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Superintendent's Update - April 2018

Dr. Joan Rosas, Superintendent

Dear San Mateo-Foster City Community,

At our April 19 Board Meeting, we had much to celebrate as we enter into Spring!

CSEA President, Sue Olinger, will be recognized by the California School Employees Association as a 2018 Award Honoree. Congratulations to Sue!

Congratulations to Jadelyn Chang (Foster City Elementary) and Anita Sol (Fiesta Gardens) who completed the rigorous National Board Certification program!

Welcome New Sunnybrae Principal
We also welcome Aleyda Barrera-Cruz to the District. Aleyda was approved by the Board of Trustees as the next Principal of Sunnybrae Elementary. Aleyda is coming to the District from North Hillsborough School where she currently serves as their Principal. Her educational background has focused on the study of language learning. She holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a BCLAD and a Master’s from Stanford and another Master’s from the University of California at Berkeley.

Labor Relations
The first District/SMETA negotiations session was held last week. A District update has been posted on the website where you can follow the process – see our Labor Relations page.

Potential Parcel Tax
During the Board Meeting, the Trustees discussed the parameters of a potential parcel tax and asked staff to bring a Resolution calling for a parcel tax back to the May 7 Board meeting. Program elements are still being discussed and may include such areas as attracting and retaining staff, STEM opportunities, supporting reading and writing, supporting the arts and keeping our libraries open.

Autism Awareness Month
April is Autism Awareness Month and the Trustees read and passed a Resolution to recognize the importance of supporting and including students with autism and, in fact, all of our students with disabilities. Along these lines, our local SELPA runs a Resource Parent Council-Community Advisory Committee (RPC-CAC) which holds a variety of meetings throughout the year to support parents and students with disabilities. They welcome both General Education and Special Education staff and parents to the meetings. The Trustees approved the appointment of five parents from our community to the RPC-CAC: Steve Davis, Jenny McPherson, Melissa LaRue, Maggie Chen and Lisa Warren. Please see the SELPA RPC-CAC website and feel free to share it with anyone else that you think might be interested.

Upcoming Events
• Annual Reclassification of English Learners celebration - May 14 starting at 6:30 pm at the Bayside Performing Arts Center.
• “Love North Central” clean-up day - June 9 starting at 9:00 am at the King Center.

Joan Rosas, Ed.D.