Nov 2023 update

A few quick things I want to share before you take off and enjoy your Thanksgiving vacation:

  • TONIGHT Nov. 14: Strategic Arts Plan Presentation to PAC at 5:30pm at Willow Creek Center 
  • Nov. 15: Fentanyl "Save a Life" Event at 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. check-in) at Northgate HS (registration is required)
  • #GivingTuesday - Join MDEDF to raise $12,000 for garden science programs
  • Volunteer in school gardens this Saturday!

TONIGHT - Strategic Arts Plan to be presented to PAC - Parent Advisory Committee

I’m so excited about this plan to provide comprehensive visual and performing arts at all levels to students in Mt Diablo!  After making painful cuts these past few years, we are finally in a place to grow and sustain these excellent opportunities at every school. 

Come meet our new VAPA specialist, Kellie Hoover, and ask her your questions in person about how you can help strengthen arts offerings at your school site.

5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14th at Willow Creek Center, 1026 Mohr Lane in Concord.

The agenda includes: District Updates from MDUSD Superintendent Dr. Adam Clark and a discussion of MDUSD's Visual & Performing Arts Plan led by Curriculum Specialist, Kellie Hoover. Details are here.

Fentanyl Awareness: Tools to Save a Life, Wednesday Nov. 15th

This is something I can't recommend enough to parents and students. I thought I knew all about fentanyl, but it didn't really hit home for me until I heard directly from local families who had lost or nearly lost children to the dangers of fentanyl. They are now courageously speaking out to teach us all how to be ready to save a life at any moment. It can truly happen to anyone.

MDUSD's next free Fentanyl Awareness: Facts and Tools to Save a Life event is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 15th at Northgate High School. (Check-in is at 5:30 p.m.)

They will share the latest information and data about the dangers of fentanyl and train families and students how to recognize an opioid overdose and administer Narcan/Naloxone to try to save a life. It includes presentations by Assemblyman Tim Grayson, health professionals, parent voices and a student panel.

Please check your ParentSquare posts for a link to register. Registration is required to receive the free Narcan/Naloxone.

#GivingTuesday - Join MDEDF to raise $12,000 for garden science programs  

This is a fabulous opportunity to pitch in together to make a big difference. Your donation will help school gardens in every part of Mt Diablo, including exciting projects like the Rio Vista Food Forest, which is being installed in Bay Point where fresh produce is hard to come by (described as a "food desert"). This will be transformational for the whole community!

Click below to hear from Rio Vista Elementary Principal Janis Heden, parents Gabby & Juan, and parent/business sponsor Juan Carlos Sanchez:

Can you help unlock their dollar-for-dollar match today?

Donate in the Facebook Giving Tuesday fundraiser here or directly at

Spread the word! Please follow and share the Foundation Giving Tuesday social media posts on Facebook, Instagram, X, and LinkedIn.

High School Students: Are you looking for volunteer service hours? 

Apply here to the Foundation Student Engagement Committee by Nov 15th.

Volunteer in school gardens this Saturday, Nov 18th

  • Fair Oaks Elementary in Pleasant Hill
  • Mt Diablo Elementary in Clayton 
  • Silverwood Elementary in Concord

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  • Cherise Khaund
    published this page in Blog 2023-11-14 13:22:11 -0800