September Newsletter and message from our Outgoing President and VP

September Newsletter 20162017

Dear Placer High School Families,
I would like to welcome all the new and returning parents to Placer. The Friends of Placer High School Organization has two objectives, first to provide information to the parents via email, web or newsletter and secondly, raise monies to support the school. Over the years, FOPHS has been able to support such activities as the wish lists for teachers and staff not funded by the school, i.e., Senior Grad night, athletic programs and much more. We raise monies thru our membership drive, SCRIP programs such as Raleys/Bel Air, Savemart and Safeway, an annual fundraising event and general donations from the community. We have kicked off our membership drive and asked you to consider becoming a member and making a donation. Being a member is crucial to achieving our goal to raise over $5,000 so we can provide academic supplies for teachers and staff and support for many other programs, like sports, art and welding. This year you can pay online through our website. You can go to and click on the DONATE button on the front page or send an email to for a form to be emailed to you. We always encourage parents to get involved so please come to one of our meetings this year and find out what FOPHS is all about. Attending the meeting allows you to hear, in more depth, what’s going on at PHS, ask questions and get an update from our principal, Mr. Efstathiu, who also attends regularly. Our first meeting is September 7th at 6:30 pm in the staff lounge upstairs above the school office. We have new board members that will assume their position on September 7th.

Please welcome….  Lisa Voss as our new President  Danelle Stumbo as our new Vice President  Melissa Bauer as our new Secretary  Ayn Loehr as our new Newsletter Chair Thank you in advance for your support!

Sincerely, Kim Lightfoot & Judy Pruett

FOPHS President and Vice President

Show some Placer love for Auburn Rotary Family BBQ

Friday, September 16, 2016

Cocktails @ 5 pm

Dinner 5:30-8:00 pm

Gold Country Fairgrounds


Raffle, Silent Auction

Auburn Rotary has some exciting things happening in our Family area this year. There will be a climbing wall, bounce house, inflatable obstacle course, slack line, clowns & a kids craft and science area provided by LilyPad Early Learning Center. Kids 5 and under are FREE, Children 6-12 $10 and Adults are $30 in advance, $35 at the door.

The monies they raise from the BBQ go back to the Community of Auburn:

Cub Scouts
Boys Scouts
RYLA & REGAL leadership programs for 8th graders & 12th graders
Stand Up Placer
Boys & Girls Club

Many other events or programs that enrich our community.

BBQ Poster PDF (1)

A new year, a new beginning for FOPHS….

The Friends of Placer High School, Placer High School’s Parent Organization, is seeking to fill 2 board positions open for the 2016-2017 school year.   Kim Lightfoot, President and Judy Pruett, Vice President are stepping down and we need to fill their positions.   If you are interested in being a part of a wonderful group of Placer parents, please send your name to Mr. E by August 10th.  Currently, we have 1 nomination and the board will vote on candidates later this month in time for the first FOPHS Board meeting September 7th at 6:30pm.

If you have any questions about FOPHS or board positions, please email or Mr. E at

A Message from our President and the May Newsletter

May Newsletter

We close the year with many successes but most important was the parent involvement and the increase of new parents that stepped up to be a part of the parent organization. We look forward to next year and achieving our fundraising goals to increase membership and monies to support the teacher wish lists, sports, art, welding and much more.  

I would like to thank everyone that attended our annual fundraiser the “Green and Gold Food & Wine Festival“.  It was a great success that helped raise over $13,000 for the wish lists for next year.  

We are also looking for some new faces for next  year to fill key committee positions opening up. It would be great to have people in place before the next school year.  You can email us at  or call me at 916-952-1019.   I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you again to all the parents who supported Friends of Placer High School this year and we look forward to seeing you next year.  

Thank you,

Kim Lightfoot


Friends of Placer High School

Update for Green and Gold Wine and Food Festival

The Green and Gold Food and Wine Festival on April 9, 2016 was very successful.  Please attend the final FOPHS meeting of the 2015-2016 school year, Wednesday May 4th, to hear details from the event as well as the future of FOPHS at PHS.

 The success of the Green & Gold would not have been possible without the support and generosity of our Sponsors, Vendors, and Attendees.

