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Parents Association

Welcome to the Parents Association

The Parents Association mission is to assist the Applewild School in any way deemed advisable by the Head of School, in keeping with the policies established by the Applewild School Board of Trustees and in support of the school’s mission and values.

By having your child at Applewild School you are automatically a member of the Parents Association and we welcome you! The PA Executive Team for the 2017-18 school year is, Carmin Wyman and Darleen Lessard, Presidents; Tara Brooks, Vice President; Stephanie Sundberg, Secretary; Susan Haigh, Treasurer; and Katie Dufour; Volunteer Coordinator.

The Parents Association works with Applewild’s faculty, staff and administration in collaborative efforts to enrich the educational experience for our children.  We are an organization that exists to promote the mission and vision of the school by supporting school activities, organizing PA sponsored fundraising events and creating an environment where parents can communicate and exchange ideas in a fun, social setting.

We want and welcome your involvement in the community.  It takes a village to make the events successful, not to mention that many hands make light work.

  • Carmin Wyman and Darleen Lessard, Presidents
  • Tara Brooks,  Vice President.
  • Stephanie Sundberg, Secretary.
  • Susan Haigh, Treasurer.
  • Katie Dufour, Volunteer Coordinator.

Feel free to contact Carmin or Darleen at the email address listed below to sign up; applewildvolunteers@gmail.com or submit the online volunteer form.

The PA office is located on the second floor of the Crocker Building.  The PA email is: ApplewildPApresident @gmail.com.

PA Events & Online Volunteer Form (located below descriptions)

Book Fair – Books are on display for one week. Each classroom has the opportunity to browse and then purchase books later in the week. All proceeds go to the Lower and Upper School Libraries. Volunteers help with sales and are present during browsing times.

Box Tops for Education – Families, faculty and staff clip box tops from participating products and return them to the school. The coordinator is responsible for collecting and redeeming funds for box tops throughout the school year.

Community Donation – The PA asks families yearly to nominate local non-profits to recieve funds.

Golf Tournament – The golf tournament is held at a local golf course, followed by a meal, awards presentation, raffle and silent auction. Volunteers are needed in advance of the tournament to procure items for the raffle/silent auction, to recruit golfers and to solicit sponsors. Volunteers are used in various capacities the day of the tournament.

Grandparents/Special Persons Day – This event is organized by the school and supported by the Parents Association. Grandparents and/or Special Guests are invited to Applewild to attend school concerts, view art displays and visit classrooms. Volunteers register invitees, serve refreshments, and serve as escorts/guides.

Harvest Fair – A favorite annual event for Applewild families and the community at large featuring a game room, face painting, bake table, raffle room, music, food and inflatable rides. One the PA’s most important fundraising efforts, the fair requires a significant number of volunteers who are assigned to two-hour times slots based on their availability. 

Room Parents  – Room Parents communicate important information to families. They coordinate volunteers for PA events and organize class parties. There are two Room Parents per classroom for Kindergarten through Grade 5 and one Room Parent per class advisor for Grades 6 through 8.

Rummage Sale – Applewild families, faculty and staff donate new adn used items to be sold at this event. The greater Fitchburg community looks forward to this event and many needy families are able to purchase clothing, outerwear, shoes, and housewares at affordable prices. Volunteers are needed to accept and arrange donations, organize items and cash out patrons.

Teach Appreciation Luncheon – The Parents Association hosts a “surprise” lunch during Teacher Appreciation Week. Parents send in lunch items, assist with set up and clean up and also provide student supervision in the dining room so teachers have a day off from lunch duty.

Yankee Candle – The well-known Yankee Candle and other items are sold through a catalog and on-line. The Parents Association recieves 40% on all sales generated.

Please click here to submit your volunteer form online!

Greetings Applewild Families!

My name is Katie Dufour, coordinator for the Box Tops for Education program.

With all of the shopping and baking going on this holiday season I wanted to be sure to remind you to collect and send in the labels from many of the items you will already be purchasing. By actively participating in these two programs (and the other programs listed below) we can collect points and help Applewild earn money and merchandise! Our next BTFE deadline is fast approaching and we would like to submit as many as possible!

Box Tops for Education – Found on participating products listed under www.boxtops4education.com. You can also find coupons on this site. Please be sure to clip the entire BTFE off of the product for the Box Top to be valid.

