Volunteers and Donated/Borrowed Items are Needed for the CSEF Spring Gala and Silent Auction. Sign Up TODAY to Help!
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Posted by: Jennifer Glenn
Published: 4/21/14

Save the Date! California School Education Foundation Spring Gala & Auction on May 17, 2014
CSEF Spring Gala & Auction May 17, 2014 (Online Auction May 9 - May 16) Gala Event (5/17) :   This year's event is Blue Hawaii - a dinner dance, casino, silent auction, live auction, and a lot of fun for California school parents!&nbs... Continue
Posted by: Jennifer Glenn
Published: 4/16/14


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Welcome back Cougars!   The California School Education Foundation (CSEF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing technology, arts and science programs to the students of California Elementary School.

Last year, through Community Donations and Special Events, we raised over $27,000 to fund supplies and instructor for our technology lab, as well as our Show Choir, School Musical and Band programs.

This year, our goal is to raise $30,000 to:  Continue to fund and staff our computer technology lab; support arts education through our Show Choir, Musical and Band; put interactive whiteboards in our classrooms; and give back to the community through Show Choir performances.

We would like to personally invite you to consider getting involved with CSEF.  By volunteering your time, making a donation or simply attending one of our events, you help make a tremendous difference.

Please join us for our CSEF meeting on October 10th at 7pm, be sure to sign up for our Email Newsletter, and mark your calendar for these upcoming CSEF Events:

Spring Gala and Casino Night - 5/17/14

Thank you!

Karen Ray, CSEF President                              Kirsten McNiff, Vice Pres

Save the Date!

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CSEF Spring Gala & Auction
May 17, 2014
(Online Auction May 9 - May 16)

  • Gala Event (5/17):  This year's event is Blue Hawaii - a dinner dance, casino, silent auction, live auction, and a lot of fun for California school parents!  The event is held at Halecrest in Costa Mesa.
  • Online Auction (5/9 - 5/16):  Fabulous products, services, travel and more will be featured in our online auction available to a global audience through

How much money will be raised this year?  And what will the money be used for?  Our goal is to raise at least $10,000.  All CSEF fundraisers support technology, arts, and science programs for our kids.

How can I get involved?

  1. Donations:  We are looking for Title Sponsors as well as seeking items to be sold during our auction (online from 5/9 – 5/16 and live on 5/17)Please help by asking your friends and community contacts to contribute products, services, gift cards, specialty retail items, vacation destinations or entertainment.  Our promotion will reach the local community through Newport-Mesa School District families, extended families, friends, and neighbors.  Businesses will also be presented to a global audience of thousands through our affiliation with
  2. Volunteer:  We need 35 volunteers.  We plan to have a lot of fun putting this party together, so grab some friends and join us!  Here are just a few examples of where you can help:  Auction, publicity, Spirit Week, ticket sales, event planning, set up, tear down, childcare coordinator, and more!

Spring Gala Donation Form

Spring Gala Information Flyer

Online Volunteer & Donated/Borrowed Items Sign Up Sheets

Who do I contact to sign up to help or get more information?  Contact Gala chairperson, Kirsten McNiff at or 949-322-9554.

Events Calendar

2013-2014 CSEF Meetings

Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings at 7:00 pm in the Office.

  • May 8



Stay Informed!

Sign Up for the PTA and CSEF Email Newsletters for important updates on school Activities.

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Email Newsletter Form

Week at a Glance


Year-Round Fundraisers

CSEF Cougar Cafe

hot chocolate.jpgFriday Mornings
(in front of school)  
7:45 - 8:05 am

Hot chocolate with a choice of marshmallows or whip cream 

Only $1.00

All proceeds will go towards the numerous programs the CSEF sponsors for the students at California Elementary School. 


California School Education Foundation
Needs Your Help to Help Our Students


Sign up for eScrip and help fund school programs!

It's Easy!  It's Free!  It's Powerful!

Go to
Click on "Sign-Up"
Follow the instructions to register your grocery cards and your existing credit/debit cards.
(Group ID #6481256)

  A percentage of all purchases made at eScrip merchants will be given back to the CSEF!