New School Year, New Meeting!

Hello! The 2021-22 school year has kicked off with a bang, and we’re excited to meet and get rolling with a new calendar full of exciting plans. Please join us at 3:30 pm this Thursday, September 2nd at Falcon Ridge for our first meeting of the new school year. We look forward to seeing both familiar and fresh faces, sharing ideas and goals, and ramping up for another fantastic trip around the sun at Falcon Ridge Charter School!

Meeting Minutes, 1/27/2021

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 7pm, Zoom Meeting 

Present: Shira Hotvedt, Tiffany Hyatt, Tara Clark, Emilee and Rick Wolters, and Mrs. Emily Avila. 

  • Principal’s Report 
    • Nothing to report
  • School Board Report 
    • They sent us an email asking for our involvement and participation in the playground improvement plans. They are putting in a new basketball court, but haven’t purchased hoops or tetherballs yet. They asked if we would be willing to help with that. See discussion below. 
  • President’s Report (Tara Clark) 
    • Nothing to report
  • Officer’s Reports 
    • Vice President (Shira Hotvedt) nothing to report
    • Secretary (Leanne Fratti) nothing to report
    • Treasurer  (Tiffany Hyatt) 
      • Current checking balance is $3,910 with $1,338 of that being teacher funds. The remaining $2,570 is available. There is also a $1,831 balance in savings. 
  • Fundraising: 
    • Believe Kids Fundraiser
      • There is a bonus if you sign up now, but they require a certain level of success or you owe them money. We opted not to sign up now. 
    • Dine for Dollars
      • Tara is having trouble getting local businesses to respond. We figure they’ve been hit hard by the pandemic and will wait to contact them again until later in the year or the fall. 
    • Additional Ideas to consider
      • Krispy Kreme–sounds delicious but when we did the math we worried there wouldn’t be enough draw to get people to participate in fundraiser vs. just buying from Krispy Kreme themselves.
      • Butter Braids–again, sounds delicious. However, they don’t have great solutions for limiting touch points and potential spread of germs.
      • Opt-out fundraiser–we decided we have asked for enough recently and will reconsider this later in the year or for next fall. (We are always big fans of this idea and hope to incorporate it soon)
    • Box Tops
      • Shira to send more reminders and instructions for how to use the box tops app. Maybe monthly reminders to scan receipts or printed flyers to send home to remind parents about the app option. 
    • Amazon Smiles
      • We need to encourage Amazon purchases to the “Falcon Ridge Public Charter School Parent-Teacher Organization” Smiles account. There are HUGE dollars available with this option and we all know how much Amazon is utilized these days.
  • Events: 
    • No live events have been approved for the near future. 
  • Playground improvement Conversation
    • See school board report above. 
    • Blake Wolters has approached the PTO about getting funding to install basketball hoops for Falcon Ridge as part of his Eagle Scout Project. His parents Emily and Rick were in the meeting to help shed some light on estimated costs and what had been discussed during previous conversations with the school board. 
    • With the school board’s email invitation and Blake’s offer in mind, the PTO voted unanimously to approve the use of $2,500 toward this playground improvement project (specifically basketball hoops and tetherball setups). We will coordinate with the school board to get them that money, but we will let them move forward with making the decisions. This will reduce the number of middle men and help get the school the best overall rates. We will ask that we are kept informed of decisions so that we can communicate to PTO supporters where their money is being spent. This $2,500 is almost exactly the amount of earnings raised in the Fall fundraiser with the goal of “playground improvements” in mind. 
    • We also discussed the option of purchasing swingsets, but we learned that during previous ventures to invest in swingsets the PTO was warned about the high liability for injuries and the high cost of upkeep (bark) required. We opted to skip investing in this option at this time.
  • Teacher Report–Mrs. Avila
    • With Mrs. Avila in attendance, we put her on the spot and asked if there was anything she knew of that teachers are in need of or if there are any problems we can help solve. She said that thanks to the COVID funds that were distributed before the end of 2020, the classroom needs are pretty well taken care of right now. She promised to ask around and let us know if she hears of anything we might be able to help with. 
  • Adjourn: 7:45

Fall Fundraiser!

Our PTO fundraiser starts today, and we need your help. Our goal is to raise $5,000.00 for playground improvement projects.

