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We are pleased to announce that YOU helped SCEF raise $2.5 million for our public schools. Whether you donated to the Annual Fund, requested a matching gift, hosted a party, donated an item, attended TOWN, Starlight Gala or Bash at the Canyon, or provided a business sponsorship, your contribution makes a difference in every classroom, every day in every school.
Your support has real and immediate impact on the future of our schools, which ensures that our children have access to vital programs and opportunities. The collective generosity of this community over the last 35 years has proven this again and again. THANK YOU!!!

 

Kitchen/Bath Remodel

 

Does your kitchen or bath need a refresher? Do your faucets make you frown? Do your counters make you cringe? Bring your kitchen or bath into the 21st century with the remodel of your dreams! DaVinci Marble, Marble & Stone Solutions, Absolute Electrical and Decorative Plumbing Supply will work together to help make your dream come alive.

Includes:

  • Da Vinci Marble will provide SIX (6) hours of consultation from their in-house designers(worth $780) and $2,500 worth of products from their showroom. This includes stone slabs or tile and decorative tiles from 50 different vendors.
  • Marble & Stone Solutions will provide up to $1,000 worth of stone fabrication and installation of solid stone counters.
  • Absolute Electrical will provide up to $2,000 in electrical service, materials and fixtures.
  • Decorative Plumbing Supply will help you with the sink and faucet for your kitchen or bathroom by providing $1,000 worth of product from their showroom.

Turn those kitchen and bath woes into WOWs!

Washington D.C. Trip

A truly unique Washington DC experience for up to FIVE (5) people awaits you! Enjoy your 4-night stay at Grand Hyatt Hotel. Located in the heart of DC, the Grand Hyatt is the ideal place to start your D.C. adventures. Dine with U.S. Representative for California’s 14th congressional district, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, in the U.S. Capitol Member’s Dining Room, for lunch followed by a VIP Capitol Tour by one of her staff members. Enjoy tours of Washington DC’s most sought-after attractions: The White House, Bureau of Engraving and Printing and/or the U.S. Supreme Court. Visit Wolftrap, a beautiful outdoor amphitheater that features the best in pop, rock and classical artists. We’ll even provide the transportation. View the Marine Barracks Evening Parade at the “Oldest Post of the Corps”. Enjoy dinner at one of five restaurants from Clyde’s Restaurant Group. A flag will be flown in your family’s honor over the U.S. Capitol

 

Includes:

  • 4 nights stay at the Grand Hyatt for 4. (If you have a 5th person, a cot can be added to the room)
  • Lunch for 5 with US Representative Jackie Speier in the US Capitol Member’s Dining Room
  • VIP Capitol Tour with a Congressional Staff Member
  • White House Tour
  • Dinner for 5 at a gourmet Washington DC restaurant
  • Transportation and Tickets for 4 to a performance at Wolftrap
  • Tickets to the Marine Corps Evening Parade
  • And more!

 

Date:

For best availability, please secure dates as soon as possible. Allison Rak would be happy to advise you on ideal date timeframes (i.e. when Congress is in town, etc.). Dates must coincide with when Congress is in session. 2018 legislative calendar will be included in mailed items for planning purposes. The Evening Parades are conducted on Fridays only beginning May 5 through Aug. 25, 2017

 

Restrictions:

  • Visit with Congresswoman Speier must be used by March 1, 2019.
  • Only valid when pre-arranged through Congressional office scheduler and during dates Congress is in session.
  • Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington reservation is subject to availability. Another Hyatt property may be substituted as necessary or desired.
  • Airfare not included.
  • SCEF will provide up to $750 for tickets to Wolftrap and car service to and from the venue.

Thank You:

Congresswoman Jackie Speier

Allison & Adam Rak

Julie Juergens & Erik Budde

Kate Wormington & Dan Marusich

 

 

TOWN Board Room Dinner for Twenty!

This is undoubtedly the best board meeting you’ll ever attend! TOWN’s private dining room, otherwise known as “The Board Room” will be your spot to savor a FOUR (4) course dinner for TWENTY (20). Dine and party with your group as you feast on mammoth-sized, mouthwatering steaks, wood-fired rotisserie chicken, chops or fresh seafood paired with memorable wines from California, Oregon and Washington. TOWN will customize the menu according to your tastes. Did someone say bread pudding? We did! Saddle up to the table for a night you won’t soon forget, be it with family, friends or coworkers. This intimate and delectable night of dining will be one full of both laughter and great cuisine.

