Your ESF board has had a busy start to the school year! Just in the past few weeks, we have met dozens of new volunteers, thanked our generous sponsors at a private event, and kicked off our fundraising with over $35,000 from the 8th Annual Fund Run!
Next up are the Annual Online Auction happening now and Auction Gala – Moroccan Nights – on November 5. The event team has put together an amazing array of auction lots, from restaurants to jewelry to vacations, just waiting for your bids! Be sure to check your Wednesday folders and/or emails for details and bid high!
In order to preserve our current roster of programs, your support of ESF through these and other events is imperative. We still have a long way to go to achieve our $500,000 goal, so we will continue to ask that you donate, volunteer and advocate as your situation allows.
Our district is in the middle of a ‘perfect storm’ of declining enrollment, a state-mandated decrease in funding based on our district’s demographics, and an unfortunate trend of declining parent participation.
This has translated into consistently smaller contributions to the district since 2009. Accordingly, the district will need to take into account this trend when preparing future budgets, potentially making cuts ‘across the board’.
For example, at this month’s meeting, the ESF Board of Directors voted to fully fund the 2017 Summer Institute, a cornerstone of ESF’s enrichment programs and, most would argue, most closely aligned with student success. Based on our financial situation, there is valid concern that this will be the last year that we will be able to do so.
As always, we would love to hear from you if you have suggestions or time to contribute.
Best wishes as we enter the Holiday season.
Steve Schorer, MD
ESF President 2016-1017
ESF CONNECTS Educations Parents
Dozens of parents recently filled the boardroom at the district office to listen to a presentation by EUSD Trustee Renee Nash.
Renee outlined why EUSD is funded at a lower level than neighboring districts…a staggering $1.5 million less than the lowest funded district in Placer County!…and how involvement with ESF is the only way to bridge the funding gap.
Please watch this 2-minute recap video:
If your business could benefit from exposure to EUSD parents, please consider hosting the next ESF Connects event.
FUND RUN Raises Funds and Fun!
On October 2, almost 900 runners and walkers from age 2 to 72 gathered on a breezy morning at GBHS to hit the streets on behalf of ESF.
“This event was more than a fundraiser. It was a great way to kick off the school year, celebrate our community, and bring together our students, parents, district administration and local businesses in the name of our schools,” commented ESF President Steve Schorer, who also served as the bike leader for the 10k runners.
Special thanks to our volunteers who made this possible and our sponsors who covered all expenses to ensure that proceeds from registrations and breakfast sales will benefit ESF:
Be sure to visit the Fund Run page on the ESF site to view results, our photos and video.
- $388,000 only covers 51% of the total enrichment cost. The balance is currently paid for out of the district’s General Fund.
- The more ESF raises, the more district money that is available for other needs.
- Parent participation in ESF fundraising is declining by 20% each year.
- The Annual Giving Campaign brought in $110,000 with only 14% of families participating. Just think what we could accomplish if everyone did their part!
- Considering how districts are funded today, complacency = falling behind. Your participation is vital!
– Volunteers needed!
When is the Fund Run?
ESF CONNECTS Hosts Packed Parent Seminar
Introducing ESF's Newest
Adam Chervenak is the father of two and a financial advisor with Edward Jones.
Stephanie Kerns, CFP is on staff with Westlake, Grahl & Glover, a mom of three, and chairing this year’s Auction Gala!
William Wong, a wealth strategist with Wong Financial, is the father of two.