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Friends of Agassiz is an all-volunteer group of parents and community members dedicated to making Agassiz Elementary a great school for all students through fundraising and community outreach events. Friends of Agassiz operates independently of the school as a non-profit 501(c)(3).

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Upcoming Events

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Parent & Staff Back to School Night

What: A chance to mingle with teachers, meet new parents, and support the school

When: Thursday, September 27th, 7pm

Where: Diag 2856 N. Southport

Suggested Donation: $5

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Agassiz Parent/Staff Softball Challenge

When: October 5th, 4-6pm

Where: Jonquil Park

Cost: $15

Strategic Plan for Fundraising

Last year, Agassiz supporters raised over $175,000, which helps cover CPS budget gaps, strengthen our diverse community and support the school’s Strategic Plan for Fundraising.

Short-term goals include funding arts, drama and dance programming, as well as supporting vital staff positions, investing in classroom technology, providing science lab supplies and repairing playground equipment. Long-term goals include renovating the gymnasium/auditorium and hiring a full-time arts teacher.

Download a copy of the Strategic Plan here.

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Fundraising Initiatives

FOA supports Agassiz with a variety of fundraisers and community events throughout the school year.

Each fall, the Agassiz Walk-a-thon, now in its 12th year, encourages family, friends and neighbors to sponsor students while highlighting our school's commitment to healthy habits.

In winter, the I Heart Agassiz Pledge Drive gives families the chance to show their appreciation for the school and what they love most. Families are encouraged to donate any amount they're comfortable with, whether it's a one-time amount or monthly.

Spring is host to two fundraisers: the Online Auction and Gala. The annual auction gives 300+ Agassiz families, their friends and neighbors across Chicago, plus over 300,000 bidders nationwide, the chance to bid on great items while supporting Agassiz. The Spring Gala is an adults-only night full of gaming, bidding and refreshments held in Chicago. Last year the two events brought in $60,000.

Community outreach events include monthly Dine Out for Agassiz nights at popular area restaurants, with a portion of proceeds going to the school. It's a delicious way to support local businesses while benefiting our neighborhood school. Past participants include Kirkwood Bar, Potbelly, Home Run Inn and DMK Burger.

Accomplishments

FOA has provided financial support for a number of initiatives that would have otherwise been cut due to budget constraints.

Membership

All parents and community members are welcome and encouraged to join Friends of Agassiz. Your participation, support and ideas can help shape Agassiz into the school you want it to be.

All meetings are at 6pm in Music Room and babysitting available by Mr. Oni (PE teacher) in the gym for $5/child.

Dates for the 2018/2019 year are:

Sept 26
Oct 24
Nov 28
Jan 16
Feb 27
March 27
April 24
May 29

For more information, please contact President Patti Lenkov.

Board Members

Patti Lenkov

President

pattilenkov@aol.com

Kate Kiszynski

Vice President

katekiszynski@gmail.com

Michael Sinclair

Treasurer

msinclair14@sbcglobal.net

RC Jones

Secretary

arcyjonze@gmail.com

"My family and I joined the Agassiz community in 2015 when our son started first grade. I got involved with Friends of Agassiz shortly after and currently serve as the Secretary. Like many parents, my wife and I live outside of the neighborhood, but we are so happy to be a part of an energetic, arts-focused elementary school."

Mark Brumwell

 

brumwellmark@yahoo.com

"I have two children at Agassiz (since 2012) and it’s been my pleasure to serve on the Friends of Agassiz Board of Trustees since 2014. We have lived in the neighborhood for over seven years and love the educated, caring, and energetic staff at our neighborhood school."

Talya Smith

 

Talyasmith30@gmail.com

 

Michelle Platts

 

meems@mplatts.com

Karyn Bass

 

karynbass@yahoo.com