Thursday, October 16, 2014

Welcome to Maple Boosters!

Maple Boosters, Inc. is a 501c3 tax exempt organization that supports the teachers, staff and students of Maple Elementary School with programs and events throughout the school year. Our mission is...

Maple Boosters holds two major fundraisers during the school year. A Fall fundraiser in September/October and a Malley's Chocolate sale before Easter (February/March). Additionally, we participate in Market Day, collect BoxTops, and Labels for Education and recycle ink cartridges.

As a membership based organization, we hold monthly meetings for the membership to have input and help guide the organization. A budget is presented at the start of the school year and is approved by the membership. Our goal for budgeting is a zero-based budget; what we raise for the year is used for the year. We rely on our members and greater Maple community to provide their time and talents to assist with events. Here are the programs and different ways Maple Boosters provides support for Maple Elementary:

~Welcome Back Picnic (in conjunction with Meet the Teacher Night) Volunteers needed
~ Picture Day Volunteers ( to help keep the day moving and students organized)
~ Assembly (Basketball Jones anti-bully program)
~Classroom Party Snacks/Beverages (Halloween, Holiday, Valentines, Ice Cream Social, Field Day)
~Staff Appreciation (dinner on conference nights (4x per year), special thank you in May and other times during the year) Volunteers needed to help provide dinner, set up -2:30 and clean up 6pm
~Scholastic Book Fair ( during 1st term conferences and carnival) all proceeds are earned in Scholastic dollars and used by Mrs. Starkey, Librarian. Volunteers needed days and evenings.
~Grandparents Day (November 2014) Volunteers needed during the day.
~Family Game Night (BINGO in December 2014) Volunteers needed for planning and during the event.
~Family Carnival (May 2015) Volunteers needed for planning and during the event.
~5th grade celebration (possible field trip and luncheon)
~Kindergarten Promotion (donuts or snack for celebrating afterwards)
~Communicator Folders (ordered in May for upcoming year)
~Yearbook (volunteer to be available during candid photo day, collect photos, organize orders and distribute at end of year.

Opportunities for Involvement

Hello Everyone!

Thank you very much for joining Maple Boosters. Unfortunately, I'm very slowly getting information out to everyone. 

The Maple Boosters blog will be updated soon; you can access it through the Maple Elementary page of the PCLS website or at
We have also started a Facebook page for sharing information with you. You can like us at

There are a number of opportunities available for volunteering coming up in the very near future for conferences, book fair and Halloween. Please watch your email for specific details for each event coming soon.

If at any time you do not want to receive emails, please let us know. If there is a better way you want us to communicate with you, please let us know that, too.

I look forward to working with all of you in the near future.

Amy Basco

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

2/12/14 Meeting Minutes

2/12/14 Maple Boosters Meeting Minutes
Meeting called to order at 6:20 p.m.
1.        Welcome/Introductions
Attendees:  Carla C., Claudine D., Amy B., Bonnie G., Zac C., Holly F., Angela H., Diane C.
2.        Treasurer Report
Amy verbally reviewed February’s financial report.  She will distribute February and March financial reports for approval at the 3/12/14 meeting.
3.        Secretaries Report
Bonnie submitted 1/15/14 Meeting Minutes for approval.  1st Motion - Amy, 2nd Motion - Claudine. Minutes approved by all attendees.  
4.        Nominating Committee
Claudine will lead this committee with help from Zac and Holly.  Nominations for next year’s Maple Boosters Officers will be accepted/presented at 3/12/14 meeting.  Amy will supply the nominating committee with a current list of Boosters members.
5.        Valentine’s Day Parties
Will be held Friday, February 14th at 2:15 p.m.  Boosters will supply a Oreo’s and Capri Sun to classrooms.
Carla advised that Mrs. Hashier’s class will also be having a pizza party during their party.  They won it from the Fall Fundraiser.
6.        Box Tops/LFE
Claudine stated the Blue Pod is currently in the lead for the pod races.  March 1st is the next deadline to turn in Box Tops.  She will send the Labels for Education catalog link to Zac so he can see what’s available.
7.        Carnival
Per Claudine, will be held May 30th.  The Buy One, Get One Free Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the Art room.  No further updates available as Sue (committee lead) was not at meeting.
8.        Malleys
Per Carla, fundraiser will start February 28th with orders due March 26th (before Spring Break).  Pick up date is April 11th.  If we sell $3,000 Malley’s will sort and deliver candy to Maple.  If under $3,000 we will need to pick up and sort orders.  Checks are to be made payable to Maple Boosters.  
9.        Principal Message
Zac advised the magician visit for One Maple One Book has been changed to February 21st.  The actual cost for the magician will be $650, instead of $500 (which Boosters will pay).
OAA testing dates are April 24th through May 16th.  Zac will advise Maple’s testing dates at next meeting.
Family Math Night (3/6/14) - Students will be using playing cards for the math games.  All students attending will receive a deck of cards and a raffle ticket.  Zac asked Amy to buy math/number type games for the raffle drawing.
The Millions for Maple word total is currently 63 million.  Zac is considering an ice cream treat for students if the next goal is met before Spring Break.  He’s still working out the details.  Hasn’t decided if treat will be school/classroom/student based.
Field Day - Will be held after Memorial Day, date TBD.  Most likely events would be grouped as Kindergarten - 3rd grade in the morning and 3rd - 5th grade in the afternoon.  Zac would like to ask Homeroom parents to volunteer.  Annette will contact them.
Maple will be hosting a meeting with Painesville City Schools Superintendent, John Shepard, on Thursday, March 20th at 4:30 p.m.  Zac invited anyone that’s available to attend.
10.        Open Floor
Claudine reminded everyone that Market Day is currently running a Pie selling fundraiser.  Maple will receive extra money for every pie sold.  Profit from pies goes to the 5th graders fund for their year end celebration.  Considering having a pizza party for the classroom that sells the most pies.
Zac made 1st motion to end meeting, 2nd Diane.  Meeting adjourned at 7:14 p.m.
                                      Next Meeting:  Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 6:15 p.m.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

