A Note from Gary Alpert,

President of SRVEF Board of Directors

Dear Friends of the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation

The San Ramon Valley Education Foundation is busy wrapping up a few major events and starting to plan for some new ones. You’ll find more details throughout this newsletter or on our website at www.srvef.org.

The Student Science Fair was held March 26 and was a huge success. This program was a chance for our 5th grade Science Alliance ‘buddies’ to showcase their year-long exploration of science. Each of them, working with a High School mentor, came up with a science-based project and then developed a presentation board – yes tri-fold science fair displays are still a ‘thing’! The effort and creativity demonstrated by our students was truly amazing. I’d especially like to recognize our Science Alliance Advisors, Sherryl Darroch, Lakshmi Warrior, Matthew Robison, Oliver Tuggle, Bryan Jensen, and our Lead Advisor, Minu Basu. These individuals and their school club officers and mentors are what make Science Alliance a success.  

We are starting to plan for our 39th Annual Run for Education and Expo for Education. We are very excited to be back in person after two-years of virtual runs. The event will bring back the Mini-Run and Friendship Run, taking place on Saturday, October 8, and the 5K and 10K taking place on Sunday, October 9. Both days will feature our Expo with a Kids' Zone and local exhibitors. We plan to open registration in May, so be sure to register early! Look for details shortly.

The San Ramon Valley Education Foundation and its School Affiliates will be holding our Night with the Stars event on April 18. This event recognizes the hard work of our School Education Foundations. These volunteers have worked tirelessly to raise funds to support their individual schools. We will be honoring them and a Shining Star from each school at Blackhawk Country Club.  

Lastly, I’d like to welcome three new board members to the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation. Please join me in welcoming:

  • Sherry Pratt – Sherry began as a parent volunteer while her children were students, then became a para-professional before earning her teaching credential. Sherry taught for 17 years at Tassajara Hills Elementary School as well as serving as a volunteer for many organizations throughout the bay area.   
  • Alec Hurd – Alec is a long-time volunteer in the San Ramon Valley, primarily supporting Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Alec has mentored young adults for years, many becoming Eagle Scouts. 
  • Janet Terranova – Janet joins SRVEF as a former San Ramon Valley Unified School District educator. Janet worked as an educator and administrator, at the Elementary, Middle and High School level. Janet continues to work with schools across the Bay Area as a Leadership Coach.  

Thank you, Sherry, Alec, and Janet for contributing your time and many talents to the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation!

Have any ideas or suggestions? Our Board is always interested in learning from our Community. Please share them by contacting us at info@srvef.org 

Gary Alpert


San Ramon Valley Education Foundation

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Special Pricing is Available Through April 23

We are offering 6 weeks of fun and engaging weeklong classes for young scientists, engineers, coders, zoologists, programmers, chemists, techies, artists and mathematicians starting June 13 and running through July 22, 2022. With over 25 weekly classes for incoming students from 2nd - 9th grade offered at Gale Ranch Middle School, you are certain to find something for your student. Offered classes include:

Chemistry Explorers: How Stuff Works

Design Thinking with Robots


Discover Your Inner Artist

Visualizing your Own Video Game

Programming with Sphero - The Ball That Does it All

Discovery Through Digital Photography

Zoology: Create your Own Habitat

Build and Program A Robotic Car with the Raspberry Pi using Python

Operation: Research Skills

3D Modeling and Printing (Game Crafting with 3D Printing)

And many, many more!


Register TODAY before prices increase on April 24th!

Register Now

The Imagineering Program is looking for SRVUSD high school students to serve as Mentors in our Summer 2022 Imagineering classes. You must complete this application to be considered for a Mentor position.

2022 Run for Education

Logo Contest

Starting today, and continuing through Saturday, April 16, the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation will be accepting submissions of a logo for the 39th Annual Run for Education. The winning design will be highlighted on T-shirts and the winning student will receive $100 in gift cards.

  • Artist must be a student of SRVUSD
  • Logo must include the SRVEF tree in the design (see image to the right)
  • Must include the words "39th Annual Run for Education" and "Chevron Presents"
  • Please submit it as a PDF file and include the student name, grade, and school with the entry
  • Logo must be colorful and easy to see from a distance
  • Groups of runners, start line, finish line, course, etc.


Please email all entries to info@srvef.org with the subject line "2022 Run for Education Logo Contest" by Saturday, April 16. One winner will be chosen and will receive $100 worth of gift cards from local businesses

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for the 39th Run for Education! Join us October 8-9, 2022!


Last year's winning logo:

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Register TODAY for Summer Imagineering

2022 Theatre Production

Calling students ages 7 through 17 for our Summer Imagineering 2022 Theatre Production of Disney’s The Lion King, Jr. Our 5 week class starts Tuesday, June 21, and runs through July 22, 2022, from 9 am-12 noon. at Gale Ranch Middle School, with evening performances on Thursday, July 21, and Friday, July 22.

