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Culturally Relevant Literature Project

What is Culturally Relevant Literature?

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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.

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Proyecto de literatura culturalmente relevante

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¿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.

Thank You!

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Thank you very much for joining "LIGHTS, CAMERA, AUCTION!" and helping to make our gala a success! We are humbled by the outpouring of support we have received from our community.

Together, we raised over $140,000 to support our students in the San Mateo-Foster City School District.

We could not have done it without you and we are so grateful for your commitment to our students, families, and community.


Our Fundraising Continues

The Education Foundation's campaign is now in full swing. 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.


Announcing our New Staff!

The Education Foundation is thrilled to announce our new part-time Executive Director, Sonja Tappan!

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Sonja is an experienced professional with a background in design and business operations. She is a homegrown talent with a special connection to our district schools - she grew up in Foster City, and she and her children attended our very own schools.

Welcome Sonja!

School District awarded $1,298,791

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On July 30th, members of the San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation presented a check to School District Superintendent, Dr. Joan Rosas.

This amount represents a year-long process of fundraising and working with our grantors and district staff to identify programs of most value to our students.

$694,000 Grant from the County of San Mateo

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On June 25th, the County of San Mateo Board of Supervisors awarded the foundation with a $694,000 one-time grant from Measure K funds for specific technology and literacy needs in our District.


Growing Together


January 2021

Our Annual Readathon is a community favorite. We are looking forward to continuing to grow together into our brilliant diversity by sharing our stories.

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Currently, the Readathon is being planned for January 2021. Please stay tuned for more details.

Run2FunD Education

A Community 5K

Spring 2021
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Given the extent of the COVID-19 outbreak and its implications for everyone, we are putting off planning for this year's Run2FunD.

We are working with A Runner's Mind to plan instead on holding this event in 2021.

Please stay tuned for more details.

Middle School Athletics

After School Sports


The Ed Foundation supports the San Mateo-Foster City School District Middle School Athletics Program by securing grants from foundations like Chance to Excel. This effort helps pay for practices, coaches, referees, facilities, athletic directors, uniforms and league fees.

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Board & Staff Info

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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
  • Community Meeting
    Monday, November 16th, 2020
  • Monday, December 7th, 2020
  • Monday, January 11th, 2021
  • 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
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


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!


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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