PTO General Meeting September 21 at 5:30 PM

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Sep 202016
 

Join us for the Friends of Audubon PTO General Meeting this Wednesday, September 21, 2016 5:30-6:30 PM at the Broadway Campus in the Cafeteria.  

Please join us to to discuss PTO plans for the 2016-17 school year,  including the upcoming Fall Fete.

Meet the PTO Board, the FAME Board (the school’s governing body), and the Administration to Parents and Teachers.

We will also discuss upcoming PTO elections in November and put out a call for candidates.

Kids are welcome and there will be pizza and soft drinks/juice for purchase.

Please email communications@audubonpto.org with any questions.

Fall Fête 2016 Volunteer Signup

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Sep 182016
 

Fall Fete 2016 is upon us – Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 is the day!

Hallow-Oui has been a great success for the last 2 years, and we couldn’t have done it without you!

Please sign-up and volunteer. Its easy and all online. We have volunteer positions available for everyone ages 12 & up.

Use SignUpGenius to sign up for your volunteer hours:sign-up-now4

 

If you have any questions or need help with the sign-up, please contact Anne Riley amahlert@yahoo.com / 504-339-4940. She will be happy to help!

(FYI, phone numbers and e-mail addresses will be confidential and can only be seen by the event coordinator!)

There is something for everyone at Fête. If everyone does a little bit, no one will have to do ALOT! We are all in this together. Find an activity or donation need that you can fill and SIGN UP. Everything and everyone makes a difference.

 

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT AT CITY PARK! Saturday, September 17, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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Sep 132016
 

JOIN US FOR BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT AT CITY PARK!

Carousel Gardens Amusement Park at City Park
Saturday, September 17, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Please join Audubon families in celebrating our return to school!  A $10 wristband entitles you to an evening of unlimited rides and fun! Wristbands can be purchased here. You can also purchase your wristbands in the office at either campus – cash only please.

Thursday, September 15th is the last day to buy wristbands at advance prices. Order your wristbands today… prices at the door will be $15!

SPONSORSHIPS ARE STILL AVAILABLE!

Please consider sponsoring this fun event on behalf of your family, business or child’s class. Sponsorships range from $300 to $2,500 and can be purchased online (click “Sponsorship Opportunities”) or by completing the sponsorship flyer and returning with payment to the office at either campus.

To volunteer the night of the event, please contact Lynn Spearman, Development Specialist, at Lynn_Spearman@auduboncharter.com.

Board Nominations, Meeting Tonight!

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May 122016
 

CANDIDATE NOMINATIONS
for Friends of Audubon PTO 2016-17 BOARD SEATS

Pizza Social 5:30 pm
Meeting 6:00 pm
May 12, 2016  ·  Broadway Campus

PRESIDENT:

Mandy Manuel Lilly: Mandy has served one term as the President of the PTO where she continued the work of the previous administration to align PTO work with school goals. She has been a parent at Audubon for 8 years, and has two children in the French Program – in 5th and 2nd grades. Mandy has been actively involved in the school community for many years, serving on the PTO and as room parent, and initiates and drives many improvement efforts including building school gardens, launching fundraising campaigns and much more. Mandy is a teacher at McGhee and has experience with fundraising and nonprofit organizations.

 

VICE PRESIDENT MONTESSORI:

Andrea Dupree: Andrea is a Montessori Kindergarten mom and the 2015/16 PTO Communications Co-Chair. Her background is in the arts, education and non-profit arts administration and development; she will be joining the McGehee’s Little Gate school faculty as an Early Childhood educator this Fall.

 

VICE PRESIDENT FRENCH:

Liz Dunnebacke: Liz is the parent of a child in Kindergarten and another in 5th grade, both in the French program. She has served on the board of Friends of Audubon PTO for one year, as Secretary, where she designed and launched the school survey, in conjunction with the Communications Co-Chair. She works as a free-lance television producer, and has served on the board of directors of several New Orleans nonprofits. Liz has a background in nonprofit administration, with a focus on finance, operations, organizational management, strategic planning and governance.

