LAEF Applauds Los Al USD Staff’s Courageous Efforts

Dr. Andrew Pulver presenting at the 2019 State of the District

Each fall, the Los Alamitos Education Foundation (LAEF) is proud to partner with Los Alamitos Unified School District’s Superintendent to host the annual State of the District breakfast event.  As with so many events in 2020, this year’s breakfast had to be canceled.  “We were holding out hope that the event could take place, but we are now officially canceling this year’s event due to the ongoing pandemic and gathering restrictions,” states LAEF Executive Director Carrie Logue.

LAEF decided that, although it has been a very trying year, Los Al Unified staff has worked incredibly hard and has shown tremendous courage for the children of our community. With that in mind, LAEF compiled a video timeline for the community to view which shows how staff has risen to the challenge of a global pandemic and supported Los Al kids through determination, patience, and love.  It features dates, events, photos, and videos about school closures this spring and the reopening under a hybrid model this fall.  It is posted to the LAEF YouTube Channel and the LAEF website (LAEF4kids.org/StateoftheDistrict).

The State of the District breakfast is typically an opportunity to connect with community members and parents who are passionate about education and the district.  Even though the event isn’t taking place, Alamitos Eye Care has stepped up to support again this year and has been deemed the Legacy Sponsor.  They have been the title event sponsor since the event inception in 2014.

“Especially this time of year, we reflect on the many things for which we are thankful,” continues Logue, “On behalf of the LAEF Board of Directors and Staff, we appreciate and applaud the incredible efforts of the Los Alamitos USD School Board, Administration and Staff for their endless spirit of determination to teach, serve and support every Los Al kid!”

LAEF Donates $35,000 for Middle School Well Spaces!

LAEF presents a check to Oak Principal Erin Kominsky and McAuliffe Principal Ryan Weiss-Wright for construction of the Middle School Well Spaces.

 The Los Alamitos Education Foundation (LAEF) was proud to donate an additional $35,000 last month for the construction of Well Spaces at both district Middle Schools – Oak and McAuliffe.  This donation, along with the $25,000 LAEF donated last year to the mental health department, makes a total of $60,000 donated by LAEF for this construction project.   This also marks the fourth year in a row that LAEF has made mental health a priority in funding.

A classroom has been transformed at each middle school to create the Well Spaces.  They are centrally located on each campus so students can easily access the space.  Psychologists, Guidance Counselors, and Mental Health Counselors will support students in the space, which will provide a calm, safe and supportive environment to assist students with issues (i.e., self-esteem, depression, peer relations, etc.) that impact their ability to achieve their highest potential. 

“Establishing a well space at McAuliffe fulfills a huge need for our school community. As we actively seek to provide education around social and emotional wellness, the creation of this physical space goes above and beyond what we could’ve dreamt of for this work,” said Dr. Ryan Weiss-Wright, McAuliffe Principal.

The Well Spaces could not come at a better time.  With school shutdowns and COVID lockdowns, youth are dealing with more stress than ever.  The Centers for Disease Control surveyed Americans on their mental health at the end of June 2020 and young people seem to be the hardest hit group.  For ages 18-24, one in four respondents said they had “seriously considered” suicide in the past 30 days.  Experts believe and early studies suggest that youth suicide and suicide attempts will increase, as it was already at a record high before the pandemic.   The loss of regular contact with peers and adults outside the home, something critical to a teenager’s development, has been disrupted.  Reports show that connectedness to school and community programs that help with coping and problem-solving skills can help with suicide prevention, which will be a function of the Well Spaces.

“The Well Spaces are a wonderful example of creating partnerships to greatly benefit our students,” said Grace Delk, Los Alamitos Director of Special Education and Mental Health.  “The Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) is providing the educational expertise, Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC) provides the medical expertise and furnishings, LAEF provides the construction funding and ongoing operational costs, and our district staff facilitates the process and staff the spaces.  The Well Spaces will be a one-stop-shop to increase access to supports and decrease mental health stigma, and it wouldn’t be possible without this collaborative effort.” 

“The Oak staff and students are grateful for the newest addition of our Well Space on the Oak Campus.  This new student-centered space will support our efforts to promote social/emotional health for all students on campus,” said Erin Kominsky, Oak Principal.  “Our students have been instrumental in the design of this space and we are excited to watch their eyes light up as their visions become reality.   Thank you LAEF!”

