Friday, March 11, 2011

Next Booster Parent's Club Meeting

March 17, 2011 1:30pm in the Parent Room.

Meetings will be the 3rd Thursday of each month at 1:30pm in the Parent's Room.

Key Agenda Item:
Upcoming Family Fun Nights

Mini Auction during conferences a success!

Thank you to all the parents who placed bids on items in the mini-auction!

Just over $5,000 was raised to support upcoming enrichment activities at South Arbor.

Some highlights:
Reserved curbside & Reserved pickup parking spaces were popular items with over 40 families placing bids.
The Costa Rica Vacation package was also popular with active bids.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Our First "Boosters Meeting" Minutes

For those of you who would like to stay up-to-date with Boosters, but were unable to attend the last meeting, here is a summary of what happened at the last meeting. It was held on September 15, 2010 at 7 p.m. in the Parent's Room.

In attendance: Danielle DeSano-Smith, Kathy Tucker, Heidi Saxton, Angela Hawley

This year's Board: Danielle DeSano-Smith; Incoming President, Kathy Tucker; Treasurer, Stephanie Howell, Vice President Secretary to be filled.

We are in need of more parents!! Angela Hawley volunteered to handle our Box Top Program. . . thank you Angela!! A big “Thank You” to DeAnn Marston and Irma McCall for their dedication and hard work at the concessions booth during the stormy carnival. We hope to increase the number of parent attendance at our monthly meetings. We need a volunteer(S) to assist with the following activities/responsibilities; The Booster Board, filling our vending machines and turning in returnables. We discussed the Capri Sun program potential during lunch times and Saturday soccer games, great program but we would need at least 2 persons to spearhead.

Budget: The primary goal of booster is to generate funds to contribute towards the SALT Budget. Our clubs current 2010/2011 expenses include $344 to replenish Booster Club letterhead. $200 postage. Heidi Saxton suggested an expense of up to $1000 to purchase a water vending machine this year. Last year’s purchase of the soda/ snack machine has been paid off and are now generating proceeds. We also discussed an amount of $1200 to use toward a spring family event. Last year’s Mardi Gras was suggested.

Treasurers Report - Due to computer crashing and recent events, Kathy was unable to bring a ytd financial. Kathy will have updates by our next meeting.

New Business

• Recap of Carnival- A big “Thank You” to DeAnn, Peyton and Bailey Marston, Irma McCall, Koriyon DeSano-Smith, Kathy and Andrew Tucker for their dedication and hard work at the concessions booth during the stormy carnival. We worked very hard and were quite busy but the rain created a loss of income making our net profit only $121.98

• Apparel Sales – Cassie Kennedy is busy counting up our final orders received today. We had a few parents disappointed they couldn’t purchase today. We discussed if Cassie would be able to offer another order mid-year.

• Booster Plus Program - We discussed how we hope this program continues to grow. This year our sign up at Carnival/Orientation was rained out. To date we have collected $2800. Last year we collected $7900 at Orientation. We discussed how this option to contribute directly and receive the tax deduction is still desirable. Tell everyone!!! We need more Booster Plus supporters!!

• Kroger Rewards - Kathy updated us that we are still awaiting our I.D. # from Kroger’s. Parents will then be able to link their Kroger card to South Arbor and we will receive a portion of our parents every purchase!! Kroger’s advised us that our number has been assigned and we will receive any day now.

• Announcements - We discussed the big change of separating the other fundraising events into a separate account/maintenance. This means events such as , 6th Grade Camps, Eighth Grade DC fundraising funds will not go funnel through the Booster Club Account. This account will be managed separate ad offer a clearer understanding of the funds that available.

Next Meeting: Wednesday October 21, 2010 7:00 p.m. Join us!!

Meeting Ended at 8:00 p.m.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Next Boosters Meeting: Come and Join Us!

Our next Boosters meeting will be Wednesday evening, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Parent Room. At our last meeting, we discussed the Box Top and Soup Labels program (thanks to Angela Hawley, who agreed to take over the coordination of this).

