A note from Gary Alpert, President

SRVEF Board of Directors

I hope you enjoyed our initial Happenings Under the Tree newsletter. We received great feedback and plan to continue sharing exciting San Ramon Valley Education Foundation news with you periodically.  

As you receive this newsletter, our schools are wrapping up the 2020-2021 school year. This year will probably end up as one of the most challenging and difficult years in history. I’m sure everybody will be glad to see this year end. I know I will.  

Every year SRVEF and our School Affiliates nominate a Shining Star. Our Shining Stars are worthy of praise for their significant contributions to their school communities during the current academic year... and beyond!  

This year, SRVEF would also like to recognize the entire education community. Our students, teachers, school staff, district leadership, and families have all worked tirelessly to adjust to the pandemic. You have all figured out how to make the best of online learning and as the rules changed, you changed with it. Flexibility is a word I know you have grown tired of hearing. Congratulations to each one of you. You are all Stars. 

Our School Ed Funds have all changed these past 18 months. Their ability to raise funds in the usual manner has changed. How? Each of them typically holds various fundraising activities throughout the year that involve in-person events such as galas, live auctions, festivals, fun-runs, etc. All of these have been changed and/or cancelled. Our schools and our students rely on the funds that our Ed Funds raise. Our school affiliates have demonstrated amazing creativity in making up for lost revenue this past year. Some events were turned into virtual ones. Others were postponed or replaced with new events. None of our schools gave up – that just isn’t an option when our students’ education is at risk!

Parent donations from our Ed Funds contribute significant support to our individual schools and school district each year – many millions of dollars each school year. This money is not under the control of the State – it is managed locally by school administration in collaboration with the parent Ed Funds. This ‘hyper-local funding’ supplements state provided funding and is used to finance such items as technology, teacher grants, reduction of class sizes, school music and library programs, and other programs not currently funded by the State. And even if you do not have children in school, we all benefit from having a high quality, top rated school district.  

You may have heard that the State of California’s budget is in great shape – such great shape that it is investing in many programs – including our schools. Although the San Ramon Valley schools will receive a one-time infusion of cash from the State’s budget windfall, it is important to note that this budget surplus is not expected to last. It is a temporary surplus. That means that parent donations – whether it is to your local school via annual fundraising campaigns or to the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation through the Friends of the Foundation or The Run for Education are as important as ever. 

Lastly, I want to make a pitch for becoming educated on how school financing works. As we all know, school financing is a complicated subject. Greg Medici, SRVUSD Chief Business Officer, has created a YouTube channel to help explain this topic. Through a series of short videos, Greg will help you better understand how school finances work and why parent donations make such an important difference in education in the valley. You can find them here.  

If you know of someone that would like to be added to our distribution list let us know by replying to this email. We’ll be happy to add them. They can also sign up by clicking here. Please share your comments and ideas for future newsletters by emailing us at info@srvef.org.

On behalf of the Staff and Board of Directors of the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation, I wish you a safe and enjoyable summer. 

Early bird pricing extended to June 1!

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2021 Summer Imagineering On-Site Classes!

Offered at Gale Ranch MS and Stone Valley MS

Are you ready for summer fun, STEAM learning, and reconnecting with your peers!?! If you are saying YES YES YES!! then you will want to take a look at what the SRVEF Imagineering Program has to offer students this summer. We are offering classes for incoming 3rd - 6th graders, incoming 7th - 9th graders, and even a hands-on bio lab for incoming 10th - 12th graders who missed out on in-person labs last year. Most classes will run Monday through Friday from 9 am to 12 noon or 1 pm to 4 pm. Supervision and recess activities will be available for students registered for morning and afternoon sessions in the same week. 

To register go to bit.ly/srvef_imagineering. Please contact us with any questions at imagineering@srvef.org.

  • 3D Printing & Design (3rd - 6th)
  • Learn Beginner French through Music and the Arts (3rd - 6th)
  • Painting with Acrylic Paint and Watercolors (3rd - 6th)
  • Culinary Arts: Technique & Sustainability bringing food from Farm to Table (7th - 9th)
  • Stop Motion Animation - Lights, Camera, Action! (3rd - 6th)
  • Theater Production (3rd - 9th)
  • Amazing Drawing (3rd - 6th)
  • Becoming a Confident Speaker (7th - 9th)
  • Creative Writing & Design (3rd - 6th)
  • Culinary Arts: Baking Basics (3rd - 6th)
  • Culinary Arts: Baking Basics (7th - 9th)
  • The Physics of Roller Coasters (3rd - 6th)
  • Chemistry of Suds, Smells & Bubbles (3rd - 6th)

  • Chemistry Explorers: How Stuff Works (3rd - 6th)
  • Environmental Poetry (3rd - 6th)
  • Environmental Poetry (7th - 9th)
  • Spanish through Storytelling (7th - 9th)
  • Mission to Mars (3rd - 6th)
  • Advanced Biology Hands-On Lab Experience (10th - 12th)
  • Phenomenally Engineered (7th - 9th)
  • Intro to Raspberry Pi (3rd - 6th)
  • Intro to Raspberry Pi (7th - 9th)
  • Intermediate Raspberry Pi (7th - 9th)
  • Raspberry Pi Robotics (7th - 9th)
  • Nature Drawing (where science and art meet at curiosity, on the corner of observation and exploration) (7th - 9th)
  • CSI: The Science of Forensics (3rd - 6th)
  • CSI: The Science of Forensics (7th - 9th)

Registration is OPEN for the 38th Annual

Run for Education

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Join us by October 10th to support your school!

