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Friends of Palms Officers

• President: Cody Ashe-McNalley

• Vice President: open position

• Secretary: Cathy Martyniak

• Treasurer: Sarah Soakai

• Auditor: open position

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Friends of Palms is a 501c3 Non-Profit.

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Friends of Palms

Cody Ashe-McNalley

Cody Ashe-McNalley

2018-2019 Friends of Palms President

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Friends of Palms

As a Palms parent, you are automatically a member of Friends of Palms (FOP)—the primary parent organization at Palms. Our mission is to raise money and provide parent volunteers to cover critical expenses such as computers, art supplies, campus supervision, homework help, and classroom supplies and much more—things that parents want for their students but that LAUSD does not always provide. We also organize popular activities for students and families to build our community.

See the Leaders page for the Friends of Palms board members and committee chairs. See the Budget page for the annual budget.

The PTSA (Parent-Teacher-Student Association) is a national organization that addresses other needs that directly benefit our school and our students, including student-welfare programs (such as school nurse supplies) and campus beautification. See the Leaders page for the PTSA officers.

Some of what Friends of Palms provides:

We know how busy parents are so we respect your time by creating EASY ways for you to participate.

Combined FOP/PTSA meetings are held monthly, usually on the fourth Tuesday of the month, at 6:30pm in the Library, with occasional morning meetings on Fridays mid-month. FOP/PTSA meetings are one of the best ways to find out what is happening at Palms, hear from school administrators and guest speakers, and to make sure your voice is heard.

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Use the button above to make a one-time donation, sign up for the convenient Monthly Plan, or write a donation check to "Friends of Palms" and mail it to:

Friends of Palms Donation
10860 Woodbine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90034

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Ten ways you can help make Palms a great experience for your child and family

  1. Donate as much as you can afford to the Family Annual Donation Drive. This pledge drive is our only significant money-raising event all year and all families are encouraged participate. All donations, no matter what the amount, are greatly appreciated!
  2. Sign up to receive email communication from FOP. Complete the online form. You will then receive a regular e-mail to keep you informed about important dates, events, and more throughout the school year.
  3. Join the PTSA. A membership envelope was sent home in the Orientation Packet.
  4. Attend monthly FOP/PTSA meetings. They are usually held on the fourth Tuesday of the month, at 6:30pm in the Library, with occasional morning meetings on Fridays mid-month. Attending is a great way to stay connected!
  5. Volunteer as much as you can. Fill out the Parent Volunteer Form, and check the Volunteer Opportunities page and the weekly email to see where help is needed. Your participation shows your child how much you care about his or her education.
  6. Register your Ralphs & Vons cards and turn in box tops so Palms receives a percentage of every purchase, at no additional cost to you. Participate in Labels for Education. Sign up for eScrip and the Office Depot 5% Back to Schools Program.
  7. Connect at the Meet & Greet, the Coffee with the Principal mornings. Dining for Dollars events, and the Palms Middle School Community Group to meet fellow Palms parents and get to know your community.
  8. Participate in Palms Pride Days. Send your child to school in green and white on the first Friday of each month, or purchase a Palms sweatshirt to show your school spirit. Sweatshirts are sold on Back to School Night and at other events.
  9. Speak with your child and his or her teachers regularly to find out what is happening at school. Remind children of the code of conduct, the need to treat everyone with respect, and the importance of telling you about any concerns they have. Meet with your child's teachers at regular conferences. Look at each teacher's website with your child. The teachers, counselors, and school staff are here to support your child.
  10. Keep everyone's children safe. Drop off your child only where it's safe, so they never cross a street outside safe crossing area. Don't block a crosswalk even briefly, never let your child jaywalk, drive slowly, and obey all stop signs and restricted-turn signs. Respect our neighbors. For the most convenience and the highest safety, use our Morning Drop-Off Lanes.