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Friends of Ingraham

 

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!

Friends of Ingraham (FOI) is the parent-teacher organization that supports all Ingraham High School’s wonderful students and staff. By coordinating with Ingraham administrators, teachers, counselors, and other parent groups, FOI helps keep families informed, connected, and engaged.

Friends of Ingraham operates as a nonprofit charitable organization, independent from the national Parent-Teacher Association. Because we consider ALL Ingraham families valuable members of Friends of Ingraham, regardless of their ability to contribute financially, we have decided to forgo membership dues. Instead, we simply ask that you contribute to the community in personally meaningful way, whether through financial donation, volunteering, joining a committee, or simply attending meetings. 

If you would like to donate, you can do so here.

Get Involved!

There are so many ways to get involved with FOI and IHS! There is something to fit everyone's time and interests!

Attend meetings: Meet the board, hear the Floe Report, ask questions, learn about volunteer opportunities, chat with the community, and more. Find the meeting calendar below and on the IHS website. 

Volunteer: While volunteering looks a little different this year, we still need you! Contact our volunteer coordinator to receive notifications about future volunteer opportunities. We understand that schedules are tight and appreciate any time you can offer!


Donate: Funds raised allow us to provide resources to help our students flourish. From textbooks and laptops to snacks and warm clothes, your donations help us ensure that all Ingraham staff and students have the tools necessary to succeed.


Support Bright Futures and the Pride Closet! Bright Futures is a program at Ingraham that launched at the 2017 annual auction. With your continued generosity, the Ingraham counselors can more comprehensively support our students who are experiencing financial hardship or housing insecurity.

Stay Connected & Informed!

Ever wonder what’s happening at Ingraham? Are you uncertain about where to get information? If so, you are not alone! Here are some of the ways to stay informed:

The FOI Website provides information about FOI and its efforts to support the school, upcoming events, and volunteer opportunities.

The IHS Website  is an excellent resource. In addition to academic and program information, you can access the school calendar, the Teen Health Center, Naviance, college and counseling information, and information about the school booster clubs.

The Bulletin is sent out on Fridays. In it you’ll find news from FOI, the Ingraham Performing Arts Booster Club (IPAB), Ingraham Athletics Booster Club (IABC), and the administration. Topics will include upcoming meetings, fundraising, calendar events, and news from around the school. Contact the Ingraham Main Office to sign up. 

The Ingraham Athletic Booster Club website provides sports-specific information such as game times and results, coach contact information, fundraising, and paperwork.

If you're on Facebook, you can join one of our many Ingraham community groups – Friends of Ingraham CommunityIngrahamRamFans, and Ingraham Performing Arts Boosters are just a few!

Attend a FOI meeting: At general meetings, you’ll (virtually) meet other families, hear the Floe Report, discuss issues, and learn about topics relevant to your family. The FOI community is encouraged to attend the FOI board meetings, as well. There you’ll hear about the work FOI is doing and be able to participate in the grant approval process. As a bonus, Principal Floe will be on hand for Q&A!

Go to The Source: You can check your student’s schedule, academic progress and contact teachers on The Source. This is an invaluable resource, available from the Ingraham High School website.

Listen to your messages: Seattle Public Schools utilize a messaging service to keep families informed of upcoming breaks, inclement weather reports, and student absence and tardiness. 

Fundraising at IHS!

We want all IHS students and staff to have the tools they need to thrive; unfortunately, Seattle Public Schools funding doesn't provide for all that we believe necessary for a well-rounded education. Thankfully, there are organizations in place to fill the gaps! Below is a summary of the groups that raise and distribute funds at Ingraham. We encourage all FOI members to contribute in a personally meaningful way, whether financially or through the gift of your time. 

Friends of Ingraham (FOI): FOI raises money for all students at Ingraham. Its primary fundraising mechanisms are the Annual Appeal and the Annual Auction. Funds are distributed year-round through grants for educational materials and supplies, support for Link Crew, various clubs and activities, sports, arts, and performance-related needs. FOI is able to support all programs at Ingraham because of the generous donations we receive from Ingraham families, friends, and alumni. 


Bright Futures: Bright Futures is a program at Ingraham that allows the Ingraham counselors to more comprehensively support our students who are experiencing poverty, housing insecurity, or homelessness. A portion of the initial funds were used to set up our Pride Closet, a place where students can access basic items necessary for success, such as school supplies, warm clothes, dry socks, healthy snacks, meals for weekends and breaks, hygiene products, and more. 


Ingraham Performing Arts Boosters (IPAB): As the name suggests, this booster raises money to support Ingraham’s bands, orchestras, theatre, and choirs. IPAB fundraises through an annual auction, through coffee and seat cushion sales, concessions, ad sales, and in many other creative ways.


Ingraham Athletics Boosters (IABC): This booster raises money to support varsity, junior varsity, united, and club sports. IABC raises money at an annual breakfast, through “shout outs” at sports events, and ad sales in sports programs. 


Corrie Lazar Fund: The Corrie Lazar fund raises money to help cover the costs of IB testing for those who need assistance. The Lazar family created the fund to honor their daughter, a 2006 IHS graduate, who was tragically killed in 2009. 


These groups are careful stewards of the funds they raise. We encourage you to give what you can, wherever you choose. To simplify things, we've created a Joint Donation Form that can be found on our Forms page.

