What is Friends of Micheltorena (FOM)?
FOM is the parent volunteer fundraising entity for Micheltorena Street Elementary School, composed of parents, teachers & community members. FOM was formed in 2007 to create and raise money for programs for our students, facilitate communication between the school and parents, and to deepen our school’s relationship with its community. In 2017, Friends of Micheltorena incorporated as a tax-exempt non-profit 501(c)(3) group. We use the tax ID# 81-4428143 for our tax exempt status.
All Micheltorena families are members of FOM, and are welcome to attend our monthly Board Meetings. We meet at the Parent Center on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:15pm, with free childcare and pizza provided to attending Micheltorena families. (If meeting date falls during a school vacation, we will meet on a subsequent Wednesday. Please check the calendar on our home page.)
2018-2019 FOM Officers:
Beautification Co-Chairs: Rachel Slowinski and Susan Kucera, firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: We have many opportunities throughout the year to get involved on the Board, and/or with individual events and initiatives. Each Board position is intended to be shared by two (or more) members, pairing new members with veteran members to share responsibilities and support each other. The following Co-chair positions are currently open: Secretary, Beautification, Fundraising, Treasurer, and Volunteers. Please contact email@example.com or attend one of our monthly Board meetings to get involved.
Our Goals for the 2018-2019 School Year
Angie Gomez, Co-President
Goal for Micheltorena: This year I hope to build on the amazing legacy of the many dedicated volunteers of the FOM board and committees. It is my goal to help build a stronger and larger volunteer base and to ensure that every volunteer knows that FOM values what they have to offer, that there is a place for every skill and talent, and that no amount of volunteered time is too short. In addition, I would like to increase organizational effectiveness and communication, diversify funding sources (Corporate sponsors/ Big grant money) and exceed the monetary goal set for this school year. I am a true believer in the saying “it takes a village” and I know that where we are today is a true reflection of the passion, dedication of those that have already given so much.
Meta para Micheltorena: Este año espero aprovechar el increíble legado de los muchos voluntarios dedicados de la junta y los comités de la FOM. Mi objetivo es ayudar a construir una base de voluntarios más fuerte y más grande y asegurar que todos los voluntarios sepan que FOM valora lo que tienen para ofrecer, que hay un lugar para cada habilidad y talento, y que no hay una cantidad de tiempo voluntario demasiado corto . Además, me gustaría aumentar la efectividad de la organización y la comunicación, diversificar las fuentes de financiamiento (patrocinadores corporativos / dinero de la subvención grande) y superar la meta monetaria establecida para este año escolar. Soy un verdadero creyente en el dicho “se necesita un pueblo” y sé que donde estamos hoy es un verdadero reflejo de la pasión, la dedicación de aquellos que ya han dado tanto.
Amelia Kiggins, Chief Financial Officer
Goal for Micheltorena: To make FOM a sustainable organization by collecting and sharing the knowledge and best practices built by the FOM volunteers and officers over the years. In so doing, we ensure that the programs that we provide to Micheltorena are sustainable year after year so that all our kids get the arts, garden, enrichment, and support they need to learn and grow. To create and manage our budget with discipline that ensures we spend our money in a way that meets our school’s most critical needs and matches our community’s values of inclusion and enabling our students to be well rounded, life-long learners.
Meta para Micheltorena: Hacer FOM una organización sostenible mediante la recopilación y el intercambio de conocimientos y mejores prácticas desarrolladas por los voluntarios y oficiales de FOM a lo largo de los años. Al hacerlo, nos aseguramos de que los programas que brindamos a Micheltorena sean sostenibles año tras año para que todos nuestros niños obtengan las artes, el jardín, el enriquecimiento y el apoyo que necesitan para aprender y crecer. Para crear y administrar nuestro presupuesto con una disciplina que garantice que gastemos nuestro dinero de una manera que satisfaga las necesidades más críticas de nuestra escuela y que coincida con los valores de inclusión de nuestra comunidad y que permita a nuestros estudiantes ser estudiantes completos y de por vida.
Tina Christopolous, Fundraising Co-Chair
Goal for Micheltorena: My goal for this year is to help deepen everyone’s’ sense of belonging and commitment to our wonderful school.
