painted rock foundation blog
2013 - 2014

What a Year!
By The Painted Rock Foundation
June 10, 2014

We are thrilled to provide a recap on an incredible year of fundraising and program implementation at Painted Rock.

What you gave:
Painted Rock families and community partners donated more than $73,000 (net) to the Foundation this year! Thank you for your participation and generosity in our major fundraisers: 252 Campaign, Time With Teacher, Class T-Shirt Sales and all the Auction Events (Family Night, Online Auction, Evening Auction Event).

What was funded:
It was a big year for technology at Painted Rock. The Foundation funded iPad clusters at every grade level, putting iPad devices in every classroom on a regular basis. It was amazing to see our staff creatively and strategically implement this technology with our students throughout the year. Make sure to follow our Tech Tuesday updates by liking Painted Rock Foundation on Facebook to stay informed on technology tools you can use at home and updates on how the iPad technology is being used in our classrooms.

In addition to iPad devices, the Foundation made two major technology purchases. In March, PUSD matched a purchase of 8 new projectors for our classrooms so now 16 classrooms have a new projector (clear projection and you can see actual real colors!). For those of you who have spent time in our classrooms watching our staff at work, you know how critical a working projector is for effective instruction. Our last purchase of the year was Apple TV for all classrooms, another urgent technology need to enable teachers to project content from their iPads to the screen. These should be installed at some point over the summer so our classrooms will be in great shape when students return in the fall. These technology purchases were very exciting and gratefully welcomed by our staff, and are powerful tools that will enhance the classroom experience:

"Books from the Dr. Seuss app are a great way for the children to learn facts while watching the text highlighted on the screen. Having Hooked on Phonics on the iPad clusters has been a terrific way to individualize instruction for each child. I'm looking forward to having Apple TV next year so we can practice math facts and phonics as a group."  Dori Greenan - Kindergarten
To read more teacher testimonials and about how iPads are being used in the classroom, click here.

Another important line item in our budget was staffing for PE and Impact Teachers. Our students enjoyed a full year of weekly physical education this year (this expense was split with the PTA). Teachers and students all benefitted from our ability to fund Impact Teachers, helping to manage class sizes. The Foundation funded more than 200 hours of Impact Teacher time (with PTA matching this amount) in reading and math.

And finally, but also impactful for our students, was the funding of $25 per student for classroom supplies for our teachers and a $2,000 donation for reading books.

We wrapped up the year with a fantastic celebration last Friday in honor of our four retirees, Bonnie Clark, Nancy Breisch, Eileen Tael and Linda Wise; and our departing Principal, Sal Embry. It is with mixed emotions that we say goodbye to these people who have ROCKED THE ROCK and done so with such devotion and dedication to our children. We wish them all the best in their next endeavors but we will miss them! (Thank you to our vendors who made our retirement party special: DJ Alectro, Cold Stone Creamery, El Ranchito, Crepes Bonaparte, Chubby's, Red Oven Pizza, and Super Q.)

On behalf of the Painted Rock Foundation, thank you for making this a fantastic year for all of our students and our staff, and for making Painted Rock an exceptional school for our children. Again, please keep in touch via Facebook or Twitter.

Happy summer to you and yours!
The Painted Rock Foundation Board

Mary Hill, President Jennifer Nugent, Vice President
Shannon Cafagna, Secretary Susan Davis, Treasurer
Sal Embry, Principal Dori Greenan & Ashley Willett, Teacher Representative

Craig Crawford, John Evanko, Tim Flood, Meredith Gant, Courtney Klepsch, Rachel McCarthy, Karyn Morrill, Debbie Nielsen, Hilary Pollard, Heather Skale, and Amanda Skellenger


Can you feel it?! The LOVE! The Painted Rock LOVE!
By The Painted Rock Foundation
April 4, 2014

This past week, the Painted Rock community came together to show their support, pride and LOVE for our students at Painted Rock Elementary School. Thank you to all of the sponsors, parents, volunteers and participants that made the 2014 Painted Rock Foundation Auction week a ROARING success!

