reception
OP-C Volunteer Appreciation Reception will be April 18th from 2:30- 3pm in the Library. The success of all our children is a team effort between staff and parents. 
Thank you for being a part of the team that brings happiness and success to our children. 
We would like to show our appreciation to you for your time and efforts. Please stop by any time for a snack and chit chat with other volunteers.  
Again, thank you and we hope to see you there! 
The Oak Park-Carpenter Staff

 Birthday Book Club
The Birthday Book Club is an opportunity for you to donate a new book to our school library in honor of your child’s birthday. All families are invited to participate, and donors will be recognized in the Husky Headlines newsletter. This is a great way to share the love of reading with the whole school! Please use this form to join. Please direct all questions to Brandy Butcher at 913-422-4734.

Spring Book Fair
We are getting ready for the Spring 2014 Book Fair at OP-C. All the money we earn at the Fall Book Fair is used in the Spring Book Fair to buy every child at OP-C a book. Anything earned at the Spring Book Fair is then used to buy books for the OP-C Library. If you can help work the book fair please sign-up. This book fair will be in the Library, not in the front hallway. Any questions please contact Celeste Kirmer

Meeting on Common Core at South
Denise Sultz, National PTA Board of Directors, and KS PTA President Elect, will present information concerning Kansas College and Career Readiness, or, “Common Core Kansas Style”. This informative meeting will start at 7 pm in the Shawnee Mission South High School Library on Monday, April 28. There is no need to RSVP, and the event is free. Come and get some of your questions answered.

Keep Kids Safe Online
As a PTA we have been unable to reschedule this seminar for our parents due to schedule conflicts. We will revisit it for next year.
However, Sunflower House, will be presenting this seminar at their location on April 17th, 6- 8 pm. You must call (913)631-5800 to register. The class is free.

Sunflower House is located at:
15440 West 65th Street Shawnee, KS 66217 (913)631-5800

Box Top for Education

Congrats to all!!!  For the school year 2013-2014 we collected a little over $1500 worth of Box Tops.  Please keep cutting those box tops and send them into school.  If you want to continue doing Ms Gill's contest for free seating in the lunchroom here are some new collection sheets.
To  do the contest only 10 Box Tops per collection sheet, they have to have 10 on the sheet.  Please no bonus Box Tops and Labels for Education on the collection sheets.  If you just want to clip and send in a zip lock baggie you can do that as well.  You just will not be entered into Ms Gill's lunchroom contest. Any questions please email Celeste Kirmer.


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