March notes from the PTO co-presidents

March notes from the PTO co-presidents

The PTO’s Annual Silent Auction was an astounding success, with a net profit of more than $16,500 for our school!

More than 100 people attended the event at Lake Forest Golf Club. The evening started off with snacks and socializing, but quickly turned in to a frenzy of bidding as more than 200 items were auctioned off in just over two hours.

Principal Mike Madison did a fantastic job presiding over the live auction segment, which included Disneyworld passes, a flight over Ann Arbor, and a weekend in Chicago package.

Participants in the silent auction got great deals on items like a bowling party ($100 value for $75), auto detailing certificates ($140 value for $100) and the grade-level “fun” baskets. Others got into friendly bidding wars over priceless items and memory-making experiences donated by Dicken teachers and staff.

We are so grateful to chairperson Micki Schueler for her leadership, hard work and dedication, and for the tireless efforts of all the committee members: Aerin Brownlee, Heather Imsland, Liz Marek, Kimberly Morris, and Bethany Williston.

Thanks to the teachers and staff, and members of the Dicken community who donated so many wonderful items, and to the room parents, who coordinated the grade-level baskets. Thanks to everyone who attended and made all the effort worthwhile. And congratulations to Ben Michelson, winner of the Toshiba TV raffle!

Also this month we had a successful Used Book Sale, thanks to the efforts of Tracy Janevic and her army of helpers: Jeanne Chesky, Adrienne Licata, Aerin Brownlee, Sarah Boylan, Mary Duerksen, Faith Frazine, Julie Morrison, Margaret Yang, Bonaventure Nweze, Shelley Dailey, Ben Janevic, and A.J. Ivacko. Thanks also to everyone who donated used books, CDs, and DVDs. We also had a wonderful Family Reading Night, organized by Connie Peurach, Cathy Cieglo and the Dicken Student Council. Students and their families enjoyed listening to storyteller Laura Raynor of AADL share engaging stories from around the world.

On the financial front, our funds are in good shape thanks to some very successful fundraisers we’ve had this year. At the PTO’s April 1 meeting (7 p.m. at Naela Jenkins’ house), we will discuss what to do with the extra money we’ve raised: whether to keep it in the bank as a cushion and possibly eliminate some smaller fundraisers next year, or to use some of it to support more programs. Your input is always welcome.

Also on the subject of finances, the PTO recently engaged the AAPS finance department to conduct a routine audit of our books, since we have a new accounting system in place this year. They gave us a clean bill of financial health. Monthly budget updates are available on this website.

Finally, it’s time to start thinking ahead to next year’s PTO board. If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact Naela Jenkins or Jen Eyer.

We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable spring break.

Jen Eyer and Naela Jenkins
PTO co-presidents