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.

Mission

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. 

Meetings

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, 2017 - June 30, 2018

  • President - Julia Jones
  • Vice President - Jamie Shwartz
  • Vice President - Sheri Wittson-Lipschutz
  • Vice President - Amy Raichlen
  • Vice President - Kevin Joyce
  • Secretary - Laura Williford
  • Treasurer - Naomi Salamon
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May 31: Governing Council Meeting and Friends Meeting (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on May 24 (last updated May 24)

The Open School Governing Council is the school's shared decision-making body.  The Council usually meets once a month and meetings are open to all.  

The next Governing Council meeting will be on Thursday, May 31st at 5:30 p.m. in the Teachers' Lounge.  
Click to see the agenda for this meeting.  Childcare is provided In the library

Last Call for Lost & Found by 6/1 (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on May 23 (last updated May 24)

Absolutely the last call to claim items in the Lost & Found by Friday, June 1st. in preparation for culminating activities.

ALL UNCLAIMED clothes will be donated to a charity. We are not keeping these unclaimed items after June 1st.

Clothes have been hung on the fence and on the rack. If you see fallen clothes, it would be great if you can help keep the area tidy.  Thank you to parents who have tirelessly pitched in throughout the year to lessen the pile of clothing and to deliver bags of clothes to the needy.

Top 10 Things You Need To Know About the Open School Ninja Warrior Challenge Fundraiser (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Apr 30 (last updated Apr 30)

Top 10 Things You Need To Know About the Open School Ninja Warrior Challenge Fundraiser

10) The fundraiser is off to a great start! ALL of our students are AWESOME, and our families work hard every day to make Open School the AWESOME place that it is, ALL students will be able to attend the Step It Up celebration event on May 24 complete with AWESOME inflatable challenges, a DJ dance party and a yummy treat from Kona Ice!!!

The "Open School Ninja Warrior Challenge" Fundraiser Starts Today! (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Apr 25 (last updated Apr 26)

Hello Open School Families!

Today is the start of a brand new fundraiser here at Open School:  The Step It Up - Open School Ninja Warrior Challenge!  

Like the Jog-A-Thon, in this fundraiser our students will collect donations to help our school earn money, but instead of running laps, our kids will challenge themselves on an interactive obstacle course based on the TV shows Wipeout and American Ninja Warrior.  

We need your support.

The "Open School Ninja Warrior Challenge" Fundraiser Starts Today! (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Apr 25 (last updated Apr 26)

Hello Open School Families!

Today is the start of a brand new fundraiser here at Open School:  The Step It Up - Open School Ninja Warrior Challenge!  

Like the Jog-A-Thon, in this fundraiser our students will collect donations to help our school earn money, but instead of running laps, our kids will challenge themselves on an interactive obstacle course based on the TV shows Wipeout and American Ninja Warrior.  

We need your support.

Clip it; Don't Toss It! Send in Those Box Tops! (Article)

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Feb 8 (last updated Feb 8)

Please send in your Box Tops collection by Wednesday, February 14th to your child's cluster teacher or drop it off in the office.  

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Meeting in Teacher's Lounge; child care provided

Thu 5/31
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm