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:

Annual Giving – The majority of fund raised each year comes from direct donations. Any amount helps.

The Open School Campout – Campout under the stars at Open School. This is a great way to meet new friends.

Square One Art – In the fall, your child will create an artwork which can be placed on many different items like mugs and tshirts. These make great gifts for family and friends for the Holidays.

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 – In the spring, bid online for camps, restaurant gift certificates, travel and many other items. A percentage of your bid goest to support the school.

Live Auction and Gala – Every spring we hold an auction, dinner, and dancing.

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

Shopping – Amazon, Ralphs, and Oliver's Lables donate a percentage of your purchases to the school. All you have to do is sign-up and shop.

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

We have other fundraisers planned for this year, if you are interested in helping please contact

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Don't Miss Out on the Amazing 2018 Online Auction for Open! (Article)

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Mar 15 (last updated Mar 15)

Our Online Auction ends next Thursday, March 22nd. We have great deals on camps, classes, gift certificates and fun experiences. We also have some great Open-specific items to bid on: "Principal for a day!" and "Return of the Jedi with Ms. Lew".

Have You Gotten Your Magnets? (Article)

Submitted by Administrator on Mar 15 (last updated Mar 15)

By now, we have distributed over 200 cluster-color 40th Anniversary magnets to Open School families.  Have you gotten yours?

We'll send you your magnets as a thank you for any donation you make to our Annual Giving campaign.  Please participate today!
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Order Tickets for April 2nd Pump It Up Playdate! (Article)

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Mar 6 (last updated Mar 6)

Join us for a school-wide FUNdraiser at Pump It Up in Torrance on Monday April 2, 2018! It’s a school holiday and we are taking over this fun indoor play place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.! Please bring socks for all jumpers.

Open's 2018 Online Auction is Now Open (Article)

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Mar 4 (last updated Mar 6)


Check out all of the exciting and fun things we have on the Online Auction this year through Bidding for Good. We have camps, classes, restaurants, fun experiences, and much more.  All the money raised goes directly to our school!

Save the Date for Our Gala Celebration (Article)

Submitted by Peggy Lew on Feb 28 (last updated Feb 28)

Save the Date for The 2018 Open Gala (Celebration, Affair, Party, Soiree, Get-down)
Saturday, May 19th

Following up on the wildly successful 2017 Open Speakeasy, plans are underway for our next amazing event. Stay tuned for this year's theme and more info to come!
Contact (Scott Henry) if you’d like to get involved.

Save the Date: Pump It Up! (Article)

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Feb 20 (last updated Feb 22)

Join us for a school-wide FUNdraiser at Pump It Up in Torrance on Monday April 2, 2017! It’s a school holiday and we are taking over this fun indoor play place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.!

Details to follow. In the meantime, mark your calendars!


Donations Sought for 2018 Online Auction (Article)

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Jan 29 (last updated Jan 29)

The annual online auction is one of Open School's most popular fundraisers.  It helps pay for our kids' gardening, music, arts, and PE programs, while providing an (inevitably exciting) opportunity for parents to bid on valuable listings!  This year the auction opens on March 1st. Bidding is open to the general public.

Thank You to our Haunted House and Fairyland Creators (Article)

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

A very special thank you to everyone who helped with the Haunted House and Fairyland! We so appreciate the effort you put into developing a theme, building it and staying up late to make sure it is ready for us to enjoy.

Our Haunted House Builders:
Vic Caruso
Amina Dieye
Andre Rosemberg
Anthony Palka
Aylon Wilder
Cassie Nicholson
Chad Sell
Christie Savitt

A HUGE Thank You for Making the Fall Festival Fabulous! (Article)

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Nov 2 (last updated Nov 7)

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to have fun at the Fall Festival on Saturday. Thank you for buying tickets, sponsoring booths, volunteering, donating a cooler or pop-up, supplies, and baked goods. The weather was beautiful and the Festival and all that fun could not have happen without so many in our community giving their time and effort.

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Thu 3/22 (All day)
Fri 4/20
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Sat 5/19 6:00 pm
Thu 6/7 8:30 am