The level of support from our families and staff donating items, creating class baskets, bidding on items, purchasing raffle tickets, attending our events, and making direct donations to our Fund-A-Need program was INCREDIBLE. Thank you to each of you who participated in the events in any way.

We had amazing support from community partners as well. Thank you to:

Post Haste Direct

Floaties Swim School

Pediatric Dentistry & Orthopedic Specialists

Sushi Lounge

Batter Up! Cupcakes

Red Oven

It's A Dogs World

Avant at RB Inn


Make sure to frequent and say thank you to our donors.

The highlight of the week was the bidding on a special "Own the School for a Day" experience that raised more than any other live auction item, thanks to the love for Bonnie Clark. Thank you Mrs. Clark for your support of our students, our families and our organizations. The frenzy and joy in bidding on this item culminated a week of the Panther community coming together to appreciate and ensure the extraordinary elementary experience provided to our kids.

There were so many ways to participate and you all rose to the challenge, the call! We are thrilled to report that through your participation in our fundraisers this year (252, Class T-Shirts, Time with Teacher and the Auction Events), the Foundation budget is now fully funded for this school year. The Foundation budget supports the iPad program, PE and Impact Teachers and classroom materials and supplies. The Painted Rock Foundation thanks YOU for all of your support!


Who is Going to Win the Golden Ticket?
By The Painted Rock Foundation
March 24, 2014

Who is going to win the Golden Ticket is the first question. And then, the next question is what Live Auction item will the winner select?

In case you haven't heard, here is the scoop on the Golden Ticket Raffle going on at Painted Rock. We have 10 fabulous live auction items (see list below) that will be auctioned off at our 3/28 Event at Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club (CMRCC). We've made things interesting for EVERYONE this year because whether you are going to the 3/28 event or not, you have a chance to win one of these items for $100 (or $90 if you are going to the auction)!

How it works:

  1. You purchase a Golden Ticket in the school office or by emailing
  2. You fill out the Live Auction item you want on the stub of your Golden Ticket.
  3. You drop the ticket stub in the Golden Ticket box in the office by Friday AM!
  4. At the start of the live auction at the 3/28 event, our Auctioneer will pull one winner from the box (winner DOES NOT need to be present).
  5. The winner's selected item is awarded to the winner and that item is no longer available for Live Auction.
Who wouldn't want a designated parking spot in the Painted Rock parking lot so you can arrive at 3:10 pm each day and be assured of a front row spot for only $100 for the full 2014-15 school year?! Or maybe travel is more of your interest, or 8 tickets to a Chargers Pre-Season game, or front-row seats to this year's 5th Grade Promotion?

See the school office or email by this THURSDAY for Golden Tickets and enter for your chance to win one of these great items!
  • One Tray of Drinks from the Bar During the Live AuctionThe bar will be closed during the live auction. Win this item and treat your table to a drink while enjoying the exciting festivities.
  • San Diego International Airport TourGo behind the scenes with a two-hour VIP tour of the San Diego International Airport for up to 15 people.
  • Firehouse DinnerEnjoy a firehouse dinner, dessert and a tour hosted by the Escondido Firefighters Association for 6 people.
  • Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & SpaStay for two nights in a deluxe room for 2 people with breakfast, daily resort fee, and room tax included.
  • Anchors Away!Choose a 3-hour cocktail cruise for up to 16 people, a 5-hour day fishing trip for up to 6 people, or a 3-hour whale watching tour for up to 16 people aboard the 43' Southern Cross.
  • Jockey Club Resort Suites Las VegasStay for three nights in a one-bedroom Jockey Club Resort Suite (with fully equipped kitchen, 24 hour resort desk, pool, health club and more) in the heart of the action on the Las Vegas Strip.
  • Tahoe Village, Heavenly Valley Ski ResortStay during PUSD's 2015 February break in a two-bedroom, two-bath plus loft and kitchen at the Perennial Vacation Club at Tahoe Village near Heavenly Valley Ski Resort. Accommodates 8.
  • Painted Rock Reserved Parking SpaceYour very own reserved parking space in the lot across the street from Painted Rock Elementary School for the 2014-15 school year.
  • Fifth Grade Promotion CeremonyTwo reserved front row seats to Painted Rock Elementary School's Fifth Grade Promotion on June 10, 2014.
  • Chargers Tailgating PartyRound up your fellow Chargers fans and tailgate for the first 2014 preseason game (schedule not yet released). Includes 8 club-level tickets and two VIP parking passes.


Get a Sneak Peek of Classroom Baskets
By The Painted Rock Foundation
March 17, 2014

WOW! We knew the Painted Rock community rocked but we were BLOWN AWAY by the AMAZING classroom baskets put together for the Foundation Auction! From spas to sports to certificates and more, these baskets provide unique items and a touch of personality from our Painted Rock classrooms. Get a Sneak Peek Below!

Head over to Family Night this Friday, March 21 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to preview these baskets, along with close to 200 silent auction items that will be available for bid online from 3/21-3/27. This FREE event kicks off with fun, food trucks, a flick (Star Wars: A New Hope) and fanfare! Please bring a ream of paper to be donated to the school.

Can't wait until Friday to see the baskets? Get a sneak peek below – don't forget to start bidding online – the Online Auction opens this Friday!

Item 101 * Creating Simplicity * Donated by: Mrs. Poulin's Class
For today's busy life, this package encourages families to spend time together and make daily tasks easier. Reconnect and create a more simplified life by having dinner together, playing games and gardening. Package includes a Kindle Fire, Crock-Pot, cashmere throw, 2 ½ hours of house cleaning (Home Joy), $25 Amazon gift card, Gorilla cart, gardening tool set, backgammon game, No Stress Chess, the Game of Life, The Happiness Project Journal, Mom's Pocket Posh - Activities for Kids and a $25 gift certificate to Batter Up Cupcakes.

Item 102 * Wake Me Up * Donated by: Ms. Alspaugh's Class
Jump start your mornings with a Keurig Mini Plus Brewing System! Basket is filled with two coffee mugs, some sweet treats and a wide assortment of hot and cold brew K-Cups.

Item 103 * Family Reading Time * Donated by: Mrs. Greenan's Class
Cuddle up with some fun family time with this basket loaded with something for everyone in your family. Choose from one of the many books that will capture the attention of the adults, teens, tweens and kids in your family. Play a game and then get cozy with blankets and adorable stuffed animals. End the evening with some delicious hot cocoa and marshmallows. Grown-ups can even create a hot cocoa nightcap with the bottle of Bailey's. Your family is sure to create memories from the fun family time that will be spent with all the items in this beautiful trunk-like basket.

Item 104 * Kitchen Vacation * Donated by: Mrs. Kimura's Class
Every family deserves a break from the kitchen! Be free from cooking and cleaning with this amazing basket filled with a variety of local, family-friendly restaurants. Package includes Claim Jumper, California Pizza Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory, Applebee's, Darden Restaurants, Buca di Beppo, Mimi's Cafe, Domino's, Chipotle, Starbucks, Jamba Juice and Cold Stone.

Item 105 * ZENsational Spa * Donated by: Mrs. Breisch's Class
Enter a ZEN state of mind as you enjoy an 80-minute therapeutic massage handcrafted just for you at Elements Massage! Afterward, enjoy the Organic Surge soothing shower gel and body cream and take in the vitalizing scent of your green tea candle.

Item 106 * Succulent Garden * Donated by: Mrs. Patterson's Class
Enjoy this beautiful ceramic pot filled with a variety of drought-tolerant succulents.

Item 107 * I Love Reading * Donated by: Ms. Willett's Class
This basket is filled with books and other reading items that hopefully excite both children and adults with the love, joy and thrill of a good book! Includes a Kindle Paperwhite with light and case (no glare screen), $75 in Barnes & Noble gift cards, handmade Painted Rock Blanket, tote bag, reading journal, set of 8 bookmarks, two e-reader lights, cute plush bookworm, Starbucks travel mug, sweet and spicy herbal tea, Jenga: Book Lovers Edition, The Hardy Boys Starter Set, Nancy Drew: Books 1-3, Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids, Peter and the Starcatchers, My Friend Flicka, Black Beauty, Heidi, Canterwood Crest and "Time" and "People" magazines.

Item 108 * Soccer Spectacular * Donated by: Mrs. Wollrabe's Class
Every soccer star will want to bring home this All-Star package. Package includes 2 soccer balls, a ball pump, a soccer bag, 8 small cones, 2 water bottles, a pop-up goal, a ball keeper / trainer and a sideline blanket.

Item 109 * Out-Of-This-World Science * Donated by: Ms. McMenamin's Class
Every kid loves science! Let them explore with this basket filled with all the wonders of the world and beyond. Open up your child's mind with a Build Your Own Spaceship book, All About Planets sticker book, a Pocketscope (telescope and microscope in one), Thinking Putty, Kinetic Sand, a Glow in the Dark Lab Microscope, Night Vision Goggles, two light up bouncy balls and more!

Item 110 * Character Counts Using Martial Arts * Donated by: Mrs. Ramin's Class
"Creating Tomorrow's Leaders, One Blackbelt at a Time." This item includes one private lesson, one month of group lessons and a student uniform at Poway ATA Martial Arts and Leadership Academy. Package is good for a child, adult or whole family. First time members only/cannot be combined with other offer.

Item 111 * Take Me Out to the Ballgame * Donated by: Ms. Szoka's Class
Take Me Out With The Crowd....with this baseball-themed basket filled with a signed baseball by former Major League pitcher and current Channel 4 broadcaster Bob Scanlan, 2002 promotional Padres ball with printed signatures, kid's baseball wall art, kid's Padres ball cap, Sandlot DVD, packets of baseball cards, 2 new baseballs, classic baseball snacks like Big League Chew and Cracker Jacks and much more!

Item 112 * World Cup Soccer * Donated by: Mrs. Balona's Class
GOAL! Filled with excitement, this basket will overjoy the World Cup fan! Includes a pre-ordered 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil XBOX 360 video game, men's gray large Team USA 2014 World Cup Brazil t-shirt, Adidas Brazuca Glider Replica 2014 World Cup game ball, soccer-themed throw blanket, Brine all-purpose sports sack, Gatorade mix, Sports Authority gift card, Brazil souvenir, umbrella stand bag, umbrella stand, a Guatemalan footbag / hacky sack, a NIKE ball pump and an atomic green NIKE water bottle.

Item 113 * Hiking * Donated by: Mrs. Popovich's Class
Get outside and enjoy the great outdoors with this basket full of everything you need for a great hike. Includes a hydration backpack, sun hat, compass, flashlight, multi-function knife, first-aid kit, after-bite soothing cream, sun block, mosquito repellent, tissues, trail mix, Clif bars, a reusable mug and a San Diego County Comprehensive Hiking Guide.

Item 114 * Tailgating Tub * Donated by: Mrs. Roberts' Class
Fire up the grill for the next big game with this tub of tailgating fun! A perfect gift for Father's Day, this package includes a beverage tub, $25 gift card to Bisher's Quality Meats in Poway, a football-themed grilling utensil set, kabob skewers, Bone Suckin' BBQ Sauce, a grilling cookbook, spices and six microbrew beers.

Item 115 * Money Does Grow on Trees! * Donated by: Mrs. Tael's Class
Haven't you always wanted a Money Tree? Now you have a chance to own a real live ficus tree with a beautiful, braided trunk that has already produced gift cards ready for picking! Pluck a gift card from over $200 in options from places like Target, Starbucks, AMC, Jamba Juice, Nordstrom, Cheesecake Factory and many other surprises tucked into the tree.

Item 116 * Slumber Party * Donated by: Mrs. Thresher's Class
Everything you need for a fun slumber party: Wildkin Big Dots green sleeping bag, LED survival lantern flashlight, Mini Madlibs party pack, movie theater box candy, popcorn popper, popcorn, pancake mix, glow sticks, Pictionary, the Game of Life, Talk & Toss ball, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs DVD, School of Rock DVD, Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring DVD, The Princess Bride DVD, toiletry case, travel toothbrush and a $25 gift card from Pizza Hut. All of this inside a royal blue Thirty-One tote bag to be used to carry it all to your sleepover.

Item 117 * CASH * Donated by: Mrs. Cook's Class
This class basket contains CASH, CASH and MORE CASH! This is the perfect basket for everyone. Who doesn't need more cash? The basket has a guaranteed minimum value of at least $200 cash but the total amount included is a mystery and could be much higher.

Item 118 * Art Box * Donated by: Mrs. Evans' Class
All things ARTS 'N CRAFTS! Papers, pencils, markers, craft kits, and much, much more! Be sure to stop by and check out all the wonderful ways to CREATE with this basket.

Item 119 * Ultimate Date Night * Donated by: Mrs. Mitchell's Class
Everything you need for the ultimate date night including a $50 gift certificate to Yanni's Bistro, two Regal Cinema movie passes, a $10 concession stand gift card, snacks galore and a mystery gift!

Item 120 * Backyard Campfire * Donated by: Mrs. Rizzuti's Class
Enjoy the best part of camping without having to sleep in a tent with this Backyard Campfire basket, including a 30" cast iron, copper finished fire pit (with cover); two cast iron campfire pie cookers; campfire pie recipe book; cast iron hot dog / bratwurst / cornbread cooker; eight marshmallow roasting sticks with s'mores recipe book; and marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate bars.

Item 121 * Room 19's Yoga Basket! * Donated by: Ms. Schrepferman's Class
Are you looking for new ways to relax or interested in learning about yoga? Wanting to tone your core or master some specific poses? Would you like to learn some specific therapeutic poses/stretches? This basket offers one of the following options: either two private yoga sessions (75 min each) or one session for two people, taught by Painted Rock's own fabulous 5th grade teacher, Mary Beth Schrepferman! Also, contains the following goodies to rejuvenate your body along with your spirit: NIKE yoga messenger bag and mat; two yoga books and a yoga DVD; seven yoga blocks and two straps; CD of soothing music; a $50 gift card to Rancho Bernardo Yoga; a $25 gift card to Jamba Juice; a $65 mani-pedi gift card for Spa Na'mara in Del Mar; and a $200 gift card to Nordstrom.


Invited, you are.........................
By The Painted Rock Foundation
March 10, 2014 an out-of-this-world movie and food truck evening! This is an important month for the Painted Rock Foundation. March is AUCTION TIME and we have a great event for you and your family to help us kick-off the week.


Come out for dinner and a movie with the family at this FUN-RAISER, all we ask is that you bring a ream of paper as a donation to re-stock the office! You can expect some action figure guests, yes, even from the Dark Side (, to be at our Family Night celebrating Star Wars fandom! Have dinner at a selection of delicious food trucks (hot dogs, Italian, tacos, and cupcakes) with a portion of their proceeds coming back to us, and then enjoy a classic for the young and old, Star Wars: A New Hope. This event also provides an opportunity for you to see close to 200 silent auction items that will be available for bid online from 3/21-3/27.

Friday, March 21
4:00 – 5:30 food trucks / auction viewing
5:30 – 7:00 movie in MPR
7:00 raffle drawing


RSVP, with no charge, by March 14 and earn a complimentary raffle ticket for each member of your party. Additional raffle tickets will be for sale at the event. Please bring a ream of paper to be donated to the school.

NOW IS THE TIME!!! Please purchase your Auction Event (3/28) ticket(s) this week. We will be providing our guest count to Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club on Friday. It is going to be a great night out with friends, don't miss it!

See our one sheet of Auction Events for more information on all the ways you can participate in Auction Week and support the Painted Rock School Foundation.


Ready for a Roarin' Good Time?
By The Painted Rock Foundation
March 4, 2014

Have you heard? Tickets for the Annual Foundation Auction are on sale NOW! With only 160 tickets available, be sure to order your tickets early! Whether you have attended in the past or this is the first year you are considering going, this year's event is sure to be a roaring good time!

This year's Gatsby-inspired night will feature a night of desserts and champagne, a golden ticket raffle and of course the EVER POPULAR SILENT AUCTION. But, before you hit the auction for some serious bidding & fun, grab some of your friends and head to dinner at these local dining spots that have graciously offered to GIVE BACK to Painted Rock on Friday, March 28. Dine at Sushi Lounge (giving back Thursday and Friday), The Brigantine or AVANT at the Rancho Bernardo Inn before the auction and a portion of your check will go back to Painted Rock.

After dinner, head to the Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club for dessert and champagne....and shopping! Peruse more than 100 items exclusive to the event attendees, bid on your favorites and be sure to stick around for a special golden ticket raffle drawing and live auction.

Purchase your tickets NOW to secure your spot for Friday, March 28 | 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. | Carmel Mountain Country Club

But wait — there's more! New this year is the Golden Ticket raffle drawing. Purchase a Golden Ticket for $100 each (or $90 with the purchase of 2 Auction Event tickets) for your chance to win a live auction item of your choosing. No more than 100 golden tickets will be sold giving each ticket holder a 1 in 100 chance, or better, to win. Need not be present at the March 28 event to win. Live auction items include:

  • Anchors Away Package - Either cruise the bay or embark on a fishing adventure aboard the 43 foot Southern Cross
  • VIP Airport Tour - A 2 hour VIP tour of the San Diego International Airport for up to 15 people
  • Vegas Vacation - A 3 night stay in a one bedroom condo right on the Strip and in the heart of the action at the Jockey Club
  • Ski Heavenly Valley Tahoe - A 7 night stay in a two bedroom, two bathroom (plus loft) condo at the Perennial Vacation Club at Tahoe Village, Heavenly Valley Ski Resort
  • 5th Grade Promotion Tickets - 2 front row seats to Painted Rock's 5th grade promotion
  • Painted Rock Parking Spot - A reserved parking spot in the lot across the street from Painted Rock for the 2014-15 school year
  • more to come!
Order here.

Remember — the auction's success depends on your help — a majority of the best items offered in the Foundation's Annual Auction come from Painted Rock families and their businesses. If you have a donation or even an idea, please reach out to the Auction committee at No item is too small or too big. The better selection we have the more money we can raise to support PE, Impact Teachers and Technology programs at Painted Rock. Think gift certificates, unique experiences, services, home items or sports memorabilia. We need all items by Monday, March 10 to make the catalog listing.

We look forward to seeing you in March and raising money to support the enhanced educational experience we all appreciate at the ROCK! Keep your eyes and ears open for other events and opportunities during March that will support our mission.


Time With Teacher Online Auction
By The Painted Rock Foundation
January 17, 2014

It's a new year and you know what that brings?!  Fresh starts, new beginnings and everyone's favorite -- Time with Teacher!!

The Time with Teacher online auction will begin on Monday, January 27 at 9 a.m. PST.  This auction offers students the chance to share in a special experience with their teachers and classmates.  This year, the Time with Teacher events include jumping, swimming, bowling, laser tagging, movie watching, rock climbing, eating and more!  Stay tuned for details on how to place your bids!

Auction Donations: The auction committee is in full planning mode for this year's Painted Rock Auction Week.  A majority of the best items offered in the Foundation's Annual Auction come from Painted Rock families and their businesses.  If you have a donation, know someone who would like to make a donation or have an idea for an item, please email the Auction committee.  No item is too small or too big -- the better selection we have the more money we can raise to support PE, Impact Teachers and Technology programs at Painted Rock.  Thank you for your support!


Your Donation Dollars at Work
By The Painted Rock Foundation
December 10, 2013

As we wrap up 2013, the Painted Rock Foundation is grateful for your continued financial support.  Your donations are currently hard at work in our classrooms.

Impact Teachers:

We have two Impact Teachers currently in place at Painted Rock.  Impact teachers are credentialed teachers who aide our teachers in managing large class sizes by providing small group instruction.

Jessica Yengo is working with the second and fourth grades.  She is providing support in three core subjects: math, writing, and reading comprehension.

Ally Paur is working with third grade and providing support in math and reading.

Fifth grade will be receiving support in math in early 2014.

iPad Program:

Launched at the end of the 2012-2013 school year with a mobile cart of 20 iPads, the iPad program at Painted Rock continues to grow.  To supplement the cart, this year we are implementing the iPad Cluster Program.  Each grade level will now have access to an additional number of iPads: 7 iPads for grades K-2 and 10 iPads for grades 3-5.  This format has allowed teachers to use the iPads to enrich your child's educational experience on a daily basis.  You can check out what apps are being used by grade level by visiting the Foundation Technology tab on the school website.

If you have an iPad or tablet at home, we will continue to provide resources such as this list of 10 Apps to Get Kids Excited About Science to you in our Painted Rock Facebook Tech Tuesday Tips/Updates.

Avoid the Crowds – Shop eScrip’s Online Mall:

Need ideas for stocking stuffers, holiday party gifts or for the person who is impossible to buy for?  Consider shopping eScrip's online mall and earn money for Painted Rock.  It's as easy as 1 - 2 - 3:

1. Sign up or sign in at
2. Click on the "online mall"
3. Shop online retailers such as Apple, Adidas, Best Buy, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom's, Macy's, Old Navy, PetSmart, Toys R Us and MORE and earn money for Painted Rock.  Painted Rock's eScrip Group ID is 152234898.

Thanks again for your support!  Happy Holidays from the Painted Rock Foundation.


2014 Auction Week Update
By The Painted Rock Foundation
November 14, 2013

School is in full swing, the holidays are coming and the planning for the Painted Rock Foundation Auction is underway!  Last year’s event was made successful with support from our outstanding Panther community – YOU!  If you own a business or know someone who does, please lend your support by donating an item or encouraging others to donate.  Every donation helps us fund programs and services at Painted Rock.

We have some great, new ideas and hope you will help us to get the ball rolling.  Maybe you have even better ideas on fabulous items for our live or silent auction?  Send them our way at  We’d love to hear from you!

This year, our silent auction will be a week-long ONLINE AUCTION event beginning with a family-oriented night of food trucks and fun on Friday, March 21, 2014.  The week will end with a adult-only evening that will include food, cocktails and a live auction (more info to come next month) on Friday, March 28.  We hope to see you at one or ALL of the events, or at least logged in to the online auction.

If you don’t have an idea for an auction item, but are thinking that you really want to support our programs…it's not too late to contribute to the 252 Annual Fundraiser Campaign if you haven’t already done so.  This campaign funds programs and services such as PE, music, math and reading impact teachers, ongoing technology innovation, and a diverse set of student enrichment programs.  These are things that make Painted Rock stand out!  Any donation, of any size, is appreciated.

Maybe your employer will match you?  Give $100 and we get $200 or even $300.  We have received $3,622 in matching donations from companies such as Qualcomm, Pfizer, LPL Financial, HP, Nokia and Toyota.  Your contribution could be doubled or even tripled!  Click here to search matching gift companies

Go to or email for more information on how to give via check or credit card, in a one-time payment or even installments!

Thank you for making our school ROCK!


Did you know that iPads are being used in the classroom to enrich your child's education?

The Painted Rock Foundation, which is committed to funding technology in the classroom, is excited about this growing program which has been funded thanks to your generous support.

This year, we are implementing an iPad cluster program in which each grade level will have access to a certain number of iPads: 7 iPads for grades K-2 and 10 iPads for grades 3-5.  The first grade level, which was our "pilot program", started out with the cluster of iPads and have shared great success.  Apps in use include ABC Tracer and VocabularySpellingCity, and we are excited about spreading the program school wide.

