History of the Sojourner Education Foundation (SEF)

When North Clackamas School District reclassified Sojourner School from a charter to a magnet school in 2012, several highly-valued program elements were in jeopardy due to the non-certification of instructional Artists-in-Residence and the cost-prohibitive nature of filling these roles with certified teachers. These included Violin, Spanish, Orff and Flow. A small group of parents worked together to negotiate with the district and created the Sojourner Education Foundation (SEF) in order to preserve the Sojourner program.

Now, the Sojourner community votes annually to raise the money through SEF for the purpose of funding these special programs. The money SEF generates is used to pay for some program elements directly, with financial support for others paid to the North Clackamas School District. Other functions of the Sojourner Education Foundation include championing the vision of the Sojourner program, negotiating with the School District and managing Sojourner’s Marimba Program in cooperation with our Artist-in-Residence, Shera Sinell.


Intermediate families: To pay your Marimba Participation Fee, click here

Upcoming Events

5:00 pm Dine-Out Night at Burgerville
Dine-Out Night at Burgerville
Oct 18 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for Dine-Out Night from 5 – 8pm on Wednesday, October 18th at Burgerville (19119 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Milwaukie, OR 97267). Please tell everyone you know —10% of all sales will benefit Sojourner! You[...]
8:00 am Coffee Talk with Sojourner Princ...
Coffee Talk with Sojourner Princ...
Oct 19 @ 8:00 am – 8:30 am
Join us in the School Conference Room to mingle with Amy Busch, Rosina Hardy and other Sojourner parents. Coffee and donuts will be provided by the PTA. Questions? Contact Tara Lynn Nelson.
8:30 am Volunteer Training
Volunteer Training
Oct 19 @ 8:30 am – 9:00 am
New to Sojourner or have questions about how to get involved? Join us in the School Conference Room to learn more and discover your volunteer passions. Questions? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator.
5:30 pm Sojourner Dance Night
Sojourner Dance Night
Oct 26 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Join us on Thursday, October 26th from 5:30 – 6:30pm in the School Cafeteria for a fun night of music, dancing and games. Snack sales will benefit Fifth Grade Celebration. No costumes please. Donations needed![...]