Friends of Open School Events

Each year we have a range of fundraising events that not only raise money and foster a tight-knit community of families. Please choose some events to volunteer for, help plan, or contribute to. Let us know how you would like to help by sending an email to a Friends member, leaving a note in the front office, or attending a meeting.

Our top fundraisers:

Pledge Drive – Our largest source of funding from Open School families.

Camp Out – Early in the year and a great new tradition at Open School. It’s a great way to get to know other families at the school.

Holiday Gift Wrap – This fundraiser does not require very many volunteers but accounts for about 1/5th of our yearly income

Fall Family Festival – This is one of the children’s favorite fundraisers! A full day of games, food and fun right here on our own school campus.

Race for Success – Pledge and run! Several other school share in the proceeds from this massive 5k run. The more people Open School can get to run, the more money we can make.

Online Auction – A great place to get discounts on camps, services, and restaurants while supporting our children’s education.

Casino Night – Play some poker or hit the tables with other Open School parents. A great night out.

Live Auction and Gala – Every spring we hold an auction, dinner, and dancing. This is another chance to have a night out and meet some other parents.

Jog-a-thon – The kids raise pledges and then run the track at school. This is what we call a FUNdraiser!

Shopping – Amazon, Target, Ralphs, and Vons all give a percentage of your purchases to the school. All you have to do is sign-up and then go shopping.

Community Supported Agriculture – The school gets a percentage of each box purchased through the CSA. A great way to support local agriculture and the school at the same time

TerraCycle – We get a percentage of what we turn in for recycling. This is a great way to help our kids learn to recycle.

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Thank You to Jamie Shwartz for Another Successful Online Auction (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Apr 27 (last updated Apr 27)

Jamie Shwartz, our fabulous Online Auction Chair, did an amazing job yet again! 

Jamie and her team got started much earlier this year and worked tirelessly to gather items for our auction, not to mention logging them in and getting them to the right people.  With her help, our community raised over $14,000 from this event! 

Thank you again, Jamie, for getting our parents excited about bidding for good.

Armchair Auction: Teacher & Staff Outings (Article)

Submitted by Jess Ferguson on Apr 26 (last updated Apr 27)

By now your child should have received information about our Open School Armchair Auction in which teachers and the administrative team have generously donated outings with students to help raise money for Open School.

We are even auctioning off a week of Innovative Arts Camp!

Look for information about these SPECIAL opportunities in your child's backpack (there are some specific items per cluster) and submit your highest bid in a sealed envelope by the next Tuesday, May 2nd deadline.

A word on the Campout… (Article)

Submitted by Julia Jones on Sep 26 (last updated Sep 28)


This is what happens when Open School yet again shows up!  What a great time, huh?  Like all successful events, this is only because of the hard work and generosity of so many parent volunteers.  Not only did we have 60 people signed up to help, but then even more parents would stroll up to the kitchen and offer to put on an apron and help.  When an event gets that kind of support, it’s a certain success.  

Help Your Kids from Losing their Things Forever... (Announcement)

Submitted by Jess Ferguson on Sep 17 (last updated Sep 19)

Help keep your kids from losing their things and help raise money for Open!

This year we have partnered with Olivers Labels for all of your labeling needs. They come in sticker or iron-on form, and they are dishwasher and washing machine safe.
By putting them on all of your kids' clothing and lunch box items, you will be able to find anything that has been left behind. 
20% of the proceeds will go to Open School, so check it out!

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