PTO ELECTIONS – NOVEMBER 15TH – CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

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Oct 052017
 

 

It is that time of year – time to elect our Parent-Teacher Organization leadership! Some of the current leaders have served their terms and we need new leaders to join the team to keep the momentum going. Following are the positions that are up for election this month:                                                           

President-Elect

The President-Elect serves from January 1st – June 30th, at which point this person takes over in the position of President for the subsequent school year. 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, the FAME Board and the PTO. The President is responsible for setting the annual calendar and work plan for the PTO, in conjunction with other board members and committee chairs, and for working with each board member and committee to achieve the work set forth on schedule and on budget. The President is required to attend all FAME board meetings or send a proxy from the PTO board.

Fundraising Co-Chair

The Fundraising Co-chair works closely with his/her counterpart to oversee all fundraising activity, including recruiting and activating committees for all PTO fundraising activities. The Co-chair works closely with PTO Board, PTO Fundraising Sub-committees, Audubon Administration (particularly Audubon Development Director Lynn Spearman), as well as with the FAME Development Committee on all school fundraising and institutional advancement efforts.

Communications Co-Chair

The Communications Co-Chair shall recruit and oversee committees for all PTO communications, including the PTO website, email listserv, newsletter, social media accounts and fliers and liaise with the school to disseminate other important information.

Montessori FAME Board Rep: The Montessori FAME Board Rep represents Montessori parents and teachers to the FAME board and serves as liaison between the PTO and the FAME Board. The Montessori Rep attends all PTO and FAME Board Meetings and serves as a full voting member of the FAME board.

French FAME Board Rep: The French FAME Board Rep represents French parents and teachers to the FAME board and serves as liaison between the PTO and the FAME Board. The French Rep attends all PTO and FAME Board Meetings and serves as a full voting member of the FAME board.          

 All nominations should be emailed to secretary@audubonpto.org by 5 pm on Friday, October 27, 2017. Self nominations are allowed. Nomination emails should include a brief bio indicating the nominee’s background and qualifications for the position. The nominations committee will work with the school to publish the slate of candidates on October 30th and facilitate the development of the ballot and vote. The election will take place at the PTO general meeting on November 15th at 5:30 pm in the cafeteria of the Broadway campus.

Please nominate someone for the PTO Board today and come to the November 15th 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!

ABOUT THE AUDUBON PTO

The Friends of Audubon Parent Teacher Organization is a 501c3 organization with a mission to to provide support through fundraising and other volunteer efforts for the improvement and enhancement of Audubon Charter School, including enhancing support to faculty and staff, grant writing, communications, curricular and extracurricular programs, maintenance of the facility, parent services, school spirit and other related activities.

The Friends of Audubon PTO meets on average 10 times throughout the calendar year, with approximately ½ of these meetings being regular board meetings, with only board members participating, and the other ½ being general meetings, inviting the entire parent/teacher community to participate. In addition to this, board members must serve on at least one committee and conduct committee work outside of the regular board, and PTO general, meetings. Attendance at meetings and participation in the committee work is required of all FOAPTO board members. In addition Montessori and French FAME Board Reps are also required to attend all FAME Board meetings – approximately 10.

 

Early Voting Starts September 30, 2017. Please vote on RENEWAL of the property tax millage for schools in Orleans Parish.

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Sep 282017
 

Millage Details: The millages will go toward three sources:

$5.7M for textbooks, instructional equipment and materials, library books and school supplies for all public schools in New Orleans
$5.7M that will fund programs to improve discipline practices and prevent students from dropping out
$26.6M to maintain competitive salaries and benefits for New Orleans’ public school teachers
The money roughly adds up to $850 per child annually.

REFER TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE ON HOW TO OBTAIN YARD SIGNS @friendsofaudubonpto

https://www.facebook.com/friendsofaudubonpto/

 

Spread the Word about Restaurant Night this Wednesday September 27, 2017

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Sep 252017
 
Greetings Rarebird Family,
Do not forget to mark your agendas for Restaurant Night this Wednesday September 27, 2017. Please share with family and friends that if they order from the Reginell’s Pizzeria at 3244 Magazine Street New Orleans and mention Audubon Charter School, we get 10% of the purchases. Thank you so much for your continued support and like our Facebook page for updated news!
https://www.facebook.com/friendsofaudubonpto/

It is that time of year…Time to prepare for Fall Fête! Saturday, November 11th 11am to 6pm in Danneel Park

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Sep 152017
 

We still have some open crew positions. If you are interested in becoming part of the Fête
Crew, we need folks in the following areas:
Stage Manager – welcoming bands, managing the transitions throughout the day.
Construction – repair of games and any new fabrication.
Production Truck Driver – loading and return of EQ from Milan.
Donations Coordinator – making sure everything makes is where it needs to be.
Chicken Drop Wrangler – we already have the chickens, you just babysit them and sell tickets.
Contest Organizer – flyers, organizing and leading the charge on the day.