This donation is possible because of LAEF’s major donor group: the Los Al Leadership Circle (LALC).  LALC members are distinguished, significant supporters of LAEF’s visionary work who commit to donating a minimum of $1,000 annually.  To learn more, please visit LAEF4Kids.org/LALC.

LAEF Offering On-Campus Camps and Virtual Classes

Los Alamitos Education Foundation (LAEF) is very excited to bring its fall programming to Los Al schools and online starting at the end of September!  Although LAEF’s After School Programs will look a little different this year, students will recognize many of the same LAEF teachers and classes they have grown to know and love over the years!  Both On-Campus Camps and Virtual Classes will be available to families this Fall.

On-campus Camps will run in two 5-week sessions.  Session 1 is September 28 through October 29 and Session 2 is November 9 through December 17.  Camps will meet twice weekly, Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday, for two hours and begin 10 minutes after school concludes.  Camp cohorts will consist of 10-14 kids and will take place primarily outdoors.  Camps include Skateboarding, Lego Engineering, Acting, Chess, Breakdance, Science, Food Exploration, a variety of sports and more!  Camp offerings vary by school and all school flyers can be found at LAEF4Kids.org/AfterSchool.   All in-person camps are aligned to the California Department of Public Health COVID-19 Day Camps guidelines.

Virtual enrichment class options will also be available.  Virtual classes will run for 11 weeks from September 28 through December 18.  Virtual classes will meet one time per week for 50 minutes at either 3pm or 4pm, with class sizes of 10-30 students.  LAEF is proud to offer all of its FREE World Language classes for 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade virtually this fall.  In addition, students will have the opportunity to choose from our fee-based virtual 3D Design & Modeling, Musical Theater, Art Exploration and Game Builders classes.

“We welcome all Los Al kids to enroll in any of our classes and camps.  You do not need to be on the “traditional” track to attend the on-campus camps.  You do not need to be enrolled in “LosAl@Home” to attend our virtual classes.  Families are invited to participate in any program that interests their child and suits the needs of their family,” says LAEF Executive Director Carrie Logue.

Registration is now open for Session 1 Camps and Virtual Classes at LAEF4Kids.org/AfterSchool.   You can find school flyers, class descriptions, teacher bios, and COVID guidelines on the website.   Early bird registration and pricing ends on September 21.     Multi-class discounts are available for individual students or families.  Fee waiver scholarships are available for families in need on a limited basis and LAEF will accept scholarship applications through September 21.

LAEF looks forward to welcoming students back on-campus and online this fall for enrichment opportunities.

LAEF Announces August Summer Enrichment Camps

The Los Alamitos Education Foundation (LAEF) is excited to offer Enrichment Camps from August 3-14 for kids entering grades TK-5.  Enrichment camps will be held in-person on elementary school campuses.  Each grade-level camp will include academic, enrichment, outdoor activities, and community building activities.  Camp cohorts of 8-17 students will be kept intact throughout the entire week.  In addition to the grade-level camps, STEM Camps are also being offered.  STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math.

LAEF has worked diligently to create COVID-19 guidelines that are aligned with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Day Camps guidance, CDPH School-Based Program guidance, and the Orange County Department of Education’s Orange County Together: Guide to Reopening Schools in the COVID-19 Era.

“Once we knew that school would not begin until August 31, we knew that families would be looking for additional opportunities for their children.  As a parent, I am seeing firsthand how my eight-year-old daughter is craving interaction with her peers and is sliding in her academics and emotional health,” said Carrie Logue, LAEF’s Executive Director.  “We have designed the camps to have an academic component, but a large focus is to bring children back together in a safe environment.”

The LAEF Enrichment Camps mission is to reconnect students with a teacher, their peers, and the classroom environment through a fun, enriching, academically engaging, and emotionally safe summer camp.

Camp 1 will run August 3-7 at Rossmoor Elementary.  Camp 2 will run August 10-14 at Weaver Elementary.  All camps will be held from 9:00am to 12:00pm daily with additional camps from 12:45-3:45pm.  Camp guidelines only allow students to be enrolled in one camp per week.