 

Friends of Ingraham wants YOU

To join the board for the 2021-2022 school year!

We're looking ahead to next year and are in search of board members! Joining FOI is a great way to stay involved and make a difference in your student’s high school experience. From highly active to mostly from home, we have roles that suit a variety of schedules.If you’re interested in any of the open positions and just want to chat about them, please feel free to reach out to us at friendsofingrahamhs@gmail.com or IngrahamVol@gmail.com. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have, no commitment necessary. If you know of anyone who may be interested, feel free to share! Ingraham is a diverse school and we would like to recruit board members who reflect that diversity.


 Board Positions: 


President : The President is a member of the Executive Board and is the face of Friends of Ingraham, answering questions and connecting with the Ingraham community. The president should be comfortable with public speaking, as there are a few occasions where they will need to make announcements, such as the Open House and Curriculum Night. The president ensures that the purposes of FOI are being fulfilled, including occasionally filling the shoes of other board positions if needed. Overall, the position is fun and interesting, and requires less time than many other board positions. It’s best to be good with people and generally unflappable. The average time commitment is 5-10 hours a month, depending on the season.

 Vice President: The Vice President is a member of the Executive Board and primarily manages the grants program. They will send out grant solicitation letters to school staff via Martin Floe 4 times per year, review initial grant requests received, and chair the grant committee that evaluates the grants for approval by the FOI Board. They then work with the Treasurer and school financial staff to distribute the approved grants. The Vice President also fills in for the President at meetings if the President is absent. The average time commitment is 4-5 hours per month plus another 6-8 hours per grant cycle (4 times/year).

Treasurer (open): The Treasurer is a member of the Executive Board and is responsible for handling the financial affairs of the organization, including budgeting, managing accounts, tax reports, and more. The Treasurer leads a team that includes the Bright Futures Treasures, Bookkeeper, and Treasurer’s Assistant. Strong financial skills are required, and a history in finance is helpful. The Treasurer attends all board, grant, and general meetings. The time commitment varies considerably depending on the season, ranging from 4-20 hours per month. 

Secretary (open): The Secretary is a member of the Executive Board and is responsible for taking and recording meeting minutes. They take notes at the meetings, transcribe them, and put them up on the Ingraham website. The time commitment is about 4-6 hours per month.  

Bookkeeper (open): The Bookkeeper keeps track of incoming donations and outgoing payments and helps the Treasurer maintain the FOI accounts. The average time commitment is 6 hours per month.

 Treasurer’s Assistant (open): As part of the Treasurer’s team, the Treasurer’s Assistant is responsible for donation tracking and acknowledgement. Board meeting attendance is welcomed but not required! The average time commitment is 2 hours per month. 

Fundraising Chair: We are looking for someone to head our fundraising efforts, specifically the Direct Appeal. There is a lot of flexibility in the position, as it is currently a vacant seat on the board. 

Communications Chair: The Communications Chair is responsible for keeping the IHS community informed about upcoming events, fundraisers, and other points of interest. The average time commitment is 1-3 hours per week, plus meeting and event attendance. Most of the work can be done from home, so it’s a great way to get involved if you require a more flexible schedule.

 Hospitality Chair (open): The Hospitality Chair coordinates the Friends of Ingraham social events, such as the annual Welcome BBQ, Staff Appreciation Breakfasts, and refreshments for the FOI general meetings. Board meeting attendance is welcomed but not required!

 Volunteer Coordinator (open): The Volunteer Coordinator will work closely with the Ingraham Volunteer Coordinator to help establish need for volunteers, advertise/recruit and schedule volunteer activities.  An email contact list generated from the SPS Volunteer Database can be utilized for IHS sanctioned events. Knowledge of SignUp Genius is a bonus. Responsible for monitoring/correspondence of ingrahamvol@gmail.com account. Estimated time commitment is approximately 2 hrs a week with greater demand during the beginning of the school year and during AP/IB testing seasons. 

Ninth-grade Co-Rep (open): The Ninth Grade Rep acts as a liaison for the incoming Freshman families. They help facilitate 2-3 Ninth-grade specific meetings per year, welcoming attendees and introducing the speakers. They are available to Ninth-grade families throughout the year, answering questions and bringing any concerns to the board. The average time commitment is 2-4 hours per month, with minimal duties outside of the monthly meetings. This position is perfect for someone who likes to engage personally with the IHS community and wants to learn more about Ingraham. No prior experience with Ingraham is necessary, there’s always a board or staff member to help answer any question! Thank you for considering, we look forward to connecting with you soon!

 
Calendar

Friends of Ingraham
2020-2021 Calendar

Schedule subject to change.

For the safety and wellbeing of our membership, all FOI meetings will be held online until further notice. Meeting links will be distributed prior to the scheduled meeting.

General Membership Meetings

  • Sept 16, 2020

  • Nov 4, 2020

  • March: TBD

  • June: TBD

FOI Board Meetings

All members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Meetings with an asterisk (*) next to the date will coincide with grant cycles.

  • Sept 21, 2020*

  • Oct 19, 2020*

  • Nov 16, 2020

  • Dec 14, 2020*

  • Jan 11, 2021

  • Feb 8, 2021

  • Mar 15, 2021

  • Apr 19, 2021

  • May 17, 2021

 
 
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