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 the funds through events and other efforts. 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, but not limited to, 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, we are always looking for event chairs, committee members, and volunteers. 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 monetary 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. Regardless of your ability to donate, all students and families will be able to participate in all Friends-sponsored programs and activities.
  • If you have information or contacts for corporate donations, let us know. Donations of money from corporations will help us to reach our fundraising goal more quickly and takes pressure off of our families pocketbooks. We are always looking for donations of food, drinks, paper goods, auction items, printing, and many other things to offset the cost of putting on our fundraisers.

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 2016-2017

Term: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017

  • President - Julia Jones
  • Vice President - David Abroms
  • Vice President - Jessica Ferguson
  • Vice President - Amy Raichlen
  • Vice President - Tanya Jones
  • Secretary - Laura Williford
  • Treasurer - Naomi Salamon
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Jog-a-thon: Tomorrow, First Pledge Turn-in Day (Article)

Submitted by Jess Ferguson on May 22 (last updated May 22)

Tomorrow, Tuesday, 5/23 is the first Pledge Turn-In Day!

Every child who turns in any amount of pledges tomorrow will earn a special Jog-a-thon button and $5 Menchies money. They will also be entered into a drawing to win some cool prizes. Winners will be announced at Assembly this Thursday.

The Jog-a-thon has Kicked Off! (Article)

Submitted by Jess Ferguson on May 18 (last updated May 18)

We are off and running! (Pun totally intended!)


Volunteers Needed

Please take a look at the Sign-Up Genius to see where you might be able to lend a helping hand. There is a “Volunteer” tab and a “Donations” tab.

Announcing this year's JOG-A-THON (Article)

Submitted by Jess Ferguson on May 15 (last updated May 17)

June 3rd: Open's Annual Gala! (Article)

Submitted by Jess Ferguson on May 11 (last updated May 18)

Mark your calendars for Open's Annual Gala...

Join other Open parents and teachers for an eventful evening including a DJ, photobooth, magician, games and much more!

More information, including how to purchase tickets, will be coming soon!

(Child care will not be provided at this adults-only event.)


Save the Date: Open School's Annual Gala! (Article)

Submitted by Jess Ferguson on May 1 (last updated May 4)

Mark your calendars for Open's Annual Gala....

More info to come. Child care will not be provided at this adults-only event.

Friends of Open School Facebook Group (Article)

Submitted by Jess Ferguson on Apr 18 (last updated Apr 19)

Just a reminder that Friends of Open has a Facebook Group!

Shop for the Holidays on & Help Open School! (Article)

Submitted by Jess Ferguson on Dec 15 (last updated Dec 15)

Friends of Open will receive a percentage of AmazonSmile eligible purchases that will directly help fund the amazing programs at Open when you shop on using the links provided here. Please take a few seconds to click on the link below and replace your old bookmark or create a new one.

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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Thu 5/25 7:00 pm

Meet in Teachers' Lounge--child care provided.

Thu 6/1 7:00 pm
Fri 6/2 8:30 am

CVLT Studio
6368 Arizona Circle 
Westchester, 90045

Sat 6/3
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm