COMMUNITY FAMILY & FRIENDS (CFF)

What is CFF?

Community Family & Friends, more commonly called CFF, is the Community School Parent Association (CSPA) of which all parents and staff are members.

Our Mission

(CSPA, dba) Community Family and Friends (CFF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3)  parent volunteer led organization whose membership includes all parents and legal guardians of enrolled students at Community Magnet Charter School as well as all staff at the school. Our mission is to raise and disperse funds to enhance and enrich the curriculum and quality of the educational experience of all students attending Community Magnet Charter School. We strive to support the mission of Community Magnet Charter School in a safe and friendly environment. We also strive to establish a close relationship between home and school by advancing the opportunity for all parents to become involved. CFF supports school and family social interaction and provides a non-biased forum for sharing information on issues that influence our children.

Vision

To ensure the students of Community Magnet Charter School receive the highest-quality education and enrichment experiences in a safe and nurturing environment through fundraising and volunteer efforts of parents and the community.

Objective

Develop and execute an action plan that fills the school’s fiscal gap through fundraising and volunteerism.

Our Goals

  • Raise money for the school through various fundraisers to fill the gap left by a shortage of district funding
  • Promote volunteerism amongst parent body.  Enlist parent volunteers to lead, organize, and support CFF events and committees as well as assist in classrooms and around the school.
  • Provide positive environment to discuss school matters that affect our kids

A Brief History of Our Story

Community School Parent Association (CSPA) has been in existence since parents developed the Community School back in the 1970’s. To this day, we still operate under the Town Hall structure that was used when the school was first opened. More than a decade ago our school faced the challenge of declining enrollment and stagnant academic growth and was in dire condition. A small group of determined parents decided to band together and help turn the school around.  From that, moment on CSPA has been involved in not only raising funds to help support school programs and curriculum, but also volunteering efforts to support the school.  In June 2011, the parent body voted to change our name to Community Family & Friends (CFF) and the structure of the organization.  The mission and focus of the organization has not changed.  Currently, we raise over $350,000 annually to help fill the gap created by dwindling governmental funds and we continue to have an extremely involved parent body. The funds raised and the extremely active parent body are some of the key ingredients for our school’s success.

Our Goals

  • Raise money for the school through various fundraisers to fill the gap left by a shortage of district funding
  • Promote volunteering amongst parent body. Enlist parent volunteers to lead, organize and support CFF events and committees as well as assist in classrooms and around the school.
  • Provide positive environment to discuss school matters that affect our kids

What can YOU do?

  • Get involved by volunteering!
  • Give your family donation and support other fundraisers!
  • Come to the monthly CFF meetings!
  • Check the website & read the newsletter

The CFF Board of Directors is tasked with creating and guiding the plan to help meet these goals. It is the responsibility of the CFF Board of Directors to work closely and cooperatively to enlist the support and interest of families and the greater school community. The success of CFF depends very much on the commitment of parent volunteers like you. Your help is needed and very much appreciated.

For questions, email Karika Thompson cffpresident@communitymagnet.org

2016 -2017 CFF Board

President:          Karika Thompson
Vice President:  Erik Richter
Treasurer:          Melinda Haroutunian
Secretary:          Shelly Brooks
 
Grade Level Director Positions:
Fifth:                  Carla Joy Luna
Fourth:               Uma Swami
Third:                 Jessica Gray & Laurie Waddell (Team)
Second:             Laura Leigh Hughes & Natalie Yates (Team)
First:                  Jamie Young
Kinder:               TBD in fall
Fundraising Chair Board Members:
Pledge Drive:     Stefania Willens
Pump it Up:       Elizabeth Jaspen
Auction:              Karly Gilbert & Julie Dretzin

 

CFF SUPPORT POSITIONS

  • Room Parent Coordinator leads communication to room parent about CFF/school activities
  • Technology/Website builds and maintains school website
  • Photographer takes pictures for school events
  • Thank You/Gratitude Team sends thank you letters to donors
  • New Parent Welcome Committee meets with new families and organizes activities
  • Other School Support areas: Scholastic Book Fair, Grandparent's Day, Hospitality, campus beautification, and more...