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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 - October 2017

Superintendent Joan Rosas

Dear San Mateo-Foster City Community,

I hope that you and your loved ones are well and out of harm’s way with the recent fires in Northern California.  We know that many families, students and schools have been affected and we are in the process of learning how we can best help those communities.  I am also hopeful that you have had some time to spend with your family during the October break.  As we return to school it will be a busy time with much to learn and many fun activities for our students.  I look forward to seeing you at the various fall celebrations over the next couple of months.
Labor Negotiations
The San Mateo Elementary Teachers Association (SMETA) and the San Mateo–Foster City School District jointly requested the support of a mediator to bring a positive result to our on-going negotiations.  As of this writing there have been four mediation sessions.  We do realize that bringing contract negotiations to a conclusion has been a particularly lengthy process.  At the same time, we continue to believe that this process will result in a mutually acceptable agreement.
As you may know, the District is experiencing a structural deficit resulting from the loss of parcel tax funding combined with escalating costs of the STRS and PERS retirement systems and other necessary services.  In order to make this information more accessible, the District has joined with other districts in the County in providing financial information on a user friendly platform called OpenGov.  The platform is live and I encourage you to take a few minutes to visit the online site - (please see article below for more information).
Fiscal Advisory Committee
I am forming a Superintendent’s Fiscal Advisory Committee (FAC) which will meet three times during the next couple of months to review the District budget, reductions that will be necessary to balance the budget and to discuss revenue enhancements potentially in the form of a parcel tax.  I am looking for community-wide representation on this Committee. To be considered for appointment, please complete an application by Monday, October 30th. Applications are online at -

In order to form a robust Fiscal Advisory Committee, with representation from our stakeholders, there will need to be a selection process.  Applicants who are not selected for this committee, as well as any interested community member, are encouraged to participate in reviewing our fiscal options by attending our upcoming Community Meetings in December, see our website for more details coming soon.  If you are unable to attend these meetings, but would like to express your thoughts regarding budget priorities and a potential parcel tax, there will be an online survey that will open in December (please see article below for more information).

Education Foundation
We continue to be grateful to the San Mateo–Foster City School District Education Foundation for their support of District programs.  The recent RUN2FunD at Hillsdale High was a huge success both in terms of community building and fundraising.  Thank you to President Colleen Sullivan, the Education Foundation Board and the many volunteers who supported this event.
Candidates for School Board
Seven community members are running to fill three open seats on the San Mateo-Foster City School District Board of Trustees.   Please join us for a Candidate Forum hosted by the SMFCSD PTA and League of Women Voters on Monday, October 23rd at 7:00 pm at the District Office.
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.

New Student Registration for the 2018-19 School Year Begins December 4th. Get your Snapcode Now!

The Priority Registration Period for the 2018-2019 school year is Monday, December 4 - Thursday, December 21, 2017 HOW DO I REGISTER ...

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Senator Jerry Hill Visits San Mateo Park Elementary

Senator Jerry Hill visited San Mateo Park Elementary today to thank student artist Alex & his teacher Ms.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About SMFCSD and SMETA Negotiations

The San Mateo-Foster City School District (SMFCSD) is currently at impasse in contract negotiations with the San Mateo Elementary Teachers Associa...

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San Mateo-Foster City School District is hiring. View openings:

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

November 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 Newsletter - November 2017.  Highlights include:

• Superintendent's Letter
• Superintendent Coffee Chat Schedule for 2017-2018
• Town Hall Meetings on School Finance
• Congratulations to Teachers and Certificated Staff
• Thank you to outgoing Trustees Bonini & Coady
• Elementary School Report Card Update
• Farmer & Food Day
• Meadow Heights Buddy Bench
• Senator Jerry Hill Visits San Mateo Park
• Bayside Academy Math Festival
• SMFC Education Foundation Update
• 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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San Mateo Foster City School District

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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San Mateo Foster City School District

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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San Mateo Foster City School District

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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