We thank the many businesses, families and supporters who have made donations to our scholarship fund. Please make a donation today to make a difference in a young child’s future.


Who We Are 

The Big City Parents Organization (BCPO) was founded in 2005 by parents to address diversity at Big City Montessori School.

These concerned parents noticed that a growing number of families were unable to send their children to the school due to state/federal budget cuts. The BCPO raises scholarships funds each year to subsidize the tuition for lower-income children that attend the school.


How You Can Help

BCPO’s fundraising efforts benefit all children because it allows the school to support additional education enrichment programs and capital improvements (e.g. playground).

You can support our fundraising efforts to provide quality early education for San Francisco children in the following ways:

  1. Make a cash donation to directly sponsor a child’s education.
  2. Have your employer give a matching contribution.
  3. Give a gift of goods or services to our Annual Scholarship Gala.
  4. Help the BCPO to plan the Scholarship Gala and other fundraising activities.

Our 2016-2017 fundraising goal is $45,000.

100% of all donations are used to fund scholarships for lower-income children that attend the school. 100% of donations are tax-deductible.The BCPO is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Big City Parents Organization, Inc. Tax I.D. #20-3108332


BCPO Members and Meetings Schedule

BCPO Members

The Big City Parents Organization is comprised of parents whose children attend (or have attended) the school. Parents volunteer their time. We welcome any parent to join our monthly meetings. Current members are listed below (with their child’s name and teacher).


2016-2017 Officers

Giorgia Ortiz, Co-President (Lorenzo in Miss Soumya's class)

Will Hall, Co-President (Jude in Miss Achala's class & Beckett, alumnus of Miss Achala's class) 

Leslie Craven, Secretary (Leonardo in Miss Soumya’s class)

Lisa McMillan, Treasurer (Alumni)


2016-2017 Members

Angelos Kottas

Christina Siu

Dawn Blessing

Erica Reagan Hackett

Josie Haspel

Joy Forsythe

Kim Reagan Hackett

Leecia Welsh

Maya Bourdeau

Monica Ternullo

Sandra Fiz

Sean Daily

Shobana Ravi

Yuki Sekiguchi

Yvette Edwards


2016-2017 BCMS Staff Advisors

Amanda Riccetti, BCMS Director

Jill Walsh, BCMS Admissions Director

Meeting Schedule

Parents in the group meet once per month (the third Wednesday of the month, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.). For your convenience, childcare and pizza is provided by the school at the meetings.



Scholarship Gala

Black & Gold Gala

Saturday, April 29, 2017

7:00 – 10:30 p.m.

Big City Montessori School - SF, CA 94124


The Annual Scholarship Gala is held for the BCMS community and is the primary fundraising activity for the year. The event will feature gourmet food and wine, live entertainment and a silent and live auction.



Early bird tickets for the gala are available for $50 each when purchased before April 29, on Eventbrite or via the Big City office. 

Day of event, April 29, online ticket and at-the-door prices increase to $60 each, so make sure to purchase yours today!


Please Help With Donations For Auction

We need everyone to please donate or ask businesses to provide goods or services to the Scholarship Gala 2017. Donated items will be auctioned and provide the majority of revenue towards our fundraising goal of $50,000. 


Help Out At The Gala

We always need some extra hands to prepare for the gala. Please email us at bigcitypo@gmail.com, or speak to Jill Walsh in the school office, to learn how you can get involved.


Resources for Soliciting Donations

Donation Form

How To Ask for a Donation