North County School News, Nov. 7


YES meeting hosts foundation team

The Youth Enrichment Services (YES) meeting presents the Carlsbad Educational Foundation at its monthly meeting at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 18. The foundation’s leadership team will share how they convene corporations, businesses, families and individuals to support CUSD schools and students. Join the Zoom Meeting at YES aims to help create a positive environment and safety net for young people in Carlsbad and the surrounding community by collaborating with other youth-oriented agencies and organizations. Meetings are open to all. Email [email protected]


Equity for Indigenous Americans is topic

Dina Gilio-Whitaker, a Colville Confederated Tribes descendant, will speak on “Equity for Indigenous Americans” in a virtual program offered Saturday offered to the public by the Del Mar-Leucadia Branch of the American Association of University Women. The Zoom room opens at 10 a.m. for social/chat time, with the program at 10:30 a.m. Send name and email address to [email protected] to receive a Zoom link to the meeting and to be recognized when entering the Zoom waiting room. Gilio-Whitaker is a scholar, educator and author in American Indian studies and an adjunct professor at California State University San Marcos. Visit or contact Karen Dorney, [email protected]


Grauer School offers four-year scholarship

The Grauer School, an independent college preparatory school, invites students with core values of compassion, resourcefulness and leadership, as well as financial need, to apply for a full, four-year scholarship. To be considered, students must live in North County and be entering high school in Fall 2022. Applicants must complete the admissions and financial aid applications, which are available by contacting Financial Aid Director Tricia Valeski at [email protected] Applications must be submitted by Feb. 1, 2022, and the scholarship will be awarded in mid-March. Recipients will be required to maintain a 3.5 grade point average and, like all Grauer students, complete at least 50 hours of community service before graduation. The scholarship is valued at about $28,000 per year for four years. A student laptop will be provided if necessary. Besides the Access to Grauer Community Scholarship Program, The Grauer School maintains a tuition assistance program for qualified students. Call (760) 274-2116; visit


Free webinar on emotional resilience

“Cultivating Emotional Resilience & Mental Fitness While Parenting” is the topic of a free webinar offered from 6-7 p.m. Nov. 18 by the San Diego County Office of Education. This webinar will help parents understand the meaning and importance of wellness and resiliency; learn strategies to identify and cope with stressors; and identify self-care. Register at Contact Amanda Holt at (858) 298-2075 or email [email protected]


Foundation offers grant opportunities

The Oceanside Community Foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, recently announced the availability of grant funding for academic development programs for K-12 students in Oceanside. In the 2022-2023 grant cycle, the foundation invites local schools and organizations to submit project proposals that show a strong mission to support students’ academic and social enrichment and help them recover from the pandemic. These projects should be culturally sensitive, practical and achievable within a 12-month time frame, and have prospects for long-term sustainability. The funding ranges from $5,000 to $25,000. Proposals must be submitted online by 5 p.m. Dec. 3. Find the grant application at


District hosts COVID-19 vaccinations

Universidad Popular, San Diego County and the San Marcos Unified School District will be providing free Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at San Marcos Elementary School, 1 Tiger Way, in the multi-purpose room. For those age 12 and older. No appointment needed. Another vaccination clinic is set for the same hours on Dec. 4. Call (760) 659-0109 or email [email protected]


Free patriotic concert on Thursday

The Valley Center/Pauma Music Boosters present a free Veterans Day patriotic concert at 1 p.m. Thursday at Valley Center High School’s football stadium. This concert is an annual tradition and features the award-winning Valley Center Middle and High School Jazz Bands, Choirs, Concert Band and Marching Band in a salute to the armed forces. The Armed Forces tribute during the finale recognizes members of the audience who have served in the military, who are asked to stand and be recognized during the playing of their branch’s anthem. Service members are encouraged to wear their uniforms and be recognized for their service. The school’s Music Boosters will be selling BBQ lunches and snacks starting at noon, with all proceeds supporting the students. The Music Boosters help buy and maintain hundreds of instruments for the award-winning VC bands. Any student can participate in the program with no charge for instruments or uniforms. The Boosters’ annual fundraising also covers transportation and costs for competitions not only for the bands and choirs, but also for the color guard, winter guard, marching band field show and drum line. Email [email protected] or visit


Empresa Foundation hosts pizza night

The Empresa Performing Arts Foundation hosts a pizza fundraiser from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday at Mountain Mike’s Pizza, 455 College Blvd., Suite 10 (next to Target). Mention Empresa Performing Arts Foundation and 25 percent of your order will be donated to the foundation. Call (760) 295-3121; visit

Crafters wanted for holiday boutique

Crafters are needed for the Mission Meadows Holiday Craft boutique fundraiser, set for Dec. 8-10 and run by the Mission Meadows Elementary School PTA. Contact [email protected] for details and put “holiday boutique” in the subject line of your email. Items should be school-appropriate.

Please send items to [email protected] at least two weeks before events take place.