Archers Council

Supporting the school and above all our talented faculty.


Our Annual Write-A-Check Campaign is the largest fundraiser of the year! In 2018-2019 we raised over $75,000 to support our faculty, classrooms, and extracurricular programs.

Please download a copy of the campaign letter to read more about the impact of last year's campaign and the goal for the upcoming year: Write-A-Check Campaign Letter, the 2018 Donations List and The Impact of a Donation.

2019 Write-A-Check Campaign Kick-Off

The Archers Council will kick off their annual Write-A-Check campaign on Friday, October 11. Instead of the usual fundraising efforts that take time and energy, you can simply Write-A-Check! We were so encouraged by last year's contributions and hope to see 100% family participation this year.

The Write-A-Check campaign will run from October 11-31. We encourage you to participate in 3 ways. First, write a check to "Archers Council", give online through the QR code below, or pledge monthly gifts through Bill Pay. Second, invite extended family and friends to invest in your student's education. And third, inquire about your company's charitable matching program. With a little effort a donation can be doubled!

Please help us reach our goal...and Aim High!

For questions about the Write-A-Check campaign, please email info@archerscouncil.com.

Click here if you are interested in reading more about our past success with the Write-A-Check campaign.

Write-A-Check 2019

As of October 22 , we are currently at $20,000! That's 20% of our goal and 10% of our families have participated!

What is the Archers Council?

It Takes a Partnership!

The Archers Council is a stewardship organization intended to engage parents in support of the Headmaster, the faculty, and the administration in carrying out the mission of the school. Its objectives include:

  • Educating parents and the community about the school and the differences between it and ordinary public school
  • Encouraging family and friends of Founders Classical Academy of Leander to show their support through volunteering and donations

Contact Us

Looking for more information about the Archers Council? Contact us at info@archerscouncil.com. Any parent can join and is strongly encouraged to support this initiative. Annual membership is $10.

Archers Council on Facebook

The Structure of the Archers Council

The council oversees four standing committees:

Archers Athletic Booster Club

What is AABC?

The Archers Athletics Booster Club provides funds for:

  • student-athlete scholarships
  • athletic equipment
  • sports recognition banquets for student-athletes

AABC funds are raised through sports events concession sales, athletics spirit wear sales, spirit nights, and other fundraising events such as Clash of the Archers and the DodgeBrawl Tournament.

Fine Arts Booster Club

What is FAB?

The Fine Arts Booster Club promotes the Fine Arts and supports faculty and students by providing:

  • scholarship aid for competitions
  • supplies for the art, music, and theater programs, including instruments, theater set components, and displays for visual art

FAB funds are raised through a variety of initiatives including theater events ticket sales, spirit wear sales, movie nights and coffee houses.

Archers Support Committee

What is ASC?

The Archers Support Committee oversees fundraising for and the administration of projects and events that benefit the entire school.

ASC runs several programs, including:

  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Book Fairs
  • Watch DOGS
  • Spirit Nights
  • Clothing Closet

ASC funds are raised through the annual Write-a-Check campaign, Spirit Nights, and other fundraisers.

Write-A-Check

What is WAC?

The Write-A-Check Committee oversees the annual fundraiser that supports the efforts of the Archers Council.

There is a representative from each of the boosters and ASC as well as additional members of the Archers Council that make up the WAC Committee. If you are interested in joining the WAC Committee, please contact the WAC Chair, Wendy Wells at info@archerscouncil.com.

Why join the Archers Council?

700 Students x $2,000 less per student =

$1,400,000.00 less funding annually

We need you!

Just like public schools, charter schools receive state funds based on the average daily attendance of students. However, charter schools do not receive funds from local tax revenue, or, in most cases, state facilities funding.

Annually, Founders receives approximately $2,000 less per student. With 700 students starting in the 2019-2020 school year, that is $1,400,000 this upcoming school year!

Charter schools like ours work to make up the difference with fundraising to help support our talented faculty, grow our fine arts and athletic programs and promote community in our many school wide events. It is important to understand that is a real condition for all charter schools and is not a circumstance of the school being poorly operated, but rather the limitations inherently placed on schools not otherwise subsidized.

In order to continue to provide this deeply intuitive and challenging education, and even the basic elective and extracurricular activities and programs readily available at typical public schools, we need your active participation through volunteering and fundraising.

As a public charter school, we do a lot with a little. The support of parents and generous members of the community is essential for our continued success. For those that are able, whether a member of the Archers Council or not, we ask that each family make a financial commitment each school year to help make up the difference. Contributions can be made all at once at our annual Write-A-Check campaign or through a monthly donation and can be directed to a preferred use.

Why a $10 membership fee to join the Archers Council?

The annual dues go directly to cover the basic administrative costs associated with conducting business as a non-affiliate not-for-profit organization operating independently from, but in direct support of, FCA Leander. Having an engaged representation of parents is vital to seeing to it that the much needed contributions that bridge the gap of the rigorous, weekly schedules of the faculty and staff to the demanding extracurricular components of a dynamic school experience are met with a sense of equal dedication. Your membership helps make that possible.

Where does my donation go?

Every Dollar Counts!

Whether all at once during our annual Write-A-Check campaign or through a monthly donation, proceeds will go to:

  • Teacher grants and bonuses
  • Additional programs
  • Non-classroom additions to the school
  • Endowment seeding for long-term sustainability

All contributions are welcome no matter the level of commitment. Click here to set up your donation.

Did you know?

Due to funding constraints, FCA Leander teachers earn 80% what their public colleagues make. It takes contributions like yours to help us make up the difference!

After all, who cares more about the full student experience than their teachers? That’s right! Their parents.

How do I give my Gifts, Time and Talent to the Archers Council?

Give a Gift

The Archers Council and the Standing Committees host fundraising events and programs throughout the year. Our Annual Write-A-Check Campaign begins in October each year.

You may also support the school by participating in the following vendor programs:

Please contact info@ArchersCouncil.com if you have any questions.

Volunteer your time & talent

Parent and community volunteers play an essential role at Founders Classical Academy. Whether you volunteer for just one hour or over a hundred hours, your help is essential in supporting the education of our students. Some volunteers may assist in the classroom with instructional or clerical tasks. Others may help shelve books in the library, assist during lunch, or work with the Archers Council fundraisers. Your volunteer efforts teach our children the importance of spending time in the service of a worthy cause.

Volunteer Toolkit

Click here to volunteer!

Archers Council Officers 2019-2020

Executive Board

Chairman - Elliott Pemberton

Secretary - Meredith Godoy

Finance Director - Eric Wachsmann

ASC President - Miranda Knaack

AABC President - LuAnn Edwards

FABC President - Tom Stepek

The Pemberton family at Clash of the Archers, an AABC event.

Archers Athletic Booster Club (AABC)

President - LuAnn Edwards

Vice President - OPEN

Secretary - OPEN

Treasurer - PJ Lehman

Events Coordinator - OPEN

Communications - Mary Walker

Archers Support Committee (ASC)

President - Miranda Knaack

Vice President - Nora Carlson

Secretary - Kelley Pittman

Treasurer - David Frank

Events Coordinator/Communications - Marion Wachsmann

Fine Arts Booster Club (FABC)

President - Tom Stepek

Vice President - OPEN

Secretary - OPEN

Treasurer - Rebecca Bai

Events Coordinator/Communications - Koby Fell

Art Liaison - Jesse Claggett

Music Liaison - Brooke Wagner

Theater Liaison - Ruchi Bhatt

Further Information

Executive Board Minutes 2019-2020