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In This Issue
President's Message
Holiday Book Event
JMS Hip Hop Class
JMS Cooking Class
Adult Cooking Class
SEF Board Member Profile
2019 Gala Details
2018-2019 Annual Fund

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Volume: 9
October 2018
Issue 3
President's Update
The San Gabriel Educational Foundation (SEF) has been supporting our public schools for 32 years. With support from Annual Fund donations, we organize programs centered around our focus areas to enhance, enrich and extend the academic initiatives of our schools, most recently with after-school library and computer lab access, Naviance career and college counseling,  assemblies, K-3 music education, training with award-winning authors, cooking and nutrition classes and so much more. We cannot do all of this without the support of our volunteers. Last year alone, our board members and community members dedicated countless hours through partnerships with multiple local organizations. Proudly, we announce our summer academy served approximately 400 students from within and surrounding our community.  

Your support of the Annual Fund is critical to the continued success of our projects and workshops offered for the students in our school district. Our deadline for funding this year's new programs is near, and we need your help! In the midst of your Holiday preparations, we ask you to continue your support of our mission with a gift today.  Whether you give $25 or $250, your tax deductible donation to the Annual Fund allows your Foundation to continue offering programs and services to all students in need of our support.


We hope you are inspired to join our cause and we invite you to please help us make a greater difference in our local school community and donate online today at  www.sef and select Donate Now. Thank you for being a loyal friend and follower of SEF. I truly appreciate your commitment to helping our students into the New Year.

SEF wishes your family love, peace and joy. 
Alison DeVriendt
SEF Presidient 2018-2019

P.S.  To make sure your year-end gift is tax-deductible in 2018, please mail it or make a gift on our secure website before midnight, December 31, 2018. Thank you!
Holiday Book Event 
San Gabriel Unified families enjoyed an afternoon of fun on Nov. 17 during the San Gabriel Educational Foundation (SEF) Holiday Book Giveaway! Thank you to the San Gabriel Fire Department for hosting the event and to San Gabriel Women's Foundation, Kids Need To Read and the many community partners for the generous funding and donations.   
Jefferson Middle School 
Hip Hop Dance Class 
Recently,  JMS students partici pated in a strong and spirited after school dance class taught by hip hop artist Kelly Sweeney.   

SEF believes after school hours are a very important part of a student's day and strives to ensure that program offerings balance and complement each child's academic experience. Over the course of 4 sessions, students enrolled in the SEF Hip Hop series dance class learned an exciting and energetic choreographed dance .  They danced, developing power, personal style, coordination, agility, confidence, focus and memory all while having a blast! 

  Keeping the beat moving, SEF offered a free Introductory to Hip Hop class on Wednesday, December 12th, which was open to all middle school students. We are excited to share, students who participated in the class left with an increased level of confidence, ability and with the joy of hip hop! 
JMS Students are Learning and Creating in the SEF Kitchen! 
This fall, 20 students participated in our Fall after school cooking class and had the opportunity to learn culinary skills from Le Cordon Bleu Chef Chris in SEF's on-campus kitchen at JMS. For eight weeks, they experienced cooking healthy & creative dishes from around the world, ranging from North America to Europe to Asia. They also learned about nutrition, food safety, and preparation of the international meals, an experience that left the kids confident in recreating and accepting foods from other countries. What a gift!

Thank you to San Gabriel Community Foundation for the generous grant funding.
"Fun with Tapas"
Culinary Workshop for Adults 
Our Tapas workshop, "Tribute to Garlic", on November 30th, was a success! Individuals either sharpened their culinary skills or created new ones, while making three delicious tapas dishes, guided by Le Cordon Bleu Chef Chris. This class provided an environment for community members and friends to get together, learn to create tapas dishes and simply have fun! With raffle prizes and complimentary gifts, no one left empty handed.   What a great evening!  

Thank you to San Gabriel Community Foundation for their generous grant funding and Home Depot and Dollar Tree, Pasadena for their generous donation.
SEF Board Member Profile

Priti Bhat t
Vice Pres ident Pro grams   
Why Do You Support SEF?

In the summer of 2017, I participated in SEF's Kids Fitness Expo.  As a physical therapist,  I had a great time interacting with SGUSD parents and their children and helping with movement analysis for kids and parents with injury.  I am  passionate about giving children the best opportunity to thrive and become well-round individuals, and being part of that experience made me realize how important it is to get involved.  Supporting education is not just about academics, it's also about supporting our children's growth and learning and addressing factors that contribute to their learning.  
I support SEF to help with programs that optimize kids' learning experience with literature, music, art, physical and mental health, life skills, and academics that otherwise may not be covered by public funding.
What is Your Favorite Memory from School?
In 4th and 5th grade, I had a teacher named Mr. Estrada and he taught us Spanish songs and games, Ceilito Lindo, La Cucaracha, and Ambo Sado Matarile, respectively. It was my first exposure to learning a different language and culture, and I was intrigued. This experience contributed to me learning Spanish and appreciating other languages and cultures.  

What do You Do in Your Free Time?
I look forward to spending time with my family and being outdoors. I love to travel and see new places. I love music and dance, so I hope to incorporate that back into my own life.  
A "Toast to the Future" Kick Off Event and Gala! 
The highly anticipated event of the year, SEF's annual gala 
"A Toast to the Future" is here and in full planning mode. Please mark your calendar for two very fun and exciting events! Our kick off party is on Thursday, February 21st, 2019 6-9pm at San Gabriel's hippest new business in town, Ogopogo Brewery. We will be offering beer samples / non-alcoholic beverages, food and desserts. This year's Gala will be held at the beautiful San Gabriel Hilton Hotel in May. Stay tuned for details!  We hope you will join us in support of our public schools. 

The SEF 2018-2019 Annual Fund Campaign is off to a good start!    

We are excited that our fall and winter annual fundraising campaign is underway, and we are asking all families in our San Gabriel Unified community to participate and support public education. Every bit counts, and is tax deductible! What's more, contributing is easy! 
Visit our website to make your tax-deductible donation today! 
Or mail a check to our office at
P.O. Box 1175
San Gabriel, CA 91778
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San Gabriel Educational Foundation
P.O. Box 1175
San Gabriel, CA 91778

The San Gabriel Educational Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, is the primary fundraising partner of the San Gabriel Unified School District. Since its inception in 1986, SEF has donated nearly $1,000,000 to SGUSD to provide funding for a variety of education programs, curriculum and materials that benefit all students and schools. The Foundation's mission is to provide vital enrichment and educational opportunities to students at all of SGUSD's schools. For more information, go to, and follow SEF on Facebook. ©2013 San Gabriel Educational Foundation.