On Sunday, May 22, the San Gabriel Unified School District celebrated the Visual and Performing Arts during their 2022 Arts Fest and what a wonderful celebration it was! As part of the day’s event, attendees enjoyed amazingly talented student performances, were invited to participate in many workshops and craft making activities, tour an amazing high school art gallery display and so much more!
SEF was incredibly honored to be part of the festivities hosting a creative origami making crafts booth. We are especially grateful to Executive Board Member Robert Bringas Jr. for developing and organizing such a fun activity where treasured volunteers enjoyed helping visitors create their own origami masterpiece in honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Everything came together beautifully and we had so much fun!
Up next? SEF is inviting ALL K-12 SGUSD students to participate in our district wide literacy event. This year our theme is “Read. Imagine. Design.” ~ The Story of a Book Cover Reimagined by YOU! We are proud to facilitate our annual event designed to engage our community and enrich the lives of students. We were told last year’s event was transformative and impactful in ways we could only imagine and could not be more pleased.
Interested in supporting us? We invite YOU to help SEF ensure another successful event. Your donation of time or resources is invaluable to us. For more information on sponsorship opportunities and registration details contact SEF directly @ (626) 451-5465 to volunteer your time. You are wanted and you are welcomed!
We are excited to reminisce about our recent book delivery to Wilson Elementary School where 68 Kinder-2nd grade Mandarin Dual Language Immersion students received a special gift. All in all there were 136 individual resources including a book or learning resource and a Highlights magazine for each student.
We are thankful to our supporters from the San Marino Rotary Readers Program and the Kids Need to Read Foundation for their investment in our organization which allows us to continue our book giveaways in San Gabriel public schools!!
Books enrich students’ lives in many ways including building vocabulary, improving memory, sharpening their intellect and relieving stress. Please visit our website at SEFfor8schools.org if you would like to make a tax-deductible donation in support of our efforts. We thank you!
Every study confirms that reading skills are the strongest predictor of success in school, and the presence of books in the home makes all the difference.
Thanks to generous support provided by the Kids Need to Read Foundation and the San Marino Rotary Readers Program, SEF and a small group of dedicated volunteers distributed almost 800 pieces of literature to excited students.
After providing students with access to and a choice of books, we are thrilled to share that each student left the event with brand new, free, quality pieces of literature. One student said…”this is the best day ever!”
Up next: With partnership support from the amazing teachers SEF is building a dual language vocabulary bank designed to introduce and share a student developed Spanish language word bank. We can’t wait to share further details soon!!
SEF focusing on ways to increase support of student’s literacy development for all K-12 students? We say YES!
Your dedication and efforts individually, and for many of you as a team, continues to inspire the San Gabriel Educational Foundation. As you know, we are all fortunate to be part of a dynamic district that is rich in cultural diversity and is recognized as a leader in many outstanding programs. Together, in partnership, I am confident we can have a significant impact on the success of SEF and the financial support we provide the district.
As we plan for the future, we look forward to forging strong partnerships with each and every one of you. We will continue our commitment to excellence and strive to align SEF funded programs to the broader mission, vision and philosophy of the district. We will continue to focus on students and student achievement and strive to be flexible, adaptable and responsive to the community’s changing needs. We will move forward together as the strong community that we are.
Moving forward, we will be scheduling our next meeting and hope that when joining us you will bring along friends and colleagues (lots of them) and that we will learn and grow together to become a powerful force for all things wonderful in our community!!
In the meantime, we are hosting a SEF Board Recruitment event on Wednesday, 10/27. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about our organization or has interest in possibly joining the Board please rsvp to let me know you will be joining us.
Thanks to generous funding provided by Schools First Credit Union, and of course the abundant support we receive from our partners at Johnny Was and Green Street Restaurant, SEF has been hopping all over town distributing teacher gift bags to all of the SGUSD credentialed teachers, the school site Principals and their incredible Office Managers. This go around, we are also thrilled to share there has even been a few gift bags accounted for and distributed at the district office accordingly!!
You know that feeling when you do something you hope brings joy and happiness to others? Well we could not be more grateful to our funding partners, donors and supporters for giving us the opportunity to understand that special feeling today and every day!!
SEF wholeheartedly believes in the necessity and benefits of the arts in education, and its role as a powerful healing and unifying expression of San Gabriel’s diverse and talented community.
We are overwhelmed by the generous support received from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation that will allow us to continue to provide much needed financial support, resources and programming for all students. We thank them and all of our donors for sharing in our vision. We are grateful for all those who are helping to make our communities a better place to live and work and for making a difference in the lives of our youth!!
The SEF Watershed Explorer Program has been designed as an after school educational enrichment opportunity for students in San Gabriel public schools.
Throughout the 2 day course, students will learn about their place in our environment, how it is affected by their decisions and actions, and will be inspired to conserve and celebrate the San Gabriel Valley Watershed. Using their newly taught mapping skills, students will explore the geology, topography and climate of the local region.
As students become familiar with the physical boundaries and conditions of the watershed to which they belong, they will analyze and assess current conditions and problems in the Los Angeles River. Additionally, working in small groups they will develop solutions to issues pertaining specifically to water usage and conservation and develop a public service announcement aimed to raise awareness surrounding watershed conservation.
Prior to completing the course students will learn how to harvest rainwater at home and pledge to become water conservationists all from the comfort of their own home via the Zoom platform.
All members of the community were invited to join our free adult only virtual workshop where San Gabriel Police Department School and Community Engagement Team Officers, Stacy Gutierrez and Dane Woolwine, shared resources and insight surrounding cyber safety.
Learning about internet safety and the risks associated with the internet
Types of virtual safety issues that kids face, like cyberbullying and potential consequences from sharing personal information
How kids and parents can be more prepared for internet safety issues and know what to do
Students today live largely within a digital community. It is important to talk with them about online risks, how to avoid them and how to reach out to their parent or other adult when something goes wrong. Understanding what your children do online is vital to protecting them from digital threats.
What you can do to keep your students safe:
Monitor your child’s online activity and know their passwords.
Activate privacy features through the browser or internet service provider.
Set clearly defined rules surrounding online activity. Explaining the reason for each rule and the hazard it protects against can help your child understand potential risks. Rules should protect your child’s privacy, safety and personal information.
Start the dialogue with your child. An open conversation can help them feel comfortable talking with you even about uncomfortable things they may encounter online.
Did you miss our webinar but want to learn more? Please feel free to reach out to the San Gabriel Police Department Community Engagement Team directly with your questions or concerns surrounding cyber safety!
Join SEF and members of the SGPD’s School and Community Engagement Team for a presentation on Cyber Safety. Learn tips to keep yourself and your children safe on the internet. Wednesday, Oct 14th, 6-7 pm.
This virtual event is free and open to adult caregivers and parents.
Workshop registration: Registration is now closed.SEF reserves the right to cancel any workshop. If the workshop does not meet minimum enrollment it may be cancelled.
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