 

Includes:

  • 4-course dinner for 20 people in the TOWN Board Room
  • Wine pairings
  • Amazing service

 

Location:

TOWN Restaurant 716 Laurel Street San Carlos, CA 94070

 

Date:

  • Please contact TOWN to arrange a mutually-agreeable date and time.

Restrictions

  • Date must be mutually convenient for donor and winner.
  • Gratuity excluded.
  • Not valid in the month of December.
  • Expires October 1, 2019

Thank You

Avenir Restaurant Group and Greg St. Claire

Relaxing Grand Luxxe Getaway to Mexico’s Finest

 

Are you seeking an exclusive vacation experience for you and your family where your every need is met and your every vacation dream is fulfilled? Grand Luxe offers access to a world of stunning natural beauty, architectural grandeur and unmatched comfort and pampering. The accommodations are artfully designed to meet your every need and provide every convenience, all in a lavish, beautifully decorated setting. The resort features a full selection of live music, shows, sports, classes, tours, fitness activities, and a variety of another ways for you and your family to discover your happiness. This item has a retail value of over $6,000.

 

Includes:

  • 4 Nights in a 1-bedroom Grand Luxxe Suite, choice of Nueva Vallarta or Riviera Maya Resorts
  • Concierge service to assist you in planning this exciting experience
  • Accommodates Up to Four Adults & Two Children

Restrictions:

  • Airfare not included

Day Trip to Napa

Treat yourself and 5 friends to a day of wine tasting and lunch in the beautiful Napa Valley.

Spend a day with your closest friends touring some of the best wineries in Napa. You’ll enjoy a mouthwatering lunch for 6 at the famous Mustards Grill. Then your personal driver will chauffer you to tastings at a selection of the following wineries: Flora Springs Estate, Regusci Winery, Grgich Hills, Rombauer Winery, Tamber Bey Vineyards and Frank Family Vineyards. Sip, savor, and celebrate.

 

Includes:

  • Transportation with pickup and drop off at a mutually agreed location.

 

Restrictions:

  • Wineries subject to change based on availability.

 

Thank you

Steve Haworth

Ready for It? The Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour

Look What You Made Me Do. Improve your reputation with killer seats at Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour at our very own Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Just for you we have secured four (4) VIP seats to the hottest concert ticket this Spring. You and your posse will head to Santa Clara to see America’s renowned singer-songwriter. Since 2007, Swift has won over 150 major awards from music organizations across the world.

Don’t miss out on your some of the best seats in the house.

 

Includes:

  • 4 VIP Tickets to May 12, 2018 performance
  • Signed Taylor Swift Merchandise

 

YOUR NEW SMILE STARTS HERE

 

Get braces for someone in your family AND help a family who otherwise could not afford treatment. Chang Orthodontics is your family’s orthodontic office dedicated to providing beautiful and healthy smiles in a personalized environment. Located in the heart of the Belmont and San Carlos communities, Chang Orthodontics merges latest advancements with the best technology to provide treatment that can fit any lifestyle.

 

San Carlos parent, Dr. Michael Chang, has donated a complete phase of orthodontic treatment with metal braces and any required appliances. For example, this is valid for Phase 1, Phase 2,or comprehensive treatment for any age. The average value is between $4000-$6000. Your actual value may vary. Nonetheless, all treatment is included in this auction. ALSO, the winner of this auction will automatically trigger another donation for a San Carlos family that cannot otherwise afford treatment for their child. This family is identified through a joint effort of San Carlos School District Principals and SCEF staff.

Includes:

  • Everything needed for your treatment, such as metal braces, appliances, records, retainers, appointments, etc.

Restrictions:

  • Valid for new patients only. A new patient is someone that has not had any treatment done by Dr. Chang. An individual with a prior exam but without treatment would still be allowed.
  • Patient must be seen by 12/31/18 for a consultation. Treatment must start by 12/31/19—unless mutually agreed upon by family and Dr. Chang, in advance of this date.
  • Invisalign, clear braces have an additional fee.
  • Standard office policies on replacement appliances and/or excessive amount of broken brackets apply. There is no cash value and any remaining value is forfeited.

