June 12, 2019
What's new at the Foundation
and in our schools
A Note From Our Executive Director
The end of the school year is officially here! Sonoma Valley High School’s inspiring graduation ceremony was held on Friday, June 7th...Congratulations to all of our new graduates! And with the end of the school year, our Summer Literacy program is underway at the Prestwood campus with more than 290 kindergarten through third grade students participating. We’re so proud of the students’ hard work as they build their reading skills throughout the summer!

While the school year wraps up, we at the Education Foundation are hard at work planning our annual Red & White Ball for Saturday, August 24th. This is an opportunity for the Sonoma Valley community to dance the night away as we celebrate and support our local public schools! Tickets are now available online at our website ( svgreatschools.org ). And remember, we depend on a large number of volunteers to make this an unforgettable night. If you'd like to volunteer while having fun, check out the Red & White Ball 2019 tab on our website and click the volunteer link. 

Enjoy your summer!

~Mary Favaro
C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S T O A L L O F T H E S V H S G R A D U A T E S !
Summer Literacy Academy is Underway
The Summer Literacy Academy began this week for district students and is being held at Prestwood Elementary School this year, running through July 12.

Reading proficiently by the end of third grade is a priority focus area for SVUSD. Up to third grade, students generally learn to read; after third grade, they read to learn. The Summer Literacy Academy supports this crucial indicator of future school success by providing an intensive summer literacy intervention program for students in grades 1-3 who are more than two grade levels behind. For 20 days, students meet in small groups and receive concentrated reading intervention using evidence-based curriculum and a variety of texts including poetry, chapter books, songs and picture books. 

The Summer Literacy Program is sponsored by the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation w ith a generous grant from the Sonoma County Vintners Foundation.
El Verano Elementary Introduces Book Vending Machines

Speaking of literacy...picking out a book will be as easy as dropping a token into a slot at El Verano Elementary School, which will soon be the first California school to offer an actual book vending machine, set to arrive on campus this month. Currently popular on the east coast, token-operated book vending machines, which are recycled candy and cigarette machines, will start to pop up on west coast campuses more and more.

Gold tokens that read “I Love Reading” will be provided by the machine's maker, Global Vending Group. Teachers will reward students for good behavior or actions with the tokens, and raffle tickets will be given to all students for a weekly drawing.

In addition to a $1,000 donation from the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, El Verano parents raised funds to secure the machine, which costs about $3,500. Fundraising will be ongoing in order to keep the machine stocked with books, which will be carefully selected by El Verano faculty.

El Verano eagerly welcomes donations to purchase books for the machine. Anyone interested in donating funds for books may contact Principal Maite Iturri at  miturri@sonomaschools.org .

For full coverage on the El Verano book vending machine, read the Sonoma Index Tribune's article here: Sonoma Index Tribune-Food for Thought
Business Partner Sponsorship:
Hot weather is here and the pools are calling your name! It's the perfect time for kids to sign up for swimming lessons to improve their swimming skills and learn water safety. Contact  stephanie@parkpointhealthclub.com  for information on swimming lessons at Parkpoint Sonoma.

Know a teen who would benefit from free swimming lessons? Parkpoint is providing an opportunity for teens to become water safe and learn swimming skills at no cost. Email mike@parkpointhealthclub.com to sign up your teens and get them swimming with confidence!

Thank you Parkpoint Health Club Sonoma for partnering with SVEF to support student success in our valley.
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Sonoma Valley Education Foundation is proud to have Parkpoint Health Club Sonoma as a valued Business Partner!

Purchase your Red & White Ball tickets today and get your early bird discount! Prices increase July 1st.

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The Red & White Ball
August 24, 2019, 5:00pm
Sonoma Plaza
Featuring meals by Stellar Catering and music from the ever-popular
Wonder Bread 5!
Make SVEF Your Charity of Choice on Amazon Smile

Your Amazon purchases can result in money for our students and programs! SVEF's goal is to get 1,000 people to sign up for Amazon Smile at smile.amazon.com . After designating Sonoma Valley Education Foundation as your charity of choice (it's only necessary to make this designation one time), your eligible Amazon purchases will benefit Sonoma's students. Be sure to log in to smile.amazon.com every time you shop Amazon. Thank you for your support!

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