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

  • 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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Open School Hoodies are Now on Sale! (Article)

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Nov 9 (last updated Nov 15)

They're Back!  Limited Edition Open School RESPECT Hoodies are available for purchase so you can show some Open pride and support our school!  All sizes come in charcoal gray with a zippered front, featuring the logo embroidered in white. Youth and adult sizes are available. Hoodies cost $30 each.  We are unable to switch or replace sizes once purchased.  Sample sizes are in the office.

Show Open School Some Love During the Holidays! (Article)

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Nov 7 (last updated Nov 7)

When you shop for your holiday needs here, AmazonSmile will donate a portion of the proceeds to Open School!

Upcoming Governing Council Meeting and Friends Meeting: November 2, 2017 (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Oct 1 (last updated Oct 17)

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, November 2nd at 5:30 p.m. in the Teachers' Lounge.  
Click here for the agenda for this meeting.  Childcare is provided during the meeting.

Click here for Governing Council's September 2017 Minutes.

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Meeting in Teacher's Lounge; child care provided

Thu 1/18
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Meeting in Teacher's Lounge; child care provided

Thu 2/15
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm