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2016-2017 RREF Monthly Meetings

(Rancho Office - Conference Room 8:45am – 10am)

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017



Members of RREF (any Rancho parent/guardian who has contributed any financial amount to the Fund) are welcome to attend.

2016-2017 Board of Directors

President - Alyse Townsend


Vice President - Cheryl Iacone


Treasurer - Le Chu


Secretary - Lindsay Ryan


Asst. Treasurer - Debbie Alster


Family Donations - Amanda Rhodes


Employer Matching - Heather Peterson


Merchant Fundraising - Maegan Warehouse


Member at Large - Camille Schulz


SSC President - Robin Heuer

Teacher Representative - Kim Lohse

Principal - Skye Larsh 

Rancho Romero Education Fund

RREF Monthly Newsletter - September



A Night in New York Auction Update


The Rancho Romero Education Fund would like to extend a very special "Thank You" to all of the parents and staff who supported the 2017 Auction: A Night in New York!  Whether you were part of the amazing auction team, volunteered before or during the auction, made a donation, sponsored a table, purchased in the online auction or attended the dinner and live auction – you were part of another successful year!  THANK YOU!

A very special note of appreciation to Sara Maita for taking on a second year as the Auction Chair!  The night would not have been possible without her dedication, compassion, energy and hard work.  Thank you Sara!

The final numbers are still being processed and we will report back as soon as we have all the details! 


Auction 2018

Yes, you read that correctly!  We are already starting to lay the groundwork for next year’s auction.  We need to book a location soon, but first we need to find an Auction Chair.  Do you enjoy planning events and working with a team?  There is a strong group of people already committed to help again next year, but first, we need a lead!!!

For more information on roles available, please contact Sara Maita at saramaita@icloud.com or Alyse Townsend at alysemtownsend.gmail.com.            


Sign up for a Parties!  Hosted parties are always BIG sellers and can still be purchased! Check out the amazing parties that are planned - a few have already sold out!  Sign-Up Parties



Family Donations


Rancho Romero Education Fund (RREF) would like to say THANK YOU! to all the generous families who were able to participate in our Family Donations drive during registration.  Your financial contribution funds programs at Rancho that the government and/or school crict does not, including: a technology teacher, librarian, reading specialists, science, music and art, in-classroom para-educators, training materials, classroom technology, and much more. 


To fund these programs, RREF budgeted to raise $186,000 through Family Donations for the 2016-17 school year. Through the participation of nearly 70% of our community, Family Donations have currently brought in more than $165,000.




Despite registration being officially closed, families may still donate HERE by signing in to your Rancho Future Fund account.


If just 32 more families contribute the suggested donation of $650 per student, we will attain our goal! 

Please know that while we suggest a $650 donation per student, we strive for 100% family participation.  ANY AMOUNT you can donate is greatly appreciated. In order to fund our programs and staff each year, our RREF budget equates to approximately $920 per student per year.  Your Family Donation goes straight to the educational programs, staff, and resources that are vital to the success of our children. EVERY little bit makes a DIFFERENCE!  


How do we make-up the difference, you ask?  One of the ways is through Corporate Matching.  Did you know that numerous employers offer community giving benefits to their employees? This often includes a dollar for dollar match of financial donations to qualified non-profits (which we are!).  You can double your donation to Rancho by simply taking a few extra minutes from your day and filling out the necessary paperwork on your company's intranet site or contact your employer's HR department.  Questions?  We're here to help at ranchomatchinggifts@gmail.com.



Corporate Matching


Companies big, small, and everything in between, match donations made by employees to non-profit organizations, including the Rancho Romero Education Fund.  Many donations to Rancho can be doubled by corporate matching programs! We count on this funding annually!  Please take the five extra minutes it takes to apply to your company for a matching gift of your donation to RREF.   

You can find out of if your company has a corporate matching program by contacting your HR or employee relations department, or LET US HELP YOU!  Please contact Heather Peterson at ranchomatchinggifts@gmail.comwith any questions.



Thank You Andrea Scott and Save CA Schools


RREF would like to recognize the ongoing support from Andrea Scott of Alain Pinel Realtors through Save CA Schools.  Andrea Scott has donated over $21K since 2014 and is continuing to support our school!!!  Thank you, Andrea, for your support of Rancho Romero!


Here’s how Save CA Schools works: When buying or selling a house, real estate professionals, who are members of SaveCASchools.org, donate a percentage of their commission to the non profit organization. In doing so, they are showing their commitment to our community and our children’s educational future.





Save the Date for the Third Annual Roadrunner Cup Golf Tournament: Rancho vs. Montair


May 15, 2017 at Diablo Country Club


You won't want to miss this fun day of golf at beautiful Diablo Country Club. Enjoy the camaraderie and friendly competition as the Rancho Romero Roadrunners face off against their Westside rivals, the Montair Roadrunners. Don't miss your chance to help Rancho bring the trophy home. Registration information will be coming soon, limited teams will be available.


We are still looking for sponsorships! If you are interested in showcasing your business to the Westside community at this exciting event please contact Ally Krueger.


We would also love a few more parents to help plan this fun day.  Ally Krueger has taken on the lead for the event and would love a few more on her team.  There are several small tasks that will not take up a ton of your time!


If you have any questions or want to get involved, please contact Ally Krueger at allykrueger@gmail.com.




RREF Board Positions     

Rancho Romero Education Fund has identified a couple of new board positions to include for the 2017-18 school year.  There is a huge need to focus on communication and we think it is vital to keeping everything running smoothly.  In addition, grant writing has become a new area of potential growth for our fundraising efforts.  If you are interested, please contact Alyse Townsend at alysemtownsend.gmail.com.


Want to get involved?  

Anyone is welcome to attend our RREF monthly meetings.  Please drop by and be part of the discussion of how we can all best serve our school.  Your input is essential!  For a full list of meetings and budget information click HERE.


It takes countless volunteer hours to run these events.  Please consider giving your time to help guarantee the ongoing success of their FUNdraising potential!


Our school needs RREF and your support to be successful.   Thank you for your generosity!!


The Rancho Romero Education Fund Board

RREF is a registered non-profit organization 501(c)(3).  Our Taxpayer ID Number is 91-1796297.  100% of funds donated to RREF are used for educational and enrichment programs, equipment, and materials to improve the quality of learning at Rancho Romero Elementary School.

Donate to RREF!

Make A Donation to RREF

Rancho's biggest fundraiser of the year is Family Donations and it's going on right now during registration!  

RREF's goal is to raise $186K to support programs like art, music, science, technology, reading intervention, library and supplies.  We ask for a donation of $650 per student for the year.  Thanks so much for your generous support.  

RREF-Funded Programs

In the 2016-2017 school year, RREF will fund the following programs:
  • Classroom Aides - improve the teacher to student ratio and add consistency to our school program
  • Technology Director, Programs and ...more


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