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ABOUT FRIENDS OF GOETHE SCHOOL (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

Mari Fair - Latin Beats Chair, Parent

Amanda Eich - Graphic Designer, Parent

Caitlin Sobotka - Dine & Donate Chair, Parent

Ashlee Cuza - Parent

Andy Distel - Parent, Teacher

Elizabeth Leong - Parent, Teacher

Thomas Rodriguez - Parent

Cassie Maxwell- Field Revitalization Chair, Parent

Rocio Salamanca- Parent

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

OUR PURPOSE

Friends of Goethe School (FOGS) is a group of parents, teachers, and neighbors working together to make Goethe Elementary a better school for everyone in the community. We best support Goethe with a strong team of board members and volunteers. All parents, teachers, and community members are welcome and encouraged to support and participate FOGS activities. 

Board members are elected annually during the summer, but anyone can participate in our monthly meetings or volunteerThere is no financial requirement for participation.  

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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

2023/24 FOGS MEETING SCHEDULE

WHEN:    6:30PM - the first Monday of each month unless noted below

WHERE:  Goethe Elementary Library

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  • November 6th, 2023

  • December 4th, 2023

  • Jan 8th (no school on the 1st), 2024

  • Feb 5th, 2024

  • March 4th, 2024

  • April 8th (no school on the 1st), 2024

  • May 6th, 2024

  • June 3rd, 2024

RECENT FOGS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SCHOOL:

  • Purchased smart TVs and TV stands for every classroom

  • 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

  • Outfitted "kiss and go" student volunteers with reflective vests

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Purchased 200 new folding chairs for gym / auditorium 

"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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