Why public schools need private donations

In the 1980’s, California’s Proposition 13 and other legal rulings limited a community’s ability to tax its residents to pay for schools.  Our property taxes, as high as they are in La Cañada do not stay in our community.

Last year, La Cañada received around $10,447 per student from the state of California.  Compare that to what LCUSD student needs of $17,068, local private school tuition (of $25,000 -$45,000), or what the top performing state of New York spends on its students on a per pupil basis $29,897, DC $23,679, New Jersey $22,976, or Massachusetts $22,348.

If we want a public school education that is on par with these other top schools, parental and community support must come into play.

Therefore, every LCUSD family is asked to make an annual donation of 3,000 to close the gap between what we receive from the state and what it actually takes to provide what our students need.

Dear La Canada School Families and Community Members,

 

Welcome to the 2023-24 school year! I am honored to be your incoming President of the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation (LCFEF). As we enter a new school year, I want to share encouraging news about the work you made possible in the last school year. The most exciting news is the amount we were able to raise last year to close the gap between what the La Cañada Unified School District receives from the State of California and what we need for our kids to thrive. Thanks to your generosity, we will be giving $2.3M to the La Cañada Unified School District for their 2023-24 school year, empowering our District to continue its focus on providing academic excellence.

 

Throughout the last school year, you helped pay for the salaries of our elementary drama, art, music, and Spanish teachers. You also provided funding for advances in technology needs and the expansion of a dedicated 7/8 Wellness Center suite with a full-time licensed clinician and a Wellness Support staff person for our middle school students. We were also able to maintain small class sizes, allowing optimal learning and growth in the classroom. Most importantly, you also helped the District add more counselors and licensed therapists across all campuses to ensure the emotional and social well-being of our kids.

 

Building a brighter future, one gift at a time, has been our motto, and your support has truly exemplified this sentiment. Together, we have created opportunities for our students that will have a lasting impact on their lives.

While we have much to be thankful for in the past school year, with your help, we can sustain all of our programs and offerings that distinguish our schools from other high-performing school districts. With your continued support, our District will be able to provide an education that is robust, rigorous, and individualized to our students’ specific needs.

 

We are overwhelmed with gratitude for you and the difference you have made in our children’s lives. Together, I look forward to building on the successes of last year and making a positive impact in 2023-24!

 

With deepest appreciation,

Ahee Han

2023-24 President, La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation (LCFEF)

In addition to its Annual Fund, the LCFEF also runs an Endowment Fund, which invests Endowment-directed donations for the long-term success and security of our schools.

Partners in Excellence

Our 2023-24 Business Partners in Excellence Campaign is underway. Click the title above to join us!

Back-to-School Nights

Back-to-School Nights

Join us for Back-to-School Night and learn how you can help ensure the continued quality education of La Cañada schools, because a great education isn’t free!

 

Japanese Outreach

Japanese Outreach

The LCFEF Japanese American Outreach Mixer will take place on January 22, 2023 from 3-5:30pm @ Russo Wine Shop (3459 N. Verdugo Rd, Montrose CA 91208).
Come enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres of Thai-French fusion flavors and meet special guest Wendy Sinnette (LCUSD Superintendent) along with LCUSD Elementary principals. Please RSVP to Hana Oshima at 818-952-4268 or donations@lcfef.org

Rosso Wine Shopワインを味わい、Sunday Kitchenケータリングによるタイ/フランスフュージョンのオードブル楽しみ下さい

参加ご希望の方、又はお問い合わせは 116日迄に大島華恵に

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Jog-a-Thon

Jog-a-Thon

The 25th Annual LCFEF Jog-A-Thon took place on Wednesday, November 2nd at each LCUSD elementary school during P.E. time. The purpose of the Jog-A-Thon is for all students to participate and have fun while helping raise funds for our schools.

2024 Gala

2024 Gala

The LCFEF Annual Gala is the largest fundraiser of the year for our public schools, and we are excited it will be on March 16, 2024. The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation (LCFEF) is proud to invite the community to join the celebration on March 16, 2024, for the 31st Annual LCFEF Spring Gala “Havana Nights” at The Vibiana, Los Angeles. Tickets are on sale HERE (ballroom capacity will be approximately 400).

We Love Our Teachers

We Love Our Teachers

Back by popular demand, our third annual “We Love Our Teachers Initiative has begun! Help us thank our teachers, LCUSD administrators, principals, and staff for their incredible efforts, great innovations, and new practices they have pioneered throughout the year.

You can show your support by donating $100 to LCFEF and a custom-made box of cookies will be sent to your child’s amazing teacher, or staff, etc… The box of custom-made cookies will include a tag with your child’s name and a short message (Note- all donations will be listed on one box for each teacher).

The cookies will be delivered to the teachers by Feb 15 (the week of Valentine’s Day), so don’t wait. The last day to give is Thursday, Feb 8th. Click here to participate

About the LCFEF

The La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation (LCFEF) is a California non-profit organization founded to provide financial support to the La Cañada Flintridge  Unified School District for its four schools La Cañada Elementary, Palm Crest Elementary, Paradise Canyon Elementary, La Cañada High School 7/8 and La Cañada High School.

 

LCUSD thrives on the support of its generous community. When school families make tax deductible donations to LCFEF, they are helping to keep class sizes small, hire high school counselors, update technology, and provide arts education and campus improvements. A special thanks to our Business Sponsors!

The Elementary Music Program is funded in part by a grant from Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts.

Elementary Music Program was funded in part by a grant from Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts

Partners in Excellence

Our 2023-24 Business Partners in Excellence Campaign is underway. Click the title above to join us!

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