It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Register TODAY at www.ShopFund.com
  2. Share custom support links with family & friends via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Email, Text and more.
  3. Student Goal: 5 Online Supporters.

REGISTER-SHARE-WIN: Sharing gets you tickets for chances to win over $100,000 in instant prizes.

Fundraiser Links:

On behalf of the PTO and the staff at FRPCS, thank you for doing your part to make our fundraiser a success.

Fall updates

Happy fall, y’all! We are now several weeks into the new school year and with things rolling along we wanted to create a comprehensive update to catch you up on what we’re doing:

  • The notes from our 9/24 PTO meeting are available here.
  • Our next meeting is coming up on 10/7 at 7pm. We will meet via ZOOM to discuss plans for the Trunk or Treat and approve fundraising plans for the fall. Meeting ID: 510 931 9966, Password: 6xFEJH
  • Save the date! We are hoping to do a Trunk or Treat on the evening of Thursday, October 29th!
  • We are still looking for a Treasurer to join the PTO board for this school year.
  • Falcon Ridge’s night at the Farmstead is coming up next week! Don’t miss out!

Back to school!

Hello! Today is the first day of in-class learning with the new hybrid schedule. Just like everyone, we’re hoping for the best and giving our all to stay positive and understanding. This school year is obviously unique and as the elected PTO representatives we want to do our very best to support the students, faculty/staff, and parents and make this year as normal and as great as possible.

Please join us for a virtual meeting on September 24 at 7pm to help us plan this year’s PTO events and fundraising priorities. We are always welcoming new members and even have an open board position: Treasurer. We look forward to seeing you on the call!

Join us via Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/uhf-bctt-sjj

PTO Elections!

PTO Elections

The Falcon Ridge PTO will be meeting virtually on Thursday, May 14 at 7:00 pm. This very important meeting will include the nomination and election of PTO board members for the 2020-21 school year.

Please join us! We need your help to ensure another year of success. Here are the virtual meeting details:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/72641578592?pwd=eGtqbnU0RGRFdjlCUk13cEc0T0NGdz09

Meeting ID: 726 4157 8592

Password: 3R5wQY

There are many great reasons to join the PTO, but more than anything, please consider participating because your children and school need you! The PTO is integral to the success of our students. It helps to support the school’s efforts to build relationships with the parents and families and provide fun social opportunities for our children. With the unknown elements of this pandemic in mind, creatively coming up with safe social opportunities for our kids may be more important than ever.

If you are interested in being considered for one of the four open board positions, please email the PTO at PTO.FRC@gmail.com. The positions include President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. There are also endless opportunities to be involved without being a board member, so please join us for this meeting, cast your vote, and share your ideas.

We look forward to seeing you Thursday!

Please join us!

We are always looking for more help, input, guidance, and interest! Please join us for our next meeting. We plan to discuss how to spend our fundraising dollars and determine what it will take to accomplish the events we’d hoped to take on this Spring. We try to do our best for the students and teachers at Falcon Ridge Public Charter School, but we need more help to be successful. So, please join us–the more the merrier!

Plus, I heard a rumor that there may be treats at this meeting 😉

PTO Meeting

Agenda for Nov. 15th Meeting

Meeting to be held in the Multipurpose Room, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

  1. Call to Order
  2. Principal’s Report
  3. School Board Report
  4. Officer’s Reports
    1. President
      1. Sign Up Genius Volunteer Search
    2. Vice President
      1. Still seeking volunteers/nominations for this open position.
    3. Secretary
      1. Calendar updates
        1. Conflict with March Rollerdrome date
    4. Treasurer
      1. Financial Statements / Budget Review
      2. Mr. Wagner’s Schedule
  5. Event Plans/Updates
    1. December’s “A Jolly Good Time Event” 
      1. Decorations
      2. Crafts
      3. Santa’s Chair
      4. Donations
      5. Set Up Time
    2. Christmas Concert (Dec. 17)
    3. Giving Trees
    4. Book Fair
    5. Dine for Dollars (Nov 20, Jan 15)
    6. January Movie Night (Jan 17)
  6. Anything additional from other members
  7. Next Meeting: Tuesday, December 10, 5:30pm
  8. Adjourn