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Focusing our Efforts on the Immediate Needs of Our Community

Pasadena Educational Foundation’s annual Celebrating Our Schools event will be postponed due to the COVID-19 health crisis. PEF’s Board of Directors and staff have decided instead to focus our efforts on helping our Pasadena Unified community by providing resources for the immediate needs of those most affected. We encourage you…...

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Blazing It Forward – Taking Care of Each Other

Once again, our country has been reminded that heroes come in many forms. Many wear makeshift masks, sterile gloves, and protective gear. Did you know that others wear aprons and hairnets, too? Pasadena Unified School District food service workers have put in the extra effort to ensure PUSD students are…...

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A message from PEF on our COVID-19 Response

Greetings from your friends at the Pasadena Educational Foundation. As you are certainly aware, beginning today, Pasadena Unified schools have been closed for instruction, and students are at home, continuing their learning remotely. Our PUSD colleagues are hard at work implementing this transition from in-person to remote instruction. We at PEF…...

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Volunteers Turn the Page As They Read Across Pasadena 2020

By Nancy Carol Inguanzo, Community Outreach & Volunteer Manager Last week volunteers shared some of their favorite childhood friends with PUSD elementary students. I was thrilled to get to be a reader, too. It was a lovely opportunity to go into our local public elementary schools and meet new friends…...

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Realtors! Become a PUSD Expert. Next Realtor Certification Course – April 22

Recognizing the enormously important role realtors play in influencing the community’s view of our public schools, the Pasadena Educational Foundation works collaboratively with area realtors, Pasadena Education Network (PEN), and the PUSD to provide opportunities for realtors to learn more and get further connected to our schools. Pasadena-area Realtors can…...

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A Dynamite Performance

by Frances Chiang Dayman PEF Board of Directors What a privilege it was to celebrate Chinese New Year’s Eve at Field Elementary Mandarin Dual Language Immersion School. 100+ parents and relatives were there with staff and students at their Friday Morning Assembly on the playground. It was a bright sunny…...

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Spreading Holiday Cheer with the Center for Student and Family Services

by Brianna Chu Christmas is one of the most highly anticipated times of the year, but can also serve as a source of stress for struggling families, especially concerning presents. The Families in Transition (FIT) program, based at the Pasadena Unified School District’s Center for Student and Family Services (CSFS),…...

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Volunteers – The Engine Behind So Much Good Work

There’s a new Fred Rogers movie coming out soon starring Tom Hanks as the most likable man in America. Not sure this requires a great deal of acting on Mr. Hanks’ part, perhaps only a cardigan and a clean pair of sneakers. However, it’s reassuring to be reminded of kind…...

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Exploring Our Schools. Celebrating Our 14th Annual Principal for a Day

Pasadena Educational Foundation celebrated our 14th annual Principal for a Day event with 33 extraordinary community members serving as guest principals at each of our unique Pasadena Unified School District campuses. Principal for a Day helps engage our community with our schools by inviting community business and civic leaders to…...

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Chess – For The Fun Of It

It’s so much easier to do something you find fun. Teachers know this. It’s why they spend hours compiling lesson plans for students, trying their best to include engaging tasks to enhance learning. It’s no secret – the human brain loves a good time. We adults forget this. We drudge…...

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