San Marino Schools Foundation Showcases Students’ Pure Imagination

San Marino students are pictured above on Zoom while performing a song from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” The Schools Foundation, which helps fund many programs in SMUSD, is in the midst of a fundraising campaign which ends May 12.

By James Lau
Special to The Tribune

Spring Break during the COVID-19 pandemic meant staying at home.
For nearly 80 middle and high school students, they chose to dedicate that time to learning, practicing and virtually performing “Pure Imagination” from “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Continue reading “San Marino Schools Foundation Showcases Students’ Pure Imagination”

Joel A. Thvedt – Obituary

Joel A. Thvedt

Joel A. Thvedt, age 57, died peacefully at home on Saturday, Feb. 8, in Altadena after a five-year battle with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), a rare progressive neurological disease. He was born on May 14, 1962, in Newcastle, Wyoming, the son of Pastor James and Gloria Thvedt.

Joel grew up in Sisseton, South Dakota, and attended the University of Chicago, receiving his bachelor’s degree with honors in political science in 1984. He then headed west for law school and graduated from UCLA School of Law, where he was a member of the UCLA Law Review and a board member of El Centro Legal, a network of student-run legal aid clinics. While at UCLA, Joel met his wife, Patricia Libby, who was a fellow student, and they married on Aug. 9, 1986.

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Schools Foundation Nears Fundraising Goal — Can You Help?

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Chris Maling
Chris Maling

By Chris Maling
Special to The Outlook

“Imagine the end at the beginning” has been a quote that directs my focus and attention with all my activities regarding family, career and fundraising for charities. As the outgoing president of the San Marino Schools Foundation, I imagined at the beginning that our community of San Marino, through the efforts of the foundation, would reach or exceed our $2 million goal of fundraising at the end of June 2019. Our campaign, “Everyone Gives,” was a call to every resident, parent, business owner and community member to support our schools and have what is referred to as “skin in the game.” Continue reading “Schools Foundation Nears Fundraising Goal — Can You Help?”

Schools Foundation Looks for Finishing Kick in Fundraising Race

James Lau and Chris Maling
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
James Lau, executive director of the San Marino Schools Foundation, and Chris Maling, the foundation’s board president, have pushed for a 100% participation rate among community residents in giving to the nonprofit, which financially assists the San Marino Unified School District.

The more things change, the more they stay the same, as the adage goes.
The San Marino Schools Foundation, which tabbed James Lau as its interim executive director about a year ago, decided to continue to rely on him to run the nonprofit organization for the foreseeable future. The foundation board’s leadership will change in July, going from Chris Maling to Erin Bilvado. The San Marino Unified School District, the foundation’s beneficiary, recently hired a new superintendent, Jeff Wilson, to take over the district after his predecessor departed in August. Continue reading “Schools Foundation Looks for Finishing Kick in Fundraising Race”

Schools Foundation Sets Scholarship Honoring Mar

Photo courtesy Mar family Patricia and Harry Mar have established a scholarship in honor of their daughter Leslie, who died in July. The scholarship will benefit local students.
Photo courtesy Mar family
Patricia and Harry Mar have established a scholarship in honor of their
daughter Leslie, who died in July. The scholarship will benefit local students.

Harry and Patricia Mar have announced that the Leslie Noelle LienJun Mar Memorial Scholarship has been established and will be managed by the San Marino Schools Foundation.
“We are blessed and moved by the tremendous outpouring of support and love from those who knew our daughter,” said Harry Mar, father of Leslie. Continue reading “Schools Foundation Sets Scholarship Honoring Mar”

Schools Foundation Allots $2 Million to Fund Teaching, Enrichment

The San Marino Schools Foundation Board of Trustees last week allocated more than $2 million to fund teaching positions and other enrichment services for the San Marino Unified School District, making good on its annual commitment and adding more for good measure.
“These funds directly support teacher positions, helping to reduce classroom sizes so that students receive individualized attention from teachers,” said John Simpson, SMSF president. “In addition, we awarded funding for enrichment services that would have been vacated without the generous support of families and the general community.” Continue reading “Schools Foundation Allots $2 Million to Fund Teaching, Enrichment”