The camp fee is $175 until July 27 and $190 thereafter.  Multi-class discounts are available – 10% off of the 2ndcamp and 15% off additional camps.  To find camp descriptions, teacher bios, COVID-19 guidelines and registration details, please visit LAEF4Kids.org/EnrichmentCamps.  Fee scholarships are also available to those who quality at www.LAEF4kids.org/scholarships.

LAEF is the non-profit partner of Los Alamitos Unified School District. LAEF enhances educational excellence by providing after-school and summer enrichment programs to children in grades Pre-K to 12. LAEF impacts all students by providing significant funding for STEAM teachers and instruction, as well as igniting new programs and providing valuable resources.

LAEF’s Queen Helps with Summer Enrichment Institute!

LAEF Queen, Dr. Sherry Kropp handing out materials to Connor Gonzalez during LAEF’s drive-thru class kit pick-up service on June 4.

(Los Alamitos, CA) It is a tradition that LAEF’s Royals visit the Summer Enrichment Institute (SEI) each year.  Instead of a Royal Visit to one of our classrooms this year, LAEF’s reigning Queen, retired superintendent Dr. Sherry Kropp, made a visit to the LAEF offices last week to help distribute packets of materials to families who are taking one of LAEF’s virtual classes.   LAEF provided a drive-thru service last week and our Queen happily stepped in to help.  The families were very excited to have a Royal hand delivering materials them!

“It was so much fun to see so many families,” said Kropp about her time supporting Virtual SEI class kit distribution.

LAEF’s first session of virtual SEI began on Monday, June 8 with over 20 classes running.  Session 2 will begin on June 22 and run through July 2.   Fun and academic enrichment class offerings are available to students in grades TK-8.  Registration for Session 2 closes on June 14.  To register for classes and view flyers please visit www.LAEF4kids.org/summer.

Dr. Sherry Kropp was crowned in February at LAEF’s Royal Gala and will reign until the next Royals are crowned in February 2021.  Dr. Sherry Kropp was appointed by the LAEF Board due to her strong ties to LAEF and the community, and her endless support of Los Al kids.  The Royal Gala benefits the LAEF STEAM initiative and the grand total raised was nearly $135,000! The funds were raised through business sponsorships, silent auction, live auction, online auction, donations and more.

LAEF’s Summer Classes – Early Bird Pricing Ends Soon!

Pictured is a student showing off his artwork from a LAEF Summer Art Class.

(Los Alamitos, CA) – The Los Alamitos Education Foundation (LAEF) is excited to offer the 11th annual Summer Enrichment Institute (SEI) virtually!  Fun and academic enrichment classes offerings are available to students in grades TK-8 in two summer sessions (June 8-19 and June 22-July 2), all classes will be taught online.

The Early Bird special of $95 per class will be available through May 22.  After that, classes fees will increase to $110.  The final day to register for Session 1 is May 30 and the final day to register for Session 2 is June 12.  As always, LAEF is offering multi-class discounts. Purchase your first class, then receive 10% off the second class and 15% off any class thereafter. The discount can be applied to the family or individual student and is applied to LAEF’s Summer Enrichment Institute only.  To register for classes and view flyers with additional please visit www.LAEF4kids.org/summer.

Classes run for 75 minutes and begin at 9:00am, 10:45am and 1:00pm.  Small class sizes of 8 to 30 students, taught by credentialed teachers via Google Meet, provide a great learning environment, help students make up for lost learning time this semester and help them avoid summer learning loss.  Elementary classes include Jumpstart for TK-5th grade, Spanish, rocketry, life science, writing, STEAM, voice & movement, kickboxing, gymnastics, art, and more.  Teachers are developing class kits with curriculum and supplies, which will be available for pick-up before the session begins.

For middle school students, 10:00 and 1:00 classes are offered virtually and include drawing & painting, law & criminal investigations, preparing for high school science, music enrichment and public speaking/debate.  LAEF is also offering two online opportunities for high school students: preparing for the college essay and health.

LAEF’s Summer Enrichment Institute is Going Virtual!

Students having fun learning in the Summer 2019 Jumpstart Kindergarten class.