Register Today

Please join us as we once again gather together to celebrate our 2021-2022 SRVEF Shining Stars. We want to recognize the exceptional people that make our district shine. These stars are worthy of praise for their significant contributions to their school communities during the current academic year... and beyond!

See our complete list of recipients HERE!

Date: Monday, April 18, 2022

Time: 5 pm

Place: Blackhawk Country Club

Purchase Tickets Here
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Thank you for helping us support Visual Arts!

Back in December we shared our goal to provide schools with additional funding for Visual Arts programs. We had already donated funds for professional development to support staff in effectively integrating Art into their classroom activities through our Major Gifts and Endowment fund. We are excited to report that with the help of generous corporate and individual donations received during the Season of Giving campaign, we raised $25,000 that has been donated to the District in support of Visual Arts supplies for all elementary students!

Why art? Expanding programs in the Arts is essential for our students. We know activities related to the arts promote creativity, help evolve fine motor skills, and it is beneficial for social emotional development and health. There are multiple studies that talk about the benefits of the arts for mental health. Here is one you might enjoy.

Thank you to all of you who made this goal possible through your donations!

2022 Science Fair

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the 2022 Science Fair!

Science Alliance is an after-school program available in all SRVUSD high schools created to pair curious and motivated fifth grade students (buddies) with high school students (mentors). The mentor will encourage and guide their buddy on a journey of science and methodical inquiry, under the careful guidance of a credentialed teacher at one of the high schools. Science Alliance helps prepare the fifth graders for middle school lab science and teaches positive role-modeling skills to high school mentors. 


The year-long journey includes six buddy-mentor meetings, interesting lessons and learning opportunities. The program concludes with a district-wide science fair that was held on Saturday, March 26 at Dougherty Valley High School.At the fair buddies shared the project that they worked on throughout the program.

Our appreciation to all of the mentors and officers from each high school and their advisors for their hard work. Thank you to the 192 fifth grade students for participating in the program this school year - we trust they learned and had fun along the way.

Special thanks to our Science Fair sponsor, Pacific Gas and Electric Company for their financial support! We appreciate PG&E’s investment in our budding scientists.

For a list of the top 14 projects presented, please visit our Science Alliance webpage

Stay tuned for the 2022-2023 Science Alliance program. More information will be shared in early September.

Questions? Contact us at sciencealliance@srvef.org


Hack-a-thon: Cal Hacks

The Library at California High School was buzzing with activity on Saturday, March 19 as students in SRVUSD's middle and high schools participated in a day long hack-a-thon. The Imagineering Program joined in a collaboration with the Cal High Technology Club and Computer Science Honor Society to host Cal Hacks. 


Cal Hacks participants came together to compete in creating a project that was related to the theme, "the environment". Students used their programming knowledge to create projects ranging from a game that educated the user about recycling to an App that used Machine Learning to automatically classify different images as trash or recycling. 


The “hacking period” started at 10:15 am following a brief opening ceremony by the club leaders. Students participated individually or in small groups and worked into the afternoon. Workshops on LFG, WebDEv, as well as on hack-a-thon tips and presentation skills were offered during the hacking period. Students started wrapping up their projects around 3:30 pm so they could prepare to present to our esteemed panel of volunteer judges.

Judges, who included local volunteers from Facebook, ServiceNow, Supernatural, Amazon, and Hangar 13, were wowed by the professional projects and the poised, eloquent presentations of the students.

Top groups were awarded fun prizes including Visa gift cards, Razer keyboards, Apple Airtags, and Arduino Electronics kits. Watch this space for our next hack-a-thon!

If you have questions about our STEAM programs email us at imagineering@srvef.org

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Truck Time San Ramon

Dougherty Valley / San Ramon Rotary Club is hosting Truck Time, an interactive outdoor family festival that encourages children (and their adults) to explore the trucks and vehicles they see around them all the time, and maybe, some they might never have seen before.

The event will be on April 30, 2022, from 9 am to 1 pm at 2700 Camino Ramon (across from City Center). 

We are currently looking for vehicles/trucks that kids and families might enjoy. If our attendees are allowed to “touch it,” great. If not, we will still find a spot for you to show it off. There is no charge to you. You are also welcome to host an activity table/tent or provide giveaways in the area next to your truck or vehicle. You are responsible for providing the table/tent. If you have a vehicle/truck that might be a good fit, please visit our website: TruckTimeSanRamon.org to sign up. If you have questions, please contact TruckTimeSR@gmail.com We would love to have you join us!

We thank the Dougherty Valley / San Ramon Rotary for choosing us as one of the beneficiaries of this event.

Click here for more information

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3280 Crow Canyon Road

San Ramon, CA 94583

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The San Ramon Valley Education Foundation invests in education, supports parent organizations and engages our community for the benefit of and in partnership with the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.

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