 

SECRETARY:

Tom Lasher: Tom is the father of a Kindergarten student in the French program and works as a self-employed planning consultant and real estate investor. He has a background in urban planning, redevelopment, project management, grant writing and he participated in leadership training through the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute. Also, in 2010-11, Tom served as a board member with Bike Easy (the bicycle advocacy group serving the greater New Orleans area). Early in his career, Tom developed a resource center for non-profit organizations in Oregon’s Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties, which provided assistance to emerging non-profit organizations in fundraising, organizational development, and general capacity building.

 

TREASURER: NO NOMINATIONS

 

FUNDRAISING CO-CHAIR:

Mathew Snyder: Matthew teaches Political Science at Delgado Community College and has spent over 6 years in sales and management in the private sector. He is trained in fundraising, courtesy of numerous workshops provided by the Funding Seed, as well as substantial fundraising experience. Matthew was one of the top 100 fundraisers for Bike MS: Dats How We Roll 2014, raising over $1700 from friends and family alone for the National MS Society.

 

Gwynne Mashon: Gwynne is the mother of a PreK French student. Currently, she works as the Managing Attorney for the Homeless Advocacy Program at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, the nonprofit legal aid agency. she also coordinates their fundraising events and communications. Before working at the Homeless Advocacy Program, she spent 6 years working as development professional. She is excited to contribute to the Audubon School community.

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS CO-CHAIR:

Crissy Bushman: Crissy has extensive experience in management including HR, Operations, Fundraising, etc. Communication has been an integral part in all of the positions she has held. Crissy’s son is currently heading into First Grade from Ms. Amanda’s class. She has volunteered often this year in the class and the school as a whole. Crissy understands the communication challenges that the school has been facing and would work diligently to help improve the process.

 

Joshua Goldstein: Joshua is the father of a child in French Kindergarten. He has an extensive background in Advertising and Marketing in both New Orleans and New York, working for companies like Ogilvy & Mather, as well as New Orleans’ own Trumpet Advertising, handling many of the communications and branding goals of Fortune 50-100 companies. His approach is data-driven and he has used it to incubate new businesses in New York, New Orleans, and abroad. Amongst other commitments, he currently serves as the Chief Marketing Officer for a New Orleans-based distillery startup.

 

MONTESSORI FAME BOARD REPRESENTATIVE:

Omar Mason: Omar is an attorney licensed to practice law in the states of Louisiana and Texas. He is a shareholder at the law firm of Aaron & Gianna, PLC in downtown New Orleans. Omar’s daughter, Sydney, is a Second Grade student at Audubon Charter School in the Montessori program. He has served, and continues to serve, on several Boards, including the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. – Sigma Lambda Chapter Scholarship Foundation, Alpha Plaza, Incorporated, and the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He has also served in the past as the National Advocate of the Knights of Peter Claver, Inc. (A Roman Catholic-based Fraternal Benefit Society) and have served on its Board in that capacity from 2008 to 2010.

 

Fred Tombar: Fred is the father of a Pre-K 3 and a 1st Grade Montessori Student. He is a New Orleans native who completed college at the University of Notre Dame and graduate school at Harvard University. Fred’s career has been dedicated to public service with a specific focus on housing and community development. Over the past several months, he has had the opportunity to serve as the Montessori Parent representative on the FAME Board’s Search Committee for a new ACS Head of School. I would love to continue this service as the Montessori parent representative on the FAME Board.

School Supplies + PTO Fundraiser

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May 102016
 

Take some of the guessing and stress out of August, order your child’s 2016-17 school supplies online today! You can also add on a lunch bag, water bottle and backpack as an option. Your Audubon PTO receives a small donation (which will go towards supporting the school..win/win!) from each order. Supplies will be delivered directly to your child’s classroom in August!

Place your order by June 30th, 2016 via: https://www.1stdayschoolsupplies.com/

 

Call for PTO leadership nominations!