Why should I sign up for this Virtual Run?

To earn money for YOUR school! This event will be a fundraiser for the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation and each school; with 30% of your registration net proceeds going directly to the school of your choice. Additionally, the Run for Education is setting up pledge pages for every participant that will allow schools to raise even more money with 70% of those donations going directly to the school. 

When should I sign up for this Virtual Run?

NOW! Registration is open, at www.srvef.org/the-runThe low registration price of $25 includes a mask! You can still order a shirt to keep your collection up to date - just order a t-shirt in your registration form.

We are excited about offering this fundraising opportunity to our schools! This is a healthy and fun family activity we can all enjoy while observing local guidelines AND raising funds to support our programs and people! Questions? Contact Karen Robman at karen@srvef.org.

Join our Newly Launched Real Estate Program

Thank you to Tanya Jones, our first Real Estate Partner!

Our Real Estate Partner Program is an opportunity for Realtors to give back to our students and schools. By investing in SRVEF, you demonstrate your commitment to public education and our community.


As a leader in the real estate industry, you understand that a dynamic and successful school district helps attract families to the San Ramon Valley, and that these families are vital to sustaining a healthy community. We are fortunate to be surrounded by top-ranked schools, great neighborhoods, and thriving businesses.

We have developed a special package specifically for those in the real estate community: Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, Title Agents, Accountants, Attorneys, and more.

Contact SRVEF to learn how these organizations can receive recognition in the quarterly newsletter, For Sale sign riders for a house listing, your logo/name on our website, social media posts, and great community recognition.

SRVEF is grateful to our Realtor friends for supporting us and local schools. A major reason that families choose the San Ramon Valley is our A+ schools – visit www.niche.com to see our top rated ranking!

Partnerships start at $750. Yearly Benefits run from July through June, but this year we will include May and June if you sign up now. To learn more about our Real Estate Partnership levels, please contact us at sponsors@srvef.org

First ever Imagineering Class for Adults - Art!

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Have you been signing your student up for Imagineering Classes that look super fun and wishing there was a class for you? We had our first Adult Art Class on May 12, 2021, taught by Imagineering instructor extraordinaire, Bhu Singh!

This participant’s comment truly reflected what all of us were feeling: “This was my first art class since grade school and it was absolutely exhilarating to paint.”

Every participant asked that we do this class again, so watch for more in the future!

Questions? Email us at imagineering@srvef.org

Congratulations to our SRVEF Shining Stars

Every year the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation celebrates the exceptional people that make our district shine. We ask each principal to select a person who is worthy of praise for their significant contributions to their school communities during the current academic year... and beyond! We are very excited to announce the 2020-2021 SRVEF Shining Stars.

Shout out to our very own SRVEF Shining Star, Julie Bollenbach, who has supported SRVEF and our Affiliates for many years! Each year, SRVEF works with Julie to ensure that donations and grants are allocated to the proper accounts, past year donations are reconciled, and bills are processed correctly. Whenever there is a question, Julie is always able to answer that question promptly and with grace. We are grateful to announce Julie is our SRVEF Shining Star!

During this time of the year, we also honor the work of our Affiliates boards. This award is given to a group of volunteer board members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make sure their school has what they need to thrive. We are pleased to announce the 2020-2021 Affiliates of the Year. 

  • Bella Vista Elementary Education Fund for Building School Community
  • Sycamore Valley Shark Fund for Innovative Ideas

We value the work of each and all of the SRVEF Affiliates - you work year-round to support the educational experience of every student in your school community and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.

Thank you for your hard work in 2020-2021 and we look forward to continuing working with you in the new school year!

Thank you to Ferber Law for their sponsorship of our Shining Star Awards!

Summer Dine Outs with SRVEF

The San Ramon Valley Education Foundation is pleased to have partnered with local restaurants this summer! These restaurants will donate a portion of their sales to SRVEF! Please eat and shop local this summer. The restaurants include:

  • Mountain Mike's, San Ramon
  • Dos Coyotes, San Ramon
  • Hen House, Danville
  • On Fire Pizza, San Ramon
  • Panera, San Ramon
  • Origami, San Ramon
  • Mendocino Farms, San Ramon
  • Pizza Guys, Danville
  • Chipotle, San Ramon

Check out the dates and times on our website.

San Ramon Council of PTAs is on YouTube!

Did you know our SRV PTA has a YouTube channel to access Family Engagement recordings, Advocacy Day speakers, Inclusion and Diversity presentations, and more? Subscribe today!

Your Gift is Important!

Would you consider making a donation to support public education in the San Ramon Valley? We welcome you to become a Friend of the Foundation. SRVEF accepts donations via check, through PayPal, or our website. Thank you for your support!

To donate via check, please mail a check to:


3280 Crow Canyon Road

San Ramon, CA 94583

To donate through PayPal (no extra fees for SRVEF), please click the picture above

To donate through our website, please click the picture above

Our Mission

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.

Thank you to our 2021 Run for Education Sponsors!

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