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Sandoval Night Live Raises $42,000 for Academia Sandoval

May 16, 2011

April 18, 2011- Denver, Colorado – Academia Ana Marie Sandoval’s 10th Anniversary Bash & Benefit, Sandoval Night Live was a sold-out success, raising over $42,000 for the DPS elementary school in Northwest Denver. Held at Justin Cucci’s award-winning restaurant Root Down in the Highlands, the event attracted over 215 guests from the local business community in Denver.

The event kicked off at 6:00pm on March 24th. Party-goers were greeted with specialty cocktails and music by singer/guitarist Justin Roth as Root Down wait staff passed small plates of duck tacos, lamb sliders and sweet potato falafel. Excitement reached fever pitch when performers from Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret moved through the crowd with their comedic, burlesque variety act.

photo courtesy of Andrea Flanagan Photography

DJ Dario Rosa kept the crowd on their feet for the evening’s silent and live auctions. Guests vied for over 50 auction items including 4 nights in Key West, 10 nights in Cuernavaca, a Highlands Cruisers bicycle, a private dinner by chefs Layla and Emmett Barr and diamond earrings from Cash N Collectibles.

SNL was organized by Amigos de la Academia Sandoval, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bridging the gap between DPS funding and the unique costs of a Montessori and dual language educational model. “We are thrilled by the turnout here tonight! The Denver community has opened its hearts in unprecedented fashion to support a very deserving school”, said Sandoval Night Live committee chair Teresa Casillas. “We are incredibly grateful to the guests, business owners and entertainers who have supported us by donating their time, money and talents so we can continue to offer high-quality dual language education at Academia Sandoval.”

Sponsored in part by ECO Windows and Glass and Big Daddy Jewelry & Pawn, the first annual Sandoval Night Live raised awareness and much-needed funds for the ongoing operations of Academia Sandoval. “Be on the lookout this fall for SNL 2012 event details”, says PR Chair, Amy Marshall. “We are looking forward to another outstanding event with value-added marketing opportunities for our sponsors.”


Amigos Presents at Sandoval’s Back to School Night

September 24, 2010

There have been a few requests to post the Amigos Back to School Night presentation online for those of you who were not able to attend the event on September 1st.  Without further ado, here is a brief summary.

Amigos Back to School Night Presentation at Academia Sandoval

Welcome back to school!  New families, a very warm welcome to you as well.  We look forward to meeting you.

We are here tonight to introduce you to a very important organization that fuels our school, Amigos de la Academia Sandoval.

We are all Amigos, every parent and teacher in this room, every student who walks these halls, every business owner in this community.  We all have a stake in the success of this school.

Every year, come hell or high water, we raise funds to close the gap between what DPS provides and what Sandoval needs.  Our Montessori dual-language curriculum is incredibly unique; its financial needs are greater than your average school.

This year to meet the demands of the 2010/2011 school year, we need to raise $100,000 grand, our biggest challenge to date.

Why $100,000?  Let’s take a look:

This year we’re providing nearly 900 hours of paraprofessional time. Paras are teaching assistants who work closely with our kids in the classroom.  They are critical to the success of the class, providing valuable assistance to our teachers and our children.

Partial tuition assistance
We’re also funding $18,000 in partial tuition assistance to families in need.  The founders of Sandoval believed that money should not be a barrier to education.  Dr. Montessori believed that the three-year primary cycle best prepared kids with the skills, habits and values they would need for 1st grade.  We as a community share and uphold these beliefs, which is why 20% of our budget is dedicated to tuition assistance this year.

Physical education

Also, for the first time ever, we’re funding PE. In the spring, JoAnn informed us that our physical education program was on the chopping block due to district-wide budget cuts.  No one in this room was willing to give up such a vital program, so we have earmarked $35,000 of our budget to keep it.

And last but not least, we’re also subsidizing field trips, classroom supplies and Montessori training for our teachers.

Together, as Amigos, we fund programs and people that are essential to the success of Sandoval.  Every dollar we raise benefits our kids.  This year, more than ever, we need your support.

How can you make a difference?

This year we’re asking every family to give $350.  How and when you donate is up to you, but please give.  The easiest way to make a contribution is our hassle-free revolving payment option.  It allows you to donate monthly and automatically via credit card.  To sign up, please see one of my fellow board members at the back of the room tonight (board members wave).  We also have donation envelopes available at the back of the room for one-time gifts.  Donation envelopes will be available year round in the atrium near the front office.

Before I wrap up, I want to kick off our most successful fundraising event of the year.  I like to call it the Double-Your-Dollar-Donation-Drive.  Essentially, every dollar you donate between now and October 1st will be matched 100% by a group of anonymous parent donors.  During our Match event every dollar truly matters. Donation envelopes are making their way to you now.  Our goal is to raise $15,000 in 30 days.  Can we do it?

Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know Amigos.  I’d like to invite all of you to join us at the school wide MAPAS meeting on September 29th to learn more about Amigos and our upcoming events.

