Friends of the Open School

Friends of the Open School (Friends) is a non-profit organization composed of parents, and family members of students attending Open School. We raise money for our curricular enhancement programs including art, music, physical education, garden, and technology. Friends raises funds through events and Annual Giving. We then pass it over to the Governing Council of The Open School who sets the budget and determines how the funds will be allocated. All of the money raised by Friends is invested directly into the school and positively impacts every child's educational experience.


The specific purpose of Friends is to provide support and assistance to The Open School, including, financial support for academics, art, music, garden, physical education, technology, field trips, philanthropic endeavors, and other programs, services, and acquisitions deemed to be in the best interest of the students, staff, or school.  Through the money we raise, Friends strives to help Open School to maintain a high level of educational standard for all students.

How to Help Friends Support the Open School

  • Volunteer for a Friends sponsored event. Keep an eye on the calendar and emails for opportunities throughout the year. If you are interested in a specific event, let us know by email, or leave a note in the Friends mailbox in the front office, or come to a meeting. You can also fill out the volunteer form and we will contact you.
  • If you would like to make a contribution to the Open School, Donate Now on the website or bring a check into the school. Any amount is appreciated and will help us reach our fundraising goal for the year.  Check with your employer to find out if they will match your donation.

We welcome and encourage your participation in any way big or small. 


Any Open School family member is welcome to join us at our meetings. We meet in the teachers lounge at 7:00 pm. Our meeting is immediately following the Governing Council meeting. Please check the website calendar for dates or last minute changes to the meeting times. Childcare is provided free of charge.

Friends Executive Board    Term: July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020

  • Presidents - Jamie Shwartz & Shachar Lavi-Pangindian
  • Vice President - Sheri Lipschutz
  • Secretary - Berta Howard
  • Treasurer - Sue Sywak
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Order Your Open School "Respect" Hoodie Today! (Announcement)

Submitted by Friends on Sep 2 (last updated Sep 12)

Our Open School "Respect" hoodies are now available to purchase online, with more great choices: Full-Zipper or Pull-Over, Charcoal Gray or Pink, from YXS through Adult 4XL.

Please note: Hoodies can be purchased only at this link and for a very limited time! All orders must be completed by Sunday, October 13, with cluster distribution scheduled for November 5th – 8th, just in time for the cool weather!

Box Tops Go Digital! (Article)

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Aug 29 (last updated Sep 4)

Over the years, we have earned over $8000 for Open School by simply submitting Box Tops collected from products we purchase in the normal course of life to the school. Now you can simply scan in your receipts into an app and monies will be donated to the school. 

All the Deals! All Year Long! (Article)

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Apr 24 (last updated May 28)

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Open School's Annual Campout

Sat 9/21 3:00 pm to Sun 9/22 10:00 am
Thu 9/26 (All day)

Meet in Teacher's Lounge.  Child care available to Open students.

Thu 10/3 7:00 pm
Fri 10/18 (All day)
Sat 10/26 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Thu 11/7 (All day)
Fri 11/8 8:15 am
Fri 11/15 5:30 pm

ALL DAY! 10:30am-9pm
4371 Glencoe Avenue, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Sun 12/1 (All day)
Fri 12/6 8:15 am