February 2019 Meeting Notes

Meeting call to order at 6:39pm

 Special thanks to Katie and Rory for their participation on FOM


·       Erika Vogel (President – Officer)

·       Sandy Baccam (Treasurer – Officer)

·       Firouzeh Rismiller (VP Sponsorship – Officer)

·       Melissa Kaeser (VP Fundraising – Officer)

·       Danielle Drayton (Principal)

·       Melissa Seiler (Bulldog Heroes)

·       Natalie Patterson (Benefit Chair)

·       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)

·       Natalie Meadows (Walkathon Chair)

·       Olivia Lopez (Assistant Treasurer – Officer)

·       Melissa Herman (walkathon co-Chair)

 Not present:

·       Tara Konecny (Secretary - Officer)

·       Liz Wontor-Leach (Asst. Principal)

·       Rory Muchow (Teacher Rep)

 Financial Update:                                                        Sandy Baccam

·       Expenses – Staff salary paid ($57K); one staff salary still outstanding

·       Revenue – benefit tickets (240 tickets sold; goal is 425)

·       Pledge Drive Financials

o  68% participation

o  $498,000 grand total (received and pledged); $418,000 received

o  Send out a reminder the Tuesday after the benefit “2% Tuesday”


Vote:                                                                           Erika Vogel

·       Approve January Minutes - approved


Website Update:                                                          Tara Konecny

·       Sasha Krasney mocking up the website – will be more streamlined

·       Email additional changes / comments to Tara

 Spirit Wear:                                                                 Tara Konecny

·       Decided to keep store open all year, assuming no cost to FOM. They would maintain a more limited inventory. Shipping costs are $12 per order, charged to the buyer.

·       Walkathon sales – 3 options; recommend advance web sales and in-person sales day-of

o  Can print shirts on-site (for customization) – decided against this

o  Sell spirit wear on website leading up to website and people can pick up at Walkathon

o  Pre-purchase merchandise to sell at Walkathon

·       Interested in adding new styles – umbrellas, bags, shorts, 


Sponsorship                                                Firouzeh Rismiller

·       Just Get Sleep – company that sells mattresses during a weekend event at school (showroom in the gym)

o  Community event – open to public

o  Offered to be a Gold sponsor ($3000) and a percentage of sales from the event

o  They pay for all ads; we get to approve

o  Did this at Newbury, Skinner North, Whitney Young

o  Fi is going to ask them about liability / insurance, paying an employee to open the school

·       Lake Shore Sports and Fitness

o  Fun Fair – February 24th, 3 – 5 p.m. 

§  Bouncy houses, games, ninja stuff

o  EC and EL1 

o  $10 / family

o  Need two people at entrance to collect payments

o  Julieàsend email to room parents

o  Deniàrecruit volunteers 

o  Sandyàset up to ticket link


Bulldog Heroes                                                      Melissa Seiler

·       Random Acts of Kindness Week (2/20 – 2/23)

o  Put Random Acts of Kindness Bingo in backpacks next Tuesday 2/19

§  Melissa to drop off copies in the office

o  Let teachers do what they want within their classrooms

o  Schoolwide email blast: 2/19 (Melissa S. to send text to Roona)



·       Ticket sales strong

o  25 staff tickets

·       Auction Update                                                             Natalie Patterson

o  Sporting events needed

o  JZ to send room parent email tomorrow soliciting donations

o  Small businesses (nail salons, etc.) also needed

·       Event Update                                                                Julie Zwick

o  25 restaurants



·       School Experiences                                                       Julie Schulhof

o  EC Movie night: Wednesday, May 8th

o  EL1 Bingo: Tuesday, May 14th

o  Family Yoga Night: Tuesday, May 21st

·       Mystery Boxes

o  45 teachers / staff signed up

o  Start displaying on March 11th


Upcoming Events Overview

·       Moms’ Night Out 2/20                                                  Julie Schulhod

o  Birch Road, 38 tickets sold

·       Ronald McDonald House 2/24 - filled                             Melissa Seiler

·       CPS Community Forum 2/28                                         Mark Sassower

·       Dad’s Night Out (TBD - 2/28)                                        Julie Schulhof

o  Birch Road

·       Spring Sock Hop 3/15                                                   Julie Schulhof

o  LakeShore, Girls Choice Dance

·       Ronald McDonald House 3/24                                       Melissa Seiler

o  Sign out will be out, attendees have to shop/plan the meal

·       MAYER BENEFIT! 3/29                                                 Natalie Patterson & Julie Zwick

·       Chuck E Cheese 4/10                                                   Fi Rismiller

o  April 10th– report card day – no school – 11am-7pm, send promo home in folder, fundraisers

o  7th/8thgrader projects promoted that day


Inspector General Report Update                                               Mark Sassower

·       Friday morning meeting with Chief McDade (Mark and Danielle to attend)

·       Working group made initial proposal to CPS

o  Montessori 3 yrs old – 5thgrade

o  Continued access for neighborhood children

o  Lottery / tuition to pre-k

§  Proposing re-instating sliding scale

o  Sibling priority for neighborhood and non-neighborhood

·       Working group to meet again next Tuesday, 2/19


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


7:56pm ADJOURN

Tara Konecny