SEF’s Workshop Series Presents…

SEF's Workshop Series Presents the Adult Virtual Mental Health Workshop

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting quarantine have brought stressful changes for families, especially those with children. For students, the transition to distance learning have resulted in more screen time and an abrupt withdrawal from social-emotional connections with friends and teachers.

This is a NO-FEE virtual adult workshop. Registration deadline is July 17th, 2020.

Classes offered:

ENGLISH: Wednesday, July 22, 2020

SPANISH: Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Time: 7:30pm-8:30pm

Instructor Dr. Maria L. Martinez is a clinical psychologist and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who supervises the LA County Department of Mental Health School Threat Assessment Response Team (START). She provides threat assessment, intervention and management of students of all ages and provides training and education to many, including community members, parents, and students. She has been deployed to many areas for Emergency Disaster Response, including crisis response county wide due to COVID-19.

Space is limited. Workshop will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Please click below to complete the registration form online (no other form of registration will be accepted).

After registration, a separate email will be sent with more information. For questions, email us at sefvpprograms@gmail.com, or call the SEF office at (626) 451-5465.

 

2020 SEF Summer Academy Program Cancelled due to COVID 19

Since 2013, the SEF Summer Academy program has served thousands of students hailing from San Gabriel public schools and surrounding communities. Proudly providing grades 1-12 enrichment and get ahead course options, it is one of our most important and enjoyable programs of the year. We are heartbroken to have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s program. This decision has been the hardest decision we have had to make during one of the most challenging times of all of our lives. Please know that it was made after thorough deliberation with our board president and was based on the current state of affairs surrounding the pandemic.

We truly appreciate your understanding during these unprecedented times and of course your continued partnership with the Foundation. We will continue to strive to build community online. Visit the SEF Facebook page often where you will find information surrounding free enrichment and educational opportunities for your students. We wish them, and all of you, the best today and always!

Free Online Classes from San Diego Zoo Global

San Diego Zoo Global is offering eight weeks of free online courses, now through May 24th, for middle and high school students who are studying from home during this health crisis

The courses are designed to be completed by students in about one to two hours and include video, images and quizzes to teach students about animals.

The first week of free online courses began with an overview of cats and lessons on cheetahs, lions and tigers. Following weeks will focus on mammals, monkeys, primates, bears, birds, reptiles, monotremes and marsupials.

Thank you San Diego Zoo for providing remote learning opportunities for middle and high school students in our community! Click here for more information and to view the classes.

Time for a virtual field trip to Cal Poly’s farm!

As we continue to deal with the impact of COVID-19 on our daily lives, SEF is inspired by the acts of kindness and creativity we witness on a regular basis. That’s why we’re excited to share that Cal Poly Pomona has invited SGUSD students for a virutal fieldtrip to their farms! Cal Poly’s program promises to be an exciting, enriching experience as students tackle new topics every week. 

Even more exciting is the fact that students who complete all 6 lessons will become a Junior Farmer at Discovery Farm. We’re looking forward to hearing about all our future Junior Farmers.

Here is a short description of the program from AGRIscapes:

Each Lesson includes a short Video Segment, Subject Worksheet, a Quiz, Fun Games and a Coloring Sheet. When students complete a lesson they will earn a Badge for that topic, after going through all 6 session they will be declared a Junior Farmer at Discovery Farm! 

Click here to visit the website and learn more about Cal Poly’s virtual field trips to their farm.

$3,100 worth of books received from Kids Need to Read

In support of the 155 Mandarin and Spanish dual language immersion students in the SGUSD, SEF received $3,100 worth of literature from Kids Need to Read. We are looking forward to sharing the smiles of the students’ faces with our generous donors when we distribute the books to the classrooms.

Kids Need To Read was founded on the desire to empower young people through literacy. This organization supports agencies and school districts throughout the nation as they strive to make more books accessible for every student.

We are thrilled to share these books with the almost 155 students enrolled in 7 of the Mandarin and Spanish dual immersion classes at both McKinley and Wilson Elementary School just as soon as they are all back together on their respective campuses in the fall. 

From our community in California to you… thank you Kids Need to Read for sharing literature, smiles, hopes and dreams with our students!

Learn more about Kids Need to Read here.

