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, 2017 - June 30, 2018

  • Presidents - Jamie Shwartz & Shachar Lavi-Pangindian
  • Vice President - Berte Howard
  • Vice President - Sue Sywak
  • Vice President - Sheri Lipschutz
  • Secretary - Laura Williford
  • Treasurer - Naomi Salamon
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Open House, Tuesday, April 23rd (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Apr 9 (last updated Apr 23)

Open House Schedule

5:30 - 6:00 p.m.: Governing Council Nominees Meet and Greet in the Library

Governing Council Election Ballots will be made available that evening. You will receive your ballot in the cluster of your youngest child. Parents are encouraged to cast their vote that evening, but have until 4 p.m. on April 25th to do so. 

April 4th, 2019: Governing Council Meeting and Friends Meeting (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Feb 18 (last updated Mar 29)

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, April 4th at 5:30 p.m. in the Teachers' Lounge.  
Click to see the agenda for this meeting.  Childcare is provided In the library

Updates from Friends of the Open School (Article)

Submitted by Friends on Feb 13 (last updated Feb 19) (subject: Need%20More%20Raffle%20Booklets) ()  

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Meet in Teacher's Lounge. Child care provided for Open students in the Library.

Thu 5/2 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Meet in Teacher's Lounge. Child care provided to Open students in the Library.

Thu 5/30 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Tue 6/4 (All day)