Supporting the school and above all our talented faculty.
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. Charter schools like ours rely on community support through volunteering and financial contributions in order to support the needs of our school.
It Takes a Partnership!
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 experiences a gap of $3.6 million every year, compared to local public independent school district funding. We need your support to bridge the funding gap.
How do we bridge this gap?
We partner with you and other FCA families to share our time, talent and treasure. To continue to provide this deeply intuitive and challenging education, along with 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 little. The support of parents and generous members of the community is essential for our continued success. For those that are able, 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 Funds 4 Founders (formerly Write-a-Check) campaign or through a monthly donation.
Why join the Archers Council?
When you volunteer your time, talents or make a financial donation to our school through the Archers Council, you ensure the Fine Arts, Athletics, campus improvements, teacher support, student scholarships, etc…continue and thrive at Founders Classical Academy Leander.
As an Archers Council member, you may vote at the Archer Council Executive Board elections held at the annual membership meeting.
Any parent or guardian can join the Archers Council and is strongly encouraged to support this initiative.
Annual membership is $10. To become a member of the Archers Council, click to "Become a Member."
Looking for more information about the Archers Council? Contact us at [email protected].
Meeting Minutes and records are available upon request. Click here to download the Archers Council Bylaws
Frequently Asked Questions
The Archers Council has an Executive Board includes a Chairman, Secretary, Director of Finance, Communications Coordinator, the Presidents of each of the standing committees, and the Headmaster of the school.
This Executive Board oversees five standing committees -- Archers Support Committee (ASC), Archers Athletic Booster Club (AABC), Fine Arts Booster Club (FAB), Funds4Founders (formerly Write-a-Check), and the Senior Events Committee (SEC).
What is the Archers Support Committee (ASC)?
The Archers Support Committee oversees projects and events that benefit the entire school. ASC runs several programs, including:
- Teacher Appreciation Week
- Book Fair
- Grandparents Breakfast
- Uniform Exchange
- Teacher Grants
ASC funds are primarily raised through the annual Funds4Founders (formerly Write-a-Check) campaign.
What is the Archers Athletic Booster Club (AABC)?
The Archers Athletics Booster Club provides funds for:
- athletic equipment
- recognition banquets for student-athletes
- student-athlete scholarships
AABC funds are raised through sports events concession sales, athletics spirit wear sales, and other annual fundraising events such as the Cross Country Invitational, Clash of the Archers and the DodgeBrawl Tournament.
What is the Fine Arts Booster Club (FABC)?
The Fine Arts Booster Club promotes the Fine Arts – Studio Art, Music, Orchestra and Theater - and supports faculty and students by providing materials and supplies for the art, music, and theater programs, including instruments, theater set components, and displays for visual art.
FABC funds are raised through a variety of initiatives including events such as the annual Talent Show and spirit wear sales.
What is the Senior Events Committee (SEC)?
The Senior Events Committee works directly with the senior students and families to host the annual traditions of our Senior Archers. Our traditions include the Senior Sidewalk, Senior Arrow, class gift and Senior Fun Days.
There are two fundraising initiatives that support the SEC funds – Muffins in the Morning and Pizza Fridays. Both events are held monthly.
What is the Funds4Founders (formerly Write-a-Check) Committee?
The Funds4Founders (formerly Write-a-Check) Committee oversees the annual fundraiser that supports the efforts of the Archers Council. For more information, click on the next FAQ, “Where does my money go?”
Where does my donation go?
Every Dollar Counts!
Whether all at once during our annual Funds4Founders (formerly Write-a-Check) campaign or through a monthly donation, proceeds will go to:
- Teacher grants for classroom needs and teacher bonuses
- Additional student program materials and supplies
- 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 send your donation.
Why a $10 membership fee to join the Archers Council?
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 Funds4Founders (formerly Write-a-Check) Campaign begins in the fall each year. You can click on the Donate Here button at the top of the page any time during the year.
You may also support the school by participating in the following programs:
- Usborne Book Fair
- Spirit Wear shopping
- Attend council events
Please contact [email protected] 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. Visit our Volunteer Toolkit to learn more!
Archers Council Communications
The Upshot - A Quarterly Newsletter of the Archers Council
The Archers Council provides a quarterly newsletter to our school community with information about events, volunteer opportunities and council spending. Stay tuned for the 2023-2024 Upshot!
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- Lawrence Davis, Chairman
- Meredith Godoy, Secretary
- Michael Barba, Finance
- Katie Lewis & Sweta Vadgama, Communications
Archers Support Committee
- Dawna Vicars, President
- Eric Wachsmann, Vice President
- Jason Natho, Secretary
- Steven Sederburg, Treasurer
- Renee Jumper, Events Coordinator
Archers Athletic Booster Club
- Andrew Mawdsley, President
- Tye Prange, Vice President
- Gina Cohn, Secretary
- David Freidenfeld, Treasurer
- Jessica Hughes, Events Coordinator
Fine Arts Booster Club
- Kimberly Sederburg, President
- Lyndsey Smith, Vice President
- Angie Green, Secretary
- Jon Hutchinson, Treasurer
- Allison Jennings, Events Coordinator
Funds 4 Founders (formerly Write-A-Check) Committee
- Miranda Knaack, President
- Alfa Sengupta, Marketing
- Michelle Russell, Volunteer Coordinator
Senior Events Committee
- Lisa Kelly, President
- Alison Davis, Vice President
- Brooke Wagner, Secretary
- John Quirk, Treasurer
- Tammy Norman, Events Coordinator