Community Rancho Santa Fe

Red envelopes support Ranch school program

RANCHO SANTA FE — The annual fundraising campaign for the Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation is celebrated with Red Envelope Day on Oct. 1. On Red Envelope Day, community businesses, residents and parents of students at Rancho Santa Fe School are encouraged to make their Education Foundation contributions in order to maintain the “Five-Star Education” programs for the year.
This year The Rancho Santa Fe Education Foundation is giving $1 million to support the budget of the Rancho Santa Fe School, and allows for an enriched public education experience that is among the best in the country with small class sizes averaging 17, specialized teachers (60 percent of teachers have advanced degrees), a literacy excellence program from Columbia University for reading and writing, integrated science and Differentiated Math programs.
Every child benefits from the Five-Star Education program, but it takes the support of all parents to maintain this effort. Parents are asked to contribute to the best of their ability, keeping in mind that the “Fair Share” cost per child is $1,470 ($1 million divided by 680 students). Families that donate at the higher “Cap & Gown” and “Scholar’s Circle” levels receive special recognition.
Donors will contribute, or fill in the pledge portion of the contribution form noting the amount to be expected at a later date during the school year, on or before Red Envelope Day.
On Red Envelope Day, volunteers will be at drop-off and pick-up collecting pledge forms and contributions. Also, parents will notice red boxes at the office and around campus where they can drop off their contributions.
All contributions are tax-deductible, receive Foundation license plate covers, car window stickers and a student directory. The first “Thank You Contributing Families, Teachers, Staff and Community Partners” list will be published and distributed to all families shortly after Red Envelope Day, recognizing all those who have contributed.
For more information about Red Envelope Day or to make a donation, contact the “Red Envelope Day” co-chairs Dana Knees at (858) 832-1702, or Mara Phillips at (858) 205-8447, You can also go to the district’s website,, click on Foundation, scroll down to Donate, and download donation forms online.