Friends of Agassiz 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 operates independently of the school as a non-profit 501(c)(3).




Thank you to the parents who joined us for the “Back to School” event at Diag in September and who already contributed to the teachers’ Fund-A-Need!

Due to popular demand, we have made the teachers’ Fund-A-Need lists available online.


Second Annual Winterland Wishes
December 8th, 9am - 12pm

Giving Back to the Community
Ronald McDonald House Charities

For a list of needed items, click here.

Items can be dropped off in the office anytime before or day of the event on Dec. 8th.
All donations must be new and unopened.

To order items online from the RMH Charities Amazon wish list click here.
Items ordered from this wishlist will be delivered directly to Ronald McDonald House Charities.
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Strategic Plan for Fundraising

Last year, Agassiz supporters raised over $175,000, 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

FOA supports Agassiz with a variety of fundraisers and community events throughout the school year.

Each fall, the Agassiz Walk-a-thon, now in its 12th year, encourages family, friends and neighbors to sponsor students while highlighting our school's commitment to healthy habits.

In winter, the I Heart 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 300+ 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 gaming, 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.


FOA 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 Agassiz. Your participation, support and ideas can help shape Agassiz into the school you want it to be.

All meetings are at 6pm in Music Room and babysitting available by Mr. Oni (PE teacher) in the gym for $5/child.

Dates for the 2018/2019 year are:

Sept 26
Oct 24
Nov 28
Jan 16
Feb 27
March 27
April 24
May 29

For more information, please contact President Patti Lenkov.

Board Members

Patti Lenkov


Kate Kiszynski

Vice President

Michael Sinclair


RC Jones


"My family and I joined the Agassiz community in 2015 when our son started first grade. I got involved with Friends of Agassiz shortly after and currently serve as the Secretary. Like many parents, my wife and I live outside of the neighborhood, but we are so happy to be a part of an energetic, arts-focused elementary school."

Mark Brumwell

"I have two children at Agassiz (since 2012) and it’s been my pleasure to serve on the Friends of Agassiz Board of Trustees since 2014. We have lived in the neighborhood for over seven years and love the educated, caring, and energetic staff at our neighborhood school."

Talya Smith


Michelle Platts

Karyn Bass