Follow the Painted Rock Foundation on Facebook or Twitter for Tech Tuesday Tips and learn about apps your child's class may be using, iPad updates and other useful technology-based news.


Free Money For Painted Rock
By The Painted Rock Foundation
October 3, 2013

Attention Vons, Ralphs, and Target shoppers -- sign up or renew your loyalty cards today and start getting free money for Painted Rock!  And, don’t forget – click thru on this link EVERY TIME you shop at Amazon to earn commissions for Painted Rock through the Amazon Associates program.

**Bookmark Amazon Link**

When you register with Vons, Ralphs and Target, a portion of your purchases goes to Painted Rock.  This has no impact on your individual member benefits, so it is a free way to generate money for our school.

Last year the Vons and Ralphs programs generated almost $1,000 for Painted Rock, but we know other schools are making close to that much every month.  So we are asking all families that shop at these stores to take a few minutes to either sign up or renew their loyalty cards.

**IMPORTANT- for those that have signed up in years past, you must renew your association with Painted Rock every year.**

Below are links to the various programs along with instructions.  If you have any issues, please contact Craig Crawford at and he can assist you.

The more members we get, the more money for our kids! Please take a few minutes to sign up now.


  • Painted Rock Ralphs Group ID: 91655
  • To Register:
    o   Click “Create an Account” in upper right-hand corner
    o   Follow 5 steps thereafter
    o   After confirming registration, link your card (see below).
  • To Renew:
    o   Click “Sign in”
    o   Click on “My Account”
  • To LINK Your Ralphs Card:
    o   Click “My Account” and then “Account Settings”
    o   Select Painted Rock 91655 as your Community Rewards Organization


    Bring this letter with you the next time you shop at Ralphs and hand to cashier at checkout.
To date, Painted Rock has received close to $13K in donations from this program! AMAZON: CLICK HERE EVERY TIME YOU SHOP AT AMAZON.
Be sure to bookmark it for even easier shopping!

Spread the word – Do you know someone who shops at these stores?  If so, share this information with them and earn even more money for Painted Rock!  Perhaps Grandma does her share of Target shopping in Minnesota or shops at Ralphs in the LA area?  Those purchases can be credited to Painted Rock!  Think outside the ROCK!


Welcome to the 2013-2014 School Year!
By The Painted Rock Foundation
September 7, 2013

The Painted Rock Foundation welcomes you to the 2013-2014 school year!  We are excited about the new year and invite you to stay connected with the Foundation through this blog and social media.  That’s right – the Painted Rock Foundation has gone social!  If you haven’t already, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for information about school events, Foundation news and all of our innovative plans to make this school year the best yet.

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You may be wondering – what is the Painted Rock Foundation and what does it support?  Working closely with the Painted Rock PTA, the Foundation Board is comprised of a group of volunteer parents and staff who strive to ensure our Panthers have the best education.  The Foundation is an independent, non-profit 501c3 organization with the flexibility and commitment to annually assess needs with school administration.  The Foundation’s primary mission is to generate the funds necessary to enhance school curriculum, with an emphasis on current, academic-focused technology for our students and classrooms.

As we enter the new school year, the Painted Rock Foundation is grateful for those who have supported our efforts.  Because of your generosity, we have been able to help fund Painted Rock’s P.E., math and reading impact teachers, classroom supplies, iPads in the classroom, educational software and other student enrichment programs.  The 252 Annual Fundraising Campaign, which is going on now, helps the Foundation, in conjunction with the PTA, to kick-start our annual fundraising.  Please consider making a tax deductible donation to the 252 Annual Fundraising Campaign today by making a one-time donation or through an installment plan.  Your support is greatly appreciated.

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Watch out for more communications to come via our blog, and don't forget to shop Amazon, enroll or renew in eScrip if you shop at Vons (must be done each year), register or re-register if you shop at Ralphs (must be done each year), and donate up to 1% of your Target REDcard purchases to Painted Rock!


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Editors:  Mary Hill, Courtney Klepsch and Amanda Skellenger.  Blog design by Amanda Skellenger.