Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation’s Red Envelope Friday is Sept. 28 – contributions due

Sept. 28 is the RSF Education Foundation’s annual Red Envelope Friday celebration, when

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families are strongly encouraged to contribute their Fair Share, or to the best of their ability, in support of a world class Five-Star Education for their children at the Ranch School. Five-Star Education programs are now in place for 2012/13 and the funds are due immediately to cover their costs.

Making your contribution is easy — on Sept. 28, volunteers will be at drop off and pick up lines at the school collecting pledge forms and contributions. Also, parents will notice red boxes at the office and around campus where they can drop their contributions, or contribute online at rsfef.org by clicking “Contribute Now.”  All major credit and debit cards are accepted. Pledges for future contributions are encouraged and accepted if you cannot pay by Sept. 28.

Be Proud to Participate

Every child benefits from the Five-Star Education program, but it takes the support of all school families to maintain a successful Public-Private Partnership.  Parents are asked to contribute at any level to the best of their ability, keeping in mind that the Fair Share cost per child is $1,609 ($1 million plus $30K expenses divided by 640 students).

All contributors receive named recognition on the Education Foundation’s Thank You list which is published and distributed to all school families, as well as a free student directory and car decal.  Donors that contribute at the higher Cap & Gown, Benefactor and Scholars’ Circle levels receive special recognition.  All families should be Proud to Participate at any level.

Rancho Santa Fe School’s Five-Star Education

This year the Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation is committed to raising $1,000,000 (plus $30,000 in operating expenses) to fulfill a grant to the Rancho Santa Fe School in order to enhance the school’s operating budget to provide a superior education for all students.  This grant is the cornerstone of a Public-Private Partnership that allows for an enriched public education experience that is among the best in the country.

Ninety-six percent of Foundation funds provide for teacher salaries (allowing for small class sizes and specialized teachers), 4 percent for enrichment activities.  Average class size is 18 students; without the Education Foundation, average class size would be 32.  In addition to the many benefits derived from small classes, the Education Foundation grant allows the School to secure specialized teachers in Music, Art, Drama, Science and Technology among others, a Literacy Excellence program affiliated with the prestigious Columbia University, as well as Integrated Science and Differentiated Math programs.

Red Envelope Friday on Sept. 28 will take place from 7:45 a.m. – 8:05 a.m. and 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Drop off and pick up locations are at R. Roger Rowe School.

For more information about Red Envelope Friday or to make a contribution, contact the RSF Education Foundation at (858) 756-1141 x208.

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