What is the Archers Council?
Supporting the School and our Talented Faculty
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
New and returning parents often have the same questions-- What makes a charter school different? What is Responsive Ed? What is the Barney Charter School Initiative? How can I support classical education and our school? The biggest difference -- the limited funding provided by the state and the extraordinarily rich curriculum it provides. The Archers Council has prepared the slideshow to the right to help answer some of the most common questions.
Looking for more information about the Archers Council? Contact us at email@example.com. Any parent can join and is strongly encouraged to support this initiative. Annual membership is $10.
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The Structure of the Archers Council
The council oversees three standing committees:
Archers Athletic Booster Club
Archers Support Committee
Fine Arts 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.
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
- Senior Events Committee
- Clothing Closet
ASC funds are raised through the annual Write-a-Check campaign, Spirit Nights, and other fundraisers.
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, and calendar sales.
Why join the Archers Council?
650 Students X $2,000 less per student = $1.3M 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 650+ students starting in the 2018-2019 school year, that is $1,300,000 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 the 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 administration 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 on the Make A Gift blue button at the top of the page 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.
You may also support the school by participating in the various vendor programs. Please click on the icons to the right to learn how to participate in the these programs.
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.
We know that children enjoy greater success in school when the adults they admire most take an interest in their education. Our students’ parents are encouraged to commit to 20 volunteer hours each year for the school. These hours foster closer relationships and ensure a more secure learning environment. Please click on the blue Volunteer button below to take the first step to become an approved volunteer and choose opportunities to get started.
Archers Council Officers 2018-2019
Chairman - George King
Secretary - Meredith Godoy
Finance Director - Eric Wachsmann
ASC President - Wendy Wells
AABC President - LuAnn Edwards
FABC President - Benoit Baudon de Mony
The Pemberton family at Clash of the Archers, an AABC event.
Archers Athletic Booster Club (AABC)
President - LuAnn Edwards
Vice President - Lisa Kelly
Secretary - Julie Maynard
Treasurer - PJ Lehman
Events Co-Lead - Kirsten Heginbottom & Kristen Jones
Communications - Mary Walker
Archers Support Committee (ASC)
President - Wendy Wells
Vice President - Tammy Norman
Secretary - Mindi Adams
Treasurer - Elliott Pemberton
Events Coordinator - Michelle Warner
Communications - Koby Fell & Marion Wachsmann
Fine Arts Booster Club (FABC)
President - Benoit Baudon de Mony
Vice President - OPEN
Secretary - Julie Kimball
Treasurer - Rebecca Bai
Events Coordinator - OPEN
Communications - Allison Salmon