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May 052016
 

Dear Audubon Community,

 

It is that time of year – time to elect our Parent-Teacher Organization leadership!  We have been very fortunate to have strong PTO leaders and want to sustain the positive efforts. Some of the current leaders have served their terms and we need new leaders to join the team to keep the momentum going. The following are the positions that are up for election this month:

 

President

Vice President Montessori

Vice President French

Secretary

Treasurer

Fund Raising Co-Chair

Communications Co-Chair

Montessori Fame Board Representative

 

All nominations should be sent via email to Sarah Gillen at sarahgillen@yahoo.com by 5 pm on Wednesday, May 11th, 2016. Self nominations are allowed. Nomination messages should include a brief (like 2 sentence) description indicating the nominee’s background. The nominations committee will facilitate the development of the ballot and vote. The committee includes Nicole Dicks, Renee Brown and Sarah Gillen. The election will take place at the PTO general meeting on May 12th at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria of the Broadway campus.

 

Please nominate someone for the PTO Board today and come to the May 12th meeting to see who is elected and to sign up to join a committee. We’re excited to work together to build a great school!

 

Thanks for your participation in this process!

 

President: The President presides over all meetings of the PTO Board and General Membership. The President coordinates and assists in the work of all board members and committees and serves as the liaison between the school faculty, the administration and the PTO.

 

Vice President Montessori: The Montessori VP, along with the French VP is directly responsible for recruiting and communicating with volunteers. Both VP’s shall recruit volunteers and Room Parents for homerooms. The Montessori VP shall maintain the list of all volunteers, and work directly with the communications and fundraising chairs to engage volunteers for upcoming events. The Montessori VP will work closely with French VP to communicate these needs through Room parents. The Teacher Appreciation committee will report to the VPs. Registration of members (parents and teachers) is also part of the Montessori VPs position.

 

Vice President French: The French VP, along with the Montessori VP, is directly responsible for recruiting and communicating with volunteers. Both VP’s shall recruit volunteers and Room Parents for homerooms. The French VP shall maintain the list of all room parents and work directly with the communications and fundraising chairs to communicate with room parents about upcoming events. The French VP will work closely with Montessori VP to communicate these needs through Room parents and volunteers. The Teacher Appreciation committee will report to the VPs. Registration of members (parents and teachers) is also part of the French VPs position.

 

Treasurer: The treasurer receives all monies of the organization, keeps an accurate record of receipts and expenditures, and pays out funds in accordance with the PTO budget. The Treasurer presents an updated financial report at all meetings and works with the Board to prepare and file annual tax returns.

 

Communications Co-chair: The Communications Co-Chair shall oversee 1) the editing and publishing of the school’s newsletter during the school year 2) the dissemination of school community information through the PTO website, fliers and the yahoo group 3) oversee the maintenance of the PTO website and coordinate with the school on the PTO items on the school’s website and 4) liaise with the school to disseminate other important information.

 

Board Secretary: The Secretary shall keep an accurate record of the General and Board Meetings and serve as parliamentarian for both types of meetings. The Secretary shall have on hand a copy of the PTO Bylaws and Minute Books for easy access by all members at meetings. Prior to each meeting the Secretary shall prepare a list of all unfinished business based on the minutes of the last meeting and shall assist the President in preparing an agenda, including old and new business. A complete file of the PTO’s minutes shall be bound by year. The Secretary shall be responsible for filing appropriate corporate documents with the Louisiana Secretary of State, as necessary.

 

Fundraising Co-chair: The Fundraising Co-chair shall recruit (with the help of the board) and oversee committees for the following fundraisers 1) Audubon Gear 2) School Pictures 3) First Day School Supplies, 4) Square 1 Art, 5) Box Tops, 6) Restaurant night and any other fundraisers approved by the board.

 

Montessori FAME Board Rep: Represent Montessori parents and teachers to the FAME board. Serve as liaison between PTO and FAME Board. Serves as full voting member of the FAME board. Meetings are every third Saturday morning of each month.

 

Milan French Teacher Rep: The teacher representative is the liaison between the PTO and the faculty. The teacher rep brings issues and needs to the board and makes requests on behalf of the faculty. In addition, the teacher reps are directly responsible for soliciting volunteers amongst the faculty for PTO sponsored events.