In these unprecedented times, many summer options for kids cannot operate.  Fortunately, the Los Alamitos Education Foundation (LAEF) will still provide the 11th annual Summer Enrichment Institute (SEI) virtually!  Fun and academic enrichment classes will be offered online offering valuable classes to students in grades TK-8 in two summer sessions (June 8-19 and June 22-July 2).

Classes run for 75 minutes and begin at 9:00am, 10:45am and 1:00pm.  Small class sizes of 8 to 30 students, taught by credentialed teachers via Google Classroom, provide a great learning environment, help students make up for lost learning time this semester and help them avoid summer learning loss.  Elementary classes include Jumpstart for TK-5th grade, Spanish, rocketry, life science, writing, STEAM, voice & movement, kickboxing, gymnastics, art, and more.  Teachers are developing class kits with curriculum and supplies, which will be available for pick-up before the session begins.

For middle school students, 10:00 and 1:00 classes are offered virtually and include drawing & painting, law & criminal investigations, preparing for high school science, music enrichment and public speaking/debate.  LAEF is also offering two online opportunities for high school students: preparing for the college essay and health.

LAEF is offering multi-class discounts. Purchase your first class, then receive 10% off the second class and 15% off any class thereafter. The discount can be applied to the family or individual student, and is applied to LAEF’s Summer Enrichment Institute only.

Registration is now open at www.LAEF4kids.org/programs and flyers with all of the details are available at www.LAEF4kids.org/summer.  Scholarships are available on a limited basis.  Early bird reduced-fee registration is available through Friday, May 22.

OLD RANCH DONATES OVER 10K TO EDUCATION FOUNDATION!

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(Pictured above from left to right: LAEF Development Coordinator Lauren DeNinno, Old Ranch General Manager Frank Herrera, LAEF Board Emeritus Director Theresa Blankenstein, LAEF Vice President Brian Leibl, LAEF Executive Director Carrie Logue, LAEF Director Leanne Voigt, LAEF Emeritus Director Sean Payne, LAEF Director Felicia Gonzalez, and LAEF Emeritus Director Dave Appling)

(Seal Beach, CA) – Los Alamitos Education Foundation (LAEF) was honored to be named a recipient of Old Ranch Country Club’s Fourth Annual Charity Classic golf tournament held in November. LAEF was thrilled to find out they would receive $10,860.78 from the event to support the kids of Los Al! The Charity event is a ClubCorp tradition in which members of the community participate in a one-day charity golf event. Since it began in 2007, the Charity Classic has donated more than $14.5 million dollars.

On March 13th, Old Ranch’s General Manager, Frank Herrera presented LAEF with a check for $10,860.78! LAEF Executive Director Carrie Logue accepted the check along with Vice President Brian Leibl, Directors Felicia Gonzalez and Leanne Voigt, Emeritus Directors Theresa Blankenstein, Sean Payne and Dave Appling and LAEF Development Coordinator Lauren DeNinno.
“LAEF is grateful to have been named as a beneficiary of the event this year and so happy that Old Ranch Country Club chose to support the kids of the Los Alamitos Unified School District,” said LAEF Executive Director Carrie Logue. With support from community organizations such as Old Ranch, LAEF can continue to provide free after-school global language classes, support the salaries of district mental health counselors and continue promoting STEAM education and annual STEAM Fairs benefiting every student in every school within the Los Alamitos Unified School District.

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LAEF is the non-profit partner of Los Alamitos Unified School District. LAEF enhances educational excellence by providing after-school and summer enrichment programs to children in grades Pre-K to 12. LAEF provides significant funding for STEAM teachers and instruction, as well as igniting new programs and providing valuable resources, to impact all students. For additional information on LAEF, please call (562) 799-4700 Extension 80424 or visit www.LAEF4Kids.org.

ED FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF LAEFtv

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(Pictured in photograph: LAEF Executive Director Carrie Logue and her daughter, Annika, pose with activities from the first episode of LAEFtv. )

 

(Los Alamitos, CA) – The Los Alamitos Education Foundation (LAEF) is excited to announce the launch of LAEFtv: video enrichment lessons that will be posted and available to stream each weekday afternoon. The first episode was available on Monday, March 16, which was the first day of school closures in Los Alamitos Unified School District.

