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 2018-2019 fundraising goal is $60,000.

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


Scholarship Gala

Saturday, May 4, 2019

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 will be available in SPRING 2019.

We will have a website where you can you buy your tickets and can also get a sneak peek preview of all the fabulous items that will be auctioned off the night of the Gala!
*Please note that items on the website are designated as "sold out" until auctions are opened on Gala night*

Please Help With Donations For Auction

We need everyone to please donate or ask businesses to provide goods or services to the Scholarship Gala 2019. Donated items will be auctioned and provide the majority of revenue towards our fundraising goal of $60,000. 


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



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).


2018-2019 Officers

Teresa Partridge, President

Leslie Craven, Secretary 

Lisa McMillan, Treasurer (Alumni)


2018-2019 Members

Allison Pullins

Annie Pham

Bianca Neumann

Brian Holliday

Christina Yang

Dan Atkins

David Hoang

Dawn Blessing

Janette Andrawes

Jessica Smith

Josie Haspel

Kendrick Vaughn

Laura Oppenheimer

Lauren Huey King

Leo Patching

Leslie Craven

Mai-Anh Tran

Matt Darby

Michele Cardinal

Mirella Abounayan

Nicole Ganot

Preethi Iyer

Sherrod Patching

Shilpa Satish

Shobana Ravi

Teresa Partridge


2018-2019 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.