 

Thank you Dr. Michael Chang.

From Daily Journal Op-Ed page, January 9, 2018

As the San Carlos Education Foundation celebrates 35 years of service to the San Carlos public schools, we’ve had the privilege of reflecting on more than three decades of people and stories which profoundly illustrate the historic commitment San Carlos has to its schools. Our strong community values and support of public education across generations has ensured that San Carlos public schools remain the core of our city’s economic vitality.

We regularly hear that new residents choose San Carlos “for the schools.” What these new residents often don’t realize is that despite our high property values, Proposition 13 has kept the San Carlos Elementary School District among the lowest in funding levels compared to surrounding districts. But as we look back at 35 years of the San Carlos Education Foundation, we are heartened by the fact that since the legislation was enacted in 1978, San Carlos citizens have always heeded the call to protect public school funding.

Not much has changed with regard to California school funding since SCEF was founded in 1982. Since its inception, Proposition 13 has profoundly affected the collection and distribution of property tax revenue available for public schools and moved control of school funding from local districts to the state. The result has been a state that was once fifth in per pupil spending to 42nd currently, with school districts cutting the basics and leaving communities to “self-fund” to meet basic student needs.

In more recent years, the 2003 and 2008 recessions resulted in further cuts to school funding. But in keeping with our community’s commitment, we continued to answer the call. In 2003, SCEF increased its fundraising from $55,000 to over $300,000 in a single year, saving music, library and mental health programs.

In later years, driven by the 2008 recession, SCEF and PTA leaders came together in a remarkable show of solidarity and committed to a centralized fundraising model which streamlined volunteer efforts and raised an unprecedented $1.78 million, ensuring equity across the district. The partnership transcended politics and established SCEF as the primary fundraising organization for San Carlos public schools.

The San Carlos Education Foundation has evolved to meet the needs of a growing school district population. Through the generosity of individual donors and business partnerships, SCEF realized $2.8 million in financial support in 2017. These dollars allow students access to state-of-the-art curriculum including smaller class sizes, school counselors, the latest classroom technology, music at the elementary level, arts, tech instruction and teacher grants; a vital part of SCEF’s mission since the 1990s.

It is becoming increasing clear that priorities and policies around public education need to change at the state level. In recent years, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature in Sacramento have lauded increases in state funding. What they haven’t readily addressed are the concurrent increases in liabilities passed down to local school districts. So, while the state gives funds with one hand, it simultaneously takes away funds with the other. Writing to your state and local legislators is a great way to make your voice heard on the topic of public education funding. We urge citizens throughout California to demand that local districts not be burdened with these additional costs.

As an advocate for public schools, the San Carlos Education Foundation’s mission has always been to ensure every child, every day, in every classroom has access to a quality education. For 35 years, this mission has not wavered regardless of the political or economic challenges facing our public schools at the state, county or local level. As we enter 2018, we express our gratitude to the citizens on whose shoulders we stand to continue the fight for our public schools. We salute the commitment of the countless volunteers, businesses and community groups that have partnered with us to ensure San Carlos public schools continue thrive over the next 35 years and beyond.

Research has shown that parent engagement is the key to school success.  That is certainly true here in San Carlos.  The annual support of your school PTA and the San Carlos Education Foundation together with volunteer service you can provide helps to our schools strong.  

Your donation to the PTA supports community building through school-based family events, art programs, the purchase of supplies and materials (including library books) and advocacy on behalf of our kids.

Your donation to SCEF provides funding for key teachers and other staff to provide enriching curriculum for the whole child.  This includes librarians, counselors, middle school electives (like band and orchestra), tech associates and more.  In addition your donation to SCEF funds field trips, principal school site funds and technology devices and applications used in our classrooms.

We hope will support both organizations with your financial support and your volunteerism.  It will make a real difference in your child’s life.

Mrs. Norgaard’s 3rd graders were determined to find ways to increase their physical activity during the school day. After her students wrote a persuasive essay to the principal suggesting improvements that could be made at school, Mrs. Norgaard, a marathon runner herself, took the lesson one step further by challenging her students to virtually “walk” across the United States. With collaborative funding from the SCEF Educator Innovation Fund and the Sequoia Healthcare District, Mrs. Norgaard purchased Fitbits for each of her students to help track and motivate them to take a virtual journey together.

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