9/11 Meeting Minutes (pending approval)

9/11/13 Maple Boosters Meeting Minutes

Attendees: Carla C., Claudine D., Amy B., Bonnie G., Zach C., Holly F., Karen A., Valentine B., Angela H., Annette E., Tellesha K.

Meeting called to order at 6:18 p.m.

1. Welcome/Introductions
Carla welcomed all attendees to the first meeting for this school year.  All attendees introduced themselves.

2. Treasurer Report
Amy presented the 2013/2014 proposed budget for approval and explained in detail how Boosters raises money (income) and what money is used for (expenses).  Once questions were answered budget was submitted for approval. 1st motion to approve made by Annette, 2nd motion Karen.  Budget was approved by all attendees.

Amy also presented the current income/expense report for review.

3. Secretaries Report
Since this was the first meeting of school year, nothing was available/submitted for approval.

4. Committee Reports
Claudine distributed a listing of the current committees and what the responsibilities are for each.

Fall Fundraiser - This will be done through Tri-C catalog. Begins September 23rd, Ends October 4th.  Orders are expected to be received approximately 4 weeks after submission to Tri-C.

Box Tops/Labels for Education - Maple will have pod races this year to encourage more families to collect and turn in Box Tops.  One idea was to have a trophy award for the pod collecting the most Box Tops each month.  There may also be additional awards added at a future date.  Annette and Karen agreed to co-chair for Box Tops committee.  Bonnie will assist.

Yearbook - Zach said last year’s book was 44 pages and we ordered in the 126-150 book cost range .  Using the current cost from Lifetouch we would be charged $16.50/book (cost to parents would be $17.00/book).  Since only a little over 100 copies were sold last year Boosters had to cover the cost of all books not sold.

He explained we could go to a 36 page book at a cost of $14.50 for 126-150 copies or $16.50 for 101-125 copies.  The layout for the 36 page book is very similar to previous years and would still allow for additional photos (candid shots) to be included.

After discussion amongst attendees it was decided we would order 101 copies to avoid having so many books unsold.  Cost to parents will be decided at a later date.

Zack to contact Lifetouch to ask about cost difference in having Lifetouch set up yearbook instead of committee and cost to have student artwork featured on cover.

Angela and Karen agreed to co-chair this committee.

Membership - Diane C. is the committee chairperson, with assistance from Amy.  Since Diane was unable to attend meeting Amy reported we have 36 members at this time.  On October 1st a drawing will be held for a $25.00 Applebee’s gift card from all memberships received through September 30th.  Discussed having another membership contest during conferences.

Also discussed Giant Eagle’s Apples 4 Students program and Target Red Card program.  Additional information will be sent to parents.

5. Bylaws - conflict of interest
Claudine submitted a conflict of interest clause for addition to current bylaws.  Final approval will be voted on at next meeting.

6. Principal’s Message
Chipotle Night - Zach will set up a night in early November (Monday or Tuesday) for a Boosters fundraiser.   Maple will receive tickets/flyers promoting fundraiser, which must be turned in to Chipotle with food purchase.  We can also ask anyone entering Chipotle if they are interested in supporting Maple and give them a ticket/flyer.  Maple will receive 50% of all food sales made with ticket/flyer during our fundraiser night.

End of Year Award - Zach would like to establish an award plaque to be displayed at Maple that would list one boy and girl from each grade who has best shown Maple’s core values throughout the year.  Submissions would be received from teachers.

One Maple/One Book - This will be held in January or February 2014.

At 7:07 p.m. Amy made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  2nd by Bonnie.  All attendees agreed.

The next Maple Boosters meeting will be held Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 6:15 p.m.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Open House/Picnic

Join us on Thursday August 22nd for Maple's Open House. Boosters will be serving dinner for dinner as a welcome back treat.  Hots dogs, chips, and water will all be provided starting at 5:15. This will be a first come, first serve basis.. once we run out, we run out. We will be outside, so bring a blanket or chairs to sit on.

Open House will take place at 6pm starting in the gym.

Come meet our new principal Mr. Cousins and your new teachers!

Welcome back students, parents and staff!

Time Change

Please be aware of the time change that has taken ace in our district!

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

New Principal

Even though we are very sad to see Mr. Sebring leave we are excited to be getting a new principal, Mr. Zachary Cousins.

You can read about it here..  new principal !