 

Milan Montessori Teacher Rep:The teacher representative is the liaison between the PTO and the faculty. The teacher rep brings issues and needs to to the board, makes requests on behalf of the faculty. In addition, the teacher reps are directly responsible for soliciting volunteers amongst the faculty for PTO sponsored events.

 

Broadway French Teacher Rep: The teacher representative is the liaison between the PTO and the faculty. The teacher rep brings issues and needs to to the board, makes requests on behalf of the faculty. In addition, the teacher reps are directly responsible for soliciting volunteers amongst the faculty for PTO sponsored events.

 

Broadway Montessori Teacher Rep: The teacher representative is the liaison between the PTO and the faculty. The teacher rep brings issues and needs to to the board, makes requests on behalf of the faculty. In addition, the teacher reps are directly responsible for soliciting volunteers amongst the faculty for PTO sponsored events.

 

Teacher Appreciation Week May 2-6

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Apr 282016
 

May 2nd-6th is Teacher Appreciation Week, let’s show the faculty and staff of Audubon how much we appreciate them!

We will be providing LUNCH on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at both campuses.

BREAKFAST on Tuesday and Thursday at both campuses.

Please click on the links below to sign up to bring a dish or volunteer to set up or clean up.

Broadway Sign Up: Click here

Milan Sign Up: Click Here

We are not doing away with the old traditions!! Your children can also show their teachers how much they appreciate them by bringing any of the following (or, of course, any of your own ideas!):
Flowers
Sweet Treats
Hand Made Cards

Small tokens make teachers feel special, and they are welcome ALL WEEK.
If you can’t bring a dish, this is a great way to participate.

Hosted by Audubon PTO

Scholastic Book Fair

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Apr 112016
 

Please be reminded of the Book Fair going on at both campuses this week.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be held April 11-15 at both campuses.  We will have books in English and French available for sale.

For the Broadway campus, students will have time to shop during school hours.  1st-3rd grade students will have designated times to shop with their class on Monday and Thursday.  PreK-K students may shop with their class on Tuesday and Friday. You may want to advise your child’s teacher if you are sending your child with cash to spend at the fair.

We also will have shopping times for parents at the Broadway campus.  On Tuesday, April 12 we will have Donuts with Dad before school from 7:15am-8:15am.  On Wednesday, April 13 we will have extended shopping hours after early dismissal from 2:45pm-4:00pm.  And on Thursday, April 14th we will have Muffins with Mom before school from 7:15am-8:15am. Students must be accompanied by an adult for these special events.

Hope to see you at the fair!

2016 Middle School Debate Team Championship Tournament

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Apr 112016
 

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Audubon Charter School sent 16 students to the tournament at Tulane on Saturday, 9 April.

Of 12 participating schools, Audubon won fifth place.
Our six teams won 17 of their 31 rounds.

Of 32 participating teams, Audubon had three in the top 20.
14th Colette A, Lillian C, Michael Z
7th Kirsten J, Nyela J, Jaylon L
3rd  Anisha M, Haydn P, Emma P

Of 92 speakers, Audubon had three in the top 10.
7th Haydn P
6th Anisha M
4th Emma P

Because the top two teams were from the same school, the third place team competed in the championship round against the first place team.  And they won!  Congratulations to Anisha, Haydn, and Emma on winning first place in the Regional Championship tournament!

There will be three more Regional Championship Tournaments in other parts of the country.  Our champions will be notified of the date and location of the National Finals.

We wish to thank all our wonderful, supportive debate parents.  We also wish to give special thanks to Mr. Justin Zitler for his help in preparing our students for this special tournament.

 

 

 

 

 

Share your thoughts!

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Mar 242016
 

**click here for survey**

The Friends of Audubon Parent Teacher Association wants to know what you think. We have created a survey to gauge general feedback about the school community in order to focus their efforts to provide support. Please take a few minutes to respond to this quick, anonymous online survey. This is a chance to tell us your bright ideas! We will be meeting in April to plan for next year and beyond and need to know what’s on the minds of parents, teachers, school administrators and even students! Please encourage everyone you know to complete a survey and we will provide hard copies for those folks who like to do this the old-fashioned way.