4 SEF tips on how to make every week Earth Week

By making simple changes in our daily lives we can make a difference in the world around us. Here are a few simple ways your teen can celebrate Earth week at home… any time of the year! 

1. Say NO to single-use plastic

Take a pledge against plastic and say NO to plastic bottles, bags & straws. Challenge your friends and family to join your efforts!

2. Up-cycle your clothes

You can donate clothes you no longer wear or with minimal effort, they can also be turned into cool new items for your wardrobe!

3. Make a statement

Check with your middle or high school administrator to see if your school has an Environmental Mission Statement. If not, with approval from them, you can help to develop one. You can also get started on your first community awareness action item once you get back on campus: inquire about the development and organization of a school-wide mural project where students can leave individual pledges such as “I will turn off the lights when I leave the room”

Need help? Your family, friends, neighbors and volunteers at the San Gabriel Educational Foundation may be available to help!

4. Get some fresh air

Staying inside the house during these days of isolation, we can get caught up in what’s happening on Instagram, or with our favorite tv series, that we forget how much fun it is to be outside. Earth Day is a reminder of how beautiful and awesome our planet is. Take advantage of it! If you have a backyard, spend the afternoon outdoors reading, having lunch, or just taking in deep breaths of the fresh air. If your outdoor space is limited, try going for a walk at an off-hour when the streets are quieter… and remember to wear your mask.

We hope this post inspires all our families to make a pledge to “Do One Thing.”

San Gabriel Hilton Serving the Community with Essentials Market

Thank you San Gabriel Hilton Hotel for supporting the mission of the foundation and the entire community of San Gabriel in all that you do. The San Gabriel community is strong because of you!

The San Gabriel Hilton has opened up an Essentials where people may purchase needed items to weather these uncertain times at home. Please refer below for the list of items available to purchase.

List of market items available for purchase:

 

SEF Funds Support Music Education

Thanks to the support of our community partners, SEF provides programming that serves thousands of students across 8 school sites in the San Gabriel Unified School District. We love receiving and sharing updates on the programs we support, like music classes for elementary students!

During the 2018/19 school year, SEF support for the SGUSD Music Immersion & Expansion program reached over $14,000. Today, we are still smiling!

Music gives students the skills that support their academic success in many areas of development including intellectual and social-emotional learning, math and motor skills, language development and literacy. We truly believe the arts have the power to change lives!

We love seeing the smiles on students’ faces as they experience the joy of creating music. The kids get to play on African drums, scarves, boomwhackers, keyboard/music stands and posters all purchased with funds provided by the foundation. 

SEF Supporting Music Education in San Gabriel Public Schools? We say keep the music coming!

We hope you are inspired to help us with our efforts to continue the momentum we have going! By making a donation today, you help us reach our goals of impacting the lives of each and every student.

SEF helps fund college readiness in SGUSD

Naviance is a comprehensive college and career readiness platform for high school students and their parents that helps align student strengths and interests to post-secondary goals, and strives to improve student outcomes.

Over the course of a student’s high school education, GHS College & Career Counselor Ms. Machado states “students can create a 4-year course plan, build a resume, and manage college application deadlines. Students and parents can also research careers and colleges by comparing GPA and standardized test scores to actual historical data from past Gabrielino students who have applied and been admitted. Naviance also lets us share information with the students and their parents about upcoming meetings and events, local scholarship opportunities, and other resources for college and career information”. 

To make a donation in support of this or other programs we support click here.

For more information, please contact the Gabrielino High School College and Career Center.

Supporting College & Career Readiness for GHS Students? We say YES!!

The Power of Education Inside & Outside the Classroom

 

Last November, 324 grades K-5, Coolidge Elementary School students were treated to a Mobile Dairy Classroom presentation courtesy of the Dairy Council of California.

The program integrates Language Arts, Math, and Science as well as providing a visually stimulating experience that allows for students to get up close and personal with the cow as well as local agriculture ambassadors. This furthers students’ understanding of how milk is processed from cow to container.

In the Primary presentation, students learned new vocabulary, anatomy of a cow, how milk goes from the cow to the refrigerator, and the importance of agriculture and a healthy diet and exercise. In the Intermediate presentation, in addition to the above, students discovered the ruminant digestive system and the agricultural technology used in the making of different foods from milk.

Providing students with hands on learning experiences inside & outside of the classroom? We say YES!!

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