May 29, 2019
What's new at the Foundation
and in our schools
A Note from our Executive Director
As we come to the end of this school year, we can feel the excitement as our proud high school seniors get ready to graduate on June 7th. As you will see in today’s e-news, so much is happening across the schools’ campuses, from preschool graduations, senior walkabouts and the Senior Awards ceremony, to helping students make the most of summer break with the Summer Literacy and ViVo summer camp programs. Enjoy the excitement, and thank you for your continued support of our local schools!
~Mary Favaro

SVHS Graduation is June 7th at 6:30pm,
followed by Grad Night beginning at 9:30pm
SVEF Initiates Comprehensive Preschool Study

The Sonoma Valley Education Foundation has launched an in-depth study of the preschool landscape in Sonoma Valley. Working in collaboration with the Sonoma Valley Unified School District, the Ed Foundation has secured the services of Early Childhood Education Consultant Rob Corso, Ph.D., of Vanderbilt University. Corso and his team will provide recommendations to improve quality, access and equity for Sonoma Valley youth. Working closely with SVEF's Director of Programs and Grants Angela Ryan, Ph.D., Corso is currently meeting with Sonoma Valley teachers, parents and other preschool stakeholders in order to better understand the offerings and expected goals for early childhood education in Sonoma Valley.

Click here to read an article in the Sonoma Index-Tribune about the study:
Jessica Alcaraz-Estrada Receives SVEF's "Outstanding Senior in Engineering, Design & Technology" Award
Jessica Alcaraz-Estrada and Angela Ryan
Each year, the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, a proud sponsor of the Sonoma Valley High School Engineering, Design & Technology Academy (EDT), presents the "Outstanding Senior in Engineering, Design & Technology" award, an annual scholarship given to an EDT student who is continuing in an engineering or technology field, has been academically successful, and an active, involved, contributory member of the Academy. 

This year's recipient, Jessica Alcaraz-Estrada, has been a three-year member of the Academy and earned certification through the National Academy Foundation. Jessica will study computer science and engineering next year at UC Davis. Angela Ryan, SVEF's Director of Programs and Grants, was proud to present the award.

Congratulations, Jessica!  
Summer Literacy Academy
Starting This June

The Sonoma Valley Unified School District is offering Summer Literacy Academy to district kindergarten through third grade students from June 10 to July 12. The program offers reading and writing support and will be held at Prestwood Elementary School.
Click here to read the Sonoma Index Tribune's article on all of the district's summer school offerings.

Summer Literacy Academy is proudly funded by the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation.
Applications are in for Sonoma Valley
Youth Engagement Seminar

The annual Sonoma Valley Youth Engagement Seminar (YES) just finished accepting applications for the intensive program, which will run June 17-28 daily from 9am to 2pm. Twenty high school applicants will be selected after a process that includes a teacher recommendation, a formal application and an interview.

Designed to get youth to engage with their community, YES is a collaborative effort between the Sonoma Valley Unified School District, the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce and the City of Sonoma. For more information on the YES program, read the Sonoma Index Tribune's coverage of the seminar here: .

The Sonoma Valley Education Foundation sponsors YES, and all participants will receive a stipend of $250 for the two-week session.
SVHS Seniors Participate in the
4th Annual "Senior Walkabout"
Sonoma Valley High's May 24th senior award ceremony was followed by its 4th annual Senior Walkabout, a tradition in which the senior class of 2019 dons their caps and gowns and visits their former elementary and middle schools including Adele Harrison, Altimira, Prestwood, El Verano, Sassarini, Dunbar, Flowery, Woodland Star, St. Francis and Presentation. Students at each campus eagerly greeted the graduates, as did the staff, some with a tear in their eye.

Read the Sonoma Index Tribunes coverage of the Senior Walkabout here:
Business Partner Sponsorship:
Dr. Caroline Laurent is a respected orthodontic provider in Sonoma, offering an array of orthodontic services including both early and adult orthodontic treatment, clear and metal braces, and Invisalign ® . Using state-of-the-art technology, Laurent Orthodontics efficiently provides optimum results with the most comprehensive treatment available in the Sonoma area.

T hank you Laurent Orthodontics for partnering with SVEF to fund programs in our public schools! Your wonderful and friendly staff bring beautiful smiles to children and adults throughout our community! 
21 Patten Street
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 938-5255
Sonoma Valley Education Foundation is proud to have Laurent Orthodontics as a valued Business Partner!

It's Getting Closer...
The Red & White Ball would still love to list you as a sponsor!

The Red & White Ball is fast approaching, but there's still time to become a sponsor and enjoy the many benefits of sponsorship while enjoying first class food and wine as you dance to Wonderbread 5! Click here for information on becoming a sponsor. See you at the ball!
The Red & White Ball
August 24, 2019, 5:00pm
Sonoma Plaza
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The mission of the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation is to enrich the student experience by partnering with the Sonoma Valley Unified School District as the primary fundraising and volunteer resource for innovative programs. We focus on results and report to our donors and community
Sonoma Valley Education Foundation
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