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Readathon 2021

January 22 - February 5

This year's Readathon will highlight books from our "Culturally Relevant Literature" Project.

Our community has the blessing of diversity so our goal this year is to broaden the perspectives of our students through lesser-known picture books that reflect the multifaceted nature of those who call San Mateo and Foster City home.

So mark your calendars, stock up on books from our partners at the public and school libraries, and get ready to track those reading minutes!

Top readers and fundraisers from each school will enjoy a virtual reception with local children’s author, Khalid White.


Culturally Relevant Literature Project

What is Culturally Relevant Literature?

Culturally relevant literature reflects the diverse group of children we have in our district - these books celebrate and represent all our students, their families, languages, traditions, and varied life experiences.

View our San Mateo Public Librarians recommending Culturally Relevant Literature for grades 4 & 5

Ms. Chelsea - Stargazing, by Jen Wang

Ms. Aisha - Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle, by Hilda Eunice Burgos

Ms. Mary - The Real Boy, by Anne Ursu

Please share your suggestion for CRL books to include in our classrooms

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Proyecto de literatura culturalmente relevante

¿Qué es la literatura culturalmente relevante?

La literatura culturalmente relevante refleja el grupo diverso de niños que tenemos en nuestro distrito; estos libros celebran y representan a todos nuestros estudiantes, sus familias, idiomas, tradiciones y variadas experiencias de vida.

Vea a nuestros bibliotecarios de San Mateo recomiendan Literatura Culturalmente Relevante para los grados 4 y 5

Ms. Chelsea - Stargazing, by Jen Wang

Ms. Aisha - Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle, by Hilda Eunice Burgos

Ms. Mary - The Real Boy, by Anne Ursu

Por favor sugiera libros para CRL libros en cada aula

Sugiera libros

Gilead Sciences grants $500,000
to the San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation

Gilead Sciences, Inc. granted the San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation a $500,000 grant to pilot Project Inspiration, a 3 year 5 million dollar initiative to advance academic leadership, health and safety, and Arts education.

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Gilead continues to be our inspiration as innovators with a passion for creating the possible. Their active commitment to our learning community has established them as a pillar of excellence for our youth. We are so grateful to Gilead for their partnership and dedication to helping address funding gaps and unmet needs in our community.

Thermal scanners will be used to facilitate the hands free temperature screening necessary of all students and staff before entry into the school. They will be ordered immediately so they can be placed at school sites and District buildings in January. This technology will help ensure the health and safety of our staff, students, and families.

The funding for the three year Science Teacher on Special Assignment (ToSA) will have a lasting impact on science education in our District for years to come. This ToSA will provide consistent expertise for training elementary and middle school teachers, adapting curriculum for a hybrid of digital and in-person learning, and modifying processes and approaches to meet the needs of struggling students and widen our reach to all, regardless of location.

Project Inspiration

This grant launches our Project Inspiration pilot taking the SMFCEdFund into a new era in building educational opportunity for all students in our San Mateo-Foster City School District.

The $500,000 grant will allow us to address the health and safety issues caused by the pandemic as well as embark on a three year academic leadership initiative to strengthen science education for all 11,000 students in the District.

Join Us

It is our hope that Gilead’s funding of this pilot program inspires confidence in other community leaders to follow their lead and join Project Inspiration.

We welcome all corporations, non-profits, foundations, and community partners of all sizes to join us in addressing equity and opportunity in our District through advancing academic leadership, health and safety, and Arts education. Together we can make Project Inspiration a reality for our students.


Our Fundraising Continues

We rely on community donations to support programs like art, music, science, and technology for all our district students. This year, we have also purchased backpacks for our students in need so that they will have the necessary school supplies for at-home learning. Our suggested donation is $250 per family, but every dollar counts. We would love to see 100% participation at any donation level.

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If you have donated already, thank you! If you haven’t, please consider doing so. Does your company match? It's a great way to increase the impact of your donation.

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Board & Staff Info

SMFC Ed Foundation Board & Staff

 

 

We are a volunteer board of parents and community members, and we would love to welcome creative, knowledgeable and dedicated parents and community members to help us. If you’re interested in helping with a fundraiser, working on a committee, being a school liaison, sharing your expertise (grant writing, social media, marketing) and/or becoming a board member, please contact us.

Upcoming Meetings

1170 Chess Drive | Foster City

7:00p - 8:30p unless otherwise noted
  • Monday, February 8th, 2021
  • Monday, March 8th, 2021
  • Monday, April 19th, 2021
  • Monday, May 10th, 2021
  • Monday, June 14th, 2021

Our Story

Inspiring students to dream and create their best tomorrow.

The San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation believes every child deserves the best education possible. The Foundation is committed to reaching every child in the San Mateo-Foster City School District. A strong Education Foundation does more than just support the children in its care, it impacts the entire community. We are committed to reaching out to our greater community, raising awareness of the value of supporting local schools to those outside of our immediate parent base.

"Our 5th grade music program gives students the opportunity to make music come alive. Three of our students played their instruments in the Talent Show because they were so proud to share what they had learned. Then at the music performance all of our students continued playing their instruments well after it was over. It has become a passion for our students which has opened up so many doors."

-Cristina Haley
Principal
San Mateo Park Elementary School

"The additional Chromebooks in our school allow our students to have access to technology on a much more regular basis. Our students spend more time using math and science simulations, learning research skills, writing and peer editing their drafts and creating presentations."

Our Impact

Who we are

The SMFC Ed Foundation believes every child deserves the best education possible.

The San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation believes every child deserves the best education possible. For too long, State funding has been severely inadequate and has failed to provide our children with essential learning experiences.

The Foundation aims to fill this gap by funding a wide variety of education opportunities to help our diverse community of students achieve their full potential.

Why the need

State and local funding of education is simply not enough for our children.

While your financial contributions directly benefit the programs that we fund, your support also aids our pursuit of corporate partnerships and foundation donations. The full support of our parent, teacher and staff communities demonstrates to business partners and organizations that their money funds programs that will be well-received and appreciated by the community.

Join us in making our community better and stronger for our kids. Our goal is to have 100% participation from our parent, teacher and staff communities.

What we fund

The SMFC Ed Foundation funds core programming in the Arts, Sports, Music and Wellness.

The Education Foundation funds core programming in the Arts, Sports, Music and Wellness. This support is necessary to provide our students with the well rounded education they deserve.

Take Action

Donate

Your investment helps our students realize the benefits of a strong school district. The more we grow, the more we can do for our children!

Volunteer

Please join us! The Education Foundation funds core programming in the Arts, Sports, Music and Wellness. This support is necessary to provide our students with the well rounded education they deserve.

Our Sponsors

Excellent schools promote a healthy business climate, and play a vital role in drawing families to our area.

The San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation works throughout the year to develop relationships with community & business partners in San Mateo and Foster City to enhance the educational experiences of students in our district.

These sponsors and community partners have been especially generous and we are thankful for their support.

Corporate, Foundation, Government

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Community Partners

Michael & Stephanie Moy

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