December 2018 Meeting Notes

6:35pm Welcome/Introductions – Special guests Zak Berman-8thgrader and Student Council member, Maureen Riordan and daughter Megan Riordan on behalf of Ambassadors of Change. Ivette from Right at School, Meredith Swartz, and Mark Sassower 



·       Erika Vogel (President – Officer)

·       Sandy Baccam (Treasurer – Officer)

·       Firouzeh Rismiller (VP Sponsorship – Officer)

·       Olivia Lopez (Assistant Treasurer – Officer)

·       Melissa Kaeser (VP Fundraising – Officer)

·       Danielle Drayton (Principal)

·       Liz Wontor-Leach (Asst. Principal)

·       Tara Konecny (Secretary - Officer)

·       Natalie Meadows (Walkathon Chair)

·       Melissa Seiler (Bulldog Heroes)

·       Natalie Patterson (Benefit Chair)


Board Members Not Present:

·       Rory Muchow (Teacher Rep)

·       Deni Mayer (Volunteer Coor)

·       Julie Schulhof (Community VP)

·       Julie Zwick (Room Parent Liaison and Benefit Co-chair)

·       Roona Shah (VP Communications – Officer)

·       Katie Edmonds (Teacher Rep)


Special thank you to Julie Schulhof for making the mom’s night out such a success, overseeing the book fair chairs AND planning the upcoming cookie exchange. And a thank you to Shannon Blaha, Amy Lovett and Nisha Hazra for another successful book fair!


Mayer Ambassadors of Change re Water ProjectMegan Riordan

Water fountains – have a company Elkay that is willing to purchase the water fountain if you purchase/sell the bottles.  They would like to print/customize water bottles.  Wanted to make sure FOM is ok with us doing that.  FOM doesn’t currently sell Water Bottles and has no problem. 

            -A member asked what exactly is Ambassadors for Change? They are a student organization that has been around 4 years, they do a lot of things at Mayer – cots, have weekly meetings, have planned and participated in school events and fundraisers.


Financial Update:                                                          Sandy Baccam/Olivia Lopez

·       Review Operating Budget

·       Pledge Drive Financials

o  68% participation

o  $474,496 grand total (received and pledged)

-Of the families who donate, they donate $900 per student, 21% donated the ask, 8-9% donate above the ask, the 11% ish is right at the ask


-EC gives $211,000 -  107 out of 208 students

-10% less at the Blitz this year compared to last year

-Asks – what are the levels – are there bunching around certain numbers and maybe we target our asks around where people tend to donate?  

-Questions on what to donate – could we ask EC lower levels and higher grades less?  This maybe seen as unfair

-The 7thand 8thgraders want another lock-in – or a party 

-We are getting away from targeted giving – so using just generic asks

-Budget needs to be sustainable and not allow people to only pick certain things to donate to

-We would like to keep increasing the trend, but it is felt that a plateau was always going to happen – we have very high participation but there will always be people who don’t have the means or don’t believe you should donate to a public school

-Is $1800 too high or low – should we change this?

-FOM asked LSC Rep what will happen if EC becomes a tuition base?

-If tuition comes the money raised goes to CPS – that money doesn’t come to FOM or directly to Mayer’s operating budget


·       11.15.18 Minutes were discussed, motion to approve, seconded, approved as submitted


Overview of Parent Survey re Mayer preschool             Melissa Kaeser

            Parent Survey – 201 responses – 85% from current parents

-Two factors that were most important in choosing Mayer for preschool – Montessori and proximity

            -Distant reasons were affordability, school’s ranking and belief in public school


Barnes & Noble Book Fair Wrap-Up                                                       Julie Schulhof

$13,500 in sales – Mayer gets 25% - if we get $15,000 we get even more

            Can still go online and buy items


Mom’s Night Out was successful - net for FOM was $1075

Thank you note from FOM for the comedy troupe and the Mayer mom who suggested this

            iO theatre mentioned wanting to have more events with us


Benefit Update                                                             Natalie Patterson

            -Need more help soliciting domations

            -Disney tickets – Disney wants to base it’s asks for donations on a volunteer program

-Bulldog Heroes is going to look at the site, perhaps the Blanket Project day can be used since there are so many volunteers that day.

            -Sports person – donations for unique experiences are always popular 

            -EC email to ask for donations

            -Right at School will donate a 10-day punch card

            -Restaurants for FOM 

            -Spreadsheets – write name as contact and start contacting

            -Travel donations are always needed


Upcoming Events Overview

·       Blanket Project 12/19                                                   Melissa Seiler

o  Fleece donations

·       Cookie Exchange 12/20                                                Julie Schulhof

o  Cookies needed


FYI: Upcoming FOM Meeting Dates all 6:30-8:00pm: 1/16, 2/13, 3/19, 4/9, 5/14, 6/4


8:00pm ADJOURN

Tara Konecny