30 Oct

Thank you Los Alamos!

We couldn’t be happier with how this year’s Taste of Knowledge turned out. 150 people packed the sold-out event, which featured Spanish tapas and wine, folkloric and ballet dance performances, and live jazz music. By night’s end, we had raised an unbelievable $23,700 for Los Alamos Public Schools! For that, the Board and staff of the LAPS Foundation wishes to thank the many people who made the event such a success.

Special thanks goes to: Amy Hollabaugh for the beautiful flower arrangements; Favorite Brands for their help providing the wines and commentary at the event; Jill Cook for donating her time and expertise to make the live auction such a success; Laura Crucet and her entire team at Pig + Fig Café for the scrumptious tapas and impeccable wine pairings; Karen Easton of LANB for donating her time to help plan the event and coordinate with Favorite Brands and Kokoman Fine Wines & Liquor; The Ryan Finn Quartet featuring Ryan Finn on trombone, Tom Rheam on piano, David Rogers on bass, and Mike Harris on drums for the lively jazz music.

In addition, many Los Alamos Public Schools students and teachers contributed their talents to make the evening extra special. Thank you to LAHS Culinary Arts instructor Becca Jones and LAHS Pro Start culinary students for their invaluable assistance preparing the tapas; LAHS Art teacher Mary Grace and members of the LAHS Chapter of the National Art Honor’s Society, Anime and Van’s Marketing and Design Clubs LAHS students for providing much-needed help with logistics during the event; Catherine Rousculp, Sophia Jeffery and Ellie Oldem for their beautiful ballet performance excerpted from Don Quixote; LAHS student Jenna Espinoza for performing a lovely Spanish folkloric dance and eliciting audience participation; Maddie Ovaska, LAPS Foundation intern and LAHS student, for her help with planning and executing the event; and members of the LAHS Hilltalkers and Key Club for aiding with the important but less glamorous tasks of setting up and cleaning up the event.

Many local and regional businesses and individuals generously contributed monetary or in-kind donations to the event. They are Allure Salon, Bathtub Row Brewing, Bennett’s Fine Jewelry, Blue Window Bistro, Bob’s Bodacious BBQ, Buffalo Thunder Resort, CB Fox, Cottonwood on the Green, Daniel’s Café, Domino’s Pizza, Don Taylor’s Photography, El Parasol, EXIT Realty Advantage, Fuller Lodge Art Center, Fusion Multisport, Jill Cook, LA Daily Post, LAHS Olions, LAPS athletics, LA Tan and More, Los Alamos Golf Course, Nicolás Madrid, Origami, Pajarito Mountain, Papa Murphy’s, Pasta Paradiso, PEEC, Pet Pangaea, Pyramid Café, Quaking Aspen Fine Art, Reel Deal, Richard Swenson, Rose Marie Solomon, Ruby K’s, Sandia Tramway, Sirphey, Starbucks, Uli’s, Vintage Hair Co., Viola’s Restaurant, Windgate Healing Arts, YMCA and Zia Credit Union.

The fundraiser was timely as we had just a few weeks prior received 39 grant applications requesting over $60,000 from LAPS teachers. The funds allowed us to fund a number of the requests, including sending teachers to conferences, providing materials and resources for innovative projects in classrooms, and enabling teachers and administrators to form professional book groups to learn about and discuss new ideas in education.

19 Sep

Let’s Taste for Knowledge

If you have never been to one of the Foundation’s Taste of Knowledge events, you are in for a special treat this year. On October 14, 5:30-8:30pm, the Foundation will hold its Taste of Knowledge fundraiser in the romantic and nostalgic setting of the old De Colores Restaurant. The theme this year is “Experience the Food and Wine of Spain”. Pig+Fig’s Chef Laura Crucet will create scrumptious Spanish tapas, which will be paired with unique boutique Spanish wines.

True to its name, Taste of Knowledge will not only be fun and entertaining, but it will be educational as well. Representatives from Favorite Brands and Jose Pastor Selections will talk about the different wine producing regions of Spain and what wines are produced there. During the tasting, local jazz band The Ryan Finn Quartet will entertain with live music. Ryan Finn is the Los Alamos Middle School Band instructor, whose classroom benefitted from a $25,000 makeover facilitated by the LAPS Foundation in the summer of 2016.

As this is a fundraiser benefiting Los Alamos Public Schools’ teachers, staff, students and facilities, we are including elements from many  talented Los Alamos students. LAHS Culinary Arts students will prepare the food under the supervision of Chef Laura Crucet, while LAHS Art Club members will dress as Spanish waiters and help out during the event. Several DALA and LAHS dancers will perform Spanish-themed dances, and Key Club and Hilltalkers members have volunteered to help with the event, as well.

Tickets for Taste of Knowledge are $65 for general admission or $50 for LAPS employees. Admission includes tapas and wine pairings, live entertainment, and a keepsake wine glass. Tickets may be purchased online or by contacting us. Tickets are selling fast, so be sure to get yours soon!

01 Sep

Teachers, What Can We Do for You?

The Foundation is now accepting grant applications from Los Alamos Public Schools teachers! The fall grant cycle will be open September 1 – 28, 2017. There are three types of grants:

  1. Professional Development
  2. Professional Book Clubs
  3. Great Ideas Grants

We encourage you to read up on what types of things the Foundation supports, and then apply for one of these grants. If you have questions or would like to discuss an idea with us, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

17 Aug

Time for Another School Year

We’ve been working hard over the summer to implement some new initiatives on our end that we hope will make for the best school year yet for LAPS staff and students. One of those things is our new website – we hope you like it and find it useful. For teachers, we have  put all our grant application forms online. If you would like to apply for a grant from the Foundation, it should just be a click away.  Remember, we will be accepting grant applications September 1-28. We look forward to hearing what ideas you have for your students, professional development opportunities that have caught your eye, and the books you are considering for professional book groups.

Last year we proudly facilitated the infusion of over $75,000 in donations to the Los Alamos Public Schools. Nearly $20,000 of that went to support professional development and staff appreciation, which is something the Foundation firmly believes in. Over $21,000 supported opportunities and materials for students, ranging from Robotics equipment, to special books, to a coffee bar that not only helped student learn life skills, but it boosted staff morale with a simple cup of coffee and a smile. The remaining $35,000 funded scholarships for some pretty amazing LAHS graduates.

The thing about the Foundation is, the more money we raise, the more we can do for Los Alamos Public Schools. So, a new feature of our website is an easy tool for donating to the Foundation. This new tool gives our donors more flexibility – you can even sign up to charge a certain amount to your credit card automatically every month without having to give it a second thought.

So, as the new school year rolls around, we hope you will consider supporting the Foundation in whatever way makes sense to you. Thanks for your support!

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