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President's Update
SEF Holiday Event
SEF After School Cooking Program
Reading Assemblies
Paint Night

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Volume: 22
November 2019
Issue 16
President's Update
Dear Friends of SEF,

It is my pleasure and honor to announce on behalf of the San Gabriel Educational Foundation (SEF) Board of Directors that we proudly support the students of the San Gabriel Unified School District (SGUSD).  In the  2019/2020 academic year, with YOUR generous donations we are able to fund programs supporting our students. 

Where does your money go you ask? 

Impact of Programs and Grants Supported by the Foundation in the 2019/2020 academic year are: 
  • Kinder and Fifth Grade Performance Programming Classes 
  • Distinguished Author Presentation Assemblies 
  • District Wide Elementary School Reading Challenge 
  • District Wide Book Distributions
  • Jefferson Middle School "Food for Thought" After School Academy Cooking Classes
  • Gabrielino High School Speech & Debate
  • Gabrielino High School College Counseling Program, Naviance
  • Gabrielino High School After School Library Hours
  • Del Mar High School Field Trip 
  • Virtual Reality Programming, Special Education 
  • Parent Workshops 
  • District Wide Community Builder 
  • District Wide School Supplies Distribution
SEF, established in 1986, proudly serves the schools, teachers, students and families of the SGUSD,  which consists of eight public schools, almost 5,000 students and approximately 248 teachers. As the philanthropic partner to the school district, we actively forge partnerships and energetically develop community collaborations, grants, events and public awareness in support of student achievement through the backing of high quality education.   

We are fortunate to live and work in an incredible community and our kids deserve the best possible education available. Our work for 2019/20 is not yet done...we are striving to increase community and family participation and need your help in reaching our goal. EVERY dollar amount is too small to ALL adds up! ALL the money raised directly benefits the students. From moms and dads to grandparents, neighbors and community business owners...everyone can join our cause! In fact, it is as simple as asking 10 people to invest $10 in SEF. We invite you to visit the SEF website at to make your tax deductible donation today!

Interested in joining our team?  The SEF Board of Directors is comprised of people like you who support educational opportunities, innovative programming and equity for all of the students of the SGUSD. Contact the office today at (626) 451-5465!

As always, I welcome your ideas, your enthusiasm and your support. When the San Gabriel Community connects, everybody wins! 

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy fall!! 
Alison DeVriendt
SEF President 2019/2020
SEF's Upcoming Holiday Event: Santa Soiree! 
Is that winter's chill we feel?  Maybe  it's a little soon to be pulling out your wool coat, but the holiday season is right around the corner. The  San Gabriel Educational Foundation is gearing up for our family holiday event, the Santa Soiree . This is a family event filled with fun, food and entertainment for all!  Come join us on  Saturday, December 7th, at Church of Our Savior in San Gabriel.
SEF Students Savor the Taste of Fall from Around the World!
SEF is delighted to provide cooking and nutrition education in the after school academy program at Jefferson Middle School. The class, now in its sixth year, has been designed as an enriching educational program that teaches the students how to make healthy food choices and how to prepare fresh meals and snacks using skills developed in class. Students have been learning the basic principles of safe cooking and healthy eating.  

Recently, students "traveled" to Japan to prepare Nikujaga. Nikujaga, one of the most popular dishes in Japan, translates literally to "meat and potatoes", from the two main ingredients niku (meat) and jagaimo (potatoes). Students left the class with increased confidence in the kitchen and plate full of goodness! 

A traditional Japanese dish stewed to perfection? We say YES!!
SEF Supports Recreational Reading for FUN!!    

Through the years, SEF has been thrilled to provide author presentations that inspire student's creativity while supporting educational goals.  During the months of September, October and November, more than 1,000 grades K-2 San Gabriel Unified School District students will participate in a very special presentation with author Lynn Snowden. We excitedly kicked off the series at Roosevelt with approximately 170 students in attendance. The engaging presentation highlights Ms. Snowden's book, Maezie's Pumpkin Patch  and includes an activity packet for students to enjoy at home. 

SEF hopes these presentations will create a lasting impression for the young students in our schools and excitedly support the joy and imagination of our youngest learners.    
SEF 's Paint Night was Filled with Creativity and Fun! 

Many thanks to all who attended and supported our recent Paint Night. Thank you to all of our business and community supporters, Dr. Chasity Jennings Nunez, the City of San Gabriel, El Pavo Bakery, Corner Bakery, Home Depot and Nothing Bundt Cakes, for helping to ensure the event was fabulous.  A big shout out to all of the artists...may you proudly hang your works of art for all to see.  The community coming together to generously support the foundation IS what makes us strong! 

"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." Vincent Van Gogh 
This email created by Board member volunteer, Kacie Bauzon. 

San Gabriel Educational Foundation
P.O. Box 1175
San Gabriel, CA 91778

The San Gabriel Educational Foundation (SEF), a 501(c)(3) organization, is dedicated to partnering with parents and the community to give San Gabriel Unified School District students unique learning experiences inside and outside the classroom. Since its inception in 1986, SEF has donated more than $1,000,000 to the SGUSD to provide funding for a variety of educational programs, curriculum and materials that benefit all students and schools. For more information, go to, and follow SEF on Facebook. ©2019 San Gabriel Educational Foundation.