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San Mateo-Foster City School District

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    The San Mateo-Foster City School District educates and inspires students to live, lead and learn with integrity and joy.

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Superintendent's Letter - September 2017

Superintendent Joan Rosas

Dear San Mateo-Foster City Community,

I hope you have enjoyed the opening of school in spite of the recent unpredictable weather.  Even though we are only four weeks into the year, classes are well underway and special school activities have started.
Emergency Preparedness and Communication Protocols
Our thoughts are with those that have been affected by catastrophic hurricanes over the past two weeks.  While hurricanes, and typhoons in the Pacific, are not typical here, California is susceptible to other disasters.  I wanted to offer information regarding the San Mateo County Alert system as well as our emergency preparedness protocols.  Student and staff safety is paramount and our schools are ready to deal with an emergency should one occur.  Please take a moment to review the articles below on San Mateo County Emergency Preparedness and the San Mateo County Big Five Immediate Response Protocols.

Labor Negotiations
The San Mateo Elementary Teachers Association and the San Mateo–Foster City School District jointly requested the support of a mediator to bring a positive resolution to our on-going negotiations.  Three meetings have been held and we are hopeful that this process will result in a successful package. 

Many of you have expressed interest in knowing more about the District’s structural deficit resulting from the loss of parcel tax funding combined with escalating costs of the retirement systems and other necessary services.  In order to make this information more accessible, we have joined with other districts in the County in uploading information on a user friendly platform called Open Gov.  The new platform will be shared with the Board of Trustees at their regular meeting on September 28 and then will be made available to the public on our website.  We will alert you when this platform is live.

Education Foundation
We are thankful to the San Mateo Foster City Education Foundation for their generous donation to the District of $70,000.  These funds will be used to off-set the cost of the K-5 Music Program this year.  Don’t forget that the RUN2FunD event is coming on Sunday, September 24 from 2:00–5:00 pm at the Hillsdale High School track.  It will be a fun event and a much needed fundraiser for the Foundation.   I hope to see you all there!

National School Attendance Awareness Month
September is National School Attendance Awareness Month.  Chronic absenteeism, when a student is absent more than 10% of the school year, negatively affects a student’s academic performance and is a serious concern in schools across California.  The Attendance Works website shares important facts about absenteeism and states that when students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and graduation rates.  Please support our efforts in ensuring that our students are in school and ready to learn! 
Student Achievement
Speaking of student achievement, while individual students who took the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) last spring have received their scores, the District is still awaiting the release of the aggregate scores for the District and each school site.  The CAASPP is a point in time exam that does provide trend data for analysis in the on-going effort to improve student achievement in our District.  As we know more about the scores and respective student needs, we will work with schools and district-wide stakeholders to develop actions for our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).
Differed Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
I know there is concern in our community about the welfare of our undocumented children of immigrants.  Please remember that all students have a right to be in school and to feel welcome and safe.  For this reason, we maintain school environments where our staff and students can learn and work together safely.  Should you have concerns regarding your child’s safety, please let your classroom teacher and/or administrator know.  We will continue to provide updates as we learn more about the recent developments regarding the DACA Program. 
Candidates for School Board
We are pleased that seven individuals are interested in the three upcoming open seats on our School Board.   The California Secretary of State’s office has held their random alphabet selection.  The candidates that are running in order of appearance on the ballot are:  Shara Watkins, Noelia Corzo, Alexander Haislip, Rebecca Hitchcock, Shiraz Kanga, Jacob Thiel and Thomas Morgan.  It is an exciting time in the San Mateo–Foster City School District and we welcome new team members.  Please watch for local forums to learn about our candidates.
Superintendent Coffee Chats
We will continue to host Coffee Chats during the 2017-2018 school year.  This year we will host four chats in English at each middle school and one for Spanish speaking families at College Park Elementary.  Please note the schedule below and join me to share your ideas and discuss the latest topics impacting SMFCSD and public education.  All parents and community members are welcome to attend.  We hope to see you there!
Joan Rosas, Ed.D.

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Q:  How do I pre-register my children for school?

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

Q: What school is closest to me?

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

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

A: Yes. View the list of Magnet Schools.

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 November/January to find out more about what to expect - Enrollment & Student Registration.

Superintendent Seeks Nominees to Serve on a Fiscal Advisory Committee (FAC)

Dr. Joan Rosas, Superintendent of the San Mateo-Foster City School District, seeks nominees to serve on a Fiscal Advisory Committee (FAC).

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Kindergarten & TK Information Meetings for the 2018-19 School Year

Kindergarten & Transitional Kindergarten Information Meetings for parents will be held on Wednesday, November 1, 2017at the Bayside Perfo...

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SMFCSD Launches Interactive Financial Transparency Platform OpenGov

The San Mateo-Foster City School District (SMFCSD) has partnered with OpenGov to provide transparent and accessible budget information t...

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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

September 2017 - 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 SMFCSD September 2017 Newsletter.  Highlights include:

• Superintendent's Welcome
• Superintendent Coffee Chat Schedule for 2017-2018
• Run2FunD Education - September 24
• Schools Benefit When You Complete Your School Meal Application
• International Walk to School Day - October 4
• San Mateo County Emergency Preparedness
• SMFCSD Big Five Protocol - Immediate Action Response
• The Facts of Lice
• School Board Meeting Summaries & Upcoming Agendas
• School Calendars 2017-2018 | 2018-2019


Read the latest edition Summer 2017 SMFCSD Community Report.  Highlights include: 
•  Message From the Superintendent 
•  San Mateo Foster City Education Foundation Update
•  Borel Middle School Honored by California Department of Education
•  San Mateo Park Receives Kent Award
•  Middle School Drama Productions
•  Measure X Update - New Elementary School in Foster City

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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