It’s easy to help – simply place the items you have collected in a baggie or envelope and send them into school. There is a drop box located in the Main Office in Crocker, and another in the Lower School. Please remember to place your labels in a baggie or envelope with your child’s name listed so they can receive credit for their donations!

Our goal this year is to collect enough points to redeem for new supplies and equipment that will benefit our amazing Applewild students and staff!

Other simple ways you can continue to help our school this year include:

Amazon Smile School Rewards – This is an effortless way for you to earn money for Applewild School, simply by shopping at Amazon.com. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to Applewild School for eligible purchases. From https://smile.amazon.com simply log into your account and enter Applewild School.

Shoparoo – Snap pictures of your receipts from any store that sells grocery items to earn Roo Points (cash donations) for our school. Whether you’re shopping at a supercenter, dollar store, or local convenience store – it doesn’t matter where you shop or the items you buy – Shoparoo will make a cash donation for every receipt! http://www.shoparoo.com/howitworks/

Thank you for all of your continued support. I hope you enjoy the upcoming break to its fullest!

Sincerely,
Katie Dufour

PA 2017/2018 Meeting Schedule 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – 8:15am – Welcome Breakfast Meeting -Stone Dining Hall
Friday, October 6, 2017 – 8:15am – General Meeting in Laverack Room – Crocker Building
Thursday, November 30, 2017 – 5:30-7:00pm – General Meeting in Laverack Room – Crocker Building
Tuesday, December 5, 2017- 8:15am – Holiday Breakfast Celebration -Stone Family Dining Hall
Friday, February 2, 2018 – 8:15am – General Meeting in Laverack Room – Crocker Building
Friday, April 6, 2018 – 8:15am – General Meeting in Laverack Room – Crocker Building
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 – 8:15am – Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast -Stone Family Dining Hall

Parents Association Bylaws

APPLEWILD SCHOOL
PARENTS ASSOCIATION BYLAWS
Adopted 2/06/07

Article I: Name

The name of this Association shall be the “Applewild School Parents Association,” hereinafter referred to as the “Association” or the “PA”.

Article II: Purpose

The purpose of this Association shall be to assist Applewild School in any way deemed advisable by the Head of School in accordance with the policies established by the Applewild School Board of Trustees and in keeping with the School’s mission.

Article III: Membership

Section 1. Each parent or legal guardian of a student currently enrolled at Applewild School is a member of the Parents Association.

Section 2. The Head of School shall be an ex officio member of the Association.

Section 3. Each member is entitled to attend and to vote at all meetings of the Association and to use the monthly meeting as an opportunity for communication.

Article IV: Meetings and Procedures

Section 1. PA meetings shall be held at least seven times a year on school premises. Association members will be notified in writing via mail or electronic mail at least four weeks in advance of these meetings. A PA meeting schedule will also be posted on the school website.

Section 2. Special meetings of the Association may be called whenever the Executive Committee of the PA considers it necessary. All members of the Association shall be notified of the purpose of the special meeting in writing, by mail or electronic mail, at least seven days prior to said meeting. Business voted on at any special meeting shall be limited to that mentioned in the call.

Section 3. The regular meeting of the Association held in May of each year shall be designated the Annual Meeting. At this meeting, members of the Association will vote on the proposed slate of officers and the proposed budget for the coming year. At least seven days prior to this meeting, PA members will be notified of the Annual Meeting and will receive a slate of proposed officers for the coming year. The newly elected officers of the PA Executive Committee will begin their term upon conclusion of the Annual Meeting.

Section 4. All matters to be voted upon at Parents Association meetings shall be passed by a majority of those present except for those circumstances set forth herein that require a quorum of members to be present. Twelve members shall constitute a quorum. A quorum is required for the following matters: the election of new officers at the Annual Meeting; the approval of the proposed budget at the Annual Meeting; and the approval of any amendments to the bylaws of the Association. Whenever a quorum is required to approve a matter herein, such matter may be approved without a quorum present, provided that such vote is passed by a majority of those present and such vote is ratified by the Head of School or his/her designee.