Generally speaking we need everyone to participate in the following:
Collect, clean and donate all your plushy toys for game prizes.
Collect, clean and donate all your Lacroix and soda cans for the can smash.

Volunteer opportunities will be announced and there will be a sign up sheet available very
soon for work shifts on the day of Fête as well as preparatory activities, like hanging
posters. Chloe Schwanz is leading the charge on volunteers. If anyone is associated with a
philanthropic or social group who could come and do some time at a booth, let us know. You
can contact Chloe at clozigs@gmail.com

Get in touch with your room parent and help build a beautiful gift basket for the perennially
popular gift basket raffle. You can organize by class or by grade. For more info contact our Gift
Basket Organizer Stephanie Adler at stephla@bellsouth.net.

For any other inquiries or ideas please contact Tracy Cameron at pinestreetpictures@gmail.com
or Scott Saltzman at scott.saltzman@gmail.com.

Fall Fête is the largest PTO fund raiser of the year. The proceeds directly support the programs
and teacher grants at Audubon Charter School, enhancing and expanding the academic
experience for all our Audubon Rarebirds.

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Join us for the 1st PTO General Meeting!

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Sep 152017
 

Parents and Teachers, join us for the first PTO General Meeting of the year, this Monday, September 18th at 5:30 pm in the Broadway campus cafeteria.

Meet the PTO, Administration and the President of the F.A.M.E. Board and learn about all of the exciting advancements that are underway at Audubon School. We will have pizza and drinks for sale and more information about many initiatives. See you there!

Save the Date. Fall Fete is On The Way!

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Sep 142017
 

When: Saturday November 11, 2017

Location: Danneel Playground 5501 St. Charles Avenue New Orleans, LA 70115

Time: 11 am – 6 pm

Welcome back Audubon families and teachers.

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Aug 302017
 


We’re excited to work with each of you to make great strides this year in building the best school that we can.

The Friends of Audubon Parent Teacher Organization is a nonprofit organization with a mission to support Audubon Charter School, and to engage Audubon families and teachers in school life, school community and school advancement.

We’ll keep you updated about school activities and events and let you know how to get involved.

Check out our website at www.audubonpto.org and follow us on Facebook @friendsofaudubonpto.

Also if you haven’t already, please fill out this brief volunteer survey at:

www.surveymonkey.com/r/audubonvolunteer

Tell us how you would like to connect with the school. Remember, no one can do everything, but everyone can do something!

SAVE THE DATE:

September 7th: Skate night at Airline Skate Center ($5 per skater, non-skaters free)

September 12th: School pictures @  Milan Campus

September 18th: PTO General Meeting 5:30 PM Broadway Campus

September 19th and 20th: School Pictures @ Broadway Campus

November 11th: FALL FETE

 Feel free to reach out to us anytime at info@audubonpto.org. See you at school!

 

FAME Board Term Limits Meeting Saturday 12/17 at 10AM

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Dec 162016
 

The FAME board will be meeting this Saturday at 10:00 AM.  We encourage parents and faculty to come to the meeting.

On the agenda is a vote to get rid of term limits for FAME board members.
What you need to know about term limits and the FAME board:
Board members are appointed for up to 6 year terms, with revolving start and end years.  This allows the board to always have a mixture of board members who have been there for a number of years with board members who have just begun their term.
Term limits were first introduced for FAME board members only 2 years ago, as part of a comprehensive restructuring of the FAME board and rewriting of the By-laws.  The governance committee of the FAME board put a great deal of research and work into rewriting the by-laws, and their research was based on best practices in the world of boards today.
Some members of the FAME board are pushing to revoke those term limits for board members.
As it stands now, the board is self-electing, and without term limits, the only way to remove a board member would be for them to voluntarily quite or have 2/3 of the board vote them off.
Please come out to the meeting this Saturday, Dec.17 at 10am Milan campus.

Calling Volunteers!!!

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Nov 092016
 

PTO Volunteer Opportunity: Gear Shop

The PTO is looking for 4 volunteers to help operate the PTO Gear shop during the school year.   The commitment would be 1-2 mornings per month through the end of May.  

If you are interested in volunteering or learning more, please contact Ashley Hansen at gear@audubonpto.org

NATIONAL FRENCH WEEK – November 7 – 13

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Nov 062016
 

Its National French Week – A weeklong celebration of all things French and Francophone!

November 7 -13 at Tulane University.

All events are free and open to the public.

Our French Program 8th grade students have created the following events: Art Exhibit, and will participate in the inauguration of the Francophone week November 7 a 11:30 am

See the different events here: https://www.facebook.com/French-at-Tulane-729116500456300/.

Download the Schedule of events and Program