Meta para Micheltorena: Mi meta para este año es ayudar a profundizar el sentido de pertenencia y compromiso de todos con nuestra maravillosa escuela.
Erin Ploss-Campoamor, Fundraising Co-Chair
Goal for Micheltorena: To raise money for our school through Fall Pledge Drive, Marchathon, Spring Auction, the FOMO card, and any other ingenious ideas our wonderful community dreams up!
Meta para Micheltorena: ¡Recaudar fondos para nuestra escuela a través de Fall Pledge Drive, Marchathon, Spring Auction, la tarjeta FOMO y cualquier otra idea ingeniosa que nuestro maravilloso equipo pueda imaginar!
Diego Velasco, Volunteer Co-Chair
Goal for Micheltorena: Keep building our community of awesome volunteers, it takes a village to make Micheltorena happened. I’m especially working extra hard to have three Amity interns at our school next year.
Meta para Micheltorena: Seguir construyendo nuestra comunidad de increíbles voluntarios, se necesita una aldea para hacer que Micheltorena suceda. Estoy trabajando especialmente duro para tener tres pasantes de Amity en nuestra escuela el próximo año.
Lisa Ragsdale, Volunteer Co-Chair
Goal for Micheltorena: Upgrade the auditorium and do a school musical!
Meta para Micheltorena: ¡Mejora el auditorio y haz un musical escolar!
Rebecca DuMoulin, Communications Co-Chair
Goal for Micheltorena: My goal is to find a way to reach everyone in our school — in person? Chalkboards? Email? Instagram? The Website? …one way or another we will find a way to get the information to you!
Meta para Micheltorena: Mi meta es encontrar una manera de llegar a todos en nuestra escuela, ¿en persona? Pizarras? ¿Email? Instagram? ¿El sitio web? … de una forma u otra, ¡encontraremos la manera de enviarle la información!
Lianna Colaso, Communications Co-Chair
Goal for Micheltorena: Ensure all families at Micheltorena have access to the website, Facebook, Instagram or class reps emails for information about our school.
Meta para Micheltorenaa: Asegúrese de que todas las familias de Micheltorena tengan acceso al correo electrónico del sitio web, Facebook, Instagram o representantes de clase para obtener información sobre nuestra escuela.
Cecily Hammond, Room Rep Coordinator
Goal for Micheltorena: I feel so lucky to be working with the wonderwoman room rep team! Our goal is to help families support our teachers and to serve as an IRL human being people can turn to if they have questions or need information.
Meta para Micheltorena: ¡Me siento muy afortunada de trabajar con el equipo de representantes de la sala Wonderwoman! Nuestro objetivo es ayudar a las familias a apoyar a nuestros maestros y servir como un ser humano al que las personas pueden recurrir si tienen preguntas o necesitan información.
Archived FOM News:
2016-2017 FOM News:
FOM’s Cupcake Extravaganza aka General Meeting Thurs 2/23/17 We had a GREAT turnout! Thank you to everyone who came. Special shout out to the mom who accidentally arrived 1 hr early, but stayed for the cupcakes & community!
If you missed it, please enjoy our sugar-free notes below.
GENERAL MEETING NOTES
Thank you Parent Activists! All Micheltorena families should be proud of what we’ve achieved this year by reaching out to the District and our school board representative Dr. Ref Rodriguez. Thanks to calls, emails and visits from our parents and Principal, we reinstated our Orchestra and got a district wide moratorium on leasing fees while they re-evaluate their policies. There is a movement at our school to continue to work with the school district to support policies that help us reach our goals.
Lost Attendance Funds Micheltorena has already lost over $100,000 this year in attendance funds. No, it doesn’t matter if an absence is excused. No, we don’t want you to send sick kids to school. Just please avoid unecessary absences. If you’re planning a long trip (5 day minimum), request an Independent Study plan from your teacher 2 weeks in advance, so that our school doesn’t lose money. Or, if your absence doesn’t qualify for that, please consider donating to the school to offset lost funds. We lose $62 every day your kid misses school. (Just for comparison, FOM’s entire budget last year was $112k. So just think what our school could do with another $100k!)
School Volunteers Needed Especially in the 4-5th grade classrooms. Please contact Tiffany for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
March-a-thon – Sat, March 25 from 9am-12pm It’s coming up soon! We need volunteers who enjoy healthy living, active kids, and fun! This is one of our school’s biggest fundraisers, so please keep an eye out for emails and volunteers standing outside our school in March, handing out march-a-thon sign up sheets. Please contact Tiffany for more info: email@example.com
Beautification Committee Rebecca, our longtime chair, is stepping down, which means we need someone to replace her. This is a great opportunity to support the gardens, murals, and anything that makes us feel pretty! Please contact her for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grants Committee Erin is too busy as fundraising co-chair to continue writing grants, which means we need to replace her too. So far, this committee has been super successful getting grants (5 out of 6 applications were awarded). It’d be a shame to miss out on this funding opportunity, especially since we already have a huge database & templates just waiting to be used. Please contact her for more info: email@example.com
Communications Committee This committee is very busy and needs volunteers, especially writers. This is a great opportunity to help with our website, yearbook, newsletter, etc. We’ve received requests for things like letting parents know about school events a month in advance in our newsletter or including a photo/bio for our new principal on our website. We agree! These are great ideas. If you can help us make this happen, we’d love to hear from you. For more info, please contact Chris firstname.lastname@example.org or Heather at email@example.com
Spanish Translators Needed As you may have noticed, this is written entirely in English. If you think that’s no bueno for a diverse, Dual Language school like ours, help us fix this. Please contact Heather for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheap Kiln? We have 80 beautiful, handmade tiles our kids created that need to be fired, so they can decorate our school. If you know someone with an operational kiln who might want to be paid to help us fire them, or could help us figure out how to use the ancient one in our school basement, please let us know. Contact Jama for more info: email@example.com
FOM Funds at Work We’re on pace to raise more funds for the school than ever before, so thank you to all our volunteers and donors for your hard work and support. To see how current funds are being used, scroll down to the charts that were presented at the meeting. Each year at this time, the school prepares a budget in conjunction with the School Site Council (SSC), an elected body of parent, teacher and staff representatives who determine funding priorities. Funds from FOM are donated to the school to help implement these priorities. Both the SSC and FOM would love to know what you’d like to support in the coming year, and these meetings are open to all parents. Please attend an upcoming meeting, or send a note with your priorities to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amazon Funds If you want to help us raise money, use the Amazon link on our website then bookmark it for later use. We get the money from click throughs. So it does NOT matter what charity you choose on Smile Amazon!
School Librarian There is some confusion over our current library hours and how to increase them. We are investigating this. Suggestions are welcome!
School Site Council Survey There is some confusion over the budget items included in the school’s last survey. We are looking into ways to help clear this up.
After School Program Friday, 2/24 was the last day to sign up for FOM’s free after school classes on Tuesday afternoons. Please check the newsletter for updates on the E3 classes which will start on March 15th and cost $128.
Coffee with Principal – Friday March 3 at 8:30 am City Council member Mitch O’Farrell will join us from 9:00 to 9:45am. This is a great opportunity to meet him right before the upcoming elections (on March 7th) and discuss things we care about (like supporting public education, where to find funding for things we need, like additional librarian hours, stipends for dual language teachers, etc).
FOM is Incorporating This is exciting because it means we’ll soon be our own non-profit, which will allow us to save money and allow us more flexibility.
FOM Elections Are Soon! Please consider running for a position on the FOM board. Ideally, all positions are shared between co-chairs, so no one person has to bear full responsibility. Now more than ever, public education needs our support. This is where YOU can make a difference in a truly meaningful way.
Next FOM meeting is Wed, March 1 at 6pm If you can’t get enough of our free childcare, pizza, and community building, please join us again in the Parent Center next week. Like all FOM meetings, it’s open to everyone in our school community, who wants to show up, vote, and participate.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact any of us at the email addresses listed above.
Ok if you actually read this all the way to the end – THANK YOU.
You’re awesome. You should really considering becoming a bigger part of FOM. We need more people like you!