ABOUT FRIENDS OF GOETHE SCHOOL (FOGS)

All About FOGS

WHO WE ARE

Joanna Miner Thomas - President, Parent

Kim Kappelman - VP, Parent

Nicole Dalesandro- VP, STEAM Chair, Parent

Genevra Knight - Treasurer, Parent

Sara McCradden - Secretary, Parent

Amanda Eich - Graphic Designer, Parent

Caitlin Sobotka - Parent

Ashlee Cuza - Parent

Natalie Toro - Teacher

Elizabeth Leong - Parent, Teacher

Gabby Goodstein - Teacher

Cassie Maxwell- Parent

We are all volunteers working hard to fill the funding gaps for Goethe Elementary. 

WHO CAN JOIN?

The short answer is, anybody! While the bulk of our volunteers are parents, we also have many teachers and community members participate. Board members are elected annually during the summer, but anyone can participate in our monthly meetings or volunteer

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"I had a great experience at Open House. Lively but orderly students moving from class to class, a clean and well-lit older building brimming with colorful student projects, lots of teachers/administrators interacting with kids in a very warm way – as if they clearly knew each other."

~Tamra T.

 

WHAT DOES FOGS DO?

Our focus changes from year to year, based on the needs of the school community. Over the years, FOGS has provided fundraising for classroom support, won major grants and state support for a playground and garden overhaul, for example. 

IS FOGS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION?

Yes!  Being a 501(c)3 means that all donations to FOGS are tax deductible for donors. EIN 26-3929495

RECENT FOGS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SCHOOL:

  • Acquired a variety of flexible seating accommodations for classrooms to ease the transition back from remote learning while increasing engagement and encouraging outdoor lessons

  • Purchased iPads for our award winning library program

  • Worked with our music instructor to expand our program through the acquisition of new instruments as well as software and hardware for recording and sound editing

  • Provided funding for the after school Ballet Folkloriko instructor, so more students could participate, regardless of income, while we maintain the cultural heritage of our school

  • Funded and installed a new sound system for the auditorium

  • Provided a new keyless security system for the school 

  • Participated in the ongoing campaign to secure CPS funding for the building of a new annex, which is currently under disrepair

  • Invested in sports jerseys for our various teams

  • Supplied new sports equipment such as basketballs, volleyballs and soccer nets to support Goethe’s PE programming

  • Supplied various types of equipment for active recess on Goethe’s playground such as sports balls, hoola-hoops, jump ropes, etc

"Goethe is a hidden gem in Logan Square. All of my children have graduated with high honors and been accepted to major Chicago high schools. Even back when I attended Goethe, we out-scored other schools in the area.

~Phil J.

 

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