Show your support by thanking and giving your patronage to:

Pruett Vineyard
Casper Family
G&H Glass
Lightfoot Truck Repair
Jeff Ambrosia: Yamasaki Landscape
Councilman Matt Spokely
The Hensler Family
The Tuttle Family
The Houston Group
Anita Jones
John & Linda Geraghty
The Tucker Family
Betty and Dennis Bennett
Marc & Erica Roper Family
The Collins Family
Dr. Bill Kirby
Cathy Asbury
Select Estate Properties
Pruett Vineyard
Casque Wines
PaZa Wines
Wise Villa Winery
Popie Wines
Naggiar Vineyards
Sierra Knolls
Auburn Alehouse (beer and food)
Max’s Restaurant
Joe Caribe
El Agave
La Fornaretta
Bam Dazy BBQ
43 Ranch Olive Oil
Bistro 103
American River College Culinary program
Raffine Chocolates
New Dawn Bakery
Steven Lease (the cookie guy)
Fiscalini Farms
Many thanks too for the items donated for our silent auction!
Green and Gold Committee Members:
Judy Pruett      Kim Lightfoot
Betty Bennet
Sue Compton
Jeff Wood
Marianne Ellner, Treasurer

Tonight, Green and Gold Wine and Food Festival, Gold County Fairgrounds, Sierra Building, 6 pm to 9 pm

MelissaCrowleyWe are honored to have Melissa Crowley as our celebrity MC for this evening. Melissa Crowley May has been a TV anchor reporter for 20 years, in Sacramento, Nashville and Texas. She and her husband Bryan May have called Northern California home for 15 years and have two school age daughters. They enjoy being involved in the community especially supporting local schools and career days. Melissa got her start in a public high school TV program. This Fall she will be teaching broadcast media in the Natomas Unified School district at Inderkum High School.

Avoid the line, tickets are available online until noon today at Brown Paper Tickets. But no worries if you missed it, tickets will also be available at the door. Cost is $30, which includes a commemorative Placer wine glass.  Come support Placer High School. All proceeds benefit school programs–academics, arts, music and sports.


April Newsletter

April Newsletter

We are hosting the “Green and Gold Food & Wine Festival”  to raise monies for all programs at Placer from education to arts to welding to sports. The event will be held on April 9th  from 6:00 to 9:30 pm in the Sierra Building at Gold Country Fairgrounds and  includes wine and food tastings from local wineries and eateries, silent auction, raffle and much more. You can purchase tickets online at  or call 916-952-1019 to purchase directly.  So buy your tickets today so you don’t miss out on this great event!

Have you told yourself you would like to help but not sure how?  Ask us how?  We have many areas that parent volunteers are always welcomed.  From becoming a member, registering for SCRIP,  to committee positions and more.  This year, we have some new faces and energy which has been great to help FOPHS keep evolving to becoming a great parent organization that supports Placer.  If you are interested in helping out, plan to come to a meeting or email us. We would like to hear from you!

We are looking for some new faces for next year  to fill committee positions opening up. It would be great to have people in place before the next school year.  You can come to a meeting, email us at  or call me at 916-952-1019.   I look forward to hearing from you.

We encourage all parents to get involved it is a great way to stay informed what is going on around the school.   You can come to our next board on April 6th or May 4  at 6:30 pm in the staff lounge to hear what we have planned along with Mr. E and what is happening within the school and district.

Thank you,
Friends of Placer High School

Green and Gold Food and Wine Festival Featured Winery–Vina Castellano

The “Green and Gold Food and Wine Festival” on  April 9, 2016
6 to 9 pm @ Gold Country Fairgrounds-Sierra Building

 Featured Winery

Vina Logo

Vina Castellano is like a little piece of Spain, in the Sierra Foothills. Since breaking ground for Viña Castellano in 1999, the Mendez family has built an mini empire of Spanish wines complete with a treasure trove of Best of Class, Double Gold, Gold and Silver medals. The family specializes in the complex flavors of Tempranillo, Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre and Verdejo grapes. In the tasting room, visitors can sip new pressings and old favorites, and pick up a fine cigar to enjoy outside or on the pavillion on the pond with a glass or bottle of their favorite wine. The Mendez and Wilkins families are proud Hillmen – past, present and future!

Purchase Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

The “Green and Gold Food and Wine Festival”–Featured Restaurant: 43 Ranch Olive Oil

The “Green and Gold Food and Wine Festival”
on April 9, 2016
@ Gold Country Fairgrounds Sierra Building 6 to 9 pm

Featured Restaurant!


Our ancestors settled on California’s Central Coast in 1864 and began farming the land we call 43 Ranch.  We are proud fifth generation farmers.  The soil characteristics and mild climate of the southern Salinas Valley mirror the characteristics of old world olive growing regions.  We hope you can taste the passion that comes from our love of the land we call 43 Ranch.

Purchase tickets here: Brown Paper Tickets

Auburn Alehouse (Beer and Food)

Bam Dazy


El Agave Taqueria

Joe Caribe

La Fornaretta

Max’s Restaurant Auburn

43 Ranch Olive Oil