Friends of Pacific Beach Elementary (FOPBE) is our nonprofit parent-teacher organization dedicated to supporting PBE students. Our mission is to enhance and enrich the learning environment for all students at Pacific Beach Elementary.
This year, FOPBE has an anticipated spending budget of over $110,000. In comparison, PBE receives approximately $45,000 in discretionary funds from the district. FOPBE more than triples the amount of money spent on our kids! So where does it go? We fund all of the below, including many things that you might assume the school pays for:
  • Daily Playground Supervision provided by Whole Child
  • San Diego Youth Science – monthly hands-on science enrichment classes
  • Garden Enrichment – monthly garden lessons with Dig Down Deep, plus ongoing garden maintenance
  • Arts Attack – monthly parent-lead art lessons
  • Subscriptions and Instructional Supplies such as Achieve 3000, Raz Kids, Scholastic newsletters, Sadlier vocabulary books, student planners, library books and more
  • Field Trips and Assemblies
  • Discretionary Funds for Teachers for classroom supplies such as books, crafts, incentive prizes, stickers, holiday themed items, supplies for special events, and cleaning products

We also organize community events and activities such as Penguin Pride, Jogging Club, Halloween Carnival, STEAM Nights, Missoula Children’s Theater, Family Fun Nights, Variety Show, Parent Events, PBE Merch & Apparel, and the PBE Yearbook.
FOPBE raises money through three major fundraisers per year:
  • the Contribution Drive in September
  • the Penguin Dash (jogathon) in February
  • the Annual Auction in April/May

We also raise funds via ongoing and one-time events such as Pizza Wednesday, Corporate Sponsorships/Contributions, ArtCards by Kids, See’s Candies Fundraiser, Shop-outs/Dine-outs, and the Scholastic Book Fair.

If you have any questions please reach out to us at

Non-profit 501(c)(3) tax I.D. 33-0549469
Friends of Pacific Beach Elementary (FOPBE)
c/o Pacific Beach Elementary School
1234 Tourmaline Street, San Diego CA 92109