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San Mateo-Foster City School District

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Superintendent's Letter - December 2017

Dr. Joan Rosas, Superintendent

Dear San Mateo-Foster City Community,

With the holidays rapidly approaching, it is a time to remember what we most appreciate.  As I reflect on the first part of the school year, I am thankful for the dedication of our school board, staff, families, and students.  As we work together, we create an exciting future for our young people.  I wish you a fun filled Winter Break and Happy New Year!

Welcome Aboard!
At our December 7th Board Meeting, we welcomed three new Trustees to our Board - Shara Watkins, Noelia Corzo and Rebecca Hitchcock.  The Election of Officers was the first order of business during the Annual Board Organization and we are pleased to announce that Nancy Kohn Hsieh will serve as President, Audrey Ng as Vice President and Shara Watkins as Clerk for the upcoming year.
Labor Negotiations Update
I am very happy to report that SMETA and the District reached a Tentative Agreement on November 30th.  I would like to thank both negotiating teams on reaching a mutually acceptable agreement on complex issues.  We look forward to continuing our work together on behalf of our students.  The District and our Classified School Employees Association (CSEA) are now working to complete negotiations. 

Fiscal Advisory Committee & Town Hall Meetings on School FinanceTown Hall Meetings
A Fiscal Advisory Committee was formed to review and consider options for addressing the District’s structural deficit.  California ranks 46th in the United States for per-pupil funding and our District falls below the California state average of per-pupil funding.  We continue to hear about the increased funding that the State has provided to school districts over the past couple of years and, while that is true, this funding is only bringing districts back to revenues that were provided during the  2007-2008 school year...10 years ago!  This is a problem for districts across our State and particularly for our District which has been chronically underfunded. 

As an underfunded District, we need to be efficient in our use of fiscal resources, seek budget enhancements such as partnerships with businesses and our Education Foundation, potentially look at a parcel tax as a way to raise revenue and advocate for increased funding for schools throughout the State of California.  We have been hosting Town Hall Meetings on School Finance in an effort to inform our community of the importance of adequate school funding and of our District’s fiscal situation.  We hope you to come share your ideas related to the District's fiscal deficit.  Please join us for our last Town Hall Meeting at Bayside Academy on Monday, December 18th from 6:30-7:30 pm.

SMFCSD Structural Deficit Survey - For those who cannot attend a Town Hall Meeting, we have an online survey available for gathering information  We hope you will participate in our survey to share your thoughts and perspectives.

San Mateo Foster City Education Foundation
Please consider shopping at Whole Foods Market in San Mateo during the Ed Foundation’s Nickels for Nonprofits fundraiser to help us raise money for our K- 8 schools.  From now through January 15th, when you shop with your reusable bags, you can have your 5-cent bag credit donated to the Education Foundation.

With Best Wishes,
Joan Rosas, Ed.D.


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Q:  How do I register my children for school?

A: Please visit the How to Register page for information about school registration.

Q: What Is my School of Assignment?

A: Use the SchoolFinder to find out. You can also look at the district map.

Q: What are SMFCSD's Magnet Schools/Programs?

A: The SMFCSD has many specialized programs. Visit the Magnet Schools page.

Q: How old must a child be to enter Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?

A: To be eligible for Kindergarten, the student’s 5th birthday must be on or before September 1.  To be eligible for TK, the student’s 5th birthday must fall on or between September 2 – December 2.  Attend a SMFCSD Kindergarten Information Meeting in October to find out more about what to expect - Enrollment & Student Registration.

Puberty Talk Interactive Family Workshop for Parents & Pre-adolescent Children (ages 10-12)

The San Mateo-Foster City School District will be holding two meetings for families regarding puberty - the first meeting will be held o...

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Flu Season Is Here

Winter is here, which also means the cold and flu season is officially upon us. On average, one in three children in the U.S.

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Parent Information Night - 5th Grade Puberty Talk Curriculum

The San Mateo-Foster City School District will be holding two meetings for families regarding puberty - the first meeting will be held o...

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Substitute Teaching Positions

Do you have a Bachelor’s degree and teaching, coaching or other experiences working with students? Consider becoming a substitute teacher for our District. View details

JANUARY 2018 - District Newsletter

The SMFCSD Newsletter is a publication of the San Mateo-Foster City School District covering events and sharing important information about the school district and its students.  Sign up now to receive our next newsletter SMFCSD Newsletter sign-up. To see archived editions in English and Spanish, visit our Newsletter page.  

Read our January 2018 SMFCSD Newsletter.  Highlights include:

• Superintendent's Letter
• Superintendent Coffee Chat Schedule for 2017-2018
• Puberty Curriculum Review & Informational Workshop
• Annual Toy Drive at Bowditch Middle School
• Flu Season Is Here
• A Parent's Guide to Head Lice
• ScholarShare529 College Savings Plan & Matching Grant Program
• San Mateo Foster City Education Foundation
• School Board Meeting Summaries & Upcoming Agendas
• School Calendars 2017-2018 | 2018-2019

Fall 2017 - SMFCSD Community REPORT

Read the latest edition Fall 2017 SMFCSD Community Report.  Highlights include: 
•  Message From the Superintendent 
•  Superintendent's Fiscal Advisory Committee
•  2017-2018 Coffee Chat Schedule
•  Thank you to our Community Partners
•  New English Language Arts Program
•  New Interactive Financial Transparency Platform - OpenGov
•  Physical Education Program Highlights
•  Kindergarten and TK Information Meetings

To see archived editions of the Community Report, visit our Community Report page.  

San Mateo Foster City School District

Our Mission

Our Mission

Our students are prepared to positively impact a dynamic and diverse world as they...

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Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan

The San Mateo-Foster City School District Strategic Plan addresses three key areas: Academic Achievement, Twenty-First Century Learning, and Citizenship & Character Education.

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20 Great Schools

20 Great Schools

The San Mateo-Foster City School District's 20 schools successfully educate approximately 12,000 students in preschool through eighth grades.

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Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)

Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)

The LCAP provides important new ways for parents to engage in decision making. Plans describe the school district’s overall vision for students, annual goals and specific actions the district will take to achieve the vision and goals.  View the 2015-2018 Plan.

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