Section 5. Any member of the Association may vote at all meetings. Each member of the Association shall have one vote. Any matter may also be voted without a meeting when all members have been notified in writing, by mail or electronic mail, and a majority of the required number of votes has been received in writing, by mail or electronic mail.

Section 6. All meetings of the Association are open to faculty, staff, administration and members of the Board of Trustees of Applewild. These persons shall be non-voting unless they are otherwise members of the Parents Association.

Article V: Use of Funds
Section 1. The fiscal year of the PA shall run from July 1st through June 30th. Monies raised by the PA will be used to benefit the school according to the needs identified by the PA and Applewild School administration. A budget will be prepared and presented at the Annual Meeting in May.
Section 2. The signatories of all accounts held by the PA shall be the President and Treasurer.
Section 3. All accounting policies as adopted by the Applewild School Board of Trustees, and the Accounting Procedures and Guidelines as established by the Director of Finance and Operations, are to be followed by all members of the PA and shall be enforced by the Treasurer of the PA.
Article VI: Officers

Section 1. The Executive Committee of the Association shall administer all PA activities. The Executive Committee is responsible for: (1) defining the agenda and schedule of PA meetings; (2) calling special meetings of the PA as needed; (3) advising the Head of School and Division Heads regarding their regular meetings; (4) supervising and supporting all activities of the PA; (5) forming special committees as needed.

Section 2. All officers must be members of the Association. The Executive Committee of the Association shall include as members the following officers: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Volunteer Coordinator.

The duties of these officers shall include, but not be limited to, those described in the following sections.

Section 3. The President shall: (1) prepare an agenda and preside at all Executive Committee and PA meetings; (2) be responsible for maintaining open communication between the PA and the Applewild administration, faculty, parents, students and trustees; (3) meet regularly with the Applewild administration; (4) appoint committee chairs for planned events as outlined in the strategic plan; (5) serve as an ex officio member of and support the activities of all PA committees; (6) serve as a member of the Development Committee; (7) prepare and present a report on PA activities at scheduled meetings of the Board of Trustees; (8) collect and review PA materials needed for the directory and family handbook; (9) prepare written materials for school publications.

Section 4. The Vice President shall: (1) assist the President as required; (2) perform duties of the President in his/her absence; (3) attend Executive Committee and PA meetings; (4) oversee all committees to ensure that events and fundraisers meet the guidelines and objectives of the school and Parents Association.

Section 5. The Secretary shall: (1) attend Executive Committee and PA meetings; (2) record the minutes of such meetings and prepare them for distribution, web posting and archives following a review of the Executive Committee; (3) maintain a notebook including all agendas, minutes and pertinent handouts from Executive Committee and PA meetings; (4) be familiar with PA bylaws to ensure compliance thereof; (5) conduct and monitor communications of the organization as requested by the Executive Committee.

Section 6. The Treasurer shall: (1) be responsible for all financial matters of the PA; (2) prepare in association with the President the annual budget; (3) administer the PA Accounting Policy, Procedures and Guidelines; (4) provide regular reports to the Executive Committee as well as to the PA body as outlined in the Accounting Policy; (5) keep proper records, prepare an end-of-year report for the PA body and archive financial documents.

Section 7. The Volunteer Coordinator shall: (1) coordinate staffing of all PA volunteer activities throughout the year; (2) work with the President and Vice President in appointing PA committee chairs; (3) serve as Room Parent liaison.

Section 8. The Executive Committee officers shall serve one-year terms with the option to continue for a second year. It would be anticipated that the Vice President would succeed as President the following year. No officer shall serve more than two consecutive one-year terms in the same position unless unusual circumstances indicate the need to do so. This will be explained by the Nominating Committee and/or the Executive Committee to Association members prior to any vote to elect the new slate of officers.

Section 9. An officer may be suspended or removed for cause, after reasonable notice and opportunity to be heard at a regular meeting. After such a meeting, a written vote of the membership will be taken and a majority vote of those responding shall be required for removal or suspension.

Section 10. Any officer may resign by delivering a written resignation to a member of the Executive Committee. Resignations are effective upon receipt unless otherwise specified in the letter of resignation.