Thanks again for supporting Sandoval this school year.  Amigos makes the difference!

Sandoval Announces 2nd Annual Community Carnival

April 29, 2010

Sandoval tackles DPS budget cuts with food, fun and festivities.

Academia Ana Marie Sandoval was asked to slash its 2010/2011 school budget by $65,000, a reduction in funds and services that did not sit well with families and friends of the DPS dual-language Montessori school on Wyandot Street.  Unwilling to lose a single teacher or give up vital programs like physical education, the parents of Sandoval have decided to transform the school’s end-of-year celebration into a community-wide fundraiser.

The Sandoval Community Carnival will be held on Friday, May 21, 2010 from 3:30pm to 7:30pm on school grounds in Northwest Denver. Sandoval’s south playground at 3655 Wyandot Street will be transformed into a fairway complete with carnival games and rides, food booths, local retail vendors and live music.  Admission is free and festivities are open to the public.  Denverites, young and old, are encouraged to come out for a good cause and good fun.

When asked what she is most looking forward to at the Sandoval Carnival, 1st grader Abby Howard smiled, squealing “the dunk booth”.  Mom and carnival spokesperson, Lania Howard echoed her daughter’s enthusiasm, “This year the Sandoval Carnival is going to be bigger, better and beneficial to the health of our school.”

Academia Ana Marie Sandoval is a DPS magnet school providing the unique educational combination of a dual-language learning environment (English and Spanish) within an authentic Montessori framework.  Its vision is to foster a community of lifelong learners guided by a love of learning, interest and appreciation for other cultures and a desire to create a peaceful world.  It provides an equitable and high-quality education to a diverse community of children.

For more information about the carnival, including availability of vendor and food booths, please contact:

Annie Harrison

Piggy Power: Put your spare change to work for Sandoval

March 19, 2010

Pigs Love Pennies

Amigos de la Academia Sandoval is happy to present the second annual Pigs Love Pennies (and other coins too!) campaign!  Now through March 26th, join our efforts to raise $5,000 in loose change.  Flip the sofa cushions, lift the car mats and empty your pockets to support high-quality public education in Northwest Denver.

Speaking of the Northside, this year the pigs have taken to the street.  Over 20 neighborhood businesses are collecting spare change for Sandoval.  Look for colorful piggy banks decorated by Sandoval students downtown, in Highlands Square, on Tennyson Street and along the West 38th Avenue corridor.

Big Daddy’s
Book Nookery
Café Crema
Cash & Collectibles
Consumer Credit Counseling Services
Gallop Cafe
In Season Market Place
Kyle’s Kitchen
La Casita
La Mexicana Taqueria
Mermaid’s Bakery & Pie House
Mondo Vino
Newfield Exploration
Nostalgic Homes
Pizza Alley
Postnet International
Red Trolley
Revolution Cleaners
Rosa Linda’s Mexican Cafe
Taqueria Patzcuaro
Tazo de Café
Urbanistic Tea & Bike

Piggy banks are also located on the Sandoval campus near the front office and North entrance.  Amigos has raised $30,320 toward our $75,000 goal.  Please give generously.

3rd Thursday at Buchi

February 17, 2010

Guilt-free Flan

There is a secret to eating six servings of flan with a clear conscience.  I figured it out this past January, and now I’m eager to share this important piece of intelligence.

Between the hours of 8am and 9pm, every third Thursday of the month at  Buchi Cafe Cubano, every spoonful of flan that you eat helps support the students of Academia Ana Marie Sandoval.  In fact, 15% of your entire bill will be donated to Sandoval, so there is no need to stop at the flan; I recommend that you try every dessert on the menu.  (I did last month sans remorse, and I’m happy to report that Sandoval is still reaping the benefits of my immoderation.)

Dine out for Sandoval at Buchi Café Cubano tomorrow, February 18th and every 3rd Thursday of the month for guilt-free flan.

Buchi is located at 2651 West 38th Avenue at Clay Street in Northwest Denver.  Please call 303-458-1328 for more information.

Photo by Willy at urbanspoon

Feliz día del Amor y la Amistad!

February 12, 2010

Happy Valentine’s Day!

You may have noticed a shiny red heart in our atrium this week.  It’s the Corazón de Sandoval, a giant papier-mâché heart constructed by the Sader family for our annual Valentine’s Day donation drive.

Instead of spending money on candy and cards, please donate that amount  to Amigos.  Your donation will be used to fund the salaries of the  paraprofessionals who love and teach our children day after day.

We also encourage you to  have your child write a note or a poem about what they love about Sandoval.  Both donations and letters can be inserted into the paper hearts that the kids are making in school, then deposited into El Corazon.  (Your child’s paper heart will be saved and used to decorate an upcoming school-wide event.)

Our goal is to raise $1,000 this V-day.  Let’s fill that shiny heart with love, poetry and cold-hard cash!

Calico Marshall, Caden Sader and Mario Dino with El Corazon