Dear Friends of Sonoma Valley Unified School District,

The following letter was sent to all district staff. Happy Holidays and a heartfelt thank you for all your efforts in supporting our schools –  we do indeed live in an amazing community.

Warm Regards,


Dear Educators,

This morning I headed out the door with a smile on my face after reading a wonderful e-mail from SVUSD elementary music teacher, Bob Gossett.  You see, Bob decided to put his musical talents to the test and created a “Kid Song” CD and it’s selling like wildfire!  Never a salesperson, Bob stepped out of his comfort zone and in conjunction with the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) began selling his CDs with profits going towards our SVUSD music programs.  Bob is close to making his first $1000 donation to SVEF. (Since writing this note, Bob donated $1,140 to SVEF!)

After reading Bob’s e-mail, I was reminded of a quote from JFK: “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” We see individuals each and every day in our community-at-large and within our schools seeing a need and choosing to make a difference.  Like you, I am thankful for their incredible generosity as many donate meals, warm coats, school supplies, and holiday gifts so that no family has to go without. Our students and their families, some with very little to give, continue to help others.

Sonoma valley students and educators are truly making a difference in a number of ways during this holiday season:

  • Participating in canned food drives for Friends in Sonoma Helping (FISH)
  • Making blankets for the Blanket Brigade organization with donations going to the Valley of the Moon Children’s Home, the YMCA Safe House in Santa Rosa and the homeless shelter in Sonoma Valley
  • Hosting coat, sock and clothes drives for families and community members
  • Writing letters to our military personnel overseas and thanking them for their service to our country
  • Cooking and serving meals in our community for those in need
  • Ringing the bell for FISH at local markets
  • Pledging to complete 500 Random Acts of Kindness in our community
  • Visiting local health care centers, making cards and singing songs
  • Decorating and volunteering to help at the Sonoma Valley Holiday Program Party

I love that we are all part of a school and local community that cares so deeply about one another and continues to look for ways to make a difference.

I wish you good health and happiness during this 2014 Holiday Season!


PS – I can’t sign off without encouraging you to think about buying a CD from Mr. Gossett!  You can purchase a CD at any elementary school office or by going to www.CDBABY.  His CD is titled “Bob Gossett’s Kid Songs.”