“Once I knew school closures were imminent, the idea of LAEFtv sprang to mind! In these unprecedented times, I wanted to bring a little spark of joy, fun and enrichment to our community,” said LAEF Executive Director Carrie Logue. The first episode of LAEFtv features Logue and her 2nd grade daughter demonstrating four activities for kids and families. Within five hours of the video being posted on YouTube and shared on LAEF’s Facebook and Instagram pages, the episode has nearly 700 views.

Logue, LAEF Programs Manager Mike Kahn and LAEF Community Outreach Specialist Deb Machen are collaborating on episode production and will be bringing lessons from many LAEF instructors in a vast array of subjects in the coming weeks.“Los Al USD Superintendent Dr. Andrew Pulver has notified families that schools will be closed for at least two weeks. We will work hard to provide a LAEFtv episode on each school day of the school closures,” said Logue. The LAEF staff has already scheduled video shoots for lessons in STEM, cooking, art, science, Spanish and mindfulness. Videos in martial arts, dance, gardening and cheer are also in the works.

To see episodes of LAEFtv, visit the YouTube channel (LAEF: LosAlEdFoundation) or LAEF4Kids.org/LAEFtv.

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LAEF is the non-profit partner of Los Alamitos Unified School District. LAEF enhances educational excellence by providing after-school and summer enrichment programs to children in grades Pre-K to 12. LAEF provides significant funding for STEAM teachers and instruction, as well as igniting new programs and providing valuable resources, to impact all students. For additional information on LAEF, please call (562) 799-4700 Extension 80424 or visit www.LAEF4Kids.org.

LAEF CROWNS SHERRY KROPP WITH $135,000 RAISED!

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(Pictured above: 2020 LAEF Queen Dr. Sherry Kropp, retired superintendent)

 

(Long Beach, CA) – The Los Alamitos Education Foundation (LAEF) crowned its Queen at the Royal Gala on February 7 at The Grand in Long Beach. This year’s queen is retired superintendent Dr. Sherry Kropp. Due to her strong ties to LAEF and the community, and her endless support of Los Al kids, Sherry was appointed by the LAEF Board to be crowned Queen of the Royal Gala and to serve as the LAEF royal ambassador for the year.

The Royal Gala benefits the LAEF STEAM initiative and the grand total raised was nearly $135,000! The funds were raised through business sponsorships, silent auction, live auction, online auction, donations and more.
Carrie Logue, LAEF Executive Director said, “We are thrilled and by the amount of support we received this year from the community and our generous sponsors.”

Top sponsors City National Bank, SXS Industries, Southland Credit Union and PacificWest were on hand to celebrate LAEF’s 2020 Queen. Upon arrival, guests were educated and astonished by live STEAM presentations by Los Alamitos USD students from McGaugh Elementary School, Oak Middle School and Los Alamitos High School. The crowd enjoyed music from a jazz combo of Los Alamitos High School students. Dr. Kropp was surprised shortly after her coronation by members of the McAuliffe Middle School Show Choir who sang “Isn’t She Lovely” to her and each student presented her with a rose. Mark Thomas, of On the Mark auctions, returned as the Master of Ceremonies.

Dr. Kropp was crowned by last year’s King and Queen, George and Linda Sagen, long-time residents and community leaders of Los Alamitos.

LAEF President Kevin Guetig remarked, “I am truly amazed by the ongoing success of the Royal Gala campaign. Our fundraising has totaled to over $870,000 over the past seven years and Royal Gala attendance has grown to 270 community members. These funds will continue to benefit all students as proceeds support our STEAM Initiative (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, Math), which provides instruction and fairs on all campuses, and the district-wide STEAM showcase on April 25 at LAHS. It also supports Media Center teachers at all elementary schools and seed funds to enhance STEAM learning all year long.”

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LAEF is the non-profit partner of Los Alamitos Unified School District. LAEF enhances educational excellence by providing after-school and summer enrichment programs to children in grades Pre-K to 12. LAEF provides significant funding for STEAM teachers and instruction, as well as igniting new programs and providing valuable resources, to impact all students. For additional information on LAEF, please call (562) 799-4700 Extension 80424 or visit www.LAEF4Kids.org.