Just Parties!

A HUGE Thanks for an Exceptional Just Parties Year!  

This school year saw the return of a full Just Parties season as well as the exciting launch of Just Pre-Parties! These 27 fun, community-building events raised over $23,000 for our PTA so that we could continue providing every student and classroom with school supplies, support the Science and Children’s Theatre program, and celebrate our graduating 5th graders! Thank you, Just Parties party-goers, for your generosity.

We want to give a huge shout-out of gratitude to our party hosts, who dedicated their time and resources throwing these fun and memorable events! We saw favorites such as the Bollywood Party and Whisky Tasting return this season plus a whole new set of events such as the Ice Cream Social, Robotics, Spring Fling Dance, and Karaoke Night!

Last but not least we want to recognize the hard work of the Just Parties committee for coordinating this very special Duveneck tradition: Annie Chan, Chris Colohan, Erin Doll, Jessica Galbraith, Monica Kuchinski, Yvette Mangalindan, Siddharth Mundra, and Rona Yang.

Have a wonderful summer and see you all next year for 2022-2023!

TRIVIA: Why the name “Just Parties”? There are many ways to raise money. We choose to host parties and get-togethers because we are big believers in spending time together to strengthen our community. Therefore, we do not host auctions, walk-a-thons, sell wreaths or wrapping paper or candy, sell movie cards or coupon booklets, etc. — we fundraise with just parties, hence the name: Just Parties FUNdraisers.

Just Parties! is a fundraising program for the Duveneck PTA. All of the money raised from Just Parties ticket sales goes to support the amazing programs at Duveneck. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

We have parties for everyone… kids, adults and families! Be sure to check ParentSquare for more info coming soon on how to register and get ready for a good time!

For each Just Parties Fundraiser, parents and teachers pick the theme, date, and all of their own details — this planning and hosting process is another wonderful way to build friendships. Just Parties have ranged from camping trips to movie nights to dinners out — and we are always looking for new ideas!

We start the Just Parties Program over the Summer:

Create a Just Parties FUNdraiser with others!

  1. Come up with a party idea and ask friends or your child’s classmates’ parents to host with you.
  2. Divide the responsibilities and any costs of the party among yourselves.
  3. Decide on a location: a family’s home, room at Duveneck (we can help you book this if required), or an outside venue.
  4. Come up with a date, a price, and a maximum party size.
  5. Once you have your plan, please email pta@duveneck.org.   We’ll add your party to our catalog (which comes out in October), help you publicize and promote your FUNdraiser and sell tickets for you!  The PTA keeps the money (hey, that’s the point!) and gives you a list of folks who signed up.
  6. As the date of the party nears, you then send all the attendees an invitation (evite is popular) to get final guest numbers, and throw a great party!

You could join a current FUNdraiser! Want to help but aren’t sure about taking the lead? There are a number of parties that happen every year (e.g. Daddy-Daughter Dance, Mom’s Camping Trip, Annual Scavenger Hunt, etc.) and they are always open to new hosts joining the team. It’s a great way for new parents to learn from experienced parents and teachers. Send us an email to find out which parties are looking for more hosts!

Everyone should “Buy” a ticket to attend a FUNdraiser! If you can’t commit to hosting an event, no worries! Enjoy yourself at one of the many Just Parties FUNdraisers we have planned. You’re invited! Please stay tuned for more info on how to buy tickets.

Want to learn more?

Hosting and attending Just Parties FUNdraisers are GREAT ways to meet new families, connect with old friends, and have a good time!

All of the money raised from Just Parties FUNdraiser ticket sales goes to support the amazing programs at Duveneck.

We are parents and teachers who support Duveneck Elementary School in Palo Alto, CA. As a community, we help create the school we want our children to have by providing funding for school equipment and materials, hosting community events, and providing enrichment programs for parents, teachers and students.