Article VII: Nominations and Appointments

Section 1. The Nominating Committee shall consist of five members: (1) a member of the Association voted in at the Annual Meeting; (2) a parent who serves as a member of the Board of Trustees, appointed by the President of the Association; (3) the chair of the Parent-Faculty Liaison Committee; (4) the Head of School; and (5) the Vice President of the Association. If the Vice President of the Association does not accede as President, then the Secretary of the Association shall serve on the Nominating Committee. If the Secretary is not serving a second term, then the Treasurer shall serve on the Nominating Committee. If the Secretary and Treasurer are not serving a second term, then the Volunteer Coordinator shall serve on the Nominating Committee.

Section 2. The Head of School shall be the chair of the Nominating Committee or may appoint another Nominating Committee member as the chair.

Section 3. Each year the Nominating Committee shall nominate a slate of candidates for President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Volunteer Coordinator to be filled by members of the Association. Nominations shall be solicited from the Association, faculty and staff after the April PA meeting and before the Nominating Committee convenes. The slate will be published at least one week before the Annual Meeting, at which point nominations shall be closed.

Section 4. The outgoing President shall present the proposed slate of officers for a vote at the Annual Meeting of the PA.

Section 5. The Executive Committee and the Nominating Committee shall appoint officers from the PA membership to fill any positions that are vacated during the school year.

Article VIII: Amendments

These bylaws of the Parents Association may be amended, repealed or otherwise modified. Amendments to these bylaws must be reviewed and approved by the Board of Trustees before being voted on by the Association. Written notification of a proposed amendment, repeal or modification shall be given to all members of the PA. The proposed amendment, repeal or other modification will be addressed at the first meeting after such notification. A quorum must be present at any vote to modify the bylaws, and a two-thirds majority of those present is required. Any amendment, repeal or other modification to these bylaws of the PA must be in accordance with the bylaws of Applewild School as adopted by the Board of Trustees and must be in accordance with all policies of Applewild School as the same may be amended or modified from time to time.

School Rewards

Hannaford

Hello, from your Hannaford Helps Schools team. We’ve been getting some great feedback from schools about how our digital tool kit is helping them get the word out about their fundraising efforts – Please continue take advantage of all the great content!

Thank you for participating in Hannaford Helps Schools. If you’d like more information on the program, go to www.hannaford.com/helpsschools. Click on items in our “digital tool kit” to help you get the word out! Need more help? You can email Connie Clifford, Marketing Specialist at cclifford@hannaford.com

Box Tops 

Many of the products in your kitchen are likely have box tops or for education designations. Collecting these is an easy way to help our school earn money. Help multiply our efforts by asking your friends and family to collect Box Tops & UPC’s on behalf of our school.

One Box Top = $.10

For complete lists of eligible products and point values, visit boxtops4education.com and be sure to register under Applewild School and earn bonus points for our school.

Box Tops for Education (pdf letter)

The Labels for Education program is a school fund raising program designed with busy families in mind. By saving and redeeming product UPCs and beverage/sauce caps Applewild can earn FREE educational merchandise, such as computers, software, sports equipment, musical instruments and library books.

You can help out in three easy steps!

v  Step 1: Clip – (OR rip) Box tops

v  Step 2: Collect (and save)

v  Step3: Contribute (to the collection box) located in the PA Office

Target Red Card

Register your Target Red Card with our school ID, then every time you shop using your Target Red Card, your purchases will earn money for our school! You can register online or in stores.

School ID: 8398

Click here for our Target Rewards Link

AmazonSmile School Rewards

This is an effortless way for you to earn money for Applewild School, simply by shopping at Amazon.com. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to Applewild School for all eligible purchases.  Simply bookmarking this link in your Internet browser — then making it the first link you click each time you shop at Amazon.

Our Amazon School Rewards Link: https://smile.amazon.com/

Simply Log into your amazon account and enter Applewild School.

Shoparoo

Snap pictures of your receipts from any store, big or small, that sells grocery items to earn Roo Points (cash donations) for your school. Whether you’re shopping at a supercenter, dollar store, or local convenience store – it doesn’t matter where you shop or what items you buy – Shoparoo will make a cash donation for every receipt! Submit up to 20 grocery receipts within a rolling 7 day period.

  • Shop – Buy any item from any store, like you do today
  • Snap – Take a picture of your shopping receipt
  • Earn – Shoparoo donates to your school!

http://www.shoparoo.com/howitworks/

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