Welcome back, Bulldogs!

It's been a long, strange spring and summer and we've undergone a few changes as an organization that we'd like to share with you. First, we'd like to take this opportunity to welcome our new families to the school community while also welcoming back our old friends.

As you can see from our logo, we are now Friends of Bulldogs. While our community engages in a student-led inquiry toward renaming our school, we have decided to temporarily call ourselves Friends of Bulldogs (or FOB for short) until a permanent name has been selected. Please bear with us as we navigate changes to our website, emails and more.


You may remember we held our annual board elections this past May and welcomed three new members to our board (see full list of board members below). This summer, we were fortunate to add Jim Maggio as our newest member. Jim is a second grade parent and will serve as Treasurer. Welcome Jim!

Additionally, our parent group, formerly known as ABC, and FOB have decided to merge into one cohesive organization in order to resume a strong parent community presence during this challenging year. The parent group will continue to be chaired by Molly Alvarez, Nicholette Maggio and Kimberly Beck and will also continue to host both (vitual) meetings and events. Stay tuned for updates about those coming soon! Both Molly & Nicholette will also serve on the FOB board as well, so welcome aboard, ladies!


As we commence the 2020/21 school year, CPS has asked that school fundraising organizations pause their efforts while the community attempts to get back on its feet. That being said, FOB is working on various ways we can assist our school community and the community-at-large. While we are unable to raise funds, our goal is to raise spiritsStay tuned for more information.


As always,  we welcome all community members to our FOB meetings, which will be on Zoom for the foreseeable future. Our next meeting is on Thursday, September 24th at 6pm. We will send the link out prior to the meeting.

Thanks and again, welcome back! Looking forward to when we can be together in person soon.

Your FOB board

Last year's Note from Principal Weber Regarding Where Funds Were Allocated



Dear Friends of Agassiz:

As we start the new year, we would like to thank the current and past Friends of Agassiz Board members, and our parent and donor community, for all the efforts and financial support during the 2018-2019 school year.

Thanks to your hard work, we were able to allocate funds towards:

  • ChromeBooks to provide a 1:1 ratio for students in grades 4-8
  • Replacement of 17 broken teacher laptops for use in planning lessons and teaching student lessons that sync with classroom SmartBoards
  • Materials for visual arts instruction
  • Teacher professional development
  • Savings for capital improvement projects.

Your contributions enabled us to invest in this much needed technology, arts, and teacher training to deliver high-quality instruction to our students.

Thank you for supporting our school. We could not be Agassiz without you!

Mira Weber
Agassiz School

Strategic Plan for Fundraising

In the last 5 years, we have raised over $500,000, which helps cover CPS budget gaps, strengthen our diverse community and support the school’s Strategic Plan for Fundraising.

Short-term goals include funding arts, drama and dance programming, as well as supporting vital staff positions, investing in classroom technology, providing science lab supplies and repairing playground equipment. Long-term goals include renovating the gymnasium/auditorium and hiring a full-time arts teacher.

Download a copy of the Strategic Plan here.


Fundraising Initiatives

FOB supports Agassiz with a variety of fundraisers and community events throughout the school year. This year, as mentioned above, our fundraisers are all on hold. See below for info on our previous annual fundraisers.

Each fall, the Fun Run (formerly Walk-A-Thon), now in its 13th year, encourages family, friends and neighbors to sponsor students while highlighting our school's commitment to healthy habits.

In winter, the I ♥ Agassiz Pledge Drive gives families the chance to show their appreciation for the school and what they love most. Families are encouraged to donate any amount they're comfortable with, whether it's a one-time amount or monthly.

Spring is host to two fundraisers: the Online Auction and Gala. The annual auction gives 500+ Agassiz families, their friends and neighbors across Chicago, plus over 300,000 bidders nationwide, the chance to bid on great items while supporting Agassiz. The Spring Gala is an adults-only night full of fun, bidding and refreshments held in Chicago. Last year the two events brought in $60,000.

Community outreach events include monthly Dine Out for Agassiz nights at popular area restaurants, with a portion of proceeds going to the school. It's a delicious way to support local businesses while benefiting our neighborhood school. Past participants include Kirkwood Bar, Potbelly, Home Run Inn and DMK Burger.



FOB has provided financial support for a number of initiatives that would have otherwise been cut due to budget constraints.


All parents and community members are welcome and encouraged to join Friends of Bulldogs. Your participation, support and ideas can help shape Agassiz into the school you want it to be.

All meetings will be on Zoom for the foreseeable future. A link will be emailed prior to each meeting.

See below for Zoom meeting dates for the 2020/2021 year. 

September 24
October 29
November 19
January 14
February 25
March 25
April 29
May 27 (Annual elections)

For more information, please contact FOB President, Patti Lenkov

Board Members

Patti Lenkov



Kristi Cagney

Vice President

Jim Maggio


Alison McGannon


Alice Driscoll 

Molly Alvarez

Dana Carman

Janice Martinez

Nicholette Maggio

Friends of Bulldogs is an all-volunteer group of parents and community members dedicated to making Agassiz Elementary a great school for all students through fundraising and community outreach events. Friends of Agassiz dba Friends of Bulldogs operates independently of the school as a non-profit 501(c)(3).