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Friends of Sunrise Montessori (FOSM) is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation created, lead, and operated by parents of Sunrise students. FOSM raises funds to build school community; augment the core Montessori curriculum with art, music, and Spanish language instruction; provide tuition scholarships; and enable facility maintenance and improvements.


All Sunrise parents are part of Friends, with a small group of parents serving on the Board. In addition to their fundraising efforts, Board members share ideas and suggestions with the Directors of Sunrise to help ensure the ongoing educational excellence of the school. 

FOSM donations help to fund projects, programs and events such as:


Expanded in-class education

  • Enhanced Spanish Language Program

  • Music Teacher for Bonsai, Willow, Mulberry, Maple, Sequoia

  • Puppet Workshop in Sequoia


Artistic & cultural enrichment

  • Classroom Art Supplies

  • San Francisco Opera visit

  • Magical Moonshine Puppet Show


Community Building

  • Classroom Parties

  • School Carnival

  • Movie Night

  • School Spirit T-shirts 


Family and staff education

  • American Montessori Conference attendance

  • Continuing Education for teachers and staff

  • Tuition Assistance

  • Parent Seminars


 Site Upgrades

  • New main play structure and monkey bars

  • Replaced blacktops throughout the school

  • Outdoor classrooms for Mulberry, Sequoia, and After-care students

  • New bathrooms sinks for Bonsai, Willow, and Kindergarten students

  • New flooring for the Bonsai, Willow, Mulberry, Maple, and Sequoia rooms

  • Upgraded fire sprinkler system for Bonsai and Willow


The Friends Board meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:30pm via Zoom. All Sunrise parents are invited to attend. To learn more about FOSM, please connect with any active Board member. This year’s Board is comprised of the following parents:  

2022-23 Board Members

Kara Scoggins, President 

Megan Bolter, Treasurer 

Mari Moughan, Secretary 

Diana Hartford 

Jason Keever

Liz Russell 

Kirsten Shinnamon Baker

Marina Stiefvater

Perry Teaff

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