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, 2019 - June 30, 2020

  • Presidents - Jamie Shwartz & Shachar Lavi-Pangindian
  • Vice President - Open Position
  • Secretary - Berta Howard
  • Treasurer - Sue Sywak
News Icon
News (Expand)

May 13th: Friends of Open Meeting (Article)

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

Join us on May 13th 2021 at 7 p.m. via Zoom for Friends' May meeting. It is the last Friends meeting of the 2020-21 school year. 

Use this direct link or Meeting ID: 862 6386 4491 and Passcode: friends to attend. 

ENDS TOMORROW: Early Bird Discount on Ad Space in our Open Thoughts Anthology Book (Announcement)

Submitted by Friends on Apr 26 (last updated May 6)

There is only ONE DAY LEFT to enjoy the early bird prices for Open Thoughts Anthology tribute and dedication ads. 

Prices this year are lower than ever before, PLUS Early Bird Discount for Open School families: 20% OFF - is offered only until tomorrow - Friday, May 7th, so take advantage today!

Please Volunteer to Help with Tax Prep for Friends of Open School (Help Wanted)

Submitted by Friends on Apr 22 (last updated Apr 29)

Friends of the Open School have been so fortunate for the past 10 years, to have had the dedication and assistance of Nichole Lai, an Open School parent volunteer, who tirelessly prepared the organization's taxes every year.

This year, Nichole's last child at Open School will be culminating and sadly, we must say goodbye to all her help and expertise. 

This means that we are desperately seeking someone new to step up! 

Earn Cashback and Support Open School with BAMit! (Article)

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Jun 11 (last updated Jun 11)

There’s a new way of raising much-needed funds for Open School all year round, and it won't cost you anything! All it takes is downloading a free app! 

We have partnered with BAMit, a cash back app designed to encourage users to shop locally by offering monetary incentives for both you and our school. 

How it works:

Box Tops Go Digital! (Article)

Submitted by Shazneen Gandhi on Aug 29 (last updated Sep 4)

Over the years, we have earned over $8000 for Open School by simply submitting Box Tops collected from products we purchase in the normal course of life to the school. Now you can simply scan in your receipts into an app and monies will be donated to the school. 

Calendar Icon
Calendar (Expand)