Minutes from our last meeting will be posted here soon. If you would like to attend the next Boosters meeting, be sure to let Danielle know . . . or, if you happen to be in the area, just drop by! All South Arbor parents are eagerly invited!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Welcome Back!

Another school year has officially begun! It got off to a soggy start at the Orientation Carnival September 1. We were up and running less than an hour when the heavens opened and ... well, let's just say the demand for Sno-Kones was far surpassed by the demand for a square foot of dry space under the Boosters tent.

To serve those families who were unable to make it to our booth before the weather turned, we are going to set up a table outside the school on Wednesday, September 15 from 2-3 p.m. At that time we will be taking orders for South Arbor merchandise (sweatshirts, polos, and house shirts), and accepting Booster Plus donations. We will also have a small quantity of mugs and other South Arbor merchandise for sale. Please make plans to join us!

Have you heard about Boosters Plus? This is the second year of the program, in which South Arbor families make a tax-deductible donation ($100 or more per family is suggested) to be used to benefit the educational environment of our children. Because charter schools receive on average $1800 less per student than traditional public schools, it is up to us as parents to make up this difference.

Last year Boosters held the Spring Auction and School Store to supplement our Boosters Plus income. However, this year Boosters Plus must bring in the lion's share of the money we need to support the school committee projects -- so please be as generous as you can. Thanks so much to the 20 families who have donated so far -- and to the 100 Boosters Plus families from last year!

Last year we heard from several families who hesitated to donate because they didn't know where the money was going. To respond to those concerns, we are inviting families to fill out a short survey, to let us know how you would like to see the money spent. The results of this survey are intended to guide the South Arbor Leadership Team (SALT) who is responsible to allocate Boosters funds.

We will post the results of this survey here on the blog, as well as the the results of each monthly SALT meeting. We believe it's important that donors have an opportunity to express their wishes and preferences. If you would like to express those in person, please join us at our first Boosters meeting of the school year, which will be held on Wednesday evening September 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Parent Room. Our focus this year is to build up the Boosters Team, and to give parents an opportunity to participate, so our children will have a truly great school year!

If you would like another copy of the letter and/or donor form, please contact Heidi Saxton or stop by the Parents Room. If you are unable to contribute the full amount right now, feel free to make your contributions in installments -- say, $25 a month between now and December. Just note that this is your preference on the donor form, and we can send you a reminder each month. Although we are requesting $100 or more per family, no gift is too small - and every gift is appreciated (and tax deductible!). Please fill out your form and place it with payment in the secure Booster Box (on the back of the bathroom door in the Parent Room) or mail it directly to the school.

Thanks in advance for your generosity!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Booster News: Boosters Officers for 2010-2011 Year

Congratulations to the following officers who were appointed at the last Boosters Meeting:

* Danielle DeSano-Smith, President
* Stefanie Howell, Vice President
* Kathy Tucker, Treasurer
* Heidi Saxton, former President and Member-at-Large

We are currently seeking nominations for both the Secretary and Treasurer positions (because this is Kathy's last year at the school, we need to have someone get trained into the position before the end of the year).

Boosters Meetings for the coming year will be held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Parent Room. Our first meeting will be Wednesday, September 15. Please join us!!!

Funding Requests from May 2010 Meeting


As I was preparing for the upcoming SALT meeting, I realized that I had not yet posted the results of the LAST meeting, with the amounts that were approved.

The following allocations were approved at the May 2010 SALT meeting:

* $1275 for dictionaries for the Primary Hall (to help them meet their Learning Objectives)
* $1396 for 6th Grade Camp Deposits for 2001 (these monies are reimbursed from the 6th grade fundraisers in the coming school year)
* $600 for Orientation Carnival expenses
* $100 for Field Day ribbons
* $50 for Cricut machine (new mats and paper)

Thank you for your continued support of Boosters!